Principles of Marketing: "Chapter 16: The Marketing Plan"

Read this chapter, which discusses marketing planning roles, the parts and functions of the marketing plan, forecasting, and the structure of a marketing plan audit. It also discusses PEST Analysis and other external factors that affect marketing decisions. Some of the material in this chapter is a review of concepts addressed in the course up to this point. Key takeaways include the steps in the forecasting process. Thus, you will be able to identify types of forecasting methods and their advantages and disadvantages as well as discuss the methods used to improve the accuracy of forecasts. Lastly, you will apply marketing planning processes to ongoing business settings and identify the role of the marketing audit. Please answer the discussion questions at the end of the chapter.