JP Rains successfully argued for a 250 percent increase in his digital budget at Laurentian University via conference call from a hotel room in Las Vegas on just a few hours sleep. He shared his story in a 10-minute lightning talk at HighEdWeb 2017. Between
MCS11: The (Wo)man Behind the Mask: Why Managing Social for a President Isn’t the Same as for a University
When Gail Martineau took over the social media presence for Ohio State’s President Drake, he had only an unverified Twitter account with 6,000 followers and very little engagement. She started by taking 90 days to do some research. She did audience analysis, using native Twitter
Catherine Scholz opens her presentation saying she has a geek degree, works at a geek university and manages a geek team—instantly likeable and full of energy. She’s worked for an experiential marketing firm planning and running interactive events for clients like Microsoft. She takes the
China is a huge market for students, Boston University’s Carol Duan discussed their use of Chinese social media networks to reach out to prospective students. .@carol_duan “China is a niche market. It has a billion people, but it’s really a niche market.” 😯 #mcs7 #heweb17
Liz Gross, Director of CampusSonar and a long-time evangelist for social listening, kicked off the second round of morning sessions today with a look at how to help manage your online reputation. We have a trust problem in higher ed; large percentages of people distrust
What if you were told tomorrow to plan for one of the biggest events in your university’s history? Would you be ready? How would you pull together your team to tell the story? What if the event celebrated one of the most controversial election outcomes
Serial. Invisibilia. S-Town. Missing Richard Simmons. Podcasts have exploded as a new way to consume stories and information, and Jackie Vetrano of Skidmore College decided to dive in. This is Skidmore is the award-winning podcast now nearly 2 years and 30 episodes old, and Jackie
JP Rains leads the Laurentian University digital strategy team and will be presenting Data-driven Content at the 2017 Content and UX Academy. It’s a two-day deep-dive, immediately before the HighEdWeb Annual Conference, in how to research, plan and build content strategy based on user experience
“How do we reach our students?” It’s a question commonly asked in marketing and communications offices on campuses around the country – and even the world. Oftentimes, the conversations result in emails, posters and posts on social media. More and more, those plans also include
Ah Valentine’s Day…the commercialized holiday for lovebirds. Chocolates, flowers, teddy bears; they’re all over department stores willing to be purchased. But hey, who said that this holiday was only for those in relationships? You’ll fall in love with these ways institutions engaged their audience on
“Words are fun. Words are your friends.” is what Donna Talarico states in her highly entertaining talk at HighEdWeb 2016. Writing content for the web is all about telling a compelling story. Knowing what makes a good story, and what makes a story good is as
Marketing to students can be tricky. Student events need to truly engage students, offer long-standing benefits and enhance overall campus life. In addition, events provide a wealth of data that marketers can use to further optimize both current events and future promotions. It’s a win-win
Twitter chats – or planned conversations linked together through a common hashtag – can be valuable tools for brands and organizations, higher education included. Dave Tyler, of The College at Brockport shared his experiences engaging with his institution’s community this way in his presentation, “Is
How to get relevant campus-related news out to students? Greg Marshall, Web Services Manager at Truman State University argues that the majority of scholars doesn’t read their emails, doesn’t read college print materials and due to different target audiences, is hard to reach on social media.
If you’re in higher education these days, you can’t ignore the drama of falling enrollment and budget crises afflicting our smaller (and some larger) institutions. You may also know our penchant for bringing in consultants to help with strategic planning and branding to enrollment and
ALL CAPS: The never-ending trials and tribulations of the Facebook Algorithm and dealing with change
With every announced adjustment to a major social platform integral to social media managers and strategists, conversations turn to postulating what this change means for the work that we do. Yes, we must be nimble and cat-like in our approaches, but what does that actually
Apple commercials came on in 1977, declaring “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Wouldn’t you know, our culture bought into it. Growing up, the dream for many of us was to be in a connected house. Coffee makers would program themselves to turn on at a
Presenter: Rick Allen (@epublishmedia) More information about this session >> Rick Allen presented #mcs4 on Monday, and gave the room a simple, easy way to approach content strategy. Content strategy on any college campus should start with a cup of coffee and a question: “What should people
On Black Friday, 2014, the popular company Cards Against Humanity sent out an email with information that was spread even more quickly on social networks. The message was clear. You had the chance to buy some new bullshit from Cards Against Humanity, as better
Ten years ago, we were like everyone else. Our approach to PR at Rutgers University was very traditional: A lot of news releases which didn’t contain much news. Unsuccessful efforts to interest the media in speakers, symposia and awards. Our methodology was a major problem.
My job as a web strategist in Student Affairs at Metropolitan State University (St. Paul, Minn.) didn’t originally include social media in its description, but it was an area that our marketing department had not yet pursued (and didn’t seem too interested in pursuing it,
What’s it like to to be part of the Google Street View Partner Program? Corie Martin takes us inside.
Ma’ayan Plaut’s disillusionment with Facebook : saga in two parts
HighEdWeb Syracuse brought Web professionals from across five states and three countries for a packed day of sessions covering everything from crisis communications and student social media ambassadors to Wordpress plug-ins and mobile learning.
Déjà vu all over again.