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)
1. 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.
2. 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.
1. 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.
2. 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
3. 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.
4. marketing mix: discuss how you will price, promote, and distribute your product
or service. include two (2) promotion options and two (2) possible distribution
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
note: it may be helpful to revisit kotler and keller (2006), chapter 2, pages 51-67, and
chapter 4, pages 101-136, as a reference for the essentials of what you’ll need to include in your
marketing plan. other useful marketing books and publications may also be cited. for an
industry with which you are familiar, your own observations can be valuable. specific
supporting information is available from many secondary research sources, including the
1. company web sites and literature
2. industry trade show observations and contacts
3. online databases, including proquest, dialog, lexis-nexis, ebsco, first
source, prompt, trade & industry, and investext
4. tv networks
6. investment houses and brokers
7. dow jones/factiva