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This Unit 30 Internet Marketing provides learners with an understanding of internet marketing so they can develop the skills to use the internet for promotion, advertising, interactive communications, market research, developing customer relationships and an internet marketing plan.
Internet marketing refers to the application of marketing principles and techniques via electronic media and more specifically the internet. The purpose of this unit is to develop learner understanding of, and skills in, the use of the complex interactive digital media which comprise the tools of internet marketing. This area of study is subject to rapid rates of change with an immense array of continually developing technology converging and impacting on how e-business operates. Internet marketing encompasses all the activities a business conducts via the worldwide web with the aim of attracting new business, retaining current business and developing its brand identity. Being able to use the internet for promotion is a core skill and this is covered in detail through search engine marketing. The topic of public relations through the internet is outlined as is the concept of the internet as a community. This unit also addresses the utility and importance of the internet for market research. Data from customer relationship management can be used to support internet market research. This research can, in turn, lead to improvements in customer relations by enabling the company to supply better products and services. An understanding of these areas is therefore required. To be able to research and design an internet marketing plan is an essential skill and learners will explore, the steps involved in drawing up these plans. This activity will bring together the skills covered in this unit.
Access to the web in class to illustrate the required topics is required. Tutors must build a bank of case studies and other resource materials to ensure there is a sufficient supply of relevant information across a range of the elements of the internet marketing mix. Textbooks must be supported by website examples and case studies. For part-time learners working in business, their experience of work must be used in comparing the approaches adopted