The year’s top marketers, according to @AdAge

Here are some of AdAge’s Marketers of the Year for 2017.

The advertising and marketing industry news site AdAge has named its 2017 marketers of the year. Tito’s Handmade Vodka came out on top, thanks to becoming¬†the top-selling spirits variety in U.S. stores in 2017.¬† Continue reading “The year’s top marketers, according to @AdAge”

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Friday Five: Playing catch-up

Welcome to December, the final month of what has seemed to be a very long year. I didn’t mean for last month to become No Blog November, but that’s just the way it worked out. Nothing in this space since Oct. 29. Then you get busy, look up and the next thing you know it’s Dec. 1. So it’s back to it, but I’m easing into the blogging with a Friday Five catch-up on happenings in the world of higher ed, marketing, social media and the world of work. Continue reading “Friday Five: Playing catch-up”

‘Bite Size Horror’: a frighteningly successful ad campaign

Screen capture from “Floor 9.5,” one of Mars’ scary short films for Halloween.

Pop over to the Skittles website, and you’ll find all the happy, colorful “taste the rainbow” imagery you’d expect from this candy brand. Viewers of some Fox network programming, however, recently saw a different, darker side of Skittles: a two-minute commercial in the form of a haunting horror flick.

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Help wanted: strategic communications opening at Missouri S&T

From time to time I use this space as a forum to talk about job opportunities at the university where I work, Missouri S&T. This is one of those times. If you’re a communicator who is interested in a new challenge, or you know someone who is, then please read on. Continue reading “Help wanted: strategic communications opening at Missouri S&T”

EMG examines #highered ad trends

Advertising allocations by platform, 2016 (via Educational Marketing Group, EMGonline.com).

As of 2016, colleges and universities in the U.S. were spending more money than ever on paid advertising, Educational Marketing Group reports in a recent blog post. Continue reading “EMG examines #highered ad trends”

Marketing’s ‘looming talent crisis’

A new study says #highered isn’t graduating workforce-ready marketers

Add marketing and advertising to the list of business sectors that feel poorly served by higher education. And it could damage the future of college marketing programs. Continue reading “Marketing’s ‘looming talent crisis’”

Friday Five: Takeaways from @insidehighered’s admissions officers survey

Inside Higher Ed’s 2017 survey of admissions officers is now available

Earlier this week, Inside Higher Ed released its 2017 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors in the U.S. (available for download), and according to the headline from IHE‘s own analysis of the survey results, admissions officers face “pressure all around” to meet enrollment goals, recruit the right mix of students and bring in the money to pay the institution’s bills. Only 34 percent of admissions officers surveyed reported that they met their institution’s enrollment targets. That’s down from 37 percent a year ago and 42 percent two years ago. Continue reading “Friday Five: Takeaways from @insidehighered’s admissions officers survey”