Describe an important question you need to answer or a problem you are trying to solve in order to help the organization meet its goals and objectives.

Complete the following information about the organization and products and/or services you will focus on as you develop a complete marketing plan throughout the course. You may need to do research to get answers to the questions below. The subject for this assignment should be the organization and products and/or services you identified for the Marketing Plan, Part 1 Assignment.Ethics and Social ResponsibilityCurrent StatusIt is no longer acceptable for businesses to disregard issues around ethics and social responsibility. Conduct research and briefly describe what your organization is currently doing regarding corporate social responsibility and pursuing sustainable business practices.RecommendationsBased on your understanding of the organization’s goals, what recommendations do you have for how to create a more ethical, socially responsible and/or sustainable business? What practices do you recommend the organization pursue?Marketing Information and Research
Research QuestionDescribe an important question you need to answer or a problem you are trying to solve in order to help the organization meet its goals and objectives.Information NeededDescribe the information your organization needs to make effective decisions about how to answer this question or solve this problem.Research RecommendationsWhat research do you recommend in order to provide the information you need? What research method(s) would you use to get the information you need? Will it involve secondary data and research? Primary research such as interviews, focus groups and surveys? Why do you recommend this research approach?Customer Decision-Making ProfileIdentifying the Customer and ProblemDescribe a primary decision maker in your target segment: who they are, what they like, how they make buying decisions. Describe the primary problem(s) your organization, product or service will help them solve.Factors Influencing Customer DecisionsProvide a brief profile of your target segment using at least three of the following categories:Geographic characteristics: e.g., location, region, population size or climate.Personal and demographic characteristics: e.g., age, gender, family size, family life stage, income, personality.Social and Psychological characteristics: e.g., culture, social class, lifestyle, motivation, attitudes, reference groups, beliefs.Situational characteristics: e.g., buying situation, level of involvement, market offerings, frequency of use, brand loyalty.B2B/organizational buying considerations: e.g., individual factors, organizational factors, business environment factors, types of complexityReaching the CustomerBased on this profile, identify 2-3 marketing strategies or tactics you believe would be effective at reaching this target segment, and briefly explain why they are a good fit.Positioning and DifferentiationPositioning and differentiation explain what you want to be known for in the market, and how you are different from competitors. Respond to the following questions.Competitive AdvantagesList the competitive advantages of the product, service or organization you’re focusing on: the things that make it different from competitors in positive ways.Market Niche and Positioning StrategyDescribe the market niche you want to fill, along with the positioning strategy you recommend using. Why do you think this is the right approach?Positioning StatementDevelop a positioning statement using this formula: “To [target audience], [product/service/organization name] is the only [category or frame of reference] that [points of differentiation/benefits delivered] because [reasons to believe].Repositioning ConsiderationsDo you recommend a repositioning that improves on what the organization has been using up to this point? Why or why not?BrandingBrand DescriptionWhat is the “brand” you are trying to build? What do people think about this brand today, and how do they experience it?Brand PromiseWhat is the brand promise for this brand? If one hasn’t been defined yet, create one. If you believe the brand promise needs improvement, please suggest how you would refine it. Why is your recommended brand promise a good fit?Brand Voice and PersonalityDescribe your brand voice and personality using the is/is never template:[Brand] is:[Brand] is never:
Brand Positioning and StrategyMake a recommendation about brand positioning and/or branding strategy to help build the brand and contribute to aligning it with what your target segment wants. How will this contribute to the success of your product, service or organization?PreviousNext