Every business should be equipped with a marketing strategy to help find and keep customers. The type of marketing that works for you will depend on your business objectives, target customers, resources, and so much more. The resources in this section will help you expand the way you look at marketing.
Small Business BC - How to Write a Marketing Plan
This guide shows you how to develop a marketing plan that includes details like how you intend to meet your customers’ needs and communicate the benefits of your products or services to them. When making any decisions about market positioning, pricing, promotions, and sales, your customers should always be top of mind.
KnowThis.com - How to Write a Marketing Plan
The marketing plan guide put out by KnowThis.com walks you through the process of creating a thorough detailed plan. The well laid out guide has sections and advice for almost every conceivable aspect of your marketing plan.
- Developing a Marketing Plan
A guide from the Canadian Business Network that explains the sections of a marketing plan and the questions you'll want to answer in each one.
This Government of Canada page reviews the components of a marketing plan and why a marketing plan is necessary for your small business.
This comprehensive marketing plan template from BDC is for Canadian entrepreneurs specifically and includes all the important sections of a marketing plan, including an executive summary, identification of your target customer, and how you'll measure your sales.
Morebusiness.com - Sample Marketing Plan
This detailed sample plan for a mobile games company shows what a complete marketing plan could look like and how far it goes with details and specifics.
- BDC - Marketing Plan Template
Editable marketing plan template from Business Development Canada. This guide will help you define your brand, identify your customers, define what makes your business different, and create your marketing action plan.
- Desjardins - Interactive Marketing Plan
Interactive marketing plan supported by financial institution Desjardins to help you get your 4 Ps up and running: price, product, promotion and place. Registration required.
KnowThis.com - Principle of Marketing Tutorials
The Principles of Marketing tutorials are like having access to an introduction to marketing textbook - online and for free! Each tutorial can be read on its own or in conjunction with the others and cover a wide variety of topics including extensive sections on promotion and marketing research though pricing and marketing management are good reads as well.
A first-stop for learning about marketing, there are sections on how to write a marketing plan, sample marketing plans, and an extensive collection of articles that focus on the how-to aspects of marketing and public relations.
Inc.com - Marketing
Inc. has a lot of excellent small business resources and their section on Marketing is definitely worth checking out. The articles are informative and easy to read. Definitely take advantage of the search feature to find older articles on topics of interest to you.
Entrepreneur - Marketing
Featuring sections on Marketing Basics, Sales, Online Marketing, Finding Customers, Social Media, and Branding, the online version on Entrepreneur Magazine is a treasure trove of marketing information. The articles cover classic marketing strategies and tips as well as explaining how new trends and tools could apply to your business's marketing plan.
Advertising Age Use the advanced search feature to find worldwide news and marketing trends in your industry. You'll need a subscription ($79/year) for full access to the site. However, you can read some content for free, or find bibliographic information here and use a library database to access the article. Ask your librarian for help using Boolean operators in your search! Be sure to check out the white papers (sponsored content is free) and branded content for more resource guides.