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Course Catalog

ADVANCED MEDIA @ THE ENTERPRISE LEVEL
Marketers face a changed environment. Consumers are now media producers, programmers, and distributors. The convergence of media and technology is affecting the connection between marketers and consumers in unprecedented ways. Marketers capabilities therefore need to change as new technologies transform the media value chain. In this course, you will learn about effective strategies that can engage the consumer in a conversation with your brand and maximize the value of your media budget. Most importantly, participants will have time to address their own consumer and competitive challenges to better understand how to develop the most effective and impactful media plans for their organizations.

Aligning Marketing to Sales (HALF DAY, ONE DAY)
When marketing and sales align, the potential for organizational improvement is enormous, with everything from marketing ROI, to sales productivity, to top-line growth reap the benefits. Marketing and sales alignment offers perhaps the single greatest opportunity for improving business performance. The issue is that Sales and Marketing view things differently. As a result coordination and alignment requires more than just tacking marketing onto the front of an existing sales process. True alignment necessitates coordinating marketing and sales activities, starting from the day you first make contact with a prospect as part of the initial education process through the sale and beyond to the customer relationship and ultimately customer advocacy.

Assignment Briefing (ONE DAY)
An assignment brief is the document marketers use to give directions for the projects they want their agencies' and other partners to accomplish. The brief should identify your project needs, objectives, target audiences, budget, and timetable and provide relevant background information. The quality of your brief is the key to getting quality work done. Too often, however, the assignment brief is incomplete or simply not done. The goal of this course is to help those giving assignments gain an appreciation for the importance for why and how to draft complete briefing documents.

Big Data for Marketers
This workshop, designed for marketing leaders with broad responsibilities for driving growth, focuses on practical applications of big data. We go beyond the hype to look at actual case studies of how big data is being captured, created, analyzed and applied in areas such as product development, customer experience enhancement, new customer acquisition, channel management and the creation of new business models. It’s a terrific way to improve your understanding of big data and ways it can be most relevant to your business.

Brand Lab
As a marketer, you have a powerful asset: your brand. As a member of the ANA, you have a powerful asset: your fellow members. Leverage the combined power of those two assets in the Brand Lab. Bring in a live marketing project, and the instructor will guide you and your “lab partners” (ANA members from outside of your industry) through a process to unleash the hidden potential of your brand. You’ll learn new tools and tactics, gain a fresh perspective from fellow marketers, and build your personal and professional network.

Brand Management Fundamentals (TWO DAY)
Brand managers plan, develop, and direct the marketing efforts for a particular brand or product. It is not uncommon for a brand manager to be responsible for coordinating activities of specialists in production, sales, advertising, promotion, research and development, marketing research, purchasing, distribution, package development, and finance. Brand managers are therefore seen as the key people behind the success of any brand or product. They are responsible for improving the value of their brands or products, which in turn generates profitable returns for the company and shareholders.

Bridging Digital and Traditional Marketing (ONE DAY, TWO DAY)
Marketing is an integrated, holistic set of solutions, and one in which digital technologies are increasingly woven into every marketing activity and every point along the consumer’s decision process. A brand’s TV commercial may spark a consumer to use their tablet to learn more about the product; a shopper may see a point of purchase sign that encourages them to use their mobile device to help them choose which brand to buy; a gift recipient may love the product so much that they tell all their Facebook friends about it or write an online review; a brand’s public relations campaign responding to a disaster results in folks around the world becoming aware of the brand and donating using a phone. The digital channel has become essential to the way that consumers make choices about where to shop and what to buy; they use digital devices as their primary vehicle for communicating with and about brands. Consumers expect consistent messages and experiences with brands whether it’s on TV, in a store, on a web site, or through their social networks. To meet and exceed the consumer’s expectations, all marketers must have a solid understanding of the digital landscape and how brands can leverage digital channels to attract and influence consumers.

Business Acumen For Marketers
It isn’t enough to conceive and execute a world-class marketing campaign. You need to communicate that success to the so-called “C-suite” of your corporation — especially the CEO, CFO and COO, who make budget decisions. It’s vitally important that you do so in language they understand. Too often marketing is perceived as a necessary evil that lacks the business acumen and “big picture” perspective to participate in executive management. This workshop will teach what you need to know about how businesses operate from a general profit/loss management perspective and how marketing specifically fits into various business models.

