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How to write market positioning statements.

Your organization is gearing up to launch a new product or service, or enter a new market. You’re on the marketing team. You’re familiar with the details of these new endeavors; you know your customers. Where do you start?  (The following guide is an excerpt from my Marketing Strategy certificate .)

Start with the positioning statement.

A positioning statement is a concise description of your target market as well as a compelling picture of how you want that market to perceive your brand. Though it may read like something from your promotional materials, your positioning statement is an internal tool. Every product and marketing decision you make regarding your brand has to align with and support your positioning statement. A good positioning statement is a guidepost for your marketing efforts. It helps you maintain focus on your brand and its value proposition while you work on market strategy and tactics.

Guidelines for Good Positioning Statements

What makes a good positioning statement? Here are six keys to keep in mind:

  • It is simple, memorable, and tailored to the target market.
  • It provides an unmistakable and easily understood picture of your brand that differentiates it from your competitors.
  • It is credible, and your brand can deliver on its promise.
  • Your brand can be the sole occupier of this particular position in the market. You can “own” it.
  • It helps you evaluate whether or not marketing decisions are consistent with and supportive of your brand.
  • It leaves room for growth.

Template for Writing a Positioning Statement

Here’s a basic template for writing a positioning statement:

For [insert Target Market], the [insert Brand] is the [insert Point of Differentiation] among all [insert Frame of Reference] because [insert Reason to Believe].

  • The point of differentiation (POD) describes how your brand or product benefits customers in ways that set you apart from your competitors.
  • The frame of reference (FOR) is the segment or category in which your company competes.
  • The reason to believe is just what it says. This is a statement providing compelling evidence and reasons why customers in your target market can have confidence in your differentiation claims.

The wording of your positioning statement doesn’t have to match this template exactly, but to be effective, it must contain the five main components in brackets above. Occasionally, a positioning statement will contain a point of parity, when it is central to a product’s positioning.

Above all, your point of differentiation, frame of reference, and reason to believe must be meaningful, important, and convincing to your customers, not just to your company.

Examples of Great Positioning Statements

The following positioning statement was used by Amazon.com in 2001, when it sold books almost exclusively:

For World Wide Web users who enjoy books, Amazon.com is a retail bookseller that provides instant access to over 1.1 million books. Unlike traditional book retailers, Amazon.com provides a combination of extraordinary convenience, low prices, and comprehensive selection.

Our fictitious company, Underfoot Industries, has decided to pursue two target markets: schools and light commercial customers. These are distinct market segments whose customers rate their needs differently, so the company must develop two positioning statements:

For schools , the Underfoot Industries EverAwesome line is the strongest, most durable carpet among all commercial-grade carpets for organizations on a budget, because it is made using our patented SteelTwist technology. The EverAwesome line features Underfoot Industries’ patented technology for producing high-strength, low-wear carpets. Underfoot named its production technology “SteelTwist” to appeal to customers, such as schools, who place a very high value on carpet strength.
For today’s appearance-conscious business , the Underfoot Industries EverAwesome line is the carpet that stays new-looking longest among all commercial-grade carpets. Our patented technology produces durable, low-wear carpet whose lifetime cost is 40-80% lower than other brands. The brand name “EverAwesome” tells customers: “This carpet looks great, AND it will last a long time.”

If this guide to market positioning statements has helped you guide your marketing strategy, I highly recommend you learn more about the Marketing Strategy certificate I teach through eCornell. It covers communicating the value of your brand in more detail as well as marketing research and analysis, distribution strategy, decision-making, and new media marketing.

Update: Thanks to the immense popularity of this post and all the great feedback we have received, we created a free  Market Positioning Statement generator . Simply plug in a few pieces of information, hit submit and get your statement in 30 seconds! It’s time to take your business to the next level- check it out here .

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A lot of preparation goes into starting a business before you can open your doors to the public or launch your online store. One of your first steps should be to write a business plan . A business plan will serve as your roadmap when building your business.

Within your business plan, there’s an important section you should pay careful attention to: your market analysis. Your market analysis helps you understand your target market and how you can thrive within it.

Simply put, your market analysis shows that you’ve done your research. It also contributes to your marketing strategy by defining your target customer and researching their buying habits. Overall, a market analysis will yield invaluable data if you have limited knowledge about your market, the market has fierce competition, and if you require a business loan. In this guide, we'll explore how to conduct your own market analysis.

How to conduct a market analysis: A step-by-step guide

In your market analysis, you can expect to cover the following:

Industry outlook

Target market

Market value

Competition

Barriers to entry

Let’s dive into an in-depth look into each section:

Step 1: Define your objective

Before you begin your market analysis, it’s important to define your objective for writing a market analysis. Are you writing it for internal purposes or for external purposes?

If you were doing a market analysis for internal purposes, you might be brainstorming new products to launch or adjusting your marketing tactics. An example of an external purpose might be that you need a market analysis to get approved for a business loan .

The comprehensiveness of your market analysis will depend on your objective. If you’re preparing for a new product launch, you might focus more heavily on researching the competition. A market analysis for a loan approval would require heavy data and research into market size and growth, share potential, and pricing.

Step 2: Provide an industry outlook

An industry outlook is a general direction of where your industry is heading. Lenders want to know whether you’re targeting a growing industry or declining industry. For example, if you’re looking to sell VCRs in 2020, it’s unlikely that your business will succeed.

Starting your market analysis with an industry outlook offers a preliminary view of the market and what to expect in your market analysis. When writing this section, you'll want to include:

Market size

Are you chasing big markets or are you targeting very niche markets? If you’re targeting a niche market, are there enough customers to support your business and buy your product?

Product life cycle

If you develop a product, what will its life cycle look like? Lenders want an overview of how your product will come into fruition after it’s developed and launched. In this section, you can discuss your product’s:

Research and development

Projected growth

How do you see your company performing over time? Calculating your year-over-year growth will help you and lenders see how your business has grown thus far. Calculating your projected growth shows how your business will fare in future projected market conditions.

Step 3: Determine your target market

This section of your market analysis is dedicated to your potential customer. Who is your ideal target customer? How can you cater your product to serve them specifically?

Don’t make the mistake of wanting to sell your product to everybody. Your target customer should be specific. For example, if you’re selling mittens, you wouldn’t want to market to warmer climates like Hawaii. You should target customers who live in colder regions. The more nuanced your target market is, the more information you’ll have to inform your business and marketing strategy.

With that in mind, your target market section should include the following points:

Demographics

This is where you leave nothing to mystery about your ideal customer. You want to know every aspect of your customer so you can best serve them. Dedicate time to researching the following demographics:

Income level

Create a customer persona

Creating a customer persona can help you better understand your customer. It can be easier to market to a person than data on paper. You can give this persona a name, background, and job. Mold this persona into your target customer.

What are your customer’s pain points? How do these pain points influence how they buy products? What matters most to them? Why do they choose one brand over another?

Research and supporting material

Information without data are just claims. To add credibility to your market analysis, you need to include data. Some methods for collecting data include:

Target group surveys

Focus groups

Reading reviews

Feedback surveys

You can also consult resources online. For example, the U.S. Census Bureau can help you find demographics in calculating your market share. The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration also offer general data that can help you research your target industry.

Step 4: Calculate market value

You can use either top-down analysis or bottom-up analysis to calculate an estimate of your market value.

A top-down analysis tends to be the easier option of the two. It requires for you to calculate the entire market and then estimate how much of a share you expect your business to get. For example, let’s assume your target market consists of 100,000 people. If you’re optimistic and manage to get 1% of that market, you can expect to make 1,000 sales.

A bottom-up analysis is more data-driven and requires more research. You calculate the individual factors of your business and then estimate how high you can scale them to arrive at a projected market share. Some factors to consider when doing a bottom-up analysis include:

Where products are sold

Who your competition is

The price per unit

How many consumers you expect to reach

The average amount a customer would buy over time

While a bottom-up analysis requires more data than a top-down analysis, you can usually arrive at a more accurate calculation.

Step 5: Get to know your competition

Before you start a business, you need to research the level of competition within your market. Are there certain companies getting the lion’s share of the market? How can you position yourself to stand out from the competition?

There are two types of competitors that you should be aware of: direct competitors and indirect competitors.

Direct competitors are other businesses who sell the same product as you. If you and the company across town both sell apples, you are direct competitors.

An indirect competitor sells a different but similar product to yours. If that company across town sells oranges instead, they are an indirect competitor. Apples and oranges are different but they still target a similar market: people who eat fruits.

Also, here are some questions you want to answer when writing this section of your market analysis:

What are your competitor’s strengths?

What are your competitor’s weaknesses?

How can you cover your competitor’s weaknesses in your own business?

How can you solve the same problems better or differently than your competitors?

How can you leverage technology to better serve your customers?

How big of a threat are your competitors if you open your business?

Step 6: Identify your barriers

Writing a market analysis can help you identify some glaring barriers to starting your business. Researching these barriers will help you avoid any costly legal or business mistakes down the line. Some entry barriers to address in your marketing analysis include:

Technology: How rapid is technology advancing and can it render your product obsolete within the next five years?

Branding: You need to establish your brand identity to stand out in a saturated market.

Cost of entry: Startup costs, like renting a space and hiring employees, are expensive. Also, specialty equipment often comes with hefty price tags. (Consider researching equipment financing to help finance these purchases.)

Location: You need to secure a prime location if you’re opening a physical store.

Competition: A market with fierce competition can be a steep uphill battle (like attempting to go toe-to-toe with Apple or Amazon).

Step 7: Know the regulations

When starting a business, it’s your responsibility to research governmental and state business regulations within your market. Some regulations to keep in mind include (but aren’t limited to):

Employment and labor laws

Advertising

Environmental regulations

If you’re a newer entrepreneur and this is your first business, this part can be daunting so you might want to consult with a business attorney. A legal professional will help you identify the legal requirements specific to your business. You can also check online legal help sites like LegalZoom or Rocket Lawyer.

Tips when writing your market analysis

We wouldn’t be surprised if you feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information needed in a market analysis. Keep in mind, though, this research is key to launching a successful business. You don’t want to cut corners, but here are a few tips to help you out when writing your market analysis:

Use visual aids

Nobody likes 30 pages of nothing but text. Using visual aids can break up those text blocks, making your market analysis more visually appealing. When discussing statistics and metrics, charts and graphs will help you better communicate your data.

Include a summary

If you’ve ever read an article from an academic journal, you’ll notice that writers include an abstract that offers the reader a preview.

Use this same tactic when writing your market analysis. It will prime the reader of your market highlights before they dive into the hard data.

Get to the point

It’s better to keep your market analysis concise than to stuff it with fluff and repetition. You’ll want to present your data, analyze it, and then tie it back into how your business can thrive within your target market.

Revisit your market analysis regularly

Markets are always changing and it's important that your business changes with your target market. Revisiting your market analysis ensures that your business operations align with changing market conditions. The best businesses are the ones that can adapt.

Why should you write a market analysis?

Your market analysis helps you look at factors within your market to determine if it’s a good fit for your business model. A market analysis will help you:

1. Learn how to analyze the market need

Markets are always shifting and it’s a good idea to identify current and projected market conditions. These trends will help you understand the size of your market and whether there are paying customers waiting for you. Doing a market analysis helps you confirm that your target market is a lucrative market.

2. Learn about your customers

The best way to serve your customer is to understand them. A market analysis will examine your customer’s buying habits, pain points, and desires. This information will aid you in developing a business that addresses those points.

3. Get approved for a business loan

Starting a business, especially if it’s your first one, requires startup funding. A good first step is to apply for a business loan with your bank or other financial institution.

A thorough market analysis shows that you’re professional, prepared, and worth the investment from lenders. This preparation inspires confidence within the lender that you can build a business and repay the loan.

4. Beat the competition

Your research will offer valuable insight and certain advantages that the competition might not have. For example, thoroughly understanding your customer’s pain points and desires will help you develop a superior product or service than your competitors. If your business is already up and running, an updated market analysis can upgrade your marketing strategy or help you launch a new product.

Final thoughts

There is a saying that the first step to cutting down a tree is to sharpen an axe. In other words, preparation is the key to success. In business, preparation increases the chances that your business will succeed, even in a competitive market.

The market analysis section of your business plan separates the entrepreneurs who have done their homework from those who haven’t. Now that you’ve learned how to write a market analysis, it’s time for you to sharpen your axe and grow a successful business. And keep in mind, if you need help crafting your business plan, you can always turn to business plan software or a free template to help you stay organized.

This article originally appeared on JustBusiness, a subsidiary of NerdWallet.

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Market Positioning – Definition, Types, Benefits, Examples & How-to

Imagine you want to be, let’s say,  a detergent manufacturer, and there are thousands of other detergents in the market.  Why do you think customers will buy your detergent from a cluster of “million options”?

However, if your detergent has unique features that can give your customers unique benefits, then that is a different story. People don’t want to buy a product that claims to do “everything.” Instead, they want a better solution that can tackle at least “something.” You just need to show them that your detergent can specifically do “this.”

 To cut it short, you need to position your product or service uniquely. In marketing terms, this is called market positioning. Why is market positioning important, and what are your options regarding market positioning? Let’s find out.

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What Is Market Positioning?

Market positioning, in simple words, is a marketing strategy that focuses on creating a unique image or perception of a brand, product, or service in the customer’s mind. A business can create that unique image by any means.

For instance, the four Ps of marketing (promotion, product, price, and place) are important factors in market positioning. The more a business focuses on these 4 Ps, the will better will be its positioning in the market. Still not getting a clear picture of market positioning? Here are some examples for basic understanding:

  • A shoemaker specializes in making formal shoes for highly sophisticated or formal events.
  • A fast-food franchise that makes unique grilled beef burgers.
  • A car manufacturing company specializes in manufacturing luxury cars with unparalleled features.

So, what was the basic theme in these examples? The sellers in these examples are focusing on a specific niche rather than catering to a general audience.

Types Of Market Positioning

Different businesses use different techniques for market positioning. However, here some of the most common types of positioning in the market.

Quality of A Product or Service

Amidst the fearsome price wars, many brands strive hard to provide quality. Yes, when you please your customer with unparalleled quality, price becomes a less-concerned issue.

Example. Chipotle has quickly gathered immense fame and climbed to the 14 th spot in the list of top 50 fast-food franchises in the USA (ranking from QSR magazine). This quality-oriented brand has already captured a significant market share and causing trouble for “big boys.”

Innovation and Uniqueness

Many brands focus on providing innovation and uniqueness. If you can bring something new and fascinating, you can charge higher prices and people will pay for it happily.

