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

The Higher Ed Hero's Journey

Alums are undoubtedly a leading segment of institutional donor pipelines. It’s simple, in theory; students graduate, become alums, and enter an alum database marked as potential donors. But, as we...

Thought leadership, 2023 Alumni Philanthropy Study
The New Rules of Engagement
Hello, Jason? This is your alma mater speaking.
My first job in college was cold-calling alums and asking for donations. Three nights a week, I biked down to the Indiana University Foundation and...
Thought leadership, 2023 Alumni Philanthropy Study
Agency News — Summer 2023

We are thrilled to announce the newest members of the SimpsonScarborough team and recognize recent promotions within the agency! Join us in congratulating the following individuals on their new (and...

Higher Ed's Mission Problem

In 15 years as a higher ed professional, I've been inspired by and privileged to tell stories of transformational experiences for students, faculty, and the communities served by the colleges and...

Thought leadership, 2023 Alumni Philanthropy Study
Welcome to the SimpsonScarborough CMOLab

Back in 2014, we partnered with The Chronicle of Higher Education to launch the first study of its kind: a benchmarking study of the higher education Chief Marketing Officer. At that time, the role...

Managing the Intangible: Brand Trust

2023 is the year of brand management. A time to focus on aligning a brand's efforts with strategic priorities to ensure a solid and consistent message is managed across enterprises, channels, and...

Thought leadership, Strategy, Branding
What Gives? SimpsonScarborough's Alumni Philanthropy Study

Like so many, I met some of my closest friends in college. That includes my best friend, Matt (not his real name), who graduated alongside me from Stonehill College in 2007. While many graduates from...

Thought leadership, 2023 Alumni Philanthropy Study
Building Marketing Momentum

In the 1970s, a seasoned entrepreneur made an interesting acquisition.

Thought leadership, Media Planning
Agency News — Spring 2023

We are thrilled to welcome the newest members of the SimpsonScarborough team! It's incredibly rewarding to bring aboard such incredible talent and some of the genuinely best people from the world of...

Changes to GA4 Metrics You Need To Know

Many articles, presentations, and how-to guides have heralded the end of Universal Analytics (UA) for months. You may already have some GA4 properties set up, or you have plans to transition soon. 

Thought leadership, Data & Analytics
What Gives? SimpsonScarborough's 2023 Alumni Philanthropy Study Webinar

We are proud to announce the upcoming release of SimpsonScarborough's 2023 Alumni Philanthropy Study!

Events, 2023 Alumni Philanthropy Study
Five Questions with Executive Creative Director Mick Sutter

After a very competitive six-month search, we are excited to announce that Mick Sutter joined SimpsonScarborough as Executive Creative Director in early March.

Brand Ex Machina: Can AI Help Build Authentic Brands?

In October 2021, I wrote an article about AI copywriting software. After testing several programs, I concluded the bots posed neither a threat nor seemed particularly useful to writers at that point...

Thought leadership, Branding