Social Media Marketing

Free online short course

Course Overview.


York St John University Online Campus


Free for all learners


10 hours online study across 2 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 2 weeks period. The course is studied wholly online and has been designed with busy full time workers and students in mind. The Social Media Marketing short course will support you in developing social media marketing strategies and give you insight 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 digital marketing insight, social media management, content creation, brand and community building. Apply now for our free, 2 week Social Media Marketing short course.

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This short course aims to provide learners with an insight into how social media marketing strategies can be developed and delivered to drive high quality, measurable performance. The course will challenge participants to consider how social media marketing can be delivered in in a structured and strategic way, through a range of channels, platforms and formats.
The course investigates digital marketing methods of achieving insights, customer understanding, content creation, brand and community building, and measuring performance, through the utilisation of social media.

The following schedule of learning represents the topics that will be covered each week:
Week 1: "What is Social?", "Approaching Social Strategically" and "Understanding Your Audience".
Week 2: "Selecting and Using Channels", "Measuring Performance" and "Paid Social Media Advertising".

This course is completed through a mixture of online pre-recorded lectures and self-study reading and activities. Students 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 2-5 hours each week independently through York St John’s Virtual Learning platform.
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 need to complete the short course before the end date of Wednesday 6th July 2022.

This short course has been developed by a team with extensive academic and professional experience in Digital Marketing. Having developed the MSc 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.

Fees and funding.

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

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