The Google Online Marketing Challenge and Research Opportunities

Larry Neale, Horst Treiblmaier, Vani Henderson, Lee Hunter, Karen Hudson, Jamie Murphy

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The Google Online Marketing Challenge is an ongoing collaboration between Google and academics, to give students experiential learning. The Challenge gives student teams US$200 in AdWords, Google's flagship advertising product, to develop online marketing campaigns for actual businesses. The end result is an engaging in-class exercise that provides students and professors with an exciting and pedagogically rigorous competition. Results from surveys at the end of the Challenge reveal positive appraisals from the three - students, businesses, and professors - main constituents; general agreement between students and instructors regarding learning outcomes; and a few points of difference between students and instructors. In addition to describing the Challenge and its outcomes, this article reviews the postparticipation questionnaires and subsequent datasets. The questionnaires and results are publicly available, and this article invites educators to mine the datasets, share their results, and offer suggestions for future iterations of the Challenge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-85
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Marketing Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


  • Google
  • Experiential Learning
  • Marketing Education
  • Online Contest
  • Online Marketing
  • Experiential learning
  • Online marketing
  • Marketing education
  • Online contest


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