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“Pictures” Matter: Why Visual Content Is King

March 18, 2014

The sequence of human cognition goes like this: First we identify shape, then we see colors, and finally, once we’ve decoded those shapes, we read. It’s no surprise then, that in a world that has become exceedingly fast, visuals have become a key way in which we choose to communicate with each other.

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What is Content Strategy?

May 10, 2019

When we approach web projects, content strategy is always a part of the conversation. You can’t have a successful website redesign or other major digital initiative unless you are accounting for the content in some meaningful way. Taking a content-first approach ensures that the end product succeeds in both communicating and motivating effectively.

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Mobile Marketing for Higher Education

April 30, 2019

“Thanks to mobile, micro-moments can happen anytime, anywhere. In those moments, consumers expect brands to address their needs with real-time relevance.” Google challenges digital marketers to identify these moments for their unique mobile visitors and ensure that these consumers can achieve both their goals and yours.

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News vs. Stories: What’s the Difference?

April 26, 2019

Colleges and universities have so much to share, from groundbreaking research to breaking ground on a much-awaited student center. But how, where, and why we share these nuggets with our audiences can vary. “News” and “stories” may sound interchangeable to some, but when it comes to web content, there are some key differences.

A simple way to think about it is this:

  • Stories are about a person, the heart of who they are
  • News is about what a person did recently

Or this:

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Social Media Feeds: Do They Belong on Your Higher Ed Site?

April 11, 2019

“We should put our social media accounts on our website!”

That phrase — or some version of it — has been uttered by someone at nearly every college or university at one point or another. But is it always the right move?

At face value, it seems like a great idea. If you’re spending the time and effort to maintain a robust social media presence, why wouldn’t you want to feature that content on your site? When you dig a little deeper, however, there’s a lot to consider.

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5 Key Considerations for Selecting a Website Calendar

March 28, 2019

Website calendars pose one of the great challenges of higher education content management — there are a million options, every school needs one, but each school’s needs vary slightly, and nobody wants to own it. Who knows, if your college or university is like many others, a wide array of calendar tools may already be in place across your institution.

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Slate CRM – Best Practices for Website Form Capture

March 22, 2019

With over 85% of prospective students ranking the website as the top research tool during a school search, a critical part of any website project is connecting prospects with admissions counselors — by means of request information forms, campus visit forms, and admission microsites.

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404 Error Pages: Crafting a Good Error Message

March 12, 2019

No matter how hard you try, at some point your website users are going to attempt to access pages on your site that no longer exist — or never existed in the first place. Maybe they bookmarked a page you’ve since removed or simply made a typo when entering a URL directly. Regardless of how the mistake was made, your site now has to decide what to do with this lost user – and get them to a relevant spot on your website..

Enter the humble 404 page.

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Turn Your Brand Platform into the Foundation of Your Digital Content Strategy

February 26, 2019

If you’ve developed a branding platform, whether it was done internally or with a vendor partner, congratulations. You’re ahead of the game by virtue of having defined the DNA of your institutional identity, distinguishing it from peers and competitors alike.

So…now what? As it concerns digital marketing and web content strategy in particular, a branding platform is a tremendous step toward meaningful differentiation, but it does not enable well-intentioned communicators to get rolling right out of the box.

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Communicating with First Generation College Students on Your Website

February 15, 2019

First-generation college students are a critical demographic in the U.S. higher education landscape, comprising 34% of undergraduates in the 2011-12 academic year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

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