Category Archives: College Marketing

Top College Marketing Blog Posts of 2016

Top College Marketing Blog Posts of 2016

Check out NAM Youth Marketing’s top college marketing blog posts of 2016 by pageviews. Read the best college marketing ideas, strategies, and tips. Plus, a look into college advertising brand awareness programs that work.

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1. 5 Experiential College Marketing Ideas that Work 

5 Experiential College Marketing Ideas

Looking for new and exciting ways to market to college students? This blog post explores 5 experiential college marketing ideas and why they work. From mobile college marketing tours to lead generation campaigns, this blog will give you innovative ideas to reaching and engaging the lucrative college audience.

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Energy Drink College Sampling Strategies

Energy Drink College Sampling Strategies

The best way to expose students to your energy drink and get them excited about your brand is to let them experience it. On campus sampling gives your brand that opportunity. For effective on campus sampling promotions, it’s important to pay attention to timing and approach.

Key Times for Energy Drink College Sampling Promotions

Timing is critical when distributing energy drinks to students. You want to make sure you’re providing samples to students when they need it most and will most appreciate the energy boost.

  • Early Morning Rush: Consider handing energy drinks out as students leave their dorms in the early morning or passing out bottles at high-traffic bus stops as students arrive on campus. Mornings are always tough on students and they will appreciate the extra jolt of energy.
  • Midterms, Finals, and Late Night Cram Sessions: Midterms and Finals week are stressful times on campus as students rush to get in papers and study for their exams. Energy drink companies can help students during this hectic period by passing out energy drinks in campus libraries, study areas, computer labs, and student lounges.
  • As Students Enter the Gym: Athletes and fitness conscious students are always looking for ways to get the most out of their workout and gym session. A caffeine boost can help push them to their limits and provide them with extra motivation. Giving away free energy drinks at gyms is particularly beneficial for energy drink companies that specialize in healthy, all natural, organic, and/or low-calorie energy drinks.
  • Large Events on Campus: If you’re a start-up energy drink company or are just trying to reach as many students as possible, in a short amount of time, consider promoting samples at large scale events, such as tailgating events, concerts, athletic events, homecoming, and other high-traffic venues.

College Brand Ambassador Strategies for Energy Drink Companies

One of the most common misconceptions about college marketing is that all brand ambassadors are the same. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Brand ambassadors can make or break your campaign. They are the people who interact with students and promote your company, so it’s important you select the right people for the job.

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3 College Marketing Tips to Utilize During Back to School

3 College Marketing Tips to Utilize During Back to School

Want to market to college students this fall? Here are 3 college marketing tips to utilize during back to school to make your marketing campaign a success.

3 College Marketing Tips to Utilize During Back to School

Make Personal Connections with Students During Back to School

Back to school is an exciting time for students. Freshmen will be beginning their collegiate journey, while upperclassmen will be reconnecting with friends and reacquainting themselves with their university.

Back to school is an excellent time for brands to connect and engage with students on campus. Excitement will be high as students prepare for their new classes and the start of the semester. The trick to successful back to school marketing is to make personal connections with students.

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College Marketing Brand Awareness Programs Part 1

College Marketing Brand Awareness Programs Infographic

Looking for ways to increase brand awareness among the college demographic? Check out these college marketing brand awareness programs!

College Marketing Brand Awareness Programs

1. Branded Notebook Paper

Branded Notebook Paper College Marketing Brand Awareness Program

I know what you’re thinking . . . do college students still use notebook paper? Surprisingly, yes! In fact, many students prefer taking notes by hand and research shows that students are more likely to retain information if they take handwritten notes. Some professors have started implementing a no laptop policy in class due to problems with students’ social media usage during lectures.

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Start Conversations On Campus with College Brand Ambassador Programs

Nutella College Brand Ambassador Program

College brand ambassador programs allow brands to start conversations on campus and meaningfully connect with students through peer-to-peer marketing.

College brand ambassador programs allow brands to connect with students on campus using student influencers. These college brand ambassadors have access to student spaces and connections on campus that allow them to distribute ads and meaningfully start conversations with students. This is an organic type of marketing that resonates with students.

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Reasons to Use College Experiential Marketing

On Campus College Experiential Marketing Campaign

What is college experiential marketing and why does it work? This article addresses these questions and explores reasons to use college experiential marketing.

What is College Experiential Marketing?

College experiential marketing is an innovative type of marketing that helps brands create experiences for students while branding their products. The reason college experiential marketing works so well, is that you’re providing students with an experience that allows them to emotionally connect with your brand.

Mary Angelou explains the power of forming emotional connections with others, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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Social Media Isn’t the Only College Marketing Option

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Explore effective ways to market to college students that don’t involve social media. See if these college marketing options are right for your brand!

If you visit a college campus, you will notice the majority of college students have their phones in hand or within reach, and many will have laptops and/or tablets out as well. College students are constantly connected; however, that doesn’t mean that social media marketing and online advertising is the only way to reach the college crowd.

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3 College Marketing Tips for Successful College Marketing Campaigns

3 College Marketing Tips for Successful College Marketing Campaigns

There’s a lot that can go wrong when marketing to college students. Avoid some of the biggest college marketing mistakes by following these 3 college marketing tips.

3 College Marketing Tips for Successful College Marketing Campaigns

1. Perform Market Research Before Planning a College Marketing Campaign

Don’t make the all-too-common mistake of thinking you understand the college market. Instead, perform thorough market research or partner with an experienced college marketing agency to make sure you understand the audience, the space, and the types of marketing that will resonate with students.

The college market is constantly changing as new technologies and social channels emerge. It’s important to stay up-to-date on consumer trends, media use, emerging social networking sites, campus news, and student life and campus culture. Having in-depth knowledge of the college market place will lead to a more successful college marketing promotion.

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College Marketing Tips for Car Companies Part 4

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Today’s youth pose a serious challenge to automakers. This article explores college marketing tips for car companies and discusses how the auto industry can appeal to college students. 

This article continues the series on how car companies can successfully market to college students with ads that resonate and explores on-campus marketing techniques that work! Make sure you check out part 1, 2, and 3 of the series, if you haven’t already.

College Marketing Tips for Car Companies

6. Car Companies Should Stress Fuel Efficiency When Advertising to College Students

Car Companies Should Stress Fuel Efficiency When Advertising to College Students

Fuel efficiency matters to college students. College students are budget conscious, and they don’t want to waste money on gas when they don’t have to. 26-year-old Josh Pettrey, voices a common concern many cash-strapped millennials feel, “Gas prices are up and down and I don’t have a ton of money that I can throw out on gas.”

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College Marketing Tips for Car Manufacturers Part 3

College Marketing Tips for Car Manufacturers

Today’s youth pose a serious challenge to automakers. This article explores college marketing tips for car manufacturers and discusses how the auto industry can appeal to college students. 

This blog post, continues the series on how car manufacturers can appeal to the college crowd and provides additional college marketing tips and advice for auto brands. Check out part 1 and part 2, if you missed them.

College Marketing Tips for Car Manufacturers

6. Car Companies Should Market an Experience When Advertising to Students

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Increasingly, college students and millennials value experiences over consumer goods and this attitude is reflected in their spending patterns, as well as their satisfaction levels when contemplating a purchase:

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