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Best practices for texting students

If there’s one thing to take away from this blog, it’s this: Before you hit send, ask yourself, “Is this valuable information for students?”

While texting is a powerful way to engage prospective and current students, there are right and wrong ways to do it. Here are some tips for effective SMS texting.

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Five novel uses of texting to engage students

You already know that text messaging is the preferred method of communication for today’s students. Maybe you’ve even implemented texting on your campus (in that case – kudos to you!). There’s no question it’s the simplest, most reliable solution to reach any cohort on campus.

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[Case Study] Texting at Carroll University improves student outcomes

It’s no secret that text messaging is the preferred method of communication for today’s students over email, direct mail or phone calls; in a recent report1, nearly 80% of prospective students said they are open to receiving text messages from colleges and universities. However, less than 50% report being offered the option to text. How should institutions address this gap by reaching students the way they prefer?

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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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Text nudges to engage students

You can see how texting in general is effective, so it’s time to take a deeper look into how it can fit into your overall communications strategy.

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Why do you need a texting communications plan?

Let’s say you decide to use texting as your primary means of communicating with students (which seems like a smart move because it is, for the most part, the only way students send and receive information). What’s the worst that can happen?

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The use of texting for intercollegiate athletics

Join us as we discuss best uses for texting within intercollegiate athletics. We’re excited to sponsor this panel discussion featuring four industry experts – each with a unique take on how texting can and should be used within an athletics department.

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Using a phone to text students is (now) a bad idea

Many institutions provide admissions counselors with mobile phones. It makes sense. It allows them to not have to use their personal mobile for university business. They can check email, send texts, receive phone calls and communicate with students without an added out of pocket expense.

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Stop. Using. Periods. Maximizing your text messaging response rate

Why you should (almost) always end student texts with “?” Want to kill a conversation? Stop asking questions.

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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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