This blog was born in 2005, during the tumultuous first year of George W. Bush’s second term as president, but it grew up during the Barack Obama presidency. Obama made his way into several posts here over the past eight years — no surprise, given the constitutional law professor’s interest in higher education policy. As Inside Higher Ed’s Doug Lederman and Paul Fain wrote on Thursday, “[N]o president in history has, with his rhetoric, so clearly embraced the idea that postsecondary education is a must for individuals and essential for the country’s economic and societal well-being” or “pushed as hard to improve its efficacy, from the belief that something so valuable should deliver on its promises.” Continue reading “Friday Five: Thanks, Obama”
Curious as to what’s in store for marketing in the new year? Here are five articles or blog posts making big, bold predictions for 2017. Continue reading “Friday Five: Predictions for the new year”
The American Marketing Association holds its annual Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education next week. I’m looking forward to being a part of a panel discussion on building a research-based brand strategy with Brad Bohlander of North Carolina State University, Stephanie Judge-Cripe of Butler University and Jason Simon of SimpsonScarborough. I’m also looking forward to learning a lot from colleagues and experts in the field. Continue reading “Friday Five: #AMAHigherEd preview”
Happy Black Friday, folks. Our fridge is now stuffed with leftover turkey and side dishes, and we’ll be warming up those leftovers for meals and snacks throughout the holiday weekend and into Monday’s lunchboxes. Turkey salad, anyone? Continue reading “Friday Five: Thanksgiving leftovers edition”
College rankings season is in full swing now, and in case you haven’t noticed, the ranks of rankings is growing. Once upon a time, only a select few rankings organizations existed — led by U.S. News & World Report‘s annual countdown of best colleges. Today, though, it seems there’s a ranking for everything — reputation, value added, return on investment, etc. Media outlets like Forbes, Washington Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and USAToday have joined the party, while online data-gathering sites like PayScale have fueled the outcomes-based approaches to rankings. Aided by the Internet, new rankings seemingly pop up overnight like fungi on a lawn — and clutter the higher ed marketing pro’s inbox with notifications of your school’s standing and requests for linkbacks to their sometimes shady rankings. Continue reading “Friday Five: #highered rankings ranklings”
We like to think that we are in control of our thoughts — that the decisions we make are always thoughtful, logical and rational. But as recent neuroscience research is revealing, our decision-making is heavily influenced by our subconscious. The same is true in marketing, where the field of neuroscience presents a world of opportunities — and concerns — for the marketer as well as the consumer.
Earlier this week, Twitter went literaryally crazy, thanks to a hashtag meme called #ScaleBackABook. The object of the game was to take a book title, revise it to become something less impressive or substantial than the original — for example, Lowered Expectations, For Whom the Timer Goes Off, The Jungle Brochure or Lady Chatterly’s Tinder Date — and posting the witty revisions to Twitter using the #ScaleBackABook hashtag. Continue reading “Friday Five: Summer reads edition”