Advertising and Promotion

Skills that lead to successful careers in Advertising and Promotion include: analysis of market research data; media planning; the creation of persuasive messages; strategic coordination of elements of the marketing communication mix; sales promotion strategies; public relations analysis and tactical management. You may consider the Standard concentration in Marketing to pursue this career path. Marketing elective courses for students interested in a career in advertising and promotion include the following:

Category Management

Category Management is the practice of managing a group of related products as one category to maximize profitability. Successful companies expect their suppliers to act as partners that will help them grow their businesses, sharing industry expertise and consumer insight. We have partnered with the Category Management Association to develop a unique curriculum that will prepare students for careers in this rapidly growing field and lead to industry certification. You may consider the Sales Leadership concentration in Marketing to pursue this career path. A student interested in category management should take the courses listed below:

International Marketing

The international area of marketing offers students the opportunity to examine the economy and business management of many countries in their political, historical, and socio-cultural context.  Students who concentrate on international marketing would develop career opportunities in international sales, international product management, or international marketing management. You may consider the Standard concentration in Marketing to pursue this career path. DePaul Marketing students may combine their majors with either a minor in a commercial language through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, or with selected course work in International Studies. Students interested in international marketing benefit by enrolling in the following Marketing courses:

Market Research

Market research encompasses problem formulation, data gathering, data analysis, and communication of findings. An understanding of statistics, psychology and sociology as related to marketing is desirable. You may consider the Standard concentration in Marketing to pursue this career path. A student interested in market research will benefit from the following courses:

Marketing Management

Many chief executives of top U.S. companies have a background in marketing. Strong marketing provides a key competitive advantage in a dynamic global economy. The marketing management emphasis is appropriate for students with a general interest in planning, development, and introduction of products and services. You may consider the Standard concentration or the IME program in Marketing to pursue this career path. A student interested in marketing management should take the following courses: 

Sales Leadership

The demand for trained and knowledgeable sales people has never been greater. Sales careers offer independence, ample financial reward, personal growth and opportunities for rapid advancement within the organization. In today’s economy, there are far more sales positions available, compensation levels are 20-40% higher than other entry level positions and sales positions are more stable in difficult economic times. You may consider the Sales Leadership concentration in Marketing to pursue this career path. A student interested in sales leadership could benefit from taking the following:

 

MKT 320

PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING

Development of an understanding of the principles, processes, and methods employed in advertising and sales promotion of products and services directed toward consumers and business. Discussion will involve understanding the behavior of the target audience, developing advertising, budgeting for advertising, creating the message and media strategy, and measuring the effectiveness of the advertising program.
Prerequisites:
(MKT 202 or MGT 202 or FIN 202) and MKT 310 are a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 395

INTERACTIVE/INTERNET MARKETING

The course provides an introduction to Interactive/Internet marketing methods and high-level insight into the technology challenges of interactive marketing. Business to Consumer examples and strategies will be explored in a variety of vertical markets (e.g. financial services, technology, retail, catalog, manufacturing, health care, hospitality and entertainment). Integration with other marketing channels will be discussed. Global, privacy (including legislation challenges) and ethical issues will be introduced. Format will include lecture, guest speakers from the industry, Web browsing, quizzes, analysis and strong emphasis on discussion. A web integrated marketing strategy paper will be developed incorporating all concepts and experiences.
Prerequisites:
MKT 301, MKT 310, and ([MKT 202 and MKT 305] or an intended/declared HSP Virtual Marketing specialization) is a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 376

EFFECTIVE BUSINESS COMMUNICATION

This course is designed to expand the participant's communication skills through the application of the principles of communication science and the psychology of persuasion in a contemporary business setting. Students are shown how to develop successful communication and message packaging strategies useful in a variety of communication venues including: memos, meetings, briefings, interviews and individual and team presentations. Oral presentations and written communication techniques are explored including use of visuals, computer graphics, and layout techniques. The mechanisms of Speech Apprehension (stage fright) are presented as well as techniques for management and reduction of this common, debilitating phenomenon. Personal ethics and credibility are explored as important components of effective communication, both individually and as part of a team. THIS COURSE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL MARKETING MAJORS.

MKT 377

FUNDAMENTALS OF SALES & NETWORKING

In the current business environment, companies are focusing their efforts on recruiting well-trained and refined sales professionals who generate substantial revenue. This course is designed to expose students to the energy, decorum, techniques and methods of superior selling sought after in today's business environment. Coursework will examine networking techniques and ways in which to identify high-potential opportunities. Application of techniques is crucial to learning this material; therefore students will be given the opportunity to implement learned techniques via real-world selling activity.

