Digital marketing students at Lander University gained real-world experience working with clients through the Business-College Connection Program and the South Carolina Small Business Development Center. The class took part in the Content Creation Contest, where students' teams formed different "agencies" and worked with local small businesses to improve their digital marketing strategies and results.
In total, there were nine teams with nearly 40 students participating in the contest. Over the course of the class, two final agencies were chosen for the Content Creation Contest. Public polls were posted on both the Smoothie King and Hydro One Facebook pages to determine the winners, with results to be revealed after their final presentations.
Dr. Cherie Rains, assistant professor of marketing, guided students throughout their projects. "They work all semester long on a digital marketing plan and implementation of content for the clients," said Rains. Although she has led previous versions of this project with students, this year's was "more advanced in deliverables."
This year's partners and the students' clients were Greenwood's Smoothie King and Hydro One, a producer of various health-focused drinks. Smoothie King's franchise owner, Andre Gregory, and Hydro One's co-founder and CEO, Sammy Nasrollahi, worked with the teams throughout the semester and both agreed that they saw improvements in their marketing.
Teams presented their work and results to guests from the participating companies, the Upper Savannah Council of Government, Vision Greenwood and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Advisory Board who were in attendance.
Content Creation Contest award winners: