The nine-part, on demand course is available for $599.
Your website is your institution’s No. 1 marketing and communications vehicle, and yet the challenges to continually enhance your college or university website seem to only increase as:
Are you seeing the signs that your website needs some TLC? Whether you're planning for a content refresh, getting buy-in for a full-scale redesign, or executing other high-impact web projects, this conference on advanced website marketing will help you level up for the task.
Get ready to transform the way your institution approaches the web.
For Strategists and Brand Champions
Learn how to:
For Content and Communications Professionals
Learn how to:
For Digital and Web Managers
Learn how to:
Learn how to:
For Enrollment Marketers
Learn how to:
For Advancement Teams
Learn how to:
This presentation guides you through the landscape of audiences most important to today’s colleges and universities. We’re talking about three specific generations that are rocking the world, each known by a single letter: Generations X, Y & Z —who they are, what they want, and how they want it. What life experiences have they collectively undergone, and how have those experiences shaped their communication needs?
At the end of this presentation, you will be able to better understand the vast differences — as well as the numerous similarities — of these generations, and develop an action plan for tailoring your current messaging in ways that matter.
Tamalyn Powell, vice president and group account director, BVK
Tam’s responsibilities include all aspects of marketing communications planning and strategy for higher education and healthcare clients across the country. Tam is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and growth of BVK’s higher education clients, as well as being the resident industry expert. Current clients include Michigan State University, Texas Christian University, and University of Louisville.
How do you get your senior leadership and colleagues to understand and buy into the time and resources needed for a high-impact, marketing-forward website? A panel of experienced higher ed marketers from a range of institutions will share insights from their experiences and provide you with strategies and tips to successfully navigate the process and build the case.
Rob has been with Indiana University for 15 years and is currently in a systemwide role as associate vice president, marketing. In this role, he develops, champions, and deploys the university’s brand strategy; leads IU’s internal full-service marketing agency; and serves as marketing liaison to the flagship campus leadership and marketing community. Previously, Rob worked at the campus level as vice chancellor for external affairs at Indiana University East and assistant dean for advancement at Indiana University–Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC).
Panelist: Claire Machamer, vice chancellor for strategic communications, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Panelist: Terri Giltner, system director of marketing, Kentucky Community & Technical College System
Developing a visitor-centered strategy to your website requires a deep understanding of your audiences. This session will help you to go beyond the numbers and the demographics and into the thoughts, feelings, and core beliefs that drive actions and guide decisions. Using an experience map as the visual representation for qualitative research, we’ll teach you how to:
As a primer for this session, we encourage you to download and view Map It Out: The Path to Better Digital Engagement with Prospects.
Voltaire works with mStoner client teams to forge and sustain transformative, memorable, and incredibly effective partnerships. He shapes all aspects of mStoner’s individual projects, overall planning, and companywide management in his role as managing director and co-owner. A natural storyteller, Voltaire enjoys teaching others how to tell stories and using his expertise in information architecture, content strategy, and governance to move institutions from a project mindset to a process mindset. Current clients include the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Dakota State University, Elmhurst College, and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
In today’s world, engaging web content means more than clear, readable copy. Great content requires a solid information architecture to make it easy to find. Great content teams have a plan to ensure content remains accurate and relevant. Great web writers know when a chart or infographic makes a point better than words alone.
Ready to level up? This session will cover information architecture best practices, advanced content planning, and what you need to know about information design. If you’ve mastered the basics and you’re ready to create more sophisticated content, don't miss this session.
As content strategist, Shannon works to make sure great content and amazing design coexist in every mStoner project. She crafts persuasive digital stories for our clients that are informed by their business goals, as well as mStoner’s market research and effective audience engagement methods. Shannon is adept at creating new content, as well as reimagining existing content to help an institution tell its story in fresh, efficient, captivating ways.
Google wants to become the homepage of your website. In the past two years, search results have changed in significant but subtle ways. For as much as we search each day, it's easy to miss the impact these changes can have on your business. Higher education campuses, departments, and programs all need to add "Google" to their content strategy.
The two areas of focus for this presentation will be local results and structured data. Both of these types of search results will change how people find your services and programs. Brian Childs of Moz will show you examples of these changes, explain why they are happening, and offer some tips on how to make the most of them.
Brian is the senior product manager for Moz, a search engine optimization (SEO) software company based in Seattle. Brian is the host of MozPod, the Moz SEO podcast, as well as the lead instructor in Moz Academy, a catalog of online courses that builds essential SEO skills for teams of all sizes. Prior to Moz, Brian owned a marketing agency and was the competitive intelligence and strategy manager for GE Aviation. Prior to his business achievements, he had a 10-year career as a pilot, where he flew for the United Nations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq.
