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Approx. 12 hours to complete

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

WHY IS BRANDED CONTENT BETTER THAN TRADITIONAL ADVERTISING?

10 videos (Total 40 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
The Content Market Revolution3m
The Change in Media Consumption Habits3m
Consumer Saturation: People Generally Ignore Ads: Interview with Jorge Martinez – Head of Publishers at Outbrain10m
Who Is the Target Audience?4m
The Need for Meaning in the ‘Liquid’ Era3m
Customer Logic vs Company Logic3m
Don’t Write What You Know3m
3 readings
*** Important note before starting the course5m
Optional: The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains - Nicholas Carr1h
Compulsory: A Study on the Branded Content as Marketing Communication Media - Min-Wook Choi10m
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge on Module 1!20m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

THE RISE OF BRANDED CONTENT: HOW TO CREATE QUALITY JOURNALISM

11 videos (Total 64 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
11 videos
‘Brand journalism is veracity and public interest’: Interview with Ivan Pino - Associate and Senior Digital Director at Llorente y Cuenca10m
Headlines, Clickbaits and Deception3m
Trust with content is the same as in any other relationship : Interview with Juanjo Montanary9m
Where are the stories?5m
‘We search for stories in the brand’s legitimate conversation area’: Interview with Ivan Pino- Associate and Senior Digital Director at Llorente y Cuenca10m
Newsworthiness for Marketing Purposes5m
Thinking as a Good Journalist: Quality5m
Transparency and Credibility: The Road to Earned Media4m
2 readings
Compulsory: A once unimaginable scenario: No more newspapers - Douglas McLennan and Jack Miles:20m
Compulsory: Reading: Journalism That Stands Apart (NYT Report)20m
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge in Module 2!20m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

CONNECTING WITH THE AUDIENCE THROUGH UNIQUE, MEMORABLE STORIES

9 videos (Total 38 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
Unique Stories: Connecting With the Audience3m
Stories and Saturated Audiences2m
What Makes a Good Story6m
‘Brand storytellers should work more in the street and less in the office’: Interview with Juanjo Montanary - Branded Content Consultant6m
Style and Coherence: Different Companies, Different Media, Different Stories3m
Inbound Marketing: A Long-Term Publishing Strategy3m
2 readings
Optional: Alan Moore's Writing for Comics, Avatar Press, 2003 - Alan Moore1h
Optional: How Good Storytelling can keep your Brand in its Branded Content, 2018 - AdWeek - Kate Santo10m
Week
4
5 hours to complete

WE LIVE IN A BRAND ENTERTAINMENT WORLD

12 videos (Total 73 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
Content Discovery2m
Prolonged User Attention: Interview with Jorge Martinez - Head of Publishers Outbrain9m
Movies in the Service of Brands3m
Self-sufficient plots to build long-lasting connections: interview with Ana Folgueira - Production Director at Llorente y Cuenca4m
Audiences, virality and new gatekeepers: Interview with Ana Folgueira - Production Director at Llorente y Cuenc11m
We Don't Own Our Stories Anymore2m
‘In social platforms you can really segment the message that you’re sending’: Interview with Dani Marote – CEO at Hydra Social Media10m
‘Our only pattern is finding how we can give value to the user so we can get their attention and then a call to action’: Interview with Dani Marote – CEO at Hydra Social Media10m
A Wrap Up From Professor Pedro Cifuentes1m
5 readings
Optional: A Cannes Lions Jury Presents: The Art of Branded Entertainment, Part 1, 'Digitally Born Killers (or what branded entertainment can do for brands)'1h
Compulsory : Branded Content: The What, Why, When and How - The Mission Podcasts20m
Compulsory: Mythologies of Creative Work in the Social Media Age: Fun, Free, and “Just Being Me” - Brooke Erin Duffy, Elizabeth Wissinger45m
Compulsory: The ultimate step-by-step guide to understanding gamification - Gamelearn20m
Compulsory/Obligatory: Playing for Keeps: How Brands Should Use Gamification - The Content Strategist20m
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge on Module 4!20m

Instructor

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Pedro Cifuentes Huertas

Branded Content & Journalism Professor
IE School of Human Sciences and Technology

About IE Business School

IE Business School is an internationally recognized business school where the leaders of tomorrow shape their ideas and learn to become global citizens. For over 40 years, IE Business School has promoted innovation and change in organizations, equipping managers with an entrepreneurial mindset that generates employment, wealth, and social well-being. Regularly featured among the top business schools in the world, IE Business School has an urban campus in Madrid and a faculty of more than 400 professors who teach students from approximately 90 countries in its undergraduate and master programs. IE uses innovative online, face-to-face, and blended learning formats, including the IE Communities Platform where knowledge and experiences are exchanged with over 50,000 IE graduates that currently hold management positions in more than 100 countries worldwide....

About the Branding: The Creative Journey Specialization

This Specialization aims to make branding concepts accessible to every learner and to teach them to analyze and apply all the relevant concepts, using the broad and diverse toolkit of branding. It provides you with the necessary tools so that you are able to understand the brand behavior, understand the language of a brand and learn about the rational and emotional elements behind brands. It also attempts to make you understand the language of images. The amount of audiovisual content we receive today makes it hard for brands to break through that noise. It ends up teaching how to understand branding efforts in the context of customer experience. We must think in a strategic manner when creating brands. Branding is about co-creation and conversation between the audiences, customers and users. What is relevant is how people out there perceive and live the brand. Brands are the story, the personality and the culture of an organization; the intangible elements that form it....
Branding: The Creative Journey

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