How to Write a Sales and Marketing Plan
You’ve addressed what you’re selling and why in the products and services section. You now have an understanding of the market and an ideal customer in mind thanks to your market analysis. Now, you need to explain how you will actually reach and sell to them.
The marketing and sales section of your business plan dives into how you’re going to accomplish your goals. You’ll be answering questions like:
- Based on your audience, how will you position your product or service in the current market?
- What marketing channels, messaging, and sales tactics will you implement?
- What’s your business model and how will your business operate day-to-day?
By the end of this section, you should have an outline of what growth looks like, what milestones you intend to hit, and how you’ll measure success. Basically, you’re backing up the opportunity you’ve identified with a solid go-to-market plan.
What to include in the sales and marketing section
The sections you should include act as a useful framework for exploring and defining your marketing and sales tactics.
Create a positioning statement4 Min Read
How does your business differ? What do you do that others don’t? If you’re unsure, work through a handful of strategic exercises to create a simple but convincing positioning statement.
Outline your marketing strategy3 Min Read
A marketing plan brings together strategic goals with tangible marketing activities designed to reach and engage your target market—ultimately convincing them to purchase your product.
Optional sales and marketing information to include
The basics of a marketing and sales plan are fairly straightforward. However, it’s also the perfect place to flesh out any details that you think will make your outreach efforts successful.
Create a unique value proposition9 Min Read
What makes your business unique? How does the solution you provide stand out? This is your chance to point to what you believe potential customers will find more valuable about your business over the competition.
Don't forget digital marketing8 Min Read
While we don’t recommend creating separate traditional and digital marketing plans, it may be wise to explore and address them separately within your plan.
Build your promotional plan7 Min Read
How will you convince your customers to buy your products or services? While actual ads and promotions may be months away, it’s best to think through and even mock up designs now.