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How to choose your digital marketing supplier [podcast #220]

In this episode of SMC, Charlie and Rita are joined by Digital Specialist Harrison Shearn, to discuss Meta AI’s announcement that they will be using historical data and images posted by users to train its model, and what this means for schools and school marketers. In the Deep Dive, the team discuss how to interpret digital marketing campaign reports, and setting expectations from your digital marketing agency. Our Question of the Month poses the question: Should I be using ChatGPT for social media? Finally, the team Rave about Telstra’s new stop motion ads starring Aussie wildlife.

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178: AI 101 for school Heads

In this episode, we are joined by Brendan Schneider, an expert in digital marketing for schools and the Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution. We discuss the growth in AI and break down some of its accompanying terms and jargon. Brendan tells us how he believes AI is going to (and has already) change the world of school marketing

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177: Marketing buzzwords you should know – Part 2

In this episode, we pick up where we left off from SMJ175, continuing with our list of marketing jargon that school Heads might encounter in order to help you interpret what you are hearing from your school’s marketing team. We discuss all the terms you might often hear, from ‘social media marketing’ to ‘CTAs’ and we try our best to explain them in simple terms and give you practical examples in a school-based context.

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176: Truth and tradition: Writing authentic school histories – interview with David Hastie

There comes a time in the life of every school when the time is right to make a permanent record of the school’s history. This episode, we are joined by Associate Professor David Hastie to understand the pitfalls and the benefits of writing your school history. David takes us through the steps of approaching such a project, and shares his advice and his takeaways from his vast experience of writing histories for independent schools.

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175: Marketing buzzwords you should know – Part 1

This episode, we discuss some of the jargon in the marketing industry to help school Heads interpret what they are hearing from marketers and understand the process behind what is going on in their schools marketing programs. We discuss all the terms you might often hear, from ‘brand awareness’ to ‘CX’ and try our best to explain in simple terms for your understanding and then give you practical examples in schools.

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Perfecting page plans and a sour apple ad [podcast #219]

In the episode of SMC, Charlie, Rita and Vanessa go square-eyed discussing screen time trends and what it means for school marketers when considering their paid media activity. In the Deep Dive, Vanessa shares her knowledge on how to create perfect page plans and shares a free resource to help school marketers nail their next publication. Finally, in the Rants and Raves, the group discuss the latest apple ad that leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

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174: Strategy with the customer in mind – interview with Tom Olverson

In this episode, we are joined by Tom Olverson, a veteran school Head of 27 years who is now a specialist search consultant with RG175 and a mentor to current school leaders. We discuss his book, Leading Through Strategy, How Business Principles Can Help Independent Schools Thrive, which explores his personal journey leading schools across the USA, the lessons he learnt and how to use strategy to find your school identity.

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173: Branding is expecting. Marketing is parenting

In the education sector the various functions of communication often get blurred, especially when it comes to branding and marketing. While related and interdependent, these are entirely different stages of communication that require different approaches. This episode, we discuss an article by Deroy Peraza that we came across, and we approached him to investigate how his article, Branding is expecting. Marketing is parenting applied to school marketing.

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172: Unlocking your school’s value

There is a lot happening in the modern school marketing landscape. It seems that every time you open a new browser tab there is a new tool or app that is going to ‘make your life easier’ and solve your enrolment problems. Of course, it’s not real. School communications and marketing are getting more complex, not easier. This episode, Brad and Scully provide a four-pillar framework on how to unlock your school’s value to prospective parents.

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171: Why video documentaries work for schools – interview with Ryan Koral

It has long been known that video is a powerful way to connect with your audience. But, as production becomes cheaper and tools get easier to use, how can schools cut through the clutter? This episode we are joined by filmmaker, speaker and educator Ryan Koral. Ryan specialises in documentary creation and we delve into why this visual medium gives viewers an emotional experience and leads them to take action. Most importantly, we learn how you, as a school Head, can leverage the format to yield great results for your school.

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