I once sat in a meeting of project and business updates and suddenly one of the directors said, actually with all that we have now we can be in the medical device market. Violaaa!!! This medical device company used to service government hospitals and they have all the equipments. It's just that they never thought of going direct to the hospitals and take the lion share of the business. In that meeting, after going through the company yearly updates, this "innovation" came instantaneously and the next year they are pitching about it to the government hospitals directly.
Imagine if you can do all these and manage all these in a marketing plan? Systematic, organized, well thought, innovative and captured all your pertinent business information, don't you find having a marketing plan is useful for your business?