Current Provision Qualifications awarded in Geography and Environmental Sciences (HESA)
So what's new? Markets – size, extent and balance Technology – delivery and marketing Competition Student attitudes to choice and opportunity The customer service imperative Money – pricing and funding An unpredictable buyers market?
The route to success? Understanding your market Segmentation Exploring underexploited markets Effective marketing - the communication of value Sustained, excellent customer service
Understanding your market What are you selling? What are they buying? Names – content AND/OR market expectations AND/OR futures? – findability? Pricing and funding – the value/investment equation: recycling money
Current Markets: Obvious Home and Overseas Current final year ugs Specific professional markets Subject/Department based marketing
Current Markets: Underexploited CPD students Alumni (repeat business and influencers) Socrates/Erasmus/JYA Overseas already in the UK Marketing by segment
Segmentation: a quick guide Current students –age and stage? where from? who pays? other applications? aspirations? information routes? value points? entry qualifications? timing? Alumni –What did they go on to? Decliners The wider context – what else do they do? By course, by department, by institution Different courses, common markets?
Segmentation: the results Information, not assumptions Comparison with stated purpose of course Major and minor markets: choices Customer preferences The basis for a marketing strategy/operational plan
Effective marketing Using evidence to plan campaigns Show understanding of markets The so what? test – benefits not features; what does unique really mean? Real life examples/success stories Integrated campaigns: s, direct marketing, advertising (with care), events, print, blogs etc Their information needs, your priorities Be specific
Effective marketing Market to segments, not by subject Imagination and lateral thinking Engagement: direct communication Calls to action, effective landing points, data Follow up and follow through – keep them warm Measuring effectiveness Customer service and expectation management Strategic premium pricing and studentships …… the communication of value