Example. What would be a better example of innovation than Apple? The electronics industry’s juggernaut has captured a massive global market just because of its mind-blowing and surreal innovations.

Price of A Product or Service

When a brand is not enriched with innovation or superior quality, then pricing is an excellent option to challenge your competitors. Whether you accept or not, price is still one of the most critical factors that affect many consumers’ purchase decision.

Example. Dollar Shave Club has proved to be a nightmare for Gillette because they offer the cheapest razor cartridge refilling (20 cents) while Gillette was doing it for $2-$5. Due to this massive difference, Gillette has seen a decreasing market share.

Product Differentiation

Similar to innovation, product differentiation is another excellent marketing strategy to take the lead. A different product or service can easily kill the competition.

Example. Tesla has revolutionized the automobile industry with its electronic cars. This has sidelined many economic cars such as Toyota Prius.

Customer Service

Customer services , if appropriately managed, can create a massive and defining image in consumers’ minds. In fact, this category is fundamental in specific industries such as banking and restaurants.

Example. Zappos, an American online shoe company, has unique customer service practices. They respond to every single email they get, even if the email is directly for the company’s CEO.

Niche Segregation

Targeting a micro-level market segment is another super-effective way of market positioning.

Example. Axe, also known as Lynx, is a famous British brand that focuses on male grooming products such as body sprays, deodorants, etc., for young males.

Advantages of Market Positioning

Market positing can help a brand in “countless” ways but here top five of them:

Increase in Revenue

Marketing positioning is purely dedicated to creating a unique image of any specific brand. When a brand succeeds in creating a unique market position, its revenue increases due to a boost in sales volume.

Built A Competitive Edge

Market positioning also helps brands to create a competitive edge. Either you are following a pricing strategy or focusing on providing quality products or services, you develop a competitive advantage when you position your brand in the market. Everything your competitors don’t have is a competitive advantage, whether it is your offering’s price, uniqueness, or quality.

Easy to Promote A New Product

A company that has already positioned itself in the market can launch a new product and penetrate the market easily. This significantly reduces marketing costs as well.

Create A Brand Identity

Brand identity is highly dependent on market positioning. Only proper marketing positioning can develop an image or perception in a customer’s mind.

Marketing Positioning Simplifies the Purchase Decision for Customers

Customers want easy options and solutions while making a purchase decision. Positioning allows them to determine what kind of benefits they will get from a specific product or service. It ultimately simplifies their buying process.

How To Create A Successful Market Positioning Strategy

The market positioning strategy of any brand should be based on its core objectives. Companies should be clear as to how do they want their customers to perceive them. Here are some “must-do” practices to develop a thriving market positioning strategy.

Identify Your Strengths Through Competitor Analysis

Identifying the differences between you and your competitors is mandatory. This ultimately helps you to determine your strengths and how you can use them to take advantage of opportunities.

Analyze the Current Market Position

Before you decide to position yourself in the market, it is better to evaluate your current position. This will assist you in differentiating yourself from your competitors.

Detailed Competitor Positioning Analysis

Apart from identifying your strengths, it is equally important to analyze your competitors’ strengths and how they can challenge you.

Create Your Market Positioning Strategy

Once you have examined the factors mentioned above thoroughly and understand your position, strength, and opportunities, develop your positioning strategy accordingly.

Positioning Errors That A Company Should Avoid

Excess of everything is bad, and the same is the case with market positioning. If a brand makes too many “promises” and claims to be the best, things may go south easily. So, here are some of the common mistakes marketers commit while developing positioning strategies:

  • Confused Positioning. Making too many claims and frequently changing the product features can make the customers confused about brand image.
  • Over Positioning. Over positioning means that a firm has gone way too specific in niche selection that only appeals to very few customers. It becomes challenging for a company to achieve its sales target with such a low number of potential customers.
  • Under Positioning. Under position, in simplest terms, means that a brand has failed to create a unique or differentiated image in customer’s mind.  That said, the customer fails to differentiate a specific brand from others.
  • Doubtful Positioning. Doubtful positioning can be best described as “it’s too good to be true.” That said, it is a situation where customers become doubtful about the claims made by the brand because they look suspicious or unreal. This usually happens when a product’s price, physical features, etc., fail to match with the company’s claim.

Examples of Market Positioning

It will be an injustice if we don’t talk about Tesla as one of the best market positioning examples. The company has taken “price” out of the equation and only focuses on providing unparalleled quality to its customers. Tesla is more of a luxury brand, and its vehicles are:

  • Eco-friendly
  • Large-ranged

One of the best and globally admired brands, Nike has positioned itself in the market as an innovator with a high focus on performance. The waffle shoes from Nike have become the most expensive sneakers in the world. After bossing the “shoes” category, Nike is now offering performance-boosting sports attires.

The finest portrayal of “inbound marketing,” HubSpot developed a huge customer-oriented platform by offering helpful content to its readers. HubSpot is:

  • User-friendly
  • Customer-centric, and

Which makes it an automatic choice of many consumers around the globe. Apart from that, HubSpot has become an “all-in-one shop” that deals in:

  • Marketing automation
  • Sales and service

It won’t be wrong to say that Starbucks has revived the tradition of coffee consumption in the USA. That is because the country had witnessed a decrease in coffee consumption since 1960. Starbucks, therefore, carefully targeted office workers who were interested in purchasing a high-quality product.

Coffee is considered as a soothing and relaxing beverage in the US, and Starbucks has always been vigilant to live up to the expectations.

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How to Create an Effective Market Positioning Strategy

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Your market positioning strategy is a key element of brand development. It helps guide content marketing plans, influencer marketing tactics, pricing and distribution models, and even has an influence on decisions made outside of the marketing department too. But the concept of positioning can be a little ambiguous, as can the strategies used to cement it. So in this post, we’ll delve into all you need to know about product positioning; let’s begin by clearing up what we mean by this term.

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What is market positioning, how to kick start your market positioning strategy.

Branding and digital marketing expert,  Phil Kotler  (also known as the "father of modern marketing”), defines market positioning as “the act of designing the company’s offering and image to occupy a distinctive place in the mind of the target market”. In general, strategic positioning is used to influence the perception of an organisation or product in relation to others in the market. The idea is to create an image and identity that audiences recognise as being a certain way.

Perception is complicated. You see, they vary from person to person and like reputation, it’s fragile - it can take years to craft and seconds to shatter. But if it’s so temperamental, why are professionals investing millions into strategic positioning? Well, there are a number of very attractive advantages to benefit from, including (but not limited to):

  • Heightened awareness
  • Differentiation
  • Charging premium pricing
  • Increased recall
  • Improved market and customer-centricity
  • Helping companies to bounce back from crisis
  • Increased brand equity

With advantages like the above, it’s pretty understandable why so many teams strive to have a clear-cut brand positioning strategy. If you’re wondering how you can too, you’ve come to the right place. During this article, we’ll walk you through all you need to know about strategic positioning so you can reap the above awards also!

Conduct a competitive analysis

In order to create a unique positioning in marketing, you first need to understand how you compare to other companies in your space. This can be achieved through strategic competitive intelligence and assists you with understanding aspects like:

  • Who are your main competitors?
  • How much influence does each of your competitors have on each other?
  • What key themes are associated with each competitor?
  • Are certain competitors thought of more favourably?
  • What does the consumer like and dislike about them?
  • Where they’re performing and where they’re falling flat?
  • How is the industry performing?
  • Where do the opportunities and threats lie?
  • How does your organisation compare and contrast amongst others in your category?

Once you have the answers to the above questions, your competitive positioning will become clearer. We don’t want to sound like a broken record and repeat past competitive analysis tips we’ve already shared, so instead, you find useful resources on this topic below:

  • How to Perform a Competitive Analysis
  • Competitor Benchmarking: What It Is and Why It Is Important

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Plot a market map

Next, using the insights gathered from your competitive analysis, create a perceptual map that shows your competitive positioning. A perceptual map, sometimes referred to as a position map or market map, is a visual representation of how competitors are positioned in relation to your organisation. Through market mapping, you can better understand the thoughts and behaviours of consumers, spot industry trends and see gaps in your category, helping you create a unique and differentiated identity.

Maps takes the form of a matrix which is usually represented by two or more attributes that you rate on a scale, for example, from high to low. While famous scholars such as Keller tend to focus on ‘price’ and ‘quality’, you might find plotting other attributes on the axis more helpful, such as:

  • Quality vs Price
  • Functionality vs Price
  • Healthiness vs Tastiness
  • Price vs Performance
  • Price vs Safety & Reliability

Example of perception map

 Not created this type of map before? We’d recommend checking out  GroupMap’s free tool  and reviewing this article which  offers tips on plotting and reading such maps . We’d also advise reading this HBR article,  A Better Way to Map Brand Strategy , which introduces a more advanced type of map known as a centrality-distinctiveness (C-D) map. Traditionally, companies have analysed brand positioning and business performance separately, the difference with C-D maps is that they allow companies to directly connect a brand’s position on a perceptual map alongside business outcomes such as sales.

Write a positioning statement

By now you should have a good idea of how you want to be perceived, the next step is to formalise thoughts and develop a statement.

As  Hubspot  explains, a positioning statement is a brief description of a product or service and target market, and how the product or service fills a particular need of the target market. It's meant to be used as an internal tool to focus and align efforts with the brand and value proposition. Unlike value proposition statements which describe through an overview of the benefits a product or service/ what sets your product or service apart from competitors, positioning statements are created after you've developed your business' value proposition and identifies only the primary customer benefits and points of differentiation.

Here are a few positioning statement examples to spark inspo.

G2 Crowd  positioning statement example: G2 provides a B2B review site for business professionals who are looking to quickly discover, buy, and manage  the best technology  for their needs. Unlike other B2B review sites, G2 offers 700K+ unbiased and verified user reviews in over 1400 categories.

HubSpot  positioning statement example: Since 2006, HubSpot has been on a mission to make the world more inbound. Today, over 68,800 total customers in more than 100 countries use HubSpot’s award-winning software, services, and support to transform the way they attract, engage, and delight customers. Comprised of Marketing Hub, Sales Hub, Service Hub, and a powerful free CRM, HubSpot gives companies the tools they need to Grow Better.

Tips to follow when writing a positioning statement:

  • Keep your statement short and sweet
  • Make it unique
  • Keep your statement aligned with your core values
  • Don’t forget to include your promise
  • Explain why your company is different
  • Follow the below positioning statement example formula as a rule of thumb:

For [your customer], [your company] is the [your market] that best delivers on [your promise] because [your company] is [your evidence].

Consider the strategic market positioning signals you’ll use

Now you that you understand your positioning and have summarised this in a statement, it’s time to think about what marketing positioning strategies you’ll use. Let’s take Louis Vuitton as an example. This is a company that’s known for being high-end and highly valued – but that didn’t just happen by chance. A team of marketing experts carefully crafted that perception through a number of signals (or strategic positioning strategies). Let’s explore some of those signals in more depth.

More often than not, price is a key factor in the  customer journey  decision-making process and what customers come to expect from a business is usually determined by this signal. While the old saying "you get what you pay for" is cliché, audiences truly believe in this mantra. Because of this, marketing teams use their pricing strategy, be it low or premium, to occupy a distinct image and dictate how prospects perceive the value offered. Positioning solely on price is dangerous territory though. As John Michael Morgan explains in his book 'Brand Against the Machine', “one of the problems with trying to be the cheapest price is that it's far too easy for someone to come along and price their product or service lower. Low price positioning means your business might as well be standing on quicksand. There is no loyalty for businesses positioned on the low end of price as the customer will go to who is offering the lowest." With this in mind, marketing professionals rarely use pricing as a key differentiator.

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Perceived quality

Price and perceived quality usually go hand in hand, which is why they’re often the go-to attributes for perception maps amongst scholars. Consultant and Professor, David Aaker, states that perceived quality has three prongs: 1. Objective quality, which is based on the performance of the brand 2. Manufacturing quality, which is based on how defect-free the brand is 3. Product-based quality, which is associated with features/ parts/ ingredients/ services Say you have two TVs, one is a 4K plasma smart TV with after sales care and the other is a bog standard entry-level model. You may think that the entry-level TV will naturally be perceived as being lower quality as it has fewer features, but truth is, positioning in marketing requires you to have an understanding of what quality means to different customer segments. If certain audiences prefer to look at the manufacturing spec/ materials used and the entry-level TV comes out top, consumers will deem that to be of better quality regardless of the product attributes of the plasma TV. Moreover, the plasma TV may be produced by a company that has a history with product recalls, in which case, consumers are likely to think that entry-level TV is still better quality. 

So to summarise, it's important to achieve perceived quality on a dimension that consumers consider important. Want to learn more about better understanding your target audience and their decision making process? Check out our  Meltwater Audience and Consumer Insights tool or take a look at the best consumer insights tools in comparison !

Corporate endorsements

Another positioning signal often leveraged by marketing and branding pros is corporate endorsements. While McDonald's is known as being a fast-food company, they tried to dispel their unhealthy image through  their London 2012 Olympic sponsorship . Despite the sponsorship confusing people at first, it gave McDonald's the publicity and platform they wanted to raise awareness around obesity. In line with their sponsorship, they unveiled a large-scale promotional push which took place throughout the duration of The Games and included activity toys with Happy Meals and vouchers for sport sessions. As a top-tier International Olympic Committee sponsor, McDonald's was also the only branded food in the Olympic Park and the Athlete's Village. The messaging strategy? If a Big Mac is good enough for the world’s top athlete’s it's good enough for you (in moderation… of course)!

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Influencer marketing

Following on from the above, influencer marketing can also significantly help positioning efforts. Since consumers often find influencers more credible as the message doesn’t directly come from a company, it’s a great strategy to use for those wanting to influence how their organisation is perceived amongst those they're targeting. With that being said,  choosing the right influencers to endorse your brand  is critical. Make the wrong decision and your business can end up being positioned in a totally different direction than what you set out to achieve. Thankfully we don’t have to rely solely on our gut feel when choosing influencers as there are tools out there that can do the job for us.  Meltwater’s Social Influencer Management solution  is one example.

Tip: These are the best social influencer management platforms and social influencer marketing platforms .

Thought leadership

Think Marketing  defines thought leadership as a “communication strategy that positions your brand as a leading authority on a specific industry/category/subject”. Lots of companies choose to include thought leadership in their content marketing strategy and  frame their executives as experts on certain topics  knowing this has a positive effect on product positioning too. Thought leadership is useful for all organisations, but it’s especially helpful for those wanting to break into a new category as it can make employees seem more credible and trustworthy.

