While there are dozens of free digital marketing tools available from Google, school marketers have a lot on their plate and can’t be expected to master them all. We narrowed it down to the top 6 that we recommend: Google Analytics 4, Google Tag Manager, UTM Codes, Google Search Console, Google Trends, and Google Business Profile.
Independent school marketers work extremely hard to get qualified prospects, or “leads,” into their pipeline. Whether you’ve purchased lists, launched a digital marketing campaign, or planned an on-ground admissions trip, building a lead funnel is a huge investment. That is why keeping those leads engaged and moving through the funnel by way of email marketing is a critical tactic for schools.
According to data by Nutshell, it takes an average of three to four emails before getting a response from a lead—but with those long admission- and marketing-team to-do lists, sending each lead regular communication can be a challenge.
Here’s how your school can develop an email marketing strategy to nurture leads—for FREE!, maximize your efforts, and ensure prospects take those next steps to visit, apply, and enroll.
You may be one of the many schools wondering what happened to Google Reviews. Many organizations, including schools, are experiencing a range of issues as it relates to users being able to review a business. This poses a challenge for schools that use Google Reviews as a way to manage their brand and communicate with prospective and current families.
So what happened to Google reviews for schools?
Families are eager to see what opportunities await their children for both in-person and virtual summer programs this year. While summer camp marketing should be a year-round strategy, now is a great time of year to take digital marketing to the next level. Whether you focus on test prep, arts, athletics, STEM, or nature-based themes, digital marketing is a great way to boost those summer registrations, and quickly.
How Your School Can Market Your Summer Camps and Programs Online:
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.
3 Reasons Your School Should Be Posting on Facebook and Instagram While Running Ads
Is your school dealing with a persnickety review or low star rating? It can be challenging to keep up with various ways in which prospective families are searching for, and learning about your school online while understanding which of those ratings really matter. For better or worse, the reality is that online reviews are part of the equation for every stage of the funnel -- from the initial discovery and inquiry, to deciding whether to visit, apply, and ultimately enroll -- key considerations are being made by adults who rely on the internet for a large source of information.
Here we are, nearly 4 years into one of Facebook's leading advertising capabilities, and Lead Ads show no signs of slowing down. In the education arena, specifically, Facebook & Instagram Lead Ads can be used for a plethora of admissions goals. From generating open house registrations and inquiries to eBooks and tours, Lead Ads can be used for both the top and the bottom of the funnel strategies. In tandem with other digital marketing, email and traditional efforts, here’s why Lead Ads should absolutely have a place in your admissions marketing plan.
When you're looking to make a big decision, it's likely that you'll do a fair amount of research before committing. In today's digital world, that usually starts (and ends) with a search engine.
While schools have increased their Google and Facebook investments in the last few years—and for good reason (people often use and convert on these platforms)—print still has a share of wallet. In fact, print campaigns impact PK-12 enrollment at each stage of the funnel – from awareness and events to applicants and beyond. Here’s why high-quality, well-timed print campaigns are still very much alive and breathing fresh air into the enrollment marketing world.
Today, it's all about an Integrated StrategyWe know multiple touchpoints are essential for reaching more people, as well as improving memory recall and brand recognition, all of which help conversion rates. That’s why it’s critical to optimize your website and your social media presence, while also leveraging videos, paid search and display campaigns to allow for surround digital strategies for optimal results. Here's why print still works as part of that equation:
Now is the time to kick your Summer Program marketing efforts into high gear. Digital Marketing, when applied strategically, delivers a large impact in a short amount of time. And best of all - it's all trackable! If your K-12 summer program enrollment needs a lift, check out our top tried-and-true tactics for both day and boarding schools.
1. Retargeting: Re-engage the low hanging fruit
Retargeting, also known as remarketing, enables you to reach families who have already gone to your website, and even more specifically, those who only visited your summer program pages. With your new retargeting strategy, the device that they used to view your site has now been “cookied”, so that even after they’ve left your site, they can see and click on your banner ads, while spending time on other websites.
A few tips when retargeting: