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Gain a solid understanding of digital marketing and social media practices


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Study in a classroom environment one evening a week.
Price from €1095
  • City Centre Location
  • Fully Interactive Limited Class Size
  • 10 Weeks, 1 evening per week
  • Starts 25th January 2024
  • 6.30 to 9.30pm
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Live Online

Live online training with real-time instructor-student interaction.
Price from €995
  • Live & fully online
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  • 10 Weeks, 1 evening per week
  • Starts 25th January 2024
  • 6.30 to 9.30pm
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On Demand

A flexible online approach developed to allow you to learn at your own pace.
Price from €795
  • Fully online
  • Pre Recorded
  • Start Anytime
  • Suit your own Schedule
  • Access for 12 weeks
  • 12 -13 weeks to send in the assignment

Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing & Social Media provides you with a solid understanding of digital marketing and social media practices. It will provide you with the necessary skills to confidently create and implement targeted digital marketing plans for your business which will also give you a competitive edge in your career path. You will be given a solid foundation of how to grow your online presence effectively. You will learn how to manage popular social media platforms and how to maximise both your posting and your advertising campaigns.

The course lessons will empower you to think strategically, not just tactically. You will be capable of creating productive digital and social media strategies and maximizing your ROI from each of your market segments. Our modules are designed for real world application by industry leaders with practical experience. The Social Media platforms covered are Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. It will also cover ChatGPT and it’s influence on Digital Marketing.

A strong focus is placed on creating engaging content that will resonate with your target audience and learning which platforms are best to utilise. Real-life situations and stories will be shared as a learning tool for you to gain the maximum benefit. In time, you will know how to commit resources only to platforms that work well for your business and where you can achieve the best results.

In this course you will learn skills in each of these areas of Digital Marketing:

Principals of Digital Marketing & Social Media
Find out why setting goals and objectives are an important part of your Digital Strategy. Get a high-level overview and understanding of the different forms of Social Media and Digital Platforms available.

Brand Management & Target Marketing
Develop the skills to understand who your audience are and to then break these down into segments. We will create tailored campaigns for each individual segment and demonstrate how target marketing brings optimal results. Find out the importance of having consistent digital messaging and visuals across the board that will align with your business strategy.

Website Creation & Management
Develop the skills necessary to build a website through a Content Management System and learn how to manage the site daily with skills such as uploading images and editing text. You will also learn how to use Google Analytics effectively.

Search Engine Optimization
Learn the process of improving the quality and quantity of traffic to your website from search engines and learn how SEO can target unpaid traffic rather than paid traffic. The ultimate goal is to reach the top half of page 1 on Google organically just using keywords. Learn how we can use Social Media to help with our SEO Strategy.

Content Marketing
Understand the different formats of materials used in today’s digital world and develop the skills necessary to create engaging content that will bring high-performing results. We will look at Images, Videos, Bloggs, eBooks, Whitepapers, Webinars, Podcasts, and many more. We will also delve into what types of content best suit which social media platforms and the benefits of using a particular format versus another.

Direct Marketing
Find out best practices when it comes to Email, SMS, Push Notes, and In-App Messaging. Develop a structured plan when it comes to your direct marketing strategy, which will align with your target audience. These campaigns will bring effective results through continuous optimisation and personalisation. Learn how to tie in your Direct Marketing Strategy with your Social Media campaigns.

Social Media Management
Learn best practices when it comes to developing your strategy for the top social media platforms. Develop the skills to create highly targeted paid campaigns that will deliver the best results and get the most from your budget. Learn how to use social media algorithms effectively.

Paid Marketing
Examine Google Ads and the most effective way to create campaigns for your business. We will also explore how to create display and video ad campaigns which will run on the YouTube Platform.

Customer Acquisition
Look at the customers purchasing journey and develop the necessary skills to create more leads from our existing traffic to generate extra sales and in turn gain new customers.

Strategic Digital Marketing Plan
Understand how to put all these practices together to create an optimum performing digital & social media marketing strategy for your business.

Digital Marketing & ChatGPT

Introduction of Information Retrieval
Search Vs. Conversational Search
Conversational Agent, Chatbots and Conversations tools
ChatGPT, Google Bard, and other AI tools
Application of ChatGPT or Bard (Indicative*). For example: Generate outlines and titles, for your content using ChatGPT or Google Bard. With ChatGPT, create effective content ideas for social media, videos, and other marketing materials.

  • In 2019, the average Internet user had at least seven social media accounts.
  • Almost 4.66 billion people were active internet users as of October 2020.
  • Digital Marketing enables Businesses to increase their reach by taking their content to a wider audience within minutes.
  • It is the most cost-effective way to market your business as you are only targeting people who match your audience profile, cutting out the costs of mass marketing.
  • By measuring your digital marketing campaigns in real-time, you can see which tactics are working and which are under-performing.
  • Digital Marketing greatly increases the engagement and conversion rate of advertising.
  • It enables you to segment your audience and create customized campaigns for each target market – which can vastly increase your sales and revenue.
  • Most Importantly – Digital marketing raises your company profile, builds your credibility with a wide audience, and can bring several profitable opportunities and lucrative partnerships.

Get the most from your Marketing Budget by learning how to identify your target audience, and how to create effective Digital Strategies to reach that audience

Attendance And Assessment:

A ‘Pass’ grade on both the written assignment (Project) as well as in-class participation is required to achieve the Diploma.
A ‘Fail’ grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Professional Diploma being awarded.

Students must attend at least 8 of the 10-course evenings to graduate with either the Professional Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Likewise, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

Written Assessment:

Students will be assessed through a written project to be submitted within one month of cessation of lectures. This written assignment will be 3,000 words. Submitted essays will be graded with accompanying feedback.

Watch Open Evening Talk


Gráinne has nearly twenty years’ experience in the Marketing Industry, creating successful Marketing strategies that align with Company Objectives.

She has a diverse portfolio at global and national level including gaming, software, energy, insurance & recycling.
She has been involved in some substantial partnerships including Manchester United Football Club and had worked on projects with many prestigious companies including Ladbrokes, Worlds Series of Poker, Facebook and Google.

Gráinne has first-hand experience in the development of digital marketing plans including paid advertising, SEO, email, content, social, web development and analytics.

A strategically focused Individual, Gráinne encourages people to think outside the box and see the bigger picture.

Course Award

A City College’s Professional Diploma Course is a focused, practical programme designed and delivered by an industry practitioner, that consolidates, upskills or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications that indicate that you have been trained in a particular area or specific subject matter.

City College Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study here by their organisation.

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact for further details.

Learning Outcomes

You will develop the skills necessary to segment your audience and create targeted marketing strategies for each campaign. You will learn which are the best digital tactics to apply in order to achieve each specific goal. You will learn the best practices for all of the top social media platforms and also how to create effective advertising campaigns. You will learn how to get the most out of your organic posts through maximising the algorithm of each platform.  Most importantly, you will learn how to create effective digital marketing strategies that will grow your revenues and in turn your market share.

Who Should Apply?

  • Sole Traders who require help to drive business growth
  • Small to medium enterprises seeking to enhance a digital & social media presence
  • People who are or wish to be actively involved in the development and implementation of
  • an organisation’s digital & social media strategy
  • Current marketers who want to refresh their digital marketing competencies
  • Influencers who want to perfect their social media and digital marketing skills
  • Sales professionals who want to better understand the pre-sales, lead generation and awareness campaigns that digital marketing drives

Related Courses

Diploma in E-Commerce

Diploma in Marketing and Sales

Further Information

Please call the College on +353 1 416 0034 or email

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