There are thousands of examples of thought leadership online, but as an animal lover, one of my favourites has to be  Lush cosmetics . To strengthen their cruelty-free product positioning and brand promise, Lush often gets involved in lobbying for animal rights. They even have their own award,  The Lush Prize , which is the largest prize fund in the non-animal testing sector, awarding £250,000 to support initiatives that end or replace animal testing.

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Distribution

Your distribution strategy can say a lot about you and your positioning. For example, choosing to sell your goods in convenience stores doesn’t scream luxury. Moreover, products sold in convenience stores also tend to be lower in price as they need to match the consumers browsing mindset. It’s unlikely that customers will pop out to get a pint of milk or loaf of bread and come home with a £1,000 TV – but if it’s lower-priced, you might just trigger that impulse buy! When selling goods through retailers, businesses also have less control over promotional efforts. This is why it’s rare to see extremely exclusive brands in department stores – yes, even the fancy ones! Such companies prefer owning their owns stores, and in most cases, rarely offer promotions – a strategic tactic that helps strengthen their exclusive market positioning too!

Measure if you’ve successfully influenced positioning in marketing with these 3 methods

Now there’s no use in putting all this effort into strategic positioning if you’re not going to measure whether or not your decision has successfully moved the needle. As mentioned earlier, perception is complicated – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be analysed. Below you’ll find 3 marketing analysis strategies to lean on when trying to understand if you’ve influenced how your target audience perceives you.

Media Monitoring

Use  media monitoring and measurement  to see if the thought leadership angles you're targeting and tactics used are resonating. You can do this by measuring how many times your organisation is mentioned alongside conversations related to the thought leadership angles you set out to drive. You can even measure how prominent your company is within the conversation, for example, are you mentioned in the title of the article or alongside a bunch of competitors?

Audience analysis

Use a  consumer analysis tool  to understand if there’s a difference in the types of  tribes following you on social media . This can be achieved by looking at dimensions such as audience affinity, how your target audience describes themselves in their bios, other types of companies they follow, and so on. This is especially useful if you want to measure whether you’ve successfully changed the type of target audience you’re marketing to.  

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Hold a focus group

Brand salience is the degree by which your company is thought of or noticed by consumers when they make a purchase decision. Focus groups are a great way of qualitatively measuring brand salience. For example, you can ask the consumer what company comes to mind when they think of marketing analytics. If they recall yours, it’s a good indication that you have strong positioning.

Hopefully, by now you have a better understanding of what is meant by positioning in marketing, understanding your competitive positioning, how to write a market positioning statement, as well as the types of strategies and tactics you can use to change how your business is perceived. To wrap things up, I wanted to share one example of a brand that did this well...

Back in 2012, Kodak was on the brink of extinction - but only 8 years later, it's a force to be reckoned with. When Danielle Atkins, Chief Brand & Marketing Officer, joined the company in 2014, she helped Kodak reignite its relevance and gave it the breath of fresh air needed within the youth demographic. By harnessing the latest trends, collaborating with influencers and captivating audiences, Kodak now has a new lease on life! Ever the curious ones, Meltwater partnered with Atkins on a webinar so we could better understand the steps she took to achieve this! Curious too? Listen to the  on-demand recording  and hear Danielle explain how you too can re-energise your brand, in both the B2B and B2C spaces, with a carefully put together marketing strategy. 

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24 of My Favorite Sample Business Plans & Examples For Your Inspiration

Clifford Chi

Published: February 06, 2024

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As you explore business plan examples from real companies and brands, it’s easier for you to learn how to write a good one.

But what does a good business plan look like? And how do you write one that’s both viable and convincing. I’ll walk you through the ideal business plan format along with some examples to help you get started.

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Business Plan Format

Business plan types, sample business plan templates, top business plan examples.

Ask any successful sports coach how they win so many games, and they’ll tell you they have a unique plan for every single game. To me, the same logic applies to business.

If you want to build a thriving company that can pull ahead of the competition, you need to prepare for battle before breaking into a market.

Business plans guide you along the rocky journey of growing a company. And if your business plan is compelling enough, it can also convince investors to give you funding.

With so much at stake, I’m sure you’re wondering where to begin.

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First, you’ll want to nail down your formatting. Most business plans include the following sections.

1. Executive Summary

I’d say the executive summary is the most important section of the entire business plan. 

Why? Essentially, it's the overview or introduction, written in a way to grab readers' attention and guide them through the rest of the business plan. This is important, because a business plan can be dozens or hundreds of pages long.

There are two main elements I’d recommend including in your executive summary:

Company Description

This is the perfect space to highlight your company’s mission statement and goals, a brief overview of your history and leadership, and your top accomplishments as a business.

Tell potential investors who you are and why what you do matters. Naturally, they’re going to want to know who they’re getting into business with up front, and this is a great opportunity to showcase your impact.

Need some extra help firming up those business goals? Check out HubSpot Academy’s free course to help you set goals that matter — I’d highly recommend it

Products and Services

To piggyback off of the company description, be sure to incorporate an overview of your offerings. This doesn’t have to be extensive — just another chance to introduce your industry and overall purpose as a business.

In addition to the items above, I recommend including some information about your financial projections and competitive advantage here too.:

Keep in mind you'll cover many of these topics in more detail later on in the business plan. So, keep the executive summary clear and brief, and only include the most important takeaways.

Executive Summary Business Plan Examples

This example was created with HubSpot’s business plan template:

business plan sample: Executive Summary Example

This executive summary is so good to me because it tells potential investors a short story while still covering all of the most important details.

Business plans examples: Executive Summary

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Tips for Writing Your Executive Summary

  • Start with a strong introduction of your company, showcase your mission and impact, and outline the products and services you provide.
  • Clearly define a problem, and explain how your product solves that problem, and show why the market needs your business.
  • Be sure to highlight your value proposition, market opportunity, and growth potential.
  • Keep it concise and support ideas with data.
  • Customize your summary to your audience. For example, emphasize finances and return on investment for venture capitalists.

Check out our tips for writing an effective executive summary for more guidance.

2. Market Opportunity

This is where you'll detail the opportunity in the market.

The main question I’d ask myself here is this: Where is the gap in the current industry, and how will my product fill that gap?

More specifically, here’s what I’d include in this section:

  • The size of the market
  • Current or potential market share
  • Trends in the industry and consumer behavior
  • Where the gap is
  • What caused the gap
  • How you intend to fill it

To get a thorough understanding of the market opportunity, you'll want to conduct a TAM, SAM, and SOM analysis and perform market research on your industry.

You may also benefit from creating a SWOT analysis to get some of the insights for this section.

Market Opportunity Business Plan Example

I like this example because it uses critical data to underline the size of the potential market and what part of that market this service hopes to capture.

Business plans examples: Market Opportunity

Tips for Writing Your Market Opportunity Section

  • Focus on demand and potential for growth.
  • Use market research, surveys, and industry trend data to support your market forecast and projections.
  • Add a review of regulation shifts, tech advances, and consumer behavior changes.
  • Refer to reliable sources.
  • Showcase how your business can make the most of this opportunity.

3. Competitive Landscape

Since we’re already speaking of market share, you'll also need to create a section that shares details on who the top competitors are.

After all, your customers likely have more than one brand to choose from, and you'll want to understand exactly why they might choose one over another.

My favorite part of performing a competitive analysis is that it can help you uncover:

  • Industry trends that other brands may not be utilizing
  • Strengths in your competition that may be obstacles to handle
  • Weaknesses in your competition that may help you develop selling points
  • The unique proposition you bring to the market that may resonate with customers

Competitive Landscape Business Plan Example

I like how the competitive landscape section of this business plan below shows a clear outline of who the top competitors are.

Business plans examples: Competitive Landscape

It also highlights specific industry knowledge and the importance of location, which shows useful experience in this specific industry. 

This can help build trust in your ability to execute your business plan.

Tips for Writing Your Competitive Landscape

  • Complete in-depth research, then emphasize your most important findings.
  • Compare your unique selling proposition (USP) to your direct and indirect competitors.
  • Show a clear and realistic plan for product and brand differentiation.
  • Look for specific advantages and barriers in the competitive landscape. Then, highlight how that information could impact your business.
  • Outline growth opportunities from a competitive perspective.
  • Add customer feedback and insights to support your competitive analysis.

4. Target Audience

Use this section to describe who your customer segments are in detail. What is the demographic and psychographic information of your audience?

If your immediate answer is "everyone," you'll need to dig deeper. Here are some questions I’d ask myself here:

  • What demographics will most likely need/buy your product or service?
  • What are the psychographics of this audience? (Desires, triggering events, etc.)
  • Why are your offerings valuable to them?

I’d also recommend building a buyer persona to get in the mindset of your ideal customers and be clear on why you're targeting them.

Target Audience Business Plan Example

I like the example below because it uses in-depth research to draw conclusions about audience priorities. It also analyzes how to create the right content for this audience.

Business plans examples: Target Audience

Tips for Writing Your Target Audience Section

  • Include details on the size and growth potential of your target audience.
  • Figure out and refine the pain points for your target audience , then show why your product is a useful solution.
  • Describe your targeted customer acquisition strategy in detail.
  • Share anticipated challenges your business may face in acquiring customers and how you plan to address them.
  • Add case studies, testimonials, and other data to support your target audience ideas.
  • Remember to consider niche audiences and segments of your target audience in your business plan.

5. Marketing Strategy

Here, you'll discuss how you'll acquire new customers with your marketing strategy. I’d suggest including information:

  • Your brand positioning vision and how you'll cultivate it
  • The goal targets you aim to achieve
  • The metrics you'll use to measure success
  • The channels and distribution tactics you'll use

I think it’s helpful to have a marketing plan built out in advance to make this part of your business plan easier.

Marketing Strategy Business Plan Example

This business plan example includes the marketing strategy for the town of Gawler.

In my opinion, it really works because it offers a comprehensive picture of how they plan to use digital marketing to promote the community.

Business plans examples: Marketing Strategy

Tips for Writing Your Marketing Strategy

  • Include a section about how you believe your brand vision will appeal to customers.
  • Add the budget and resources you'll need to put your plan in place.
  • Outline strategies for specific marketing segments.
  • Connect strategies to earlier sections like target audience and competitive analysis.
  • Review how your marketing strategy will scale with the growth of your business.
  • Cover a range of channels and tactics to highlight your ability to adapt your plan in the face of change.

6. Key Features and Benefits

At some point in your business plan, you'll need to review the key features and benefits of your products and/or services.

Laying these out can give readers an idea of how you're positioning yourself in the market and the messaging you're likely to use. It can even help them gain better insight into your business model.

Key Features and Benefits Business Plan Example

In my opinion, the example below does a great job outlining products and services for this business, along with why these qualities will attract the audience.

Business plans examples: Key Features and Benefits

Tips for Writing Your Key Features and Benefits

  • Emphasize why and how your product or service offers value to customers.
  • Use metrics and testimonials to support the ideas in this section.
  • Talk about how your products and services have the potential to scale.
  • Think about including a product roadmap.
  • Focus on customer needs, and how the features and benefits you are sharing meet those needs.
  • Offer proof of concept for your ideas, like case studies or pilot program feedback.
  • Proofread this section carefully, and remove any jargon or complex language.

7. Pricing and Revenue

This is where you'll discuss your cost structure and various revenue streams. Your pricing strategy must be solid enough to turn a profit while staying competitive in the industry. 

For this reason, here’s what I’d might outline in this section:

  • The specific pricing breakdowns per product or service
  • Why your pricing is higher or lower than your competition's
  • (If higher) Why customers would be willing to pay more
  • (If lower) How you're able to offer your products or services at a lower cost
  • When you expect to break even, what margins do you expect, etc?

Pricing and Revenue Business Plan Example

I like how this business plan example begins with an overview of the business revenue model, then shows proposed pricing for key products.

Business plans examples: Pricing and Revenue

Tips for Writing Your Pricing and Revenue Section

  • Get specific about your pricing strategy. Specifically, how you connect that strategy to customer needs and product value.
  • If you are asking a premium price, share unique features or innovations that justify that price point.
  • Show how you plan to communicate pricing to customers.
  • Create an overview of every revenue stream for your business and how each stream adds to your business model as a whole.
  • Share plans to develop new revenue streams in the future.
  • Show how and whether pricing will vary by customer segment and how pricing aligns with marketing strategies.
  • Restate your value proposition and explain how it aligns with your revenue model.

8. Financials

To me, this section is particularly informative for investors and leadership teams to figure out funding strategies, investment opportunities, and more.

 According to Forbes , you'll want to include three main things:

  • Profit/Loss Statement - This answers the question of whether your business is currently profitable.
  • Cash Flow Statement - This details exactly how much cash is incoming and outgoing to give insight into how much cash a business has on hand.
  • Balance Sheet - This outlines assets, liabilities, and equity, which gives insight into how much a business is worth.

While some business plans might include more or less information, these are the key details I’d include in this section.

Financials Business Plan Example

This balance sheet is a great example of level of detail you’ll need to include in the financials section of your business plan.

Business plans examples: Financials

Tips for Writing Your Financials Section

  • Growth potential is important in this section too. Using your data, create a forecast of financial performance in the next three to five years.
  • Include any data that supports your projections to assure investors of the credibility of your proposal.
  • Add a break-even analysis to show that your business plan is financially practical. This information can also help you pivot quickly as your business grows.
  • Consider adding a section that reviews potential risks and how sensitive your plan is to changes in the market.
  • Triple-check all financial information in your plan for accuracy.
  • Show how any proposed funding needs align with your plans for growth.

As you create your business plan, keep in mind that each of these sections will be formatted differently. Some may be in paragraph format, while others could be charts or graphs.

The formats above apply to most types of business plans. That said, the format and structure of your plan will vary by your goals for that plan. 

So, I’ve added a quick review of different business plan types. For a more detailed overview, check out this post .

1. Startups

Startup business plans are for proposing new business ideas.

If you’re planning to start a small business, preparing a business plan is crucial. The plan should include all the major factors of your business.

You can check out this guide for more detailed business plan inspiration .

2. Feasibility Studies

Feasibility business plans focus on that business's product or service. Feasibility plans are sometimes added to startup business plans. They can also be a new business plan for an already thriving organization.

3. Internal Use

You can use internal business plans to share goals, strategies, or performance updates with stakeholders. In my opinion, internal business plans are useful for alignment and building support for ambitious goals.

4. Strategic Initiatives

Another business plan that's often for sharing internally is a strategic business plan. This plan covers long-term business objectives that might not have been included in the startup business plan.

5. Business Acquisition or Repositioning

When a business is moving forward with an acquisition or repositioning, it may need extra structure and support. These types of business plans expand on a company's acquisition or repositioning strategy.

