Duration : 1 Month | Theory + Practical
Digital Marketing Course outline
Duration:- 30 days (4 to 6 weekends)
We have planned the 'Introduction To Digital & Social Media Marketing' Training Course syllabus to cover
the aspects of Internet, Social Media and Mobile Marketing that we think are most relevant to the marketing mix for
'Business to Business' (B2B), 'Business to Consumer' (B2C) and 'Not-for-Profit' marketing, communications and PR.
The channels, platforms and techniques covered over the intensive 4-day training course should be at the core
of any general marketing plan and form the foundation for digital marketing activity, whether in-house or outsourced
to third party agencies and consultants.
Our COURSE TUTORS AND SPEAKERS (all experts in their fields) will work hard to share their experience and expertise
in the time available, giving you a general overview of each aspect of Digital Marketing and sharing techniques and
strategies you can implement effectively for business growth and development
COURSE SYLLABUS TOPICS
Please scroll down to read an overview of all the Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing and Mobile Marketing
topics to be covered in the 'Introduction To Digital & Social Media Marketing' COURSE PROGRAMME, or click on
the topic of specific interest in the list below, to be taken directly to the description for that topic
Overview Of Digital Marketing
Case Study Presentations
Briefings (Online Payments, Disability Web Access, Surveys & Forms,
Affiliate & Voucher Marketing, Crowdsourcing)
OVERVIEW OF DIGITAL MARKETING
This session will set the scene for Digital Marketing, providing a context for its use in 'Business to Business' (B2B),
'Business to Consumer' (B2C) and 'Not-for-Profit' marketing, PR and communications.
The latest user statistics and research information will be presented in a business context relevant to the Course
participants. Aims and objectives and strategies for using Digital Marketing will be explored, and key Internet,
Social Media and Mobile Marketing techniques, channels, platforms and terminology will be explained during
this session which will address key questions like:
What is Digital Marketing? What is the history of Digital Marketing? Why is Digital Marketing so important?
How is Digital Marketing being used effectively? What examples are there of good practice in Digital Marketing?
What happens when Digital Marketing goes wrong? How can Digital Marketing be used to develop brands,
drive sales, encourage product and service development and innovation, aid recruitment and training?
CASE STUDY PRESENTATIONS
Over three 'Working Dinners' during the 'Introduction To Digital Marketing' Training Course specially invited
guest speakers will present exclusively (for 'Introduction To Digital Marketing' Course participants)
their experiences of using Digital Marketing effectively for the benefit of their firm, business, organisation or
institution, followed by a Q&A session and discussion.
The 'Briefings' each day will provide an opportunity for a fast-fire recap of key information covered in
previous Sessions and the chance to focus on a particular topic with an introduction.
Your web presence serves as the foundation stone for your Digital Marketing activity. In this Session we will
explore the key issues of content, usability, navigation and design... and how you can improve your
website user experience, create the right tone of voice and enhance your website, encouraging
and helping your customers, staff, the media and suppliers to act as ambassadors for your brands, products
and services with additional functionality and Web 2.0 including:
Bookmarking and News Aggregators
Really Simple Syndication (RSS)
User Generated Content (Wikipediaetc)
Multi-media - Video (Video Streaming,YouTube etc)
Multi-media - Audio & Podcasting (iTunes etc)
Multi-media - Photos/Images (Flickretc)
Virtual Worlds (Second Life, There, Habbo etc)
SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION (SEO)
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is concerned with the search results provided by Google and other search
engines to their users. These are the main body of links generated when the user searches for information using
key words or phrases. The links are ranked by relevance by each of the search engines according to their
particular ranking criteria (using algorithms).
SEO "good practice" therefore involves writing and designing your website in such a way that search engines
rank it higher than your competition when prospective customers, clients, candidates or suppliers search
online for the goods or services your agency, firm, company, institution or organisation offers.
It is widely reported that up to 90% of all sites are not optimised, so even basic optimisation can help get you
ahead of the other 90% of websites that are vying for the attention of your target audience(s)!
Session you will learn the key Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) tips and techniques for effectively
optimising your web presence and dramatically improving your Search Engine ranking at relatively low
cost so that prospective customers and clients can find you quickly and easily when they search for key
word, phrases and search terms in Google and other search engines.
