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How to Increase College Enrollment through Advertising

By | Buying Power of Millennials, Campus Advertising, Engaging Millennials, Media Planning & Media Buying, Mobile Advertising, Social Media Advertising, Uncategorized | No Comments
Despite the growing number of majors and universities throughout the United States, college enrollment has experienced a decrease in the last year, per the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Here at MSSmedia, we deliver college recruitment campaigns that help increase student enrollment, in addition to promoting majors and recreational activities on campuses. For example, we ran an out-of-home branding campaign for the College of Nursing at the University of Houston, generating more than 400,000 impressions in promoting the college’s new field of studies. As campus experts, we’ve put together tips on how colleges and universities can generate engagement and establish a strong footprint in the campus space.

Start your student recruitment activities ASAP

As a college or university, you may need to devote more time to recruiting at lower grade-levels, such as high school sophomores, rather than trying to get their attention as seniors. This has proven to be effective in establishing relationships between higher education institutions and students. For instance, by emailing students with exciting news about their colleges or universities will help build trust and loyalty over time. Make them feel special, and let them imagine the campus experience they will soon be living. At MSSmedia, we have provided our university and college partners with both traditional and non-traditional advertising campaigns, such as out-of-home and social media services for the School of Hospitality at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL, which ranked as the number one hospitality program in the nation for three consecutive years.

Run a mobile college enrollment campaign

Almost 5 billion people interact on their phones nowadays, so an optimal way for universities and colleges to target students and increase enrollment is through mobile advertising. After planning out your objectives, start thinking of a social media channel to engage students with your campaign. Is it Instagram, Facebook or Twitter? Keep in mind that you don’t need all of them, rather focus on quality over quantity. At MSSmedia, we have helped clients understand the right social media plan to establish trust and generate engagement among students. Just last year, we ran a mobile campaign on behalf of Pandora at FIU to increase brand engagement and drive in-store sales for Mother’s Day. At the end of the campaign, we delivered more than 50,000 impressions and over 300 clicks. Read More

How Digital Advertising Can Reduce Food Waste

By | Buying Power of Millennials, Campus Advertising, Food for Thought, Media Planning & Media Buying, Mobile Advertising, Social Media Advertising | No Comments
Most people don’t realize how much food they throw away every day. Did you know approximately 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year? Food waste has become a controversial issue, so restaurants, grocery stores and the federal government are adopting strategies to reduce it in the United States (as well as internationally). Even digital marketing companies have explored unconventional ways to raise awareness among people on a national scale. For example, in the last couple of years, media and marketing companies have been trying to sensitize Americans to learn how to recycle properly. At MSSmedia, we partnered with the University of Southern California to run an ad campaign for the Environmental Student Assembly. This campaign helped generate and increase awareness among all students through the installments of out-of-home advertisements to promote recycling bins. From years of experience dealing with sustainability campaigns, we want to share some ideas that digital advertising companies, like us, have been using to get people closer to food and recycling topics.

Remember. Advertising is everywhere.

Regardless if on a mobile device or giant billboard, people typically don’t realize that advertisements are everywhere. However, to succeed, it is important to set up the right digital marketing strategy that can help your brand gain measurable and attainable results. Last year, we ran a sustainability campaign partnering with the University of Illinois at Chicago to encourage recycling. At the end of the campaign, we delivered an outstanding 255,000+ impressions campus wide. In the full scope of this effort, we also implemented an out-of-home and mobile advertising campaign at Boston College and Northeastern University for Peapod, a food delivery service that has been working on sustainable seafood support since 2008. The multi-tiered campaign increased brand engagement and visibility through a mobile campaign as well as out-of-home advertisements that delivered more than 100,000 impressions and generated 1,000 clicks. This is a prime example of how business practices in food production can work with sustainability messaging to deliver a successful long-term campaign. Read More

