Student Journey Mapping

The student journey in higher education is the most high engagement purchase of a lifetime. It is the most defining purchase and nearly the most expensive. With that said, there are many personas within the student journey to evaluate and many activities throughout it. In this presentation, I’ve brought together the “how” to create these maps, along with a few key outcomes to expect. Delivered at #pseweb in Montreal, July of 2015. Enjoy!

PSEWEB: Paying your way to the top – advertising on Facebook and Twitter

Here’s a presentation I delivered at the PSEWEB Conference in Toronto, Ontario on July 28th 2014.

“You should think that you can get to the top of the social networks organically. This should be the “right” way to get ahead. Well, it isn’t exclusively the way to get there. Advertising on Facebook and Twitter, with a budget, can yield significant results for your business goal as well as positive results for your brand.

Having spent the last 4 years advertising campaigns on Facebook and Twitter totalling in the six figures, I’d like to share insights, failures and successes.

Here’s an overview of the presentation:
– Earning executive support
– Proposing and implementing a plan
– Adjusting your strategy”

The Future of Marketing in Education

On Marketing and the impacts to Education

The future of digital marketing is a space where personalized experiences exist within a multi-device landscape in real time. <- That is a lot of buzz words. Let me break this down.

Personalized experiences shouldn’t just be about predicting where we want people to click. We want to shift their desired experience from being driven by web strategists to an experience where their last click influences their next one.

While it is vital to use data to inform digital strategy, what has become increasingly important is allowing this process to happen in real time. Many Ecommerce enterprises are using these strategies already, allowing for algorithms to predict related purchases and increase cart values.

Education can use these tactics to offer relevant value points in a personalized digital experience. For example, offering a prospective students relevant to their IP address, their previous sections visited or connecting them to a live agent who can immediately help with their particular questions.

These personalized experiences can also be used internally to track trends, common questions and seasonally important items. Allowing business processes to be influenced by this business intelligence data can not only reduce call and email volume but also increase the responsiveness of institutions and better position their brand as student focused.

With increased competition, institutions must respond to students immediately. Social media has allowed for them to respond quickly on surface questions, this has increased the expectations of consumers on all levels of inquiry. This means allowing for that very specific admission question to be answered immediately (yes, immediately). This doesn’t necessarily state that a live agent must be able to answer questions at all hours, however, we can answer immediate questions via technology based on keywords and sentences.

The implementation of Salesforce-like business tools to rank prospects is something many administrators feel they need to implement, however have very little concept of what it could mean. Ranking prospects based on their tracked interactions with the institution can not only focus your efforts in responsiveness, but also help in understanding (and reacting to) the needs of highly ranked prospects. For example, if most of your 5-star prospects are asking the same questions, you can pre-emptively supply them with this information before they need it. This information will also help institutions find those 5-star prospects through social advertising and niche content marketing.

This personalized, real-time experience must also be device agnostic. The future of marketing will include many more devices over time and we shouldn’t dictate or leverage a certain platform. Learning management systems (LMS) are becoming device agnostic and the overall student experience should be reflective of this as well.

The trends in marketing as a sector are moving towards customized experiences that motivate consumers to share them in a social setting. Education needs to be a part of this.