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Translation in Ellis, W. Obviously, during this time their intelligence, innovative ability and flexibility will be tested to the limit. Entrepreneurship and self help among black Americans A reconsideration of race and economics This long-awaited revision of a classic work traces the unique development of business enterprises and other community organizations among black Americans from before the Civil War to the present. Mellor Introduction The business plan combines many of the topics discussed up to now e. With the dramatic decline of manufacturing in the West, there are two ways for a company to make progress: Various guiding strategies can also be used to price new products. The works of Schumpeter and Kondratieff were popularized by Peter F.
At this stage data collection is important and one should collect competitor business information from reputable sources, e. You can also conduct potential customer surveys on-line, do they visit the competition?
SGM Step 1: Identify competitive characteristics that differentiate companies in an industry. This may also result in good clues to what the CSFs are. These are found by trial and error, simply gathering data and plotting factors against each other until significant matches are found.
Step 2: After you have found differentiating characteristics, use these as axes on a graph to plot where competitors are. Step 3: Assign companies that fall into about the same strategy space to the same strategic group. Step 4: Step 5: Repeat the exercise for your own company and evaluate where you stand competitively.
Having assessed the attractiveness of the proposed market and identified competitors and CSFs, the next task is to see if the proposed company can actually inhabit that market. To put it a different way, has the entrepreneur the appropriate competencies to pursue the opportunity?
The key issues include: These could be manifested under Weaknesses or Threats. Examples could be: One of the subjects covered should be cost position relative to competitors, but raw materials supply, logistics, distribution, etc. Correcting a cost disadvantage may entail: The beauty of SWOT analyses is that they can be applied almost everywhere.
In any situation it can be used to determine if strengths heavily outweigh weaknesses, where the competitive advantage is, and are there any weak spots in the present strategy.
More complicated versions of SWOT are also often used and the interested reader is advised to look up e. Formulating a mission statement As the way forward becomes clearer — thanks to undertaking the above analyses — the path to be taken can be verbalized in a mission statement.
This is partly a concise statement which defines the tasks of strategic management and the overall goal of the company and includes defining the main business and business mission. Hopefully the mission statement will inject the company with a sense of purpose, provide long-term direction and give the organization an identity.
A good mission statement implies where the organization is, where it wants to go and in what market. An example of a mission statement is: Our mission is to expand our worldwide leadership in the spice, seasoning, and flavouring markets.
McCormick and Company Backing up the mission statement should be a programme that establishes targets and objectives because without measurable objectives, a mission statement is basically just hot air. Objectives should be measurable, difficult, but doable, and should have a time frame. An expanded version of this — developing a strategy and ways to implement the strategy, how and when to evaluate, review, and make adjustments, etc.
Indeed, all of the above analyses will finally find their way into the appropriate part of the business plan see Chapter 6. Analysing your products The Boston Matrix is a mapping tool for use on existing products Figure 4. Using historical data market growth and building on estimates coming from SGM-like analyses, it plots the relative market share of a product against market growth. In many ways the Boston Matrix resembles a product life cycle PLC because a new product introduced onto the market will have a low market share, but hopefully large growth.
Seen from the point of view of the Boston Matrix, the strategic stages in the PLC through which a product may progress or develop are: Opportunistic development. Rising Star: Cash Cow: Kill or divest. When a new product occupying the Problem Child box is launched, opportunistic development is normally the only strategy that can be applied. As its relative market share increases, the product starts to move anti-clockwise through the matrix, to occupy a position of high relative market share and high market growth.
At this position Rising Star , an investment strategy should be followed. As market growth flattens out, the product gains Cash Cow status, signifying a maintaining strategy to be able to milk the market returns. Eventually, however, the product will be superseded and the product, while maintaining low Relative market share High Market growth Figure 4. This is the Dog position where the product should either be withdrawn, or the company may like to divest itself of that interest.
