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COURSE NAME: "Special Topics in Marketing: Entrepreneurial Marketing"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Summer Session I 2019

INSTRUCTOR: Bernhard Schroeder
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MTWTH 1:30-3:20 PM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisites: Junior Standing, MKT 301

An in-depth treatment of a current area of special concern within the field of Marketing. Topics may vary.
May be taken more than once for credit with different topics.
An in-depth treatment of a current area of special concern within the field of Marketing. Topics may vary.
May be taken more than once for credit with different topics.


A dramatically new form of marketing has emerged. Recent years have witnessed the use of such terms as subversive marketing, disruptive marketing, radical marketing, guerrilla marketing, viral marketing, and expeditionary marketing. This course represents an attempt to bring together these perspectives by providing an integrative framework called “entrepreneurial marketing” (EM). With EM, marketing is approached not as a set of tools (a technology) for facilitating transactions or responding to change, but as a vehicle for fundamentally redefining products, services, and markets in ways that produce a sustainable competitive advantage. EM represents a strategic type of marketing built around six core elements: innovation, calculated risk‐taking, resource leveraging, strategic flexibility, customer intensity, and the creation of industry change. Conditions in the marketplace environment drive the need for entrepreneurial marketing (turbulence, discontinuities, rapid changes in technology, economics, competition, etc.), while organizational culture can hinder or facilitate the firm's ability to demonstrate high levels of EM.



At macro level, after successful completion of the course the student will have achieved the following student learning outcomes:


            -     Develop an integrated marketing plan for entrepreneurial startup or opportunity


-       Assess and validate potential marketing opportunities via research and analysis


-       Understand lean startup methodology as applied to “rapid prototype” marketing testing


-       Utilize disruptive business models to enter markets or to capture market share in an existing industry


-        Understand and utilize online marketing tools (i.e. SEO, content marketing, email marketing, social media, etc.)


-       Develop “lean” marketing campaigns to rapidly capture early influencer/adopter customers with limited resources


-       Better understand the role of branding, positioning and messaging in rapid customer acquisition


Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
The New Rules of Marketing & PR: David Meerman Scott Wiley978-1119362418)  

Class ParticipationParticipate actively in the class based on readings and class work10
Individual marketing analysisComplete individual marketing analysis of local company15
Individual marketing planComplete a marketing plan for a local company20
Individual PresentationPrepare and deliver a marketing presentation in class for a local comapny15
Group Marketing PaperThe group completes a marketing plan paper for a local startup or a new startup20
Group PresentationThe group prepares and delivers a marketing presentation in class on a local startup or new startup20

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

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Course Schedule 

Class Date


Reading Homework Assignment




Week 1

Course overview and orientation

Brief students on the one page marketing analysis assignment


Examine top trends, blue ocean strategy, form groups

Students identify and list top trends, interactive challenge


Review startup/company challenges (group project)

Groups choose marketing challenges, Participation quiz question


Research markets, industry, key customer segments

Individual one page marketing analysis paper due, presentations

Week 2

Evaluate disruptive business models

Groups present company overview based on research


Brand, positioning, customer messaging overview

In class brand interactive challenge exercise on branding


SWOT analysis, porters five forces

Groups present industry and competitive analysis, Participation quiz question


Review of SEO, email, content marketing

Groups present key product/service insights and USP

Week 3

Online marketing strategy and tactics overview

In class interactive discussion and tactical social media creative exercise


Review online platforms and website analysis

In class website analysis exercise for student groups


Developing a marketing funnel, customer acquisition

Groups present key customer insights and target segment, Participation quiz question


Review of on/offline advertising, PR and guerilla mkt.

 In class discussion of role of advertising, PR and guerilla marketing

Week 4

Review of brand strategies with no physical presence

Groups present marketing analysis and creative platform


Review integrated marketing principles

Define and discuss integrated marketing in depth, Participation quiz question


Developing marketing budgets and  sales forecasts

Groups present preliminary assumptions that support the proposed budget


Presentation and pitch overview

Individual 3-4 page paper and Individual 3 minute presentations

Week 5

Utilizing tracking and measurement tools

Review of tracking and analysis tools, simple exercise


Planning for a competitive response

Simulation exercise when competition responds to new campaign


Preparations for the final presentations

Course review and preparation for final presentation


Finals Presentations (Group)

Final group presentations and group paper due