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Common Mistakes Marketers Make When Advertising to College Students

Common Mistakes Marketers Make When Advertising to College Students

Here’s a list of 3 common mistakes marketers make when advertising to college students:

1. Thinking Digital Media is the Best Way to Reach College Students

While it’s true college students spend a great deal of time online, digital ads often get ignored. In fact, “82% of Americans ignore online ads . . . . The online ads Americans are most likely to ignore included: online banner ads (73%), followed by social media ads (62%), and search engine ads (59%).”[1] Online ads are so prevalent today that they don’t catch the attention of viewers.

2. Not Using Peer-to-Peer Marketing for Social Media Marketing Campaigns

College students are particularly adept at navigating the web and finding exactly what they’re looking for, while filtering out and ignoring ads that get in their way. If you want to use digital media to reach them, you need to think outside the box and come up with innovative ways to reach them online, such as peer-to-peer marketing. In fact, peer recommendations or peer posts related to products, carry significant weight among the college demographic. In fact, “68% of 18-to-34-year-old social media users surveyed were somewhat likely to make a purchase after seeing a friend’s post.”[2] This is much more effective than traditional social media marketing techniques.

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