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5 PR Trends in The New Year



Over the past few months, Enroll Media Group has had the good fortune to participate in monthly programs hosted by The Communicators Club (TCC) in our backyard of Central Massachusetts. TCC offers ongoing programming and professional development opportunities for marketers, communicators, and storytellers, while simultaneously providing a unique chance to network with other companies, organizations, and individuals along the way.

To kick off the new year, we attended the most recent TCC program featuring Hilary McCarthy, Public Relations Director at Clearpoint Agency. During this month’s TCC session, Hilary shared the top 5 trends in Public Relations to keep in mind as we embark on new goals and projects ahead in 2019.

Are you interested in how your school or organization can stay ahead of the rapidly changing world of communicating via press releases, paid campaigns, websites, traditional advertising, and more? Are you curious about the evolving needs of PR, and what skills are necessary to introduce your organization through powerful storytelling? Read on for the top 5 trends in PR, and a few anecdotes from Hilary’s fantastic presentation.

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Demystifying Google Ads for the Enrollment Marketer

Google Ads are a common way to reach consumers online. But are they effective for schools and nonprofits looking to enroll students and members or drive donations? Read on to learn if Google Ads are right for your organization!

 

 

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The Backpacker's Guide to Enrollment Marketing

Here at Enroll Media Group, we were given the incredible opportunity to present earlier this month at The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) 2019 Annual Conference in the heart of Washington, D.C. On the final day of the conference, several schools, companies, and individuals demonstrated their research and knowledge using graphically-based representations on poster displays.

In our case, it only took us a few sketches to arrive at our final concept: The Backpacker's Guide to Enrollment Marketing (actual poster is pictured above), a sequence of challenges and accompanying solutions faced by independent schools on a daily basis. Not unlike embarking on a new backpacking adventure, everything comes down to preparation.

The Backpacker's Guide, in digital format, will help frame all of your strategic decisions coming ahead in the New Year. If you struggle with any or all of these obstacles, take a peek below for a short-list of solutions to prepare and push you well ahead of your goals in 2019:

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3 Website Habits for Schools to Embrace in the New Year

Does your 2019 marketing plan include improving your institution's digital presence? It should! A great place to start with this is to optimize your website. This may sound like a big project but it doesn’t have to be. For many institutions, if you’re wearing multiple hats and working with a shoestring budget, that can cause things like Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to fall to the wayside.  So how can you develop a way to impact your online presence without creating a ton of work for yourself? As you’re working on New Year’s resolutions, here are some valuable habits you should get into:

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Why Independent Schools Need Landing Pages

A few weeks back, we dove into a short-list of don’t-miss digital trends for independent schools at the start of the new academic year. Now that the season is in full swing, we will pull the curtains back on one of the most important trends to embrace this year: landing pages, and all the elements that make them an essential part of your school’s digital marketing strategies.

For independent schools, the purpose of a landing page is generally to drive inquiries for a particular school or program, to help bolster registrations for open houses and yield events, to assist fundraising and advancement activities, etc. When applied in concert with centralized marketing strategies, we often uncover valuable data that would convince even the most skeptical organization of the power of landing pages.

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10 Ways to Amplify Marketing Efforts for "Giving Tuesday"

What is “Giving Tuesday”? Thanks to social media activism in recent years, and especially the hashtag #GivingTuesday, this holiday has achieved global recognition as a day that encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity worldwide. Generally following Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Giving Tuesday is a perfect way for organizations to participate in the holiday spirit of giving.

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Use Google Analytics for Enrollment Marketing Insights

Google Analytics is a powerful tool for businesses to leverage website data, which can help make informed marketing decisions. But how can this heavy e-commerce-driven tool actually help schools and nonprofit organizations? Whether you’re looking to attract members, donors or students, here are a few ways to use Google Analytics smarter, for your enrollment marketing needs.

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3 Don’t-Miss Digital Trends for Schools and Nonprofits

In this ever-changing digital landscape, it is increasingly difficult to keep up with trends. Going into the admissions cycle of a new year, what do schools need to be most mindful of? Enroll Media Group (EMG) and other sources are seeing what is the most valuable to keep on your digital marketing radar.

1. The Dominance of Voice Search

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3 Things to Avoid When Marketing Your Open House

When it comes to successful enrollment marketing for K-12 schools, I often hear admissions officers say, “If you can just get them to visit the school, we will dazzle them from there.” Since getting families to campus is half the battle, target marketing for an open house is a must-do for independent schools. But in this ever-changing digital landscape, it’s becoming harder to know who to market to, what to say, and how to measure the highest return on investment.

Here are 3 common marketing tactics to avoid when marketing your open house this year.

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What Makes Your School Stand Apart?

All too often, schools focus on a number of selling points in marketing collateral that might be true – but don’t adequately describe the institution or what it stands for. Just ask yourself: "How many times have I heard about a premier independent school with personalized attention, strong academics, hands-on learning, and a diverse community?”

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