Content Marketing
In this era of the “always on” consumer, accessing multiple kinds of content across multiple devices every day, the advertising campaign as anchor is no longer enough to keep brands culturally relevant and top of mind. It requires a shift from campaigns to always-on content marketing, requiring new competencies, organization, education and activation techniques to keep your brand front and center and in the conversation. Campaign, social and website content around your brand value quickly becomes irrelevant if it’s not created, curated, refreshed and sharable on a real-time basis. How do you organize and activate always-on content beyond just social listening and posting? How should you measure success? Does shareability really effect ROI?

Creating Your Dream Marketing Plan
Whether you're a marketing newcomer or a long-time veteran of countless campaigns, you’ll learn how to build a detailed, fully integrated working plan that positions your product or service above the noise of your competition. In just one day we take a deep look into how to assemble all the critical elements of your customer-winning strategy. This course will help you sharpen the skills necessary to devise a dynamic, comprehensive plan

Customer Centricity (HALF DAY, ONE DAY)
The consumer has moved to the center of the conversation. When you understand consumers, you have the insight and ability to elevate your marketing ROI. Knowing what consumers buy is important. Knowing why they buy is critical. That's the stuff competitive advantages are made of. This course provides insight into the strategies needed to create and execute consumer-driven marketing efforts. You will learn why changing the conversation from "what should we do" to "how can we satisfy our consumers" is smart and more effective. Participants will address their own consumer-centric challenges and create a blueprint to effectively build a consumer-centric marketing approach for their own organization.

Customer Experience Design
In a world where commoditization is the norm, differentiation is key. The kind of differentiation customers will notice doesn’t come from what you say, it comes from what you do. Customer experience (CX) is a new discipline that helps you figure out what to differentiate and how to do it in a way that benefits your customers and your bottom line simultaneously.

Digital Leadership Masterclass
This two-­‐day interactive workshop empowers organizational leaders to understand the impact of digital on business and unlock the potential of digital within teams.

Digital Marketing (HALF DAY, ONE DAY)
As broadcast and print media undergo dramatic shifts alongside the growing prominence of digital platforms, companies are often reacting to new marketing needs with one-off "quick fixes." Such actions often separate digital marketing from the overall marketing efforts rather than bring them together as one strategic entity. Measured thinking is needed when considering how a brand should build its communication platform across multiple media formats versus utilizing each communication channel as an individual medium. This session will focus on how to create a consistent yet strong story that is told across multiple media forms, both traditional and digital, in ways that leverage the strengths of each medium.

Effective Email Marketing (ONE DAY)
Although consumers' communication habits have evolved with the rising popularity of social media and smartphones, brands are still turning to their dependable friend - email - to attract and retain customers and boost their bottom lines. However, because email is showing signs of low returns, savvy brand managers are adapting by combining email, social media and even mobile marketing tactics. Participants will gain clear insight into avoiding email Marketing's biggest pitfalls and ways to break through the inbox clutter.

Effective Writing For Any Platform
Creating Consumer Connections in Print, Digital, Social, Mobile and More... In this workshop, we’ll explore and engage in writing across a range of platforms: Classic print (ads and collateral material), digital (web and Emails) and social (Twitter, Blogs, Facebook). There are countless and growing ways marketers are now engaging with their audiences and with each other. In an entertaining and engaging session, we’ll work through some tips, some techniques and some exercises that will make you a better writer for all the new platforms.

Elevating Your Creative (HALF DAY, ONE DAY, TWO DAY)
This course will help you get powerful creative work that builds your sales overnight and your brand over time. Led by a seasoned agency creative director, this seminar guides you through the entire creative process, from positioning and the creative brief to judging creative work in rough form and giving the agency compelling feedback. You’ll also learn guidelines for making all your communications more effective, whether you are dealing with a 30-second television commercial or a tweet.

From Insights to Great Messaging (HALF DAY, ONE DAY)
Do you understand what you are trying to communicate? If not, STOP. Start by uncovering insights about your customers; learn what your customer values then worry about how to communicate that value to the customer. Be clear on what value your customer/consumer wants, then think about positioning your brand. Next define the market (who the relevant buyers are) and identify the attributes your buyers want (answering the question - what job does the customer want done?). Finally use this knowledge to write a great assignment brief. Your agency will not understand what's in your head to the degree that you do. You have to take the time to draft an assignment brief that clearly and passionately describes the communications job you want done.

