Is your independent school planning an in-person, virtual, or hybrid admissions event this fall? If so, it’s critical for your school’s event to be optimized on search engines. Many private school marketers know that SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a relatively large undertaking.
Each year presents its own unique marketing challenges for independent K-12 schools, and 2021 is no exception. On the heels of a global pandemic, a drastically shifting economy, and a privacy-centric online advertising space, schools need to allocate annual marketing dollars smarter and leaner than in the past in order to more effectively reach right-fit families online.
Here are some tips for schools looking to develop a stronger and smarter digital marketing strategy this year:
In today’s market, especially during a pandemic, paid advertising is a great way for independent schools to promote all the benefits and successes they are experiencing this year. The ads are also a great way to reach new families who are exploring different options for their children. According to an eMarketer study, 96% of social marketers consider Facebook the most effective paid advertising option available to them. Paid advertising on social media can be very effective at growing your admissions funnel, and it is relatively easy to put a quick ad campaign together; however, it is important to remember your organic presence can continue to nurture these families throughout the admissions process, as well as support the paid ads, so that the paid and organic strategies together have a longer, stronger impact.
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With reopening plans and the new school year just around the corner, it’s easy to put things like Search Engine Optimization (SEO) on the back burner. But since families are not visiting campus to ask all the right admissions questions, it’s more critical than ever that your website be optimized to provide information about the admissions process to parents in the exact moment they are looking. Without proper SEO, you might be preventing your admissions pages from showing up in search results, or worse, the wrong pages and information could be showing up, creating a bad user experience and leaving a bad impression.
Here's how schools can optimize their admissions pages for search right now: