Creativity & Marketing, course overview 2017-11-06T14:33:56+00:00

CREATIVE STRATEGY

Marketing is the core of an operating business. It is an organizational philosophy and a set of guiding principles for interfacing with customers, competitors, collaborators, and the environment. Traditional Marketing entails planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of ideas, goods, and services. In this course, we go one step further and examine how the information age is revolutionizing the world of marketing by shifting the balance of power from firms to consumers. It all starts with identifying and measuring consumers’ needs and wants, assessing the competitive environment, selecting the most appropriate customer targets and developing marketing strategy and implementation program for an offering that satisfies todays consumers’ needs better than the competition. Marketing is the art and science of creating customer value and market place exchanges that benefit the organization and its stakeholders.
The goal of this course is to help students develop a comprehensive understanding of how marketing strategies can be developed and executed in dynamic and competitive global and digital marketing environments. It is an integrative course that brings together the marketing activities of creating, capturing, and sustaining customer value in a variety of marketing contexts. Students will be exposed to the most recent theories and methods, analytical techniques, and current best practices for developing marketing strategies.

You don’t need multivitamin fruit juice, cookies with magical fibres or a yoga mat. Five minutes, a sheet of paper (even better: your ideas note book) and a pen is all you need! You will plunge into the ocean of creativity with this first workshop. Understanding the creative process, practicing idea generation sessions and discovering your strengths and creative resources, will help you transform problems into creative challenges and activate your creativity “on demand”.
In order to see if creative strategies are winning strategies, students need to understand what strategy really means.  The first part of the course will focus on that: understanding how you can design a business model integrating new ways to generate revenues, new ways to manage supply chains and new ways to satisfy new customers. Then, using cases and reference readings, students will be confronted with some radical ways to think strategy (blue oceans, greening, wiki…).  Finally, students will need to understand that organizational cultures matter as much as techniques when working on strategic architecture!

Welcome to the “liquid” times: to an age that is defined by speed, dramatic, continuous change, and high levels of ongoing turbulence.

In such a context, one of the greatest challenges any organization faces is dealing with the future – with the unexpected. This is a manager’s “everyday business”, as companies routinely expect people to make decisions that require long-term predictions.

The motivation of that course lies in the tragedy that on the one hand side managing always has a future component. But on the other hand side, we all know and experience, that managers – but also consumers – normally avoid changes, dislike surprises, and feel insecure because of unexpected outcomes. Understanding the future, developing adaptive systems, preparing minds and – last not least – manage luck is (or: should be) of highest priority for everyone.

I will try to increase your “fitness” and openness and will prepare you to welcome a future we can (not) predict. But above all: I will suggest you a method that does not ask for a prediction or adaptation: We will PLAY the future.

At the end of our class you will have developed and designd a game  – and you will be prepared for a future, no matter how it looks like.

We will have intensive days that require  hard (creative) work: be prepared!

Once upon a time, advertising agencies created advertising campaigns for their clients. Today, the “mad men” do much more: they challenge, they inspire, they work together with clients to create and maintain strong brands. For this purpose, brand strategy and creativity go hand in hand.

This course looks beyond advertising campaigns and inside agencies: the higher purpose of brands, changing the game of advertising, the pitfalls and best practices regarding the client-agency relationship, … It provides Brand Strategy ingredients and solutions from an agency insider perspective.

Students will have a critical look at brand methodologies and learn to apply them in building brands and advertising campaigns. They will analyze brands to their core, evaluate and (re)define a brand’s (higher) purpose in order to connect with consumers.
We will have a look at key success factors for building strong brands and how to measure brand and campaign success.
The course will strive for a game changer mindset and provide tools for students in order to become game changers, or build pioneer brands in a rapidly evolving world.

All subjects will be introduced with an agency perspective, but also take into account the client feedback and evaluation.

Support to students in defining who they are, what they want for their careers and how to get it.

CREATIVE TOOLBOX

One way Marketing is not delivering anymore. Most successful brands and strategies have understood that being consumer centric is the key to success.

Still having a Marketing based on the consumer behavior needs a full understanding of the parameters that influence that behavior within the funnel from awareness to repurchase and loyalty. This understanding requires the use of both the left and right brains to move from analytical skills to psychological skills and empathy.

