Conduct Situation Analysis. At this stage, the analysis performed is SWOT analysis (streghts, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). This analysis includes opportunities and problems caused by buyer trends and situations, competitors, costs and also regulation. In addition, this analysis also includes the strengths and weaknesses of the company.
Captured thinking: You don't allow your financial people to keep their numbers in their heads. Financial reports are the lifeblood of the numbers side of any business, no matter what size. It should be no different with marketing. Your written document lays out your game plan. If people leave, if new people arrive, if memories falter, if events bring pressure to alter the givens, the information in the written marketing plan stays intact to remind you of what you'd agreed on.