Executive Certificate in Growth Hacking and Data-Informed Marketing - HKU SPACE: Digital and Social Media Marketing, Human Capital Leadership courses
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Marketing & HospitalityDigital and Social Media Marketing

Executive Certificate in Growth Hacking and Data-Informed Marketing

Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
02 Nov 2020 (Mon)
1 month
Course Fee
Application Fee : HK$150 (non-refundable)

Standard Course Fee : HK$7,000

Early Bird Rate : HK$6,500 (application submitted on or before 27 Sep 2020)

Alumni Rate : HK$6,500
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Deadline on 28 Oct 2020 (Wed)
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The programme aims to enhance the concepts and skills for modern marketers who wish to improve their job performance. Participants will learn the concepts and tools of digital marketing, understand the successful cases in growth hacking marketing, and employ digital growth tools to maximize marketing performance.


Upon completion of the programme, students should be able to:

1.     apply the growth hacker mindset in marketing;

2.     develop a map for organization’s digital presence;

3.     devise a data strategy for digital interactions; and

4.     apply the digital marketing tools in attracting and retaining customers.

The programme will be taught in part-time face-to-face mode.

Lecturer will use real case studies for discussion and analysis. Learning experience will be further enhanced by requiring students to complete a group project.

Tutor :  Mr. Vishwas Thakkar


Vishwas Thakkar is Founder and Head Digital Strategist at Concinnity, specializing in analytics, marketing automation and Search Engine Optimization. In his existing role he gives advice to clients from various industries like fitness, insurance, publishing, fashion, e-commerce, food & beverage etc regarding development and implementation of online marketing strategies, to achieve predefined objectives.

He is a post-graduate in Business Management and has bachelors in Engineering with majors in Information Technology. His prior experience as a software professional includes working with various investment banks including ABN AMRO, Merrill Lynch, Thomson Reuters, Morgan Stanley and RBS. This unique blend of exposure from IT, business consulting and the digital world puts him in a unique position to understand the challenges in digital marketing and make tactical, efficient and results driven strategies. 

Executive Certificate in Growth Hacking and Data-Informed Marketing Apply Online Now
Application Code 1855-EP119A
Start Date 2 November 2020 (Mon)
Time 7:00 - 10:00 P.M.
Venue HKU SPACE Learning Centre (Hong Kong Island)
Tutor Mr. Vishwas Thakkar
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  • HKU SPACE Learning Centre (Hong Kong Island)

The module will be assessed by one group project presentation (100%) which is a growth hacking marketing proposal includes OGP mapping, social listening, traffic acquisition and tracking, and customer retention strategie




Introduce the current digital marketing landscape

Decipher the growth hacking mindset

Create Own-Get-Paid “OGP” brand matrix mapping

Case study – How Firms use Digital Marketing

Workshop – map an organization’s digital presence


Growth Hacking Funnel

What is Funnel Marketing?

How to build a Growth Hacking Funnel

Case Study - Growth Hacking Funnel

Workshop - Growth Hacking Funnel



Traffic Acquisition

Understand the concepts of customer lifecycle

Introduction to traffic acquisition channels

Introduciton to SEO

Introduciton to Facebook & Google ads

Case study – SEO, Facebook & Google ads

Workshop –Social Media & SEM ads



Building a Digital Brand

Digital Branding rules

Apply branding concepts to the digital world, e.g. mobile, content, and social media

How to choose the right social channel to build a brand

Using Social listening to build brands

Case study – leading digital brands

Workshop – social listening, deployment of a ‘free’ social listening setup



Give me DATA

The nuts and bolts of Google Analytics

Create a data strategy for digital interactions

Apply the concept of tracking digital data

Case study – unleashing the power of Google Tag Manager and Google Analytics

Workshop – Google Analytics demo and Google 360 suite


Tools and Challenges

Introduce the free tools for growth hacking marketing

Familiarize with the Google digital marketing toolbox: Google Tag Manager, Google Webmaster Tools, Google Optimize, Google Keyword Planner, and Google AdWords.

Future challenges



Workshop – student’s presentations and feedback

Tentative Timetable 


Applicants shall hold:

(i)    a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized university or equivalent; or

(ii)  an Associate Degree / a Higher Diploma or equivalent, and have at least 2 years of work experience; or

(iii) relevant professional qualifications (e.g. sales, marketing, digital marketing, and social media marketing).

Applicants with other qualifications and substantial senior level work experience will be considered on individual merit.

Application Fee


Course Fee
  • Application Fee : HK$150 (non-refundable)

    Standard Course Fee : HK$7,000

    Early Bird Rate : HK$6,500 (application submitted on or before 27 Sep 2020)

    Alumni Rate : HK$6,500

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Enrolment Method

Completed the application from (SF26 Form) and submit it with one set of the following documents together with application fee of HK$150 to any of the HKUSPACE enrollment centres.

  • Certified true copies* of full educational certificates and transcripts:
  • Photocopy of Hong Kong Identity Card

*Certified true copies: Original certificates and transcripts together with the copies are required

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.