2014’s greatest hits

It’s time once again for the year-end roundup of this blog’s most popular posts. Here are the top five, as voted by your clicks.

3 branding game-changers and how #highered must adapt

The three behaviors are reminders for brands (including colleges and universities) to be more customer-focused, customer-responsive and human than brands have been in the past. Enabled and accelerated by technological change, these shifts in behavior will continue to challenge our customary approaches to marketing, branding, fundraising, student recruitment and alumni relations.

Embracing the C-word in higher education

Why do college and university personnel find it so difficult to think of students (and other groups, such as employers of our students) as customers? There’s something unsavory about instilling our academic world with the language of corporations.

The problem with content marketing

Our content doesn’t suck because it’s poorly written and sloppily edited (although that is sometimes the case). It sucks because it is more focused on the institution or business than on the customer or audience.

Kent State’s measured response to the Ebola media frenzy

From my distant perspective, I think Kent State is doing everything right. The response was swift yet measured. Social media is playing a critical role. Campus leaders are taking a proactive approach to communicating.

Branding rules in Cornell’s ‘breaking the rules’ campaign for engineering

This seems to be a universal concern among leaders of STEM-focused institutions. Our hard-working engineers and scientists are more concerned about solving problems and making things than about promoting what they do.

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Thanks for reading and for your clicks and comments during the past year. This will be my last post on this blog until 2015. Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Author: andrewcareaga

Higher ed PR and marketing guy. Communications director for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri, USA. Slow runner, mediocre guitarist, lover of music and puns, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I blog and Tweet about #highered, #music, #gocards and #random stuff.

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