What Can the Education Industry Expect in 2014?

As we kick off this new year, we’ve been talking to our team internally, researching and reading external articles and reports, and generally soliciting input from our academic customers and contacts on what we can expect in 2014.  While this isn’t a comprehensive list, the three categories below seemed to create quite a bit of […]

Understanding the Changing Regulations, and Managing the Burden of Proof

We’ve reached a point in higher education where change has become the new norm, at least from a regulatory standpoint. And as we point out in our new article, “Keeping up with New Regulations, Compliance and Risk,” this change isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  After all, the changing rules are designed to better protect students. […]

Solution Spotlight Series: Dialog Marketing

As we continue with our Solution Series blogs, this week we are focusing on Dialog Marketing.  For obvious reasons, Dialog Marketing essentially creates an ongoing conversation, or dialog, with prospects with the goal of creating a lasting relationship.   Through a series of relevant, customizable and timely messages, you give prospective students the opportunity to […]

New White Paper: Six Steps to Generating Inquiries in a Closely Guarded Regulatory Environment

Both passed and proposed legislation continue to keep enrollment marketers and institutions on their toes. At stake are their marketing processes and practices, but also their brands and reputations. It is more important than ever for schools to understand the regulations, the tactical changes, and the long-term implications. For example, the FCC’s TCPA regulations, which […]

Live From Leads Con East – We are Kicking Off the Presentation Line-Up in the Education Track

For those of you who have never attended a LeadsCon event, we highly encourage you to consider it.  And for those of you who have, you know exactly how excited we are about the upcoming LeadsCon East in NYC next week, August 13th-15th. We have the privilege of speaking at this year’s LeadsCon East Buyer’s […]

The Longevity of Print Marketing in an Increasingly Mobile World

“In college marketing, print appears to be forever.” This statement was recently published in an article in Direct Marketing News, “Traditional Marketing Gets Charged Up.” The article also featured Datamark and our own Rick Bentz talking about trends in higher education enrollment marketing. To summarize, the marketing landscape isn’t necessarily changing, but more so it […]

APSCU 2013 Highlights

We’ve been back a little over a week now from another successful APSCU Annual Convention, which has been just enough time to digest the wealth of information, the candid conversations, and the increasingly positive tone on the exhibit floor. Let’s face it, with shrinking budgets and increased regulatory demands, APSCU schools have had their fair […]

APSCU Session: How to Be More Efficient with Less Money

Datamark had the privilege of leading two speaking sessions at the 2013 APSCU Annual Convention in Orlando. For those of you who missed our session or perhaps just want a recap, this is your chance. During our first session, Tips and Tricks to Help Enrollment Marketers be More Efficient with Less Money, we were joined […]

Admissions Insights

With challenges to increase enrollments, institutions continue to improve and streamline their admissions processes. In this guest blog post, I’ve asked Martin Lind at Leads360 to share the dynamics and differences he sees between traditional and private sector schools’ admissions departments. Traditional schools and private sector schools: Two very different admissions processes Understanding these differences […]

Career Education Review Features Datamark’s Collaborative Research

For some prospective students it simply takes time to make the decision to apply and enroll, and for others, a little bit of nurturing can go a long way. We teamed up with our colleagues, Martin Lind at Leads360 and Chris McArdle at Neustar, to dissect the extent to which inquiry nurturing programs exist at […]

What Do We Have to Look Forward to in 2013? Part III: Marketing and Data Analytics

Here we go with the third installment of this series – in case you missed my first two posts, I encourage you to check out trends on Marketing and the Customer Experience and Marketing and Branding. Today’s prediction comes from Ovum’s 2013 Trends to Watch: Education Technology and focuses on the following: “Institutions will turn […]

What Do We Have to Look Forward to in 2013? Part II: Marketing and Branding

As we continue to look at the predictions circulating for 2013, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about marketing and branding.  By the way, if you missed my first post in this series about Marketing and the Customer Experience, you can access it here. So let’s dive in.  A conversation about marketing that […]

What Do We Have to Look Forward to in 2013? Part I: Marketing and the Customer Experience

Now that the first month of the New Year is coming to an end, I thought it would be interesting to write a series of blogs that highlight some of the predictions being thrown around out there, and take a look at what those predictions mean for those in education segment. . Ovum recently published […]

When is a Past Inquiry Still Worth Pursuing?

