Social Media Training Course (Cardiff)
Our Cardiff courses are currently being delivered live through Zoom or WebEx and allow us to stream HD-quality video of our courses direct to your laptop, desktop or tablet. These courses are limited to a maximum of 8 people.
Master the fundamentals of Social Media in a day
Marketing Tom has been delivering social media training courses for over 12 years and in this time we have trained marketers from not just Cardiff and South Wales but also mid to North Wales.
Delegate from companies as diverse as Brains, Welsh Water, Admiral, IPO, Welsh Government, Cardiff Council and Aberystwyth University have all attended our courses. This beginner-intermediate course is currently delivered as a Virtual Classroom but still offers a balance of interactive presentation of social media fundamentals and open discussion.
Dec 17, 2020
Jan 13, 2021
Feb 10, 2021
Mar 11, 2021
‘Live’ classes via Zoom or WebEx.
On completion of this 1-day course you will:
- Learn a new framework for developing a digital marketing strategy
- Discover how the major social networks work and how they differ to one another
- Gain confidence in managing your own social media activities
- Explore different approaches to using the social media platforms
- Encounter new tools for creating, monitoring and publishing social media
Who is the course aimed at?
It is aimed at beginner-intermediate marketing and PR professionals and those who are managing social media accounts. Whether you are involved in Social Media for SME’s, councils, charities, the NHS or education departments, you should find this course of particular interest.
Social Media Objectives
- SOSTAC – developing a Social media strategy
- Social Media fundamentals & stats
- SEO and Social media
Our day starts off by taking a close look PR Smith’s SOSTAC® Planning Framework, which is ideal for planning your social media strategy. We then take a look at social media fundamentals, such as commenting, sharing, social proof and listening. We also consider search engine optimisation and its use in social media.
Blogging has been around for quite a while and we consider how it can be used by organisations and contrasting its use with corporate websites and online PR. We consider what blogs are and analyse how organisations are using them. The platforms we consider are WordPress and Tumblr.
Facebook is one of the main platforms that we consider on this social media course. We deconstruct Facebook pagesand then closely look at how organisations are using Facebook to engage, promote, tell stories, raise awareness of brands and products, and much more. We also consider the use of Facebook insights, timing and advertising (boosting posts).
Twitter is the second social media platform that we consider in detail. We start by analysing the Twitter interface from its timeline, to tweets and then exploring hashtags, follows and direct messaging. Having looked at the key elements of Twitter we then explore how organisations are using this platform and consider how they could be used by your organisation.
Video and image sharing
This section takes a look at some of the key video/image platforms being used today. We start off by looking at YouTubeand get to grips with channels, types of video being created and their use by organisations (both for reach and for embedding). We then take a look at the ever-popular Instagram and consider how organisations, as diverse as GE and Maersk, are using this platform. We finish the section off by looking at Pinterest
Our approach to teaching LinkedIn differs from the previous social media platforms in that we firstly look at personal profiles and then at company pages/groups. The first part focuses on how you (on behalf of your company) can use profiles to connect, engage and inform connections about yourself and your business. The second part looks at how to maintain company pages use groups proactively.
Delegate rates for Cardiff courses at £179 (+VAT); standard rates are £199. Please note that during the pandemic prices will start at the Cardiff rate. Prices include:
- Slides for the day.
- Access to our password-protected area where you can access latest slides and self-help guide, along with links to useful resources and videos.
- Lunch and refreshments throughout the day (for our in-person courses only)
Get 15% off course bookings if your organisation is a registered charity (not applicable to Early Bird discounts)
If you have 2 or more staff attending, we can offer a discount of 10% (off the standard NOT Early Bird rate).
Courses start at 9.00 am, though we ask delegates to arrive at the venue by 8.45 am (for our virtual classes we ask people to sign in to Zoom by 9.00 am). The courses end at 4.30 pm and lunch is usually taken at 12.30 pm with tea and coffee breaks mid morning and mid afternoon. To work out your travel times, please see the venue addresses below. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know
** Please note that during the Covid-19 pandemic we will be delivering all of our courses ‘live’ through Zoom.**
Our principal training venue is located in the offices of Liberty Marketing in Cardiff Business Park, Llanishen. This location is conveniently located between the M4 (junction 32) and Cardiff City Centre, making it easily accessible from Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, the valleys and South West England. Please note on occasion our training venues may be located in Cardiff City centre (always check the events page for correct location).
Find out how to get to the Cardiff Business Park venue.
Who is your tutor?
The trainer for this course is Alun John. Alun heads up Marketing Tom Media and has been delivering Digital Marketing training for over 15 years. He has worked as a Digital Media lecturer in the University of Wales, Cardiff and worked as a Chartered Institute of Marketing lecturer since 2004, delivering training courses at both certificate and diploma level. He has given presentations at conferences on the subject of Digital Marketing and Social Media and has worked with organisations as diverse as the Welsh Government, Cardiff University, the Bank of Ireland, Sir Robert McAlpine, the NHS, Aviva and hundreds more. Many hundreds of students have attended his Social Media and CIM courses.
I have done plenty of training courses over the years but the two that I have done recently with Marketing Tom have been by far the best. The Social Media course I did with Alun John was great. I left with so many points I could actually action. It took me weeks to complete everything I wrote down but in one month, my GA stats were massively improved.
