3credit hour(s) Consumer branding is the focal point of all businesses, domestic and global. Challenges in developing effective consumer brands must be integrated with the company’s short- and long-term strategic and operational plans. One of the major goals is to identify branding issues in depth, experienced by marketing firms. Multiple venues are involved in this course — feature presentations by distinguished marketers in the region, corporate marketing professionals, combined with global marketing experts. Topics included are challenges and changes in marketing branding strategies that worked yesterday but likely will not fit tomorrow’s customer, managing the distribution channel to build brand equity, developing effective communication strategies in a digital environment, establishing effective global brands by region, issues/attributes/challenges in building domestic and global customer relationships.