Digital Marketing Syllabus - MindEdge

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Digital Marketing SyllabusDelivery Method: Online, AsynchronousContact: support@mindedge.comPrerequisites/Co-requisites: NoneRequired Texts and Resources: MindEdge course bundleCourse Description:This online course introduces learners to the principles, strategies, and technology of digitalmarketing. Video commentary from marketing professionals provides insight into thechallenges and best practices of the field. The self-paced course offers an assortment ofinteractive exercises, videos, selected readings, case studies, and self-assessments that engagestudents and provide opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge of digital marketing andpractice relevant skills.Topics covered in the course: Content MarketingSearch Engine OptimizationPaid Search/Paid AdvertisingConversion Rate OptimizationDigital Marketing StrategyWeb AnalyticsGoogle AnalyticsMarketing AutomationSocial Media MarketingMobile MarketingFor any questions or concerns related to content, IT, and accommodations, please contactsupport@mindedge.comStudents will have access to the course for 1 year. Completion of all components of the materialwill take approximately 35 hours. Students are able to self-pace their progress through thematerial, as all content is delivered online and asynchronously.Grading:A student’s grade in the course will be based on their performance on a final, cumulative exam.The final exam is composed of 50 multiple-choice questions. Students will have 2 hours tocomplete the exam.

If students do not earn a passing score of 70% on their first attempt, they will have theopportunity to take the exam 2 additional times (3 total attempts). Students must wait 24 hoursbetween exam retakes.Honor Code:At MindEdge, we believe in the power of online learning and the power of learners to improvetheir lives through education. We believe in the honesty and integrity of our learners and theability of our courses to further competencies in critical subjects crucial to personal andprofessional development.When taking MindEdge courses that may confer college credit equivalency, we use additionalmeasures to ensure the integrity of end-of-course exams and projects. This includes the use ofonline proctoring software. End-of-course exams are those built in a self-contained MindEdge“course” — separate from the material used for learning review and study. It’s expected thatlearners focus exclusively on the exam when taking the exam. Referencing the course materials used for learning is not permitted.Reviewing other course materials on separate devices or screens is not permitted.Working in tandem or communicating with others — either in your immediate proximityor via digital methods (text, chat, FaceTime, etc.) — is not permitted.Using alternate browsers or browser windows and search engines of any kind to aid inanswering exam questions is not permitted.The use of the proctoring software is to help ensure these activities don’t happen.Learners are expected to abide by the proctoring process, including the verification of alearner’s true identity as the registered exam taker by providing appropriate and valididentification.Should the proctoring process raise any flags of suspicion on the items above, MindEdge willcontact the learner with the information provided by our provider.Should MindEdge have sufficient proof that the rules of this honor code were not followed —the learner will not have the opportunity to earn college credit or other continuing educationunits, as applicable. Any applicable fees paid to any party to take the course are not eligible fora refund of any kind.Learning ObjectivesBelow, learning objectives are listed according to topic.Content Marketing Define content marketing and explain how it relates to social media and SEOList the major types of content used in content marketing and explain the strengths ofeach

Explain the purpose and goals of a content marketing planDescribe the online marketing funnel and explain which types of content areappropriate for which stages of the funnelArticulate the advantages of audience targeting and audience segmentationExplain the role of influencers in content marketingDescribe the process of channel management, and explain why it is important tofurthering your marketing goalsArticulate the unique importance of video to content marketing campaignsExplain the importance of measuring your campaign's effectiveness, and list the majorperformance metricsIdentify the advantages of repurposing contentDefine a content audit and explain its importance in content marketingSearch Engine Optimization (SEO) Address SEO as a business process, identifying how it fits within traditionalcommunications and marketing rolesDefine the components of a web page and how each contributes to search enginerankingsDescribe how search engines find and rank web site contentIdentify strategies for enhancing search engine rankingPaid Search/Pay Per Click Advertising (PPC) Explain the purpose of paid search (pay-per-click) advertisingDefine search marketing, search engine marketing (SEM), and search engineoptimization (SEO)Describe the search process and the search buying cycleRecognize how to set PPC account goals and measure themExplain how to build a PPC account and estimate conversion ratesIdentify effective bidding strategiesDescribe different types of keyword searchesExplain how to use keyword planners and other toolsDescribe how to use keyword matching and negative keywordsDescribe the benefits of paid search (pay-per-click) and the parts of an adExplain how dynamic keywords and different ad extensions are beneficialRelate how a marketer can segment B2B and B2C searchersDescribe the difference between mobile and desktop ads and landing pagesExplain how to optimize a landing pageUnderstand the difference between search and display advertisingDescribe display ad formats and the importance of contextual advertisingIdentify components of an effective paid search reportDescribe the pros and cons of A/B versus multivariate testing

