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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Digital Media and Marketing Principles

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera


The Digital Revolution has led to a titanic shift in the landscape of marketing communications, while also creating new opportunities for businesses to reach and engage consumers through smart, social, and mobile media technologies. In this course, you will learn about the impacts of digital technologies on marketing communication strategies and practices. By understanding the underlying processes of marketing communication and the core features of new media technologies, you can strategically select the appropriate channels to deliver the right marketing message to the right audience at the right moment. You will be able to: - Examine marketing as a process of highly strategic communication - Understand the impacts of digital media and information technologies on communication and marketing - Develop a conceptual understanding of several digital marketing strategies - Consider the rise of exciting new technologies, such as AI, Internet of Things, and Mix Reality, as new tools for digital marketing This course is part of Gies College of Business’ suite of online programs, including the iMBA and iMSM. Learn more about admission into the program and explore how your Coursera work can be leveraged if accepted into a degree program at


  • Course Overview and The Changing Landscape
    • In the orientation, you will become familiar with the course, your instructor, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation also helps you obtain the technical skills required for the course. In the first module, we will examine marketing as a process of communication, in which businesses and marketers attempt to deliver the right message to the right person at the right moment, and listen and respond to consumers’ feedback.
  • Key Processes and Core Strategies
    • In the second module, we will discuss the impacts of digital media and information technologies on human communication in general and on marketing in specific. We will first define digital media in a broad scope, and then elaborate on the ways in which digital media technologies impact the key processes and functions of marketing communication. 
  • Smart and Social Media Channels
    • In the third module, we will start with an overview of three widely adopted digital marketing strategies: online display advertising, search engine marketing, and social media marketing. Given the rapidly changing technological landscape and the vastly different business contexts in which these strategies are implemented, we will not focus on implementation and execution. Instead, this module aims to provide a conceptual understanding of the underlying principles of these marketing tactics. 
  • Mobile Media and Beyond the Screens
    • In the 4th and the last module, you will first learn about mobile marketing strategies. We will discuss the impacts of digital technologies on other marketing channels beyond the screens. We will speculate and present the future of digital marketing communication by focusing on the rise of mix-reality technologies.

Taught by

Mike Yao and Rhiannon Clifton


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  • Okwukwe Davis Ihentuge
    A wonderful and resourceful course. A must program for anyone to be grounded in digital marketing.
    My profound appreciation to the Program Director, Rhiannon Clifton. Looking forward to the next course
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