MKT 380

SCIENCE OF RETAILING

Students are introduced to concepts of the retail business model which include: identifying the target consumer and market, development and implementation of merchandising plans, interaction with supply chains, management of human resources and the financial implications of decisions at the corporate and store levels.
Prerequisites:
(MKT 202 or ACC 202 or FIN 202 or MGT 202), MKT 310 and (MKT 376 or MKT 377) are a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 382

PRINCIPLES OF CATEGORY MANAGEMENT

Successful companies expect their suppliers to act as partners that will help them grow their businesses, not simply to trade share among competitors. Relationships are established between buyer and seller when vendor partners demonstrate and leverage business understanding to build customer volume. In consumer packaged goods, this practice is known as category management. The course is taught through the case method to learn the category management process, use the information systems and data resources available and develop sales presentations that effectively communicate solutions for business problems in three different industries.
Prerequisites:
(MKT 202 or ACC 202 or FIN 202 or MGT 202), MKT 310 and (MKT 376 or MKT 377) are a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 383

ADVANCED VALUATIONS FOR BUSINESS

This is a strategic sales course which emphasizes the psychology of selling in complex selling situations, identifying the decision maker among multiple contacts, quantifying the value proposition to the customer, and presenting a compelling sales proposal.
Prerequisites:
(MKT 202 or ACC 202 or FIN 202 or MGT 202), MKT 310 and (MKT 376 or MKT 377) are a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 340

MARKETING ACROSS CULTURES: A CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE ON MULTICULTURAL MARKETS

The course is designed to challenge students to think critically about culture and international marketing, with an emphasis and perspective on multicultural markets. The course is structured to examine cross-cultural and intercultural approaches that intertwine with the international business environment and the impact that both have on the marketing of goods and services.
Prerequisites:
MKT 301 and MKT 310 are a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 352

NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

An introduction to the various types of new products and services, and to the new product management process used by many firms to increase the likelihood of success while minimizing financial risk. Students will learn about new product conceptualization, development, and launch stages of the process, and be introduced to some of the tools and techniques employed in each.
Prerequisites:
(MKT 202 or FIN 202 or MGT 202) and MKT 301 are a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 360

INTERNATIONAL MARKETING

The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of international marketing within a global framework. The course focuses on marketing concepts, theories, and principles applicable to international marketing management. The course is structured to examine the environmental factors (political, economic, cultural, and demographics) that drive host-country governments' goals and objectives that affect firms and industries operating in developed and emerging markets of the world. Emphasis is placed on marketing strategies to emerging economies in different regions of the world and to how to start, develop and become a truly global marketing force today.
Prerequisites:
MKT 202, MKT 301 and MKT 310 are a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 390

SERVICE MARKETING

Services comprise two thirds of U.S. Gross Domestic Product. This course will explore the identifying characteristics of service marketing as compared and contrasted with product marketing. The conceptual differences in marketing of intangibles vs. tangible offerings to the market will be emphasized. The course will consist of lecture, discussion, readings and cases.
Prerequisites:
MKT 202, MKT 301 and MKT 310 are a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 305

INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING RESEARCH

This course focuses on how to match research design (exploration, surveys, observation and experiments) with an organization's marketing problems. You will learn how to: design questionnaires, collect and analyze survey data, prepare and conduct focus groups and design experiments. Some knowledge of statistics required.
Prerequisites:
(MKT 202 or FIN 202 or MGT 202) and MKT 301 are a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 315

STRATEGIC TOOLS FOR MARKETERS

This course provides depth of knowledge to understand and apply important and relevant concepts in marketing such as market demand forecast, product positioning, pricing, marketing performance assessment, and product design. The course covers several hands-on tools that are frequently used by marketers and business-people to generate deep customer insight to aid decision-making in the above-mentioned areas.
Prerequisites:
MKT 202, MKT 301 and MKT 310 are a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 378

SALES STRATEGY & TECHNOLOGY

Students taking this course will be provided with a comprehensive understanding of sales strategy and sales technology used to optimally organize and deploy sales resources. At the heart of this course is an introduction to the principles of customer relationship marketing and customer acquisition programming. Students will learn via lecture, text, guest lecturers, exposure to the latest technological tools and current case study. This course will benefit participants by providing a true perspective as to what role sales plays today and will play in the future of customer-centric organizations.
Prerequisites:
(MKT 202 or ACC 202 or FIN 202 or MGT 202), MKT 310 and (MKT 376 or MKT 377) are a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 379

LEADERSHIP IN SALES ORGANIZATIONS

This is a strategic sales course which emphasizes strategic leadership (setting the course), organization leadership (selecting, organizing, motivating, measuring and conflict resolution), and personal leadership (leading people, leading talent and leading yourself) in today's changing sales organization.
Prerequisites:
(MKT 202 or ACC 202 or FIN 202 or MGT 202), MKT 310 and (MKT 376 or MKT 377) are a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 381

BUILDING FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS

Students learn the basic financial products and services that help clients achieve their financial goals and will gain a basic understanding of financial planning. More importantly, students learn how to identify prospects, uncover client financial needs, help clients achieve their financial goals and build the trusted relationships that lead to turning a prospect into a customer and a customer into a lifelong client. The course includes guest speakers, role playing, presentations and the development of a personal financial plan for each student.
Prerequisites:
(MKT 202 or ACC 202 or FIN 202 or MGT 202), MKT 310 and (MKT 376 or MKT 377) are a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 385

SELLING PROFESSIONAL & COLLEGIATE SPORTS

This course in professional selling will introduce students to the essentials of effective selling as well as inside sales in the context of professional and collegiate sports. Topics include the sales process, persuasion, handling objections, finding solutions, developing relationships, and serving clients and customers
Prerequisites:
MKT 376 OR MKT 377

MKT 398

SPECIAL TOPICS

Content and format of these courses are variable. An in-depth study of current issues in marketing. Subject matter will be indicated in class schedule. The Marketing department offers special topics in a variety of areas. Students may take more than one special topics course as an elective.