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Focus groups face their fate. Zoom takes off.

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Approximate reading time: 2.5 minutes Michael Vigeant is the CEO of Great Blue research. He’s a 25-year veteran of consumer and B2B research and a longtime ally of drinkcaffeine. He knows things. That’s why we interviewed him. DC: What should brands know about research right now? A: Research is not an external function or luxury. […]

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Content marketing ideas for proactive Admissions & Marketing directors

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Approximate reading time: 2.5 minutes Something amazing is happening as private school teachers move coursework online. The abrupt migration to online learning has created, in our view, a massive content marketing opportunity for Admissions and Marketing directors at private schools to recruit new students and retain current ones. Before, parents may have been paying for […]

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Campus health concerns open new doors for colleges and universities

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Approximate reading time: 2.5 minutes Colleges and universities have long been known for healthcare delivery that specialized in treating twisted ankles, food poisoning, or Category 5 hangovers. But today, students (and their parents) need more, and it starts with two crucial elements: Clear policies and clear communication. For college marketing directors, COVID-19 communications can be […]

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As courses go online, content moves more freely.

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Enrolling applicants during this crisis is challenging. We get that. Schools are looking for ways to differentiate themselves when they can’t invite applicants onto the campus or into a classroom, right? Not so fast. One of the most important success factors driving the classroom experience is the faculty – their passion, their ability to communicate, […]

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Putting parents to the test as at-home educators

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Good morning Mr. Mom! Educational institutions often refer to the parents of the students they teach as “partners.” During the present Covid-19 siege, as K-12 schools move their curricula online and pivot to parents for virtual schooling, that reference is about to become a reality. Working parents confronted with this new role are a bit […]

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Branded Educational Programs

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Think Small Picture Many schools of all stripes – public, private, vocational, international – continue to invest in defining their own Brand (note capital B). Mostly, this involves intense, navel-gazing research focused on identifying a single, large, visual idea about the school. Reality: While schools may want to sell the total experience of achieving a […]

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Knock, knock.

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Who’s there? Someone entering your website. Someone entering my website who? Someone entering your website doesn’t use the home page. It’s no joke. While many marketers still think of their home page as the front door to their site (and, perhaps, the foyer), in reality visitors are getting more and more accustomed to entering sites […]

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Redefining what education is about

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In a recent meeting with a client who’s spent 30 years as a consultant to large education publishers as well as private colleges and universities, we started talking about the 800-lb question: How can the people responsible for marketing private colleges re-stage what the experience is about? Private college is expensive. Get past it. Any […]

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