Part 1 Tasks (Week 1–4)
It is time to put your marketing plan together based on the research that you have done through Weeks 1–4 (Part 1 tasks). Review the draft of your marketing plan from your assignments, and expand on any sections that need additional detail. This week, you will create a draft PowerPoint that combines the work that you have done previously with 2 new components. The Week 5 Individual Project will build on that draft by incorporating any Discussion Board 4 peer review comments, Individual Project 4 instructor comments, and 2 new sections (Part 2 Tasks).
This draft should include all of the previously introduced sections plus the additional section that is mentioned below regarding metrics. This presentation should be done in a professionally yet appealing way. It should incorporate a theme and the proper supporting graphics(charts, tables, etc.), and it should focus on achieving the bank’s long-term goals as well as your specific objectives. This presentation should be considered as a real-life situation where you are presenting to the bank president and senior management in an attempt for them to approve your recommended strategy. In some ways, you are marketing your marketing plan, so focus on the strong points, especially how your plan will achieve the bank’s long-term strategic goals and your specific marketing objectives. The bank president is giving you the opportunity to practice before you present to the entire board in the final presentation.
The assignment contains the following 12 sections:
Components of the marketing plan include the following:
- Introduction: (Week 1 IP)
- Include an introduction with a discussion of advertising and public relations and their relevance regarding achieving the bank’s strategic goals.
- Marketing Objectives: (Week 1 IP)
- Align specific advertising and public relations objectives to the bank’s strategic objectives using the specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-based (SMART) methodology.
- Target Segment Identification: (Week 2 DB)
- Discuss why this is the best segment to select based on demographics and a detailed discussion of needs, wants, and psychographics of that segment.
- Target Segment Comparison with Current Target Segment: (Week 2 IP)
- Compare and contrast the similarities and differences regarding the needs, wants, and psychographics of your current and new market segment.
- Channel Comparison and Selection: (Week 2 IP)
- Discuss whether digital or traditional approaches will provide the best promotional channels for your new target market, and explain why.
- Situation Analysis: (Week 3 DB)
- Prepare a situation analysis that is comprised of a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis that includes relevant banking industry and scenario-specific strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities while focusing on your previously established goals and your new target segment.
- Position Statement and Branding Strategy: (Week 3 IP)
- Create your branding strategy (position statement) for your new target market based on your situation analysis. Discuss what key messages from a branding perspective you wish to deliver to the new market segment that will provide the greatest impact. Discuss why this message will appeal directly to that market segment.
- Advertising and Public Relations Strategies: (Week 3 IP)
- Incorporate specifics regarding what specific channels will be used to deliver your message to your target market to increase both reach and frequency. This includes magazine titles, specific newspapers, or actual social media sites as examples. Both traditional and digital must be used.
- Discuss why the selected advertising and public relations strategies are appropriate regarding specific target segment penetration.
- Public Relations Piece: (Week 4 DB ) New Content
- Create 1 public relations piece (e-mail, blog, or a newspaper piece) that you will use as part of your public relations program.
- Public Relations Piece Metrics: (Week 4 IP) New Content
- Include specific metrics to gauge if your public relations piece from the phase 4 Discussion Board is effective and how it will be tracked from a return on investment perspective.
- The board needs to know that they are spending money effectively. For example, if you are doing a direct mailing, how will you validate if the mailing was successful at achieving its goal? If you are using banner ads on a partner site, how do you know that your investment in that channel is worth the money or that it is achieving your goal for that promotion?