Marketing Professional

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The Marketing Professional
No matter how great the product or how brilliant the management, no good business can succeed without a sound and effective marketing strategy. Professionals in this field understand consumers, how to reach consumers and how to put a product in the best light possible for sales.  Anyone can master the fundamentals of business and management, but it’s important to sustain that business by translating your skills into sales through marketing. Successful sales initiatives require sound marketing strategy to effectively explain the benefits of your product or service to exactly the customers who will keep your business going for years to come.   

The Marketing Professional Program
The Marketing Professional program outlines for students current theories of marketing, their effective application and concepts important to marketing goods and services, identifying and further defining target customers, targeting those customers and really reaching them through your messaging from both a domestic and global perspective. Students will explore the elements of market research, identifying target customers, branding, pricing, developing product offers, and developing marketing communications for various distribution channels. Students will examine marketing critically from the perspective of the consumer, the overall economy, and technology as well as the legal and ethical issues that arise to ensure responsible marketing.

This program provides students with a view of the principle areas of marketing. It explores the factors influencing how marketing decisions are made, including the impact of marketing decisions on an organization and its customers. Students will gain a working knowledge of practical marketing and business vocabulary. Additionally, students will analyze today’s global, highly competitive marketplace and evaluate how the actions of competitors influence marketing decisions. 

    

Program Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the primary components of a marketing plan from strategic, functional, and operational perspectives
  • Analyze how the characteristics of the business environment can impact marketing decisions
  • Analyze the possible impacts of marketing research on a business plan
  • Evaluate how consumer characteristics and behavior affect marketing strategies
  • Compare B2B and consumer markets
  • Compare various considerations in product and services marketing
  • Analyze how integrated marketing communications (IMCs) are developed and implemented
  • Analyze the considerations and process of creating a pricing strategy
  • Distinguish marketing channel options, considerations, and interactions
  • Use Microsoft Office

Note:  In order to qualify for an externship, students must successfully complete the program, including all quizzes and final exams, and be available for a background check and/or a potential drug screen.  This program can be completed in 6 months.  However, students will have online access to this program for a 12-month period. 

Education and Certifications

  • Marketing Professional Program candidates should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • National Certification Available:  Students who complete this comprehensive course would be prepared to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.

Optional Volunteer Externship Opportunity

Students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an optional volunteer externship opportunity with a local company/agency/organization whose work aligns with this area of study in order to gain valuable hands-on experience.  As students progress through their eLearning program, an Externship Coordinator will reach out to coordinate placement.

Note:
Additional documentation including health records, immunizations, drug-screening, criminal background checks, etc. may be required by the externship facility.