"We must throw open the doors of opportunity. But we also must
equip our people to walk through these doors.“
- Lyndon Baines Johnson
Group 15 – LBJSC Advertising Plans Book
Integrated Marketing Communications
We will make a
difference in the
lives of those we
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Student Center has been a useful resource that
Texas State University offers to its students. Centrally located between the McCoy
School of Business and Alkek Library, LBJSC is the facility where students can attend
class, eat, study, and participate in various other activities later described in this plan
book. Unfortunately the LBJSC is basically viewed as one building, but with many parts
that are scattered and vague. With low participation and a deceptive amount of foot
traffic that misrepresents the ever growing enrolment at Texas State, the LBJSC seeks to
increase exposure toward the less popular programs and services it offers. The student
center is a privilege for Texas State students, and would like it to be used more
consistently. It is our place and should be utilized to its greatest potential.
To solve this problem, we have created an advertising plan book that intends
to increase participation of students 15-20% by the end of the 2009-10 school year.
Furthermore, the LBJSC intends to create a unified brand so that students will recognize
all of the services offered at the LBJSC as a whole. This strategy will help students
acknowledge that the LBJSC is a place where many things can be done, and is a helpful
tool when needed. This will be done through a campaign of print and broadcast media,
special events, and other strategies.
The media plan is set to commence at the beginning of the 2009 fall
semester, and hopefully last until the end of the 2010 spring semester. The plan will
consist of various aesthetically pleasing and elaborately published print
advertisements that will run in the University Star, as well as being posted throughout
campus. Also we will create a thirty second radio PSA. that will air on KTSW
throughout the semester. A low budget television commercial will be aired on Texas
State’s public access channel. To incorporate the students and staff, the LBJSC will
host a series of monthly workshops intended to provide a hands-on experience with
the vast amount of chartered student organizations that are not well marketed. Also,
George’s will be the venue of monthly college nights; marketing to the of-age crowd
which would be an alternative to the San Marcos square. Finally, there will be direct-
mail sent to parents in form of a newsletter that will provide information on what
their children are getting involved in; keeping them aware of certain events that they
can encourage their children to attend.
This plan will successfully incorporate all the programs that the LBJSC has
to offer into a recognizable brand. With a unified brand the LBJSC will confidently
increase the participation of students that use its resources. By using eye appealing
graphics, exciting interactive events, and the ever-growing population at Texas State,
the LBJSC will be the first-choice for any services a Bobcat will need during the
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Student Center is a facility at Texas State
University that has the capabilities to simplify a students everyday life.
Bobcats can stop by the University Bookstore and pick up a pen before
going up a flight of stairs to their class. Conversely students can grab a bite
to eat downstairs at The Lair and study for an upcoming test. An integral
part of the LBJSC experience is the Associated Student Government,
located on the third floor. It is also the meeting grounds for many
chartered student organizations, and has been the venue for many
illustrious speakers. The LBJSC is in its growth stage and is taking
advantage of the expanding campus and reaching out to current and
future Bobcats. Now in its tenth year at Texas State, the LBJSC will keep
providing students all of its beneficial services.
Has a centralized location between the Alkek Library and the
McCoy School of Business. Visible from most locations on campus.
Houses the University Bookstore where stationary, books, and
many other goods can be purchased.
The location of The Lair, a dining area consisting of two floors.
Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Blimpie, Pizza Hut, etc.
One of two major stops for TxTram.
Containing the Associated Student Government (ASG), and many
other chartered organizations.
SACA, Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTSO), Inter
Fraternity Council (IFC), etc.
Minimal marketing hinders the exposure of the ASG, and many
other student organizations that meet in the LBJSC.
The limited hours of operation do not cater to students with
Low motivation in students to engage in extracurricular activities,
events, and organizations.
Select goods are more expensive than external competitors
Students tend to avoid the LBJSC when entrances are
overcrowded with solicitors
Texas State presents many opportunities for the LBJ student center to take
advantage of such as…
Texas State University is currently expanding its campus. They are
constructing prestigious buildings which will drive in more prospective
students, thus increasing the amount of students who would use
Texas State is currently in its Drive to FBS. Football Bowl
Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A, is an American
football classification for NCAA collegiate football. The Bobcats will
be able to play for a bowl game which has the potential to increase
the amount of students and fans at football games. This step forward
could increase the popularity of Texas State University – San Marcos,
in turn increasing the ever-growing rate of enrollment.
Threats that face the LBJSC…
Lack of student interest has lead to low participation in the
programs offered at LBJSC.
