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Beyond resumes: LinkedIn for marketing educators

Amber L. Hutchins (School of Communication and Media, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA)

Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing

ISSN: 2040-7122

Article publication date: 13 June 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore expanded uses for LinkedIn.com as a teaching tool, beyond introductory assignments, for in-demand and emerging marketing techniques.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper reviews the current use of LinkedIn as a teaching tool for marketing educators and presents sample assignments that can be used to introduce students to content marketing, SEO, and online reputation management.

Findings

Marketing educators have found LinkedIn to be a valuable resource for teaching professional development in the business curriculum. But the site can also provide a platform for the exploration of emerging specializations including content marketing and search engine optimization (SEO).

Research limitations/implications

As a general review, this paper provides an overview of techniques. Research is needed to test and further explore the use of these techniques.

Practical implications

This paper provides rationale and recommendations for marketing educators who wish to better prepare students for a competitive job market, in which employers expect students to be well versed not only in social media but also in emerging techniques like content marketing and SEO.

Originality/value

Researchers have explored the use of various social media platforms for marketing education, including LinkedIn. This paper addresses the future potential of LinkedIn to teach various marketable skills and shows the versatility of social media platforms as pedagogical tools.

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Citation

Hutchins, A.L. (2016), "Beyond resumes: LinkedIn for marketing educators", Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 137-147. https://doi.org/10.1108/JRIM-12-2015-0099

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2016, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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