Digivizer and the University of Newcastle announce collaboration to support the next generation of PR practitioners

March 25, 2019 - 3 minute read

Communication students at the University of Newcastle will use Digivizer to analyse social media performance as part of a communications audit

Sydney, 25 March 2019 – Digivizer and the University of Newcastle have announced a collaboration that will see students taking the Public Relations Strategy Course use Digivizer’s digital marketing platform. The course is part of the Bachelor of Communications program offered by the School of Creative Industries. Students will use Digivizer to learn about the effectiveness of communications content, messages and strategy for a number of  real-world clients based in the NSW Hunter Valley region.

The collaboration is part of Digivizer’s strategy to link with business schools, independent training organizations and universities offering digital marketing and communications courses, investing in the next generation of digital marketers. Digivizer is offering free, limited-time access to its social and digital analytics SaaS platform, which allows anyone to easily connect their channels, and understand what is happening across their social and search owned, earned and paid media programs. They can understand and track hashtags and influencer content, increasingly part of businesses’ communications strategies, and measure the effectiveness of any paid media campaigns, all in one platform.

Head of School of Creative Industries, Professor Paul Egglestone, said: “We’re totally committed to delivering  real-world learning experiences for our students, and our growing network of industry partners – like Digivizer – are an essential part of that mix. Creating enterprising and entrepreneurial graduates with skills that will propel them and their prospective employers into the digital future is an exciting thing for all of us to be doing here at the University of Newcastle.”

Andrea Cassin, Lecturer in Communication, is excited about the opportunity to teach students social media analytics using Digivizer: “The communication environment is evolving rapidly, making real-time access to social media statistics paramount for marketing and public relations professionals. Digivizer will allow students to monitor, measure and evaluate clients’ social media content more effectively, so they can learn how strategic responses play out in practice.”

Emma Lo Russo, CEO and co-founder of Digivizer, said: “These students are the PR and marketing communications professionals of tomorrow. We’re providing them with access to real-time insights and analytics into paid, owned and earned media that will give them real-world context to what they learn in class.

“Public relations now has to work alongside many other forms of communication, including paid advertising, and must work harder at understanding what messages are resonating with whom. “With so many journalists moving from mainstream media into freelance roles, and with anyone able to report, share, engage and influence others on how to view brands, often based on personal experiences, it requires an understanding in real-time of which messages and content are working, and with whom, to be successful. Add the fact that social platforms also require advertising spend to reach new audiences, and it becomes even more important to help the communications professionals of tomorrow understand the different roles of different media.

“Making better strategic decisions about engagement, influence and communications strategy, has to become part of a PR professional’s armoury. As an industry, PR often still struggles to present performance in ways businesses care about. Now, that’s possible – and affordable.

“Our mission has always been to help businesses of any size get more from their digital marketing investment. This is an investment by us in the next generation of digital marketers, giving them new insights into their digital futures and into the power of digital marketing as it relates to brand, customer engagement and conversion.”

Students wishing to consider the PR Strategy course at the University of Newcastle should go to https://www.newcastle.edu.au/course/CMNS3530. The program is offered at the University’s Newcastle and Singapore campuses. For more information on Digivizer or to create a 30 day free trial, go to https://digivizer.com/.

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About Digivizer

Digivizer was founded in 2010. Digivizer helps businesses understand and get more from their digital investment across social and search.  Digivizer’s platform allows businesses to measure their digital performance across owned, earned and paid media and to easily identify what is working for them.

Digivizer offers a range of plans that scale depending on the number of users, the number of connected account paid and search accounts, and the number of influencer and hashtags being tracked. The Digivizer Starter Plan costs US$89 per month, with all plans offering 30 days of data across all paid, owned and earned, and the first 30 days free.

Digivizer is an ad. and development partner to the major social and search platforms including Facebook (incorporating Instagram), Twitter, LinkedIn and Google (incorporating YouTube).

Go to digivizer.com.

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Digivizer is at:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Digivizer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Digivizer

LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/company/digivizer

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Digivizer

Web: www.digivizer.com

For more information:  Alan Smith, Head of Strategic Business Communications, Digivizer.

Phone: +61 404 432 700. Email: alan.smith@digivizer.com. Twitter: @alansmithoz.

*Access Digivizer for US$45 per month - offer available until December 31 (starter plan is usually US$89 per month). First 30 days is free. Special Offer includes up to $150 Google Ad voucher for every new Google Ads account that spends a minimum $50 (available in match funding). Plus take advantage of a free monthly digital strategy session with a Digivizer Digital Specialist for all paid up plans.