In higher education, the basic content and function of the undergraduate viewbook haven’t changed in decades. It’s timeless. Or, maybe it’s just old.
Recently, we recommended to a small, liberal arts college that they discontinue their diversity and inclusion brochure. “Why?” they asked. “What kind of research do you have that shows it’s no longer an effective recruiting tool?”
It seems the goal of branding today is to be everywhere and do everything, often with scant resources. But this ongoing pressure can have a serious impact on brands. Sometimes, the opposite approach can be more powerful.
As the digital and cultural landscape continues to evolve, it’s critical that we (and our clients) grow along with it. This is especially relevant in higher education, where change tends to happen slower than elsewhere.
This is a banner day for opinions at the water cooler. There was an obvious theme of the night: humor, with several brands relying on comedic actors (Jeff Goldblum, Steve Harvey, Seth Rogen, and Amy Schumer, to name a few).
A brand refresh — which can be anything from adjusting your logo’s color to a full-on messaging update — can help your organization’s story align with what you stand for and your current offer. But when should you hit the reset button on your brand?
Campaigns are more than an ask for money. Beyond the bottom line lies a golden opportunity to tell your story, proclaim your vision, and connect with donors on a level that goes much deeper than their pockets. Once you can do that, you’ll not only reach your goal, you’ll elevate your entire institution.
Generation Z: They were born after 1996. They have an attention span of eight seconds. And most of them went straight from sucking their thumbs to surfing the web. So if your brand is going to capture their attention (let alone keep it), consider these tips.
Plenty of research and insight exist about why college students pick the schools they do. What is it that finally moves a prospective school from the “maybe” to the “yes” column? Is it the feeling they get when they visit the campus? Is it the nationally ranked engineering program? Or is it the soft-serve ice cream in the cafeteria?
At Ologie, our people spend hundreds of days on college and university campuses each year. We’ve been on countless prospective student tours. (We’re the old ones in the back.) And we review stacks upon stacks of viewbooks and other admissions materials all year long.