Business Startup: Social Media and Strategic Branding

Spring 2023
Olympia
Evening
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 42
8 Credits per quarter
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Technology is now manipulating us at a level that is unprecedented. Many problems have emerged in the rise of new media and technology, from effects on our individual mental health, manipulative product reviews, to social influence on individual beliefs. This course asks students to identify an underlying problem in different types of platforms — social networking, social audio platforms, disappearing stories, social live streaming, shoppable social platforms (finance, music, health and wellness, games, etc.), and business social media to create novel solutions that will help foster more meaningful experiences and prevent mass social level manipulation. Traditionally, customer discovery centers on individual user experience. In this class, we are looking at the ways in which user experience can help us identify the problems for which participant behavior, culture, and complex systems of new media and new platforms are the medium of solution design. In this experiential class, students are encouraged to explore how we interact with media and technology on the psychological level and apply their understanding.

This class will ask students to join multi-disciplinary teams from all fields to collaborate and develop a new business from the ground-up by applying design thinking and other innovation frameworks to see through the wicked problems and come up with innovative solutions. How might we imagine a social network that appeals to our better natures than Facebook does today? How might we design a stock trading product like Robinhood that avoids mass purchase of worthless stock? Working in teams, students will invent novel solutions that leverage tech, prototype solutions. They will explore customer value propositions, business models, and go-to-market strategy, all while gaining fluency in the behavioral and cultural principles that might shed light on how these tools can be applied to the work of ethical innovation. Our class will culminate with a series of fast pitches to industry executives to present the startups students worked on during the program.

This course will be on-line (using Zoom, and other digital platforms for sharing video, live-social audio, or podcasts, engaging in live small group activities and hands-on projects, and posting your work). To successfully participate in this program students need a computer and internet access.

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Academic details

Preparatory For

Business, Entrepreneurship, Product Design, Interactive Media, User Experience (UX) Research, Social Marketing, Digital Marketing, Strategic Branding, Business Social Media, Corporate Innovation, Teaching, Digital Business Strategy, Interactive Technology, Marketing Consulting

Credits
8
Maximum Enrollment
42
Class Standing
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Schedule

Time Offered
Evening
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Location
Olympia