SAN FRANCISCO, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Marketo, Inc., the leading provider of engagement marketing software and solutions, announced that it will be releasing free training courses for all marketers via Marketo University. The company also announced a partnership with GreenFig University, a micro university offering micro degrees in applied business science, to develop and deliver a digital marketing course to students and professionals across the United States. Both initiatives underscore Marketo's commitment to ensuring all marketers, regardless of their background or level of expertise, have the resources they need to succeed in the Engagement Economy.
"Opening Marketo University to all marketers is a major milestone in ensuring that everyone has access to the knowledge needed to master the most innovative platform in marketing," said Steve Lucas, chief executive officer, Marketo. "Furthermore, we are thrilled to partner with GreenFig University to get these tools in the hands of tomorrow's marketing leaders, doing all that we can to help aspiring marketers progress and achieve in their careers."
The new Marketo University and GreenFig University partnership were unveiled on stage in front of thousands of marketers at the Marketing Nation® Summit in San Francisco. It is the second major education announcement that Marketo made this year, following the release of its redesigned curriculum, new courses, and new certification exam in March.
The New Marketo University
On May 15, marketers will have access to seven free, self-paced training modules from Marketo University, which cover everything from setting up a Marketo instance to building engaging content. More than 35 modules are planned for release by the end of 2017. To access the courses, marketers can simply visit the Marketo University section of Marketo's website. Previously, Marketo trainings were only available to Marketo customers and partners.
Each training module typically contains four core components to help any marketer, regardless of background or skill level, learn engagement marketing concepts and see how they are executed through the Marketo Engagement Platform. These components include:
- A LEARN video to introduce the concept, what it is, why it's important, and key considerations for success.
- A WATCH video that provides instructions on how to approach and execute the topic within the Marketo Engagement Platform.
- DO resources, which provide step-by-step written instructions on how to accomplish tasks in Marketo.
- A CHECK assessment, which is a short quiz to assess whether someone has learned the core concepts of the training module.
"As more organizations identify Marketo as the best platform to help them drive digital engagement, current and future customers have been demanding greater access to our curriculum," said Toby Emerson, vice president, education services, Marketo. "The new Marketo University training program has been carefully developed by our experts to introduce digital marketing concepts and provide easy-to-follow instruction on how to use Marketo, helping us meet the growing demand for Marketo-certified marketers."
Marketo's instructor-led courses, which offer deep-dive and hands-on training in the Marketo Engagement Platform, will still be available through Marketo University for a fee, as will the Marketo Certified Expert Exam, and newly added Marketo Specializations available to certified experts to extend their Marketo certification.
Partnership With GreenFig
Bruce Cleveland, chairman and co-founder of GreenFig University, joined Lucas on stage at the Marketing Nation Summit to share details on the university's first micro degree, which focuses on digital marketing science and will be awarded in partnership with Marketo. It will provide students with fundamental Marketo skills, digital marketing strategy, basic digital marketing work experience, and a formal digital marketing science certification process.
"We are extremely proud to be a valued partner to the Marketing Nation," said Cleveland. "Marketo's support for our tried, tested, and proven approach is a testament to the quality program we have developed, and we intend to work closely with Marketo to help produce skilled digital marketing scientists in demand by organizations around the world."
The key elements of the partnership include:
- A GreenFig Micro Certificate in digital marketing science.
- A comprehensive marketing curriculum designed by Marketo and GreenFig University to provide students with the knowledge and experience they need to understand the science of end-to-end digital marketing, such as content management, SEO/SEM, account-based marketing, and more.
- Graduates of the program can continue with more advanced certification through additional Marketo University training programs.
"We are very fortunate to have the leading engagement marketing company as our strategic partner to deliver digital marketing science courses," said Libby Unger, CEO and co-founder, GreenFig University. "Companies seek trained people who possess formal Marketo certification. Our core mission is to produce people with job-ready skills. Our partnership with Marketo is designed to satisfy that market demand."
The first GreenFig University Digital Marketing Science course leading to a GreenFig Micro Certificate will be offered during the 2017 fall semester in Bend, Ore., Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. The program will be physically broadcast over the GreenFig University Education Broadcasting Network and delivered in real-time to students located in several selected cities.
Only 20 candidates will be accepted for any one location. To apply, applicants should go to www.greenfiguniversity.com and fill out the online application form by July 31. Courses begin August 16.
Marketo, Inc., offers the leading Engagement Platform that empowers marketers to create lasting relationships and grow revenue. Consistently recognized as the industry's innovation pioneer, Marketo is the trusted platform for thousands of CMOs thanks to its scalability, reliability, and openness. Marketo is headquartered in San Mateo, CA, with offices around the world, and serves as a strategic partner to large enterprise and fast-growing organizations across a wide variety of industries. To learn more about the Marketo Engagement Platform, LaunchPoint® partner ecosystem, and the vast community that is the Marketing Nation®, visit www.marketo.com.
About GreenFig University
GreenFig University is a micro university that offers micro degrees in applied business science. Its current course offering is in digital marketing science. GreenFig is developing additional courses for delivery in 2018. GreenFig combines experiential learning from industry experts with business application software instruction and provides practical work experience where students can apply their newly acquired skills. GreenFig's micro degrees can be achieved in 200 hours or less and when completed, students can be confident they possess the subject matter proficiency and basic work experience industry demands. GreenFig University is headquartered in Bend, Oregon and delivers its programs across the U.S. using the GreenFig University Education Broadcasting Network. To learn more about GreenFig University's applied business science programs, visit www.greenfiguniversity.com.
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