Insights

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The hottest trends and latest insights from around the world of higher education.

What's the Future of Campus Recruiting Events?

In-person visit days for admitted students have long been considered the anchor of the spring recruitment event lineup. Many students make their final college choice immediately after attending...

Thought leadership
How to Leverage Gamification in Higher Ed Marketing

Gaming. It's been popular for decades but has taken a lead spot in hobby lists and quarantine pastimes in the past 12 months for people of all ages and backgrounds. Gaming unifies people around...

Media Planning
Announcing the Promotion of Perrie Howes to Director of the Project Management Office

We're extraordinarily proud to announce the promotion of Perrie Howes to the role of Director, Project Management Office. 

Announcements
Why Market Research is Critical to Assessing Academic Program Demand

Early in my career as a higher ed market researcher, I never would have imagined working with provosts and deans to study the demand for potential new programs. Decision-making related to new...

Thought leadership, Research
Using Design Thinking to Create Better Higher Ed Marketing Strategies

Design thinking is a methodology that provides a solutions-based approach to solving real-world problems. In the world of higher ed marketing, it can be a framework to help address big questions...

Thought leadership, Strategy
Everyone’s a content creator now. (And that’s cool.)

It was just a simple note — four words on an index card that I scribbled in Sharpie and tacked to the wall of our agency studio: 

Creative, Content Strategy
Value Proposition: The Core of Higher Ed Strategic Planning

This is a guest post from one of our industry colleagues, Michael Imber.  Michael is a Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie, part of advisory firm Riveron, and has extensive experience working...

Guest Post
Research Was Made For Times Like These

Last March, the role of the higher education marketer and communicator changed in an instant. Long-term planning went out the door, sacrificed for just keeping up with day-to-day decision-making...

Elizabeth Scarborough, Thought leadership, Research, Branding
Is Your Brand Three-Dimensional?

What is your brand? It’s a question we should constantly come back to, whether or not we’re being asked or making strategic and tactical decisions. A university’s brand is more than a positioning...

Thought leadership, Branding
Announcing New Promotions

We're extremely proud to announce the promotion of three of our team members: Kristen Creighton, Chelsea Woodard, and Steven Lovern. At SimpsonScarborough, our core values — authenticity,...

Announcements
What Data Privacy Changes in iOS 14 Mean for Higher Ed Marketers

In 2020, higher ed marketing and admissions teams diligently leaned into the headwinds of the digital and physical landscape at their feet. Many institutions quickly pivoted to expand their...

Digital, Media Planning
Reflecting on 15 Years

Fifteen years ago, Christopher Simpson and I took the plunge and launched SimpsonScarborough. He was the Simpson and I was the Scarborough. Like Donny and Marie, he was a little bit crisis comms...

Announcements, Elizabeth Scarborough, Thought leadership