Just because a prospective student doesn’t begin to move forward through the enrollment process at first, doesn’t mean that individual won’t at some point.  So, how do you continue to nurture that prospect to get to that point? We recently teamed up with our colleagues at Leads360 and Neustar® (formerly TARGUSinfo) to publish a joint […]

Part Three of Three: Top Three Happenings from the World of CPL and Traditional Media that May Impact Your Business

In this final part of our three-part CPL and traditional media series, we outline the importance of video. Videos are coming on the scene and are being used extensively during the evaluation process. Recent Google video usage studies suggest that there has been a significant uptick in use of higher education video assets on the […]

Part Two of Three: Top Three Happenings from the World of CPL and Traditional Media that May Impact Your Business

Part Two of Three: Mobile device marketing In this second part of our three-part CPL and traditional media series, we focus on emerging trend of marketing being optimized for mobile devices. Education seekers have adopted a 3-screen approach: 44% use a cellular and / or tablet device in their search.  (Note:  97% still use a […]

Do You Know What Motivates Prospective Students to Enroll?

Let’s face it, the more you know about your prospective students’ thought process during the enrollment process, the more likely you are to engage them at each step along the way, from the initial idea to further their education, through research, selection, application and enrollment. Ask yourself, why do prospective students decide to pursue higher […]

APSCU Misrepresentation Guidance: Datamark’s View

On October 11, APSCU published guidance for its membership on “The Misrepresentation Rule and Third-Party Vendors.” We congratulate APSCU on the publication of this very comprehensive treatment of a very complex topic, particularly its holistic review of the federal and state regulatory issues beyond “Substantial Misrepresentation” that education marketers must consider. We view the publication […]

Headlines from LeadsCon

The annual LeadsCon event hit Las Vegas recently and turned out an insightful crowd of people.  I joined several of my Datamark colleagues for the event, and it again proved to be a productive opportunity to meet with clients and leaders in internet lead generation to discuss trends, innovation and regulatory change.  Congratulations to Jay and […]

The Changing Marketing and Enrollment Landscape

I recently had the opportunity to interview with Keith Hampson, a well-known education consultant, speaker and founder of the Higher Education Management group on LinkedIn.  Keith and I talked about the changing marketing and enrollment landscape, and the things that colleges and universities should be doing to adapt their strategies given economic recovery, regulatory changes […]

Why Does Lead Quality Matter, and Why Now More Than Ever?

The enrollment marketing and admissions landscape continues to change with new technological advances and ways to communicate.  However, neither can enhance the enrollment process if the lead quality to begin with isn’t up to par. As a participant on a recent panel, “Why Lead Quality Matters Now More Than Ever,” at the TARGUSinfo Interactive Insights […]

California Schools Talk Marketing Strategies in a Rebounding Economy

Datamark joined Joseph Holt, Vice President of Marketing at San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC), in a presentation at the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) 26th Annual Conference.  The topic was post-recession marketing strategies.  SJVC is definitely at the forefront when it comes to understanding the enrollment landscape and proactively adapting its marketing strategies to […]

Trend to Watch: DIY-U Start-Ups

Bill Gates recently said, “Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world” and online education “will be better than any single university.” Over the past several months we have been monitoring the EduPunk and DIY-U start-ups. Unlike traditional and for-profit schools, these new […]

Economic Recovery Brings Challenges to Education Marketers

Since 1990, the United States has experienced three major recessions, and during each of these tumultuous periods, higher education marketers have found a unique silver lining – student inquiries have sprouted easily and school enrollments have grown. As economic recovery has turned the corner and unemployed prospects have found new job opportunities, the bounty of […]

Trusted Voices in a Changing Environment

The winds of change are sweeping through the environment for education marketing. Metric and database analytics have brought new levels of efficiency and sophistication to the practice. For–profit and not-for-profit universities now compete for the same students. And, with new communication channels available and an uncertain regulatory future looming on the horizon, we’re poised for […]