When does the seminar start?

Registration opens: September 15th, 2020
Registration closes: September 29th, 2020

The first lesson is posted on September 21st, 2020. If you're interested in joining, be sure to sign up for the Tell Me More list. We’ll send you an email to let you know when the next interactive session is about to begin.

The seminar is interactive. It has a specific start date and a finish as well. Access to the videos isn't the point—our workshops succeed because you're in it together, with the other students who are learning along with you.

Dates for TMS9:

  • First lesson: January 13th, 2020
  • Last lesson: April 30th, 2020
  • Access to the Seminar closes: August 25th, 2020

How much content is there?

There are two kinds of content: The videos that are presented throughout the seminar and the work done by people like you.

Four videos are released every week. Some of these are short, running just four minutes long. Others run over 10 minutes. Every week there is a Q&A video, in which Seth answers questions from the discussion forums. Sprinkled throughout the Seminar are case study videos, in which Seth profiles successful marketing projects and points out what we can learn from these cases.

Beyond that is the content created by the thousands of students in the Seminar. Every video lesson comes with a set of questions that challenge you to explore how the lesson applies to your own work, and a call-to-action: to share your answers and insights on the discussion board. By sharing your own thoughts and giving others feedback on their work, you'll learn far more than you would by merely watching.

How often is the content updated?

There's a fresh video posted Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday for 100 days.

What is the video content like?

Here's an example.

There are three types of video lessons:

  • Lessons: Each video covers a specific topic and ends with an assignment.
  • Q&A: Seth answers questions that students have posted in the discussion boards. These videos are meant to address universally relevant questions, and the questions will be selected for this.
  • Case studies: Seth examines a real-world example and its broader relevance.

How does the discussion board work?

We're using Discourse, a platform that supports group discussions and on-on-one conversation. The Seminar administrators will set up categories, which will be labeled according to the lesson topic to be discussed. In each category, everyone will be able to create more specific topics of discussion, and to respond to the posts of others. These boards are open 24/7, providing a secure place to have conversations with Seminar participants from all over the world, from different industries and with different backgrounds.

The Seminar has a dedicated coordinator who helps to focus discussions and to address concerns (or inappropriate behavior). But there is no moderator or grading rubric—you'll be in charge of when and how generously you interact with others.

Once the Seminar ends, your group could have enough momentum to keep moving. In other settings, we've seen groups like these last for years, with people getting on airplanes to meet in person. We'll provide guidance on maintaining these connections when the Seminar closes.

What if I don't have a business to discuss yet (or am bound by an NDA)?

It's ok if you're in between jobs or still sketching out business plans. And we certainly don't want anyone to break any Non-Disclosure Agreements.

Many of the discussions are focused on how you'd apply the lessons to your immediate work, because this kind of discussion helps to solidify the concepts and make them more memorable. If you're unable to discuss your current business, you can mentally outline an imaginary one that is a reasonably possible option in your future (if you're in between jobs), or one that has parallels to your current organization (if you're under an NDA).

And definitely engage with others in the discussion boards. In our last Seminar, we noticed something extraordinary: The people who got the most out of it spent the majority of their time helping others with their work. It turns out that teaching is even more productive than learning.

The important thing isn't merely to watch the videos. It's to discover insights about how to apply the concepts of modern marketing to real-world scenarios. And you can do this whether or not you're able to talk about your own actual, current business.

How is the Seminar different from the altMBA?

The altMBA is about leadership, decision-making and the act of making change happen. It features dozens of live coaches with real-time videoconferencing. It's an intensive sprint. The altMBA costs 10 times as much, requires you to apply and doesn't feature any videos or Q&A. Only 150 people are in each cohort of the altMBA and the intimate scale enables a totally different experience.

In contrast, The Marketing Seminar is about learning the essentials of modern marketing. It features over 50 video lessons with Seth, weekly Q&A opportunities, 24/7 discussion engagement with thousands of other professionals around the world, and content that remains open for months after the Seminar is over (both the videos and discussion boards).

We hope that the learning journey you're on ends up including both experiences, but there's virtually no overlap, so it doesn't matter which one you take first.

Should I consider Seth's Udemy courses?

Seth has six top-rated courses on Udemy, each of which has been taken by thousands of people. There are reasonably priced courses on Leadership, Freelancing, Bootstrapping, Modern Marketing, Presentations and Value Creation. We know that the peer to peer engagement and day by day approach we take in our Akimbo workshops is the most effective way to learn, but you might find that the low cost of entry to the video only courses makes them worth an hour or two of your time.

The key difference is the Udemy workshops don't offer the peer to peer discussion boards. And, that's the magic of what Akimbo workshops offer.

Is the seminar accredited?

Proudly, no.

