Selling Ideas: How to Influence Others, and Get Your Message to Catch On powered by EdX –Online Program

Offered by: edX

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Course length: 6 Weeks

Overview

Learn how to use social media and word of mouth to spread your message and grow your business.

The edX - Guild Experience:
All edX courses, MicroMasters and XSeries in partnership with Guild are offered as an enhanced program to promote successful completion of course and relevance to professional goals. The three-month program includes:
  • Full access to course & content components for extended time - though expected duration of courses vary, all students will have access to content for three months to ensure you can fit the course into your busy life
  • Credential upon completion of each course - credentials matter today, to help you stay current at work, learn a new skill, or expand your professional growth
  • Network of peers - connect with colleagues around the country in an easy-to-use forum to engage in professional and academic topics
  • Community coach - professional coach right at your fingertips. Interact with with a Master's degree coach who provides 1:1 and group coaching to help you stay on track  
  • Weekly events - webinars, study sessions and virtual group coaching to discuss student-driven topics 
  • Resource hub - videos, articles, tracking tools and content around relevant content like time management, leadership development and leveraging credentials at work

Curriculum

Word of mouth is 10x as effective as advertising, and companies are shifting more of their marketing dollars to social media and word of mouth marketing as a result. Small businesses and entrepreneurs want to help their businesses grow but don’t have the money for big marketing campaigns. Word of mouth can help them grow for less money. But for all these efforts to be successful, managers have to understand how to get people to talk and share.

This course provides a step-by-step guide to getting anything to catch on.

  • How does a product’s name, price, or other attributes change how people perceive it?
  • What makes ideas memorable and message stick?
  • How can we increase our influence and shape others’ behavior?
  • Why is word of mouth ten times as effective as traditional advertising and how can we get people to talk about and share our product or idea?
  • How can we leverage the power of social media and what are the right metrics to pay attention to?

You’ll learn the answer to these, and numerous other questions, while learning how all sorts of different businesses, from B2C to B2B, for-profits to non-profits, and large to small, have applied these insights to drive their success.

By the end of this course you’ll be able to craft contagious content, build stickier messages, leverage social media, and make any product or idea catch on. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, an employee in a big business, or leading a non-profit, this course will provide a roadmap to help you make your stuff more successful.

This course is especially useful for:

  • Marketing managers
  • Small business owners
  • Product managers
  • Entrepreneurs or start-up founders
  • Leading a non-profit
  • Social media managers
  • Advertising executives

Cost and Schedule

Guild provides reduced cost education for working adults. We’ll help you have an affordable path to move your education forward.

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The Lifelong Learning Credit (up to $2000) and the American Opportunity Tax Credit* (up to $2500) are both available annually to U.S. students.

Guild negotiates reduced tuition with partner colleges and programs, giving you affordable options from the start.

​Guild works with your employer to offer corporate tuition assistance to qualified employees.

Guild is committed to reduce the cost of higher education for hard-working adults. We'll help make an affordable path to move your education forward.​

* The American Opportunity Tax Credit is only available for eligible students in undergrad or master's degree programs. All other funding categories are available for all eligible students. Please check with your individual employer to verify your eligibility.

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