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Quickly Find Out Who’s Talking About Your School Online

Did you know you can easily find out who’s talking about your school and your competitors online?

Now possible through the ‘Research’ on your Social Dashboard

This is great for Business Managers and Marketing Directors who wish to monitor which stories are being spread online about their school and any other school or schools you would like to keep tabs on.

Here’s the step-by-step process:

1. Create an account if you don’t already have one athttp://social.onlinemarketingforschools.com/signup

2. Click the ‘Research’ tab at the top of the screen

3. Enter your school name in the ‘Google News’ search box

4. Click ‘Save Search’ on your school name and others you would like to monitor

5. Now you can quickly load this page and view your saved searches whenever you like

*Tip – When you find a good story about your school, click the icon to the right of the story to re-post it to your own social networks.

This will help you build your social media profiles and boost your social affluence.

– Do this now to start monitoring your online reputation and encourage online recommendations of your school.

If you have any questions about this article or would like help setting up your account, please email mike@onlinemarketingforschools.com

Talk soon,
Mike Leembruggen

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The 3 Keys To A Successful School Marketing Campaign

Having worked with schools and universities for some time, there has been a consistent basis of techniques that I use over and over again that works far better than any other method.

The problem for marketing managers is that implementing these techniques on their own can be quite technically daunting.  (I’ll tell you how to overcome that below)

As you know, the online world of digital technology is constantly changing. Keeping up with the changes can be difficult at best.  Most schools struggle to implement effective online marketing techniques simply because they “don’t know what they don’t know”.

What I’m going to give you now is the basis for almost every marketing campaign I have setup for schools and universities. It’s the secret to effectively targeting, capturing, and engaging with online prospects.

it’s not complicated. You may have heard of these things before, but implementing them correctly can make a massive difference to your ROI.

Key #1 – Target the Right Audience

I’m referring to online advertising here. If you don’t have traffic, you have nothing. It doesn’t matter how good your message or website is if no one is there to see it. This is the starting point, and there is an abundance of instant traffic available to purchase from Google and Facebook.

Targeting the right audience is crucial. You can waste a lot of good advertising dollars if you aren’t spending your budget attracting the right people. This can also be technically challenging as you really need to know how to use the advertising tools these large networks provide to derive the maximum benefit.

Key #2 – Capture your audience with an effective message

I’m referring to a “landing page”. This is different to your main website. The purpose of a landing page is to get the user to take your desired “call-to-action”. Typically that call-to-action is asking the visitor to enter their details into a web form.

The problem with your main website is that it has a lot of information on it, and while you may be thinking that is a good thing, it is likely reducing your conversion rate on your web forms. The header menu, the sidebar menu, the scrolling images and text all distract your visitor. You will get a much higher conversion rate from a separate page with a clear message and a distinct call-to-action. (I’ll show you an example landing page below)

Key #3 – Engage your prospect over time and build trust

I’m referring to using an email autoresponder. Once you have captured your prospects details, you now have the ability and privilege to communicate with them over time and build trust.

An autoresponder email sequence can be used to move your prospects through your online sequence, or give them compelling reasons to enrol their child at your school, or remind them about your upcoming open day etc.

it’s a common fact that users get diverted, distracted, and forget what they signed up for, so engaging your prospects and keeping in their mind through email marketing will help improve the overall ROI of your campaign.

“Putting It All Together”

There are a number of third party services you can use to create landing pages and deliver autoresponder messages, however you will need to be quite technical to set this all up and integrate your landing page web form with your autoresponder service.

Setting up your online advertising campaign is another story. You will need to get familiar with tracking pixels, interest and demographic targeting, split testing etc.

“There Is An Easier Way”

Implementing these 3 keys is of great benefit to schools but also very time consuming and technically challenging. The solution was to recognise the common scenarios schools would need to implement this system and create a template that was easy to duplicate and modify.

“School Marketing Execution Plans”

This is a combination of a pre-built landing page and autoresponder sequence combined with a tailored advertising campaign. We will handle the advertising, you get 4000 visitors and a pre-built landing page and autoresponder sequence designed for maximum conversion.

Take a look at these demo landing pages:

If you would like to talk about implementing the 3 keys for your school and taking advantage of our School Marketing Execution Plans then please email mike@onlinemarketingforschools.com or visit http://www.onlinemarketingforschools.com to find out more information.

