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My name is Karen. I have run several small companies in ed tech and also have several other hobbies I'm passionate about marketing, including open educational resources.
I have an MBA in marketing and something else I can't remember, but I don't think that contributed much to my marketing skills.
I'm excited about this course because I love sharing things I'm passionate about and because I believe in open education and peer learning. I know that I will learn as much in this course as anyone. Hang on for a wild ride!
Entrepreneurial organizations often have limited time and budgets for marketing, but also have some great advantages that can be leveraged to increase their user base and achieve success.
This course will look at traditional principles of marketing and how they can be applied to small entrepreneurial enterprises, including not only business, but non-profits and other pursuits.
We'll look at the most effective marketing tools for these types of enterprises, including customized direct mail, email, public relations, social media, and user-generated content. Course participants will share their own experiences (as a consumer and as a leader for their own enterprise or cause), and we'll share and analyze best practices.
Each course participant will be expected to write about their experiences and learning throughout the course. All participants are invited to personalize the course to meet their own learning objectives. One way to do this is through the assignments for each week, which will include "make-your-own-case-studies" and other activities through which participants can design an learning activity that meets their own goals.
The final four weeks of the course will allow participants to design and pursue a project to advance their own marketing experience. Ideally, this project will be a real-life exercise to increase the user base of something you're passionate about.
Most of the communications for this course will be asynchronous; however, I will keep online office hours in the course chat room and a tentative topic for this time will be set. Please indicate your preference of times for this here. (The time(s) set for this will be the same for each week, so just indicate your general availability for the week of Jan. 26.)
(See more details in Introduction + Week 1.)
Participants in this course will: