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Marketing Plans: How to Prepare Them, How to Use Them 7th Edition

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Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

MARKETING PLANS Seventh Edition is packed with full pedagogical features:

Summary: Each chapter begins with bullet points which highlight the main features and learning to be covered.

Key Concepts: Principal marketing ideas and themes are highlighted as snapshots throughout the text.

Crucial Terms: Concise definitions of important terms and vocabulary are provided in the margin to allow for a smoother, easier reading of the text.

Examples: Provide additional illustrative marketing accounts to contextualize learning.

Marketing Insights: Real-life marketing anecdotes contextualize learning.

Headlines: Highlights taken from the text as marginalized notes bring important points to the attention of the reader.

Case Studies: In-depth studies of marketing experiences show how the theories work in real-world companies.

Application Questions: These appear at the end of each chapter and relate the theory to practice by asking the reader to apply the theory to real-life situations.

Chapter Review: Condenses the main themes of the chapter and directs the reader to relevant exercises for each topic for them to try.

Exercises: These appear at the end of each chapter and are preceded by a brief introduction which informs the reader of the issues and concepts they will find within each exercise. Each exercise helps the reader to translate the theory into practice and reinforces the learning gained from each chapter. Many exercise also end with an ‘interpretation' to guide the reader in their workings.

Tutor and Student Support: Tutor and student support sites for using Marketing Plans 7th Edition for teaching and learning can be found at: www.marketingplansbook.com

From the Back Cover

Now in its 7th edition, Marketing Plans is a highly renowned international bestseller. The book has been thoroughly revised, and every chapter has been carefully updated with special attention to the latest developments in marketing. To accomplish this, Professor Malcolm McDonald has been joined in this edition by Professor Hugh Wilson, a leading expert on CRM and multichannel strategy as well as marketing planning.

Major changes to this edition include new chapters based on the very latest research on:

  • Planning for integrated marketing communications and digital marketing
  • Developing multichannel strategy
  • Developing the CRM plan
  • Marketing effectiveness and accountability

Marketing Plans is designed as a tool and a user-friendly learning, resource. Every point illustrated by powerful practical examples and made actionable through simple, step-by-step templates and exercises.

The book is established as essential reading for all serious professional marketers and students of marketing, from undergraduate and postgraduate to professional courses for bodies such as CIM. Above all it provides a practical, hands-on guide to implementing every single concept included in the text.

"It is clearly and powerfully written and is probably the best book on the theory and practice of marketing planning ever written. It is a best-seller in Europe and I strongly recommend the book to anyone with an interest in marketing planning."
Warren J. Keegan, Professor of International Business and Marketing Director, Institute for Global Business Strategy, Pace University, New York

"I am extremely impressed by the step lucidity of what is presented."
Dr D. H. Eaton, North Carolina University

"A book reaching the quantities sold of Marketing Plans must be a book that is really used. It is not difficult to see why. Malcolm McDonald writes about what to do in marketing and how to do it. Unlike many academic marketing writers, he will never let you forget that marketing ends with –ing."
Kenneth Simmonds, Professor of Marketing and International Business, London Business School

"Malcolm McDonald is clearly one of the most respected Professors of Marketing in Europe and the author of a number of outstanding books. The fact that Marketing Plans has been such a massive seller offers testimony of this. McDonald writes with clarity and insight that is becoming increasingly rare today. It is powerful, up to date and has proved that it works. I recommend it to you!"
John D. Ryans, Jr, Bridgestone Professor of International and Professor of International Marketing, Kent State University, Ohio


Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 7 edition (March 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470669977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470669976
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As I first got interested in marketing I started to browse several marketing books, particularly those about the process of writing a marketing plan. Now after a bit of experience I understand I should have started with this book. Maybe it is not the most practical, operational, pragmatic book out there but in the long run you will find yourself reading it and reading it again. If your only scope is to write down a marketing plan and you have no idea about what a marketing plan is, maybe there are some better books written in the "marketing plans in 24 hour" style.
But if you want to understand what is marketing, the core marketing, and I personally suggest this grounds-up approach, this is a reference book you can not miss. Now the annoyance: at the end of each chapter you find "Application questions", "Review" and "Excercises" which are the real plus of the book. Unfortunately if you want to access the online instructor resources, Wiley wants you to register but your registration data has to be evaluated from a Wiley "supervisor": well, he or she argued the fact I am CTO in a consulting company involved with marketing training was not enough and my request was refused.
Maybe Wiley thinks you need a Ph.D from MIT to read this book but don't trust them: this is the first book you should read before starting off your marketing journey.
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This was not a helpful book for my purposes. This is a book about big corporation marketing. But I needed to know more about general small business marketing. So it wasn't helpful at all. Not to mention that formatting of this book was absolutely horrid. It made it even harder to read because there were times there are no spaces between punctuation and words. There was so much I didn't like about this book. We'll just leave it at that.
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Having a comprehensive Marketing plan is key to the success of any business and this book by Malcolm McDonald and Hugh Wilson is excellent. I bought it to supliment my CIM Professional Deploma in Marketing and have round it to be thorough and interesting. The best thing for me, is it gets you thinking differently about business. It is a fairly hefty book, but well worth ready every page.

With clear explanations, examples and exercises it has helped me in my Margeting role and I have even used it for my Digital Marketing website;
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