About this Specialization

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In a 2018 survey of businesses, Buffer found that only 29% had effective social media marketing programs. A recent survey of consumers by Tomoson found 92% of consumers trust recommendations from other people over brand content, 70% found consumer reviews to be their second most trusted source, 47% read blogs developed by influencers and experts to discover new trends and new ideas and 35% used blogs to discover new products and services. Also, 20% of women who used social considered products promoted by bloggers they knew. Today, businesses and consumers use social media to make their purchase decisions. Created in 2014, this Specialization is updated every quarter to ensure you are receiving the most up-to-date training. The Social Media Marketing Specialization is designed to achieve two objectives. It gives you the social analytics tools, and training to help you become an influencer on social media. The course also gives you the knowledge and resources to build a complete social media marketing strategy – from consumer insights to final justification metrics. In each course, you will also receive special toolkits with timely information & when you pay for the Capstone, you receive a market planning toolkit. Each of the individual courses can be audited for free. To see more, visit each course: 1-What is Social?, 2-The Importance of Listening, 3-Engagement & Nurture Marketing Strategies, 4-Content, Advertising & Social IMC, 5-The Business of Social.
Learner Career Outcomes
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Started a new career after completing this specialization.
33%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Japanese, Arabic
Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
33%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Japanese, Arabic

There are 6 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

What is Social?

4.6
stars
3,122 ratings
806 reviews
Course2

Course 2

The Importance of Listening

4.6
stars
1,356 ratings
260 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Engagement & Nurture Marketing Strategies

4.8
stars
968 ratings
152 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Content, Advertising & Social IMC

4.7
stars
826 ratings
117 reviews

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  • You will be able to leverage a variety of social media platforms, including blogs, social networks, private virtual communities, passion sites, and video sites, to achieve business and organizational goals. You will be able to identify influencers and experts within a social community, develop targeted strategies and content to engage those communities, and track your success through social monitoring and real-time analytics.

  • No background knowledge is required. This Specialization is designed for all professionals who would benefit from a more effective social marketing strategy, including business, government, and not-for-profit executives; marketing, PR and customer service managers; and entrepreneurs.

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