The Estée Lauder Cos. Partners With Google Squared for Experiential MBA Program

Led by Damon Burrell, head of consumer engagement, The Estée Lauder Cos. is teaming up with Google Squared to offer its employees an “experiential MBA program” to build the company’s digital and consumer engagement capabilities.
“My vision is to have the best digital marketing organization in beauty,” said Burrell, who started his role in April 2016. “Where we currently are is clear that the need for building social media, digital and e-commerce capabilities is integral to our business and everything that we do is leading with a digital-first mind-set.”
The five-month program focuses on specific topics related to digital and consumer engagement, like identifying digital trends, leveraging digital channels, creating social media strategies and looking into data and analytics. The pilot program was first offered to a small team and will be rolled out to 700 to 1,000 consumer engagement employees inside the organization. Employees will finish the program with an accreditation in consumer engagement from Google.
“[The program] focuses on what’s needed to continuously stay ahead of the curve in this [digital] space, especially getting that it’s always changing and always moving,” Burrell continued. “We think it’ll benefit [employees] not only from an education perspective and making them better digital leaders, but

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