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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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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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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

GM college marketing ad fuel efficiency

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

Anticipating Experience-Based Purchases More Enjoyable Than Material Ones.jpg

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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College Marketing Tips for Automakers Part 2

College marketing tips for automakers part 2

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

In my last blog, I wrote about three college marketing tips to help automakers successfully market to college students. In today’s blog, I would like to further explore college marketing tips for automakers and how auto brands can connect and engage with the college audience.

College Marketing Tips for Automakers

4. Automakers Should Inform and Engage When Marketing to College Students

Automakers inform and engage when marketing to college students

Today’s youth have grown up with the internet and feel very comfortable researching products and making purchases online. They love the convenience of shopping online and like how the whole process is on their terms. It’s a no-pressure environment that they are comfortable with.

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College Marketing Tips for Automakers Part 1

College Marketing Tips for Automakers

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

College Marketing Tips for Automakers

  1. Be Honest and Transparent When Marketing to College Students

Quote Austin Salinas Ford Dealership Manager

A major challenge automakers face when advertising to students is establishing trust. College students distrust traditional advertising and brand messaging. Steve Martin, Co-Creative Partner at Firefly Creative Company, expresses his concerns with marketing to millennials (college students are a subset of millennials): “They think marketing is lying. They don’t believe something just because it’s in the newspaper or on the internet. They’re very skeptical, therefore it’s important for a brand to be authentic or genuine.”

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College Marketing Tips for Student Agents, Part II

College Marketing Tips for Student Agents, Part II

Based on my personal experience, I’d like to offer some college marketing tips for student agents involved in campus marketing and postering.

Although college marketing plans delegated to student agents may seem relatively simple—hang posters, distribute handouts, take surveys—I’ve employed a few strategies to make these tasks easier, more efficient, and less disruptive.

Handouts and Surveys

  • Concentrate on high-flow areas of campus for these forms of college marketing, preferably chokepoints. You want a good volume of people moving past: it gives you greater exposure even if they don’t stop and increases your potential pool of “stoppers.” Also, I’ve noticed that once you get a few people to stop, more will do so out of curiosity.
  • Be courteous and take no for an answer. Approach people politely and don’t persist overly much. A given student might be unable to stop due to time constraints.
  • Go for students in small groups. Usually, if one stops to engage with your college street team, they all will.
  • Also target people who make eye contact. If a student is walking by at top speed, with earphones in, staring at the ground, they’re probably not going to stop. But people who have already noticed you and show curiosity may well.
  • If possible, find places on campus where people congregate in waiting lines. If a bunch of students are standing around waiting, with nothing else to do, they don’t have any pressing reason to spurn your college marketing efforts. I had great success with this at certain periods when big lines form, like at the campus bank branch after financial aid distribution, around lunch time in dining areas, etc.
  • Be presentable and invested in the campaign. If you seem like you don’t want to be there, then you won’t be a good face for the college advertising campaign or the marketing company that hired you. You also won’t be as successful at attracting respondents.

Acting as a student agent for a college marketing company is an important task, and it helps to follow some general guidelines like the ones I’ve laid out above when engaging in these kinds of personal, interactive campaigns.



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College Marketing Tips for Student Agents, Part 1

College Marketing Tips for Student Agents, Part 1

Based on my personal experience, I’d like to offer some college marketing tips for student agents involved in campus marketing and postering.

Although college marketing plans delegated to student agents may seem relatively simple—hang posters, distribute handouts, take surveys—I’ve employed a few strategies to make these tasks easier, more efficient, and less disruptive.

College Posters

  • Use a heavy-duty stapler rather than tacks, tape, or an office stapler. For $20 or less, you can purchase one in the hardware section of stores like Wal-Mart. It’s faster and more secure than other options for affixing college marketing posters.
  • Be respectful of people and places in the buildings. Remember that classes may be ongoing, even early or late in the day. And avoid bulletin boards on floors devoted to faculty offices—they usually belong to professors and aren’t intended for youth advertising.
  • Pay attention to where you’re posting. Some college boards are earmarked for marketing and listings, while others are reserved for departmental purposes. Chances are, if you see a board without any ads, “for sale” posters, or the like, it isn’t for campus marketing.
  • Work in a team. If you have a friend who’s willing to work with you, it saves time to have one person hanging the college marketing posters while the other person stands ready to take the picture.
  • Do not attach more than one youth marketing poster to a given bulletin board. It looks bad and some schools have policies against it. Also, try to avoid posting over other people’s flyers if at all possible.
  • Develop a college marketing plan beforehand based on campus layout. If you’re targeting certain departments, find out where their buildings are and decide on the best route. Or, if the campus posters are for general distribution, go to the locations with the most postering opportunities.

By following these college marketing tips, student marketing agents can complete their projects more quickly and easily, all without raising the ire of faculty members, custodians, or fellow students.



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