SLIM launches Certificate in Digital Marketing

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By 2017-04-12

The Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM), the national body for marketing unveiled Sri Lanka's pioneering certificate course in digital marketing (CDM) on 11 March at the Kingsbury Hotel.

Digital marketing or data-driven marketing plays a leading role in today's challenging global marketing arena. SLIM has designed this digital marketing certificate course (CDM) to suit marketers and non-marketers.
The CDM thus is the newest innovative product in SLIM's product portfolio. The three-month programme consists of three modules.

At the inauguration, the new batch of students were made aware of the CDM curricular and the value it could bestow on persons engaged in marketing products and brands. Participants who graced the occasion represented a cross section of young employees, marketing practitioners, corporate and public sector middle managers, non-marketers, entrepreneurs and SLIM students.
Intake for the SLIM - CDM programme were now open and students will follow the course at the SLIM Business Schools in Colombo and Kandy.

Digital marketing, which promotes products or brands via digital medium differs from traditional marketing as it involves the use of channels and methods which enable an organization to analyze marketing campaigns and understand what is working and what isn't, typically in real time. Digital marketing facilitates customer relationships across all channels; both digital and traditional, and thus is an integrated approach towards marketing.

CDM is a preliminary course designed by SLIM to help students understand the fundamentals of various aspects of digital marketing and the online communication ecosystem. SLIM assumes candidates without preliminary marketing knowledge who are keen to gain digital marketing knowledge by following the CDM course.
The SLIM – CDM bestows on students,skills essential in planning, organizing, leading, controlling, and decision-making within the framework of digital marketing.

The CDM programme will be done with a blended focus on academic and professional orientation.
While fifty per cent of the content will emphasize on theoretical concepts, the remaining will focus on professional practices with project-based learning opportunities.

The special guest, Group Director/CEO of Ridgecrest and Founder of Tickets.lk, Sanath Fernando appreciated SLIM's endeavour to introduce the CDM program.

"Digital marketing is an essential requirement in the current marketing arena. It allows you to extract value from big data to make better business decisions faster. You need a consolidated view of customer preferences and expectations across all channels; web, social media, mobile, direct mail, point of sale, etc to have focused interaction. Digital marketing is the answer to that", he said.
He also added, "When I embarked on digital marketing there were no mentors to educate me on the subject. SLIM has done a great service by introducing this digital marketing program for Sri Lankans".
SLIM Vice President and Director/CEO of GAP Holdings, Pradeep Edward said SLIM has introduced the CDM program after thorough research.

"People with the know-how on digital marketing champion the current marketing sphere. Others are treated as laggards. The best marketing practitioners who hold senior positions in the corporate sectorwill lecture SLIM's CDM students. They will share industry experiences with students and their lectures will shed light on both local and international contexts", he said.

Edward also shed light on the wide spectrum of activities to which SLIM students are exposed to beyond marketing studies.

"The SLIM Students Council offers networking opportunities with peers/lecturers and to take part in National level events conducted by SLIM such as Brand Excellence, SLIM-NASCO, People's Awards,Emerging Marketers' Night, EFFIE and SLIM Toastmasters", he said.

SLIM CEO/Executive Director, Sanath Senanayake was of the opinion that SLIM – CDM course content, syllabus, text books cater to current industry requirements.

"Digital marketing helps marketers respond to and initiate dynamic customer interactions.The SLIM - CDM program has the right blend of group case studies and online MCQ examinations. SLIM is flexible to adapt to industry requirements and introduce courses such as the CDM from time to time. SLIM is dedicated to produce marketers who can rub shoulders in any competitive environment", he said.

The credible and value adding courses/training programs and the affordable prices of SLIM have made the marketing fraternity and the corporate sector in Sri Lanka perceive SLIM as an invaluable mentoring entity for over four decades. SLIM is dedicated to elevating the status of marketing in Sri Lanka.

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