Bringing students into academic courses and programs can be a challenge, especially at the highest levels of education. Reaching those audiences can prove challenging for many reasons, but that can change when schools implement effective marketing strategies. The key is to get the message out of what you have to offer to those most interested in taking action.
How Do You Market School Courses and Programs?
At the college level, students are typically looking for programs that can help them get a degree or certification so they can start a career. Know what’s important to them before you start to market these programs. For example, many need competitively priced courses or access to funding. They need accredited degree programs so they can meet licensing exams in various fields. They also often want an innovative program that can prepare them for their future.
Once you know what you can provide that’s a unique offering or a standout feature that meets the direct needs of your prospective students, you can start marketing to them. Here are a few strategies for doing so, though a customized plan is nearly always best.
F-B-O: The feature, benefit, outcome is one of the most effective ways for marketing educational courses. The premise is simple. You market a program by talking about the benefit to the student and then discuss the outcome students have with it. It’s a type of storytelling marketing plan that helps people relate to your content.
Track key performance indicators: No matter what type of marketing method you use, digital marketing, local marketing, or other forms, you need to keep track of key performance indicators to track success. That may include traffic sources, call-to-action conversion rates, and social media engagement with prospective students or the community.
Effective email marketing: To be effective, email marketing has to provide personalized content that prospective students want to read. It’s important to do some analysis to develop effective messaging and subject lines.
Building a brand: Every school (and sometimes the individual college within the school) needs a brand. This is what the school wants to communicate about itself that resonates with today’s students. That brand needs to be presented in the same way across all touchpoints for the brand itself.
Engagement: Today’s student is sitting behind a computer screen or using a smartphone to learn about the school and courses. Create opportunities for them to engage with the school through live streaming, podcasts, and personalized content and communication.
The Importance of Consulting as a Component of Marketing
Every college and each of the programs and courses within it can benefit from an individualized marketing plan. This addresses the school’s specific needs and aims to define target personas and the best ways to connect with prospective students.
JAG Consulting Services provides excellent support for colleges and universities looking to build their course enrollment. It’s essential to consider what a well-defined marketing plan can do for your organization. To learn more, contact us now for a consultation to discuss your options.