Chapter summary Creative ideas — generated using the techniques illustrated in Chapter 3 — have to be harvested and evaluated. One possibility is the dimension rating scale in Appendix A. However, to establish a business, other strategic considerations — like positioning in the market — have to be taken into consideration.
The ability of the product or company to actually conquer the proposed market can be analysed by various techniques, the most common being the SWOT analysis. After completing this, new companies may be able to formulate a mission statement.
Companies may also analyse and re-align existing products using e. For companies with existing products, the Boston Matrix may give clues as to where products are on their PLC.
References Hotelling, H. Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors. Free Press. Further reading Chaston, I. Macmillan Press. If you are interested in free advice you can get up to 45 minutes with an IP lawyer to discuss any IP issues. You can also search the Online European Patent Register at: Think about how you can collect market data.
Use this to start preparing a SGM analysis. In Chapter 4, these ideas, in a more concrete form, were subjected to an analysis designed to enquire as to whether the proposed market could successfully be entered both by looking at the internal organization and by analysing existing competitors.
The marketing plan — introduced in this chapter — details how the product or service is to be brought to which customers, when and how. It is an important part of the business plan and also forms a basis for a large part of the budget. Customer segmentation Ideally the marketing plan will help to define primary target customer groups, secondary, tertiary, etc.
For products or services which are close to market i. However, as a rough guide, the targets should include a three-year strategic plan and a more detailed one-year operational plan i. In short, the aim of the marketing plan is to link the resources of the company to the requirements of the customer.
This underlines the point made by Kotler and De Bes that markets are becoming hyper-fragmented, meaning that economic power is being concentrated in the hands of the distributors who in turn are required to continually and rapidly re-bundle offerings according to transitory fluctuations in demand.
This transition into post-modernity is obviously a continual and gradual process, however, it has led to different generations acquiring labels according to their overall characteristics.
These are: Meta-characteristics include an acceptance of a single grand vision or plan and a belief in community and self-sacrifice. Members of this generation are likely to do voluntary work and donate regularly to charities, etc. Having experienced frugality and rationing, high-profile consumption is unlikely. Baby boomers, born to The generation to grow up in the Sixties, when property was cheap and jobs plentiful and perhaps because of this affluence their meta-characteristics include a lifestyle which is less materialistic.
Generation X is said to be sceptical about the future e. Meta-characteristics include concentration on their personal lives, including materialism, risk-taking often extreme , keen on business, hedonism, brand-orientation and celebrating the cult of the celebrity as a surrogate community to make up for lack of close physical community. Generation Y, however, are not perceived as being as cynical as their predecessor, Generation X. The form of the marketing plan The marketing plan, like most plans, can be broken down into: At any point in the marketing plan the value proposition i.
The objectives will normally be a logical consequence of the analyses presented in Chapter 4 and especially will follow on from the product SWOT analysis. This will have given clues to questions like: Through which medium can we reach them? What are the benefits my product offers the customer? What distinguishes my company from others?
What approach do competitors take? Primary data can consist of: However, such market research for primary data is often very expensive and gathering secondary data is the major thrust for small companies. Secondary data consists of: The strategic section should address marketing continuity. Products can be introduced in niches, but the marketing plan should explain how they can move to larger segments. Thus, it would be logical at this point to list some alternatives to selling existing products to existing market segments or developing modified products for existing market segments , such as how to extend existing products into new segments or how to modify or re-position existing products.
Some considerations may loop-back to very basics like the product name, e. Globalization means spreading into other cultures Advertising methods must also be adapted to market geographical expansion. The Marketing Plan 57 One US manufacturer of washing powder produced a very successful TV ad featuring the fairy tale character Snow White, who was washing spotlessly for the seven dwarves, who, following common US practice, were selected from across a broad ethnic spectrum.
This ad was later aired on Egyptian TV, leaving the audience — who had no knowledge of the Snow White fairy tale — flummoxed and dumbfounded.