Growth sometimes just happens as a business continues operations. But more often, a business needs to create a structure with specific targets to meet set goals for expansion. This business plan type can help a business focus on short-term growth goals and align resources with those goals.

Now that you know what's included and how to format a business plan, let's review some of my favorite templates.

1. HubSpot's One-Page Business Plan

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The business plan linked above was created here at HubSpot and is perfect for businesses of any size — no matter how many strategies we still have to develop.

Fields such as Company Description, Required Funding, and Implementation Timeline give this one-page business plan a framework for how to build your brand and what tasks to keep track of as you grow.

Then, as the business matures, you can expand on your original business plan with a new iteration of the above document.

Why I Like It

This one-page business plan is a fantastic choice for the new business owner who doesn’t have the time or resources to draft a full-blown business plan. It includes all the essential sections in an accessible, bullet-point-friendly format. That way, you can get the broad strokes down before honing in on the details.

2. HubSpot's Downloadable Business Plan Template

Sample business plan: hubspot free editable pdf

We also created a business plan template for entrepreneurs.

The template is designed as a guide and checklist for starting your own business. You’ll learn what to include in each section of your business plan and how to do it.

There’s also a list for you to check off when you finish each section of your business plan.

Strong game plans help coaches win games and help businesses rocket to the top of their industries. So if you dedicate the time and effort required to write a workable and convincing business plan, you’ll boost your chances of success and even dominance in your market.

This business plan kit is essential for the budding entrepreneur who needs a more extensive document to share with investors and other stakeholders.

It not only includes sections for your executive summary, product line, market analysis, marketing plan, and sales plan, but it also offers hands-on guidance for filling out those sections.

3. LiveFlow’s Financial Planning Template with built-in automation

Sample Business Plan: LiveFLow

This free template from LiveFlow aims to make it easy for businesses to create a financial plan and track their progress on a monthly basis.

The P&L Budget versus Actual format allows users to track their revenue, cost of sales, operating expenses, operating profit margin, net profit, and more.

The summary dashboard aggregates all of the data put into the financial plan sheet and will automatically update when changes are made.

Instead of wasting hours manually importing your data to your spreadsheet, LiveFlow can also help you to automatically connect your accounting and banking data directly to your spreadsheet, so your numbers are always up-to-date.

With the dashboard, you can view your runway, cash balance, burn rate, gross margins, and other metrics. Having a simple way to track everything in one place will make it easier to complete the financials section of your business plan.

This is a fantastic template to track performance and alignment internally and to create a dependable process for documenting financial information across the business. It’s highly versatile and beginner-friendly.

It’s especially useful if you don’t have an accountant on the team. (I always recommend you do, but for new businesses, having one might not be possible.)

4. ThoughtCo’s Sample Business Plan

sample business plan: ThoughtCo.

One of the more financially oriented sample business plans in this list, BPlan’s free business plan template dedicates many of its pages to your business’s financial plan and financial statements.

After filling this business plan out, your company will truly understand its financial health and the steps you need to take to maintain or improve it.

I absolutely love this business plan template because of its ease-of-use and hands-on instructions (in addition to its finance-centric components). If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of writing an entire business plan, consider using this template to help you with the process.

6. Harvard Business Review’s "How to Write a Winning Business Plan"

Most sample business plans teach you what to include in your business plan, but this Harvard Business Review article will take your business plan to the next level — it teaches you the why and how behind writing a business plan.

With the guidance of Stanley Rich and Richard Gumpert, co-authors of " Business Plans That Win: Lessons From the MIT Enterprise Forum ", you'll learn how to write a convincing business plan that emphasizes the market demand for your product or service.

You’ll also learn the financial benefits investors can reap from putting money into your venture rather than trying to sell them on how great your product or service is.

This business plan guide focuses less on the individual parts of a business plan, and more on the overarching goal of writing one. For that reason, it’s one of my favorites to supplement any template you choose to use. Harvard Business Review’s guide is instrumental for both new and seasoned business owners.

7. HubSpot’s Complete Guide to Starting a Business

If you’re an entrepreneur, you know writing a business plan is one of the most challenging first steps to starting a business.

Fortunately, with HubSpot's comprehensive guide to starting a business, you'll learn how to map out all the details by understanding what to include in your business plan and why it’s important to include them. The guide also fleshes out an entire sample business plan for you.

If you need further guidance on starting a business, HubSpot's guide can teach you how to make your business legal, choose and register your business name, and fund your business. It will also give small business tax information and includes marketing, sales, and service tips.

This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of starting a business, in addition to writing your business plan, with a high level of exactitude and detail. So if you’re in the midst of starting your business, this is an excellent guide for you.

It also offers other resources you might need, such as market analysis templates.

8. Panda Doc’s Free Business Plan Template

sample business plan: Panda Doc

PandaDoc’s free business plan template is one of the more detailed and fleshed-out sample business plans on this list. It describes what you should include in each section, so you don't have to come up with everything from scratch.

Once you fill it out, you’ll fully understand your business’ nitty-gritty details and how all of its moving parts should work together to contribute to its success.

This template has two things I love: comprehensiveness and in-depth instructions. Plus, it’s synced with PandaDoc’s e-signature software so that you and other stakeholders can sign it with ease. For that reason, I especially love it for those starting a business with a partner or with a board of directors.

9. Small Business Administration Free Business Plan Template

sample business plan: Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers several free business plan templates that can be used to inspire your own plan.

Before you get started, you can decide what type of business plan you need — a traditional or lean start-up plan.

Then, you can review the format for both of those plans and view examples of what they might look like.

We love both of the SBA’s templates because of their versatility. You can choose between two options and use the existing content in the templates to flesh out your own plan. Plus, if needed, you can get a free business counselor to help you along the way.

I’ve compiled some completed business plan samples to help you get an idea of how to customize a plan for your business.

I chose different types of business plan ideas to expand your imagination. Some are extensive, while others are fairly simple.

Let’s take a look.

1. LiveFlow

business plan example: liveflow

One of the major business expenses is marketing. How you handle your marketing reflects your company’s revenue.

I included this business plan to show you how you can ensure your marketing team is aligned with your overall business plan to get results. The plan also shows you how to track even the smallest metrics of your campaigns, like ROI and payback periods instead of just focusing on big metrics like gross and revenue.

Fintech startup, LiveFlow, allows users to sync real-time data from its accounting services, payment platforms, and banks into custom reports. This eliminates the task of pulling reports together manually, saving teams time and helping automate workflows.

"Using this framework over a traditional marketing plan will help you set a profitable marketing strategy taking things like CAC, LTV, Payback period, and P&L into consideration," explains LiveFlow co-founder, Lasse Kalkar .

When it came to including marketing strategy in its business plan, LiveFlow created a separate marketing profit and loss statement (P&L) to track how well the company was doing with its marketing initiatives.

This is a great approach, allowing businesses to focus on where their marketing dollars are making the most impact. Having this information handy will enable you to build out your business plan’s marketing section with confidence. LiveFlow has shared the template here . You can test it for yourself.

2. Lula Body

Business plan example: Lula body

Sometimes all you need is a solid mission statement and core values to guide you on how to go about everything. You do this by creating a business plan revolving around how to fulfill your statement best.

For example, Patagonia is an eco-friendly company, so their plan discusses how to make the best environmentally friendly products without causing harm.

A good mission statement  should not only resonate with consumers but should also serve as a core value compass for employees as well.

Patagonia has one of the most compelling mission statements I’ve seen:

"Together, let’s prioritise purpose over profit and protect this wondrous planet, our only home."

It reels you in from the start, and the environmentally friendly theme continues throughout the rest of the statement.

This mission goes on to explain that they are out to "Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and use business to protect nature."

Their mission statement is compelling and detailed, with each section outlining how they will accomplish their goal.

4. Vesta Home Automation

business plan example: Vesta executive summary

This executive summary for a smart home device startup is part of a business plan created by students at Mount Royal University .

While it lacks some of the sleek visuals of the templates above, its executive summary does a great job of demonstrating how invested they are in the business.

Right away, they mention they’ve invested $200,000 into the company already, which shows investors they have skin in the game and aren’t just looking for someone else to foot the bill.

This is the kind of business plan you need when applying for business funds. It clearly illustrates the expected future of the company and how the business has been coming along over the years.

5. NALB Creative Center

business plan examples: nalb creative center

This fictional business plan for an art supply store includes everything one might need in a business plan: an executive summary, a company summary, a list of services, a market analysis summary, and more.

One of its most notable sections is its market analysis summary, which includes an overview of the population growth in the business’ target geographical area, as well as a breakdown of the types of potential customers they expect to welcome at the store. 

This sort of granular insight is essential for understanding and communicating your business’s growth potential. Plus, it lays a strong foundation for creating relevant and useful buyer personas .

It’s essential to keep this information up-to-date as your market and target buyer changes. For that reason, you should carry out market research as often as possible to ensure that you’re targeting the correct audience and sharing accurate information with your investors.

Due to its comprehensiveness, it’s an excellent example to follow if you’re opening a brick-and-mortar store and need to get external funding to start your business .

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If you’re looking for a SaaS business plan example, look no further than this business plan for a fictional educational software company called Curriculum Companion Suites. 

Like the business plan for the NALB Creative Center, it includes plenty of information for prospective investors and other key stakeholders in the business.

One of the most notable features of this business plan is the executive summary, which includes an overview of the product, market, and mission.

The first two are essential for software companies because the product offering is so often at the forefront of the company’s strategy. Without that information being immediately available to investors and executives, then you risk writing an unfocused business plan.

It’s essential to front-load your company’s mission if it explains your "Why?" and this example does just that. In other words, why do you do what you do, and why should stakeholders care? This is an important section to include if you feel that your mission will drive interest in the business and its offerings.

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You can use this template as a guide while you're gathering important information for your own business plan. You'll have a better understanding of the data and research you need to do since Culina’s plan outlines these details so flawlessly for inspiration.

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Positioning in Marketing: Definition, Types, Examples, Benefits & How to

Let’s think about it : there are thousands of companies out there, many of which offer the same products, promise similar results, and are generally positioned the same in the market.

So, why would a customer choose one company over another? Why take the first option, rather than the second one, if both lead you to the same type of business that sells the same thing?

The answer is simple: Noone wants to buy a product or service because it can do everything, but rather because it can do something.

And that’s what positioning in marketing implies. A clear positioning statement is at the core of every marketing strategy , which drives the look and feel, words, and phrases of your brand system.

Positioning requires focus and a commitment to a specific niche, idea, or target audience. Your brand and marketing strategy won’t work if you are trying to be all things to all people.

This blog post will unearth some facts and let you know what positioning in marketing agency is and how to create an effective positioning strategy.

Let’s get started!

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What is positioning in marketing?

Differentiation, convenience, customer service, create a strong competitive position, improve sales.

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Connect to consumer needs, dollar shave club, step 1. find your current position, step 2. analyze your competitors, step 3. develop your unique position, step 4. create a positioning statement, step 5. create your tagline, step 6. test your marketing positioning, the bottom line.

Simply put, positioning in marketing is a strategic process that involves creating an identity/ image of the brand or product within the target customers’ minds.

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The process indicates how you differentiate your product/ service from that of your competitors and then determine which market niche to fill. A company’s marketing positioning strategy is affected by plenty of variables related to customers’ requirements and motivations, as well as by its competitors’ actions.

Let’s see some typical examples of marketing positioning:

  • Tesla and Audi position themselves as a luxury status symbol
  • Starbucks positions itself as a trusted source of upscale quality coffee and beverage
  • McDonald’s positions itself as a place to get quick and cheap meals
  • Microsoft and Apple position themselves as a tech company that offers innovative and user-friendly products.

Positioning in marketing is about more than simply adding a category or specialty page on your website . With positioning comes a need to live and breathe that expertise - from generating content to conducting research and branding your company to appeal to your defined target buyer. Therefore, it’s essential to create content on your website that provides value for your audience to build trust and brand awareness .

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Types of positioning in marketing

Researchers in the Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing discovered that positioning in marketing is predominantly determined by hard criteria (e.g., quality of product/ service) and relationship-building factors (e.g., personal contact).

Other considerations, such as company structures (i.e., geographical coverage), degree of integration, and breadth of offerings (i.e., location in the distribution chain), also play a vital part. The study also noted that the level of familiarity with a brand is a contributing factor to perceptions of the pursued positioning in marketing strategies.

Below are some common types of positioning in marketing.

Pricing is an essential factor that impacts the decisions of most customers. Companies with the lowest-priced products at a reasonable level of quality usually wins in many product areas.

For example, Gillette vs. Dollar Shave Club . Lower-priced alternatives to some high-quality brands like Gillette have changed the landscape of razors and refill blades. The Washington Post reported on Gillette’s decreasing market share due to Dollar Shave Club’s low prices. The cheapest refill razor cartridge of Dollar Shave Club was 20 cents, compared to $2 to $6 a cartridge for Gillette.

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Quality can help rebuff most pricing wars. In some markets, such as luxury cosmetics or cars, quality can define who the competitors are.

For instance, Chipotle vs. Taco Bell . Ranked 14th in the top 50 fast-food restaurants in America by QSR Magazine , Chipotle has grabbed a significant market share over the years by focusing on quality instead of price. Being featured in online magazines and having products of good quality make Chipotle a significant competitor for Taco Bell.

Differentiation is what sets your product or service apart from the crowd. If your product or service is dramatically different, rivals may not pose as much of a threat.

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For example, Toyota vs. Tesla . Tesla entered the electric vehicle market with a luxury sports model, rapidly sidestepping economy cars like the Toyota Prius. Tesla actually targeted the high-end market with the Model S.

Convenience creates an easier life for customers. From location to usability, convenience could incorporate something like free returns and E-commerce.

For example, Simple vs. Bank of America . Some traditional banks have been slow to create mobile apps, but online-only banks like Simple have invested in this to appeal to younger and more technical-savvy customers. The company even charges no fees and has convenient built-in budgeting and savings tools.

Customer service emphasizes creating helpful and friendly interactions. This can be especially critical in specific industries, such as restaurants and banking areas.

For example, Allstate vs. State Farm . Both insurance companies recognize the importance of customer service in this industry, where contact with customers is indispensable. They use customer service-based messages in their marketing to focus on this position.

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This type of positioning targets a particular group of users and explains why the company’s offerings are directly applicable and relevant to this group.

For instance, Johnson’s vs. Axe . While Johnson’s baby shampoo positions itself as gentle for children, Axe body spray targets men.

5 Benefits of positioning in marketing

There are a number of reasons why you should consider making positioning part of your marketing strategy. With the right positioning tactic, you can create better marketing messages, shape your services better, and structure pricing plans so that you remain competitive.

