"Our job as marketers is not to do what we did yesterday, just faster and cheaper. Our job is to figure out how to change the people in the market who want to be changed." Seth Godin
This seminar is designed to meet the needs of marketing undergraduates. It is intended for future managers and entrepreneurs in all areas of modern marketing interested in planning, preparing, developing and evaluating integrated marketing campaigns across different media outlets.
This course introduces digital marketing thinking, integrating traditional and innovative marketing techniques and their applications to real-world problems. The explosion of technology-based consumer touchpoints and consumer expectations hitting all-time highs require managers to understand the nuances of ever-evolving consumer behaviors in a face-paced and uncertain environment. Future careers increasingly demand the ability to understand digital environments and implement creative solutions to reach measurable goals. That’s why this seminar follows an experiential learning approach that puts students in the position of organizational managers while encouraging them to make trade-off decisions and test ideas in the marketplace.
A hands-on and can-do attitude are the common characteristics of all the seminar participants. Why? Students don’t have a textbook to memorize, and they are not micromanaged by corporate managers or tutors. Instead, participants are expected to learn by doing, proactively seek support from experts and independently make strategic managerial decisions. As such, this module functions as a playground for testing and learning from practice, following the new logic of “failing fast” and “constant experimentation.”
This course promises to provide talented students with deep insights into the challenges and opportunities modern marketers face in organizations when implementing digital marketing campaigns. At the end of this course, students are likely to have significantly changed their perspective on marketing strategic and operational practices.
A supervised self-learning workshop format gives students the skills necessary to think like cutting-edge marketers seeking to build relationships with relevant audiences digitally. This is one of a kind seminar because:
The entire seminar is centered around a practical group project. The project’s objective is to co-design a concrete digital marketing campaign, bring it to life, measure its impact and communicate the results in the seminar.
Content and Learning Objectives:
The seminar is fast-paced, practical, and interactive. The module comprises a total of six frontal meetings over 12 weeks. Every meeting is an occasion to discuss the progress of the group projects are receiving valuable feedback from the instructor, classmates and managers. Each meeting builds on the previous and leads to the creation of a professionally designed and executed digital marketing campaign.
Four to six groups will work on group projects that follow one or more marketing objectives defined together with a sponsor manager in the participating company. Such objectives are meant to be achieved through the execution of a real digital marketing campaign which unfolds over three main sequential steps: 1. analysis, 2. strategy and 3. execution. At each milestone, students need to demonstrate their business acumen and creative talent.
Depending on the available projects, students are required to 1) acquire specific knowledge on topics such as video marketing, social media marketing, and mobile marketing; 2) learn from best practices for functional areas such as search engine optimization (SEO), social media advertising, and digital public relations; 3) get familiar with marketing platforms, software or Clouds such as TikTok Ads, Google Analytics and Salesforce.
The ultimate goal of each group project is to create a marketing campaign that outperforms company expectations and delights customers!
Through course discussions, workshops, and projects we:
Research Associate and Ph.D. Candidate
Phone: +41 44 634 92 53
Research Associate and Ph.D. Candidate
Phone: +41 044 634 92 07
Prof. Dr. René Algesheimer
Chair for Marketing and Market Research
Phone: +41 44 634 29 18
Office hours by appointment.
Andreasstrasse 15, CH-8050 Zurich, Oerlikon
Target Audience: Master students assigned to the “Wahlpflichtbereich” BWL 4.
APS (ECTS): 6
Maximum Number of Students: 24
Course Number: 03SM22MO0075
A very strong interest in digital marketing topics. It is strongly recommended to participate in the lecture “Fundamentals of Digital Marketing” (L+E) offered by Prof. Andrea Giuffredi-Kaehr (VVZ-Nr. 03SM22MO0197) in parallel to this seminar. While the lectures focus on the core Digital Marketing concepts, the seminar applies them to concrete campaigns.
Application for this seminar is via the new module booking tool you find at https://studentservices.uzh.ch/uzh/launchpad/
To apply for the seminar, students are required to upload a CV, academic transcript (grades) and brief motivation letter via the new module booking tool between 16.08.2023 and 29.08.2023. You will receive a confirmation by 10.09.2023.
It is possible to cancel participation in the seminar between 11.9.2023 and 17.9.2023. After the deadline is passed, the enrolled students will be all graded. Dropout students will receive an automated “1” grade.
For exceptional reasons, and only if the evidence is provided, students are allowed to skip one of the six meetings. However, all students must attend the first (kick-off) and last (final presentation) meetings.
Every other Monday from 18.09.2023 to 27.11.2023; The first and last meeting from 14:15h to 17:45h. All other meetings from 14:15 to 15:45h.
Room AND 4.55/4.57 on 18.09, 16.10, and 13.11
Room KOL-G-203 on 30.10
Room AND 3.46 on 02.10 and 27.11
The syllabus supports the official information in the electronic university calendar. In cases of doubt, the official announcement at the VVZ is valid.
Download the updated seminar syllabus for the fall semester of 2023 here (PDF, 351 KB).