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Diploma in Social Media Marketing via Online Distance Learning

Enrolment date: 19 July 2024

Benefiting from over 30 years’ practical skills training experience, this Online Diploma in Social Media Marketing course features:

  • Comprehensive modules covering all aspects of Social Media Marketing: Building Your Social Media Marketing Plan, Social Media Plan, Blogs and Blogging, Online Public Relations, E-Commerce and many more. Additional modules on SEO and Google Ads Management are also included in this fast-paced practical course.
  • Interactive course expert support, advice and guidance from leading industry professionals. Always ready to help and answer any questions you might have throughout the course, all of our Social Media course experts are top industry professionals with many years of successful experience. This online course contains the core and vital industry key skillset and, on completion, all of our students are industry-ready.
  • Real life Social Media briefs. Our Diploma in Social Media Marketing offers practical and specific skills that can be applied in real world situations. You will gain exposure to invaluable toolkits and prepare a real life Social Media project brief, which will enable you to improve your work portfolio.
  • Flexible online learning. Our Diploma in Social Media Marketing course can be completed in your own time, from the comfort of your own home, to suit your lifestyle. You will have full access to online resources and subject expert support for 6 months. However, you can complete the course in as little as 4-6 months, by dedicating 6-8 hours of study per week.
  • Social Media Jobs, Networking and Volunteer Opportunities. Benefiting from many years of industry experience, Fitzwilliam Institute are extremely well placed within the industry. Employers are always looking for our students and alumni. Our website features a comprehensive jobs and volunteer opportunities section.
Enrolment date: 19 July 2024


Introduction to Social Media and Social Networking

What is Social Media? A brief history of Social Media; How Social Media Works; Why should a business use Social Media; The power of Social Media in the Marketing and Advertising Arena; Introduction to Social Media Marketing Techniques; Understanding your audience; Social Network Platforms and Applications; Media Distribution; Establishing new categories of relationships with your customers; Accumulating Social Capital; The future of Social Networking;

How Social Media Transforms the Way We Do Business

Social Sales; Transforming the Sales Cycle; Building relationships with your customers; Using customer testimonials on your site; Building a rapport with your customers; Online customer support; Social Network Marketing; Hypertargeting; Creating specific advertising campaigns; Reaching Passive Buyers; Loyalty and Engagement; Social Networking Communities; Brand Advertising; Social Distribution; Social Ads; Viral Marketing; Challenges and Limitations; Social Innovation; Concept generation; Crowdsourcing; Collaboration and Feedback; Commercial Implementation; Continual Iteration; Social Recruiting; The use of Social Networks for recruiting; Sourcing Candidates; Active Candidates; Passive Candidates; Candidate References; Getting Referrals from Extended Networks; Targeting Specialized Networks; Employer Reputation; Keeping In Touch;


What is Facebook; Who uses Facebook; How can Facebook benefit a business; Understanding the Facebook environment; Signing up for a Facebook account; Defining your profile; Editing your profile; Searching for and adding friends; Using the Facebook Wall feature; Using pictures on your Facebook profile; Using the News Feed feature; Controlling what people see – using the Hide feature; Facebook Messaging; Facebook Groups; Facebook Links; Facebook Applications; Browsing for Applications; Including Business Applications; Finding Help – the Facebook Community; The Architecture of a Facebook Page; Understanding Facebook Advertising; Developing a Facebook Marketing Plan; Facebook Groups; Hosting Facebook Events; Case Study Sites;


Introduction to Twitter; Understanding a Tweet; Decoding the elements of a Tweet; Signing up for a Twitter account; Creating and modifying your profile; Adding a profile icon; Finding people and uploading contacts; Following someone on Twitter; Adding followers to your account; Using Twitter Badges; Creating a Tweet; Working within the constraints of a Tweet – getting your message out in 140 characters or less; Re-tweeting; Sharing Links – Using TinyURL.com; Using Twitter with Mobile Devices; Using Twitter Goodies; Adding Twitter to Blogs; Connecting Twitter to Facebook; Direct Messages; Planning your Twitter Marketing Strategy; Building a Twitter Tribe; Case Study Sites;


Introduction to LinkedIn; The benefits of having a LinkedIn account; Creating a LinkedIn account; Modifying your user profile; Finding colleagues already on LinkedIn; Building your network; Connecting to the people you want – using Referrals; Making Referrals; Using InMail to contact people outside your network; Searching for a Job on LinkedIn; Getting help – exploring the LinkedIn learning centre; Using LinkedIn Applications; Case Study Sites;


Introduction to Blogs; A brief history of Blogs and Blogging; Creating a Blog – Introduction to Blogger; Registering with Blogger and creating your first Blog; Creating good content for your Blog; Using Templates to format the appearance of your Blog; Publishing your Blog; Uploading pictures and videos to your Blog; Creating links with other Bloggers; Making people aware of your Blog – The use of RSS; Adding an RSS Feed to your Blog; Adding Gadgets to your Blogger account; Comparing Blogger and Wordpress; Using other Blog software; Case Study Sites

Social Media Marketing Campaign

Identifying your target audience; Defining the Goals of your campaign; Defining a Clear Strategy for your Campaign; Knowing your unsanctioned community – what people are saying about you; Defining and Establishing your presence; Engaging your Customers; Deciding on the platforms and tools to use; Deciding on a Media Strategy; Hyper segment your audience; Implementing a Pilot Campaign and analysing the results; Identifying Key Risk Areas; The importance of Landing Pages; Interacting with your customers; Revising your campaign strategy;

