Insights on the Google online marketing challenge and its successful classroom implementation

T.B. Flaherty, B.J. Jansen, C.F. Hofacker, Jamie Murphy

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The Google Online Marketing Challenge, a MERLOT online learning object available at, is a global competition where students work with small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to create a practical and successful online marketing campaign using Google's key advertising product, AdWords. In the competition, students learn critical online marketing skills, including how to maximize targeted and relevant traffic to a client’s Website. Student teams employ marketing techniques to refine and improve the effectiveness of their AdWords campaign over a three-week competition period. The authors, who helped develop the Challenge and ran the Challenge in their classes, share insights and experiences about successful implementation of the Google Online Marketing Challenge in various course formats. The authors also highlight key findings from a survey of professors, students, and businesses that participated in the 2008 competition. While providing descriptive details of how the Challenge works, the primary focus of this paper is on how professors can confidently and effectively implement this teaching innovation as a stand-alone course, an element of a larger course, or as an out-of-class component.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-457
JournalMerlot journal of online learning and teaching
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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