The 5 Biggest Mistakes that Campus Advertisers Make

By | Campus Advertising, Generation Z, Media Planning & Media Buying, Mobile Advertising, Social Media Advertising | No Comments
College Marketing and Advertising
Each fall, millions of students attending U.S. colleges and universities carry more than $400 billion in spending power. As students flock to campuses nationwide, there are endless opportunities for advertisers to get in front of millennial buyers.  At MSSmedia, we’ve worked with both advertisers and universities to run successful back-to-college campaigns for 15 years. We are college marketing experts that know the place, the products, and how to successfully deliver marketing strategies. In our 15 years of experience, we’ve seen clients and other agencies make critical errors in their campus advertising campaigns. To learn from their mistakes and execute the best campaign possible, we’ve put together a list of the 5 biggest mistakes that people make. Read on to avoid wasting your budget and resources in the college advertising world!

Not Knowing your Competition

One of the most efficient ways to understand your target market, is to study the competition. Analyze your competitors’ weaknesses and strengths. What do they offer that you don’t? Who are they are selling to? Understand what they are doing right, and what they may be doing wrong. Once you have outlined a plan, start looking at their social media presence! Look at things like their engagement rate on Facebook and Instagram. Search for their home page on LinkedIn and see if you can do better! Conducting an in-depth analysis of your competition will help you organize all your ideas and projects on how to market to millennials. Working with a company like MSSmedia who can help you conduct a competitive audit can put you ahead of the game. Our campus experts can help you redefine your advertising strategy and maximize your advertising budget.

Not Defining your Target Audience

After you have analyzed your competitors, identify a specific target audience that will best fit your product or service. Do you want to target local students, international students, or maybe student organizations? The options are countless; which is why you need to organize your stream of thoughts before going further in your marketing plan. Start by answering some of the following questions. How old is your target market? Where can you find the target audience you want to reach? What are some of the values the target cares for most? What are they most interested in? Campus OOH advertising can be integral to generating brand awareness among generation Z. In fact, research has shown that more than 70% of students pay attention to on campus billboards and posters.

After answering these questions, you can begin to create a sketch of the types of young people you are interested in reaching. With this strategy, you will be able to personalize your marketing message and identify specific characteristics that you may have not considered before. At MSSmedia, we know how to reach college students. For instance, one of our out-of-home campaigns with Panera was launched a few years ago at Ohio University and Virginia Tech. It featured various OOH installments in order to promote the new delivery to the two campuses. The campaign ended up being so successful in the number of impressions delivered (over 58 million) that Panera scheduled a similar campaign the year after. Read More

How to Effectively Use Social Media in the Public Health Space

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social media in the public health space
When we think about social media marketing, the public health space rarely comes to the top of our minds. However, using social media platforms to raise public awareness in public health campaigns cannot be overlooked. In this article, we will cover how the two can go hand in hand. Let’s start with defining public health.

What is public health?

We define public health as “the science of assuring the safety of people while improving the health of communities through education, research, and policies.” The three main public health functions are to create public policies intended to solve local and national health problems. To make sure that all communities have access to efficient health care: to test the overall health of populations at risk to find health priorities.

The Opioid Crisis

Besides all the technical definitions, public health has been at the forefront of our conversations and new cycles because of the opioid crisis. The opioid crisis is affecting populations in America and Canada, and social media can be a powerful tool to solve this public health crisis.  We are all aware that people need pain medications regularly, but often difficult to educate both young and older generations to understand the right usage of meds. In 2016, several non-profit organizations that tried their best to train suburban communities to a healthier and more responsible lifestyle conducted the first opioid crisis response acts. Statistics related to opioid crisis did not improve. Social media marketing companies started to deepen their knowledge of public health concerns. For example, FCB New York, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s advertising agency, announced the launch of a new education campaign to help America understand the fundamental role of removing and disposing of unused prescription opioids from people’s homes.