Students are not motivated enough to join chartered
organizations, which results in lower membership and
Off-campus residents are reluctant to come to LBJSC because of the
commute and hassle of parking.
Parking is a threat due the shortage of parking spots. Parking
lots charge hourly rates until 11:00 PM, which discourages
students to attend events at the LBJSC.
The majority of the competition that LBJSC faces comes from…
Students who do not go to Alkek or the LBJSC to study, will go to
coffee shops such as Tantra Coffeehouse, The Coffee Pot on the
square, Mochas & Javas, and other meeting grounds to grab a cup of
joe and dig into their books.
For students needing school supplies, Colloquium, Wal-Mart, and
Office Depot generally offer lower priced stationary and other
As for students looking for food, they will avoid The Lair prior to
1:00 p.m. because meal trades are not accepted. Alternatively, they
go to local and chain restaurants bordering the Texas State campus.
Patrons of the LBJSC consist of…
Students that attend Texas State that are in need of the services
that LBJSC offers.
Parents who’s children go to Texas State, so they will see what
good the LBJSC does for their children.
Prospective students who have not decided on a college and are
wanting to enroll at Texas State.
The LBJSC depends on these patrons to help keep the student
center running and keep it a prestigious landmark at Texas State.
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Student Center is your one stop spot for
banking, dining, shopping, and one can even attend class there. With
over 120 paid student jobs, and only 60 dollars a semester per student to
keep it running, the LBJSC is essential for students and a one of a kind
place. There are some special events and promotions going on this year,
such as the football teams Drive to FBS and the celebration of LBJ’s 100th
birthday. The LBJSC is a place that students should feel comfortable and
be able to complete any given task in a relaxed environment. The best
part about the LBJSC is the abundance of programs and services offered
that cater to virtually every niche.
Benchmark Surveys done in 2008
1000+ in home surveys
500 Student Center
98% returned results
500 Greek organization members
Random list from Greek database
45% returned results
Student organization leaders
Leaders of all chartered organization officers, and
registered student organization presidents
23% returned results
Focus Group on how involvement is connected to personal growth:
Results -Students indicated that the following were their top ten areas of
personal growth from involvement in Student Centered programs:
Creating sense of belonging,
Appreciation of diversity and culture,
Personal growth and development,
Communication skills development,
Opportunities to be more involved.
Classification of surveyed
4% Graduate Students
Times visited LBJSC
14 between 7am-10am
23 between 10am-1pm
39 between 1pm-4pm
22 from 4pm-later
What students use at LBJSC Percentage of people that did not know
about services at LBJSC:
78% go to LBJSC to eat
74% did not know about
64% attend class at LBJSC
60% make purchases at
63% did not know about Boko’s
the university bookstore or
Paws market or other
location 34% did not know about the two
computer labs in LBJSC
33% attend meetings at
LBJSC 28% did not know about NTSO
16% go to LBJSC to study 17% did not know about Parking
3% work at LBJSC
12% did not know about SACA
13% did not know about ASG
9% did not know about I.D.
The objectives of this advertising plan are a combination of informational
Our objective is to increase the participation of students using LBJSC
services by 15-20% by the end of the 2009-2010 school year through a
campaign of print media throughout campus, and broadcast media.
We also want to incorporate the many services LBJSC offers into a ONE
brand recognition of the LBJSC by the end of the fall semester 2009. This
will be accomplished by a series of special events, and giveaways which
will inform the students of such action. Eventually this will stimulate
motivation in students into returning to LBJSC regularly.
The LBJSC has a target The LBJSC wants to reach out
audience that consists of… to….
Students who are enrolled at Students that are
Texas State University that are interested in student
from the ages of 18- and older. government
Either Students interested in
Campus residents having
easier access to LBJSC Students needing a healthy
Commuter residents who
More if you think of any
need a place to eat
have down time after
or before classes
The strategies we are aiming to use consist of:
Using creative and recognizable print advertisements in the
University Star, and busses.
Airing a low budget, yet appealing commercial on the local Texas
Hosting special events at the LBJSC ball room, and Georges for
Hand out samples, such as T-shirts, at Texas State football games.
Running a newsletter to parents and students every month.
We believe the most feasible and effective strategies are as follows:
The print advertisements to be distributed to the University Star,
TxTram, and outdoor flyers.
The special events and activities to be held at specific times
throughout the year to create significant turnout.
