Course Syllabus

Digital Media in Marketing Projects

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Digital Media in Marketing Project, Semester Course

Semester & Location:

Fall 2018 - DIS Copenhagen

Type & Credits:

Elective Course - 3 credits

Major Disciplines:

Communication, Marketing, Media Studies

Faculty Member:

Benjamin Holk Henriksen

Program Director:

Susanne Goul Hovmand -

Program Coordinator: 

Adeline Reiser -

Program Assistant:

Ali Cohen -

Time & Place:

Thursdays 14.50 - 17.45, 10-D11


Course Description 

Digital Media in Marketing Project explores the impact technology has had on the marketing industry - particularly with the advent of various digital marketing disciplines. Technological advances have made the latest tools in online advertising and social media available to even small businesses and individual consumers.

The Media landscape is changing and medias goes digital, why we need to address and take the new media platforms important when we plan our marketing and advertising strategies. With the world rapidly changing in this digital age, both the proliferation of the internet and with computing power that doubles every two years (Moore’s Law), many old rules and techniques in marketing simply do not work anymore, and some are more important than ever before. We will discuss how technology and digitalizing affect the business environment now and in the future-looking at some of the most prominent Futurist thinkers-. This course prepares its students for career paths in the marketing and media industry’s jobs of the future.

This course is especially aimed at those who are looking at pursuing a career in online marketing. We will explorer many interrelated online marketing disciplines, in order to make the students understand these disciplines.

Being able to understand consumer behavior and addressing it, is the underlying core theme throughout all aspects of this course, teaching students how to apply storytelling, social media planning, production and execution of online marketing plans and advertising campaigns including a short video commercial.


Approach to teaching

This is a project focused ‘hands on’ course. Successful students interact through the lessons and are well prepared for each lesson. Students will be graded on how they participate in discussions, participate in group work and field studies and present their project conclusions.


Learning objectives of the course

This course is designed in a manner making it possible for students to acquire the latest knowledge about the future of digital media and online marketing disciplines.

At the end of the course you will be expected to be able to:

  • Understand the importance of People and Culture when looking at marketing.
  • Understand the importance of digital media and technology available now and in the future.
  • Understand the changing media landscape within the area of digitalizing and the consequences it has for businesses.
  • Understand and describe how some of the world’s leading brands have successfully applied content and digital media into their strategy.
  • Understand big data and online business analytics.
  • Understand and work with Customer journey mapping.
  • Develop the framework for a digital media marketing plan.
  • Work with storytelling tools.
  • Create a short video for content marketing.
  • Understand the interrelation between the different disciplines within online marketing.
  • Analyze different online advertising campaigns.
  • Work in a team environment, both as an integral member and developing a leadership style.


Teaching methods, assignments and projects

The course is given in 80-minute classes consisting of lectures, cases, articles, assignments and classwork. In the first class, working groups will be assigned. Students will work in their groups throughout the course and for several assignments.

Projects allow students to apply the learning in practice, which leads to a deeper understanding of the learnings. These skills and learnings are directed towards the jobs that are in high demand. The course combines discussion-based class sessions, lectures, guest lectures, teamwork, team presentations and field studies. As the course focuses one areas within digital marketing and social media and strive to develop students abilities to work over the internet and digital medias, some sessions might be open lectures from your computer, based on “flip-the class-room-film”, teamwork or web-based assignments.


The semester is divided into two parts and team assignments

Team presentation A) Customer journey map, touch-points and the creative brief.

Teams will present the customer journey map and touch-points, and define the creative brief for a company including the strategic objective, target group, communication platform value words and more. The thoughts behind the one-page creative brief will be presented using PowerPoint, Prezi etc. Considerations may include:

A.1. Define customer journey map and touch points. 

1) Identify customers.

2) Identify touch-points (From discovery to renew phase).

3) Identify sources for data collection.

4) Know how to conduct surveys ranking customer experience at each touch-point in order to detect problems (Actual rankings not needed).  

5) Know how to conduct interviews with stakeholders to understand customer needs and problems and draw customer journey maps (Actual interviews not needed).

A.2. The creative brief.

