School On-Line Video: Best Practices in Alumni, Advancement and admissions Communications

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Many private schools, colleges and universities are beginning to develop more sophisticated social media and on-line video strategies to reach out to a variety of targeted school audiences. The most innovative schools are looking beyond traditional print communications such as magazines and direct mail, for a more engaging e-mail marketing and social media communications strategy.

To do that effectively, schools are seeing the benefit of using video communications as a primary form of school communications. Video is considered a more engaging medium and carries the benefit of instant feedback through comment boards and powerful video analytics. These analytical tools provide schools with tracking data that can show instant feedback.

Many schools have begun building multifaceted video programming libraries consisting of regular short form videos that are sent out by school e-mail newsletters, You Tube channels, QR Code links, Facebook, Linked-In and other outlets.

Tabor Academy Case Study

 

One leading private school in MA, Tabor Academy, has begun producing video newsletters to launch their “Imagine the Possibilities” campaign to better reach Tabor’s family of Alumni, parents, students and donors. By distributing these professionally produced videos directly through the schools existing e-mail marketing and social media channels, the campaign has gained significant traction. Tabor enlisted Above the Line Programming, a leader in broadcast series/specials and business web programming, to help invigorate their video communications program.

One example is the creation of new programming series called “TaborTalk” featuring new Head of School John Quirk. Other programming kicking off the “TaborTalk” series includes a feature on the Sea Survival elective course, three senior project student profiles and a Long Range planning video. The series uses an authentic documentary style that reveals the inspiration, achievements and passions their students have for their work. It also showcases the inherent beauty of the “school by the sea” campus.

High quality footage of campus will be used for other Tabor admissions and alumni communications as well as other documentary projects for use by the advancement department. ATL is currently in production on the 100th Anniversary documentary/web mini-series of the Tabor Boy. Above the Line is also consulting with the school on developing new programming series, with ideas such as a streaming speaker series, student generated content and a variety of student, faculty and course specific profiles.

TABOR TALKS Video Series:

Episode 1 – Meet John Quirk, new Head of School
Episode 2 – Sea Survival Class
Episode 3 – Senior Projects

Social Media Distribution

 

Gauging the impact of your video is always important. Sent by email to the Alumni, the video garnered over 750 views in the first few days of release with an adjacent comment form receiving hundreds of responses. A cost effective way to introduce Tabor’s new leader while communicating his vision for the school.

Tabor has shown a commitment to forming a comprehensive long-term video strategy to build a better relationship with its target audiences as well as to include video communications as part of their future curriculum.

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