Does Class Size Matter Anymore?

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 in Blog, Insights
Does Class Size Matter Anymore?

Educators have trained a generation of parents that small class size matters and that this is a distinguishing attribute of independent schools. But some research does not demonstrate that class size below 22 makes an appreciable difference in how children learn.[i] So reports Brad Rathgeber, executive director of One Schoolhouse, which has evolved from the […]

Marketing: The Personal Touch

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 in Blog, Insights
Marketing: The Personal Touch

The college sports world has provided a stark reminder that school marketing plays a crucial role in admissions as well as fundraising and community good will. A top recruit to the University of Michigan has decommitted to the university’s football program after a thank you note blunder. Michigan thanked this athlete and his mother for […]

Three Immutable Branding Principles

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 in Blog, Insights
Three Immutable Branding Principles

This guest blog was written by Gerald A. Schorin, a longtime friend and mentor of Carol Cheney. Like many things, what we call branding can be both simple and complex. On one hand, some marketers refer to freshening the logo as branding. On the other, branding can involve intensive internal and external research, competitive analysis, […]

How We Respond to Your RFP

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 in Blog, Insights
How We Respond to Your RFP

We get loads of inquiries asking about our marcomm creative and consulting services. Such inquiries can be classified as RFQs—request for qualifications—and are a great way to determine if an agency may be a good fit for a project. The RFP—request for proposal—outlines the project for which you are seeking services. When we are asked […]

Lessons from the Field

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 in Blog, Insights
Lessons from the Field

Here are a few words of wisdom from Catherine O’Neill Grace from her 25 years as a writer and editor. She is currently senior associate editor of Wellesley magazine and former editor of Independent School magazine. Never, ever misspell the name of an alumna/alumnus, or attribute her/him to the wrong graduating class. This seems obvious, […]

Your Magazine: A Gift or Solicitation?

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in Blog, Insights
Your Magazine: A Gift or Solicitation?

The perpetual question about using a school magazine to deliver an annual fund appeal has not gone away. The magazine presents an almost irresistible opportunity for including a giving envelope and thus avoiding a separate mailing. Is this the right thing to do? We think about the following factors when weighing the benefits versus disadvantages. […]

Summer: The Pause That Refreshes

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 in Blog, Insights
Summer: The Pause That Refreshes

Happy New Year comes on July 1 for advancement. So sprinkle confetti on your annual fund and use the rest of the summer to refresh yourself and prioritize your projects for the new fiscal year. Here are our suggestions for making the most of the days you have before welcoming yet another new year—the opening […]

Summer Reading

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 in Blog, Insights
Summer Reading

Morning dew illuminated by a waking sun. Waves lapping against the shore. The heavy still of a summer night. Take a moment to soak it in—summer has arrived! Here at Cheney & Company, we hope you are able to take some time away from campus to rejuvenate and relax. One of our favorite ways to […]

Marketing Is More Than Advertising

Posted on May 26, 2016 in Blog, Insights
Marketing Is More Than Advertising

What is school marketing? It’s not sales. It’s more than promotion. And it’s not just about admissions. Marketing is the intentional management of mutually beneficial relationships. Or, more simply put, marketing is building lasting relationships with shared benefit—a balance of giving and “getting.” The cost-benefit equation. Carefully cultivated, relationships that bring your school together with […]

Managing Project Mayhem

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 in Blog, Insights
Managing Project Mayhem

School communicators inevitably are multi-taskers, and project management can seem like an elusive dream. Choose and use a tool to keep you organized and on schedule. Here are our recommendations to help keep your important projects on task and (relatively) stress free. Basecamp is a private, secure online space that allows all participating parties to […]