One of the many intriguing sessions I attended during last month’s CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement was a session titled “Lessons from Advancement’s Level 5 Leaders.” Presented by Daniel P. Saftig, senior consultant and principal at Marts&Lundy, the talk focused on leaders in fundraising so it wasn’t really in my bailiwick. (To the chagrin of communicators, marketers and alumni relations people, fundraising is still what many people, even in the business, think of when they hear the word advancement.) But Saftig’s big question — “What does Level 5 Leadership look like in fundraising?” — intrigued me enough that I’ve been thinking about a similar question: Continue reading “What does Level 5 Leadership look like in #highered marketing?”
If you read CASE Currents with any regularity, you may have noticed the note from CASE President Sue Cunningham in the latest issue in which she discusses the importance of cross-cultural communication. At the end of her note, she invites us to join her for an upcoming Twitter chat on that topic. Well, the time for that chat has arrived. Continue reading “Upcoming #casesmc Twitter chat: Cross-cultural communications”
I recently discovered a new word that describes many branding initiatives in higher education today: Vanillacide. Continue reading “Committing brand ‘vanillacide’”
In the pantheon of great marketing minds, Jack Trout holds a lofty position. Which is appropriate, given his role in creating the branding and marketing concept known as positioning. Continue reading “Remembering Jack Trout, inventor of “positioning””
AdAge reports that Dick’s Sporting Goods has promoted its chief marketing officer Lauren Hobart to president. The appointment is “a rare move for retail,” writes AdAge’s Adrianne Pasquarelli, but not so uncommon for other sectors. “[A]s brands assign more responsibility and credibility to their top marketers, it’s becoming a more frequent trajectory.” Continue reading “From CMO to CEO: Could it work in #highered?”
Commencement season is upon us, and in the higher ed world, it’s already off to a heated start. Earlier this week, students at Bethune-Cookman University booed and turned their backs to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as she began her speech to the class of 2017 there. More protests are expected when President Trump steps up to the podium at Liberty University’s commencement Saturday. Continue reading “Friday Five: Cap and gown edition”
In a few short days, the world will be awash in media hype to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was released on June 1, 1967. Frequently cited as the greatest album ever made , Sgt. Pepper’s is a pop culture touchstone that has influenced countless musicians over the past half century. The record’s golden anniversary has spawned several new books, a “super deluxe” album reissue, a new documentary about the Fab Four andeven a pretty hilarious mashup of the album with another pop culture icon, Star Wars.