Juliet Davies, Executive Officer
The social media course was excellent. Alun provided the group with lots of practical advice on how to make inspiring content and increase user engagement, and was happy to answer any questions or queries we had. He also used lots of fantastic examples that were really thought-provoking. I came away from the course with lots of ideas that I have been able to put into practice very successfully. As a result, engagement across my organisation’s social media platforms has increased significantly over the past five months.
Isabel Gillen-Smith, Professional Standards Officer
Architects Registration Board
I found the course very informative & extremely helpful. I didn’t really know what to expect but to be honest I was massively impressed with the information & advice I walked away with. Canva alone has been a great tool for me. I have been using paid advertising through FB & we’re already achieving results. Through the analytics I’ve been able to monitor traffic & we are on a steady increase.
The Social Media course I went on was fantastic. Alun was a fantastic instructor, whose approach was friendly and encouraging. I learned so much during the one day course, it was so engaging I could have easily stayed for the whole week to learn more. With great tips and links to useful blogs and websites, I can easily put skills learned into practice. I just want to say Thank You and I’m sure I will see you again. P.S the venue and lunch was great
Aimee-Jane Carpenter, Junior Account Manager
The Social Media Training Masterclass was the most informative and useful that I have attended. Marketing Tom provides all the information you need regarding social media and digital marketing practices as a whole including multiple social platforms, blogging, SEO, strategy and tips for getting the most your of your communications for your organisation.
I highly recommend Marketing Tom’s sessions to revolutionise the way your use social for business and help you to shape your future success. Thanks again for a great session!
Katie Peplow, Social Media Officer
Royal Voluntary Service
Alun’s course gave me great insight into how to take our social media accounts to the next level. He crammed in an awful lot of content, but still kept the day light, fun and engaging.
Jan Butter, Director for Communication
The Anglican Communion
Marketing Tom Media provided a thorough overview of the latest social media marketing tools and techniques with great examples, insight and delivery – a very worthwhile day!
Tom Holbourn, Head of Marketing
Alun John (Marketing Tom Media) came highly recommended! The Social Media Marketing course gave me an in-depth view on how to use popular social media sites to a business advantage. Anyone thinking of expanding their use of social media tools should consider this course. A thoroughly enjoyable and information packed course, with a practical approach. Will hopefully be joining Alun again on his upcoming courses in the near future.
Victoria Humphreys, Marketing Officer
This course offers a valuable insight into the world of Social Media, and how using specific social media tools can benefit your company no matter how big or small. Alun knows exactly what he’s talking about and is happy to answer questions along the way breaking down those barriers caused by fears of the ‘unknown’ (I was a non-Twitter user before I attended this course!) This course provided me with the confidence and knowledge to lead our company into the modern world! It was really interesting, enjoyable and fun too! I would highly recommend this course.
Ann Barker, Marketing Manager
With new media moving at such a fast pace, the Social Media Marketing course is a must for all marketing professionals, as it provides in-depth knowledge on how to make social media tools work for your business and enhance your digital marketing strategies. Having done several courses with Alun in the past, I knew that this would be fully informative, relevant and taught using a relaxed, interactive approach – definitely recommended!
Louise Elias, Marketing Manager
The Social Media Marketing course is ideal for anyone wishing to expand on their existing knowledge of social media marketing techniques, or for those who feel slightly lost in this fast-moving environment, like I did! I found the course highly interactive, and the lively discussions and presentations offered everyone the opportunity to think about their own organisations and how to apply these creative methods to marketing in a practical way. As a result of the course I have started a new job where I have the opportunity to apply all my knowledge on a day-to-day basis. I now feel I can talk with confidence on a range of social media initiatives and am even teaching my colleagues! I would thoroughly recommend this course for all marketing professionals as we move into what is seen to be a new and exciting time for social media marketing.
Beth James, Accessible Information and Research Officer
Learning Disability Wales
Everything I know about social media, I learnt from Alun! A really engaging and useful course to help you understand how to get your company’s social media presence up and running successfully. Alun uses his expert knowledge to give personalised recommendations and tips to meet the individual needs of your company. His passion and enthusiasm for the subject is truly infectious leaving you chomping at the bit to get started on your own social media strategy! Well worth attending.
Alice Silver, Community Manager
I had some knowledge about different social media platforms but after attending the training program it gave me clear indications on what are the most productive routes to use various social media platforms to achieve the optimum results for our events/exhibition. I highly recommend this program.
Sumit Pal, Sales Manager
Property Investor Media
Marketing Tom’s social media courses are an effective way to learn about social media implementations and practices in the business world. The course I attended was good on an introductory level – covering the basics of the various platforms and why & how businesses should use them – but also covered more intermediate and advanced topics, while tying it all into the most important elements in business, which should be seen as the most important reasons why social media is used for business purposes: branding, interaction and ROI.
Steve Morgan, SEO Account Manager
Thanks Alun, a great course as usual.
Liz Shellard, Web Development Officer
City and County Of Swansea
The Social Media Marketing course was a great insight into the way that marketing is changing and gave me some fantastic ideas that I have since been able to implement within my business. Well worth the investment!
Rachael Marking, Marketing Manager
Creditsafe Business Solutions Ltd
I would definitely recommend this course, the tutor has a real passion for the subject and delivers the course in an interesting and informative way. I came away full of new ideas which had an immediate impact on student recruitment.
Ros Owen, Marketing Manager
The Social Media Training course was the most informative and useful I have attended. Marketing Tom provides all the information you need regarding social media & digital marketing practices including multiple social platforms, blogs, SEO, strategy and tips for getting the most out of your organisation’s communications. Highly recommended.
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