One of the most effective ways for a brand to expand its reach is to partner with another like-minded brand in a different industry. By combining their powers, these brands (and their agencies) often find incredibly creative ways to cross-promote and, in doing so, can win over new fans and create serious buzz.
Queens University of Charlotte is a small, private institution that offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional programs, all grounded in a liberal arts core. But despite many enviable features, the university was struggling to stand out in the region and had little reputation outside the state.
We hear it all the time: “Once we get them on campus, we’ve got them hooked.” How could you not? A great tour. A good meal in the best dining hall (with soft-serve ice cream). A glimpse into a residence hall and a lecture hall. Interaction with real students. They’re totally hooked, right?
Here’s a peek at our Ologist’s cars for this year’s big Pinewood Derby race, hosted by Columbus Society of Communicating Arts (CSCA).
Recently, Instagram launched a new feature called Stories, which allows users to post temporary photos without filling up their photo feed or grid. It’s an approachable and ephemeral response to a brand-saturated Instagram feed that tends to be filled with picture-perfect photography.
To celebrate summer we hung out at one of our favorite Columbus breweries, Seventh Son Brewing, for beers and trivia. Not pictured: Hot Chicken Takeover, which was devoured before a photo could be snapped.
The double standard of higher ed marketing, and how to fight it.
For colleges and universities, competition has never been stiffer for top students and faculty, or for research funding, donor dollars, and reputation. Public universities have a hard time explaining what it means to be “public” and liberal arts colleges are still trying to defend the benefits of a multidisciplinary education to 17-year-olds everywhere.
Founded in 1873 as a school for training teachers, Southeast Missouri State University today offers more than 200 programs for nearly 12,000 students on two campuses in Cape Girardeau. In the face of an ever-competitive marketplace, the institution’s leaders were seeking to define who Southeast is today, and position the university for the future.
For colleges and universities, these two generational groups are continually top of mind. Gen Z-ers make up the majority of incoming classes, while Millennials now fill the ranks of young alumni. By understanding where the two groups diverge in their use of technology, your school can win big with both.
Twenty years ago, the average college president spent little time worrying about the brand. Applications were up. Budgets were stable. And leading a university can be as complex as running a small city – why focus on the window dressing? But as higher ed has evolved, so have the prevailing views on branding.
Where: 2016 Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education
When: December 6, 2016
Who: William Faust, Managing Partner, and Mary Baglivo, Chief Marketing Officer at Northwestern University
Presentation: Giving a Brand New Direction: The Northwestern Story
Where: Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois
When: December 12, 2016
Who: Paul Davis, Ologie Creative Director and Robin Bowlus, Director of Public Relations at Bluffton University
Presentation: One Campaign. Many Generations. All In. Effectively Engaging Alumni Across Generations.