Navigating the Sea of Marketing Changes to Boost Enrollments

Is your school’s website too cool? Yes, I said it. Teenagers and college-aged students (who take the cost of education seriously) don’t want to waste their time on a website that favors style over substance. And that might be costing you money if you’re like many university websites.

Additionally, the way prospects look for schools is different these days, from mobile browsing to asynchronous and around-the-clock research. This can be a problem—in a recent study, 48% of prospective students didn’t realize that a university offered the program that they were looking for even when it did—or it can be your competitive advantage.

EDU-2014_Qtly_Standard_CTAWhat does your university get out of its website (and marketing)?

  • Are you blowing budget on wasteful paid search advertising, or are you beating Google’s industry average of $4.36 per click?
  • What kind of click-thru rates do your ads see?
  • Are you getting found in organic search results by prospects in the early research stages?
  • Are your email messages taking advantage of fast, automatic loading of images in Gmail, a favored platform of your would-be students?
  • Have you tapped into the ripe potential of Bing Ads’ still immature marketplace for education keyword bidding?

These questions are just the beginning. See what else you should be thinking about as an education marketer in our 2014 EDU Standard.”

 

Paul Richlovsky

About Paul Richlovsky

Paul purposefully merges a creative writing and teaching background with his decade-long marketing career. He advises clients on content strategy, editorial direction and PR/distribution. He is a perpetual critical thinker who has written/edited hundreds of blog posts and multiple long-form marketing guides, including those aimed at audiences as varied as healthcare, higher education, financial services, B2C brands and manufacturing. With a BA in English from the College of Wooster, he is also the author of a collection of poetry, "Under the Lunar Neon."He gets really excited about the science of elite performance, usability, brand voice, headlines, digital governance, ballroom dancing, bachata, racquet sports, and romping with his niece and nephews.

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