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The Future of the Virtual Campus Tour

February 13, 2017

When most people think of virtual reality, they conjure images of clunky headsets and an endless sea of wires and sensors. They may think of video games, and futuristic setups with users strapped into sophisticated rigs exploring complex digital environments. They almost certainly don’t think about higher education.

But as the technology progresses, it might be time to start questioning how higher education can benefit from virtual reality.

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The Future of Email Newsletters

January 20, 2017

Last November, I presented at Confab Higher Ed on what higher ed can learn from new trends in email newsletters. Yes, you read that right: email newsletters, arguably the hottest digital platform today (sorry, Snapchat) and it was invented in 1972.

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What Prospective Undergraduates Want from Admissions Marketing Materials

November 08, 2016

User research is one of the pillars of our web design process, and I recently had the opportunity to join a focus group with ten prospective undergraduate students at the CASE Annual Conference for Publications Professionals in New Orleans.

While we didn’t organize the focus group, the format was similar to those we typically conduct. The high school students were provided print and digital admissions marketing materials, and they were asked to provide their feedback using the Think Aloud methodology.

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Explained in 60 Seconds: Customer Journey Mapping

April 04, 2016

If you’ve been a marketer long enough, you’ve noticed massive changes in the industry over time. Digital has had a profound impact on how marketers reach people, opening up huge opportunities to communicate on a more personal level. But to connect with your prospects and customers successfully, you have to understand who they are, what they’re looking for at various points of their relationship with you, and how to talk to them at each of those times.

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11 Mistakes Higher Ed Recruitment Marketers Make Explained in GIFs

March 09, 2016

College and university recruitment marketers have a more challenging job than ever. The higher education landscape is in flux and hitting enrollment numbers is crucial- but with thousands of colleges trying to attract prospective students, it can be difficult to stick out in the crowd.

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5 Marketing Trends To Include In Your 2016 Strategy

January 19, 2016

Marketers have a big job trying to keep up with the ever-changing, ever-growing landscape of trends, technologies, tools, and platforms. They are continually challenged to deliver more with less and faster so identifying which marketing strategies will have the biggest impact on their business in the coming year is a must in order to create digital marketing plans that deliver.

With that in mind, here are five trends (some you’ve definitely heard of before and some you’ll need to get familiar with quickly) you need to know about going into 2016:

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Marketing Dashboards for Colleges, Universities, and Higher Education

December 10, 2015

Once a year. Before board meetings. Sometime in the summer.

Let’s face it, reporting just doesn’t happen that often. It’s hard to know which data to collect. It’s all tied up in different systems. And, the process of pulling it all together is manual.

But, as college and university marketing departments mature, they face an increasing need to use data to back up decisions and demonstrate their impact. And, once a year will not do. This data needs to be made available on a more frequent basis.

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11 Social Media Mistakes Explained in GIFs

September 22, 2015

Ever since social media took off in the early 2000s, people have been utilizing it for various business purposes including networking, promotion, and lead generation. However, on the other side of things, we have seen celebrities and major companies make some major gaffes on social networks. Here’s how we react to some of the common mistakes that often occur on social media.

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Four Ways Higher Ed Must Respond to the New College Scorecard

September 15, 2015

In his weekly address to the nation on September 12, President Barack Obama unveiled his new College Scorecard, a long-promised consumer evaluation tool for colleges and universities.

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6 Must-Use Tools for Social Media Pros

September 03, 2015

While companies like Nike and Apple have an abundance of resources to handle their social media presence, managing all of the platforms can be a cumbersome task for small companies. Fortunately, there are plenty of applications and tools that have been created in order to make the handling of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. much more efficient. Here are some of the tools that we use, and we think everybody should be utilizing as well.

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