Student texting

The Evolution of Cadence

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Most people know Mongoose as higher ed’s premiere texting platform, aka Cadence. However, as industry trends evolve and schools seek efficiency and all-in-one solutions, we knew that we also had to elevate our products to continue providing much needed support and value to the higher ed industry. 

At Mongoose, we continually develop new products and features that equip our clients with more ways to engage with their audiences effectively, and we base those developments on the feedback we hear from the 750+ institutions we work with.

Texting continues to be successful for institutions to build relationships with their audiences, but we’ve realized that to truly foster engagement, institutions as well as our products need to include the website experience also.  

And with that, Cadence has evolved into a true engagement platform for clients to expand their abilities to provide support and nurture relationships with their audiences in all the ways they want to communicate.


“We had one of our best enrollment classes in 5 years using Cadence, increasing our first-time-in-college students by 15%.” - Adventist University of Health Sciences


Blast From The Past

Before we take off into what Cadence is today, it’s important to remember where we started.  Back in 2009, we developed a texting platform for colleges and universities that were struggling to reach students who no longer answered phone calls or emails. 

In our first step to enter the web space, we offered Harmony, which allowed us to provide chat services to our clients via a technology provider, Drift. The product worked and the success of our Harmony clients reinforced the fact that schools need to improve their website experience for visitors. We saw room for improvement and quickly put in the work to build a new solution within our Cadence platform. 

As a result, we are excited to now offer Cadence Chat, which features both live chat and chatbot capabilities exclusively designed for the higher ed website experience.

With the addition of chat built into the Cadence platform, it truly has become an engagement platform.  


“The Mongoose team is always available and willing to help at any time. I have felt and been treated like family ever since I have connected with them.” - Brian K. Jackson, McLennan Community College


What Exactly Is an Engagement Platform?

Your audiences have questions–whether they are an anonymous website visitor or a student, parent, or alum. And when they need help, they want  their questions answered immediately, on their terms.

If you want to actually reach your audience and build relationships, it requires multiple solutions existing and functioning together. Witnessing the success of chat in our earlier products, we knew bringing this interoperability of text and chat together in one space was essential for institutions to meet their goals, save staff time, and continue making every message count. 


“Cadence is the most powerful communication tool we have today.” - Michael Trotter, CIO Montana State University


With 50% of higher ed executives planning to add chatbots/webchat in the next two years, we also knew that the time to evolve Cadence is now. We will also continue to explore new functionality and offerings that improve outcomes for our clients that establishes Cadence as the higher ed premiere engagement platform, which is true today.


“Cadence Chat has improved our website experience and has been helpful for our site visitors by removing their need to search the web manually.”- Centenary College of Louisiana


So, what exactly do you get with Cadence?

Funny you should ask, because we were just going to tell you. With Cadence, you get:

  • Ability to easily break through the noise and reach website visitors, students, their families, alumni where they are 
  • Capability to efficiently manage personalized communications to send at mass scale using text and chat solutions
  • Best practices and industry insights designed to increase enrollment and boost retention
  • ROI, data analysis, and usage metrics to prove your efforts are working
  • Time to focus on high-value tasks with significant staff hours saved per year
  • And so much more

"The ability to export data from Cadence Chat including IP addresses makes a significant difference in our ability to provide the customized support prospective students need."

- Lori Motl, Director of Admissions, Counseling, Ouachita Baptist University and Cadence Chat Client


At Mongoose, our work is never done.

Ready to learn more? Discover Cadence today.




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