Introduction to Marketing Communications: How Companies Reach Consumers

II. July 19–August 5, 2022
Day & Time:
Monday–Friday, 11:10 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 3:10–5:00 p.m.
Court Stroud
This class is intended for current 8th and 9th graders. Older students might be interested in Communicating with Consumers.

“I gained a lot of knowledge about marketing. I'm going to look at everything with a different eye.” – Martina R. | Chêne Bougeries, Switzerland

Course Description

What is marketing communications? Is it buying and selling, advertising and promotion, surveys and telemarketing, or looking at how consumers buy? Do you want the same stuff your friends have; do you want to be part of the “in” crowd; and what do your clothes say about you?

In this course students examine multiple ads and promotional programs, read about how companies try to reach consumers, and discuss consumers’ responses to companies’ programs. They explore how companies advertise and promote their products to the consumer.

The morning session is devoted to lecture and class discussion. In the afternoon, students are often divided into small teams to do hands-on and group work and present their findings to the class for Q&A. As a final project, they work in teams to create, brand, and develop a comprehensive written marketing and communications plan for a new product, which they also present to the class.

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Session 2 Classes

IMNK0140 | Call Number: 10748

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Court Stroud

Court Stroud is a writer and media strategy consultant who has worked at CBS, Univision, Telemundo, TV Azteca, and several startups. He founded The Cledor Group, a consulting practice that helps companies navigate today’s tumultuous media landscape. Past clients include firms such as Comcast, NBCUniversal (NBC, Telemundo, NBC Sports), Sony Entertainment Pictures, and BBC Studios. As an adjunct faculty member, Stroud has designed several courses, including “Diversity in Media & Advertising” and “Selling Your Pitch: Essentials of the Business of Television.” He co-created a class about the fundamentals of digital advertising certified by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB). His byline appears in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Forbes, where he is a contributing writer. Court received a 2019 New York Press Association First Place Award. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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