Digital Marketing

Free online short course

Course Overview.


York St John University Online Campus


Free for all learners


10 hours online study across 3 weeks

Start date

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York Business School

Students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours of learning to the course over a 3 week period. The course is studied wholly online and has been designed with busy full time workers and students in mind. This extremely popular course, which has attracted thousands of learners internationally, will support you in developing digital marketing strategies and give you experience of the tools and tactics that can be used to communicate effectively with your audiences and customers online. Develop your skill-set, get ahead of the competition and up-skill in areas including Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Paid Search Marketing, Web Analytics and Online Reputation Management (ORM). Register your interest below to receive updates on all our free short courses.

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This short course aims to provide learners with an insight into how digital marketing methods and tools can be used to enhance marketing and wider business performance. The course will challenge participants to consider how to structure digital marketing activity and will provide insight into a range of the more common digital marketing tactics and techniques. Particular attention is given to Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Paid Search Marketing , Web Analytics and Online Reputation Management (ORM). You will learn how to evaluate and measure digital success, developing an understanding of the KPIs and metrics that are important to your campaigns. Practical digital tools and tactics will be explored, focusing on how they align and contribute to the overall business strategy.

The following schedule of learning represents the topics that will be covered each week:

Week 1: What is strategy, Digital Insights (Google Analytics), Objective Setting
Week 2: Tactical Implementation, Paid Search Marketing (including PPC), Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
Week 3: Online Reputation Management (ORM), Measuring Digital Success, Future Proofing your Digital Marketing activity

This course is completed through a mixture of online pre-recorded lectures, live weekly webinars and other self-study reading and activities. Student will undertake a brief induction in their first session that will outline the learning methods that are used on the course and how to access the various learning resources. Students will typically then study 1-2 hours each week independently through York St John’s Virtual Learning platform and will also study 1-2 hours each work through online webinar activity that will be led by senior marketing professionals from Mediaworks.

Participants will be issued with an online workbook which they will complete and make notes on as they progress through the course. Students are not assessed as part of this course, but to receive the University Certificate participants will be expected to submit their workbook as proof of completion.

This short course has been developed by a team with extensive academic and professional experience in Digital Marketing. Having previously developed the Masters Digital Marketing and Data Analytics course delivered at York St John University, the course team have extensive experience in developing vocationally focused education and training in all aspects of Digital Marketing.

Entry requirements.

There are no pre-requisites for this course. Typical participants will be current or graduate students with an interest in exploring digital marketing or will be practicing business professionals with marketing or other business-related experiences. As the course is online, students from anywhere in the world can study this course. Where attendance for any of the live sessions is not possible, note that all sessions are recorded and will be made available shortly after the session has been delivered.

Fees and funding.

This course is being offered completely free of charge. No fee is charged for this course.

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