Online video is huge with many audiences right now, and video continues to be big for a long time. Possibly forever. But it's a complex mess of technical mumbo jumbo mixed with actual content strategy. How do you navigate through it all with growing expectations and shrinking budgets?
Learn how Cornell's team produced an in-house Giving Day video for a small fraction of what it cost in the previous three years. Adam Murtland will take you step by step through ideation, storyboarding, scripting, production, editing, and revising. He'll show you the equipment and software used and provide insider tips on how to make it all work on a shoestring budget.
Adam has nearly a decade of video production experience ranging from social media productions to feature-length films. He is nearly completely self-taught in the craft of guerrilla filmmaking and has used that knowledge in higher education for the past five years. Adam is the assistant director for digital content in the Alumni Affairs and Development division at Cornell University.
Web communicators are weary of large, lengthy website redesign projects that repeat every three to five years. We’ll profile Elmhurst College’s website redesign into a new CMS — completed in just seven months, from kickoff to launch. Then we’ll discuss the transition from project to an ongoing process of enhancement, testing, refinement, and measurement that is generating results for a small team.
We’ll tour four examples of project to process from Elmhurst’s point of view with plenty of actionable insights on how you can adopt this approach.
Greg Zguta plays a key role in delivering the technical rigor and expansive capabilities for which mStoner is known. From discovery and planning through creative development and implementation, he is involved at every step to ensure that all of a project’s pieces fit together and function elegantly. He guides mStoner’s clients in selecting the best technology, including content management systems and other third-party technologies, and also provides diligent support to help our clients integrate these tools.
Jonathan has worked in higher education for more than seven years. Institutional website redesigns on tight timelines have become his specialty. Jonathan also owned his own company for many years, and he helped small brands with everything from web development to package design.
Good ideas are everywhere. But how do individuals and teams capture the best ideas and bring them to life? How do institutions large and small agree on which creative ideas to pursue? And how can leaders harness creativity across disciplines to solve tough problems and influence new audiences?
In this session, we’ll explore a variety of techniques designed to get your creative ideas flowing in the right direction. We’ll explain the methodology behind design sprints that include discrete exercises for sketching, writing, presenting, collaborating, and prototyping. A supporting case study will demonstrate how your institution can use a structured, time-boxed workshop to push your digital project forward by leaps and bounds.
In this session, you will learn how to:
Ben is a staunch advocate of user-centered designs, collaboration across disciplines, and the marriage of strategy and user experience. Previously, he worked in Columbia College Chicago's award-winning creative services office, in which he designed for print, web, and physical environments. While at mStoner, Ben has presented on "Visual Design for Digital Stories" and "Photography for Art Directors" at UCDA and on "Digital Storytelling" at WebCon, hosted by University of Illinois.
User experience is about much more than making a website beautiful — it's an ongoing exercise in analysis, strategy, and creativity. In this presentation, we'll discuss what makes great UX design and how we use that knowledge in the development of the upcoming refresh of UC Berkeley's giving website, give.berkeley.edu.
Siobhan and her team oversee the design of all department materials and visual branding. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she spent over a decade working as a creative director and graphic designer for some of New York's top financial companies. She would be delighted to tell you about the time she prevented a traffic accident with nothing more than a tube of lipstick.
“I watched the last three presentations and felt they were informative, engaging, and thought-provoking. Each provided useful tips and strategies that I'm excited to put into action.”
“I was surprised by how much I learned. The course ended with so many new topics and tools to dig into, and I have a notebook full of new strategy and content ideas, too!"
"The combination of web, social, content, and print touched on areas related to all team members ... hard to find this mix at a conference. Well done!”
“The content was useful, and we appreciated that the speakers worked within the higher education field, used very specific examples, and provided useful tools and tips.”
We hope you choose to project the sessions to a room full of your colleagues. Turn the conference into a staff retreat! For less than the cost of one registration to most industry conferences, your entire team will walk away with strategies and tips to improve your college or university website immediately.
When you register, you will receive a unique login code that can be used by your team on multiple devices.
Access to each presenter’s on-demand recording and downloadable slide deck will be available to your team for one year. We encourage you to offer the on-demand training to new colleagues or those unable to participate in the live event. Your team can access on-demand content from an unlimited number of devices and rewatch sessions as often as needed.