Here are 5 advantages of positioning in marketing:

Proper positioning influences how customers perceive your product or service relative to the competition. When you create a positive image of your product/ service in the customers’ minds, you’re likely to enjoy an ongoing market advantage. By doing this, you can claim your position in the competitive landscape, which helps you a lot to stay ahead of the curve.

One of the main goals of any business is to improve sales and revenue . Implementing a task management software can help businesses achieve this goal by enabling them to streamline their operations, prioritize tasks, and manage resources more effectively. By having a more relevant offering and communicating it more effectively, your company may be able to penetrate a new market, which can translate into new clients and additional sales. You can also use cost-effective strategies like cold email outreach to connect with potential new customers and drive more leads and sales. Invest in CRM with email marketing software to automate both your sales and marketing efforts from a single platform.

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Positioning in marketing allows you to claim a specific feature or benefit and focus your products/ services accordingly so that you appear as an expert in the services. As a result, your value to prospects will increase significantly.

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Once you have the core message that ensures successful positioning strategies, you’ll be in a position to make more effective decisions throughout the process. Clear positioning in marketing also drives effective communication, provides healthier and stronger relationships with customers.

Through positioning in marketing, companies have an opportunity to communicate the critical benefits that their product/ service offers. It not only helps to energize the product but also connects it to the specific customer that needs it.

5 Examples of Positioning in Marketing

Tesla leaves price out of its branding and instead focuses on the quality of their vehicles. Therefore, Tesla is a luxury brand that is more expensive than its competitors. In addition, Tesla automobiles are long-range, eco-friendly, and electric.

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Tesla differentiates itself from other gas-powered luxury and standard electric vehicles because of its high quality. The company established a niche market for itself and a fun brand to match it. CEO Elon Musk has even built himself up as a Tony Stark-like character, and the company promotes its uniqueness through ads and quirky features, such as “Ludicrous Mode.”

Coffee consumption in the U.S has been witnessing a downward trend since the 1960’s. Hence, Starbucks was extremely cautious in choosing its target market. Starbucks targeted office workers, from the middle to high incomes, who desired to purchase premium products.

The company wants to make itself the “Third Place” - the place between home and work, where customers could gather, relax, and interact with each other. So, they were vigilant about their quality control to meet the high expectations.

In most of their advertising campaigns, they often highlight their identity by showing the following value proposition statements:

  • The best coffee
  • The finest milk used
  • Rich & smooth flavors
  • Natural & clean
  • 100% recycled paper use

All of these statements in the ad give a sense to potential customers that they will undoubtedly receive high quality, clean, and upscale beverages they’ll love. With such a successful positioning in marketing strategy like that, it’s no surprise when Starbucks for years has been the top coffee provider in America. People can’t get enough!

Its name alone demonstrates one of the main aspects of Dollar Shave Club’s marketing positioning: its low cost. The company has focused its positioning on convenience and affordability, creating a relatable brand for the average consumer.

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Even though their biggest competitor, Gillette, has a very masculine tone to their messaging and branding, Dollar Shave Club is more casual and cheeky. While Gillette has a sleek look and features guys who look like models and actors, Dollar Shave Club features average-looking people across different ages, who are more relatable to consumers.

Nike started their business with a focus on performance and innovation. The company invented the waffle shoe and built their brand targeting serious athletes. Their offerings have now moved beyond shoes, and they offer athletic attire that promotes performance.

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From their “Just Do It” tagline to the namesake, the Greek Goddess of Victory, the company has positioned itself as the market leader of sports equipment widely, providing high quality and innovative technology.

Apple is literally a textbook example of a strong marketing position strategy. The company builds beautifully-designed and innovative equipment that is different from anything else you’ve experienced and markets them to resonate with their consumers.

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Apple’s branding message highlights the same qualities in their customers that they do in their products: if you’re an Apple person, you’re also imaginative, innovative, and creative.

Like Tesla, instead of price, Apple chooses to invest more in the value their iphone products offer and form connections with their customers.

6 Steps to create an effective positioning strategy

Are you currently marketing your own product or service just like another item on the market, or are you marketing it as something distinctive?

Your current position in the market gives you essential insight into where to go next. You should understand your current position to analyze your competition further.

Think about the following few questions to state your current position in the market:

  • What does your brand stand for?
  • Who are your target consumers?
  • What are your mission and vision?
  • What makes you stand out from the rest of the market?
  • What customers’ pain points that your brand can solve?

Keep in mind that we all love connecting with brands that sound and feel authentic to us. Instead of setting up a complicated lingo that no one can understand, just talk human. Begin with researching who your existing and ideal audience is, and use their language.

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After understanding yourself, it’s vital to analyze your competition by performing competitor analysis . Why?

Because you need to see who you are up against to conduct competitor research. It will help you decide what you can do better to gain an edge.

There are many methods for determining your competition, including:

Conduct market research . Do a quick search using relevant keywords and see which companies are listed. Or, you can ask your sales team what sales tactics rivals come up during the sales process.

Use customer feedback . Ask your consumers which businesses or products make them consider before choosing yours.

Take advantage of social media channels . Many free platforms allow users to ask questions about products and services. Search these communities and forums to explore competitors in your niche.

Once you have identified who your competitors are, it’s high time to do in-depth competitor research. The ultimate goal is to see how your competition is positioning their brand. So, your research should include:

  • Products or services your competitors offer
  • Their strengths and weaknesses
  • Marketing strategies they are using successfully
  • Their position in the current market

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Building a unique position is all about determining what makes you different and what works best for your business.

Chances are, after conducting competitor research, you’ll begin to see something. You can realize some businesses that have the same strong and weak points. When you compare your product or service to theirs, you might find one of their weaknesses is your strength.

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This is exactly what makes your position unique, and it becomes the perfect starting point for positioning your brand in the market. Remember to note your unique offerings as you compare and dive deep to see what you do better than anyone else.

A positioning statement is necessary because this one-or-two-sentence statement declares your brand’s uniqueness to your customers in relation to your main competitors.

Some experts recommend answering these questions before creating your positioning statement:

  • Who is your target audience?
  • What is your product or service category?
  • What is the greatest benefit of your product or service?
  • What is the proof of that benefit?

For example, let’s look at Amazon’s positioning statement: “Our vision is to be the earth’s most customer-centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.”

Amazon sells a wide range of products for everyone, although incredibly broad, which is their greatest benefit. And what about the proof? It’s all online.

Once you craft a strong positioning statement, you can create a tagline, or better known as a slogan, for using externally for potential customer messaging. Instead of the positioning statement, it is a shorter and more condensed version of what you want your customers to know.

For instance, here are some well-known taglines for your reference:

  • L’Oreal: “Because you’re worth it.”
  • Nike: “Just do it.”
  • Target: “Expect more. Pay less.”
  • Home Depot: “You can do it. We can help.”
  • Southwest Airlines: “The short-haul, no-frills, and low-priced airline.”

By doing that, you can easily use it in other marketing efforts to get your business point across, much more effectively than a longer and detailed positioning statement.

Nothing should be left to chance, especially when it comes to your positioning statement. Once it is created, you should spend time testing, experimenting, and gathering feedback from your consumers on whether or not your positioning achieves its goal.

Testings should feature a blend of quantitative and qualitative research , from surveys and polls to focus groups and in-depth interviews. Based on these tests’ findings, you can finally solidify your positioning in marketing and adjust your marketing efforts, if necessary!

Positioning map: The power of perception

If you want to clearly see how your business compares to others in consumers’ perceptions, a brand positioning map can help.

A brand positioning map consists of different attributes that are essential to your target audience. To do mapping right, it’s best to create multiple versions of the map based on different sets of attributes. By placing your brand and competitors on the map, you can see who’s more competitive in a particular area over the rest.

The attributes used in the positioning map come directly from the values your customers interested in. The perception of your product/ service is directly linked to those values. For example, take a look at the below positioning map, what’ll you see?

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It’s easy to see that Domino Sugar is the dominant player that is tastier and more natural among its competitors.

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Positioning in marketing is no easy feat; it requires time, dedication, and even the courage to say “no” to some things. However, it’s critical, especially when you’re struggling to create consistent revenue streams, bring in new customers, and retain your current ones.

It’s a way to attract prospects, talent, and influencers to your company, and that is something you definitely have time for. Hopefully, our guide to creating an effective positioning strategy can help you deal with that!

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Market analysis can be done in an efficient manner as long as you have all the firsthand details that you need, the equipment and tools that can help you within the entire market analysis, and the knowledge about the proper integration of analysis processes and results to your business plan.

Do not feel dissuaded in creating a market analysis business plan just because you think it is a critical document that you cannot create on your own or from scratch. If you are already planning to execute the steps that will help you draft a marketing analysis for your business, there are actually guidelines that will allow you to be more prepared in developing the document.

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What Makes a Market Analysis Business Plan an Important Part of Your General Business Plan?

It is already evident that customers play a vital role when it comes to the successes of the business. Hence, it is of utmost importance for you to continuously provide what they need and meet their expectations as well. However, this will not be possible if you do not know anything about them. This is where the benefits of planning, developing, and implementing a marketing analysis business plan come in. You may also see marketing plan examples .

A comparative market analysis , or any other kinds of market analysis business plan for this matter, is an essential process and document that will help you achieve efficiency and sustainability within the implementation of your marketing efforts, operational action plans, and business development strategies .

Listed below are a few of the reasons why it is recommended for you to include a market analysis business plan in your general business plan are as follows:

1. A market analysis business plan can help provide a thorough explanation of the market segmentation that you have considered as well as the focus that you allotted both for your current market and potential sales leads. With this, you can be more aware of the threats and opportunities that you can face in the future through a valuable market forecast. You may also like marketing strategy plan examples .

2. A market analysis business plan presents the needs, demands, and expectations of your target market. This helps a lot in terms of providing information that will guide you in the development of action plans that can meet the requirements for business sustainability and market relevance.

3. A market analysis business plan can showcase a more in-depth description of your audience. With the help of this document, you can specifically point out your target market, their locations, the things that are relevant and beneficial to their daily activities, and the factors that can affect their purchasing or buying decisions. You might be interested in define marketing plan and its purpose ?

4. A market analysis business plan can show not only the reaction of the market to your offers but also to those coming from the competitors. With this, you can analyze the difference of your products, services, and offers from that of your competition. This can help you a lot when there is a need to plot new market strategies, which can effectively get the attention and trust of your desired audience. You may also see business marketing plan examples .

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Are you aware of what a market analysis – demand and supply is? Simply put, it presents the concept that there should be balance with regards the demands of the market and the supply that you provide them with. It is essential for you to know the market that you are catering to so you can successfully use your resources and present your offers. This can result to the improvement of your marketplace standing and operational efficiency.

Developing a market analysis business plan can be very helpful as this document can make it easier and faster for you to organize the call-to-actions that you need to execute and the tactics that you need to incorporate in your efforts and movements to achieve maximum results. You may also see strategic marketing plan examples .

Some of the guidelines that you can follow if you want to develop an impressive market analysis business plan include the following:

1. Know the market segments that you have a hold of and define the kinds or types of customers that are present in each segment. It is essential for you to know the groupings of your target customers so that you can point out the specific key factors that can affect their decisions when buying an item or acquiring services. You always have to be reminded that different market segments have different qualities and characteristics. You may also like apartment marketing plan examples .

Hence, there is a need for your market analysis business plan to provide particular strategies and tactics.

2. Be aware of the factors that can affect the implementation of your market analysis business plan. This includes the nature of the activities of your market segment, the description of the forces that can affect your competitive advantage, the communication and distribution channels that you will use, and the required simple action plans that you need to execute in a timely manner to achieve your goals and objectives.

3. Know the ways on how you can effectively get information of your market. Aside from surveys and questionnaires , there are still different tools and equipment that you can use to have a hand on the details that you need to analyze to come up with the strategies and general action plans that fit your business operations and marketing efforts.

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Not all elements of a comparative market analysis are the same with that of a market analysis business plan. There are also differences when you compare the functions of each elements in both documents. Before you create a market analysis business plan, you have to make sure that you will make yourself knowledgeable of the things that you will work on so that you can achieve your desired final document.

Some of the most important elements that you need to consider if you have already decided to start the processes of developing a market analysis business plan are as follows:

1. Geographical and demographic conditions.

How many of your desired audience are within a particular market segment? Is the location of the marketplace convenient to your business and your operations? You have to know the number of people that you can reach through your marketing efforts as well as the areas in which specific activities are needed to be done. You may also see restaurant marketing plan examples .

In this manner, your market analysis business plan can present whether it is really reasonable to tap the particular market specified in the document.

2. Sales leads and potential customers.

Do not just focus on the current customers who provide you with their purchasing power. You always have to be innovative when creating a market analysis business plan as not all customers will forever be there to execute repeat business. Know how to analyze market segments that can be your next target. Doing this can give you a higher possibility of bigger sales and wider market reach. You may also like event marketing plan examples .

3. Market movement, purchasing power and buying habits.

The financial and sales aspect of the business should be prioritized when making a market analysis business plan. Analyzing a market whose activities does not align to the business offers will only waste your time, efforts, and resources. This is the reason why you first need to have an initial findings about your target or desired audience. With this, you can assess how they match your business operations and needs. You may also check out digital marketing plan examples .

4. Direct competition and their activities.

A market analysis business plan does not only rely on the evaluation and assessment of the consumers, customers, and/or clients. You also have to look into the activities of your direct competitors.

Doing this can help you become more aware on how their processes affect or impact their operations and brand. Hence, you can veer away from activities that can produce negative results and you can also give more focus on the strategies that can provide you with the most benefits. You might be interested in personal marketing plan examples .

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Having the best products and/or services is not enough. If you cannot carry out the exact marketing message that you would like to disseminate in the marketplace, then you cannot expect the best returns from your audience. You may also see annual marketing plan examples .

More so, not knowing how you can connect to your audience or how you can incorporate the usage and benefits of your offers to their needs and activities will most likely lessen the potential successes of your business.

Developing a market analysis business plan is very important as it helps you focus on the environment rather than just internal functions and abilities. With this, you can thoroughly align and use your resources based on the expected results and reactions of your market. All the useful tips that can help you create an outstanding market analysis business plan are listed below. You may also like marketing strategy business plan examples .

1. You should have enough knowledge on how to do the market analysis for a business plan . Aside from the discussions and examples in this post, it will be best if you will still research and find resources that will help you understand the full concept of market analysis. The more you know about the development of this document, the easier it will be for you to put together necessary and relevant information.

