Improve Life = improved brand for University of Guelph

By Sharon Aschaiek | Nov. 7, 2018

What makes for a successful brand refresh of a higher education institution? Communicators can gain useful insights from the approach taken by the University of Guelph, which won a Silver Leaf Award from IABC Canada for its new brand, Improve Life.

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Being reactive in higher ed communications

By Sharon Aschaiek | Oct. 31, 2018

As communicators, we tend to focus mainly on planning content ahead of time. But how do we share meaningful content about developments happening right now? That’s what Ema Gilmartin and Daniel Marrable addressed at the 2018 ContentEd conference.

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Dissecting an award-winning donor report

By Sharon Aschaiek | Oct. 24, 2018

Earlier this year, I blogged about the higher education winners of IABC/Toronto’s 2018 Ovation Awards. One project that received an Award of Excellence was the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science’s 2016-17 donor report, The ArtSci Effect.

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Higher ed communications and cybersecurity

By Sharon Aschaiek | Oct. 17, 2018

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, which spreads global awareness about digital crime and online safety. How much does this have to do with higher education and, specifically, your communications work? More than you might think.

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Let’s be clear in higher ed communications

By Sharon Aschaiek | Oct. 10, 2018

This Saturday, Oct. 13 is International Plain Language Day. Established in 2011 by plain language advocates Cheryl Stephens and Kate Harrison Whiteside, it’s a day to mark the importance of reader-friendly, clear communication that is easy to understand.

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UBC branding campaign "the potential is yours"

New brand campaign shows university’s potential

By Sharon Aschaiek | Oct. 3, 2018

In the increasingly competitive global market of higher education, universities and colleges are constantly looking for new ways to differentiate themselves. So when an institution tries to reinvent its identity, it’s wise for higher ed communicators to take a close look.

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Telling higher education stories on a budget

By Sharon Aschaiek | Sept. 26, 2018

Universities and colleges have lots of information to share with many different constituents. How do communicators effectively highlight their programs, services and achievements and engage stakeholders in budget-friendly ways?

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Getting smarter about social for your school

By Sharon Aschaiek | Sept. 19, 2018

Understanding your school’s social media performance analytics is one thing, but putting these insights into action takes a bit more effort and ingenuity. Sara Weales resolved to strategically improve social media outcomes for the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.

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Outsourcing higher education communications

By Sharon Aschaiek | Sept. 12, 2018

The higher education marketplace is crowded. Competition to attract students is fierce. Universities and colleges are also competing for funding and talent. So when it comes to standing out, effective communications is more important than ever.

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University of Queensland

Elevating your higher ed institution’s content marketing

By Sharon Aschaiek | Sept. 5, 2018

We know that content marketing underpins effective higher education communications, but what does it take to do it well? Justin Laing of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia has plenty of good answers for how elevate a school’s content marketing game.

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