Fundamentals of Marketing (TWO DAY)
The goal of this workshop is to help those new to marketing become more dynamic marketing professionals by being able to develop their own marketing strategy and marketing plans. Thus the workshop will help participants understand the entire marketing management process, be comfortable developing marketing strategies and preparing an effective marketing plan, and be able to make sound and timely decisions based on the market information on hand. Attendees will be exposed to the practical marketing tools and techniques needed to create usable, implementable marketing strategies and plans. Our interactive workshop and team-oriented learning process will reinforce key points and importantly, give you hands-on experience.

Innovation Lab
Do you need to innovate in a resource-constrained environment? If so, you need a fresh perspective and a practical process. In the Innovation Lab, you and your small team of “lab partners” (ANA members from outside of your industry) will walk through an instructor-guided process to develop innovative solutions to a real marketing challenge you face. You’ll learn new frameworks for developing innovative options, gain a fresh perspective from fellow marketers, and build your personal and professional network.

Integrated Marketing Communications (HALF DAY, ONE DAY, TWO DAY)
Studies including ANA sponsored papers, show that the single biggest barrier to the development of successful Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) strategies are cultures in organizations that don't tolerate inter-departmental communication and information sharing, or the development of plans that require a shared common objective. Despite the fact that the communications tools at a marketer's disposal work better if managed together in harmony rather than in isolation. Their sum is greater than their parts - providing they speak consistently with one voice all the time, every time. So while integrated marketing is more essential than ever because the power has shifted from the marketer to the consumer, marketers are still struggling with entrenched, parochial structures that inhibit these efforts from achieving their enormous promise.

Marketing Innovation (ONE DAY)
In today's rapidly changing marketplace, innovation and product development are increasingly important. Marketers in fact must find ways to develop innovative products faster and more efficiently than ever before. Companies simply cannot afford to continue doing business as usual. We are in a either "evolve or die" world.

Marketing Matters
This practical, real world course helps participants enhance their marketing knowledge and skills to better direct the overall marketing function and effort to drive corporate growth more efficiently and effectively. The course covers the importance of brand positioning; the role of brand management; how to bring a campaign to life; the creative brief and strategy; developing a great marketing plan—and more.

Marketing Plan in a Day: A Better, Faster, More Effective Method (ONE DAY)
You no longer have the luxury of taking weeks—or even months—to create an annual marketing plan. Today’s marketing environment continues to unfold at a faster and faster pace. Marketing plans need to be created in a timely, effective manner; often revisited and revised on a quarterly or monthly basis. This results-oriented workshop will show you a new way to build a fully integrated plan in a matter of hours. The key is to bring your key stakeholders to the table. By building a plan collaboratively—as a silo-busting team in one simple planning session—you create a blueprint for action with timetables and milestones, responsibilities and accountability to produce more efficient, revenue-driven plans.

Marketing to the New Majority
Marketing to consumers in the U.S. has never been more challenging. Marketing budgets are being reduced, new media channels are emerging daily and the consumer composition is evolving at a staggering rate. From translation to transcreation to multicultural-first efforts, this workshop will show participants how to identify, formulate and implement effective strategies and integrated marketing campaigns to effectively connect with individuals of Hispanic, African-American and Asian descent.

Measuring and Managing Marketing Performance (ONE DAY)
No CEO or CFO wants to hear that their marketing investment was a gamble, which makes marketing accountability one of the biggest issues facing the marketing community today. As a result Marketers must prove marketing ROI by demonstrating the impact marketing dollars have on revenue, then and only then, will Marketing stop being treated as a cost center and become a respected part of a company's revenue process.

Measuring Social Media Success: How to know when you're #WINNING
According to a recent Harvard Business Review study, nearly 31% of companies do not measure the effectiveness of social media and less than one quarter of companies are using social media analytics tools. Companies are working to understand how to measure social media against business objectives, track campaign effectiveness and to identify the best free and paid measurement tools for various platforms.

Media Strategy(HALF DAY, ONE DAY, TWO DAY)
This course is designed to elevate a marketer’s comprehension and understanding of media in a manner that if appropriately applied to your brand or service will become part of your “Marketing DNA” long after today’s hottest media headlines and trends have been replaced by others.