Talk soon,

Mike Leembruggen

Google Image Ads

Which ad sizes work best for online ads?

Most people are familiar with the Google text Ads that show at the top and right hand side of the search results but what you may not be aware of is that Google also runs what they call a “Display Network”. These are the image ads you see on various websites while browsing the internet. There is huge potential here for you as most people will simply run a standard text ad campaign and miss out on the avalanche of traffic available through the display network at cheap prices (if you setup your campaign correctly).

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Online Marketing For Schools Mobile App Now Available

Brand New – Online Marketing For Schools Mobile App.

You can now get the latest updates on how to effectively use digital marketing in your school communications sent directly to your mobile phone or tablet device.

Available on IOS and Android.

IOS – Download Here

Android – Download Here

If you’re looking for practical advice and strategies on how to effectively manage your school social media accounts, website landing pages, and online advertising campaigns then download our new mobile app.

Specifically designed for school marketing directors, principals, alumni officers and communication managers

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Clever Social Media By University Of Oxford

In this post you’ll discover a clever idea you can use to integrate video into a promotion of your school or college.

We are coming into an age of short video compilations. You’ll notice sites like Vine.co or Instagram focus on short videos less than 15 seconds.

What the University of Oxford have done is create a short video compilation focusing on just one subject area. Humanities. This is clever as it doesn’t try to accomplish too much. It’s a lead-in video. Even if someone isn’t directly interested in Humanities, it would encourage them to find out what other subject areas might be available at Oxford.

Those that are interested in Humanities will feel like this University is specifically for them. You’ll notice in the comments, they have put a direct link to the Humanities Course page on their website. The one extra thing they could have done here is put a direct call-to-action on that page to encourage visitors to proceed with an application. Read more

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Social Media Content Idea For Schools

Here is an example idea to encourage commenting and interaction on your social media channels. This particular post is from Harvard University.

The Harvard University Facebook page does have over 4.2 million likes so they are naturally going to be popular, but this particular piece of content has a little more engagement than others on their page.

Here’s why… Read more

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The Critical Website Stat Most Schools Don’t Know About

I find most schools have a very limited idea about what happens on their website. I’m always impressed when a marketing director can tell me their monthly site metrics, but unfortunately it doesn’t happen often.

Besides knowing how many visitors you receive each month, it’s important to know where those visitors are coming from, how many unique and returning visitors you are receiving, and how those visitors are engaging with your website.

That last point is critical. If you don’t know how your visitors are using and consuming your website, then you have no idea if your website is working.

Here’s how to start measuring the effectiveness of your website.

The easiest way to get site stats is to install Google Analytics. It’s quite a powerful stats engine and best of all… it’s free. That will give you the basic information on how many monthly visitors you are receiving. That’s a good place to start.

Now for the critical site stat… Behaviour. Read more

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The Ultimate Enrolment Booster Execution Plan

What does the ultimate enrolment booster system look like?

I think I have it figured out. As always, it’s a work in progress. There is always room for improvement but what we have so far is surprisingly good.

The ultimate system combines a mix of online and offline strategies. As schools already have the offline “school tour” strategy in place, let’s run with that. What I can help with is boosting the number of enquires you receive for your upcoming school tour.

As you know, most parents will start their search online to find a school for their child. The good news for you is that it is much easier and more cost effective to capture interested prospects online that it is offline.

Word of mouth referrals will always remain the number one highest converting source of enrolments, but for the modern day school who is aware that times are changing and keeping up with technology and customer acquisition methods is a must rather than an interest, here’s how to go about it.

First, what you need is a way to effectively target prospects that are looking for a school.

#1 – Get a handle on online advertising

Then you need to convince those potential prospects to give you a little bit of information so you can engage with them.

#2 – Send visitors to a high converting landing page

Then you need to effectively communicate the value of your school to those interested prospects.

#3 – Build trust with your prospects through email

This is a system I have been running with schools for the past 3 years which has dramatically increased school tour bookings and enrolment enquiries.

You’ll notice one thing. It’s very hands-off. It’s not designed to increase the workload of the registrar. It’s designed to be as automated as possible.

