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Encourage App Downloads with College Marketing

Encourage App Downloads with College Marketing

Use highly-networked brand ambassadors to promote your app on social media channels and encourage app downloads with college marketing.

In my last blog post, I explored ways app developers can use college marketing to increase app downloads on college campuses. In this blog post, I will explore ways to encourage app downloads with college marketing from an online and social media perspective, using key influencers.

Social media marketing is a great way to reach college students online. But, unlike banner ads and paid advertising, you must develop a social media marketing strategy that will influence, engage, and encourage students to download your app. This can be achieved by using highly-connected student brand ambassadors to engage with their peers, professors, targeted groups, and page administrators to effectively promote your app to interested groups and individuals.

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Capturing College Students’ Votes and Why it Matters

Capturing College Students’ Votes and Why it Matters

Politicians should focus their attention on capturing college students’ votes as this demographic represents huge untapped potential.

Increasing voter turnout among the youth could change the course of an election. In 2012, the youth demographic (18-29) comprised up to 21% of the eligible voter population.[1] Typically, half of the eligible voters in this demographic decline to participate. What this number represents is potential—huge untapped potential.

If you are a politician trying to increase your votes in a local, state, or national election, consider capturing college students’ votes. Studies show that young people who are contacted by an organization or a campaign are more likely to vote.[2] In an election you need all the votes you can muster. In order to get the upper hand over your fellow politicians, it is important to target the college demographic.

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College Advertising: Attract Attention by Personalizing your Ad

Attract Attention by Personalizing Your Ad image

When developing a college advertising campaign, make sure to provide students with  a personalized brand experience by personalizing your ad. The youth value brands that resonate with them. 

Ad specificity is extremely important when targeting the youth. Trends can fall in and out of fashion in a matter of months. Knowing what is cool and marketing that image in your college advertising campaign can be very influential among this impressionable demographic. Cultivating and maintaining a hip image is very important to college students and teens. Why do you think so many young people actively post and upload selective photos of themselves on social networking sites? They are constructing a profile of themselves that they want the world to see–an image that shows they’re fun, attractive, stylish, trendy, and an all-around fashionable person.

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The Key to Advertising to Students is Knowing Your Target Audience

The Key to Advertising to Students is Knowing Your Target Audience

Knowing how college students think and act is crucial when developing a college marketing plan.

College students are a highly intelligent group of individuals that value creativity and change. They eagerly anticipate new forms of technology and are among the first to incorporate new technology into their lives. They also value their independence and don’t like to be told how to live and think. When advertising to students it’s essential that you understand them. You need to know how they think, live, and play, what mediums they choose to engage with and on what frequency, as well as what motivates them to act. Equally important is what forms of college advertising to avoid. If you can answer these questions, you can begin developing a solid college advertising strategy.

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How to Use Branded Marketing Strategies in College Advertising

How to Use Branded Marketing Strategies in College Advertising

In order to have a successful college marketing campaign, you must know your audience inside and out.

One of the most important aspects of collegiate marketing is knowing your target audience and the best ways to reach them. With constant technological advances, reaching college students may seem difficult, however, this does not have to be the case. First and foremost, it’s imperative that you know their interests, desires, motivations, and how they like to engage with media. Knowing how college students think and operate will help you create a viable college marketing plan.

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Knowing your Target Audience is the First Step to a Successful College Marketing Campaign

Knowing your Target Audience is the First Step to a Successful College Marketing Campaign

Collegiate marketing faces increased challenges due to the recession and shifting technological trends; understanding these changes and marketing to students accordingly will lead to greater success.

Reaching college students has become a difficult feat. Not only do marketers have to know the ever changing fashions and trends of the moment—which can change in a blink of an eye—they have to know how to realign their company’s image in a fashionably hip way. On top of that, marketing to college students—students dealing with the repercussions of the economic recession—require a whole new evaluation of their wants, desires, and needs.

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Engaging College Students Matters More Than Sheer Numbers Alone in College Marketing

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When marketing to college students, it is more important to focus on providing engaging, meaningful content than focusing solely on numbers.

Social media marketing enables brands to gain followers and friends, while highlighting and marketing upcoming events or products. It is a great medium for reaching college students, since they readily indulge in various social media platforms. Knowing your target audience and their love of social media can help jumpstart conversations and engagement with your brand. Social media marketing can be an excellent college marketing tool when done correctly. However, most companies lose sight of the bigger goal—forming meaningful connections—when using social media marketing; instead they focus on numbers alone. This obsession on numbers shifts the attention away from engagement and creating strong customer-brand relations and focuses more on quantity.

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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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NASCAR Hits the Nail on the Head in Their College Marketing Strategy

NASCAR Nailed Their College Marketing Strategy

Many companies struggle in building and presenting their college marketing strategy to college students, but they should take a look at how NASCAR nailed their college marketing strategy.

Many companies know that college marketing can be very lucrative if done correctly and presented to college students in a creative way.  The problem lies in how to go about taking on this challenge.  Many companies try to take the easy way out in pursuing college Facebook marketing through the paid ads or simply doing a massive and overpriced college newspaper ad campaign.

For those companies interested in a great case study that outlines a very simply yet effective college marketing strategy, they should look no further than the David Goetzl’s Media Post article, NASCAR Pushes College Marketing Efforts.  Let’s examine a few of the points that NASCAR implemented into the college marketing plan:

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