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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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College Advertising Utilizing Mass Media Engages College Students

College Advertising Utilizing Mass Media Engages College Students

Advertising to college students using mediums that they engage with regularly, will allow your message to reach its target audience in a meaningful way.

It’s a known fact that college students love technology. They use it as a way to interact and engage with their peers, stay up to date with the latest news and gossip, and as a tool in constructing their online image. Facebook has become an integral part of most college students’ lives, an obsession for some. Take the more extreme example, of where a University of Georgia student broke into somebody’s home, not to steal or vandalize, but in order to check her Facebook account. Though this case is bizarre, it does show the basic idea that college students consider Facebook an essential component of their everyday life.

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Advertise to College Students via College Newspapers

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Use college newspapers as a way to reach the college market.

Though print media readership among college students is generally on the decline, college students still stay tuned and frequently read their college newspapers. They use their collegiate newspaper as a way to stay in touch with the activities on campus, as well as the achievements of their peers. It’s also a great way to find out what entertainment and events are going on in a given week. Many local businesses use college newspapers to advertise to college students about upcoming events and deals. For example, this week in FSView—Florida State’s College Newspaper—Mockingbird Café is advertising for Whiskey Wednesday, The Warehouse is advertising for Open Mic Night, and AJ’s is advertising for a Karaoke Dance Party. These are just a few of the advertisements in the newspaper. What college students like about this type of advertising is that it doesn’t feel like advertising, rather they see it as a helpful reminder of the cool stuff happening around town. Plus it’s on print which means they can cut out the calendar section of the newspaper and hang it on their fridge as a reminder of what’s going on—which many college students actually do.

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Pop Culture Tie-Ins, Past

Utilizing pop culture references, both past and present, may be one good way for collegiate marketers to capture the attention of media-saturated youths.

Immersed as people today—especially young people—are in various forms of entertainment media, which are themselves interlinked at an unprecedented level, it makes sense for companies wishing to reach college students to use popular culture as a youth marketing tool. In a two-part series, I will broadly examine the possibilities of integrating pop culture tie-ins, present and past, to such ad campaigns.

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