My one-question branding hack

–> The terms “brand” and “DNA” appear together in business literature as often as “critical” and “thinking” do in the educational world. The assumption is that just as DNA is a way of defining a person’s uniqueness, so too brand is the way of articulating...

For better marketing results – Get Experiential!

–> Consumer brand marketers are finding innovative ways to cut through the clutter and independent schools would be wise to pay attention. The goal of marketing is to make someone feel something. That’s becoming increasingly difficult in large part because we...

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...

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...

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...

Quality v. Quantity in Philanthropy

Does the size of a philanthropic gift determine its meaningfulness to the donor? As part of our book project The Philanthropic Mind my writing partner and I recently conducted one of our interviews with Canada’s top philanthropists. In it a donor told us that his...