In furtherance of job creation and empowerment of young Nigerians, the Digital Marketing Skills Institute (DMSI) has entered into a partnership with Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC),
The partnership is expected to provide common ground for training of young Nigerians on digital marketing skills in the next five years.
NACC with a long standing reputation of enhancing the business relationships between the United States and Nigeria cemented the relationship with Digital Marketing Skill Institute, a leading training institute in the country.
Mr Tobi Asehinde, the CEO and founder of the Institute, described the partnership as indeed a giant stride on the part of DMSI, which in the long run would yield other opportunities to their students.
Digital Marketing Skill Institute has trained over 2,400 people and empowered them in the booming industry of digital marketing.
Some of their graduates have gone ahead to secure job opportunities with Boulos Enterprise, Media Integra, BoulosImpex and other top corporate organizations in Nigeria and neighbouring African cities.
Mr. Asehinde, who is also Assistant Honorary Secretary of the Nigeria-Britain Association, said that the essence of this partnership is to ensure that the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce members benefits from hiring the top 1% digital marketing professionals without paying any recruitment fee while ensuring job security and recruitment for our students after graduation from our course.
“Our graduates get coaching support, execution plans and an array of leading digital marketing tools to ensure they succeed in the company they are hired in.
“Companies are forced to navigate dozens of different digital marketing channels to both acquire and communicate with new customers and existing customers. Needless to say, companies that want to stay ahead of their competitors need to have an in-house digital marketing team.
“This is due to the fact that effective digital marketing now requires lots of interaction involving expressing knowledge and expertise and placing content in other places on the web such as forums, blogs, social sites and so on.
“This means these ongoing activities become very difficult to outsource and so there is a strong need for an in-house digital marketing team and that is where our graduates come in. The strategic and planning side of digital marketing, however, is something that most businesses will need external help with from digital marketing consulting agency.
“Therefore, a perfect digital marketing dream team will be a combination of your in-house digital marketing manager and an external digital marketing consulting agency like us,” he said.
Mr Asehinde states that The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce Membership will see this as a great benefit because they need digital marketing professionals that have the right skills and training to grow their company.
He said that the ultimate goal is to empowering over 10,000 people in the next five years using smart digital marketing strategies, tactics and tools to grow their business and career, and an initiative like this would help to actualize that dream and reduce the high unemployment rates in Nigeria.
Miss. Sarah Ohakpougwu, the Course Manager said companies today need skilled marketing professionals who are able to leverage new media channels such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube to acquire new customers and clients; architect "conversion funnels" that seamlessly and subtly convert strangers into leads, leads into customers and customers into raving fans and establish a "value first" content marketing strategy that enhances brand authority and generates free, organic traffic.
According to Miss Ohakpougwu, companies can also leverage the platform to build and monetize large email subscriber lists...without resorting to spammy tactics; engage with customers via social channels such Facebook and Twitter to grow a brand's reach and credibility; optimize search networks like Google, Bing and other, so the brand can both be found and accurately represented; track and measure the key metrics that matter, so decisions can be based on data, not hunches and run split-tests that improve conversion rates and reduce acquisition costs over time.
In an interview with Mrs Joyce Akpata, director-general of Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, she stated that the partnership with Digital Marketing Skill Institute is an initiative that she is happy to be a part of, especially because every company today needs to market their products and services digitally.
“One of the objectives at the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, is to promote the development of trade, commerce, investment and industrial technological relationships between the public and private sectors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the United States of America.
“For this to be achieved, then it is important our members are successful in digital marketing. From experience a digital marketing campaign can fail if you have the wrong strategy or the wrong digital team. This is the gap that Digital Marketing Skill Institute is bridging. That is why this partnership is very important to us, Mrs Joyce Akpata said.
“Our members will see a great benefit in this partnership because Digital Marketing Skill Institute graduates are well grounded in 10 core digital marketing skills and they have been rigorously tested practically with key implementation projects during the course.
“We are also glad that the Digital Marketing Skill Institute gives coaching support for their graduates after the course.
“We hope that other corporate and governmental organizations will see a great need in partnering with Digital Marketing Skill Institute for job creation and enterprise development”, she said.