All of this takes time to setup, configure, and integrate together. You need to create html landing pages, add web forms and tie all that into an autoresponder email service. It’s a lot of work, but there is good news.

The good news is… you don’t have to do any of the tech work. In fact, you can have this whole system ready and setup for you by tomorrow.

Take a look at the video below for a quick explanation of the “Enrolment Booster Execution Plan” that comes complete with training, support, and an out-of-the-box system ready to go.

To find out more about the Enrolment Booster Execution Plan… Go Here >>

Talk soon,
Mike Leembruggen

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Conversion Boosting Test Results #5

Here is another “split test” that resulted in much higher conversions on school web pages. This post expands on my previous articles which identify subtle things you can change on your web pages to dramatically boost conversion results.

If you’re not familiar with the term “split test”, it simply involves testing two different web pages against your website visitors to see if one of those versions improves conversion. You typically duplicate the “control page” and only change one element at a time to see if that change makes a difference. 50% of visitors see version A. The other 50% see version B. Then you need a conversion goal like a link click, image click, fill in a form etc. to measure which version produced better results.

I previous examples I have tested removing the header banner from a school web page to see if that resulted in more people filling out a web form included on the page.

As you can see below. The results show that removing the header banner on the fee schedule page increased conversions dramatically. (This is an updated image from the last post which shows even greater conversion over time from removing the header banner)

In this next example, I tested removing the sidebar menu to see if that would make any significant change in conversions. This test was conducted on a general primary school information page and the conversion element was a link click.

Here’s the results:

106.3% improvement by removing the sidebar menu.

So, as you can see from these results, “Less can be More”. This highlights the importance of testing your website pages to find out how you could potentially boost conversions and either receive more engagement from your site visitors, or more direct enrolments.

If you are interested in running a split test like this on your website, please email me at mike@onlinemarketingforschools.com for more information. I am looking for a school that receives over 15,000 visitors per month to their website.

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Our new “Enrolment Boosting Execution Plan” includes proven-to-convert landing pages, email sequences, and online advertising training that will skyrocket your online enrolment enquiries. See what all the fuss is about.

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Talk soon,
Mike Leembrugggen

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The 2 Step Process To Double Your Inbound Leads

Let’s face it. Schools need leads (prospects). It’s no longer a case of simply opening your doors to fill classrooms with paying students. You need to be actively marketing for enrolments and anything you can do to help build your prospect list is a good thing.

I can’t tell you how many times I see school websites that have a 15 question form asking people to fill out their life details on the first step. It’s too intrusive, especially for people that are just looking around and don’t know much about your school yet.

There is definitely a place for that form, and it’s usually information that a school needs to know when someone is submitting an enrolment application, but there is a better way to go about it.

This better way utilises a bit of psychology to get more people completing your online application process while building trust with your prospects.

It’s very subtle, but very effective.

It uses what’s called “micro commitments”. It’s not a new thing or a new term. We use it all the time, but rarely when it comes to online marketing.

Think back to when you were dating. You didn’t ask that special someone to marry you the first time you laid eyes on them. That would be creepy, right?

To build any relationship you start off with small commitments and build up a series of “Yes’s”. You may have heard that technique used by sales people.

It’s no different when it comes to online marketing. You will get a much higher conversion rate if you can convince a potential prospect to make a small commitment before filling out your 15 question form.

The way we have seen great success for schools, is to simply ask for a visitors name and email address in return for a copy of the fee schedule or an informative guide on something relevant they would be interested in.

Once that first micro commitment has been made, typically 40% – 50% of those people will fill out your 15 question form on the second page. It’s important to pre-fill that second page with information from the first form so users don’t have to type that in again.

It’s a simple fact of life that not everyone is going to say “Yes” all the time. Does that mean they will never say “Yes”. Of course not.

The secondary benefit to this process is that you now have the opportunity to build trust with those who didn’t fill out the second form as you have their name and email address.

I’ll leave that for another post, but the good news is…

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You can get this whole system already setup and ready-to-go in the “Enrolment Booster Execution Plan“. It comes with landing pages, web forms, and email autoresponders already built in.
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If you have any questions about this process or want to know more, feel free to email me at mike@onlinemarketingforschools.com

Talk soon,
Mike Leembruggen