Assignments

Here are some of my bigger assignments.


Web Publishing

Website Traffic & Popularity
Allows students to deeply learn one website and a competing site to analyze for an entire semester. Focuses on traffic metrics and backlink analysis. Relies on a variety of free web-based data sources.

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UX / Usability Field Test
Uses Steve Krug’s usability testing script. Requires students to conduct two in-person tests, with options for remote testing. A key area is improved using sketch or wireframe.

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SEO / Keyword Research
Uses SpyFu, thanks to that excellent course providing each student free access for 120 days. Also incorporates Google Trends.

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Intro to Advertising

First Job in Advertising
Provides an opportunity for students to dive into the entire landscape of potential careers.

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Super Bowl Analysis
Looks at recent Super Bowl advertising.

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Social & Ethical Analysis
Allows students an opportunity to think through social and ethical aspects of advertising.

Assignments:

Introduction to the Advertising Process
Very deep dive into a specific company, its products and an identified target audience. This becomes the first part of the larger media plan assignment.

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Media Plan
Building from the previous assignments, students must spend a specified amount of money in 3 to 4 different media types. Requires approximately four weeks of in-class coverage.

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Creative Concepting
Students choose one of 3-4 standard creative templates to communicate a specified message objective. Usually the client is the same as the media plan for deeper knowledge and understanding.

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Advertising Case Studies

Brand Response to Racial Injustice
A quantitative analysis of brand reactions to the murder of George Floyd during the summer of 2020. Students used Airtable as the basis for inputting and analyzing results.

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Creative Objectives & Methods
Assessment of 8-10 different, common message objectives and methods, aligned to textbook coverage.

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Apple Ad Campaigns
Students studied three decades of Apple advertising, focusing on the company’s innovative product introduction advertisements and events.

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Threaded Discussion Topics
About every other week, students participate in a virtual discussion focused on a current event. Topics include: analysis of Adweek and AdAge reports; analyzing specific magazine media kits; researching famous art directors; studying “best of” lists; and concepting ad messages.


Advertising Campaigns

Ad Creative Concepts Collection
Students collect a variety of good advertisements and categorize them according to each ad’s cretive approach, such as: analogy, puffery, borrowed interest, competitive, etc.

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Copywriting
An exercise in studying an existing advertising campaign and expanding on more iterations that fit that campaign’s message and tone.

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Magazine Concepts & Pricing
Message concepts are creating and aligned with specific magazine advertisement sizes and placements. Students concept both the message and the medium, and price their concepts.

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Example Excel pricing sheet here.

Newspaper Concepts & Pricing
Students integrate newspaper’s huge canvas into their message concepts and price the concept using the Wall Street Journal’s extensive media kit information.

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Example Excel pricing sheet here.

Outdoor Concepts & Pricing
Outdoor concepts can be anything from a basic billboard to street messages to ambient concepts. Students price as much as they can using Lamar’s online inventory database.

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Final Assignment
The final campaign is a capstone project, allowing students to concept and build a campaign with 5 different media elements.

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Examples shown may not reflect the most current iterations.