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Strategic Branding in the Social Media Era


A strong brand has been the primary strategic asset for firms, and therefore building a strong brand is becoming a central component of a firm's marketing strategy. However brand building is always a challenging endeavour, especially in the social media era, as it requires managers to have deep insights on consumer psychology, market competitive dynamics, opportunities and threats associated with social media, and their own organisational culture and capabilities.


This programme deals with the brand building strategies and process. To be more specific, the topics covered in the programme include:

  • Understanding the essence of a brand and branding
  • Strategic brand auditing and assessment
  • Brand building framework and process
  • Brand positioning
  • Choosing brand elements
  • Communicating the brand
  • Branding challenges in the social media era
  • Social media strategies for brand building
  • Establishing a brand management system
  • Brand equity measurement techniques
  • Using high-tech for brand building


  • Understand the essence of brand and brand building
  • Learn about the effective strategies and best practices in branding
  • Get a comprehensive understanding of brand building frameworks
  • Develop a deep understanding on brand positioning
  • Learn about how to measure brand equity
  • Develop skills for establishing a brand management system

This programme counts towards the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement. On completing the GMCA you will be eligible to become an associate member of Cambridge Judge Business School's global network of graduates and business-focused University of Cambridge alumni, faculty and staff.

Who should attend

This programme is targeted at those who have the ability to initiate change in their organisations or business units, those responsible for or contributing significantly to the development and implementation of brand building strategies, and also any entrepreneurs and executives wishing to broaden their strategic horizon with respect to brand management.

Faculty & speakers


Ahmed Khwaja

Reader in Marketing

PhD (University of Minnesota)

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Eden Yin

Eden Yin

University Senior Lecturer in Marketing

PhD (University of Southern California)

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Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
8-9 November 2018 2 days £2,300 + VAT
28 February-1 March 2019 2 days £2,300 + VAT
28-29 November 2019 2 days £2,300 + VAT

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £2,300 + 20% = £2,760.

* Fees include instruction, materials, lunch and breaks. Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School's Alumni Association. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 233KB) (updated 31 January 2018)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 250KB) (updated 31 January 2018)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

I have many lessons to take back to work, a very invigorating course. Loved it!
Tracy Howe, CEO, New South Wales Council of Social Service
Tracey Howe


How should I prepare for the programme?
We recommend that participants give some time to consider what aspects of branding strategies they feel they need to know about in order to for them to carry out their work duties effectively. Being able to apply key concepts of the programme to actual working situations is the main objective of the programme.

Does the programme involve any pre-programme tasks?
There are no pre-reading materials prior to the session. However, it is expected that participants would have prepared a list of questions prior to the start of the programme. 

What are the programme hours and is hotel accommodation locally recommended?
Programme hours on both days are 09:00-17:00 with 15-minute coffee breaks in the morning and afternoon and a 60-minute break for lunch. In order to get the most out of the programme, we recommend that participants arrange hotel accommodation nearby. Please contact the admin team for information about recommended hotels. 

How many participants are normally on the programme?
Attendee numbers are capped at 25. Experience shows that these delegate numbers make for optimum learning outcomes. 

Does the programme involve any group work?
Participants are strongly encouraged to be fully engaged in all aspects of the programme, which will include group activities. The Academic Programme Director will ensure that all delegates have the opportunity to fully explore and discuss the programme content together. 

Is there a requirement to prepare any type of presentation during the programme?
No pre-programme preparation is required. However, there will be opportunities for informal study-group presentations as a result of classroom discussions.  

Will I be awarded a certificate on completion of the programme?
At the end of the two-day programme, participants receive a certificate of attendance that can be used for CV purposes.  

If I have questions about applying what I have learned, can I contact the Academic Programme Director after the programme?
Our Academic Programme Director is available to answer any questions participants may have after the programme.

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Elizabeth McDonald

Corporate Business Development Director
Tel: +44 (0)1223 765496

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