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Digital Marketing For Colleges & Universities

UNDERSTANDING STUDENT TENDENCIES AND EMPHASIZING DIGITAL PLACEMENT CAN YEILD INCREDIBLE RESULTS. 

Marketing from universities to prospective students is clearly headed in one direction: online enrollment.

Whether the university offers online classes or encourages students to complete their registration online, the emphasis is still the same. Websites are clearly the first step in a prospective student’s decision-making process.

As a result, the search space has become flooded with ads and directories listing “The Best [Insert Program] School.”

It has become a vital part of any college marketing & communications team cut through the digital noise. 

Our History With HIGHER EDUCATION

Our work with various higher-ed organizations have given us a robust insight into the typical search patterns for students going through the decision-making process of choosing a school to attend.

 

Structuring a website to highlight unique amenities, followed by detailed program information leads to repeat visits, and builds a sense of trust of with prospective students.

Best Digital Strategies For HIGHER EDUCATION & UNIVERSITIES

BUILDING RELEVANCY AND AUTHORITY WITH ALL SEARCH ENGINES IS A KEY COMPONENT TO BUILDING TRUST WITH PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS. 

If you're apart of an educational institution, you're used to spending time on earning your reputation and attracting prospective students across the nation. It's not typical that you'll pay much attention to your branding and that's ok - that's our job.

 

As the marketplace becomes more competitive it becomes increasingly important to stand out, to use real quality photo's instead of stock photos, to put out quality marketing material that attracts the right student instead of creating content that could be interchangeable with any other university.  

VISUAL BRANDING & PHOTOGRAPHY

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We’ve mentioned a few times that there is a search-cycle for prospective students. This trend of visiting a site 7+ times before making a decision to apply spans across all of our work with various institutions – and all the departments within them.

The best way to establish messaging (and effectiveness of messaging) for each point within the student search-cycle is to established granular track for each step. From visiting a program page, to requesting more information, to scheduling a meeting with an advisor. All is trackable!

SEO

While appearing for “best of…” searches is a tall order for many university websites, SEO power can be emphasized deeper within the student search process to establish authority.

Most students, later in the the search cycle, will seek out specific program information. That’s where college-site SEO can be most effective. By establishing authority within program-based searches, universities ranking high within search engine results are viewed as the authority for that program.

WEB ANALYTICS & SEARCH ENGINE OPTMIZATION

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PAY-PER-CLICK (PPC) ADVERTISING

We have to be honest here, the PPC market for universities (especially online classes) are extremely saturated. This leads to two problems. First, more competitors on a keyword make it harder to cut through the noise on the page. Second, it drives the price-per-click extremely high.