Explain how to manage the PPC channel and why editors are usefulConversion Rate Optimization Define conversion rate and the many factors that contribute to itIdentify the components of a digital marketing campaign and the role each componentplays in conversion rate optimizationIdentify strategies for enhancing conversion ratesDigital Marketing Strategy Identify the differences between an integrated and non-integrated digital marketingstrategyDescribe the five stages of a digital marketing strategy (Research, Plan, Execute,Measure, Analyze and Adjust)Explain how digital marketing elements can address strategic needsDescribe the customer journey and how it applies to digital marketingExplore the use of a digital SWOT in assessing marketing effortsRecognize the components of a SMART goalDescribe the use of the Plan, Do, Check, Act model in digital marketingExplain how lessons learned are integrated into digital marketingDescribe the key ethical and legal issues in digital marketingWeb Analytics Define web analyticsDefine key terms used in web analyticsExplain the difference between search engine optimization (SEO) and search enginemarketing (SEM)Describe the difference between metrics and KPIsDescribe what segmentation is and how it can improve the usability of a websiteDescribe what dashboards are and why they are usefulIdentify what should go into a dashboardDefine the difference between implicit and explicit dataExplain the use of dynamic contentDescribe landing page optimization best practicesArticulate the importance of experimentation and testing in web analyticsExplain the differences between A/B and multivariate testingIdentify where a visitor is in the buying cycle and purchase funnelDefine common e-commerce metricsDescribe how surveys and qualitative information is used in web analyticsIdentify when it is appropriate to include developers and page taggingGoogle Analytics

Describe the basic concepts behind Google Analytics, including metrics, dimensions, andgoal-trackingKnow how to set up a Google Analytics Account and the tracking code that pulls datafrom websites and applicationsUnderstand organizational targets for analytics and visitors and recognize how to trackand measure those targets using goals and goal valuesDescribe the differences between dimensions and metrics and how they are used toanalyze web trafficDefine session duration, bounce rate, pages per session, page views, and how each playsa role in how digital marketing efforts are measuredUnderstand how views, filters, and segmentations work in digital analyticsDescribe SEO and how it impacts web trafficExplain how to use Google Analytics for Ecommerce, B2B, and content publishingMarketing Automation Define marketing automation and explain its valueDefine key terms used in marketing automationExplain the key components of marketing automationDefine the buying cycle and the online marketing funnelExplain the aspects of prospect intent in a buying cycle (AIDA)Identify the key considerations in developing a content strategyName the major marketing channelsDefine and explain what customer value isDefine the advantages of a single customer viewDescribe the functions of a CRM system and an email marketing systemDiscuss the types of data that are useful in lead captureExplain the use of explicit and implicit data in lead nurturingArticulate the value of lead scoringDefine strategies for building customer loyaltyDescribe different methods of marketing automation measurement and controlSocial Media Marketing Define social media, name several platforms, and explain the benefits and drawbacks ofusing each platformList the spheres of reputation according to the Harris Poll and explain how social mediacan be used to manage each sphere of an organization's reputationDescribe why and how a company should monitor social mediaExplain various strategies for engaging with audiences via social media, and the aims ofeach form of engagementUnderstand how to set social media marketing objectives that correlate to specific salesand growth goals

Describe how to integrate social media with mobile, email, and a hub website, anddescribe the advantages of doing soDemonstrate the difference between organic and paid reach and list the factors thatinfluence reach on various social media platformsExplain how to reach influencersIdentify how to quantify the time and human capital that should be devoted to a socialmedia marketing campaignMobile Marketing Define mobile marketing and explain its benefitsIdentify the major types of mobile devicesExplain the differences among the marketing efforts of large, medium-sized, and smallbusinessesConsider the purposes of mobile marketing regulationsExamine the key policies, guidelines, and/or organizations in the mobile marketingindustryIdentify various methods for locating mobile usersDistinguish mobile-dedicated websites from responsive design websitesDescribe the various types of mobile advertisementsExplain how loyalty programs and mobile coupons can enhance mobile marketingeffortsDiscuss the benefits of location-based servicesConsider how to choose the right mix of mobile marketing channelsDefine key metric categories and explain the use of channel-specific metrics

Define marketing automation and explain its value Define key terms used in marketing automation Explain the key components of marketing automation Define the buying cycle and the online marketing funnel Explain the aspects of prospect intent in a buying cycle (AIDA) Identify the

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