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Why it’s important to share your texting successes with others on campus

Texting is an extremely simple medium to use - but it’s just as easy to misuse.  With something so highly personal - incorrect usage of texting is not only ineffective - it can do more harm than good. If you and your department have had successes, yell from the rooftops and be a student engagement champion on your campus. Your feedback assists other departments on campus and could lead to additional opportunities to reach institutional goals. Plus, you might even elevate your own reputation on campus as more of a strategic thinker and leader.

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Texting templates are guidelines for success

Texting templates are critical because (and be careful not to fall off your seat) not all staff are wonderful copywriters. In working with over 400 institutions to help develop their texting content strategies, we have found that a content strategy is only as good as the templates provided to staff. This cannot be understated.

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Collecting mobile phone numbers and opt-in permission from students

A long, long time ago (okay, like 6 years ago) it was only possible to text students using your personal mobile phone. Higher ed learned pretty quickly that giving out your mobile phone number to someone you don’t personally know is like handing a toddler a cup of juice without a lid; there’s going to be a big mess.

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What mediums work best when communicating with parents?

There isn’t one magic medium that will work every time for every parent, which is why it’s important to take a multichannel approach. That said, research shows that websites, texting, and email are more effective than phone calls, brochures, and other mediums. Here’s a quick look at how the most common tactics compare.

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Prospectives vs. Professionals: A brutally honest satirical comparison

New research by Gil Rogers of Chegg and Michael Stoner of mStoner, Inc. has the industry talking. In their Mythbusting research series, the two higher ed heavyweights illustrate where prospective students and higher education enrollment and marketing professionals agree and disagree on enrollment marketing topics.

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PPY is the new black: 4 ways texting will ensure effectiveness

PPY = Prior-Prior Year Income Data for the FAFSA

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Increased enrollment yield with texting: exploring the data

How to achieve higher yield rates, and other lessons learned through a full enrollment cycle

Why did a mid-sized four-year private institution have a 48% higher yield rate for students who texted them versus students who didn’t text? In this study, we’ll explore that question—and many others—as we share findings from a recent 12-month study of an institution that used texting as a significant part of their communication mix with students.

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Veteran wisdom for transfer admissions professionals

Practical tips to new increase transfer enrollment

Transfer students have very different perspectives than first-year students. First-year students are often trying to figure out who they want to become and where they want to do so. Transfer students are much more discerning and have already had concrete experiences. They want to know what they will become and how they can go about accomplishing it.  The role of the transfer advisor is to help them to unlock that process.

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[Case Study] Texting and yield at Presbyterian College

Suzanne Petrusch, VP Enrollment and Marketing at Presbyterian College, began texting prospective students in 2009. Over the last eight years, a lot has changed; not only from a technology perspective but also in terms of students’ and families’ attitudes about texting. Eight years later, Suzanne has refined her approach to texting and how it can best be used to build better relationships with families.

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The student communication crisis

We've all heard it. Students do not answer phone calls or listen to voicemail. Many do not even have voicemail set-up. They also sparingly use email. It is hard to blame them. A college bound high school senior can receive hundreds of emails per day. And for current students - institutional email boxes are flooded with irrelevant messages.

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How to text students and parents without breaking privacy laws

You already manage student privacy when it comes to emails, phone calls and other channels. The good news is that texting is just another medium. Yes, there are a few special things to keep in mind, but it’s actually fairly simple to be in compliance. Here’s what you need to know.

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Communicating with parents of prospective students

There is no denying the importance of the parents’ role in college application process. Schools that find effective ways to communicate with parents will have an upper hand when it comes to college admissions. This guide will help you identify who you’re talking to and how to best earn parents’ trust.

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Legalities of texting students

You want to text students. But you don’t want to break the law. (Orange may be the new black, but it’s still not your color.) Lucky for you, it’s fairly easy to stay in compliance.

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