The broadcast media which will be aired throughout the Texas
The central idea of our advertising campaign is to draw more
involvement and make LBJSC more recognizable as a single unified brand.
Having a catchy and memorable slogan will drastically increase
awareness of LBJSC and all of its amenities. Furthermore, elevating the
participation by the student body.
With so many programs and services offered, we came up with
the following slogan:
“Got a full day? Get it done at LBJ!”
This slogan positions the LBJSC as the primary tool to efficiently complete
ones everyday tasks.
The LBJSC is differentiated as the only provider of said services in one
centralized location. This eliminates the need to outsource ones tasks to
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Print Ad X X X X
Broadcast Media X X X X X
Workshops X X X
George's College Night X X X
Newsletter X X X X X
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Print Ad X X X
Broadcast Media X X X X X
Workshops X X X
T-Shirts X X X
George's College Night X X X X
Newsletter X X X X X
The flight chart on the opposite page illustrates our plan for the 6 different
tactics that we feel can be efficiently implemented.
We decided to use the University Star to advertising because it is a free
publication that is read by a large portion of the campus.
We chose local media, such as KTSW and the Texas State public access
channel, because people in the San Marcos area like to support services
within their community.
We picked the TxTram bus system because there is a high volume of
students that travel on the busses throughout the day.
This advertisement will be run in
the University Star. It will be
effective due to the large
readership of the student
newspaper. It possesses both
readability and legibility, as well
as the symmetry required by any
simple print ad.
This is another example
of a print ad that could
be run on the TxTram
bus routes, as well as
the University Star. It
possesses all of the
same qualities as the
previous sample ad. It
also connects with
current issues, such as
the rise and fall of gas
prices, with eye-catching
graphics and text.
Production: Radio PSA Writer: Grp. 15 MC3367
Client: LBJ Student Center Date: 12/2/08 Page 1 of 1
LBJ Student Center PSA
Person 1: Ah I have so much to do today! I need to study, go to the atm, grab
some lunch, but I’m already on campus… how am I supposed to do
Person 2: Well I just got some studying done, had coffee, and bought a new
Texas State football shirt! All in one place on campus!
Person 1: Where?!
Person 2: At the LBJ Student Center!
Music: (Texas State fight song comes in)
ANNCR: If you’ve got a million things to do today…
Get it done at LBJ.
This is a direct mail
message to be sent
through the Texas State
e-mail network, as well as
the parents, to keep
everyone as well
informed as possible.
Print Media 7.99x 50
Footstep $10.00x 50
Total Spent ≈$1,700.00
Set up for the professional student organizations. These
workshops will give exposure to the various programs and services
at LBJSC in an interactive environment.
To be given away at sporting events, and eventually sold in the
Bookstore at LBJSC.
Monthly College Night
A way for the 21+ crowd to relax after a long day, without having
to venture into the square.
Monthly semester newsletter sent out to parents and students
keeping everyone up to date on the special programs and events
offered at the LBJSC
Our objective is to increase the participation of students using
LBJSC services by 15-20% by the end of the 2009-2010 school year
through a campaign of print media throughout campus, and broadcast
Evaluation of intended outcome:
Compare benchmark surveys and traffic flow charts with post-
campaign surveys at the end of the 2009-10 school year.
Compare enrolment in chartered organizations with pre and post-
We also want to incorporate the many services LBJSC offers
into a ONE brand recognition of the LBJSC by the end of the fall
semester 2009. This will be accomplished by a series of special
events, and giveaways which will inform the students of such
action. Eventually this will stimulate motivation in students into
returning to LBJSC regularly.
Evaluation of intended outcome:
Focus groups will be conducted following the 2009-10 school
year to gauge the student reaction to the campaign.
Surveys will also be given to a random sample of students.
The results will show a representative sample of how
students identify with the LBJSC.
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"Texas State University". LBJ Student Center. November 23, 2008
Vaught, Dusty. Benchmark Surveys, Traffic Flow Chart. E-mailed on
October 29, 2008.
"VistaPrint - Best Printing. Best Price.". VistaPrint. November 28, 2008
"On my honor, as a Texas State University student, I have neither given
nor received unauthorized assistance on this project. Everything in this
project is original work except where explicitly noted with a source
citation or reference.
No images, quotations, ideas, or variations of past advertising materials
for the client are contained in this project except where explicitly noted
with a source citation or reference.
I understand that violation of this honor statement constitutes
plagiarism and is punishable by both the instructor and by Texas State
University under its Honor Code.
Ben Wirtz Jesus Olivas Corey Powers
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