The higher education landscape has expanded greatly over the past several decades and it continues to do so today. However, colleges of all different sorts are struggling to stick out amongst the thousands of colleges in the United States. In order to become more attractive to prospective students, schools must implement new strategies on campus, off campus, and online.
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There are plenty of excuses for not conducting user research. Maybe you did some research three years ago that you rely on when making decisions, or perhaps it’s just not in the budget or project timeline. Or it could be that you think you already know your users. But the thing is, do you know how they act?
In 2014, nursing programs across the U.S. realized a “4.2% increase in students in entry-level baccalaureate programs (BSN) and a 10.4% increase in “RN-to-BSN” programs” according to the American Associations of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Nursing students entered schools “in record numbers to develop the skills needed to meet employer demands and patient care needs.” These are some of the highest growth rates in the last 10 years, and the demand for more educated nurses will continue into the next decade.
In higher ed web projects, one of the areas of greatest attention and concern are events. In one way or another, we always spend a lot of time thinking about event calendars:
- Where will events display on the website?
- What events will show up on the homepage?
- What event calendar system should we use?
These questions come up because events are such an important way of communicating the life of a campus. As we direct photography, craft branding messages, and select news stories, events are a critical part of the mix.
Over the years, Twitter has expanded its role as a medium between businesses and potential clients. Many businesses use Twitter’s advertising platform as a way of promoting content from their website with the hopes of generating leads. However, many marketers are not taking advantage of one of the cool features included in it: Lead Generation Cards. These cards skip the process of users going to your site and filling out a lead generation form, but instead bring up a simple form right on Twitter.
Since DrupalCon, we’ve been having a lot of conversations around the office about the coming release of Drupal 8 and what it means not only for the Drupal community, but for our clients as well. Based on what we heard at DrupalCon LA, the goal is to have Drupal 8 released around DrupalCon Barcelona. But even though it has yet to have an official release, we hear many organizations have already taken the leap and switched their production sites to Drupal 8.
Digital marketing is becoming an increasingly critical component of the overall business strategy of companies, big and small, across industries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the field are expected to increase 11% by 2022. While this is great, more jobs means more room for newbies to come in and make some rookie mistakes. Below, we show GIF reactions that exemplify how we feel when we see some of these digital marketing blunders on the web.
At the start of their research process, 90% of prospective students are unsure of which college or university they want to attend. To help with information gathering, they look at higher education institution ranking sites, hang out on social networks, talk with family, friends, mentors, and counselors, and check out school websites. That’s where you – the higher ed digital marketer – come in.
Since the launch of their new homepage last August, our friends at Holy Cross have been working hard on a full website redesign project, and we’re so happy to share the exciting news of their launch.
When Holy Cross set out to redesign their college website as part of their overall digital marketing strategy, they had a number of goals for the project:
Higher education marketers are constantly trying to get into the brains of prospective college students. Every year, the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA publish their annual Freshman Survey report, covering a wide variety of topics from career aspirations all the way to their tendencies to party. Below are some of the key trends exemplifying these incoming students and the changing academic landscape.
Here’s a round-up of three short projects that will tune up your higher education marketing plans this year. Each project will increase your campaign’s reach to prospective students on the web. Pressed for time? We’ve included a quick fix for each item if you’ve only got a few hours to invest.
If you find yourself confused when it comes to distinguishing between segments and personas, you‘re in good company. Even marketers with years under their belts can get tripped up on the difference between these two terms. So what exactly is the difference and how does each play into a marketing strategy? Here’s your explanation, in sixty seconds.
On the Road Again: Conference Takeaways from HighEdWeb New York and the Web Conference at Penn State
The Northeast is lovely this time of year, but you know what’s lovelier? Hardcore higher-ed know-how. And that’s what I found last month at the HighEdWeb New York conference in Ithaca, New York, and the Web Conference at Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania.
Higher education marketers have a lot on their plates as they try to balance out reaching out to prospective college students, engaging their current students on campus, and finding a way of creating a community amongst alumni. Lucky for them, there are a wide range of social media outlets available that provide a diversified approach to engaging with students. According to the annual Freshman Survey, 27.2% of students spend 6 or more hours on social media every week.
We hate to brag, but we’re really proud of our awesome collection of colorful and plentiful collegiate pennants. They hang around the office as a reminder of all the cool colleges and universities we’ve worked with. Being so well versed in the world of higher education digital marketing strategy has taught us plenty of really important lessons, ones that we share with each of our clients as we kick-off a new project. And now we’re sharing with you.
Alumni associations “face myriad challenges staying relevant in today’s world” with membership at many schools “running flat or declining.” Alumni engagement is competing with:
Higher education is not going anywhere. But it is changing - in some ways, dramatically.
In recent years, the industry has seen rapid disruption that has driven a change in the way institutions communicate. Because the need to attract, retain, and engage students, faculty, alumni, and staff has not gone away, but it has become much harder to do.
That's where digital strategy comes into play. In a challenging and competitive industry, having a plan and a purpose can be the difference between shortfall and success.
The serenity of life on a college campus can be interrupted without a moment’s notice by a crisis. This could be an inclement weather event, a chemical spill, or even an act of violence.
When these incidents occur, communications staff must immediately spring into action, keeping both the immediate and extended campus community informed. This is when your website transforms from core business asset to invaluable crisis communications platform.
In the wild world of web design, terms like UX and UI get thrown around all the time. But what do these mean exactly? While UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface) design are both crucial components of delivering an exceptional web experience to end users, they are not the same. We’ll quickly break down the key differences between the two and talk about how the two integrate with each other.
Universities everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief. For most, tassels have been flipped, mortarboards flung in the air, and the academic year has come to a close.
Summer is a quieter time on campus, which provides the opportunity to play a bit of catch-up on tasks and projects that eluded us during the school year. So, with a better digital presence in mind, how can you take advantage of this time to shine brighter come the fall?