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Increase Movie Ticket Sales with College Advertising

Increase Movie Ticket Sales with College Advertising

Movie theatres face serious challenges filling seats as they compete with more convenient and economical sources of entertainment. There’s no denying that it’s more convenient to stay at home and watch Netflix in your pajamas and chill than to go out to the theatres. It’s also much cheaper to wait and rent a new release on Red Box than to see a movie in the theatres. Movie theatres can’t compete with convenience and price, and must find other ways to appeal to the college crowd and increase movie theatre attendance.

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Sports Events Magazine’s Interview with NAM Youth Marketing

Attracting Millennials to Sports Events

NAM Youth Marketing was featured in an article recently by Sports Events Magazine—a magazine dedicated to helping planners of sporting events and competitions become more successful. Here’s an excerpt of the questions I was asked for the article with my responses:

1. What are the major challenges of getting millennials’ attention?

Technology plays a significant role in millennials’ lives and causes their values to rapidly change. For instance, smartphones and social networking allow millennials to connect with friends without leaving home. This challenges industries that historically relied on more-active participation. These businesses must now reimagine how to capture the attention of increasingly distracted and electronically connected youths.

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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 Play

Reach College Students at Sporting Events

College marketing gives brands the opportunity to reach college students where they study, live, work, and play. Promote your brand at high-traffic events where college students go for entertainment, such as sporting events, fraternity and sorority gatherings, and music festivals.

Use College Marketing to Reach College Students Where they Play

advertise to students at football games Use College Marketing to Reach College Students Where they Play

  1. Reach College Students at Sporting Events

Everyone knows that college sports play a prominent role in college students’ lives. In fact, some people decide where to go to college based on the school’s sports team. A student at Ohio State University says in the New York Times article, How Big-Time Sports Ate College Life, “It’s not something I usually admit to, that I applied to Ohio State 60 percent for the sports. But the more I do tell that to people, they’ll say it’s a big reason why they came, too.” This kind of loyalty and fandom only increases when they become students and are officially a part of the school community.

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Best of 2014 College Marketing Blog Posts

Today I want to share our most popular college marketing blog posts of 2014.

Welcome Bags innovative back-to-college marketing ideas

1. 3 Innovative Back to College Marketing Ideas

Back-to-college marketing is always one of the biggest college advertising opportunities of the year. However, finding a way to stand out from the competition requires creativity and innovation. This blog explores three innovative back-to-college marketing ideas, so you can reach college students successfully.

Why Only Using Digital Marketing to Target College Students is a Mistake

2. Why Only Using Digital Marketing to Target College Students is a Mistake

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Musicians Use College Marketing to Grow Fan Base

Musicians Use College Marketing to Grow Fan Base

Aspiring musicians use college marketing to grow fan base and catapult to success. Musicians use college marketing to raise awareness, increase record sales, and promote upcoming concerts and events.

Youth culture influences music trends. This can be seen in the rise in popularity in Electronic Dance Music (EDM) with the Ultra Music Festival boasting over 2 million Facebook fans and attracting over 300,000 attendees, and that’s just one of the popular EDM festivals; the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas has over 1 million likes on Facebook and also attracts over 300,000 attendees each year.

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Advertising Video Games on College Campuses

Advertising Video Games on College Campuses

College students love gaming as it’s a way to socialize with their peers and escape from the stress of everyday life. Advertising video games on college campuses is a great way to promote an upcoming release or introduce new devices.

Video Games Provide an Opportunity for Socialization and Friendship

The majority of college students play video games regularly. This is not surprising given their preference for socialization and group activities. Video games allow students to connect and hangout, and many students play video games as a social activity. In fact, “51 percent of men believe[] that gaming improved their friendship with friends.”[i] Video games are great icebreakers for people that have just met. Video games help people feel more comfortable around each other. It’s a form of entertainment that allows for interaction and teamwork, while reducing social pressure.

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Pairing an After Party with On-Campus Events

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Pairing an after party with on-campus events can be an effective student marketing strategy that keeps customers coming back.

Pairing an After Party with On-Campus Events

With so many restaurants, bars, and clubs in a college town it can be hard to make your venue stand out and more importantly to retain repeat customers. One way of reaching college students is by pairing an after party with on-campus events. For example, all Florida State University theatre events have an after party at Masa—an Asian-fusion restaurant. This really helps increase business at Masa because lots of the people who went to the performance and many of the performers want to go out and do something after the play. Since this is a widely known after party (it’s stated on the theatre programs), people don’t have to come up with a location to meet or something to do; the hard work—the planning—is already done for them.

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Youth Marketing Strategies: Exploiting the E-Sports Market, Part II

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Explore youth marketing strategies relating to e-sports. What are some more ways to implement student advertising in the video gaming community?

In the last installment I mentioned that the growing e-sports community constitutes an ideal vehicle for reaching college students during their free time and brought up a couple of potential youth marketing strategies centered on professional players. But there are also direct ways to advertise to college studentsvia video games.

Direct Youth Marketing Strategies Via Video Games

Gaming Events

E-sports events can be as big as those hosted by Major League Gaming (its Anaheim 2011 event was attended by over 20,000 fans, while Internet streams of the event were viewed by over 35 million people from 171 countries)[1] or as small as a student-organized college tournament, but they all afford student advertisingopportunities.

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Youth Marketing Strategies: Exploiting the E-Sports Market, Part I

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Youth marketing strategies require a keen awareness of market trends. With a majority of college students playing video games regularly (70%),[1] new student marketing possibilities abound.

In just a few decades, e-sports (competitive, multiplayer video gaming) has gone from informal gatherings at arcades to a vast international scene with corporate sponsors like Intel, Dell, and MSI—companies that have already taken advantage of the youth marketing opportunity created by such prevalent video gaming. College students comprise a significant portion of the gamer community and hence represent a potentially lucrative college advertising demographic. Consider the following:

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