Friday Five: #ICYMI edition

Some worthwhile posts from the past week or two for your Fourth of July weekend reading pleasure.

Great E-Expectations

This preview of Ruffalo Noel-Levitz‘s soon-to-be-released annual E-Expectations report was one of the week’s most important reads for anyone involved in marketing or undergraduate student recruitment. If you haven’t yet read this post, drop everything and do so now.’s Karine Joly provides a good summary of key takeaways from the report, which comes out next week. The main takeaway for me is that it’s high time higher ed take that big leap to a digital-first mindset for student recruitment marketing. (Bonus link: This Monday, Higher Ed Live‘s Chris D’Orso will take a deep dive into the E-Expectations report during his webcast.)

One of the charts from's E-Expectations preview
One of the charts from’s E-Expectations preview


Bill Nye, the Science Guy
Bill Nye, the Science Guy

Still looking for a reason to attend HighEdWeb 2015 this fall in Milwaukee? Do it for science.

The HighEdWeb organizers have announced that Bill Nye the Science Guy (@billnye) will deliver the opening keynote.

Yes. Bill. Nye. At HighEdWeb.

As if that weren’t enough awesomeness for a single conference, the organizers also announced that Mr. @UnMarketing himself, Scott Stratten, will return to HighEdWeb to close out what promises to be yet another great conference for web and marketing folks.

Social = success

A lot of senior-level marketing types (39 percent, according to one recent study) don’t see much value in social media data, but this ClickZ article points out that understanding what’s being said on social media can help brands adjust their marketing tactics.

“The most powerful use of social media data is to be listening and hearing what’s going on as a critical way to stay in touch with the mind of your target,” says Allen Adamson, chairman of North America for the agency Landor. Social platforms are great resources for qualitative data because people are more open with their thoughts about brands there, Adamson says.

But there’s good, actionable quantitative data to be had out there, too. For instance, “If we see a YouTube video doing well, we make a shorter form and do a Facebook video ad,” says Opher Kahane, CEO of Origami Logic. “We use that data to add more fuel to the fire.” Read on to learn some ideas to fuel your social media marketing efforts.

Slay your sacred social media cows

cow-354428_640Social media hasn’t been around for long. But it’s been around long enough for a set of conventions to grow up around it.

You know the rules: Never cross-post content, don’t post more than X times per day/week, etc.

In 9 social media marketing rules you should break, Anvil Media president Kent Lewis gives us permission to slay some of those sacred social media cows.

Focus on the faculty

How often do we really consider our faculty and their expertise in our branding and marketing efforts? Not as often as we should, says Fran Zablocki of mStoner in a recent post, The value of faculty expertise. From media relations to internal communications, leverage the talents and expertise of your academics to help your brand.

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Happy weekend, and for my fellow citizens of the United States of America who are celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, here’s a bonus link for reflection: How the Declaration of Independence Can Still Change the World.


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.

2 thoughts on “Friday Five: #ICYMI edition”

  1. Hoping that having a digital mindset in higher education means eliminating outrageous costs to students. Student loans are preventing students from leading salient lives. The hallmark of education today is that it should be cost effective, digital or not.

  2. Andy, I just found your blog. You are totally correct about the lack of focus on faculty — they are being totally overlooked and are hugely influential to students. And Wafa Hozien is on the money — I just got a bill for one class for my son at S&T — a whopping $1700 plus change. Who can afford this?

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