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3 advantages to using long-tail keywords in your marketing

Posted by Geoffrey Macadaeg on Tue, Dec 19, 2017

The internet is a vast place, and in the eyes of regular school marketers, the best way to get noticed by more prospects is to cover all possible avenues and use the most popular keywords, like ‘higher education’ or ‘Christian school’. The good news is that they can get their school featured in the search results whenever prospects type these keywords in the browser. The bad news is that so many websites use these keywords that their school will get featured at the middle or bottom of the search listing.

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Topics: Education, Branding, Positioning, Blogging, Communication, Content marketing, Copywriting, Digital communication trends, Digital marketing, Inbound marketing, Marcom, Messaging, Online marketing, SEO, School marketing, School marketing strategy

SEO basics – how to rank higher in three easy steps

Posted by Samuel Joseph on Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is an essential part of how we implement our online marketing activities. We often tend to associate SEO with technical activities that IT personnel would carry out. In fact, only about half of SEO focuses on the technical aspect; the other half is the creative aspect, and this includes a plan of action to consistently put out high quality content. Read on to know what SEO can do for your site and how to rank higher in three easy steps:

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Topics: imageseven, Marcom, School marketing, Branding, brand perception, Education, Communication, School marketing strategy, School, Digital marketing, Digital communication trends, Social media, Social media marketing

Why are long tail keywords important for your school?

Posted by Sarah Millinson on Tue, Aug 29, 2017

What are long tail keywords?
Long tail keywords form part of the broader umbrella of Search Engine Optimisation and should be a focus of your school marketing efforts, as they help you to target your desired audience at a cheaper cost.

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Topics: Education, Branding, Positioning, Blogging, Communication, Content marketing, Copywriting, Digital communication trends, Digital marketing, Inbound marketing, Marcom, Messaging, Online marketing, SEO, School marketing, School marketing strategy

How to improve your school's brand recall through images

Posted by Vanessa Reside on Thu, Aug 17, 2017

In the fast paced and highly visual world we live, recognisable, trustworthy and meaningful visuals have a huge impact on your school’s brand.

People don’t always have time to stop and read about your school, they want to know who you are at first glance. They snack on your stories and information, wanting instant knowledge of your message.

Research indicates that people recall 80 percent of what they see and hear, compared to just 20 percent of what they read and hear. It has also been noted that articles containing relevant images have 94 percent more total views than articles without images.

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Topics: imageseven, Marcom, School marketing, Branding, brand perception, Education, Communication, School marketing strategy, School, Digital marketing, Digital communication trends, Social media, Social media marketing

Essential social media guidelines for your school

Posted by Tess Palmyre on Tue, Aug 15, 2017

A few months ago, I wrote a blog on how to approach social media for your school — but we barely scratched the surface. This month, let’s look at some practical but essential social media guidelines for your school.

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Topics: imageseven, Marcom, School marketing, Branding, brand perception, Education, Communication, School marketing strategy, School, Digital marketing, Digital communication trends, Social media, Social media marketing

SEO basics for school marketers

Posted by Bart Caylor on Thu, Jul 20, 2017

When it comes to school marketing, there are fewer things more shrouded in mystery than SEO (search engine optimisation). In this post, I want to pull away the curtain and show you how SEO for school marketers really works.

First of all, let’s begin with a quick definition. Search Engine Optimisation is the art and science of making your content visible and attractive to search engines like Google, Bing, or Yahoo! so that the people using them can find answers to the questions they’re going to the search engine to solve.

These search engines are made up of powerful networks of servers and complicated software that “crawls” from link to link, page to page, and media file to media file available on the Internet.

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Topics: imageseven, Marcom, School marketing, Branding, brand perception, Education, Communication, School marketing strategy, School, Digital marketing, Digital communication trends, Social media, Social media marketing

The ultimate social media cheat sheet for schools

Posted by Tess Palmyre on Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Look no further, this is your ultimate guide to navigating the social ecosystem. Okay it’s really just scratching the surface but it will give you a good grounding so you feel confident to face the book (ah thank you).

Here is a rundown of how to approach Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for your school’s marketing. Read on for the ultimate social media cheat sheet for schools.

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Topics: imageseven, Marcom, School marketing, Branding, brand perception, Education, Communication, School marketing strategy, School, Digital marketing, Digital communication trends, Social media, Social media marketing

How to add value to your school’s brand identity on social media

Posted by Sarah Millinson on Thu, Jun 01, 2017

What is brand identity?
Brand identity captures how your school brand is perceived by your school community and why they are motivated to choose your school. Your brand identity is represented in all the cleverly considered details: font, logo, brand colours, tone, newsletter layout or social media imagery. All these aspects speak to your parents, staff and students and give insight into your school values and personality to confirm to your community that you align with their values.

What you exhibit on your social media channels should reflect your school brand persona and be consistent with all other marketing activity. Social media, after all is an extension of your website.

Let’s hone in on the social media elements that will add value to your school’s brand:

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Topics: imageseven, Marcom, School marketing, Branding, brand perception, Education, Communication, School marketing strategy, School, Digital marketing, Digital communication trends, Social media, Social media marketing

How to reflect on whether your school has outgrown its brand?

Posted by Rita Kilroy on Thu, May 18, 2017

Your school brand is your personality. It can take years to build brand loyalty and a reputation as a trusted entity. This is why it is vital when undertaking a brand overhaul, to make sure that it is the right decision for your school and that it will offer a good return on investment; be it either through an increase in enrolments, or result in a more positive community perception of the school amongst its community.

Trying to decipher whether your school has outgrown its brand? Here are some pointers to consider:

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Topics: imageseven, Marcom, School marketing, Branding, brand perception, Education, Communication, School marketing strategy, School, Digital marketing, Digital communication trends, Social media, Social media marketing

Improve your school marketing by following these social media accounts

Posted by Geoffrey Macadaeg on Sat, May 13, 2017

It’s tempting to follow thousands of social media users in the hope of getting followed back and increasing your social media network, but the repercussions of doing so can severely affect your school marketing. There is a possibility that your social media feed will get oversaturated with posts, usually from fake accounts and follower bots, and you might miss important news, lessons, and announcements from relevant sources in your feed. Worst of all, your indiscriminate following might appear spammy to your prospective parents and students, and this can tarnish your social media image.

Instead of aiming for quantity, it’s better for your school’s social media to follow personalities and brands that can provide you with valuable content, which you can study and apply to your online marketing strategy. As an added incentive, you can even repost their content as part of your content curation strategy, thereby improving your social media credibility.

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Topics: imageseven, Marcom, School marketing, Branding, brand perception, Education, Communication, School marketing strategy, School, Digital marketing, Digital communication trends, Social media, Social media marketing

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