Washing powder case taken from Mellor and Mellor, The 4Ps and the 4Cs of marketing The strategic marketing plan must thus identify needs, define target segments, group customers into manageable groups of specific characteristics, it must specify how to create differential advantage i.
Gummesson, has also gained in popularity. The two models are compared in Table 5. Table 5. Presumably by this time the details of the proposed product are quite firm, so product decisions at this stage involve possible bundling — either with other complementary products or later stage products account trade discount, guarantee, follow-up and service, help-desk, etc.
Suggested retail price Volume discounts and wholesale pricing Cash and early payment discounts Seasonal pricing Bundling Price flexibility Price discrimination Distribution Place decisions Distribution channels Market coverage inclusive, selective, or exclusive distribution Specific channel members Inventory management Warehousing Distribution centres Order processing Transportation Reverse logistics Promotion decisions Promotional strategy push, pull, etc.
Mark up is the difference between cost to buy a good and its retail price i. Furthermore, price conveys image, e.
Moreover, cutting prices by 10 per cent on a good with a 25 per cent profit margin will mean that turnover sales may have to be doubled to break even. Moreover, in some cases, e. Various guiding strategies can also be used to price new products. Set price just above total unit cost usually production costs plus profit margin, although production costs may vary according to quantity produced to quickly win a large market share.
Set a higher-than-normal price to quickly recover initial outlay. Set prices high initially and be prepared to lower prices quickly. The Marketing Plan 59 For established goods, a whole set of strategies can be used: Merchandise with an odd-numbered price is assumed to be cheaper than one with an even price.
Categorizes merchandise which is similar in quality, performance, etc. Temporary mark-down to attract customers. Selling at different prices to customers in different places. Raising price on articles in short supply. Reductions in stale, outdated, etc. Reduction for high quantity.
How to place your offerings Place decisions address where to sell the product, i. Promotion — effective advertising Promotion includes any publicity, any free commercial news by the media especially celebrities , contests, coupons, free samples, sponsoring, sending out own or co-operative, e.
The objectives are to get the product accepted by potential customers, as well as to maintain or increase market share, also in the face of growing competition. Account for 25 per cent of all advertising. Focused geographical coverage but short ad life.
Focused interest group coverage and long ad life, but expensive. TV and radio: Reaches all markets, short spots. High targeting potential, but high throwaway costs. The Internet: Excludes some segments. Viewer fatigue. Outdoor and transit ads: High investment for brief message.
Yellow Pages, etc. Trade shows and sponsorships: Need much preparation with potential for high waste and costs. A successful advert should not only attract attention, but also emphasize a key benefit or several and incite the customer to take action immediately.
To do this it may highlight the Unique Selling Proposition USP and prove it with facts, statistics, testimonials, etc. Especially difficult is designing a form of feedback enabling the advertiser to check if it has been a quantifiable success otherwise failures may be expensive to rectify. The type and content of any promotional material will be rooted in considerations of the targeted customer segment, including the following factors: Who are the target customers and what are their characteristics?
Which media are the target customers most likely to watch, listen to, or read? What budget limitations are there? What media do any competitors use? How important is repetition and continuity in the advertising message?
Taking the 4Ps into consideration, the marketing plan must then proceed to do the following: Customer groups, including a typical customer profile for each group, demographics and trends in the macro-environment are referred to where appropriate throughout the marketing plan. The Marketing Plan 61 People: Task matrices The marketing plan is ideally cross-linked this can be presented in separate tables insomuch as it will specify which person does what activity or task, plus cost per activity, resulting in cost per person.
To do this you make a list of tasks and number them, then make a timetable for the tasks and then make a matrix of people versus quarter and put the numbered tasks in the cells. Attach financial values to these and thus derive cost per person per quarter and cost per task per quarter. Costs can be broken down further and cross-correlated e. Making task matrices is a bit of an art but those interested in making task matrices can find examples in the excellent book by Malcolm McDonald McDonald, If the TTM for the product is short, then costs can be broken down further to quarters or months, resulting in cost per person, per task, etc.