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING (FACEBOOK & LINKEDIN)
Facebook is now the operating system of the Social Web. It has won the Social Networking war! A few years ago you might not have been familiar with Facebook, now following massive media coverage and dramatic growth it is highly likely you are one of nearly 27 million people in the UK with a profile and perhaps you have already started to utilise it to promote your business, organisation or institution, to sell products and services, to fund raise, to recruit, to engage customers and suppliers, clients and candidates.
The same is true of the professional online network LinkedIn which has also seen a very rapid rise to dominance with over 4 million UK members and over 70 million members in over 200 countries. Executives from all Fortune 500 companies are LinkedIn members. It has great potential for marketing and communications in B2B, B2C and Not-for-Profit contexts.
The case for exploiting Facebook and LinkedIn as key channels in your marketing strategy is compelling. In this Session we will examine both Facebook and LinkedIn as two key Social Networks with a combined membership of over 500 million people.
Importantly, for brand development, customer service, direct communications and viral marketing opportunities, the Facebook network offers simple, straightforward access to millions of potential customers and suppliers not only in the UK but worldwide, with the ability to target by location, demographics, interests etc. LinkedIn offers some similar functionality to Facebook but is focused on 'doing business', professional networking and information exchange, recruitment and professional events etc.
With a potential audience of millions, the potential sales and marketing opportunities for 'Business to Business' (B2B), 'Business to Consumer' (B2C) and 'Not-for-Profit' are obvious. We will explain how you can use both, and other Social Media, to campaign effectively and inexpensively for a real marketing ROI by utilising Facebook and LinkedIn's Advertising functionality and Applications for your firm, agency, company, institution or organisation.
We will also explore brand reputation management techniques and systems for 'buzz monitoring' for brands, products and services for effective Public Relations (PR) online and business development.
MASTERING GOOGLE (ADWORDS ADVERTISING, ANALYTICS & APPLICATIONS)
Google is undoubtedly the most popular search engine by far in the USA and UK and the Google 'Pay Per Click' (PPC) advertising system, called 'Google Adwords', ensures that an advertiser's brand, product and/or service is placed next to the organic search engine results based on matching key words and phrases, prioritised according to relevancy and the amount the advertiser is willing to pay.
Google AdWords therefore provides a relatively simple, highly accessible and cost effective way to put your business or organisation in front of people at the same time as they are actively looking for similar products or services to those you supply. In this Session we will explore how you can use Google Adwords effectively.
In addition we will consider how Google have developed various applications of interest to any agency, firm, company, institution or organisation wishing to use the Internet effectively to reach and engage customers, clients, candidates and/or suppliers. These applications (such as 'Google Analytics', Maps, Places etc) can also be used to enhance a brand's products, services and operations.
MICRO BLOGGING - TWITTER
Whether completely new to Twitter or already familiar with the 'twittersphere' and “in the conversation”, time exploring Twitter will be well spent, enabling you to get to grips with Twitter, how it works, why it (and related social channels) is considered so important for marketing, sales, brand reputation management and customer service and how it might be utilised for the benefit of your firm, agency, company, institution or orgnisation.
With its recent explosive growth (93% of Twitter's growth has happened in 2009) Twitter represents an exciting new communications platform which could benefit your business or organisation in a number of ways - whether with Public Relations (PR), brand reputation management, marketing and sales or with customer service, research and product development, internal communications with staff etc.
According to a recent report from Internet monitoring company Hitwise the number of people visiting Twitter increased 22-fold in the last twelve months and Twitter is now the fifth most viewed social networking site compared with the 84th last year.
Twitter believes it will have 1 billion users by 2012. If this happens it will become the pulse of the planet!
(One of the Sessions will include a light 'Working Lunch' served in the Meeting Room.)
COPY WRITING FOR THE WEB, SOCIAL MEDIA & MOBILES
Spelling, punctuation and grammar are important for good copy writing, but there are a number of other key factors which make the difference between catching the attention of your target readers, engaging them and ultimately securing their custom... and losing them in as little as 15 seconds.
Good copy writing is difficult, great copy writing is extremely difficult! It takes experience and practice... but most of all it takes knowhow about the people you are targeting and commitment to writing consistent, lively, focused, informative content appropriate to the various media, channels and platforms you may be using for your Digital Marketing activity.
In this Session we will consider the key principles and techniques for effective copy writing across Internet, Social Media and Mobile Marketing to ensure that your words STAND OUT.
