First published in 1984, Marketing Plans is now an international marketing bestseller. Covering the application of basic marketing principles to sound business practice, it is essential reading for marketing practitioners and students the world over. The purpose of this book is quite simply to explain and demonstrate how to prepare and use a marketing plan. To this end, marketing managers and business executives concerned with profitability and sustained growth of their organisations have profitably used it as a practical guide. Clearly and powerfully written with step-by-step lucidity, it is probably the best book on the theory and practice of marketing planning ever published.
Authored by Malcolm McDonald, Professor of Marketing Strategy at the Cranfield School of Management and the acknowledged world authority on marketing planning and strategy, this thoroughly updated and redesigned fourth edition contains new material on growth areas such as key account management and electronic marketing. Its brand new two-colour graphic design with revised page layout and enhanced learning features provides maximum clarity, much like a typical US College textbook. Definitions of important terms and vocabulary are provided as margin notes to allow for smoother, easier reading of the text. Exercises appear at the end of each chapter to translate the theories into action.
This complete learning package focuses on key recent developments in marketing techniques and provides a range of practical marketing tools. The reader is taken through the whole process of marketing planning-from the initial assessment of a company's business plan, to the steps necessary to ensure a company achieves its profit targets. The first 12 chapters help the reader understand both the process and diagnostic tools of marketing planning whilst the final 13th chapter is a clear step-by-step guide to devising your own marketing plan, combining current best practice with the necessary theoretical background.
This book is recommended reading for marketers, executives and students studying for the Chartered Institute of Marketing's Certificate and Diploma examinations. In a nutshell, there is no better book that covers the whole process of marketing planning.