Mobile Marketing (HALF DAY, ONE DAY)
Mobile technology is transforming personal communications driving increased interest in social media resulting in digital communications becoming accessible anytime, anywhere. This dramatic change is obviously having a significant impact on how organizations, businesses and brands connect with their consumers.

New!! The Future of Advertising-NOW
We simply cannot continue advertising and marketing as usual. This intensive, hands-on ANA School of Marketing Leadership Program workshop delivered in partnership with the Wharton Future of Advertising Program, (@whartonfoa, #whartonfoa), will give you, the marketing leaders, the tools needed to prepare yourselves and your teams for the future. As the marketing landscape transforms at an unprecedented pace, very few marketers are actually doing anything differently to prepare for it. This interactive workshop, led by renowned Wharton Marketing Professor Jerry Wind, will give you tools to build your own roadmap for yourself and your company. It is based on the acclaimed Advertising 2020 study led by the Wharton Future of Advertising Program, with contributions from hundreds of innovators and thought-leaders from around the world and across disciplines, including many of your forward-thinking peers. Together they've created a dynamic picture of the possibilities and potential future of the broadly defined world of "advertising." In short, preparing for Advertising 2020 requires that advertising be Relevant & Respectful, Actionable, Valued, Experiential and offer a Surprising Story (RAVES) to be orchestrated across ALL touch points, not just “advertising”. Who Is This Course For? This ANA School of Marketing Leadership Program is for CMOs and senior marketing executives responsible for marketing and advertising strategy for businesses. Course Benefits/Key Takeaways You will experience an interactive group discussion, gain insights from a panel of The Wharton Future of Advertising Program contributors, learn ten stand-out topics and develop an implementable action plan to prepare yourself and your organization now, for the future. Key topics and takeaways include: Identify the challenges and underlying mental models you face to remain effective with the accelerating complexity in the global environment and digital world. Identify how to orchestrate RAVES across all touch points in your organization. Challenge your mental models to succeed NOW, with the foresight of Advertising 2020. Create an organization design capable of delivering RAVES – the AGILE CHOPS-driven organizational and network architecture. Develop an action plan that includes the initial design of an implementable experiment for your organization that captures the essence of the Advertising 2020 findings Learning and networking opportunities with Professor Wind, panel members and participants throughout the course

Optimizing Agency Relations (HALF DAY, ONE DAY)
This highly interactive course is designed to help you develop the skills of an effective client leader of agencies. It provides insights, tips, tools, exercises, handouts and ample real-life examples on how to produce excellent collaborative work with one’s agencies. Hands-on exercises cover agency differences, motivations, rules for success, effective briefs, successful creative feedback and orchestrating multiple agencies. We also provide tips and tools for agency evaluations, scopes of work, agency compensation and contracts.

Optimizing Your Ad Production Spend (ONE DAY, TWO DAY)
You’ll go behind the scenes for an insider’s look at the latest processes, best practices and cost efficiencies for getting the most value out of your ad productions. With a focus on integrating broadcast, print, and digital, this seminar will provide the tools necessary for effective and efficient production management. In addition to learning the flow of content creation across all mediums, you’ll also review the roles and responsibilities for each partner during the integrated production process. You’ll learn strategies for procuring the best deals within the ad production supply chain, including leveraging your creative assets, making the most of production incentives, setting up preferred vendor deals, and much more. You’ll also hear about what drives the costs of producing content for TV, print/OOH, web videos, websites, etc. and explore areas of how to optimize your production spend in these areas.

Procurement Beyond Savings (HALF DAY, ONE DAY)
Procurement leaders are playing an increasingly important role in governing the purchasing of marketing-related services. Often an organization's largest indirect spend category, debates about cost versus value and marketing's intangible nature makes this one of the most complex spend areas to manage. The complexities of marketing services procurement creates a number of challenges but with global marketing spend often running into hundreds of millions, procurement can add real value to the bottom line by implementing new processes, systems, techniques and approaches to tackle this often unmeasured and fragmented area of spend.