This is a great help in making the final consolidated budget for the business plan Chapter 6. Chapter summary The aim of the marketing plan is to link the resources of the company to the requirements of the customer, how to fulfil the needs and desires of the customer and how to bring the product to the customer.
To do this, a written statement of the marketing strategy, tactics, timetables, objectives and goals has to be prepared. This can be about the acquisition of new customers, or the increased retention of existing customers. The marketing plan also details the implementation of the key activities, including the roll out of the actual marketing, advertising and sales activities.
These are summarized and collated — often in tabular form — along with their costs. Finally, the marketing plan reviews and tries to identify possible remedial actions. References Evans, M. Gummesson, E. Kotler, P. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. Moore, G. Harper Business. Further reading Brooksbank, R. Market Intelligence and Planning, Evans, M. Globe see sample marketing plan on p. Mellor Introduction The business plan combines many of the topics discussed up to now e. This chapter details the use and format of that document — the business plan.
Sources of capital investment All start-ups need money. If the time to market is short, then the amount of money will be largely that figuring in the marketing plan Chapter 5 and the amount will be small. Banks are getting more flexible and improving their performance in supporting SMEs, but they still reject on average 50 per cent of all such cases as a pointer, even most established SMEs in the UK find it easier to run off an overdraft due to difficulties in securing a bank loan.
However, if successful, the bank may well want security or other collateral and this can mean the entrepreneur signing over their house, etc. Business angels and venture capitalists An alternative to the bank can be a business angel. A business angel BA is someone who has done it before, made some money, has got a bit hooked and is open to the idea of doing it again.
The difference between a BA and a venture capitalist is shown in Table 6. Thus it is the single most important document in attracting investors. Venture capitalists in particular like the business plan and especially the marketing and strategy aspects, banks are heavily biased towards the financials, while business angels prefer the topic and the personalities involved Mason and Stark, However, the importance of the business plan lies not only in attracting investors including a bank, when the company needs a loan.
Roddick went on to establish an empire of 2, shops and McGlinn, who ended up owning Some of the pros and cons are shown in Table 6. The Business Plan 65 Finance is a recurring problem with start-ups. So what is the value of a company started yesterday and which not only has never sold anything, but also may not even plan to do so for several years?
The result of this impossible calculation determines how much stock the investor will get in return for the money needed. Most banks will expect the entrepreneur to put up 30—40 per cent of the money needed, while most investors will not invest unless their returns Return on Investment, RoI are over 35 per cent. One of the most famous individual investors was Ken Olsen who invested in Digital Equipment in and made a per cent return.
The most famous venture investment company — as far as technology is concerned — is probably Sequoia Capital, early backers of companies like Apple, Cisco, Flextronics, Oracle, Google and YouTube. Table 6. Figure 6. This stage is called FFF see above. Seed capital and pre-seed capital often comes from public sources. In boom times the players will move down the curve towards the origin. The curve in Figure 6. Initial negative cash flow in amounts equal to the area labelled A is gradually offset by sales to reach break-even point B.
Thus A equals total investment needs normally broken down by quarter, as detailed in the marketing plan. When positive returns are achieved, the company eventually reaches a point where investments have been covered, i. This equates to the basic RoI time. Their customers, in turn, may be venture capitalists, and theirs, in turn as proof of concept is established and risk diminished are investment banks or the investment branch of a regular bank. They, in turn, get their return on investment from members of the public, either by selling products to the public, selling the company to a larger firm a takeover or selling stock on the stock exchange after an initial public offering.
As if that was not enough, the types of management needed to face the different types of crises en route are quite different. The form of the business plan Business plans can be between 2 and typically 30 pages long, with a large margin 2. The font size should not be less than 11 point max. Pages should be numbered, and appendices clearly labelled.
