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Small Business: Marketing Strategy

Need a marketing plan to kickstart your small business? This free course unpacks research, strategy and forecasts.

Publisher: Saylor Academy
This free online course provides lessons on the process of developing marketing plans and different ways of doing market research. It also touches on strategic planning and takes a look at the process of making market forecasts for your business. Enroll today to find out more about these crucial aspects of effective marketing.
Small Business: Marketing Strategy
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    3-4 Hours
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This course is designed to deliver informative lessons on essential topics in marketing strategy. Two common questions often asked about marketing are, ‘Why do we study marketing?’ and ‘Who does marketing?’. Both are answered in the first part of this course. You will then learn about the process of doing market research. Find out why and how to define the particulars of the research before designing and undertaking the study itself. Have you ever been presented with a questionnaire requesting personal information? Or perhaps you have had to give a review on the Internet after shopping with a company? Were the questions on these surveys able to get you to divulge genuine or false information? And what do you think the effects of your response will be on the market research that is being conducted? All these questions and many more are answered in this free online course. You will be taught how to properly phrase questions for surveys to get the required results, and learn how to analyze and present your findings afterwards.

The course goes on to discuss the influence of the external environment on a business and its market demands. You will learn how political, cultural, technological, legal and demographic factors affect the market. Afterwards, you will be introduced to the concept of forecasting new trends and how to effectively select target markets. Companies do not just decide to throw money into marketing to show off. Most organizations make careful analyses that result in calculated guesses (‘forecasts’) as to what returns they would get from marketing a product. Care to find out how these forecasts are made? Or are you interested in finding out what metrics these forecasts are decided on? You will learn about the time series analysis technique and other related topics. Every new product goes through a systematic development over time, known as its lifecycle. Study the four stages of a product’s life cycle and what to do at each stage. Lastly, delve into strategic portfolio planning, where you will learn about the BCG matrix (Boston Consulting Group) and General Electric’s (GE) approach to strategic portfolio planning.

Marketing processes, if properly executed, can lead to massive gains for any organization. The entire processes of marketing research design, planning, data collection, as well as analysis and presentation forms a very important contribution to any business, and one that requires expertise from the marketing arm. With several real-life scenarios from famous companies like Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, this free online marketing strategy course will teach you how to develop strategies designed to help you achieve your business objectives and build a competitive advantage.

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