2. Make sure that you will come up with a concise and well-defined industry description. You have to know the size and growth forecast of the marketplace where your business belongs. In this manner, you can point out the life cycle of market processes as well as the changes in trends that can affect the decision-making processes of your target audience. You may also check out importance of business plan .

3. Focus not only on your desired market size and the characteristics of your target market segment. You also have to look into the competition and other external factors that you cannot control. This can help you be prepared when facing threats and risks from elements that you do not have a hold of. You might be interested in simple marketing plan examples .

4. Present the market analysis business plan accordingly. Use clauses that can group all the discussion areas or parts that are intended to be together. Using proper headings and subheadings is also a great way to make the document more organized and presentable. If you need help in formatting the document, do not hesitate to use market analysis business plan template examples .

Do not skip the evaluation, review, and assessment of your market when making a business plan document. Knowing the quality standards that you incorporate in your operations and offers is one thing. Knowing how the market will react to your marketing message is another. For you to ensure that your practices and activities are relevant, you have to perform market analysis. Try developing your own market analysis business plan now.

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A positioning statement is a concise declaration that outlines how a business wants to be perceived, focusing on a specific target market. Positioning your business is a vital component of any business plan . While it’s important in nearly all industries, it’s especially important in the restaurant industry, where margins are slim, and you need to stand out from the crowd in order to make a profit.

Oftentimes restaurants may not have a huge advertising budget, so they need to be very intentional when spending their advertising dollars. The best way to ensure you’re marketing your business effectively is to be keenly focused on both your brand and target customers.

So now that we’ve defined what positioning is, how should you position your restaurant? In this article, we’ll walk you through the basic framework and offer examples of great restaurant marketing through positioning.

Framework for Forming a Positioning Statement

  • Define your story
  • Communicate your philosophy
  • Consider your target customers
  • Compare with your competitors

Examples of Restaurant Positioning Statements

Chain restaurants promoting responsible sourcing.

Starbucks has positioned itself to be more sustainable than other national coffee chains through advertising its ethically-sourced coffee blends. By clearly communicating their sourcing methods and commitment to sustainability, they have successfully combined the consistency of a national chain with the feeling you are supporting a local business.

Chipotle has done an excellent job positioning themselves as valuing sustainability and responsible ingredient sourcing. They saw a void in the fast casual market for fresh, ethically sourced food that is at a lower price point and available quickly and easily, so they decided to fill that need for consumers.

Worldwide, people are increasingly looking for ethically-sourced, eco-friendly food options, or “Food with Integrity” as Chipotle refers to it in their mission statement. Using premium, all-natural ingredients like responsibly-raised meat and freshly prepared vegetables is what sets Chipotle apart. It’s the reason that their customers keep coming back for more.

Founding Farmers

Founding Farmers , a restaurant chain based in the Washington D.C. area, also clearly communicates their dedication to adopting sustainable practices on their website and in restaurant marketing materials. This not only involves responsible sourcing of ingredients, but also includes evaluating every organizational decision on the effects of the farmers and vendors, the local community, and the environment.

Beyond clearly defining their story and values, the business model at Founding Farmers is crafted specifically to help generate profits for American farmers in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner, so they are truly practicing what they preach. Whatever your positioning, you want to make sure you back it up in your actions.

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Defining your restaurant’s concept and story helps customers to identify with your brand. Communicating information about your restaurant concept and cooking philosophy can help communicate your primary values and support your brand image and positioning.

Fine Dining Restaurants Finding Their Niche

Fine dining restaurants want to create menus that appeal to their target customers. At a higher price point, the menu needs to go beyond great taste, which is a basic expectation. Customers at fine dining restaurants expect superior service and presentation, as well as great food.

Alinea in Chicago offers elaborate tasting experiences that involve all of the senses. Going to Alinea is more like seeing a show than going out to dinner – it is a form of entertainment. They position themselves as constant innovators; in fact, “Alinea” means the beginning of a new train of thought. They’ve recently completely redesigned their menus and experience offerings to stay current and keep their target customers interested in returning to the restaurant by offering new concepts.

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Le Bernardin

Le Bernardin is a three Michelin Star restaurant located in New York City where there is a high number of fine dining options available. To differentiate itself from other fine dining establishments in the area, they position themselves as experts on seafood. Although they do offer a few options other than fish to appeal to a wider audience, the majority of the restaurant’s offerings include the freshest, highest quality seafood cooked to perfection.

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Alternative Restaurant Concepts Focusing on Technology

Alternative restaurant concepts such as ghost restaurants and food trucks typically target millenials and focus their marketing heavily on third-party delivery apps and social media. Food trucks , for example, with their flexible hours, locations, and changing menus often advertise these details on a daily basis on Facebook and Instagram.

When Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts graduate Nahika Hillery opened her own food truck, Kreyòl Korner, she focused primarily on quality customer service and connecting with the community to stand out from the competition.

“One of the biggest things that I would push for anyone wanting to start this business is immediately working on a strong customer service model. Your customer service, connecting with the community, and the community connecting with your food is absolutely everything in the food industry.” Nahika Hillery, Escoffier Culinary Arts Graduate & Chef/Owner, Kreyòl Korner

Aside from connecting with the community, Kreyol Korner, based out of Austin, Texas, does a large portion of its marketing through Instagram. The restaurant’s colorful images on its Instagram page showcase the bright Caribbean cuisine in an exciting way that draws customers in.

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Additionally, because of the lower overhead costs involved with ghost restaurants and food trucks, they are often able to offer lower prices than competitors for similar quality food. They are able to easily change their menus frequently based on demand, and quickly update their menus on user-friendly apps.

Go Deeper on How To Position Your Restaurant

As we’ve shown, it’s extremely important for restaurants to reflect internally on their brand and have a clear positioning statement. It helps to maintain focus on your brand’s value proposition and should affect everything you do based on that. A strong brand identity starts with a strong positioning statement.

Another benefit is internal. The positioning statement should align your staff and act as a decision-making framework throughout the organization, creating a sense of unity and cohesion in the restaurant.

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How to Write the Marketing Plan in Business Plan?

A marketing plan in business plan is one of the very important sections of a business plan. Marketing is done to spread awareness about your business and its product/service. 

What is a marketing plan?

Marketing plan vs marketing strategy.

An effective marketing strategy helps you achieve early success. 

Use this article to write an effective marketing plan section in a business plan. 

A marketing section of a business plan gives you a roadmap to organize, execute and track the progress of your marketing efforts. 

Your marketing plan helps you align your marketing efforts with your business goals. It gives your marketing effort a direction and you can evaluate your efforts at any point.

Types of marketing plan 

A perfect type of marketing plan in business plan will depend on your business, your goals, and how soon you want to achieve them. 

We have outlined some marketing plans that most businesses need to use. Since this is the age of the internet, we have also included online marketing plans and digital marketing plans.

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Quarterly or Annual Marketing Plans 

These are your business marketing plans with a timeline. Every business has its quarterly, bi-yearly, and yearly goals. You will use these goals to monitor the effectiveness of your marketing efforts over time.

Paid Marketing Plans 

Paid marketing plans include online advertising, buying billboards, or marketing on vehicles. Pay Per Click marketing and social media marketing for your small business.

Social Media Marketing Plan 

Social media marketing plan for business plan can be done in two ways. You can hire a team and raise awareness about your business by sharing regular updates. 

You can also do paid marketing on social media. You will need to invest in buying ads on that social media platform and pay for a team of social media marketers.

You can also leverage these effective digital marketing channels for your business. 

Content Marketing Plan 

A content marketing plan is about attracting potential customers to your website with the help of SEO. You create value for your potential customer first and then by extension, market your business. It can be offline in the form of free workshops etc or online in the form of guides and resources.

Product Launch Marketing Plan 

A product lunch  sales and marketing plan in business plan  will help you decide on the marketing tools, tactics, and tracking you will do when launching a new product or service.

You can also hire WiseBusinessPlans Digital Marketing Services to run successful marketing campaigns for your business. 

The difference between a marketing plan and a marketing strategy is simple; a marketing plan is what methods, tools, and tactics you will use for marketing, and a market strategy in business plan is how you will implement your plan.

Learn how to develop an effective marketing strategy with this detailed guide. 

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How to write a marketing plan for a business plan.

How to write a marketing plan for a business plan

Follow these simple steps to write a marketing plan in business plan.

Business Mission

Write your business mission statement and translate it into the efforts the marketing department will make. 

For example, your business mission is to help people with home gardening. Your marketing department version will be to attract people who want to do home gardening.

These are performance indicators. These metrics will help you evaluate performance and progress. An example of KPIs for marketing is customer visits to your website, social media page, or brick-and-mortar store.

Create Buyer Personas

A buyer persona is a short description of your average customer. When you have no data, a buyer persona will describe the customer you want to attract.

Decide on Marketing Strategies and Content

Go through the marketing strategies you can use and select the one that will produce the best return on investment for your business. 

Similarly, think about the content type that is attractive to your target audience . For example, video format may attract your audience or you may need to share more about your business on social media to grab their attention.

Define Marketing Plan Scope

Define the scope and limits of your marketing plan. Clearly mention what your marketing team will do and will not do. 

This will help you save time, cost, and effort in wasted resources.

Set Marketing Budget 

You can only spend a set amount on marketing. Set your marketing budget and be creative in that budget to produce the best return. 

Your budget is directly related to your marketing goals. Set your marketing budget in a way that does not hamper marketing efforts. 

Know your Competition 

Knowing and profiling your customer helps you market better. See what are strong spots of competitors’ marketing plans, are and how they are attracting audiences to make a plan to compete effectively. 

Appoint your Team & their Responsibilities

Decide on job roles for your team. Set their KPIs, marketing channels they will manage, what content they will create, etc.

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Example of Marketing Plan in Business Plan PDF

See this example of a marketing plan in a business plan to understand how it is done. You can create your marketing plan in the same way.

In the marketing plan section, include details about your target market, competition analysis, marketing strategies, pricing, promotion, and distribution channels. It should outline your approach to reaching and engaging your target audience.

Conduct market research by analyzing your target audience, understanding their needs and preferences, studying your competitors, and identifying market trends. Use surveys, interviews, and industry reports to gather relevant data for your marketing plan.

Consider including a mix of marketing strategies such as digital marketing, social media marketing, content marketing, email marketing, advertising, public relations, and networking. Choose strategies that align with your target audience and business goals.

Determine pricing by considering factors such as production costs, competitor pricing, market demand, and perceived value. Conduct a pricing analysis to ensure your prices are competitive and profitable for your business.

It is recommended to review and update your marketing plan regularly, at least annually or whenever there are significant changes in your business or market conditions. This allows you to adapt your strategies, stay relevant, and capitalize on new opportunities.

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Arlene Soto

13 min. read

Updated February 21, 2024

Everything has a shelf life. Whether it’s a car, your phone, exercise equipment, or anything else — eventually its use and sales potential will run dry. That’s because anytime that a product enters the market it follows specific product life cycle stages.

The stages of a product life cycle take it from being introduced as the next big thing, to something that everyone has and eventually everyone has forgotten about. This process is constant, meaning that every business needs to be aware of how it works and how it can affect their products.

Let’s look at the ins and outs of the product life cycle and how you can leverage it to manage your business.

  • What is a product life cycle?

The product life cycle is the length of time from when a product is introduced to the consumer market up until it declines or is no longer being sold. This cycle can be broken up into different stages, including: development, introduction, growth, maturity, saturation, and decline. The full product life cycle is typically used to determine when it’s appropriate to increase advertising, adjust pricing, explore new markets, redesign packaging and even adjust your messaging. 

  • What are the stages of a product life cycle?

Each stage has its costs, opportunities, and  risks , and individual products differ in how long they remain at any of the life cycle stages. While there are differing opinions regarding if there are four, five, or six stages of the product life cycle, each option includes the following steps. 

1. Development

The development stage of a product life cycle is the research phase before launch. Technically, this falls outside the definition of a product life cycle, but it’s a vital step to be aware of. In short, it’s used to determine the viability of a product, confirm when it should go to market and how to approach your official launch.

At this stage, costs are accumulating with no corresponding revenue. Some products require years and large capital investment to develop and then test their effectiveness. Since risk is high, outside funding sources are limited. 

Existing companies often fund research and development from revenue generated by current products. For startup businesses, this stage is typically funded by the entrepreneur from their own personal resources. For those developing a new product, it may be wise to land on a  minimum viable product  (MVP) as early as possible. 

This can be as minimal as a sketch or as complex as a sample or prototype version of the product itself. You just need enough to show how your product will work to  potential investors  and customers. The earlier you can validate its market potential, the more likely you’ll be to land investment and launch.    

2. Introduction

The product life cycle introduction stage is when your product is first launched in the marketplace. It’s where you step beyond the product itself to  develop a market  for the product and build product awareness. Here, you’ll work to carve out a  target market , conduct a market analysis to understand the competitive landscape, and ideally land your first few sales.

Marketing costs are high at this stage, as it is necessary to reach out to potential customers. The best approach when promoting a new product is to focus on testing distribution channels and messaging. While your advertising budget may be hefty, you can strategically leverage it to identify  marketing channels  that lead to higher conversions. This is also the stage where intellectual property rights protection is obtained. Depending on your market position, product pricing may be high to recover costs associated with the development stage. It also may be lower, meaning you’ll initially be running at a loss until you gain traction. This is where landing initial funding efforts and mapping out  your cash runway  are vital to the success of your product.

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In the product life cycle growth stage, the product has been accepted by customers, and you are now striving to increase market share. That means that demand and revenue are growing, ideally at a steady rate. How long you achieve steady growth fully depends on your product, the current market landscape, and the adoption rate of customers.

If you’re entering an already crowded market with a product, you’ll likely  see competitors  react fairly quickly. If you’ve entered a market with less competition or are first to market in a breakout industry, you’ll likely see a slower response by new or current entrants. 

In either case, your response during this phase is to fine-tune your messaging, solidify your brand presence and expand into new distribution channels. This also may be the time to consider adding additional services to support and further differentiate your product. Things like support services, add-ons, or insurance packages are just a few options to consider. Having these additions available, or at least in progress, can better help you react to competitors and extend the return on investment (ROI) from a given customer.

4. Maturity and saturation

The mature stage is when sales will level off. This doesn’t mean you aren’t still growing, you just won’t see the same level of rapid growth as before. Typically at this point, you will begin to lower prices, offer free additions or make other adjustments to keep your products competitive. 

At the same time, you’ve also become more efficient. Production costs tend to decline, costly mistakes in the manufacturing process can now be avoided. Even your marketing expenditure is likely more refined and effective at this stage. So, while you may not be growing in volume, you’re likely at your most profitable in this stage.