Measuring the Success of Social Media Marketing

Understanding Web Metrics and Analytics; Standard Web Metrics; Social Media Metrics; Identifying your current site statistics; Defining what metrics are to be measured – Content; Relevance and Impact; Benchmarking; Identifying your Return On Investment (ROI); Setting Goals; Finding out what sites are actually driving traffic to your website; Deciding on a Web Analytics solution; AWStats and Google Analytics; Introduction to Google Analytics; Setting up a Google Analytics Account; Integrating Google Analytics Tracking Code into your web pages; Setting up Goals in Google Analytics; Other methods of analysing web metrics;

Search Engine Optimistaion

How Search Engines Work; Algorithm Based Ranking Systems; Determining Searcher Intent – Types of Searches; Analysing Ranking Factors; Advanced Searching Techniques; Vertical Search Engines; Country Specific Search Engines; Search Directories; Setting out your SEO Goals and Objectives; Outlining and Developing your SEO Plan; Researching your potential audience; Finding your niche on the web; The importance of planning; The importance of site architecture; Who are your competitors?; Measuring your success – Server Statistics Software; Website SWOT Analysis;

Sponsored Advertising

Introduction to Advertising; The Relationship between media, advertising and PR; Advertising and marketing; Limitations to advertising; Media advertising; Creative Advertising; Advertising and Campaign Management;

Digital Marketing Communications

Doing Business on the Internet; The Benefits of Digital Marketing; Digital Marketing Fundamentals; Brand Management; Online Business Models; Key Concepts in Internet Technology; Online Market Research;

 E-Commerce: The Theory of E-Commerce

What is e-commerce?; Definitions; Advantages of e-commerce; Limitations of e-commerce; The 1st and 2nd waves of e-commerce; Categories of e-commerce; Methods of accepting payments online; Working with PayPal; Electronic Wallets; Metered Payments; Off the shelf e-commerce solutions;

Ecommerce: Practical

What is HTML?; The structure of a HTML web page; Introduction to HTML Tags; The <html>; <head>; <body> and <title> Tags; Creating a basic HTML web page; Working with text; Basic formatting – the <b>; <i> and <u> Tags; Other formatting Tags – the <p> Tag and the Heading Tags; HTML Attributes; Working with Hyperlinks; Using colour in a web page; Working with Images; Formatting images for the web; HTML Lists – ordered Lists; Unordered Lists and Definition Lists; Creating Tables in HTML; Formatting Tables;

What is XHTML?; Why XHTML is important; Differences between HTML and XHTML; What is CSS?; How does CSS work?; The three types of Cascading Style Sheets – In-Line CSS; Internal CSS and External CSS; Examples of formatting using CSS; Linking a web page to an external CSS page; Formatting the page with CSS; Font and Text formatting; Working with Links;

Doing Business on the Internet

Doing Business on the Internet; The Benefits of Digital Marketing # Online Marketing Planning; Key Concepts in Internet Technology; Business Models on the Internet; Online Market Research;

Analysing the Web

Website Hits; Website Page View Analytics; Recording Online Visitor Statistics; Time of Visit to website; Keyword Phrase Used; IP Address Information; Website Arrival and Exit Pages; Logfile versus Page Tagging; Web Click Tracks and Google Analytics; Benefits of Web Analytics;

Promoting Your Website

Promoting your Website; Online Promotion Techniques; Web 2;0; Services & Applications; Email Marketing; Online Advertising;

Online Public Relations

Internet influence on News; Internet Journalists; Economics of Online News Production; Internet Critics and other influences; the PR Practitioner as an Online Publisher; Ethical Internet PR; Truthfulness and Duty of Care; Online Ethics; Debate; Guidelines and Best Practice;
Monitoring and Evaluation of Social Media Discourse; Trends and Value; Policy Influences; corporate speak; Implications of Social Media for Corporate Social Responsibility; Local versus Global Communication; Landscaping Platforms; Channels and context; Online PR Organisational Analysis and Segmentation; Developing Online PR Strategies; Online PR Tactics and SEO considerations; Online PR Planning; Managing Online PR Risk and Opportunities; Blogs; Microblogs; Chatrooms; Delicious; Email; Flickr; Twitter; Instant messaging; Message Boards; Mobile Internet ; New Media Releases; Online Conferencing; Online Surveys; Pay per click; Podcasts; RSS; Search Engines; SEO; Social Networking Service Sites; Video Sharing; Virtual worlds; VoIP; Wiki and Widgets; Commercial Implications of the Internet; Social Interaction with the Internet; Web 2.0 and its Implications; Internet Convergence; the Network Effect; Internet Information Exchange; Internet Audience Size and Exposure; Internet Culture and Communication; Transparency and the Internet;

Presentation Skills

Preparation and Research; Speech Content; Subject Matter and Objectives; Speech Delivery and Variety; Body Language; Eye Contact; Presentation Aids; Management of Locations and Audiences; Presentation Structure;


Enrolment date: 19 July 2024
Enrolment date: 19 July 2024

On successful completion of this course you will receive a Professional Diploma qualification that is certified and awarded by the ICM (Institute of Commercial Management).

The Institute of Commercial Management was founded in 1979 and is one of the leading Professional Examination and Certification Bodies in the world today. Fitzwilliam Institute have developed and provided practical skills training courses in liaison with the Institute of Commercial Management qualifications and certifications framework for over 25 years. The Institute of Commercial Management certifications and continual professional development training awards are recognised by leading industries, bodies and professions.

Enrolment date: 19 July 2024
next start date: 19th July 2024

Duration: You will have full access to online resources and subject expert support for 6 months. However, you can complete the course in as little as 3 - 4 months, by dedicating 6-8 hours of study per week.

Course Fees: 995.00 EUR

To secure your place on the course the full fee is required. All fees must be paid in full before the course begins. Please note, the full course fees are inclusive of all course materials and certification costs.

Enrolment intake is strictly limited on this course. Early application is advised. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Enrolment date: 19 July 2024

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