This course is about making the link between the consumer and the brands, making the link between your emotions and your analytical skills. Using the right tools, knowing how to interpret them and how to use them.

The course is an introduction to a human-centric approach to branding. Brands are like people, are made by people and are for people. All great brands have a strong ‘emotional value’. How did they build that? How do they evolve? Our approach therefore puts the creative and collaborative process in the center: How to work together? How to generate and exchange ideas? How to present them? How to co-create, with colleagues and/or clients? All this has no meaning if essential principles such as sincerity (voice) and autonomy (attitude) of people active in branding do not exist. All these competences will be developed in the course through lectures (how to organize my time, how to talk in front of an audience, how to allow myself to fail, Do I allow myself to express my opinion, how to work with others, etc …). The course will show the impact of the learned processes and of great design in concrete examples, both in commercial assignments as in cultural assignments where the students will discover tips and tricks in behind-the-scenes unseen presentations. The students will also have to apply immediately what they’ve learned in a concrete team exercise (workshop) that will finalize in a presentation to a group of branding professionals in my branding agency Base Design. We will end up with a preview and a discussion of what could be the future of branding. Because successful brands of the future care about people, not branding.
Intended for future marketers, Marketing Data Science course will examine how data analysis technologies can be used to improve marketing decision-making. The course will study the fundamental principles and techniques of data science, and will examine real-world examples and cases to place data science techniques in marketing context and to develop data-analytic thinking.
The class meetings will be a combination of lectures on the fundamental material, discussions of marketing applications of the ideas and techniques, guest lectures from practitioners, case discussions, and student exercises.

At the end of that course, the students will be able to:
• Discuss marketing data science intelligently with data scientists and with other stakeholders,
• Better understand proposals for marketing data science projects and investments,
• Participate integrally in marketing data science projects.

Performance: “the fulfilment of a claim, promise, or request”, Merriam-Webster dictionary states. Marketing is like show business! You need to be perfect every day, look at every detail, and… create excitement all along the audience experience. During this course, you will learn how to create a performance with your brand through different tools like Customer Journey Mapping, Engagement measurement, Experience scenarios and Service Design. You will also discover that most of the great strategies are failing during their execution phase and what you can do for delivering a great show!
You will learn the success formula :
  • Talent : 2%
  • Sweat : 98%
You will understand in your flesh and muscles – your brain doesn’t interest me so much – what the 3 secrets of the best speakers are. And also the main proven techniques they use. You will become a criminal speaker 😉
You will be able to structure your talk, either thanks to a classic structure, either through the “circle of persuasion”, either through the “Heroes’ journey (story telling).
You will know what a Fantastic Leader is. And guess what, I’m gonna give it to you right away: a great leader is first a self-leader. He says different things or say them differently. Or both!
You will discover how to create a killer offer. An offer your client cannot resist to.
You will master a technique to be self-confident in 2 minutes. I’M NOT KIDDING! It’s real and scientifically proven!
You will practice listening skills. The corner stone of communication is listening. By the way, the corner stone of listening is… SILENCE.
Knowing all that, you will be an expert we trust and a friend we like. And then you will sell. Selling becomes easy this way.
You will understand deep in your guts what makes the difference between Top Performers and others. And you’ll choose your side.
Life’s too short to bleat with sheep. You will know what an Eagle really is.
The idea is to meet creative people, artists, designers, architects, singers… in their environment : their own studio or at home. Why ? To explore and to understand the process of their creativity. The goal is to force the students to get out of their “comfort zone” and to force them to look at creative process in another way. In fact, the idea of these creative encounters is to help the students to find and/or to boost THEIR creativity with specific assignments.