Typically the contents of a business plan will consist of the 16 classical elements: The business plan should reveal if the idea can profitably be converted into reality.
US astronauts were equipped with a pressurized pen which could write in extreme conditions. The pen was made in by Fisher Pen Co. NASA still buys pens for astronauts but the Russians, after buying , have returned to equipping their cosmonauts with pencils or normal ballpoint pens.
The rest of humanity lives in a temperate gravity well the Earth and has no obvious use for space pens. Has the investment been returned or was the space pen an expensive marketing stunt? Writing a business plan would have given more insight into this issue. The business plan can be compared to a dock, insomuch as much of the work covered in previous chapters mission statement, customer analysis, SWOT, market research, the marketing plan, etc.
Variations on the basic template presented here certainly exist and it is up to personal taste and judgement to find out which one is most applicable. The business plan, when finished, must also have addressed the following: Finding new ways to deliver customer satisfaction. How competitive advantage will be built upon. What the strategy is and why. How, upon success, the inevitable rise of competitors will be countered and negated.
One may also wish to include the mission statement on the title page and, according to length, a table of contents may be useful. In some countries including the UK it is usual to include a standard disclaimer at the bottom of the title page: The contents of this business plan have been prepared by XYZ Ltd using sources believed to be reliable and accurate but which without further investigation cannot be warranted as to accuracy or completeness.
Information and opinions are subject to change without notice. No director, employee or representative of XYZ Ltd accepts liability for any loss arising from the use of information provided. All rights reserved. No part may be reproduced or distributed in any manner without written permission. XYZ specifically prohibits redistribution via the Internet or otherwise, and accepts no liability whatsoever for the actions of third parties in this respect.
The Business Plan 69 The classical 16 sections template 1 Executive Summary Venture capitalists report that in and they were receiving business plans per day. That means that the Executive Summary has to be very well written in order to get attention.
It should be clear, concise and not one single word too long. Normally it is the part that is written last, since many experience that the process of writing the rest of the business plan helps formulate their ideas. It contains the absolute essence of the business plan. This may take the form of: I have an idea. I can offer companies with up to staff a system that will reduce their expenses between 3 per cent and 5 per cent.
I can reach the target group because I worked in that field for five years and know it well. Sales are by direct marketing. Nor does it offer pie-in-the-sky. Without going deep into product technicalities, it outlines the answers to the following questions: What is the RoI? How is the customer to be reached? Which methods are to be used? After carefully crafting the Executive Summary, the plan continues to outline the business idea.
All change is a source of innovative opportunity and the Business Idea section must explain how processes operate normally, what the innovation is, and how the entrepreneur will take advantage of this. Changes include e. For example, if the invention was made in the research labs of a prestigious university and has won three major international prizes, then this can be documented here.
There should be a paragraph detailing how many others are employed, together with a projection about the company size in the future.
Employee options and warrants may be detailed here, and this is highly relevant because it affects future ownership issues. It may also be relevant to add a paragraph about the organization or mention any other special organizational aspects. This may be, e. Scientific companies may wish to mention that they lease premises in an incubator or science park, etc. Leadership, Board of Directors, Accountants and Lawyers The leadership will probably consist of the original inventors and entrepreneurs, together with any professional help, which has been bought or borrowed.
This section should list their names, what their functions are, their affiliations and a brief CV of each one. This shows the investor that the company is interested in being effective, as well as providing grounds for putting staff posts in the budget.
The Board of Directors is extremely important. They may work for as little as two hours per quarter i. A good board with 3—5 well-known and reputable directors will convince the investor that you have presented convincing arguments to competent and experienced people who, in turn, are able to steer the company and sell the product.
They should be listed by name, together with their affiliation and perhaps a short description of their special field and competencies. The Business Plan 71 The names and addresses of the accountants and company lawyer are appended last in this section.
