Higher Education

Best Practices Guide: The State of Higher Ed Web Teams

March 19, 2018

We surveyed marketing and communications professionals at 130 different higher education institutions to better understand the current state of higher education web teams. How are they structured? What skillsets are they adding? Are team sizes growing or shrinking?

We've analyzed the data to determine how higher education web teams are evolving, and what steps you can take to ensure your team is performing to its full potential. By filling out the form below, you'll receive immediate access to a wealth of information including:

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Best Practices Guide: Real Time Personalization

March 19, 2018

Websites have long been “one size fits all” experiences, but now marketers have access to more effective ways of leveraging user data to make web experiences more pertinent.

Personalized content can be based on visitor attributes including geographic location or device type, or by tracking site interactions such as current click path, menu selections, or past browsing history.

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Best Practices Guide: ADA Website Accessibility Compliance

March 13, 2018

In the past year, the number of ADA complaints has risen steeply: “The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which enforces [ADA] Title III, received 6,391 accessibility complaints in fiscal year 2015 – representing a 40% increase over claims in the prior fiscal year.”

To ensure that your college or university remains in compliance, we've compiled a comprehensive guide to educate your team on the steps you need to take to update your website to make it accessible.

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Webinar: Make Your Data Work for You

February 28, 2018

As the marketing technology stack evolves, we have access to more data than ever, and thus more insight into our audiences and their behavior. You have the keys to unlock the future of data fluency in your team and in your organization. But the volume of this data can be overwhelming, as well as the sheer number of metrics available, that seem to be invented daily.

So where should you start? At the core of our entire suite of marketing efforts along the consumer decision journey is your website. So let's start there.

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2018 Google Analytics Benchmarks for Higher Education, College, and University Websites

January 15, 2018

As we head into 2018, it’s time for our fourth annual report on Google Analytics benchmarks for college and university websites. We reviewed traffic from a wide range of college and university websites — graduate programs, universities, liberal arts colleges, adult programs, and law schools — from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. When available, we looked at only external traffic sources to get the best reads on how prospective students and alumni are experiencing the website.

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8 Digital Marketing Priorities for Higher Education in 2018

January 03, 2018

A new year brings new enthusiasm to accomplish some of the biggest challenges in the field of higher education. From artificial intelligence to big data, the industry is being hit with buzzword after buzzword, as we weed through the trends to unearth solutions that will bring the industry to the next level.

With the help of insights from higher ed marketing executives and CMOs, we pulled together a list of digital marketing priorities for the new year.

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The State of Higher Education Web Teams: 2017

December 22, 2017

It can sometimes be difficult to know if the way you’ve structured your team is the “right” way. For most, whether you are meeting your internal goals and rising to the demands of your institution is the only method to measure. There’s no real, concrete way to compare your own structure and your own success against that of the rest of the industry.

We wanted to change that.

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Making the Case for Personalization to Non-Technical People

October 02, 2017

“I’m not a technical person” is perhaps my least favorite excuse for avoiding new tools and trends. Working in web development, and being the person who is in charge of introducing my clients to new technologies and strategies, I hear this line almost daily.

Although it can be frustrating to hear, I know what people are actually saying when they tell me they are “not a technical person.” They mean: “I won’t understand this.”

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How to Run a Successful and Safe Student Social Media Takeover

October 02, 2017

In a quest to connect and engage with prospective students, college and university marketing teams are turning to student social media takeovers of official social media accounts. These first-person, student produced narratives help schools to tell stories from new angles, to present an authentic, unmoderated perspective, and to grow their audiences.

Three experts on the topic shared their experiences and processes for letting students take the reigns during a panel at the annual CCA conference:

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7 Key Steps To Preparing for a College or University Website Redesign

August 31, 2017

Do you ever feel like your website is a mess?

It’s like a cluttered garage that you wish someone else would just clean out–get rid of the trash, sweep it out, and put anything of value back on some nice shiny shelves.

You could turn around, walk away, hire an agency, and tell them — fix it!

But, it’s your job to clean it out.

To help you dive in, we’ve outlined a seven-point action plan — if you follow it, you’ll end up with a good understanding of what’s in your “garage” and some first thoughts on all of the key areas for a new website.

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