Category Archives: Authenticity

Don’t Make This College Marketing Mistake

Don't make this college marketing mistake

One of the biggest college marketing mistakes professionals and agencies make is believing that they understand the college market. Don’t make this college marketing mistake when advertising to students!

Why Marketing Professionals Believe They Understand the College Demographic

Oftentimes, marketers mistakenly believe they understand the college market. This can happen for a couple of reasons, the first being that they specialize in marketing to millennials. Millennials are a hot topic in marketing today and tons of research have been conducted on this niche market. However, the college demographic (18-24 year olds) is a specialized segment within this niche group and needs to be treated as such, as their desires, motivations, consumer behavior, and lifestyle habits vary greatly from other millennial groups.

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College Marketing Challenges

College Marketing Challenges

Many companies face college marketing challenges. Brands can surmount these obstacles by delivering authentic ads to students using the resources and expertise of a reputable college marketing agency.

At a glance, college marketing is a relatively straightforward concept: brands promoting their products or services to college students. In practice, however, college marketing is a difficult endeavor.

The college demographic is increasingly distrustful of corporations and institutions. This is not surprising, given the fact they’re living in uncertain times and face economic challenges ahead; they can’t even be certain that the degrees they’re pursuing will help them gain careers in their field of study and the recent government shutdown only heightened their insecurities about the future.

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College Marketing: The Rise of Social Activism Among the Youth Part 2

College Marketing: The Rise of Social Activism Among the Youth Part 2

In my last blog, “College Marketing: The Rise of Social Activism Among the Youth Part I, I examined the increase in social activism among Millennials and explored some of the reasons behind this trend. In this blog I want to further discuss why companies should care about this shift toward a more societally active youth.

Young adults and teens want to contribute to the world and their community. A study conducted by dosomething.org found that “93% of young people are interested in volunteering; just over 54% of those surveyed had done so. The gap represents opportunity and untapped potential”.[1] This demonstrates that the majority of young people have already taken action to help organizations and causes, while 39% of young people would like to volunteer their time, but have yet to do so.

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A Few Things to Avoid in College Advertising

A Few Things to Avoid in College Advertising

This blog post discusses a few things to avoid when advertising on college campuses. A pitch made too strong can have the opposite of the desired effect.

It is important when advertising on college campuses to avoid divisiveness and polarizing topics (i.e. religion and politics for starters) and terminology in your ad, unless your organization is specifically oriented in that way (specifically a religious or political group). The reason for this is that you don’t want to alienate a good portion of your potential customers. College students are more open to other ideas, religions, and cultures—so you don’t want to present your company or product is a way that may alienate a large portion of your potential customer base.

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Authenticity is Key in College Marketing

Authenticity is Key in College Marketing

Reaching college students on campus is all about being creative and true to your brand and not presenting yourself as something you are not. Authenticity is key in college marketing.

College students are a savvy group attuned to trends ranging from technology and social media to the clothing and entertainment; they are no different when it comes to marketing messages and brand distinction.  College students, generally speaking, are cynical toward ‘Corporate America’ and often times are quick to critique as brands try to court them as consumers.

In Sharalyn Hartwell’s recent article, Above All Else, Be Authentic, published by MediaPost, she makes some good points to brands planning a college marketing strategy from a branding and messaging standpoint.  She says:

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4 Recommendations for a College Viral Marketing Strategy

College Viral Marketing Strategy

Having an understanding of what drives college students’ NEED to communicate with their fellow students and peers will drive your college viral marketing campaign. Use student influencers to spread the word online and on campus.

College VIRAL Marketing continues to increase dramatically as more students become connected through social media outlets and use other forms of technology. When it comes to the 18-24 target demographic, this is even more apparent as students display a tremendous word of mouth capability, especially amongst peers and social influencers. Having the right students spread your message on campus and through social media, can make your campaign go viral.

Any on campus college marketing campaign must identify strategy to ignite traditional college advertising mediums and turn them from simple word of mouth campaigns into fast-paced viral campaigns using peer-to-peer student marketing .

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5 Tips for Effective On Campus College Marketing to Students

Effective On Campus College Marketing to Students

Reach the elusive, active, niche college student marketplace where students live, study and play using these 5 tips on effective on campus college marketing to students.

Back to school college marketing and  spring break college marketing are excellent times for brands to connect with college students. Food and beverage, entertainment, and automotive industries often all vie for reaching students and leaving impressions on the 18-24 year old COLLEGE demographic. Given that students are making brand decisions, many for the first time, creates an opportunity for brands to connect with students and create lifetime customers. However, using an inappropriate marketing strategy will leave you with little results.

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