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Natascha Thomson
Natascha Thomson is the CEO of MarketingXLerator and brings over 20 years of experience to her Silicon Valley consulting practice.
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University of Santa Cruz Silicon Vally Extension is introducing a Professional Award in Social Media Marketing.

UCSC Professional Award in Social Media Marketing

I have the pleasure to be the instructor of the three social media courses that earn students the award: Fundamentals, Advanced and Capstone.

Here more information on the content and requirements of the award:

Harness the Power of Social Media

What exactly is the power of a Facebook “like,” a Twitter mention or a Pinterest board? How do you, as a marketing professional, take advantage of social media tools and technologies to engage with your customers? Social media can feel like alphabet soup—which is why UCSC Extension’s Marketing program is excited to introduce the Professional Award in Social Media Marketing: to prepare you to create effective campaigns that capitalize on the latest advancements in social media.

Social Media Marketing Awards Program UCSC

Demand for Skills

When Facebook was initially launched in 2004, few predicted that it would become an advertising powerhouse. Twelve years later, nearly 90% of American companies use Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites to launch and promote their brands, according to McKinsey Global Institute. And who do they employ to accomplish these tasks? Social media marketers equipped to create dynamic campaigns, evaluate the latest tools, and fine-tune messaging to attract their target audience.

UCSC Extension’s Professional Award in Social Media Marketing is designed to prepare marketing professionals with the skills necessary to launch an effective social media campaign that aligns with business goals, cultivate a growing audience, and keep pace with industry demands. In just three courses, you’ll have acquired a skill set that will enable you to market products and services using the latest tools and technologies.

Upon completing this Professional Award, you will be able to develop your own social media campaigns and have an overall understanding of social media and its potential.

Professional Award in Social Media MarketingAward Requirements

To obtain the Professional Award in Social Media Marketing, you must successfully complete Fundamentals, Social Media Marketing,  Advanced Social Media Marketing, and Capstone: Social Media, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.




Recommended Course Sequence

Courses should be taken in the following order:

  • “Principles of Marketing”
  • “Fundamentals, Social Media Marketing”
  • “Advanced Social Media Marketing”
  • “Capstone: Social Media”

Feel free to contact me with questions about any of the courses or the Professional Award. You can receive course updates via my Meetup.