If the product is not complete, then milestones should accompany the development plan. Here product lifetime and expected frequency of buying may be relevant. It may also be the best place for pricing strategy. Note that price strategy can be different for different customer groups. If pricing is discussed here see Chapter 5 , then it is also relevant to discuss discounts, guarantee, follow-up and service strategy, help desk, etc. Drawings, blueprints, etc.
It is an excellent idea to include the results of searches performed by patent agents. These copies of original letters , as well as any completed patents or patent proposals should be attached as an appendix and should not be part of the business plan.
The marketing plan should also begin here to mention milestones. These may include any special advantages the company has, as well as special activities Roll-Out, etc. Price policy can be discussed here, if not already a part of the product description. Indeed, if there are no competitors, then there is probably no market! Competitors should be listed together with a mini-SWOT for each one, which realistically appraises the risks that each one poses.
This will lead to a suggested positioning strategy as to how to avoid them.
Thus customers are broken down into segments according to different factors. These may be: This may include suppliers, agents, franchising, resellers and retailers, etc. In principle, this consists of: An accountant can help here, and there are also many types of accounting software available on the Internet and elsewhere. The running costs should ideally take cash flow into account. Figures come from two sources: Fixed costs salary, rent, etc.
These may well come out of your marketing plan. This is the projected income, i. To do this, one should make a graph or histogram of Outlay minus and Income positive by quarter; you should come up with an investment curve see Figure 6. To project the figure to include the point of total investment return, three or more years may be needed. However, investment needs are detailed by quarter. Obviously investment needs may continue over several years, especially if breaking into different markets is envisaged this may result in detailing the first year by month or quarter, then annually for subsequent years.
Often investors are willing to find extra cash for situations that have been foreseen, but had been hoped to be avoided. On the other hand, what investors really do not like are unpleasant surprises. Unpleasant surprises may cause investors to suddenly and catastrophically withdraw their support, even where the extra amount may appear to be minimal.
Another way of seeing this is that the original plan can almost never be followed in every detail, so potential problems must be located early on and adjustments or alternatives proposed.
Barriers can be divided into two kinds: External could, for example, be changes in national law. Other external factors could already have been discussed under risks in the SWOT analysis; these could include the factory burning down, competitors start marketing a cheaper product, the patent application fails, the major customer goes bankrupt, etc.
Internal factors may be that a key worker decides to leave, or the company cannot attract sufficient personnel of the right quality. Thus there must be a clear exit strategy from the start, a strategy that everybody knows about and explicitly approves of. While a company may have provided income, it is the exit which provides the profit. This underlines the need for a solid valuation of the company; there are three different approaches to valuation Market approach, Income approach and Asset approach and entrepreneurs need to get reliable expert advice on the pros and cons of these three approaches.
The exit part of the business plan should sketch out the expectations that the author has. Due diligence is defined as an examination of the books and records of a company and interviews with officers, partners, etc.
Towards the end of due diligence, lawyers will move in to verify everything about the legal framework of the company, including partner contracts to date especially schemes like shares, options and warrants , patent, immaterial and other rights e. The Business Plan 75 Chapter summary The business plan, normally, is a quite cut-and-dried document, which often adheres to a standard element format.
In a logical sequence, it informs the investor as to why the project is a good idea and to the dimensions of investment and return. It goes on to describe the new product or service, as well as the market to be inhabited, plus how countermoves from competitors will be parried. The marketing plan is described in detail in Chapter 5, which in turn allows a detailed budget and a time-scaled investment plan to be drawn up.
Finally, barriers and external, as well as internal, relationships are specified. References Fiduccia, B.
December issue. Pricer, R. Further reading Blackwell, E. Kogan Page Ltd. Covello, J. Sourcebooks, Inc. Web links Business plan templates I recommend you write your own business plan rather than use a standard template, but it can be useful if you need to write 4—5 simultaneously.
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