The organizations Strategic objective (what you are trying to achieve For example raise awareness, launch new products, gain fans/earned media, push customers according to the customer journey map etc.)

Mission & Vision (if available).

History, traditions, philosophy and Values.

Primary and secondary target group (preferences, values, buying habits).

Considerations in regards to potential stakeholders.

Positioning map: The product or service position compare to competitors (Price/quality and other relevant aspects).

Benchmark (value words/brand coms).

The communication platform (Value words/brand coms the campaign is trying to convey).

The final result is a one-page creative brief including communication platform value words.

Team presentation B) Digital media campaign.

Teams will develop a digital media campaign including a short film commercial (max. 2 minutes in duration). Teams will explain how it relates to the strategic objective, value words and brand consistency across all touch-points. The campaign will be presented using PowerPoint, Prezi etc. The presentation may include: Creative pitch tools: Logline, tagline, advertising form, storyboard. Creative deliverables/material: A film (max 2 minutes in duration)


Short oral presentation of an advertising case

In the beginning of each lesson 2 students will present a 5-10 min social media advertising case. This could be a webpage, video commercial, or news story related to social media and viral marketing.

The presentation should include the following elements:

1) Summary: Present and explain the case.

2) Analysis: Explain why it is important form the perspective of digital media?

3) Ask qualified questions to your fellow students based on course learnings.

Presentation tools, such as PowerPoint, are not allowed.


Midterm test

There will be a midterm test. You will be evaluated on your ability to demonstrate sufficient understanding of the course work and topics covered in class.


In-class final test

There will be an in-class final test. You will be evaluated on your ability to demonstrate sufficient understanding of the course work and topics covered in class.


Late Paper Policy (Incl. presentations expected to be handed in)

Late papers will be deducted a third of a grade point per day they are late. All work must be handed in in order to get a passing grade.


Reading and required books

The New Rules of Marketing and PR (David Meerman Scott):

Chapter 4: Social media and your targeted audience.

Chapter: 5 Blogs: Tapping millions of evangelists to tell your story.

Chapter:15 Mobile marketing: Reaching buyers wherever they are.

Chapter:16 Social networking sites and marketing.

Chapter:24 Search engine marketing.


Readings on Canvas

Global marketing and advertising, chapter 10.

Film directing ‘Shot by Shot: Composing shots, Spatial connections p.121-143.

On Film-making ‘an introduction to the craft of the director’ p 272-273.

The Healthy Edit p. 14, 106-108.

Agency positions.

Holk’s communication platform model.

Case: Sports Master.



Agency positions and the creative briefs

Holk’s communication platform model CPM

Social media & viral marketing

Paid, owned, earned media

Big data

Customer journey mapping

Creative development, tagline, logline and structure


For students with special interest, the DIS library subscribes to Marketing Week, which brings the latest news for marketing, advertising and media professionals. The Copenhagen Business School subscribes to International Journal of Advertising, which provides a quarterly review of marketing communications.


Course Instructor

Benjamin Holk Henriksen
Master of Law from University of Copenhagen, MBA from California State University and a Certificate in Directing from UCLA. Co-owner of Holk & Lassenius and co-author and co-producer of the international leadership and marketing research project: ”The Mind of a Leader,” published as books and film series, including Philip Kotler, Anita Roddick, Philippe Starck, Michael Dukakis and many more. Experience as strategic planner at an advertising agency and Senior Trade Officer and head of trade section for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Los Angeles and Singapore. With DIS since 2013.


Laptop policy

As the class is meant to be interactive and hands on, laptops or electronic devices may not be used during regular class lessons. Laptops may however be used for group work activities.


Grading elements

  • Class Participation and short presentation of an advertising case: 20%
  • Team presentation A: 20% (Presentations must be handed in. They will be graded as part of the presentation).
  • One midterm test: 20%
  • Team presentation B: 20% (Presentations must be handed in. They will be graded as part of the presentation).
  • One final test: 20%

**Note: To be eligible for a passing grade in this class, you must complete all of the assigned work.


Academic Regulations

Please make sure to read the Academic Regulations on the DIS website. There you will find regulations on:

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