The “Remove the Risk” campaign extends its social media marketing tips even on the FDA website in both Spanish and English to help individuals choose the best choice for their solution. Social media marketing books started to write about public health issues while giving out powerful suggestions on how to deal with public health concerns as a social media marketing agency. For instance, the “Social Media Marketing and Public Health: Theory and Practice” manual introduces conceptual approaches to influence positive behaviors that prevent diseases and promote healthier habits. Social media marketing took an important turn in today’s society, focusing on making an honest and powerful impact in people’s minds. At MSSmedia we have been creating a sincere difference for over 15 years, making our clients’ needs and objectives a priority. Read More

Guidelines for Creating a Successful Outdoor Ad

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 Charlotte Zoda, February 28, 2019.

For large format signage that can be seen 24/7, you definitely want to the take time to design a compelling outdoor ad. You may not think there are golden rules to creating and designing an outdoor ad, but there are certain guidelines to follow to ensure that your ad is seen (and remembered!)

  • Less is More: People are on the move and 6 seconds is all you have to make an impression. Make those 6 seconds count with a strong message, not multiple messages.
  • Copy: Avoid tracking your letters too closely, it’ll be hard to read from a distance. Don’t forget about front. Script, or very thin typefaces, may be difficult to read from far away.
  • Color Selection: There’s a psychology behind colors (Red= love, power, danger vs. Yellow = happiness, energy, joy). Be mindful of color contrast with the copy to improve readability.
  • Images: Use strong images against simple backgrounds to create a more high-impact visual and improve viewer recall.
  • Location Location Location: Keep in mind where the ad is going to be placed. Get creative with the local environment. Let college students know your shop is just up the street.

Rules are meant to be broken but following these simple guidelines will definitely help your ad stand out. Outdoor advertising is a great way to promote brand awareness, increase exposure, and works well with other marketing tactics. This is how a potential new customer will first discover your brand. Make it count.

College Marketing and Advertising

College Marketing: Advertise on University Campuses

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College students represent one of the most valuable target markets. While in school, they are making their own purchasing decisions for the first time, which makes them impressionable for brands. If businesses can connect with students early on, they can form brand loyalties that will continue for the rest of the consumer’s life.

It is an investment for brands to target this tech-savvy, educated and connected market. 64% of a student’s income is discretionary and they have an estimated $417 billion in spending power. Upon graduation, their incomes will be significantly higher and they can now afford to pay for additional products and services offered at a higher price point. Students spend the most of their money at food, beverage, entertainment and retail stores, but this doesn’t exclude other industries from successfully garnering the attention of college students.

To capture this coveted market, brands need to place themselves where students spend most of their time, which is on college campuses. Marketing on campus promotes brand engagement and this can be done by utilizing numerous tactics. For example, a business can advertise in the school newspaper, employ brand ambassadors, offer student discounts, host giveaways and much more. As a leading provider of campus outdoor advertising solutions and mobile geo-targeting opportunities on college and university campuses nationwide, MSSmedia specializes in connecting brands with college students. The company offers advertisers a variety of outdoor advertising formats to reach the niche campus market in conjunction with on campus activations and digital marketing.

To learn how MSSmedia’s campus advertising solutions can help your college campaign, visit MSSmedia.com.

MSSmedia Agency

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Campus advertising is our business. For years, we have catered to the millennial market on college and university campuses across the nation with our network of outdoor advertising displays. We have now expanded our services with MSSmedia Agency, a new business unit.
MSSmedia Agency will provide clients with campus marketing solutions to brands and agencies wishing to target the coveted millennial market on college campuses. This partnership is built on the distinct strengths of each company: MSSmedia Agency’s media planning and buying, digital and experiential expertise merged with MSSmedia’s industry leading college marketing experience. This combination will allow brands to further reach their target market and achieve new levels of efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction.
“Digital – combined with traditional advertising – is transforming business and our industry in monumental ways,” says Michael Sheldon, founder of MSSmedia. “MSSmedia Agency allows us to bring this technology to our clients and leverage MSSmedia Agency’s knowledge, software and expertise.” Sheldon is also the Founder of MSSmedia, so it was an undeniable strategic move to have the two companies form a joint venture.

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