Social Media (HALF DAY, ONE DAY)
Social media vehicles are big and growing. New social outlets are emerging all the time. Harnessing the power of social media is exciting, enticing and necessary. So what are the social media? How do they work? How can they best be put to use to advance brands and businesses? And what kinds of strategies are necessary to guard against social initiatives that denigrate or even hijack brands? This course will provide insight into how social media works, it will uncover how brands must authentically engage with consumers in the new social context, and outline some successful social media do's and don'ts to increase brand engagement.

Sports Sponsorship: How to play smart and win BIG!
It's no surprise that Sports Sponsorships is big business! Just as teams and athletes compete to win so do sponsors who look to the world of sports to showcase, market and link their brands. $$$Billions are spent each year by big and small companies yearning to reach their core audiences. Most companies are bombarded with constant pitches and you’re probably spending precious resources in this space already in an attempt to tie your brands to leagues, teams, colleges, motorsports, action sports, athletes, etc. But ARE YOUR DOLLARS WORKING HARD FOR YOU? ARE YOU RISING ABOVE THE CLUTTER? DO YOU KNOW?

Strategic Marketing (HALF DAY, ONE DAY, TWO DAY)
Customer-centric and competitively dominant marketing strategies are vital to business success. This workshop will give participants tools for developing an effective marketing strategy by examining how firms can profitably create and sustain customer value. The focus of this workshop is therefore on go-to-market programs as well as designing integrated, strategic marketing plans. Participants will learn insight into the process of value creation and methods for sustaining that value for their consumers.

Strategy Lab
In the Strategy Lab you will learn the three most important questions marketers must answer in order to build a bulletproof marketing plan, and discover how winning marketing plans have answered those questions. You’ll work with a team of lab partners to answer the three questions for marketing plan for your project, brand or business. And you’ll build the foundation of a strategic marketing plan. As part of the workshop, you’ll learn a repeatable process for developing strategic, integrated and resilient marketing plans. And you’ll expand and enrich your professional network.

The Art and Science of Brand Building (HALF DAY, ONE DAY, TWO DAY)
While Brand equity is an intangible asset, it is the single largest component of your market capitalization. Brand equity is the added value that a brand brings to a product or service beyond the functional benefits provided by the product itself. Consumers love brands because they offer an extra value - that is, one in addition to the core product or service. That value becomes the major motivation for consumers to buy or use the product. Major asset categories are: brand name awareness, brand loyalty, perceived quality, and brand associations. However, many companies have no process or plan for building brand equity.

ThinkLab (TWO DAY)
Long gone are the days when ‘creative thinking’ was the sole domain of our agency partners. Today, to become both innovators and enablers, we need to share the same creative, strategic and critical thinking skills as they do. Not only will this earn us a seat at their table – we’ll be sitting at the head where we belong. ThinkLab turns marketers into creators – capable of developing countless strategically and creatively sound ideas at light speed. It provides the insights, skills and tools necessary to elevate both the agency / client relationship and creative end product. And for the record – everyone in the organization is capable of creativity – regardless of role or discipline. ThinkLab provides everything needed to methodically work through challenges, turn them into opportunities, exhaust all possibilities and deliver new, breakthrough ideas and solutions on demand.

Upcoming Classes

Marketing To The New Majority

Plano, TX

Media Strategy

New York, NY

Integrated Marketing Communications

Plano, TX

How To Optimize Your Agency Partner Relationships

New York, NY

Effective Writing For Any Platform

Celebration, FL

Marketing Matters

New York, NY

Optimizing Your Ad Production Spend: An Integrated Approach

New York, NY

Business Acumen For Marketers

New York, NY

Customer Experience Design

New York, NY

Content Marketing

New York, NY

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Upcoming Classes

Marketing To The New Majority

Plano, TX

Media Strategy

New York, NY

Integrated Marketing Communications

Plano, TX

How To Optimize Your Agency Partner Relationships

New York, NY

Effective Writing For Any Platform

Celebration, FL

Marketing Matters

New York, NY

Optimizing Your Ad Production Spend: An Integrated Approach

New York, NY

Business Acumen For Marketers

New York, NY

Customer Experience Design

New York, NY

Content Marketing

New York, NY

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Webinars

Turning Brand Exposure Into a Purchase

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Marketers' 5-Step Guide To Data Privacy in a Big Data World

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Reaching Millennials Through TV- What Marketers Need To Know

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Engaging Customers Through Instagram

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