Higher Education

Planning for Event Calendars

August 06, 2015

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.

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4 Interactive Features to Increase Your Enrollment

July 21, 2015

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.

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#makeitawesome: College of the Holy Cross Launches New Website

July 15, 2015

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:

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Higher Education Infographic: Tapping Into the Brains of Prospective Students

July 15, 2015

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.

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3 Higher Education Marketing Projects That Will Rev Your Lead Generation Engine

July 09, 2015

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.

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On the Road Again: Conference Takeaways from HighEdWeb New York and the Web Conference at Penn State

June 30, 2015

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.

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How to Thrive in Higher Ed Social Media

June 23, 2015

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.

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6 Lessons Learned From Higher Ed Website Redesigns

June 17, 2015

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.

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Making the Case For Content: Implementing Content Strategy in Higher Ed

June 05, 2015

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.

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