eMarketing Award Distinction :)

Chartered Institute of marketingThis summer I studied the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)’s eMarketing Award. Last night I got my results in the post…

I’m proud to say that I achieved grade A distinctions in both my online examination and 4,000 word eMarketing report.

The course covers all aspects of electronic marketing.  I studied with Marketing Tom Media, a CIM approved centre based near Cardiff, and would certainly recommend both course and training provider to anyone interested in growing their business online.

Perhaps what is most satisfying is that the report which I wrote is not simply being filed away as an academic exercise but is actually being used as a strategy for a major organisation’s electronic marketing activities.

In addition to this I have taken on board many of the tactics and resources covered by the course and have successfully grown a number of websites. Since attending the course I have rebuilt this website and started using lots of online resources, my favourite being FeedBurner. My site now gets 3 to 4 times the traffic it had previously, ranks much higher in Google search listings and has brought in more enquiries, which is the real measure of its success.

The CIM eMarketing Award

Chartered Institute of marketingI’m currently studying towards the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)’s eMarketing Award.

I did a 4 day intensive course through Marketing Tom Media based near Cardiff. The Award is assessed by an online test and a 4,000 word eMarketing report.

EMarketing encompasses not only marketing through the web but all forms of electronic marketing so looks at things like email, interactive digital TV, mobile phones, CD-ROMs, etc. The web side looks at not only how to develop a successful website but all the other tools and tricks available to anyone looking to promote their business. It was a real eye opener for me. I now feel that I properly understand the meaning of Web 2.0 – blogging, RSS, social networking. Things have really moved on in the last few years and static brochure type websites are quickly being left behind by the new web 2.0 interactive sites which actively involve the customers in the whole web experience.

The real beauty of online marketing compared to conventional forms of offline marketing is that everything is quantifiable. Every time anyone sees an advert it is logged. If they click a link it is logged. This makes it very easy to way up the return on your investment and keep your marketing budget going on the right things.

As well as all the marketing hints and tips the course also looks at how eMarketing fits in with the rest of your business – customer service, data management, development of new products and services.

All being well I hope to gain this professional qualification by the end of 2008.