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LinkedIn Powering MBA applications

LinkedInLinkedIn has been powering job applications for companies such as Netflix, Tripit, and other companies since 2011.

Anybody with a LinkedIn profile can quickly submit their applications to jobs at these companies with just a click of a button. That convenience is now available to applicants to Johnson’s School of Management’s MBA program at Cornell University.

A little digging revealed that Cornell is not the only university that considers LinkedIn profiles when making student admission decisions.  Continue Reading →


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Did You Take Advantage of The World Cup?

tweet_june_12The Soccer World Cup is a big deal. For a few weeks, most of the world revolves around this mega event and it is hard to escape any conversation about it, especially on social media.

During our recent Twitter chat, which took place the day of the kick-off on June 12, the conversation inadvertently geared towards the World Cup and how you could leverage the topic on social media. Continue Reading →


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5 Key Factors to a Successful Social Media Campaign

fordham 4 me tumblrWe all dream of hitting the jackpot with a social media campaign that goes viral. While it’s good to dream and aim for the sky, the reality is that any campaign can be successful just by following some simple guidelines.

During our most recent webinar, Patrick Powers of MStoner Inc., shared the fundamentals of a campaign undertaken by Fordham University in New York City, called #Fordham4Me.

Launched during the Spring of 2014, the campaign will run until the first day of school this coming Fall. So although the complete results are yet to be seen, there’s much to learn from how Fordham University planned and set up their campaign. Continue Reading →


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Why Universities Need to Be Run Like Startups

Golden Age of Universities is OverIt’s a well documented fact that higher education is being disrupted by new technologies, new players, and changing economic and social context.

Consider the following:

  • Student debt is at an all time high in the U.S. and that ⅔ of students leave with debt.
  • Massive Open Online Courses (Moocs) are changing the face of higher education
  • Moocs are more cost-effective than the traditional college model
  • Moocs will likely become increasingly accepted as legitimate course credit in the coming years

If universities’ value isn’t in delivering content, what is the advantage of the traditional classroom model? Continue Reading →


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Email Newsletter- The Workhorse of University Communications

death of email

Zero emails. Is this even possible?

Our friend Georgy Cohen, from MeetContent.com, wrote an excellent post on best practices for email newsletters that we could all benefit from.

Regardless of apocalyptic forecasts that announce the death of email, it is still how many of us spend most of day: sending and answering emails. I have summarized below key takeaways related to subject lines, length, images, and frequency from Georgy’s post on Meetcontent.com Continue Reading →


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The New Image Campaign of the University of St.Gallen

We knew that the communications team at the University of St.Gallen was planning to focus more on creating videos, but we had no idea what was in the works. Over the last months, the team has been working hard on an image film that sent the crew as far as Singapore.

The result is “Love, Loss, and Other Lessons Learned“, a love story told over four minutes and essentially a silent movie (no translation necessary, how genious!). The big premiere of their new image video was on April 28, just in time for their annual mega event, the St. Gallen Symposium.

An image movie for a relatively small university (7,666 students in case you wonder), which is not just secretly published on their YouTube channel, but is revealed with a bang and a red carpet, has to part of something bigger. What, you ask? Well, let us tell you what else they set up for this image campaign.

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Digital Campus Event in Winterthur: A Recap

Digital Campus Event ZHAW

Last week, the Digital Campus participants met at the ZHAW in Winterthur for our first Digital Campus event of 2014. swissnex San Francisco kicked off the day-long event with a snapshot of Swiss higher education and social media, followed by a recent trends in that field. Continue Reading →


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Should Your University Be On Instagram?

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The University of Lausanne on Instagram

When Facebook acquired Instagram for 1 billion dollars in 2012, many wondered why the social media giant would shell out such a large sum for a picture-sharing app. But two years later, the sum almost sounds like a bargain, considering Facebook’s recent acquisition of WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars and Instagram’s skyrocketing user base.

Instagram recently revealed that it now has 200 million users. Considering WhatsApp’s 500 million users, Instagram’s user base may not seem impressive at all.  But 50 million of those 200 million users signed up in the last 6 months, which means that Instagram is looking at a growth rate of roughly 100% in a short period of time.

With such growth rates, Instagram is becoming more and more interesting for companies, and of course universities. We’ll tell you why you should consider it.
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