If you’re writing a business plan, you should at least be considering your marketing plan at the same time. A good business plan includes a marketing component, and most successful businesses have entirely separate marketing plans to guide them.

So what makes a good marketing plan? Recently on Tim Berry’s AmEx OPEN Forum blog, the Bplans.com founder explained how you can tell the quality of a marketing plan:

You can measure it by the decisions that follow, the business it generates and how well it’s implemented. A brilliant marketing plan that is not executed is worth much less than a mediocre marketing plan that’s carried out.

The plan’s value is in the success of the business.

Tim’s piece is a great introduction to marketing plans. Click here to read the whole post:  5 Components of a Successful Marketing Plan.