Accreditation makes sense for a certain kind of institution delivering a certain kind of education. But we're not willing to build a test-and-measure culture, not willing to embrace an ancient-yet-standard curriculum, and mostly, we're not willing to distrust our students.

We'll be delighted to offer you a certificate of completion when the Seminar is successfully completed, and even better, we encourage you to find a cohort in the Seminar who will personally vouch for your contributions.

Can I get reimbursed?

We hope so! You can copy/paste this “Convince Your Boss” note we've written to help you get the support of your boss or HR department. More and more enlightened organizations are encouraging their teams to contribute by learning. Every student also receives a certificate of completion that you can share with your HR department.

Why is the course so expensive?

We're charging more than other online courses for a simple reason: We want committed students. No one in the Seminar is browsing around or hoping for a quick hit. You'll be surrounded by other people willing to do the work and contribute along the way.

Some people, those who know how much a college course in marketing costs, have asked us why the Seminar doesn't cost much more. After all, the typical college marketing course costs at least 10 times as much (and delivers far less value). We believe that anyone should be able to learn marketing at a reasonable cost, and we believe that a product should deliver more value than its sticker price. Many students have said that the Seminar delivers much more than its price tag. Read some of their testimonials here.

Do you offer financial aid?

We don't, with two exceptions.

If you're a full-time employee at a socially focused 501(c)(3), we'd be delighted to give you a significant discount. Drop us a note at hello@themarketingseminar.com and we'll get you sorted.

Full-time students at accredited institutions also get a discount, because we want to supercharge what you're learning at school. Contact us at hello@themarketingseminar.com.

Otherwise, we encourage you to ask your HR department for reimbursement. You can copy/paste this “Convince Your Boss” note we've written to help you get the support of your boss or HR department.

Is there a money-back guarantee?

Show Your Work Money Back Guarantee: Our workshops are incredibly effective. Check out what our alumni have to say. Still, just in case you’re hesitating, consider our 100% guarantee for this workshop: If you find that it hasn't met your expectations, simply drop us a note after you've participated through all the lessons in the workshop and we’ll refund your entire tuition. We've found that when our students contribute to the workshop, they get back far more than they put into it. Sometimes life gets in the way. If you need to withdraw from the workshop before you complete it, we're happy to defer you to a future session at no cost. Just ask. To be fair to all, we don't offer refunds for non-participation.

Reach us at hello@themarketingseminar.com

Is there a special rate for groups?

Yes. We love to see groups enroll! Our standard price is $745, but if you enroll a group of four or more people, each person only pays $395, which is nearly half off. Drop us a note at hello@themarketingseminar.com and we'll get you sorted out.

Are there exams?

We're delighted to say no. And no grades, either. We feel really strongly that a test-and-measure culture is ruining education. More on this here.

Can I get a certificate at the end?

Every attendee receives a certificate as a PDF, suitable for printing and framing. And if you send us a self-addressed stamped envelope, we'll send you a physical certificate, signed and with a shiny seal.

How long does the discussion board stay active?

The discussion board will stay up until May 4th, 2021. Enrolled students are invited to join our alumni discussion board, Forward Link, after the Seminar ends, at no additional cost.

Can I post confidential materials on the discussion board?

The rules of our discussion board are:

  • Contribute more than you ask for.
  • Be kind.
  • What is said here, stays here.

With that said, please use your best judgment. If it's not something you can happily post online, best to disguise the details before you post it here.

Will Seth answer all of my questions?

Definitely not. And the good news is that you don't need him to. The Seminar is designed to give you a compass and a template, not a map. The map, the details of your particular situation… that's all up to you. We hope the Seminar will help empower your decisions along the way.

Is there an affiliate program?

There isn't. We're hoping that if you find it useful, you'll happily spread the word to your friends and colleagues.

What sort of jacket does Cayce Pollard wear?

Yes, you can have one too.

How advanced is the seminar?

Some of the most “advanced” marketers in the world miss the basic concepts that are essential to marketing in a modern world. On the other hand, there are sophisticated algorithmic techniques that are far outside the scope of this seminar. Our goal is to re-establish a foundation of marketing, starting from the ground up. It's unlikely that you'll find the Seminar to be over your head.

If you're well-versed in much of the writing and teaching that's been at the forefront of marketing over the years, some of the material we cover will be a review. That's okay, because it will give you a platform to submit work to your fellow students that challenges you (and them).

Seth says that when we find a perfect marketing plan in the real world, he will feel free to retire. But that until then, he wants to help you to master the principles of modern marketing. Because understanding the basics of marketing has to happen before we can count on achieving anything else.

The magic of marketing is that at any time, someone can invent a whole new way of telling a story. We hope we can set the stage for you to accomplish that.

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