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100% Online Programs: Just like everyone else

With 5.8 million students now learning online, your institution’s online programs are no longer novel simply for being located in the digital space.* Representing roughly 28% of total enrollment for degree-granting institutions, online learners illustrate the opportunities inherent in online education. Yet the competition is also onto this fact, and distance learning today is a […]

Are You Connecting Effectively with your Adult Learners?

Adult learners, also known as post-traditional students, are increasing in numbers, as well as complexity. Some know exactly what they want to get out of their education, and others need more guidance. Either way, it is imperative that institutions rely on data to match these students with the right programs and personalize the experiences along […]

How Can Marketing Impact Student Retention?

Believe it or not, marketing doesn’t stop once a student is enrolled. Rather, it can play an important role throughout the duration of a student’s educational journey, providing the motivation and encouragement for students to continue progressing in their studies. In our newly published article, “The Impact of Marketing on Student Retention,” we highlight the […]

New Data Reinforces That Personalization and Speed to Degree Are Critical Factors to Students’ Decision to Enroll

A new infographic circulating in the higher education space highlights some interesting trends impacting a student’s online program and school selection.  The data is based on survey responses from roughly 1500 former, current and future online students. Here is what the research tells us: Marketing messages that resonate most with online students are focused on […]

Inquiry Generation Trends – How Will They Impact Your Practices?

Enrollment marketing is anything but predictable right now, due in large part to economic, demographic and regulatory shifts. Yet enrollment marketers can’t ignore these factors. In our conversations with lead sellers and lead buyers, four recurring themes seem to dominate the space: quality, pricing, conversion and attribution. In our newly published article, “Using Current Trends […]

Four Key Themes Impacting Inquiry Generation This Year

The enrollment marketing industry is anything but predictable right now, marked by economic swings, stricter regulations, demographic shifts, and changing consumer behaviors. There is a lot consider, and a lot weighing on the minds of education marketers. In our new white paper, “Finding the Right Students: Four Key Trends Impacting Inquiry Generation,” we are tackling […]

Why Remarketing Makes Sense for Your School

Does the thought of losing 25% of the potential value of your enrollment marketing dollars cause you concern? It should, but it doesn’t have to. Our remarketing campaigns, a communication strategy to engage unconverted student inquiries, result in a 20-30% lift in enrollment rates for our clients. If you haven’t considered remarketing before, now is […]

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 […]

Maximizing Paid Search, Minimizing Overspending

If you are an education marketer, chances are you are either implementing or exploring paid search marketing, also known as Pay Per Click (PPC) – the concept by which you bid on key words for placements in paid listings.   Paid search is quite an effective marketing channel as it allows you to target prospective […]

Be in the Know When it Comes to Attribution Marketing

Being able to track your campaign ROI is marketing 101.  But as we see more overlap among channels and campaigns as students research and interact with your brand in different ways, the lines to measure your ROI are becoming blurred. Enter attribution marketing. If you follow Datamark, you’ve probably heard us talk about attribution marketing.  […]

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. […]

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 […]

Increasing Your Website Traffic with the Right Visitors

Often times increasing your website traffic can be accomplished by purchasing additional banner ads, adding new keywords to your site, and increasing your social media presence.  While these tactics may result in more eyeballs on your website, they don’t necessarily guarantee you will increase traffic with the rights kinds of visitors. Believe it or not, […]

A Mid-Year Update of Evolving Vendor Lead Channels: Part III

Our EduPortal partners are taking the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) compliance requirements very seriously, especially with the significant uptick of leads coming through mobile devices. Below is an example of a leading vendor’s efforts to remain compliant. Efforts from this particular vendor include both On Form disclaimer display and Display Confirmation delivery. The Express […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Is your brand getting in the way of your marketing?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.”   – William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) One of the central tenets of any marketing plan is to increase brand awareness. You want potential buyers, or in the case of education, potential students, to be familiar with your […]