Back to School Marketing – Social Media & FDOS – Part 2 of 2 (School Marketing Podcast #87)

Back to School Marketing - Part 2 of 2 - Social Media and FDOS

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Creating a Total Online Presence for Your School

Have you ever had this thought:

If we could just get a new website and improve our social media, we’d be fine.

First of all, I do support your efforts to get a mobile-friendly, responsive school website.

Secondly, I wholeheartedly embrace having a strong social media strategy (if you need help with this, we coach schools specifically in this area of social media for schools – click here for more information).

But in reality, your school needs a total online presence. A comprehensive, holistic effort to dominate the web, drive traffic to your site and strengthen the telling of your school’s story online.

Creating a Total Online Presence for Your School

I am a Certified Duct Tape Marketing Consultant (since 2007) and have been trained by and collaborate with a global network of marketing consultants working in a variety of industries (I love helping the niche of private, independent and Christian schools install an effective marketing system).

In a recent blog post on the Duct Tape Marketing website, John Jantsch (founder) describes the elements of a Total Online Presence:

  • Marketing activated website
  • Content with editorial approach
  • Social media
  • Online networking
  • Email marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization

I love to help schools install an effective marketing system focused on the 3 Rs of school marketing: recruitment, retention and referrals. If I can help you focus on a total online presence, click the image below or click here to schedule your FREE phone consultation.

Get started! Randy Vaughn


13 October Content Ideas to Drive Traffic & Increase Engagement

13 October Content Ideas to Drive Traffic & Increase Engagement

When driving traffic to your website or increasing engagement on your social media platforms, one of the best strategies is to curate or collect stories of things going on at your school that corresponds to local, school-wide, national or global holidays or special calendar events.

The month of October is filled with many different events, such as:

  • Are You Aware?
    • National Bullying Prevention Month
    • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday)
  • World Smile Day (7) – have some fun with this on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. You can simply feature throughout the day students and staff smiling. Or you could post a contest of a super closeup of a smile and everyone has to guess who’s face it belongs to.
  • National Dessert Day (14) – take a poll among your students and staff as the favorite dessert on campus; certainly invite boosters or parent fellowship organization to bring desserts up for the day; you could use the event to invite key community leaders to your campus for a lunch to raise money for local charities or even to draw attention to one of the “awareness” days mentioned in #1 (this is called “earned press coverage” – create an event that ties your school to a broader recognition or celebration and invite media and community leaders to attend to extend the PR coverage
  • Teachers’ Day (15) – certainly an ideal time to feature your faculty so that current families can brag on them to their friends!
  • Bosses Day (17) – use this day to bring attention to the key leaders at your school. Create some short videos from other staff praising their bosses (such as Head of School, principals, athletic director, etc.)
  • Mole Day (23) Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., Mole Day commemorates Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. Schools throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Mole Day with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles.
  • National Chocolate Day (28) – I don’t think I have to give you any ideas on this on!
  • National Cat Day (29) – if your mascot is of the feline family, this is a fun time to draw attention to that fact; also, invite faculty to snap a picture of their favorite feline pet
  • Halloween (31)
  • Snapchat – in the spirit of Halloween, you could draw attention to your school’s efforts in Snapchat by telling the story of Snapchat’s logo, named Ghostface Chillah (based on Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan). Ghostface Chillah a ghost to represent the “There, then gone” nature of Snapchat’s photo sending service.
  • Knock-Knock Joke Day (31) – have a contest with administrators and students on who can tell the funniest knock-knock jokes – these make great short videos for Vine, Instagram, Facebook, etc.
  • World Series – the Hunt for October features the Major League Baseball playoffs. Depending on the outcome of the actual World Series games, the 2016 World Series champion could be crowned in the month of October. Feature your school’s baseball team (and/or softball). Or you could invite student-athletes to do short videos about their favorite MLB player. Anytime you can talk about your unique sports program (offerings, values, achievements) and do so while really talking about something/someone else, the better! Weave your successes into the frenzy around the World Series and you will hit a homerun! 🙂

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@SchneiderB VirCon 3 registration now open: 7 amazing presenters all in 1 day!

@SchneiderB VirCon 3 registration now open: 7 amazing presenters all in 1 day!

Professional development is essential for Admissions and MarCom professionals at a school. However, they can often be costly.  Time away from the office, not to mention the cost of travel and conference fees, etc….in today’s world, there’s got to be a better way!

One of the ways I want to tell you about is the SchneiderB VirCon 3a virtual conference, hosted by Brendan Schneider, bringing together 7 amazing speakers all in 1 day! Here is a lineup for this virtual conference on September 17th, 2016:

  • 9:00am ETAndrew Sculthorpe, Business Director, image seven – Using Analytics to Help with School Marketing
  • 10:00 am ETEmily Cretella, Owner, Strategist & Copywriter Cursive Content Marketing  – Storytelling Online: Transforming Your School Website into a Marketing & Admissions Resource
  • 11:00 am ETRob DiMartino, Founding Member and Director of Business Finalsite – Leveraging Linkedin for Education Professionals
  • Noon ET – Jeff Walrich, CAA Athletic Director for Boys St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School – Telling A Story Through Graphics
  • 1:30 pm ETSarah Mead, Director of Marketing & Communications Whitby School – Don’t Fear the Data: Embrace Data-Driven Marketing
  • 2:30 pm ET Mike Hatfield, Director of Admission Powhatan School – How to Create, Produce and Use Online Video in your School Marketing with Just an iPhone
  • 3:30 pm ETRick Newberry, President Enrollment Catalyst – 25 Facebook Posting Strategies for your School’s Marketing Strategy

Wow! What a great group of presenters – all about topics essential to every school marketer!

If you cannot attend the sessions live, no problem! You gee full access to the recordings for a full year – and yes, you can even share them with your staff!


9 Things to Keep Your School Volunteers Happy


I admit that my possibly offensive title probably sounds like I think volunteers are a nuisance.  Actually, the point of this article is to help you find practical ways to involve school volunteers who are always asking, “how can I help?”

First of all, while volunteers are a blessing, they come with conditions.  It cannot be denied that volunteers on your marketing team operate differently than paid staff or outsourced consultants.  Administrative officials and hired contractors work for results which are often tied to how much money they make or how long they keep their job.  It’s one reason to consider NOT assigning critical, timely marketing tasks to volunteers.  While they may indicate a willingness and eagerness to help, they MAY not operate with the same sense of urgency you have.  Nor may they offer the same level of excellence you would demand of an employee or contractor.  You want to have the freedom to dislike their work without feeling like you are going to offend them and run them off from volunteering ever again (or worse, writing a bad review about your school . . . uh, see #7 below).  You want to be able to “fire” them if they do not perform.  But how do you fire a non-paid volunteer?

So what jobs can you create for your eager beavers?  Here are 7 ideas your school volunteers can do from any computer or mobile device: (more…)