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3 steps to attract adult students to your college through LinkedIn

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Here are 3 steps to attract adult students to your college through LinkedIn

Here are 3 steps to attract adult students to your college through LinkedIn

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  • 1. 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn Slide 1
  • 2. 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn Overview 1. 2. 3. Create and optimize your college’s Company page Create an Alumni group for your school Be a connector Source: Higher Education Marketing – 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn Slide 2
  • 3. 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn 1. Create and optimize your college’s Company page Create a simple Company page for your school that includes a picture, URL and description. Have the Services section filled to feature your school’s best attributes. This section is rarely filled out by schools, but it is a great way to promote your key programs and initiatives and, most importantly, to request recommendations for your programs. See the example of Imperial College London: Source: Higher Education Marketing – 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn Slide 3
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  • 5. 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn 1. Create and optimize your college’s Company page • Link to a video that goes beyond of the typical campus tour. A way to make videos more engaging is to feature the services adult students truly care about:       • Counselor/tutoring options Available financial solutions Evening and weekend hours Past experience and credit policy Day-care facilities nearby Support services for their unique needs Don’t be idle. Actively update this page frequently; with blog posts or links with industries your school focuses on. More tips to optimize your school’s Company on LinkedIn. Source: Higher Education Marketing – 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn Slide 5
  • 6. 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn 2. Create an Alumni group for your school An alumni group is a great way for your school to show off the network it offers its students. For professionals looking to create more opportunities for themselves by going back to school, it is also a promise of a value beyond the benefit of their time at your school.   Decide on what you would like your group to be about: Do you want to offer a social platform for students to connect? Or do you want to focus on offering a database to hear about jobs and insights about the industry? Decide who should be members of the groups: current students or alumni only? Should faculty be members as well? Source: Higher Education Marketing – 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn Slide 6
  • 7. 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn 2. Create an Alumni group for your school      Should the group be open? An open group will be referenced on search engines, which will make it easier for prospects to find, but private group conversations will make your students more comfortable with sharing insights. Draft a LinkedIn policy for students and faculty to clarify your decisions about the Company page and the group. Who will be in charge of both the page and the group? Should the entire school faculty be members? What will be their role? This may require some coordination with your Alumni Services. Depending on whether it is open or not, promote your group in all of your communication efforts. Invite former students to tell their story. Interact with your students and alumni by feeding discussions from which they will all gain insights. Source: Higher Education Marketing – 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn Slide 7
  • 8. 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn 3. Be a connector Have your admission advisors answer questions on groups  Research some of the professional groups where your target students are most active and make it a goal to answer several questions a week. Create links between prospects and students  Help your students connect with other alumni in their region.  Connect prospects with new grads to answer their questions. Source: Higher Education Marketing – 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn Slide 8
  • 9. 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn 3. Be a connector Create links between students and your industry  Through your personal page, follow potential employers and keep up with what they are doing, share it on your school’s company page or the group.  Use your Company page or your group to share employment info (internships, job offers, etc.) with your group followers  Ask your instructors to become members of groups and to interact with prospective employers and students. Source: Higher Education Marketing – 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn Slide 9
  • 10. 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn 3. Be a connector Create links between students and your industry  Help your students promote themselves on LinkedIn: why not turn your LinkedIn Alumni page into a reference center for your students to receive recommendations from their college?  Take it out of the Internet: Do not forget that networks are really built in person. Help your students do just that by organizing occasions where students can meet mentors to discuss their career choices. One option is to create a mentorship program matching students with a successful alumnus over a dinner. Don’t forget to track your results using Page Insights and Group statistics to see the evolution of your network on LinkedIn! Source: Higher Education Marketing – 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn Slide 10
  • 11. 3 Steps To Attract Adult Students To Your College Through LinkedIn Questions? 1.514.312.3968 info@higher-education-marketing.com FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOLLOW US ON LINKEDIN FOLLOW US ON TWITTER FOLLOW US ON PINTEREST FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE+ Visit our Website: Higher Education Marketing Slide 11

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