Our main platform for all alumni communication is UDconnection.com.It is important to us because it’s the only tool available that allows our alumni to provide us with updated contact information.
While we are certainly interested in providing you with alumni lists, we are also interested in protecting the info and data of our alumni.This is why we require you to sign a confidentiality agreement before we can provide you with lists.It’s not as much a legal thing as it is making sure that we all understand the responsibility of making sure that data is kept secure and not misused.
We can supply you with approved images/logos for club materials so long as they meet the University’s rules regarding usage restrictions.In order to be consistent with the newspapers and magazines you read every day and to match the University of Delaware’s standard style, here are some common examples of the style requirements.When I get to the section on social media – I’ll explain two exceptions to these rules, there are only 2.
Use your page username, for example, Facebook.com/udalumni, acts just like a custom website, for a lot less money5+ interactions lands the post into Top NewsTag restaurants, companies, people, University of Delaware pages, it posts the post on their page too – double dutyPost at 8 a.m., 12 noon, and 5 p.m. = rush hourGreat source for pictures online is Google Images, make sure you’re using most current logo or current photo, nothing outdatedAlways link back to UDconnection.com for registration, we always want alumni to register online, even if the event is freeExceptions to the earlier brand style – Hashtags and our website (udel.edu), the University of Dayton already grabbed all things “UD.”
Sample Facebook Event
Sample Facebook Posts:1) Actively seeking alumni to fill positions within alumni club2) Thank you for attending an event3) Post about a general UD event, back on main campus
No need to post all events because they are already on Facebook and OLCUD Career Services’ initiatives – new Director who will be building our presence on LinkedIn
Share ideas, multiple administrators are ok, just make sure you keep the same style.
Importance of UDconnection.com<br />Enables alumni to update their contact information<br />Provides searchable online alumni directory for users<br />Search by major, class year, field of work, sport, etc.<br />Enables Alumni Relations to send segmented emails to alumni<br />Provides analytics (number sent, received, opened, bounced back)<br />Enables online event registration and payment<br />Online hub for the Office of Alumni Relations (AR) and our alumni<br />Compiles all alumni events throughout the country & University<br />2<br />
Alumni Lists<br />AR can provide each club with a list of the alumni in their region<br />Lists can be used for:<br />Identifying good volunteers<br />Personal invites to events via phone and email<br />Inform alumni about the new regional alumni club in their area<br />Generating a picture of the alumni population in your area<br />3<br />
Social Media<br />Common definition<br />The online tools and services that allow any Internet user to create and publish content<br />Purpose<br />To share news at anytime with your network of followers<br />5<br />
General Best Practices<br />Ask questions to spark conversations and activity<br />Incorporate your pages into your marketing efforts & promote your page on other pages<br />Encourage all board members to actively comment<br />50/50 mix of intellectual property and OPC (other people’s content)<br />Posts should be short & sweet<br />Post at least twice a day at high traffic hours<br />Create Facebook events for your alumni club events<br />Use searchable official “Hashtags” on Twitter<br />#Udel<br />#BlueHens<br />#UDAlumniWeekend<br />7<br />
8<br />Sample Facebook Event<br />Title includes UD <br />and the Philly Club!<br />Link to registration on <br />UDconnection.com<br />
Recruitment<br />Thank You & Photo<br />Event Promotion<br />9<br />
LinkedIn Best Practices<br /><ul><li>Create a subgroup under the University of Delaware’s Official Alumni Group
Post related information about alumni doing great things with their careers
Promote job openings specifically seeking UD alumni
Promote events that provide networking opportunities</li></ul>10<br />
Tips for Success<br />Responsibility of the entire alumni club to keep content fresh & updated<br />Recruit a Social Media savvy Communications Chair<br />Ask AR for help setting up pages and groups<br />11<br />