School Fairs—Why They’re Worth It

Posted on Oct 9, 2017 in Blog, Fundamentals
School Fairs—Why They’re Worth It

It’s worth your institution investing in attendance at a school admissions fair, but maybe not for the reasons you think. Of course the hope is that lines will form at your table to find out more about your school. You are armed with your new materials, an iPad video and fabulous tchotchkies. Sad to say […]

Handling a Campus Crisis

Posted on Sep 8, 2017 in Blog, Fundamentals
Handling a Campus Crisis

We are thrilled to announce that Jane Hulbert will make a major presentation at Aim High 2018. Jane is the country’s leading expert on independent school PR and crisis communication. We are honored to offer her wisdom to Aim High participants. Save the date: February 27–28, 2018 at The Study at Yale, New Haven, CT. […]

RSVP

Posted on Aug 3, 2017 in Blog, Fundamentals
RSVP

Summer is a good time to start planning for your special events and parties in the coming school year. Your invitations should set the tone for your event AND provide the details that will be sure to attract the guests you want to come. Especially if you are working with volunteers (think reunion class chairs […]

Operating Statement for your Blog

Posted on Jul 27, 2017 in Blog, Fundamentals
Operating Statement for your Blog

I keep saying that schools need to have a written operating statement for their magazines. Such a document provides a rationale for this costly communication and back-up for the editor, who is likely to be pulled in different directions by multiple stakeholders. Stay on mission, stay on message. Your blog needs an operating statement, too, […]

The No-Fail Magazine Budget Diet

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 in Blog, Fundamentals
The No-Fail Magazine Budget Diet

The school magazine is one of the premier ways to showcase your programs and people—here is where the best content marketing can really pay off. But if print is NOT dead, how do you keep it from killing your budget? Here’s how to maximize the ROI of your magazine. Giving it structure will preserve dollars, […]

First Impression in 7 Seconds

Posted on Jul 7, 2017 in Blog, Fundamentals
First Impression in 7 Seconds

It better be great because you only have one chance! Your website is your stand-in for your own initial smile and handshake. Does your site make the grade? Here’s an easy test to gather information about first impressions. I used this as an exercise at the National Coalition of Girls Schools conference in Washington in […]

Creating a Global Communications Calendar

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 in Blog, Fundamentals
Creating a Global Communications Calendar

Your marketing communications plan is most effective when its foundation is a “global” communications calendar that covers the whole school and accounts for all constituencies. Preparing a truly comprehensive annual agenda serves as the organizing force behind your annual cycle of print and electronic publications, special events, outreach and publicity efforts. You should put the […]

Be a Data-Driven Marketer

Posted on Jun 9, 2017 in Blog, Fundamentals
Be a Data-Driven Marketer

Stacy Jagodowski is on the move. This high-profile indy school marketing and communications strategist is headed west from Cheshire Academy to a new assignment at Milken Community Schools in Los Angeles. I caught her for a farewell lunch today, and—as always—she was generous in sharing her expert advice as the year wraps and summer offers […]

Avoid the Jargon Jungle

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 in Blog, Fundamentals
Avoid the Jargon Jungle

Are you thrashing through the marketing jargon jungle? Confused about what is Brand Essence, a Value Proposition, the difference between Vision and Position and how do you get it? What happens if you don’t? Well, you’re not alone! There’s lots of competition for your business now that marketing has become an accepted management tool in […]

8 Ways to Reduce Snooze in a Long Story

Posted on May 11, 2017 in Blog, Fundamentals
8 Ways to Reduce Snooze in a Long Story

Headline Grab the attention of your distracted reader with a powerful headline—make it pithy and make it colorful. Deck Explain your story through this précis, building on the headline—a phrase or a short sentence or two will do the trick. Running Heads Show your reader through the content by adding bold subheads for new sections […]