College Marketing Insights – a Student’s Perspective


College Marketing Insights – a Student’s Perspective

By Alice Lee: Senior at Georgia Tech, Student Brand Ambassador, and Atlas College Marketing Intern

As a fourth year college student, I have been the target of many college marketing campaigns. From online promotions to guerilla marketing tactics, believe me, I’ve seen it all. However, being a part of the college audience and having experience as a Brand Ambassador gives me a unique perspective on college marketing. These insights, from a student’s perspective, are crucial for companies to remember when marketing to college students.

 

We’re a unique demographic

A one-size-fits-all approach to marketing is never the most effective strategy, especially when it comes to college marketing. Knowing that your target audience is college students is not enough. You need to know what our interests are, what our schedules are like, and what we find important. Additionally, each college campus is unique, so it’s important to get to know each campus before creating your campaign strategy.

Word travels fast

As you know, social media and technology are embedded into the lives of college students. With platforms such as Facebook, GroupMe, and Yikyak, if you bring something of value to campus, you will see it spread organically. Many times, companies seem to promote their brand with items that are of no value to us, such as flyers, which go straight to the trash. Instead, provide us with an item we want or will use and people will talk about your campaign to their friends, both on and offline. Word of mouth travels faster on college campuses than in most other communities, so take advantage of it!

Students relate to fellow students

As a Brand Ambassador and a student, I find that college marketing campaigns that use student Brand Ambassadors garner more attention and engagement than others. Since college campuses are filled with mostly students and professors, it is extremely easy to spot someone who doesn’t belong. To students, non-student marketers stick out like a sore thumb.alice lee linkedin photo

In my role as a Brand Ambassador, I see many of my colleagues and friends around campus, so it’s easier to attract people to a promotional booth I’m working. As a fellow student, I can also pinpoint the needs of students and pull out the qualities of the product that solve those issues. My perspective as a student Brand Ambassador, as opposed to an outsider’s, leads to much more effective marketing.

 

For more valuable college marketing insights, check out this article by Dan Levy, CEO of Atlas College Marketing, or fill out this form for a one on one consultation.


A little more about Alice Lee...

Alice Lee is currently a senior at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is majoring in Spanish and Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. In addition to working as a part-time Brand Ambassador, she has an interest in marketing for a cosmetics products firm after college.

One thought on “College Marketing Insights – a Student’s Perspective

  1. Every time I was on campus and got a flyer, it went straight to the trash as well. If the college wanted my attention, they would have to go through some type of technology. This definitely made me look at the advertisement or news more. Technology is growing and going old-school with flyers will not work.

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