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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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#makeitawesome: Gwynedd Mercy University Launches New Website

December 03, 2015

Congratulations to Gwynedd Mercy University on the launch of their new website!

As we’ve said before, a higher ed website redesign is a big undertaking and getting to launch day is definitely a reason for excitement and celebration. We’re so glad to have been able to join our friends at Gwynedd Mercy University for their recent site launch party, and moreover, to have been a part of the journey.

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Explained in 60 Seconds: Metadata

December 01, 2015

In general terms, metadata is basic information that describes other types of data. Even though it’s significance in the search engine optimization space has changed over the years, metadata still proves to be useful as a way of learning more about a particular webpage, image, or other piece of content. When it comes to files, some of the common metadata categories are author, file size, date created, and date modified. Here, we’ll briefly describe the four main website meta tags and their impact on search engine rankings.

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How to Get Prospects to Interact With Your Content

November 24, 2015

Generation Y and Z are seen as multi-tasking, Internet-savvy individuals, but it's hard to grab their attention. Growing up with advertisement bombardment and given an unfathomable amount of information at the edge of their fingertips, it is sometimes difficult to get past their filters. The Higher Education recruitment process is not much different than the advertising space, as a large number of schools compete to get the attention and future enrollment of high schoolers.

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Coming Together at Confab Higher Ed 2015

November 19, 2015

Through a popular diagram breaking down the components of content strategy, we understand that just half are related to content. The other half are related to people—the processes and workflows that govern how organizations execute a content strategy.

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Mobile a Top Priority for Higher Ed Website Redesigns

November 17, 2015

When it comes to college and university website redesigns, mobile tops the priority list. It’s really no surprise - the number of visits to websites from mobile devices has seen steady growth in the past few years, making it an absolute necessity to provide a great user experience for site visitors from every device. If you’re wondering how device usage on your site stacks up against other colleges and universities, you’ll love the latest benchmarks (January to November 2015) we’ve put together.

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OHO To Present at the AMA Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education

November 10, 2015

There’s so much to love about Chicago. Deep dish pizza. Impressive architecture. The Big Bean. And this year, the American Marketing Association’s Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education.

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Essential Features For Your Alumni Website

November 05, 2015

Prospective students in the early stages of the student journey tend to get a lot of attention from higher education digital marketers, and rightfully so. The research and decision-making stages are a critical time for colleges and universities to make their best impression with prospective students. And if everything goes right, one day those prospective students will turn into alumni.

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Explained in 60 Seconds: UI Animation

November 03, 2015

When people talk about web design, we often hear general keywords like user experience, functionality, and the user interface design experience. Designers and developers strive to enhance these aspects of their websites, but most of the time we don’t hear of specific ways of how to accomplish this. Today we’re going to change that by discussing what UI animation is, where it is implemented, and the effects it has on websites.

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Planning Photography for Your Website Redesign

October 28, 2015

We talk a lot about the importance of thinking through your content as a core part of your website redesign process. Planning sustainable, strategic content from the outset of your project helps ensure not only a successful launch, but a viable communications platform for the long term.

But what some people don’t realize is that when we talk about the importance of “content,” we’re not just talking about the words on a page. One of the most important content components on your website is your photography.

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