Asking a B2B brand for its Facebook strategy is a bit like asking a restaurant for its “fried chicken strategy” … whether you have one or not, it’s probably the wrong question.

The truth is, social media may be the most over hyped topic in the history of B2B marketing. Sound like a strange confession from an organization selling a social media certification course? It is. But it also describes why this course is different from anything else you will find online.

This course is the flagship certification from the anticipated new Influential Marketer Series developed exclusively for OMI by four time best selling marketing author and Georgetown University Professor Rohit Bhargava.

As the former co-founder of the world’s largest team of social media strategists at Ogilvy and longtime brand consultant, Rohit has taken the lessons from nearly a decade of work in building digital and social programs for dozens of B2B brands and made those insights publicly available in a learning program for the first time ever.

In particular, this course will teach you:

  • How to justify and measure the real business value of your social media efforts.
  • Why “conversation” is overrated and how great strategy can take you beyond the hype.
  • The top platforms to avoid and how B2B social media strategy is different from B2C.
  • Tips and techniques for involving your “reluctant experts” in creating content.
  • How to build a great content marketing program that goes beyond white papers.
  • How to grow, hire or outsource a scalable team to manage social media.
  • Best practices for engaging influencers (including bloggers, media and industry analysts)
  • And these are just a few of the techniques and topics that will be covered over the span of eleven customized classes (and nearly 8 hours of lessons on demand) that will combine proven framework models and templates with real life examples to bring every point to life in detail.

In addition to a digital certificate of completion after taking the course – every participant will also receive a beautiful physical copy of their certificate as well as a custom branded gift from the instructor.

Class 1

Introduction – What Is Social Media and Why It Matters

There are many misconceptions about social media – and what it is or isn’t good for when it comes to delivering business value for B2B organizations. This initial class introduces some definitions around social media and starts off with some of the most common misperceptions and pitfalls of social media – plus some tips on how to avoid them.
Instructor: Rohit Bhargava
Class 2

How To Create A B2B Social Media Strategy That Works

If the thought of creating a comprehensive social media strategy gives you one of those “deer in the headlights” moments, this class will help. Using a proven framework, this class will offer inside tips on how to craft a social media strategy from top to bottom, and even more importantly, also show how to describe the business value for this strategy.
Instructor: Rohit Bhargava
Class 3

How To Grow, Hire, or Outsource A Scalable B2B Social Media Program

There are many ways to resource a social media marketing program – but you don’t have to do it yourself. In this class we will review some of the most popular resourcing models used by early pioneering B2B brands – and how you can grow your own team, engage your internal experts, or outsource your efforts to the right vendor/partner.
Instructor: Rohit Bhargava
Class 4

How To Build A Foundation For A B2B Social Media Marketing Program

Before you can start engaging with your audiences on social media platforms, it makes sense to set up some basic elements for your foundation. This typically includes creating social media policies and guidelines, building a social listening program, and setting the groundwork for a social customer care program. This class takes you inside the basics of creating each of these foundations.
Instructor: Rohit Bhargava
Class 5

How To Craft An Influencer Marketing Program With Social Media

One of the most valuable benefits of social media can come from its value in helping your brand connect with influencers that matter in your industry. Whether they happen to be bloggers or analysts or traditional media – this class will give you the framework and tools to be able to use social media effectively to connect with them, and share your message in a way that will break through.
Instructor: Rohit Bhargava
Class 6

How To Create A B2B Content Strategy

Having a great content strategy takes more than just building out a calendar of what to post and where to post it. It requires building a blend of curation and creation to find ways to share content that matters to audiences, offer utility and build long term relationships. This class will give you the tools and overall framework to build out a content strategy that works.
Instructor: Rohit Bhargava
Class 7

How To Create Content For B2B Marketing

Where other training programs and courses often stop at strategy, this section digs deep into techniques and tools to help you actually create great content to deliver on your content strategy. Taking a comprehensive tactic by tactic approach, you will learn techniques for everything from setting up and distributing a successful corporate blog to best practices for developing webinars and live events. For each tactic, you’ll get specific “Tips & Tricks” to help you avoid the amateur mistakes and jump start your program – as well as learn from dozens of existing efforts from other peer B2B brands.
Instructor: Rohit Bhargava
Class 8

How To Curate Content For B2B Marketing

The little appreciated cousin of great content creation is knowing when the more powerful strategy is to curate great information into new and valuable forms. Using his often cited framework of the 5 models of content curation, this course will take you through how to use each of these models effectively, and why curation can solve almost every content challenge you are likely to face when building out your program, but lacking the ability to produce enough original content to keep it going.
Instructor: Rohit Bhargava
Class 9

How To Craft A B2B Community Marketing Program With Social Media

The promise of building a community may be one of the most elusive in the social media category. For every B2B brand that would love to build a truly engaged community, there are plenty of others who have tried and failed. How can you avoid the same fate? This class offers a comprehensive and realistic look at the challenges and opportunities of building a community, starting candidly with the “build vs. join” question. Ultimately, this class will help you think through the challenges of community building and set up the right team, strategy and mindset to build and deliver value through a community marketing program.
Instructor: Rohit Bhargava
Class 10

