Are you paying enough attention to Instagram?

Most recruiters have learned to make good use of social channels to reach and engage prospective students. But social is a pretty fluid space, and the popularity of individual platforms shifts regularly. Yesterday’s must-attend online spaces can sometimes feel a bit too “yesterday,” and the rules of engagement between brands and students are often in flux as well.

Instagram user base by country as of April 2018. Source: Instagram, Statista

Instagram user base by country as of April 2018. Source: Instagram, Statista

For marketers, this means that social media strategies need regular tune-ups to keep pace with fast-moving and mobile audiences. And these days there is no better example of this than Instagram, a photo and video-sharing service that was first launched in 2010 and subsequently acquired by Facebook in 2012.

In the years since, all Instagram has done is grow – and explosively at that. By late 2017, the service was reporting a base of 800 million registered users and an astonishing 500 million daily users.

Growth over the last two years has been especially dramatic – with the user base growing from 500 million in June 2016 to 800 million just over a year later – and this has put the platform squarely on the radar of recruitment marketers.

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5 Tips to generate more student leads

Quantity of the leads doesn’t matter, it’s the quality that matters most to you, although  getting quality leads is not easy, it is doable. Here are some tried-and-tested tips to help you engage, entertain and educate prospective students throughout their decision-making process.

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1. Be proficient in Google Analytics

You may have invested a lot in building an awesome website complete with quality content, however do you know if there’s anyone actually reading it? Is your hardwork paying off? To get quality leads, you must understand the traffic you’re getting now.

Aside from understanding traffic, Google Analytics help you understand behaviour patterns of visitors and translate your business goals into key performance indicators and goals within analytics. It really helps you to find out exactly how your website is performing and what you should be improving on in order to meet your marketing objectives.

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2. Invest in your On-page SEO

On-Page SEO optimizes the content of your pages so that search engines find it and rank you highly for the keywords that your audience is using to search for on the web. An optimised page must have these characteristics:

  • unique content that stands apart from other websites and can be shared through social network
  • great user experience which means good design aesthetics and navigation elements that are easily understood by users
  • keyword-targeted which means the content employs keywords/keyword phrases relevant to your readers
  • multi-device ready which means your site can easily be viewed in any browser, OS and any mobile device

3. Develop and refine your content strategy

Paid traffic can only help you at a certain extent. With that being said, you need to create content that will drive organic traffic and how do you do it? You need to do some research about your audience – find out what interests them and how they get to find your site, and so forth. From that information, you can start to determine and build the best content for your readers, tailor it to their needs and use keywords that they would often use to find your site.

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4. Know your social media

So you have great website with all the right content, so how do you let your readers know about it? This is where social media comes into play. In this caes, you’ll need to identify which content to share and which social media platform to use.

There’s Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, LinkedIN, Pinterest, and so many others but you don’t need to be in all social media platforms. Choose the ones where your target readers are most often online and track social media activity using Google Analytics.

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5. Have a mobile version of your website

As most users now rely on their mobile devices, it makes sense to have your site mobile friendly. You may have the right content but if your viewers are squinting at the small fonts of your site that can’t fit on their mobile sceens, there’s a huge chance that they’ll abandon ship! With that being said, you’ll need to redesign your site using responsive web design (RWD).