2016 Graduating Class

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As we come to a wrap for the Winter 2016 semester I would like to reflect back on some of the courses that have had a big impact on my experience. I transferred to U of M-Dearborn during the Winter 2014 semester and have had many classes that have made on impact. One of the classes is Marketing 363 which is the class I am currently taking and writing this blog for.

I came into this class not knowing anything about Digital Marketing and in hopes that this class would teach me information that would be valuable. I look at every class in the perspective of how am I going to transfer this knowledge to the workplace and implement it in my career. I quickly came to see the importance of having knowledge in Digital Marketing given that almost all companies are transitioning to doing more with technology. The traditional marketing function in companies has recently change drastically to incorporate more of a digital presence in the market. This is just one example of how digital marketing is effecting companies throughout the world. Within a few weeks of being in the MKT 363 class I noticed myself researching more about a Digital Marketing degree. Based on my research I put together a list of the best digital marketing  courses 2016 which you can find on my blog or click here to access directly.  Looking into a degree that has not been offered in the past can be overwhelming since there isn’t as much research or feedback out there. I wrote a blog on Best digital marketing courses 2016 and offered my advice to those just starting out in the Digital Marketing field.

I hope all of you who have read my blogs have found them helpful! I am glad to have taken this class because I have learned a lot about SEO. I am graduating in a week and could honestly say that my time at University of Michigan-Dearborn has been full of interesting classes that I have gain a lot of knowledge from.

I am going to be applying all the things I learned in the workplace and that is a nice feeling.

Thank you! 🙂

AMA UMD

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Being a part of this great organization on campus is an experience I won’t forget. The memories that you build with your AMA family are ones you will forever cherish. Here is story of my time as a member of AMA UMD!

I transferred to University of Michigan-Dearborn in the Winter 2014 semester. Soon I came to hear about the American Marketing Association but was afraid to join because I could not commit to extensive hours. I thought that AMA UMD was like most of the other organizations where you are required to put in a certain amount of hours volunteering in the community. I was taking five classes and working so I never approached the president or went to any of the meetings. Now I realize that was a big mistake on my part because if I would have reached out to any of the eboard members or attended a meeting I would have found out that this was exactly what I wanted to be apart of.

I joined AMA UMD a year ago and it is the best decision I have made at during my time at U of M-Dearborn. AMA UMD has allowed me to grow as a person and become more marketable. All majors are welcome to be apart of the organization so this allows for a cross collaboration between different background and perspectives. AMA UMD takes a trip to Chicago every year to visit well known companies to expose their members to the Digital Marketing Ad Agencies.

This year I was able to go to Chicago with AMA UMD and it was an eye opening experience. We visited three amazing companies.

  1. Leo Burnett
  2. Havas
  3. Slack and Company

Leo Burnett– What an amazing company doing some great work around the world. The company was founded in 1935. Today the company has 85 offices around the world and 9,000+ employees. The company has many major clients all over the world. The people at the company like seeing themselves as not fitting in and they are comfortable with that because it allows for creative to surface.

Havas– Is an interesting company to say the least. They are amazing at what they do. The have talented people working for the company so they expect nothing less from their interns. The internship program with Havas put interns through a month long boot camp to see who succeed. The individuals who successfully complete the boot camp get considered for the internship.

Slack & Company– Never would I have thought that we would get to meet the owner himself! As we arrived he was walking casually through the office and warmly welcomed us inside of his company. Gary Slack’s title is Chief Experience Officer and his front desk clerk’s title is Director of First Impressions. This is one way that he makes his company relax and people who work there love their job.

This trip was one of my favorite memories of AMA UMD. AMA UMD hosted multiple events to help their members and fellow colleagues network with industry leaders.

AMA UMD is an organization that will allow you the flexibility to attend or get involved in as many events as you wish. You get out what you put in! I attended and helped with most events and was recognized as the person most likely to be at any AMA UMD event.

I encourage you to give AMA UMD a try. You will see that you will fall in love with the organizations. At AMA UMD you will build a family that you will have for many years to come! Check out AMA UMD’s website here if you are interested in joining!

Be AMAzing!

Thanks 🙂

Google Adwords

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I don’t know if you all are familiar with Google AdWords but for me it was the first time hearing about it when I started my Digital Marketing class at University of Michigan- Dearborn. Just a few weeks into the class and we were going through the keyword planner tool offered by Google AdWords. The keyword planner is a tool that is used to help businesses build a keyword list that will get the best results for the product or service that they are offering. This tool will give you an option to build your keyword list for specific locations and it should be noted that the result do vary between countries so you have to be careful when building your keyword list that you are under the location that you want your keywords to be related to. Another option that keyword planner offers you is the option to view only closely related ideas to your search terms or you can selected the option to view broadly related ideas (this is the option that is recommended to be used).

In my first few weeks of class we were given a Keyword Planner project that required us to build a keyword list for the whole line of products offered by Samsung in the United States and United Kingdom. This was not an easy task! With over 60+ products offered just in the United States and over 30+ products offered in United Kingdom it took quite some time to built a keyword list for each of the products with a few differentiation for each. The keyword lists for the two different markets differed quite a bit  for example in the United States someone searching for a phone would search something along the line of the keyword ‘cellphone’ whereas in United Kingdom someone doing the same search would search instead for the keyword ‘mobile phone’.

Shifting gears to other services Google AdWords offers. Google AdWords offers a service that will allow you to identify keywords that you want to bid on. In addition you will be able to determine how much you want to spend and you can create groups of keywords that would be pared with your ads. Google will determine which ad is shown and where based on two key factors: your maximum bid and your quality score which equals to ad rank!

