The fifth section of the marketing plan is TACTICS. Here you lay out the logistics of how you are going to use your marketing tools. When will your marketing tools be implemented? What happens when? In this section you will create a Media Rationale and a Marketing Calendar. The media rationale justifies the use of a particular tool by outlining specific reasons why that tool is a good choice and the specific way it will be implemented within your plan. The marketing calendar is simply a week_by_week calendar of your marketing activities.
An action plan template is a means of developing a pathway to achieve a specific goal. Physical templates can be purchased or located on the Internet. Most are composed of Excel spreadsheets where you enter interim steps to achieve a particular goal.