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College Marketing Ideas for Back to School Part 2

In my last blog, College Marketing Ideas for Back to School Part 1, I listed 5 college marketing ideas for reaching students during the fall semester. In this blog, I will explore 5 additional college marketing ideas for back-to-college marketing.

6. Advertise at College Football Games and Sporting Events

Advertise at College Football Games and Sporting Events

College sporting events are great venues for connecting with college students and promoting your brand! High-traffic games provide opportunities to deliver your message to large crowds of college students in fun, interactive ways. There are many options to advertise at college football games and other popular sporting events that don’t require huge budgets. Consider advertising at tailgating events, using brand ambassadors to pass out product samples or promotional material, having fraternities or sororities host game day parties and introduce your product, promoting sweepstakes and contests, or setting up on-campus game day events.

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College Marketing Ideas for Back to School Part 1

1. Offer College Student Discounts

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A great way to generate new customers and inform incoming students about your business is by providing students with a discount to your establishment. Have brand ambassadors pass out promotional coupons at the beginning of the fall semester. That way you will encourage students to visit your business before buying patterns set in. Consider offering a college student discount day every week to promote repeat business.

2. Provide Students with Free Samples

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College sampling is a great way to get your products into the hands of students. Incoming college students will be buying many items for the first time and a way to encourage them to choose your brand over the competition is by giving them a free sample. Reach college students during this impressionable time with college sampling.

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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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Reasons Why Car Companies Advertise On College Campuses

Reasons Why Car Companies Advertise On College Campuses

The auto industry faces rising competition with ride sharing services. Car companies advertise on college campuses to establish consumer trends and develop brand loyalty.

1. The Auto Industry Faces Rising Competition with Ride Sharing Services

According to a study by Alix Partners, a consulting firm, “a half million vehicle purchases in the U.S. have been avoided due to the growing popularity of car sharing programs like Zipcar and Relay Riders.” Ride sharing services know that by penetrating the college market, they will find people open to alternative means of transportation and as students adopt this new technology, growth will occur: “Research finds that most college campuses that start a program see sizeable growth rates in car sharing usage, grow­ing 20-30 percent on a year-over-year basis.”[i]

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Why Brands Should Join the Party at Spring Break Destinations

Brands Should Join the Party at Spring Break Destinations

Brands should join the party at spring break destinations as the college advertising potential is huge! Reach high-concentrations of students in a relaxed environment with spring break marketing.

Why Brands Should Join the Party at Spring Break Destinations

  1. There’s Huge College Advertising Potential

Every year flocks of students head to spring break destinations worldwide to indulge in the spring break experience. The high-concentrations of students that congregate at these popular vacation spots is astronomical. Spring break advertising allows brands to reach these high-density crowds and can be an extremely effective way for brands to connect with the college audience.

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Use College Marketing to Reach College Students Where they Study

Use College Marketing to Reach College Students

College marketing gives brands the opportunity to reach college students where they study, live, work, and play. Student brand ambassadors have access to all areas on campus granted to students and can deliver your ad into the hands of college students.

Use College Marketing to Reach College Students Where they Study

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1. Reach Students with Classroom Announcements

Classroom announcements are an excellent way to reach a large group of college students because you have a captive audience of targeted students. This means you can deliver your message to a receptive crowd and not waste advertising dollars. Classroom announcements are approved by the professor beforehand, which gives the brand/program credibility because the professor deems it worthy of an announcement.

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10 Reasons Snack Brands Should Advertise to College Students

10 Reasons Snack Brands Should Advertise to College Students

10 Reasons Snack Brands Should Advertise to College Students

  1. College students significantly influence the snack industry

The serious snacking habits of college students contributed heavily to the $18.5 billion worth of snack sales in US restaurants, vending machines, and mobile vendors that was expected last year.[1]

  1. College students are willing to spend on snacks

Consumers between the ages of 18 and 24 spend the highest percentage of their income on snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.[2]

  1. College students consume a lot of snacks

At least 35% of the meals eaten by Millennials aren’t meals at all, but snacks.[3]

  1. A significant portion of college students snack daily

Four in 10 Millennials snack more than once daily, reports research firm Technomic.[4]

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Advertise to Students at College Football Games

Advertise to Students at College Football Games

College football games attract big crowds! Advertise to students during these high-traffic events for a high return on investment.

There’s no denying that college football attracts huge crowds. Last year, nearly 50.3 million people attended NCAA football games. That’s a lot of people attending college football games and represents huge marketing potential. When most companies think of advertising at college football games, they think of sponsorship opportunities, in-stadium signage, aerial advertising, and video scoreboard ads. While these types of ads are highly visible, they are also highly competitive and extremely expensive. However, there are other ways to advertise to students at college football games that are low-cost, high return investments.

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Use Humor as a Way to Advertise to College Students

Use Humor as a Way to Advertise to College Students

Humor can be an effective strategy to employ when trying to reach the college market.

College students love humor and they spend a lot of their free time finding outlets for laughter. Whether it’s from watching videos on YouTube or CollegeHumor, college students love watching humorous content. Comedy gives students a momentary distraction from all the stresses of day-to-day life. Between attending classes, studying, and worrying about their economic futures and rising tuition costs, college students have a lot on their minds. Humor provides them with a much needed escape—a momentary release from the all their worries and frustrations.

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5 Important Tips to Remember When Advertising to College Students

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Utilize these 5 tips when advertising to college students for a successful college advertising campaign.

  1. Know the Demographic. This can be highly challenging because the youth and collegiate markets are constantly evolving with the input of new technology and media influences. Something that was popular and hip six months ago may no longer be in. So it is important when advertising to college students to make sure your ad is up to date.
  2. Utilize Smartphone Technology. Teenagers and college students use their cell phones more than any other demographic. It is important to remember this when advertising to college students.  Millennials want the option of using their smartphones to receive mobile coupons and text message advertising from stores. They also want to use their smartphones as a way to scan QR codes and barcodes, as well as a way to look up reviews of your company and product. Try to utilize smartphone technology in your next college advertising campaign.
  3. Use Facebook and Other Social Networking Sites. According to Digital Buzz Blog, “48% of 18-34 year olds check Facebook when they wake up, with 28% doing so before even getting out of bed. . . .The core 18-24 year old segment is now growing the fastest at 74% year on year.” These statistics show how essential it is to use Facebook as a way of advertising to college students.
  4. Provide an Incentive. College students are more likely to try your product or visit your establishment if there is an incentive to do so. College students like to feel like they’re getting a good deal. Possible incentives include: providing coupons, having a discount day for college students, holding a contest, distributing product samples, or offering a free trial of your product or service.
  5. Create an Eye-catching Ad Focused on Them. College students will be more receptive to an ad if it is specifically created for their demographic. They’ll be more responsive to an ad picturing college students versus an ad picturing middle-aged adults. Keep the ad simple and to the point. It is better to be eye-catching and bold, than lengthy and obtuse.

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