Google AdWords offers a lot of services and I would truly encourage all of you to go and explore these services so that you are more aware. These will allow you to be much more prepared for your career or allow you to be informed about the services so that you can apply it to your work.

For MKT 363 we went through the Google AdWords services. As we come to a close for the semester we are given the opportunity to become Google AdWords certified. In order to become certified you must take the AdWords Fundamentals exam and one of the other exams offered which are Search Advertising, Display Advertising, Video Advertising, Shopping Advertising, and Mobile Advertising.  To pass the exams you need to score an 80%. But imagine how nice it will feel putting on your resume and LinkedIn profile that  you are Google AdWords certified! To learn more about getting Google AdWords certified click here.

Hope this post has helped you understand a snippet of what Google AdWords is about and what it offers!

Would love to hear your feedback comment or share this post!

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iLabs at University of Michigan

logo-ilabsLooking to be apart of a Research Center housed at University of Michigan-Dearborn COB? Are you interested in advancing your understanding of corporate, entrepreneurial, and institutional innovation and its impact on economic development. iLabs is looking for people like you! iLabs has a competition that focuses on Healthy Foods and Mobility. The Pitch Competition hosted by the Elliott Initiative Business Idea Pitch is approaching us quickly.

You have a business idea?  Click on this link to register to participate. Applications are due March 22.

To start on your own or as a team you need to first answer these four questions:

  1. What is your idea?
  2. Who are your competitors?
  3. What sets your idea apart?
  4. Why will your idea be successful?

After you have completed the questions above the ideas will be reviewed by experts and then will be voted on by the public. The top ten awesome ideas will be present their ideas on April 12 at 5 p.m. for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

Good luck!

 

Digital Marketing Schools

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Decided to pursue a Digital Marketing degree? It may be valuable to know that there is a limited list of schools that offer the degree. Almost every university offers a Marketing degree but yet when it comes to offering a Digital Marketing degree most schools are not willing to go along with it.

One of the best schools offering Digital Marketing as a degree is University of Michigan-Dearborn. Digital marketing has become a field that is widely used by almost every company. University of Michigan-Dearborn realizes this and it wants to offer its students the exposure so that they are ready to enter the business world. To earn a digital marketing degree from University of Michigan-Dearborn all you need to complete is 21 credits which having this background will put you ahead of your peers. Schools that are offering marketing degrees are not only exposing their students with any real world experience. U of M-Dearborn has digital marketing courses that allow students to be hands on and learn about on-site and off-site SEO. Students are given the task of creating their own website and achieving a page one rank on Google. This semester the course has been interesting. The target keywords that have been chosen are Best Digital Marketing Courses 2016 and Michigan Programmatic Search Test. The keyword Best Digital Marketing Courses 2016 is a difficult keyword to get a page one rank on google because there is a lot of competition. On the other hand, Michigan Programmatic Search Test is less competitive but it still requires a lot of backstage work to rank on the first page of google.

The skills that students are learning in this Digital Marketing course at University of Michigan-Dearborn will help set them apart from their peers when applying for jobs!

University of Michigan-Dearborn is giving its students the opportunity that most schools in Michigan are not! That is the University of Michigan-Dearborn difference!

 

 

 

 

Team Detroit

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Looking for an exciting place to gain some experience. Look no further than across the street from U of M-Dearborn. Team Detroit is an amazing advertising company that offers an environment that nurtures young imagination. Team Detroit offers many different career opportunity whether you are looking for an internship or a full-time position. The atmosphere at the company is lively and it makes employees feel like they are not at work but they do their work without noticing. The relaxed atmosphere allows for the employees to be open, creative and let their ideas flow; that is what makes this company and its employees great.

Some great internship available are:

  • Strategy Intern
  • Project Management Intern
  • PR intern
  • Human Resource Talent Intern
  • Analytics Intern

If any of this sounds like something you might feel passionate or be interested in pursuing please visit Team Detroit Internship Page to find out more about each internship.

 

List of best digital marketing courses

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When pursuing a digital marketing degree you are given many different courses to choose from. Some of the courses will be the require courses that are needed in order to meet the degree requirements whereas other courses will build on the required courses. Many times there will be a list of about seven courses to choose from and the degree only requires you take any three from those seven. By this point you are lost as to which courses are going to be most beneficial to you. There is guidance available from your advisers at your school or some marketing teachers could offer some recommendations. If you want a more unbiased recommendations of the best digital marketing courses to choose than you are on the right page. Below is a list of the best digital marketing courses to take (Note: The course name might vary from school to school but all schools will offer a similar course to the ones below):

  • Marketing in a Digital World
  • Digital consumer search & marketing
  • Marketing Research
  • Digital marketing channels
  • Digital Analytics and Content
  • Communication strategy and and new media

These classes will offer you a well-rounded knowledge that you will need to be successful in the market. When choosing from the classes that are offered look at the classes that will be the most beneficial to you. When you choose to take a class that focuses on a topic that you are interested in it offer you an opportunity to be more engaged and really learn a great amount from the class. Using the knowledge you learn in the classroom setting with be valuable to your career. Apply what you learn in the courses by joining organization around the campus or participate it competitions that will allow you to test your knowledge and further develop you insight on the field.

**The courses provided above are the Best Digital Marketing Course 2016 so you know that these course are recent and relevant to the current course offerings.

Good luck with your course selection! Let me know if you have any further suggestions or your opinion on these course listings!

Thanks 🙂