CREATIVE MARCOM

Under the guidance of a famous advertising Creative Director, you will learn how to run full communication campaigns: distinctive, memorable and ….performing! From strategic planning to implementation issues, you’ll be initiated to what makes a “great campaign”, understanding key success drivers and relating the creative process to market performance.
In this course we will develop outperforming campaigns based on real-life campaigns where digital is at the center of the strategy. You will understand:
– how you make a creative concept work in all digital channels,
– how to make sure you reach your target market using digital channels,
– how you define your digital media mix,
– how to make sure all digital channels re-enforce each other,
– how to develop a communication strategy or touchpoint plan based on the strategy and chosen creative concept
– how to define KPI’s and demonstrate success
We crave experiences more than we crave things. The same applies in marketing. So it’s no surprise that 95% of consumers will buy a product after having a positive experience with it. Experiential marketing is therefore an integral part of any marketing mix and includes disciplines like shopper marketing, PR, event and sampling, stunts, digital and even TV commercials. If you want to know what the future of marketing looks like, you have to start with the experience first.
This course will introduce you to one of the most advanced advertising platform in the world, Google AdWords, and one of the most used Web Analytics tools worldwide, Google Analytics. In the last 10 years, Google has become an advertising juggernaut. In 2014, most of the Google $66B revenue still came from advertising. Today, advertising on the web is key to any company’s marketing effort and Google plays often a central role in it. You will learn how both platforms work. From AdWords auction system to its performance measurement with Google Analytics.

Content is a key element in today’s digital culture. In an age of information overload, marketing push is filtered out by people and thus becoming increasingly inefficient with the digital natives. The key to reach people’s attention, is now to engage them and to align your business goals with their “personal perspectice”, how to make it personal, to find a way through them. In this class, students will learn:

  • to define a content strategy aligned with their business goals. And then
  • to brief, co create or produce content,
  • to analyse results & performance,
  • to generate insights and create iterative results

They will learn the context change of the digital era and how content is one of the main pillars to build a user experience.

More than becoming content producers, they will develop their ability to define, brief, lead content to success.

Students meet creative professionals from different industries and participate in Communication Agency visits.

PROJECT

Scoping and managing a consulting project in a Creative and Marketing environment, developing actionable recommendations and presentation skills. At the end of the programme, students undertake a field project of 6 weeks in a company where they will be confronted to real life marketing  and creative issues.

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Practical information: Summary

  • Enrolments for September 2018 are now open!

  • Starting date: September 2018

  • Location: Brussels

  • Format: Full-time (60 ECTS)

  • Language: English
  • Tuition: 15,000€
  • Lenght: 10 months
  • Application deadline:
    > Non-EU students: May 31st 2018 (recommendation related to visa procedures)
    > EU students: July 15th 2018

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“We studied all the sides of marketing: from advertising to branding, going through digital to customer experience. It helped me really define what I like and what I wish to work with. I met truly amazing and interesting people, which is life rewarding”.

Anne Mathieu, e-Business Analyst Semetis, Alumna

We were pushed out of our comfort zones to apply all that we learned in situations that could have been real life situations. We were also in contact with coaches and had the opportunity to attend various workshops on subjects such as networking, work interviews and your CV. That way, I felt more ready than ever before to face recruiters.

Dimitrios Lemonias, Strategic Planner 20Something, Alumnus

I would definitely recommend this Advanced Master. Not only do you get to study at one of Belgium’s best universities, you also get the chance to participate in a unique program that is neither a traditional master or job, but something in between. This program teaches you how to put your marketing knowledge into practice in a creative way, something not many programs offer.

Elise Venbrux, Business Developer Sortlist, Alumna

“The AMCM is a program that relies on group work, in almost every course of the program we had to work in teams which is exactly what happens in the real world, and that helped us play different roles in different teams, from having to lead the group or presenting the findings or writing the last report, each person had to do stuff they weren’t comfortable doing before the master degree.”

Yazan Iwidat, Marketing Consultant Across Health, Alumnus

“A totally unique master in marketing that will expand the boundaries of your creativity and imagination, that will inspire you to be different and that’s so interesting that you will learn with passion. And in the end, you will become a superior creative marketeer!”

Valentine, Alumna

“This AM is a great opportunity to deepen your knowledge of marketing and creativity: the environment, the professors, the programme assignments help you to see things from a different perspective.”

José, Alumnus

“This AM helps you get the global-mindset: you get to understand perceptions of people from different nationalities.”

Prashant, Alumnus

“In order to help you really solve problems, professors love to share not only their knowledge, but also their own network with you. That is the spirit of a business school.”

Lu, Alumna

“The best part of the programme is that you learn things by doing, by being creative.”

Huong, Alumna

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