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University of California, Irvine

Introduction to Digital Marketing

University of California, Irvine via Coursera


Although traditional marketing strategies are still used, companies continue to shift their focus to digital approaches such as search engines, social media. These technologies take into account the journey of the customer and how they make their purchase decisions. It is important for marketers to have an understanding of digital marketing strategies and familiarize themselves with the key technologies underlying them. This course will offer students a panoramic view of digital marketing and provide insights into key strategies using Internet-based platforms. In addition, it will focus on content that resonates with consumers that helps businesses differentiate themselves in competitive markets.


  • Search Engine Marketing - Can Customers Find You?
    • Welcome to Module 1. Search Engine Marketing, (SEM), allows businesses to be found online. With millions of businesses out there vying for the same eyeballs, SEM’s two main elements, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Pay-per-click (PPC) strategies can lead to online marketing success through discovery.
  • Social Media - Two-Way Communication with Customers
    • Welcome to Module 2. Social Media facilitates the sharing of ideas, thoughts, and information through the building of networks. It is two-way communication between the brand and its audience. In this module, you will learn techniques to effectively communicate and engage with audiences through Social Media.
  • Reputation Management - You Are Who Your Customers Think You Are
    • Welcome to Module 3. While marketing is essential for communication with audiences, “word of mouth” remains the most powerful voice. Online reviews are today’s “digital word of mouth”. It’s easier than ever for customers to tell others about their best (and worst) experiences, which can make or break a business. In this module you will explore how to harness this tool.
  • Content Marketing - Storytelling is the Key to Great Content
    • Welcome to Module 4. The key to any effective marketing is to capture and keep the attention of an audience. Digital stories incorporate essential communication and marketing elements to create a compelling narrative. Stories about a brand can attract a target audience by differentiating it in the marketplace. Digital sharing is the key, and is the foundation to good storytelling and digital marketing.

Taught by

Steve Fritzenkotter

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