com and 50 U.S. top distributors) has been properly covered. If there is a discrepancy between expectancies and results, the organization will identify the causes and try to eliminate them.
Still, even if final control is compulsory, the marketing department should periodically check the accomplishment of tasks. Therefore, the plan should prescribe deadlines, budgets, and activities that must be closely obeyed in order to timely detect and remediate potential causes of failure.
A b) for an accurate evaluation of its marketing efforts, Sonic should assess the customers' attitude towards its products before, during and after implementing the plan. Thus, by using questionnaires, the company can find out what changes have occurred as a result of their communication initiatives. Secondly, the success of the marketing efforts could be inferred after calculating several indicators related to the objectives stated in the plan (market shares, sales volume, awareness etc.).
A c) the most significant barometer for a company's ethical and social responsibility consist of the individuals' opinions regarding the organization's image. Therefore, Sonic could ask people (suppliers, customers, employees etc.) how they perceive Sonic's image and why.
Secondly, the company can look at other indicators like: the number and importance of the controversies in which it has been involved, the number and amplitude of charitable actions, the extent to which it has encouraged diversity at the workplace, the number of trainings and promotions offered to employees, the innovations brought by the research and development department, the internships offered to excellent students or graduates etc. All these elements are capable of taking a precise picture of the company's efforts to behave ethically and socially correct.
Apple has a very strong brand name that is helping it to build share for the iPhone, but the product is expensive. It is believed that there is considerable room for a competitor to target the student market with a lower-priced but also feature-rich device.
The mainstream player in this market is the humble cell phone. Popular phones such as the Motorola Razr have camera functions, and new phones are