Why bother branding?

Why bother branding?

Let’s face it. Branding projects are a pain in the butt. They’re time consuming, expensive, require intense introspection, demand the finesse of giving stakeholder groups just the right amount of voice, risk exposing deep divisions about foundational principles in...

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49 Independent School Content Marketing Topics

49 Independent School Content Marketing Topics

Here are two facts. First, content marketing has been proven to be an extremely successful means of differentiating and driving results for businesses and organizations. Fact number two – independent schools should be doing way more content marketing. Stop. Let’s make...

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Are you ready for a whole new generation?

Are you ready for a whole new generation?

There’s something going on with your prospective parents and some of your newer parents. You may not know exactly what it is by I bet you recognize some of the symptoms. The diagnosis is that we’re on the cusp of a generational shift. Here’s just a bit of background....

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My Stupidly Simple Explanation of Branding

My Stupidly Simple Explanation of Branding

–> Branding is complicated. It’s time consuming. It can be damn expensive. So, selling your boss or your board on the idea of engaging in a branding project can be a monumental task. But here’s what makes it even harder. Most people don’t know what a brand...

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Heads of school are the key to marketing success

Heads of school are the key to marketing success

More than ever before, it is critical that heads of school become integrally involved with marketing. Why now, you ask? Because marketing has morphed from being a fixed set of activities that emanates from a particular office to something that now touches every...

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The truth about one-page letters

The truth about one-page letters

Imagine this. You’re meeting with your lawyer to review an important business contract and she hands you one page. You ask, “Where is the rest of the contract?” and she replies, “We have a rule in our office that contracts can only be one page. I couldn’t get all of...

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How are you unboxing your school?

How are you unboxing your school?

You may never have heard of it, but “unboxing” is not only all over YouTube, it may be a great way of achieving marketing success at your independent school. There’s a video on YouTube that shows a pair of hands unpacking five cartoon branded plastic eggs...

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Big data for not-so-big organizations

Big data for not-so-big organizations

Read any business, marketing or management publication these days and you’re almost certain to find an article about Big Data. The natural conclusion is that big data is for big organizations. That could be because just the term “big data” will leave...

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Save your marketing dollars. Focus on fundamentals.

Save your marketing dollars. Focus on fundamentals.

My suggestion to most schools is to stop whatever marketing you are doing and re-consider everything. The impetus for this unusual advice was the plethora of independent school radio ads I heard this year. It seemed to me that twice as many schools as last year were...

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