How To Add Scale And Visibility To B2B Social Media Programs With Social Advertising

The biggest potential benefit from advertising through social media is to add scale to existing programs. This class presents an overview of social advertising available today and outlines how it is different from “traditional” display advertising online. While advertising offerings in the social space are rapidly evolving, this class will present a framework to understand HOW to use social advertising, as well as tips and tricks for four common social advertising platforms – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and direct Social Content Sponsorship.
Instructor: Rohit Bhargava
Class 11

How To Measure The Results of Your B2B Social Media Marketing Program

While measurement often comes at the close of most certification courses, it is likely one of the most important topics and how to prove the value of social media. Great analytics that tell you what is working and what isn’t are only a part of the solution. The other aspect is driven by the qualitative side of metrics. How do you put the pieces together to build a measurement framework that achieves all the goals of your program? That’s the main question this class will focus on answering.
Instructor: Rohit Bhargava
Course Exam

B2B Social Media Certification Exam

CEO & Founder,  Influential Marketing Group

Effective social media marketing strategies are provided by instructor Rohit Bhargava at the Online Marketing Institute (OMI). Rohit leads the Influential Marketing Group and is an independent marketing expert focused on helping to bring more humanity back to business. For the past decade before starting his own “concierge marketing” consultancy to work with brands on a more exclusive one to one basis, Rohit led branding, digital and social media strategy for dozens of the biggest brands in the world through leadership roles at Ogilvy and Leo Burnett marketing agencies in the US and Australia. He is the best selling author of two books (including the recent global marketing best seller LIKEONOMICS), an engaging keynote speaker, and Professor of Global Marketing at Georgetown University.

How much does this certification cost?
The regular cost of this certification and any others that are part of the Influential Marketer Learning Series is $1499.

 

How is this different from other certifications?
The “Influential Marketer Learning Series” is a new group of custom certification programs created exclusively for OMI in partnership with author and Georgetown University Professor Rohit Bhargava. These feature extended bonus content and case studies – and are recorded and developed by a single instructor.  This certification is one of the first to be offered under this new series.

How long does this certification take?
Every one of our certifications is broken up into a series of 5-11 classes. Each included class may run between 20-70 minutes in length and courses can be watched in one marathon viewing or broken up to fit your schedule.

How long do I have to take the certification? 
You are given 6 months to complete your certification following enrollment, so plan to dedicate your time in completing the coursework accordingly. All classes are available on demand and you can take them at your own pace. More time to access the material may be provided on a case-by-case basis. 

What is a passing exam score? How long does the exam take, and how many times can I take it?
After finishing all classes in the certification, you will be ready to take the final exam. To begin click the “Start Exam Now” button underneath the last class in the certification.  The untimed final exam consists of 30-50 multiple-choice and true/false questions. Allow 45 to 60 minutes to complete the exam. Ideally the exam should be taken in one sitting, however, your answers are saved if you need to come back and finish at a later time.

You must pass with a score of 70% or higher to receive a certification of completion. You will have up to 3 chances to pass this exam. You will receive a digital certification via email upon successfully passing the exam. 

Will I be tested on the classes that are electives?
No. Electives are available to supplement the main certification coursework, so you will not be tested on any of the material covered in those classes as they are optional to watch.

Do I receive a physical or virtual certificate or both? 
Upon completion, OMI will send you a digital certificate via email.  In addition, for certifications that are part of the Influential Marketer Learning Series, you will also receive a certificate and personalized gift by mail.  See the end of the program for details on how to request your gift and certificate by mail.

What is the teaching style of certifications? Live or prerecorded?  
Certifications feature prerecorded presentations. Essentially, they consist of 20-70 minute video recordings of a narrated slide presentation.

Can I get a copy of presentation slides or other reference material to print/download? 
At this time, most course content and other reference materials are not offered directly – however the Influential Marketer Learning Series includes a series of templates and guides which WILL be available for students to download and use.  The certification includes details on where to access these bonus materials and how to download. 

How current is the content for the certification programs? 
OMI's Certifications are constantly being updated to match the industry's latest trends and tactics in digital marketing. Content is either updated or replaced entirely in accordance to the most relevant and current information.  In addition, every course in the Influential Marketer Learning Series is updated annually to ensure relevance and the most updated insights are included.

Are OMI certification programs accredited? 
The Online Marketing Institute has been involved in online education for digital marketing longer than nearly all other organizations in the space. To address the topic of accreditation, since there is no accrediting body, OMI has gained accreditation from the States of California and Colorado and has been endorsed (and used by) major non-profit associations within the industry including: The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), Direct Marketing Association (DMA), Email Experience Council (EEC), Local Business Marketing Association(s), Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and more. OMI’s certification programs were then built through Wharton and it's Interactive Media Initiative to build an academically verified method to teach, train and test. 

 

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