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College marketing gives brands the opportunity to reach college students where they study, live, work, and play. Employers, graduate and professional schools, and other organizations looking to increase applicants can reach college students where they work.
Use College Marketing to Reach College Students Where they Work
Reach College Students on the Job
A great way for recruiters to reach their target audience is by advertising to students at work. Most colleges offer some form of work study for qualifying students on campus. On-campus employers tend to give preference to student applicants applying for work-study programs in their field. For example, preference is often given to a biology major for an assistant biologist position.
Recruit new members to your organization or cause through on-campus advertising! Learn different ways to recruit new members on college campuses.
There are many student organizations on campus for students to join and participate in. The best way to bring awareness of your organization to the student body and attract new members is through on campus advertising. It is important to try and get new members as early as possible and at the collegiate level. If a person joins an organization or club in college, they are more likely to support that organization and its values later in life.
For example, if your campus organization is part of a larger nationwide organization, the students can still continue to be involved later in life. It is essential that your organization recruit members early if it is involved in some kind of cause, such as advocating for human rights or the environment, advocating for immigrant and refugee rights, campus ministry and faith outreach, or even a political organization or cause. This is important because once a person is involved in an organization they take in the values of that organization and will continue to practice them after college.
In today’s technological age, where information can be shared around the world in a matter of minutes, companies face higher and higher consumer expectations and if these demands aren’t met it can have major ramifications. A recent Media Post article, Marketing: Causes: Tapping the Power of Impact Thinking, highlights just how important cause marketing and public image can have on a company:
Recent research shows an overwhelming majority of people globally — 94% — believe companies must do more than just make money. A full 60% say companies should advocate for change and evolve the way they operate. And consumers aren’t just talking: 55% report they’ve refused to buy products in the past year because companies behaved irresponsibly.
Marketing to college students using cause marketing techniques requires transparency and authenticity.
College students learn about societal problems daily in class. They learn about the challenges facing the public education system, the increase of childhood obesity, the threat of global warming, the effects of the economic recession, and many other social issues, from education to discrimination, gender issues to environmental issues.
When I was in college, I took an honors science seminar class in which we read The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollen. I learned about various farming practices and the effects monoculture has on crop biodiversity. Reading this book made me more aware of what I was eating and how my choices impacted the environment, as well as my health. This was just one class, out of many, that made me analyze my actions and influenced my decisions.
One way of reaching college students is through cause marketing. Appeal to college students using emotional triggers, as well as factual statistics.
College students are highly aware of societal problems and global issues, as they’re learning and discussing them in their classes. They love to get behind causes and advocate progress and they’re willing to support companies that contribute to causes they believe in. However, college students are an inquisitive bunch; they don’t blindly believe claims, nor blindly support organizations. They will question and research how active your company is with an organization and they want the claims to be substantiated.