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162: Preparing for a deepfake crisis

Deepfakes are where Artificial Intelligence is used to create or alter video and audio recordings with remarkable realism. In this episode, Brad and Scully discuss the rise of deepfakes and how, for schools, the advent of deepfake technology brings a host of communication, reputation and safety concerns with a range of opportunities for misuse. We present a multifaceted approach for schools to mitigate the risks associated with deepfakes, including key actions for school Heads to prepare for deepfake challenges.

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161: How to pivot your school from mission to brand to growth – part 1

This episode, Brad is joined by Maria Kadison, President and CEO of EdwardsCo, a branding, marketing, strategy and design agency for independent schools across the United States. In the first episode of a special four-part series, they discuss how school marketers can deeply understand their school’s mission and how to turn that into the school’s brand. They explore how creating a meaningful brand creates trust for the community and prospective parents and eventually leads to school growth.

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160: Managing your team’s marketing technology appetite

Looking into the future, Brad and Scully discuss the ‘Martec Revolution’ and the implications and challenges that schools will face adapting to rapid technological changes. They provide an action plan for school Heads to implement to ensure their schools are embracing change, aligning technology with their overall strategies and adapting to the dynamic marketing environment. To conclude, they discuss the role of the school Head in all of this and how to balance expectations and practices within your team.

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Enrolment strategies and great recruitment ads [podcast #215]

In the first episode of the year, Charlie is joined in the studio by his co-host Rita Kilroy, and imageseven Account Manager – James Tindall. In the Making News segment, the team discuss the top 10 most valuable, and strongest, brands in Australia, and what school marketers can learn from these goliath brands. In the Deep Dive, the team discuss enrolment strategies for the new year and what school marketers and admissions teams could trial. Finally, in the Rants and Raves segment, the team raved about some of the great content promoting teaching and teachers from around the globe.

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Your Data Goldmine: unleashing the power of first-party insights for your school marketing [podcast #214]

In this episode, Charlie is once again joined in the studio by imageseven Account Managers – James Tindall and Sophia White. In the Making News segment, the team discuss Ticketek’s recent fine for marketing spam breaches and what school marketers can learn. Unfortunately, the Deep Dive was shallower than usual due to a recording malfunction, but the team discuss common survey challenges and how to avoid them. No Rant and Rave segment this episode but expect a bumper SMC to close the year!

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159: Are you mindstuck? – interview with Michael McQueen

This episode we talk to multi-award-winning speaker, change strategist and bestselling author of ten books, Michael McQueen. Michael discusses how to master the art of changing people’s minds and persuading stubborn people, and how to apply this in the context of a school Head. We investigate a number of education industry examples, including how faith-based schools can effectively target a wider audience, strategies Michael finds particularly effective for schools, and the common mistakes people make when trying to persuade others.

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158: School fees insights – interview with Anthony McCausland

This episode we talk to Anthony McCausland from Feesable, who has been analysing nearly 31,000 fee estimates from July 2022 to June 2023. Anthony shares his insights on all things school fees, from how schools are fine-tuning levies and early payment discounts to meet their financial objectives, to what strategies schools can use to ensure they are meeting market demand, and importantly, how school Heads can communicate fee changes effectively to maintain trust and retention.

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157: Pitfalls to avoid in 2024

As Heads start to think strategically about their 2024 marketing and communication plans, we take this opportunity to share what we see as some of the key pitfalls and challenges likely to affect school Heads in the next 12 months. We have an in depth discussion on how a lack of differentiation, ineffective communication, neglect of storytelling and oversight across the digital landscape are some of the major challenges facing your School in 2024.

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156: Marketing AI for school Heads – interview with Bart Caylor

Today we chat with Bart Caylor, President of Caylor Solutions, about the incredibly rapid rise of AI, what it means and some of the incredible things it allows us to do. Fresh off recently hosting the HigherEd Marketing AI Summit, Bart shares his knowledge with us on how to leverage AI in school marketing, emerging AI trends and everything Heads need to know to navigate this fast-evolving landscape.

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155: Reflections – interview with Stuart Meade

This episode we are joined by Stuart Meade. Reflecting on his career – which included 21 years as a school Head at Hale School, Perth and Mathew Flinders Anglican College, Sunshine Coast – we discuss how marketing and communications in schools has evolved over the years. He shares priceless advice for school Heads, as well as what he wishes he had known when he started his career.

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