Introduction to Social Media
Get involved in the move from in-person to online communication. Learn what social networks are and their role in your business and personal life. Find out the top sites and how businesses are using the sites for communication, customer retention, branding, marketing, market research, needs assessment and serving customers and clients. Explore the options for your organization.Look at case studies of what other organizations are doing. Let your instructor guide your exploration of Facebook and YouTube. For anyone interested in social networks. Your instructor is a nationally known speaker, consultant and trainer on social networks and social media. Online, one month, Jennifer H. Selke, Instructor; Individual Course: Just $195.
Unit 1 - What is Social Media Marketing
- Definition of social media
- The evolution of social media
- Tools and technology available
- The logistics of time and resources
Unit 2 - How Online Communities Have Changed Marketing and Branding
- Marketing and branding online
- Engaging users online
- Top sites for business and work in social media
- Common misconceptions and mistakes in using social media
Unit 3 - Business and Work Applications of Social Media
- A review of various social media and their characteristics
- Business uses of social media
- Strategies for social media and work
- Examples and case studies of work applications of social media
Unit 4 - Using Facebook to Promote Your Brand and Engage Your Customers
- Setting up a Facebook Account
- How to interact with others using Facebook
- Creating networks and communication using Facebook
- Business uses of Facebook
Marketing Using Social Media
Develop a two-way communication and marketing strategy for your organization using social networks. Let your instructor guide you in exploring major social networks, including Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogging. Learn quick, easy ways to use Twitter, blogs and LinkedIn to engage your customers or clients and keep them interested in your organization or business. You’ll find out the advantages and disadvantages of each, and learn what’s right for your work and kind of organization. Your instructor is a director of marketing for a national association, and writes and speaks on the topic. Online, one month, Suzanne Kart, Instructor; Individual Course: Just $195.
Technical Requirements: Access to Flash needed for audio and slide presentations
Unit 1 - Social media as two-way communication
- The customer-business relationship
- The power of viral marketing
- Building customer loyalty with social media
- Using social media to brand your organization
Unit 2 - Creating, marketing and communicating using Blogs
- How blogs got started
- Writing blogs for work and business
- Marketing and promoting your blog
- Business strategies for blogs
Unit 3 - How to use Twitter
- Uniqueness of Twitter
- Creating tweets and messages
- Doing research and information gathering with Twitter
- Integrating Twitter with other publicity
Unit 4 - LinkedIn: a social media for professionals
- Why businesses and professionals use LinkedIn
- How LinkedIn distinguishes itself among social networks
- Getting connected with LinkedIn
- Case studies and examples of business and professional uses
Integrating Social Media in Your Organization
Take away a practical strategy and techniques for implementing social networks for your organization or business. Learn how to create your own private social network using Ning, work socially using Google Docs and calendars, and move your web site to an interactive Web 2.0 site. Then your instructor will help you choose which social network tools are right for your situation, and then integrate them into your web site to develop a social networking strategy for your organization. Find out what you can be doing, what you should be doing, and take back a plan to integrate social networks into your communication and marketing.
Online, one month, Jennifer H. Selke, Instructor; Individual Course: Just $195.
Technical Requirements: Access to Flash needed for audio and slide presentations
Unit 1 - Running a Community and Creating Your Own Social Network Using Ning
- Online Communities and Creating Your Own Social Network with Ning
- Top 5 Considerations When Starting a Social Network
- What Goes into Build a Great Social Network
- What is Ning and How to Use the Platform
- Examples of Companies Using Ning
Unit 2 - What Tools to Use for Your Organization
- What tools and platforms will help get content on the web?
- How to select which tool to use?
- What to consider when using online video for marketing
- Organizing and collaborating with google products
- How to take advantage of mobile and local in applications and search?
Unit 3 - Integrating Social Platforms into Your Web Site
- Discovering how web designed has changed and what is needed for true integration
- Understanding elements on web sites that increase interaction,
- engagement, search engines findability
- Learn best practices for web site usability and landing page design
- Discuss how your sites compare and generate next steps that will
- improve your business
Unit 4 - Developing a Manageable Work Flow: Time, Resources, Policies, and Trends
- Developing a Manageable Work Flow
- Time and Resources: How do you know where to spend your time?
- Target Social Media Influencers to Boost Traffic and SalesIs Your
- Company Ready for Social Media or Are They Holding You Back?
- Trends - What's Next or Are We Still Working on Last Year's Trends?
- Social Media Policies and Planning For A Crisis
About online learning
Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.
How the Course Works
It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom. You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.
Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.
Participate when you want
You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.
What you will do
For each Unit, you will:
- Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
- Have the option of accessing the online readings
- Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
- Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
- Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants
For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week. The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.
The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.
Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.
We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.
It’s easy. It’s fun.
- To give students knowledge about how social media should function within an organization
- To provide the necessary tools for creating and implementing a social media strategy
- To provide direction on how to facilitate smooth integration of social media into existing marketing and communication strategies
- To provide guidelines for evaluating which social media are most appropriate within your business setting
Upon successful completion of this course you will:
- Be able to create your own private social media using Ning
- Be able to work socially using existing resources such as Google Docs and calendars
- Move your web site to an interactive Web 2.0 site
- Select the best social media tools for your business
- Develop a strategic plan for implementation of a social media initiative
About Your Instructors
Jennifer Selke is a nationally known expert, speaker and consultant in the area of social media. She is a faculty member in theUniversity of California Berkeley Graduate School of Education and is affiliated with the Berkeley Center for New Media. She speaks at national conferences on the subject of social networks, writes articles on the subject, and conducts webinars for professionals on the topic.
Suzanne Kart is Director of Marketing for the Learning Resources Network, a national association in lifelong learning. Her current work involves Twitter, eMarketing, social networks, and blogs, as well as traditional print and direct marketing. Kart is a national expert on generational communication, having written articles and contributed to two manuals on the subject. She does training and seminars throughout the United States and Canada on generational communication, eMarketing, marketing and social media.