Mb641 stand alone project – the marketing plan


Stand-Alone Project: The Marketing Plan 

You should begin working on the Stand-Alone Project early in the course. Each assignment provides a benchmark for completing the Stand-Alone Project in a timely manner while working through the course. You will find this information in the “Stand-Alone Project Benchmark” section of each assignment.

The Stand-Alone Project requires you to assume the role of the director of marketing for an organization.  You have been tasked with developing a marketing plan for the promotion of your organization’s newest product or service. Your deliverable is to create a marketing plan that includes the following parts.  Your Stand-Alone Project responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the project itself.  If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc.  In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your response and document in a bibliography using APA style.   (A 22-page, double-spaced response is required for the combination of Parts A through E.)


Part   A 

Executive   Summary:  After completing your marketing plan, write a brief summary   that concisely captures the essence of the plan, including your   rationale.  Place it on its own page as the first element of your   Stand-Alone Project. Your executive summary can be a couple of paragraphs to   a page in length. 



Part   B 

Product   Description:  Determine the product or service that you will promote.   The product may be for either the consumer or the business-to-business   markets. Provide a general background and description of your proposed   product or service and its associated industry. Include in your discussion,   the product’s key characteristics, features and options, and benefits. This   part of your project will be approximately one (1) page long. 



Part   C

Situation   Analysis:  Conduct a situation analysis, including a SWOT analysis. Your   situation analysis should include the following components.  (138   points)



Market   Summary:  Conduct a market analysis and provide market segmentation by   determining the target consumer groups and how the target market is divided.   Discuss market needs, trends, and growth. Define your target market in terms   of user behavior, demographics, and lifestyle. It will take you approximately   six (6) pages to report your market summary. 



SWOT   Analysis:  Based on your research findings, conduct your SWOT analysis.   Include three (3) internal strengths and three (3) internal weaknesses, as   well as three (3) external opportunities and three (3) external threats. Your   external analysis must include identification and discussion of your   competitors, including any brands, forms, and generics. Research how   competitors’ offerings compare with one another in terms of strengths,   weaknesses, and other characteristics, determining how they would impact the   sale and distribution of your product. The SWOT analysis should also address   market potential, consumer behaviors, and environmental impact. Your SWOT   analysis will comprise approximately five (5) pages of your project.



Part   D 

Marketing   Strategy:  This is your game plan for introducing your product, based on   your research and analysis thus far. In this part, you will complete the   following components. You will need approximately six (6) pages for this   discussion. 



Objectives:    You must define your marketing and financial objectives: that is, what you   hope to achieve with your marketing program. Objectives must be specific,   measurable, and quantifiable. List at least five (5) objectives.



Target   Markets:  Here you will identify and describe those market segments to   which you will direct your marketing program. The more you know about your   target markets, the greater your chances of success. Use any of the tools   discussed in the course to define and describe them with as much demographic   and psychographic detail as possible. You should target at least two (2)   market segments.



Positioning:    Here you will establish your product’s competitive position relative to your   competition in the market. Your product position should be based on and   discussed relative to your five (5) objectives.



Marketing   Mix: Discuss how you will price, promote, and distribute your product or   service. Include two (2) promotion options and two (2) possible distribution   channels.



Part   E

Controls:    Describe your controls. Include your start-up costs, monthly budget, and   expected return on investment (ROI).  You will need approximately two   (2) pages for this discussion.



NOTE:    Specific supporting information is available from many secondary research   sources, including the following.



Company   Web sites and literature



Industry   trade show observations and contacts



Ashworth’s   online library, ProQuest



Online   databases, including DIALOG, Lexis-Nexis, EBSCO, First Source, PROMPT, Trade   & Industry, and Investext



TV   networks






Investment   houses and brokers



Dow   Jones/Factiva

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