Believe it or not, now is the perfect time to start preparing for your annual strategic planning session. It’s time to reflect on how successful your marketing plan process has been in the past. Did your plan sit on the shelf? Did you structure your marketing plan with the end in mind?

A 35-year AEC industry veteran, Nancy Wolthuis has regularly used podcast discussions of macroeconomic issues for market forecasting and planning. If you don’t like the study of economics before listening, she promises you will after.

We’ve all heard the adage “the best way to get somewhere is a straight line,” but author Rich Christiansen suggests otherwise. Christiansen is an entrepreneur who has founded or cofounded more than 30 businesses. Some of them were colossal failures, others were multi-million-dollar successes.

MARKETLINK Principal Stephanie Craft is passionate about budgeting - and she wants to share that passion with you. Her four tips may take a bit of effort to implement, but the pay-off is immense.

How do you approach your annual strategic plan? Many AEC firms use the same tactics they did last year, not considering whether their end goal has changed or what they want to get out of their marketing efforts. We recommend a more methodical, strategic approach.

In any proposal, the project approach is likely the most important section – it is the place you get to tell the client exactly what you are going to do to make their project a success. In order to write a successful strategic approach, you must research and brainstorm and then brainstorm some more. The writing is the easy part!

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