However, it’s worth remembering that your competitors have likely now solidified their own offerings in this stage. This means that they have taken a portion of the market, further leading to the flattened growth of your own product. Most consumers are likely already using a version of your product and have begun  developing brand preferences .

This is when any adjustments to advance your product or the services that accompany it, should be made. If you’ve hit the point where any real adjustments simply aren’t possible, then your messaging, services, and add-ons should take full focus.

You may only be able to make incremental changes but can still look to market it as a refresh accompanied by new features or benefits. Video game consoles are a great example of this, where incremental updates to hardware are often touted to sell new consoles. The  Nintendo Switch OLED  edition is the latest example, where the only update is a new, slightly larger, and crisper screen. 

The decline stage for a product occurs when the market becomes saturated, competition peaks, and customer needs start to change. Companies at this stage have several options: 

  • Discontinue the product
  • Sell the manufacturing rights to another business
  • Find new uses for the product
  • Tap into new markets

It’s at this stage of the product life cycle that you’ll really need to weigh the costs and benefits associated with each option. Are you really capable of revising the product? Are there other features you simply haven’t tapped into? Is there a market you haven’t looked into that could benefit from your product?

If you can, look to run different  forecasting scenarios  during this time to see what each decision could lead to depending on product performance. Hopefully, you have other products to help support your business when one declines. Ideally, you’ll have multiple products or iterations running at different points in the product life cycle. 

  • How do you know what stage of the product life cycle your products are in?

There’s no guarantee how long a product will stay in a given stage. This can make it difficult to know what stage you’re in and when you’ve entered the next one. 

Knowing the characteristics of each stage can help you better identify your current position. However, it’s often easier to look back at performance to determine where your business is and where it’s headed. You can leverage  this actual performance  to then help paint the picture of what to expect in the future. In fact, you can tie this exercise into your financial forecasts and compare them directly to your financial statements.

This process will ensure that you are always considering what comes next. It will give you a more informed perspective of the future, while also helping you avoid poor strategic decisions. This will also help you better understand the value of a given stage, making it far easier to apply the same methodology to other products. 

  • How to use the product life cycle to manage your business

Knowing what stage you’re in can effectively help you develop a strategy for your product. As we explored above, the stage has just as much influence over your decisions as it does sales performance. Here’s how you can leverage your understanding of the product life cycle stages to manage and grow your business. 

Establish authority

During the introduction stage, you can look to position your product as the cheaper, better, or any number of benefits over the competition. This is when you not only establish the brand for the product but your business as well. 

Do you want to be known as the low-cost alternative? The eco-friendly or local solution? Or maybe you want to focus on  your company mission  and how your business operates.

Whatever the case, this is the stage where you solidify how you stand apart. 

Set a pricing strategy

Each stage has a potential impact on your pricing. The introduction stage is all about positioning against competitors and trying to offset development costs. Growth can go any number of ways depending on availability, additional features, support, and other benefits. Maturity and saturation may be directly impacted by competitors, leading to further advancements and price decreases.

The decline stage will almost ensure a price decrease or a return to the introduction stage with a new version of the product. This will  start the pricing conversation  all over again, with the performance of the original product directly influencing your initial price position. The better you understand where your product sits in the cycle, the better you can prepare and adjust pricing when necessary. 

Create a marketing strategy

The performance of a product can directly depend on how well you market it. Thankfully, each stage of the product life cycle helps you test and refine your marketing strategy. During the introduction stage, you’re exploring different channels, testing different ad mediums, and working to connect with a target audience. The growth stage is when you’ve refined your channel selection, found winning copy, and streamlined your spending.

The maturity and decline stages are another opportunity to test new channels and adjust your strategy. Maybe you introduce a blog, try selling the product on a channel you avoided with new messaging, or further test copy and image variations to increase your return. 

In any case, each stage presents more opportunities to research and test new concepts that help solidify your  marketing strategy . 

Extend or vary product use

Knowing the stage your product occupies and what comes next can help you better prepare to make adjustments. For example, if you’re in the growth stage and begin to see signs of maturity or even decline, you can begin exploring ways to extend the value of your product. As we’ve said before, this could involve doing a refresh, adding on additional services, or looking to  tap into adjacent markets . 

  • What factors affect the product life cycle stages?

How you choose to create, position and market your product are all elements under your control in the product life cycle. However, it’s worth noting that there are external factors that can directly influence how well your product performs and how long it sits in a given stage.

Ease of entry

How competitive the market you’re entering a product into can directly influence its success or failure. It can also influence the number of competitors that attempt to enter the market. If barriers to entry (number of competitors, expenses, market size, technology) are low the product life cycle is more likely to be short. If they’re higher, making entry more difficult, you’re more likely to see an extended product life cycle.

Advancements in technology

If you’re working within an industry or country that experiences a rapid rate of technological advancement (ie. phones, computers, etc), the life cycle of your product is likely very short. On the other hand, some products, locations, and industries only experience limited advancement, meaning that a single iteration may be relevant for far longer.

The key here is to understand how quickly technology changes, what changes are relevant for consumers, and when an iteration will be necessary to stay competitive. A good example of this in action is the  screen resolution of televisions . 

While some, incredibly expensive models, can achieve 8K resolution, the majority of sales and support are focused on 4K resolution. Depending on your market position, it may make sense to be the market leader and focus on high-end sales. On the other hand, if you deal in mid-range televisions and monitors, it likely makes more sense to keep your products at 4K output with a few options for 8K to test if it’s relevant.

Rate of market acceptance

Continuing the TV example, the life cycle of your product also depends on how quickly it’s accepted by consumers. 4K televisions have been available for years at this point, but are only now becoming the baseline. This is due to not only the price of earlier models, but support by streaming services, consoles, traditional cable, and other hardware manufacturers.

This has led to a somewhat lengthy product life cycle. The introduction stage took years for it to officially become accepted by the market. Additionally, the promised replacement of 8K is potentially years away, meaning that the growth and maturity stages might be even longer. 

It’s often viable to explore historical product life cycles to see what the acceptance rate may be. And keep in mind that the benefits of a longer or shorter life cycle fully depend on the stage. If it sits in the introduction stage for too long, you may not see an effective return to cover expenses. However, if you expect it to break into a lengthy growth stage, it may be worth it.   

Economic forces

The actual state of the economy can directly impact the duration of a product life cycle. A sudden dip, brought on by a  global pandemic , for example, may stretch out the introduction phase due to less or selective spending by consumers. On the other hand, the recovery of a financial crisis can also shorten an introductory and even growth phase due to a mass increase in spending.

This is a very broad example, and it fully depends on your target audience, the impact on your industry, etc. Just keep an eye on market trends and note any changes to ensure you’re prepared to adjust accordingly. 

Keep your full product life cycle in mind 

Understanding the product life cycle is a vital part of managing and growing your business. It can help you devise a more detailed roadmap for your business, make better strategic decisions and even help you create more accurate financial forecasts.

If you’ve  created a business plan , make sure that exploring your market position is part of your  regular plan reviews .

You’re likely already looking into everything involved in the product life cycle, but it’s well worth taking the time to solidify what the position of your product is on a regular basis.

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Content Author: Arlene Soto

Arlene Soto is the director of the Small Business Development Center at Tillamook Bay Community College. She is the former director the Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center Director. She is responsible for outreach to Coos, Curry and Western Douglas Counties in Oregon to provide small business development services through free, confidential business advising and low-cost training programs. Arlene has been working with businesses in the accounting field since 1976 and in management since 1988. She is a Certified Management Accountant and a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional with a Master’s degree in Management from Marylhurst University and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Portland State University.

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Daycare Business Plan Template

Writing a business plan is a crucial step in starting a daycare. Not only does it provide structure and guidance for the future, but it also helps to create funding opportunities and attract potential investors. For aspiring daycare business owners, having access to a sample daycare business plan can be especially helpful in providing direction and gaining insight into how to draft their own daycare business plan.

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Having a thorough business plan in place is critical for any successful daycare venture. It will serve as the foundation for your operations, setting out the goals and objectives that will help guide your decisions and actions. A well-written business plan can give you clarity on realistic financial projections and help you secure financing from lenders or investors. A daycare business plan example can be a great resource to draw upon when creating your own plan, making sure that all the key components are included in your document.

The daycare business plan sample below will give you an idea of what one should look like. It is not as comprehensive and successful in raising capital for your daycare as Growthink’s Ultimate Daycare Business Plan Template , but it can help you write a daycare business plan of your own.

Example – TinySteps Playhouse

Table of contents, executive summary, company overview, industry analysis, customer analysis, competitive analysis, marketing plan, operations plan, management team, financial plan.

At TinySteps Playhouse, we are committed to providing exceptional childcare services in the vibrant city of Denver, CO. Our daycare center is designed to offer a safe, educational, and nurturing environment for children ranging from infants to pre-kindergarteners. Our comprehensive curriculum is tailored to meet the developmental needs of each age group, fostering growth and learning through play. With a passionate and experienced team at the helm, TinySteps Playhouse is dedicated to supporting the families in our community by offering flexible care options that accommodate the diverse needs of modern families. Our location in Denver positions us perfectly to serve a growing demographic of parents seeking quality childcare solutions.

Our success at TinySteps Playhouse is anchored in our commitment to providing a nurturing environment that supports the holistic development of children. We have successfully established a reputation for quality care, thanks to our experienced and passionate team, comprehensive curriculum, and flexible childcare solutions. To date, we have achieved several milestones, including the successful launch of our center, consistent positive feedback from families, and a growing enrollment. Our dedication to fostering a supportive and engaging learning environment sets us apart and drives our continued success.

The childcare industry is witnessing significant growth, driven by increasing demand from working parents seeking reliable and quality daycare services. In Denver, CO, this trend is particularly pronounced, with a rising number of families requiring childcare solutions that offer both educational and emotional support. The industry’s expansion is further fueled by growing awareness of the importance of early childhood education, prompting parents to seek out establishments that provide more than just basic care. In response, daycare centers are evolving to offer comprehensive curriculums that encourage cognitive, social, and emotional development. This shift towards more holistic childcare services is reshaping the industry, making it an opportune time for TinySteps Playhouse to establish and expand its presence in Denver.

Our target customers at TinySteps Playhouse are working parents in Denver, CO, who value both the emotional and educational development of their children. These parents are looking for more than just a daycare; they seek a partner in nurturing their child’s growth. They are typically well-educated, middle to upper-middle-income earners who understand the importance of early childhood education and are willing to invest in quality childcare services. Our customer base values the flexible care options we provide, which cater to the diverse needs of modern families. By understanding and addressing the specific needs and preferences of this demographic, TinySteps Playhouse aims to become the go-to childcare solution in our community.

Top Competitors:

  • Happy Tots Daycare: Known for its large facility and wide range of extracurricular activities.
  • Little Scholars Childcare: Offers a strong educational program with certified teachers.
  • Sunshine Kids Academy: Praised for its outdoor play areas and emphasis on physical activity.

Our Competitive Advantages: TinySteps Playhouse stands out in the competitive landscape of Denver, CO, by offering a uniquely tailored curriculum that promotes holistic development. Our passionate and experienced team is dedicated to providing personalized attention to each child, ensuring their emotional, social, and educational needs are met. Furthermore, our flexible childcare solutions cater to the diverse needs of modern families, making us a preferred choice for parents in the area.

TinySteps Playhouse will implement a comprehensive promotional strategy to attract and retain customers in Denver, CO. Our approach includes a robust online marketing campaign leveraging social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to connect with potential clients by sharing engaging content, testimonials, and educational tips. We will also employ SEO techniques and Google Ads to enhance our visibility online. Additionally, email marketing will keep us in direct contact with interested parents, sharing updates, events, and special promotions. Beyond digital efforts, we will engage in community outreach by partnering with local businesses and schools, sponsor events, and offer special promotions to establish ourselves as a trusted community member. Open houses and free trial days will allow parents and children to experience our daycare firsthand, building trust and demonstrating our high level of care. Word-of-mouth, encouraged through referral discounts, will further amplify our reach. Together, these strategies are designed to establish TinySteps Playhouse as the premier choice for daycare services in Denver.

Our operations at TinySteps Playhouse are centered around key processes that ensure the provision of high-quality childcare services. These include rigorous staff training, implementation of our comprehensive curriculum, and maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for the children. We have outlined several milestones to guide our growth, such as expanding our facility to accommodate more children, achieving specific enrollment goals, and obtaining additional certifications that reflect our commitment to excellence. These operational milestones are integral to our strategy for providing exceptional childcare and education services in Denver, CO.

The leadership at TinySteps Playhouse is comprised of individuals with extensive experience in early childhood education and business management. Our team includes a Director with over a decade of experience in childcare management, an Educational Coordinator who specializes in curriculum development, and a Business Manager skilled in operations and finance. Together, our management team brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for childcare, driving TinySteps Playhouse towards achieving its mission of providing outstanding childcare services in Denver, CO.

Welcome to TinySteps Playhouse, a new Day Care/Daycare that has recently opened its doors to serve our fellow residents in Denver, CO. As a local daycare center, we are acutely aware of the lack of high-quality daycare options within our community. With this in mind, we have stepped forward to fill this crucial gap, providing a nurturing and educational environment for the children in our care.

At TinySteps Playhouse, we offer a comprehensive range of services designed to meet the needs of busy families and their children. Our offerings include childcare, early education programs, nutritious meals and snacks, and ample opportunities for outdoor play and physical activities. We understand the importance of a balanced approach to child development, and our programs are crafted to foster growth, learning, and fun in a safe and welcoming environment.

Located in the heart of Denver, CO, TinySteps Playhouse is perfectly positioned to serve the local community. We are committed to becoming a cornerstone of support for Denver families, providing peace of mind to parents and caregivers while their children are in our care.

Our ability to succeed in this competitive market is grounded in several key factors. Firstly, our founder brings a wealth of experience from previously running a successful daycare, ensuring that TinySteps Playhouse is built on a foundation of proven practices and passion for child care. Additionally, we pride ourselves on offering superior childcare services compared to our competitors, supported by a team of highly experienced staff. This unique combination of experience, passion, and quality positions us to become the preferred choice for daycare services in Denver, CO.

Since our founding on January 5, 2024, as a S Corporation, we have achieved several significant milestones. We have developed our brand identity, including designing our logo and finalizing our company name, which resonates with our mission and values. Furthermore, we have secured an ideal location for our daycare, ensuring that we are accessible and convenient for the families we serve. These accomplishments serve as the foundation for our future growth and success, as we continue to build our reputation and expand our offerings to meet the needs of our community.

