1. What is the definition of marketing? What are the benefits and drawbacks of incorporating marketing into the sales function of an organization? Do you think that marketing should be included as part of the sales organization within a company? Why or why not?
2. Assume you are the newly hired marketing manager of a company. As you spend time with other peer marketing managers, you realize that the company doesn't place emphasis on planning within the marketing organization. Why is planning important in marketing? What are the essential components of a marketing plan? How would you convince your supervisor that the marketing department should produce formal marketing plans?
3. Select an organization with which you are familiar. How does your selected organization use the different components of the marketing mix? How does the marketing mix affect the development of your selected organization's marketing strategy and tactics? How can your selected organization use quantifiable elements to evaluate, monitor, and control marketing effectiveness?
The solution talks about integrating marketing into the sales function of a company, formal marketing plans and evaluations for marketing effectiveness in over 800 words with references.