**IMPORTANT** There are other files that I need to get to the writer for this assignment! so that I can send the other files for completion of this assignment. MARKETING STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT Once a marketer has a thorough understanding of customer needs and the marketing environment, he or she needs to develop a marketing strategy. It is time to put your research skills to good use using your textbook and articles from the library’s full-text databases. Click here for the research requirements and guide for this assignment. Create your own marketing strategy for the product/service chosen in Week 1. Support your recommendations with concepts presented in this week’s reading. Define and explain what segmentation is and discuss different segmentation bases you could use for your product/service (pages 167-175). Based on your segmentation, describe each of the target markets that you would seek to reach. Explain why they will be most profitable for your product/service. Develop a value proposition for your product/service through differentiation and positioning. Include the following: Introduce at least two (2) competitors and explain their current positioning in the market. (What do they promise to deliver?) Discuss possible competitive advantages your product/service can use to differentiate itself from these competitors (products, services, channels, service, people or image) and select which one(s) to use to build your positioning (see pages 186-189). Based on this differentiation, explain your value proposition (pages 190-191) and develop a positioning statement (page 192). Your paper MUST include a reference list. All research should be cited in the body of the paper. In-text citations and corresponding references should be included in your paper. For more information on APA, please visit the APA Lab. The paper should be written in third person; this means pronouns like “I”, “we”, and “you” are not appropriate. The use of direct quotes is strongly discouraged. Your assignment should contain a cover page, an abstract page, and a reference page in addition to the body. The body of the paper should be 3 pages in length starting with a brief one paragraph introduction and ending with a short conclusion. The entire submission will be 6 pages in length. Please submit your assignment as a Word document in APA format using the attached template. GRADING CRITERIA MKT255 Unit 2 Individual Project Possible Points Earned Points Definition of the segmentation bases. 30 Description of each of the target markets. 30 Analysis of 2 competitors and their positioning. 20 Analysis of competitive advantages. 25 Development of value proposition and positioning statement. 20 Grade for Unit 2 Individual Project 125 Grading will be based on content, application, research, mechanics (APA format, spelling, grammar, punctuation) and style (organization, readability, using your own words). Please click here to view the MKT255 Grading Rubric.
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