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1) Students should have strong web skills. Do you work at your computer often and enjoy everything but the carpal tunnel? While the platforms and tools we leverage for this specialization don’t require computer programming or a technical degree, strong computing skills always translate into success. If you’re “good with computers,” you’re technical enough for this course.

2) Students should be curious when it comes to digital ads. Do you notice the advertisements you see online? Do you have opinions on whether an ad was good or bad, or relevant to you or not? Are you interested in thinking critically about how these ads might be used for business objectives? If so, you’ve got the right disposition that will allow you to learn a lot about the digital advertising ecosystem, and you’re a great fit for the subject matter here in this course.

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What you will learn

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    Understand the major advertising platforms, including: display, video, audio, sponsored, native, social media, search and programmatic.

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    Execute tailored digital advertising campaigns on: Google Ads (Search), Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Taboola.

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    Interpret ad performance metrics for most popular advertising types and develop measurement plans for a business given an objective.

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    Earn the Google Ads Search Certification.

Skills you will gain

Native AdvertisingGoogle Ads Search AdvertisingFacebook AdvertisingSearch AdvertisingTwitter Advertising

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

1) Students should have strong web skills. Do you work at your computer often and enjoy everything but the carpal tunnel? While the platforms and tools we leverage for this specialization don’t require computer programming or a technical degree, strong computing skills always translate into success. If you’re “good with computers,” you’re technical enough for this course.

2) Students should be curious when it comes to digital ads. Do you notice the advertisements you see online? Do you have opinions on whether an ad was good or bad, or relevant to you or not? Are you interested in thinking critically about how these ads might be used for business objectives? If so, you’ve got the right disposition that will allow you to learn a lot about the digital advertising ecosystem, and you’re a great fit for the subject matter here in this course.

English

Subtitles: English

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When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Introduction to the Digital Advertising Landscape

Course2

Search Advertising

Course3

Social Media Advertising

Course4

Native Advertising

Instructors

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Chris J. Vargo

Assistant Professor
College of Media, Communication and Information
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Harsha Gangadharbatla

Associate Professor
Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This specialization should take about 20 weeks to complete.

  • Prospective learners in this specialization should have strong web skills and be curious when it comes to digital ads.

  • No. It's recommended that prospective learners complete the first course, "Introduction to the Digital Advertising Landscape", first. The next three courses are deeper dives in three particular types of digital advertising: search, social, and native. Learners can take these courses in order or pick and choose depending on interest.

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  • Upon completing this specialization, you will have a familiarity with the different types of digital advertising that can be used by small businesses to target potential customers and generate more revenue. You will be able to generate and launch ad campaigns on small budgets with limited-to-no design skills.

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