(One of the Sessions will include a light 'Working Lunch' served in the Meeting Room.)
We are on the crest of a mobile marcoms tidal wave, with Mobile marketing, communications and training applications likely to boom at all levels in all sectors.
Mobile ownership in the UK is nearly 50 million.
Over 1 billion page impressions on social networking sites are made via mobiles each month.
Within 2 years Smartphones are forecast to comprise 70% of the European market and application downloads are expected to increase by 92% to 50 billion.
In this Session we will set out to introduce Mobile platforms, examine the potential, explore examples and case studies of how Mobile platforms are already being exploited and discuss the potential applications for your organisation and the key strategic planning issues, particularly with a view to the “best fit” and integration with existing marketing activity... looking at such questions/themes and issues as:
Overview of the B2B and B2C Mobile Marketing.
What are Mobile Sites, Apps (Applications) and Widgets and how are they relevant to your marketing activity?
What are the opportunities and pitfalls of Mobile Marketing?
The best of all worlds? Applications vs Mobile sites.
Which platforms and handsets? (Apple, Blackberry, Nokia, Google Android, Microsoft Windows Mobile Applications etc.)
User interfaces and architectures.
Major Application Marketplaces.
Trends in Mobile Social Media (Geo-location and Geo-tagging, Mobile Commerce, Mobile Payments and Billing, Social Media Rewards etc.)
How is Mobile marketing integrated into your marketing plan and what is your strategy for utilising Mobile platforms in the short, medium and long term?
EMAIL/ SMS MARKETING
One of the oldest but most straightforward and reliable forms of Digital Marketing, Email Marketing is a highly effective, low cost method for engaging new customers/clients and communicating with existing ones.
It has many benefits including tracking return on investment (ROI), extremely inexpensive mass communications, high visibility with over half of Internet users checking or sending email each day. Given this it may come as no surprise that spending on email marketing by digital marketers rose by an estimated 15% in 2009 to Â£292m in the UK.
However there are a number of techniques which should be employed for effective Email Marketing and pitfalls to avoid and both will be addressed during this Session. For example good email design and copy writing (content) is vital for customer/client engagement and deliver-ability is a growing concern with ever more sophisticated anti-spam systems, legislation and 'acceptable use policies' to follow. We will also explore various online email marketing platforms such as Campaign Monitor and Mail Chimp.
VIDEO & AUDIO (PODCASTING) MARKETING
With the increasing availability of fast broadband Internet and multi-media enabled technology, the access to inexpensive/free video and audio (podcasting) storage and playback (YouTube, iTunes etc) and the millions of Internet, Social Media and Mobile users searching for, viewing or creating video everyday... using video to market your brand, product or service online (whether B2B or B2C) can be highly effective, especially if it "goes viral" across Social Media.
Web video and/or audio (podcasts) can be inexpensive and extremely effectively in providing competitive advantage and can successfully differentiate a brand, product or service in a crowded marketplace.
The prospect of having 1000s, perhaps 100,000s, of potential customers view even the most basic video or listen to a short piece of audio (podcast) is hugely attractive but there are pitfalls to be avoided, as this recentDilbert cartoon strip on Viral Online Videomakes very clear.
During this Session we will discuss how to achieve effective marketing with web video or audio (podcasting) - including topics such as creative planning, viewer/listener engagement, branding and messaging, resources required, best equipment, techniques for production, distribution tips and channels, evaluation metrics. The Session will include some practical "hands-on" learning and experimentation.
STRATEGIC & ACTION PLANNING
Having become familiar over the 4-days of the 'Introduction To Digital Marketing' Training Course with key aspects of Internet, Social Media and Mobile Marketing and learned tips and techniques that you can implement (either in-house or through third-party services) on your return home from Brighton, the next step is to plan strategically for integrating Digital Marketing into your marketing mix and putting in place the necessary logistics, knowhow, resources and guidelines for utilising Digital Marketing for business growth in the short, medium and long-term.
During this Session we will discuss Strategic planning issues, consider examples of strategic plans, action plan and draft documentation to take things forward after the 'Introduction To Digital Marketing' Training Course.
PRESENTATIONS & REVIEW
This Session will provide an opportunity for course participants to present their strategic and action plans for comment and feedback and for everyone to discuss their learning over the 'Introduction To Digital Marketing' Training Course and to commit to future Digital Marketing activity.
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