The Day Care/Daycare industry in the United States is a significant and growing market. Currently, the industry generates over $56 billion in revenue annually, with an average growth rate of 3.9% over the past five years. This indicates a strong demand for daycare services across the country, making it a lucrative industry for new businesses to enter.

One of the key trends in the Day Care/Daycare industry is the increasing number of working parents in the United States. With more parents entering the workforce, the demand for reliable and high-quality daycare services is on the rise. This trend bodes well for TinySteps Playhouse, as it positions itself to cater to the needs of busy families in Denver, CO. By offering convenient and flexible daycare options, TinySteps Playhouse is well-positioned to capitalize on this growing market.

Another trend in the Day Care/Daycare industry is the focus on early childhood education and development. Parents are increasingly looking for daycare providers that offer more than just basic childcare services, but also enriching educational experiences for their children. TinySteps Playhouse can differentiate itself in the market by emphasizing its educational curriculum and dedicated staff, attracting parents who prioritize their child’s learning and development. With the industry expected to continue growing in the coming years, TinySteps Playhouse has a promising future ahead.

Below is a description of our target customers and their core needs.

Target Customers

TinySteps Playhouse will target local residents primarily, focusing on families with young children in need of daycare services. The community within Denver has a significant portion of dual-income households where both parents work full-time jobs. This demographic is in dire need of reliable and nurturing childcare solutions, making them a primary customer segment for TinySteps Playhouse.

The daycare will also cater to single-parent families seeking a supportive and engaging environment for their children during work hours. Denver’s diverse population includes a notable number of single parents who require affordable, high-quality daycare services. By offering flexible hours and a curriculum that promotes early childhood development, TinySteps Playhouse will meet the specific needs of this customer group.

Moreover, TinySteps Playhouse will tailor its services to attract parents who prioritize educational content in their childcare selection. With an emphasis on learning and development, the daycare plans to integrate educational programs into its daily schedule. This approach will appeal to parents interested in providing their children with a head start in education, further broadening the daycare’s customer base.

Customer Needs

TinySteps Playhouse steps in to meet the critical need for high-quality daycare services that Denver parents desperately seek. Parents expect a safe, nurturing environment where their children can learn, play, and grow under the supervision of caring and professional staff. This establishment ensures that every child receives personalized attention, fostering a sense of belonging and security.

Moreover, TinySteps Playhouse recognizes the importance of convenience for working parents. It offers flexible hours to accommodate the varying schedules of Denver’s diverse workforce. By doing so, parents can maintain their professional responsibilities without compromising their child’s care and well-being.

In addition to basic caregiving, TinySteps Playhouse provides an educational curriculum designed to stimulate young minds and prepare them for future academic success. Parents can rest assured that their children are not only cared for but also engaged in meaningful learning activities. This comprehensive approach to daycare fulfills a critical need for developmental support beyond mere supervision.

TinySteps Playhouse’s competitors include the following companies:

Kiddie Academy of Denver-Boulevard One offers a comprehensive child care program that focuses on early childhood education and development. Their services include infant care, toddler care, preschool, and pre-kindergarten programs. The academy emphasizes a Life Essentials® curriculum, which supports the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development of children. Price points vary based on the program and age of the child, but they generally fall within the mid to high range of daycare services in the Denver area. Kiddie Academy of Denver-Boulevard One operates primarily in the Boulevard One neighborhood of Denver, catering to families residing in or near this area. They target middle to upper-middle-class families looking for a blend of education and care for their children. A key strength of Kiddie Academy is its national reputation and standardized curriculum. However, its location-specific weakness may be its higher price point, which could be a barrier for some families.

Crestmoor Learning Center provides early childhood education with a focus on creating a nurturing and safe environment for children to learn and grow. Services include infant care, preschool programs, and after-school care for older children. The center adopts a personalized approach to learning, tailoring activities to the developmental needs of each child. Pricing information is typically customized based on the specific needs and schedule of the family, aligning with industry standards in the Denver area. Serving the Crestmoor neighborhood and surrounding areas, Crestmoor Learning Center appeals to families seeking a more intimate and personalized daycare experience. The center’s strengths lie in its community-focused approach and flexible scheduling options. However, its smaller size and limited capacity could be viewed as a weakness, potentially limiting availability for new enrollments.

The Learning Experience – Westminster operates in the broader Denver metro area, with a specific focus on the Westminster location. This center offers educational childcare programs for children ages six weeks to six years, including toddler care, preschool, and kindergarten prep. Their proprietary L.E.A.P. (Learning Experience Academic Program) curriculum is designed to promote cognitive, social, and physical development. While The Learning Experience – Westminster has a competitive pricing structure that aims to be accessible to a wide range of families, they also offer premium features such as a mobile app for parents. This center serves a diverse customer base, including families from various socioeconomic backgrounds. Their key strength is the blend of affordability and technology-enhanced services. A potential weakness is the reliance on a franchise model, which may result in variability in service quality across locations.

Competitive Advantages

At TinySteps Playhouse, we pride ourselves on offering superior child care services that set us apart from our competitors. Our commitment to providing a nurturing and educational environment ensures that every child in our care receives the attention and support they need to grow and thrive. We understand the importance of early childhood development, and our programs are designed to stimulate learning and creativity in a safe and welcoming setting. Our approach is not just about watching over children; it’s about engaging them in activities that promote their social, emotional, and intellectual development.

Another significant competitive advantage we have is our team of highly experienced staff. Each member of our team brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in child care, early childhood education, and child psychology. This experience allows us to create a supportive and enriching environment for the children we serve. Our staff’s dedication to continuous learning and improvement means that we are always at the forefront of best practices in child care. Parents can trust that their children are in capable and caring hands, receiving the best possible care and education. This level of service and expertise distinguishes us in the Denver area, making us a preferred choice for discerning parents.

Our marketing plan, included below, details our products/services, pricing and promotions plan.

Products and Services

TinySteps Playhouse offers a comprehensive suite of services designed to meet the needs of busy families while providing a nurturing and educational environment for children. At the core of its offerings is Childcare, a service that ensures children are cared for in a safe, engaging, and supportive setting. Parents can expect to pay an average of $250 per week for full-time childcare, which includes a range of activities aimed at promoting the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of children.

Understanding the importance of early education, TinySteps Playhouse provides Early Education Programs tailored to different age groups. These programs are designed to lay a strong foundation for lifelong learning by incorporating elements of play, discovery, and structured learning. The cost of these programs is included in the weekly childcare fee, ensuring that every child has access to quality early education without additional financial burden on the families.

Nutrition plays a crucial role in the development and well-being of children, which is why TinySteps Playhouse offers Nutritious Meals and Snacks as part of its services. These meals and snacks are prepared with children’s dietary needs in mind, ensuring they receive balanced and healthy food throughout the day. This service is also included in the weekly fee, providing peace of mind to parents that their children are not only cared for but also receive proper nutrition.

Recognizing the importance of physical activity in children’s growth, TinySteps Playhouse incorporates Outdoor Play and Physical Activities into its daily schedule. This ensures that children have ample opportunity to engage in physical exercise, enjoy fresh air, and develop their motor skills. Like the other services, this is included in the overall childcare fee, offering a comprehensive approach to child development and care.

In summary, TinySteps Playhouse stands out by offering an all-inclusive package that covers childcare, early education, nutritious meals, and physical activities. With a focus on holistic development and a commitment to providing high-quality services, TinySteps Playhouse is positioned as a premier choice for families seeking the best care and education for their children in Denver, CO.

Promotions Plan

TinySteps Playhouse will utilize a comprehensive promotional strategy to attract customers in Denver, CO. At the heart of this strategy lies a robust online marketing campaign. The daycare will leverage social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, to connect with potential clients. Through these channels, TinySteps Playhouse will share engaging content, including day-to-day activities, testimonials from satisfied parents, and educational tips for children. This approach not only builds a community around the daycare but also showcases the quality and care provided. Furthermore, the daycare will implement search engine optimization (SEO) techniques to improve its visibility in search engine results. By targeting keywords related to daycare services in Denver, TinySteps Playhouse will attract parents actively searching for childcare options. Additionally, the daycare will use Google Ads to reach a wider audience, ensuring that parents searching for daycare services in the area encounter TinySteps Playhouse at the top of their search results. Email marketing will also play a crucial role in the promotional strategy. TinySteps Playhouse will collect email addresses from interested parents through its website and social media channels. The daycare will then send out regular newsletters featuring updates, events, and special promotions. This direct line of communication will keep TinySteps Playhouse top-of-mind for parents considering daycare options. Beyond online marketing, TinySteps Playhouse will engage in community outreach. The daycare will collaborate with local businesses and schools to sponsor events and offer special promotions. These partnerships will not only increase visibility but also establish TinySteps Playhouse as a trusted community member invested in the well-being of local families. To further attract customers, TinySteps Playhouse will host open houses and free trial days. These events will allow parents and children to experience the daycare firsthand, meet the staff, and see the facilities. Such experiences are invaluable in building trust and demonstrating the high level of care and education that TinySteps Playhouse provides. Word-of-mouth will also be a vital component of the promotional strategy. Satisfied parents are the best advocates for TinySteps Playhouse. The daycare will encourage referrals by offering discounts or special offers to families that bring new clients. This approach not only rewards current customers but also harnesses the power of personal recommendations. In conclusion, TinySteps Playhouse will deploy a multifaceted promotional strategy to attract customers. By combining online marketing, community outreach, and word-of-mouth, the daycare will establish a strong presence in Denver, CO. These efforts will ensure that TinySteps Playhouse becomes a preferred choice for parents seeking quality daycare services.

Our Operations Plan details:

  • The key day-to-day processes that our business performs to serve our customers
  • The key business milestones that our company expects to accomplish as we grow

Key Operational Processes

To ensure the success of TinySteps Playhouse, there are several key day-to-day operational processes that we will perform.

  • Opening Procedures: Staff arrive early to prepare the facility, ensuring that play areas are clean and safe, and that all necessary materials for the day’s activities are ready and accessible.
  • Health and Safety Checks: Conduct daily health checks of all children upon arrival to monitor for any signs of illness, and ensure that all play equipment and toys are sanitized and in good condition.
  • Attendance Tracking: Accurately record the arrival and departure times of children to maintain an up-to-date attendance log for safety and billing purposes.
  • Meal and Snack Preparation: Prepare and serve nutritious meals and snacks at scheduled times throughout the day, adhering to any dietary restrictions or allergies.
  • Educational Program Implementation: Execute planned educational activities and programs that stimulate cognitive, social, and physical development, adjusting as necessary to meet the needs of different age groups and individual children.
  • Continuous Supervision: Maintain constant supervision of children to ensure their safety and well-being, intervening as necessary to guide behavior and facilitate positive interactions among peers.
  • Communication with Parents: Provide regular updates to parents about their child’s day, including any notable achievements, behavior observations, and any incidents or accidents that occurred.
  • Cleaning and Maintenance: Perform regular cleaning of the facility throughout the day, with a deep clean at the end of the day, to maintain a hygienic environment. This includes laundering of any used fabrics and sanitizing toys and equipment.
  • Staff Coordination: Conduct briefings with staff at the start and end of each day to ensure everyone is informed about the day’s schedule, any special needs of children, and to discuss any issues that may have arisen.
  • Financial Management: Process payments from parents, manage billing inquiries, and ensure accurate financial records are kept for accounting purposes.
  • Professional Development: Encourage staff to engage in ongoing professional development and training opportunities to stay current with best practices in early childhood education and care.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Ensure that all staff are trained in emergency procedures and that emergency contacts for each child are readily accessible. Conduct regular drills for different types of emergencies.

TinySteps Playhouse expects to complete the following milestones in the coming months in order to ensure its success:

  • Securing a Suitable Location : Find and lease or purchase a facility in Denver, CO, that is safe, accessible, and compliant with state and local regulations for childcare services. This location should also offer potential for growth and expansion.
  • Obtaining Licenses and Permits : Complete all necessary state and local licensing requirements for operating a daycare. This includes passing health and safety inspections and obtaining a childcare license.
  • Building and Equipping the Facility : Renovate and equip the facility to meet the needs of children of various ages, including purchasing educational toys, furniture, outdoor play equipment, and safety features. Ensure that the environment is inviting, stimulating, and secure for children.
  • Hiring and Training Staff : Recruit, hire, and train qualified childcare providers who are passionate about child development. Staff training should focus on health and safety protocols, educational strategies, and emergency procedures to ensure a high-quality care environment.
  • Developing Curriculum and Activities : Design a comprehensive, age-appropriate curriculum that promotes physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. Plan a variety of engaging activities and routines that cater to the interests and needs of children.
  • Launching Marketing and Enrollment Campaigns : Implement targeted marketing strategies to attract parents and guardians in Denver, CO. Develop an attractive website, engage in social media marketing, and host open house events to facilitate enrollment.
  • Launching Our Daycare : Officially open TinySteps Playhouse for business, welcoming children and their families. Ensure a smooth operation from the first day, with staff ready to provide high-quality care and education.
  • Monitoring and Improving Quality : Establish mechanisms for regular feedback from parents and staff to continuously monitor and improve the quality of care and education provided. Implement changes as necessary to meet the evolving needs of children and families.
  • Reaching $15,000/Month in Revenue : Through effective marketing, quality service, and word-of-mouth referrals, steadily increase enrollment to reach the milestone of $15,000 in monthly revenue. This financial stability is crucial for covering operating costs and planning for future growth.
  • Evaluating Expansion Opportunities : After establishing a successful operation in Denver, CO, assess the feasibility of expanding TinySteps Playhouse to additional locations or offering new services to meet the needs of the community and drive further growth.

TinySteps Playhouse management team, which includes the following members, has the experience and expertise to successfully execute on our business plan:

Mason Clark, President

Mason Clark, President, brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success to TinySteps Playhouse. With a strong background in early childhood education and management, Mason has previously steered a daycare center towards operational excellence and growth. His expertise lies in strategic planning, staff leadership, and implementing innovative programs that enhance the learning and development of young children. Mason’s ability to drive business success, coupled with his passion for creating nurturing and educational environments for children, positions him as a key asset in guiding TinySteps Playhouse towards achieving lasting success.

TinySteps Playhouse requires significant funding to reach our growth goals and fulfill our mission of providing top-tier childcare services in Denver, CO. Our financial plan outlines the need for investment in facility expansion, curriculum development, marketing efforts, and operational enhancements to support our increasing enrollment and ensure the highest level of care. By securing the necessary funding, we will be able to implement our strategic plan, achieve our operational milestones, and continue to serve the families in our community with excellence.

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