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Marketing and Communications in the Equine Industry

Date(s) - January 15, 2018 - April 8, 2018
This is an online course


Marketing and Communications in the Equine IndustryMarketing and communications are an essential part of a strong business plan. Marketing success involves targeting your business communications at a diverse group of audiences. Your customers, potential customers, community members, different levels of government, associations, regulatory bodies are examples of audiences you will market not only the sale of your goods and services to, but also the promotion of yourself and your business image. This course focuses on the dynamic equine industry using a variety of examples to reflect the industries diversity. Key points discussed will help you to develop effective marketing and communication strategies for your equine business.

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By the completion of this course students will have:

  • Develop a comprehensive and integrated marketing plan for your business.
  • Research and clearly identify your target markets.
  • Develop communication messages for your business.
  • Investigate a variety of marketing strategies suitable to your equine business and identify two strategies to implement.
  • Prepare a plan and timeline to implement your marketing plan and guide your marketing decision making.

Quizzes (10%): There will be two online quizzes. Each quiz consists of a number of true or false statements and multiple-choice questions which cover the weekly unit material.

Media Release (10%): Compose a media release.

Social Media Campaign (10%):  Develop a three month social media campaign.

Participation (10%):Your grade is based on your participation in class discussions in response to class learning questions and your reflections on the information provided by other student postings. Guest Speakers are invited into the course to interact with students on specific topics; your participation is also graded on your contribution to questions posted to the guest speakers.

Marketing Plan: During the course you will develop a complete marketing plan. The marketing plan will be divided into two assignments. The first assignment will be focused on your marketing research and the second assignment on your marketing strategies.

Marketing Plan Part 1 (30%)
Marketing Plan Part 2 (30%)

Instructor: Kelly Spenser

Kelly is a storyteller — an award-winning marketing and communications professional and entrepreneur.

With more than 20 years of experience in crafting audience engagement in the horse racing industry in Ontario, Kelly understands that commitment to thoughtful, creative, authentic and consistent marketing efforts is vital for every business.

Kelly is the Marketing & Communications Manager for Grand River Raceway, a much-celebrated harness racetrack in Elora, ON. She also owns and manages Iron Horse Photo Inc. and provides marketing consultation services.

In her role at Grand River Raceway, Kelly develops and executes all marketing and communications efforts while developing new business initiatives. Best known for creative solutions and unusual narratives, Kelly is also a behind-the-scenes pragmatist. She is well-versed in the benefits of balancing ingenuity and fearlessness with research and the wisdom of others in the marketing landscape.

This course is next offered in the Winter 2018 Semester

Early Bird Fee: $495 (Cdn)

Regular Fee: $549 (Cdn)

Registration is limited to 60 students. There are no international student fees and we welcome students from across the world.

You will find the registration page at our new OpenEd Student Portal – register for the Marketing and Communications in the Equine Industry course.

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You will find the registration page at our new OpenEd Student Portal – register for the Marketing and Communications in the Equine Industry course.

Marketing and Communications in the Equine Industry can be taken as an single course or as a elective or required course in the Diploma in Equine Studies and Certificate in Equine Business Management

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