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  • General Best Practices
Mia Major

Here are some key best practices to keep in mind as you build your school or district's social media strategy for the summer — plus, access to a full social media content calendar for June through August!

  • Admissions
  • Digital Campus
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Social Media
Read More about 100+ Summer Social Media Ideas and Best Practices [Plus The Complete Social Media Calendar for Summer 2020]
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  • General Best Practices
Kristen Doverspike

While Instagram has undergone some recent changes turning it from a simple, photo-sharing platform into a marketing and advertising powerhouse, the network still operates on the importance of sharing high-quality images (and now videos), to engage followers — a strategy essential for schools.

  • Marketing/Communications
  • Social Media
Read More about Instagram for Schools: Best Practices for Engagement
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  • General Best Practices
  • Podcast
Andrew Martin

Host Tim McDonough talks with Eric Sheninger from the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) about digital leadership, school branding, and being creepy on social media.

  • Branding
  • FinalsiteFM
  • Social Media
Read More about [PODCAST] Tell Your School's Story Ep. 2: Digital Leadership, School Branding, and Being Creepy on Social Media
Engaging Generation Z
  • Higher Education
Sarah Englebert

If you want to market your institution in a way that is mindful of Generation Z and the current trends that define their media consumption, one very effective strategy to embrace influencer marketing. Not sure what this is or how to do it? Don't worry. We'll answer these questions and more so you can start engaging Gen Z and turning college hopefuls into enthusiastic students at your institution.

  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media
Read More about Influencer Marketing for Higher Ed: Engaging Generation Z
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  • General Best Practices
Mia Major

With 50% of millennials using social media to research products and brands prior to purchase, and another 30% of millennials engaging with brands at least once a month, social media is where millennials spend a lot of their time. And making the most of that time is critical to your success in attracting and engaging millennial parents.

  • Marketing/Communications
  • Social Media
Read More about Social Media Strategies for Reaching and Engaging Millennials
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  • General Best Practices
  • Higher Education
  • Independent Schools
  • International Schools
  • Public School District
Stephanie Griffin

Social media is an essential communication tool for schools, but how can you use it strategically during crises? Here are five easy steps to follow to assure you are best equipped to use the media when an unexpected event occurs.

  • Crisis Communications
  • Social Media
Read More about 5 Steps to Using Social Media for Crisis Communications
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  • General Best Practices
Mia Major

There is no silver bullet to social media engagement. Not even the 4-1-1 rule. However, from our research and work with more than 2,200 schools around the world, we can say with certainty the following three types of post get the most engagement time and time again.

  • Marketing/Communications
  • Social Media
Read More about The 3 Types of School Social Media Posts That Always Get Engagement
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  • International Schools
  • Podcast
Finalsite World Tour with Max Eisl and Meredith Kaplan

Toby Brunt, Social Media and Communications Specialist at American School of Warsaw, joins Max and Meredith on Episode 2 of Finalsite #WorldTour to share his background and role at the school.

  • FinalsiteFM
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Social Media
  • Success Stories
Read More about [PODCAST] Toby Brunt from American School of Warsaw on Finalsite #WorldTour
Feature Friday: How St. Thomas School Grew Its Admissions Funnel By 40% with Online Ads
  • General Best Practices
Stephanie Griffin

St. Thomas School increased this current school year's applications by 40%, increase inquiries by 37%, and increased new student enrollment by 37% through a strategic inbound marketing strategy and search engine marketing.


  • Marketing/Communications
  • SEO/PPC
  • Social Media
Read More about Feature Friday: How St. Thomas School Grew Its Admissions Funnel By 40% with Online Ads
[PODCAST] Behind Avon Old Farms School's Social Media and Content Marketing Success
  • Independent Schools
  • Podcast
Apply Yourself: A Podcast Series With Tim McDonough

Hear from Kristen Kerwin, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications at Avon Old Farms School, as she shares the success behind the school's social media content strategy, successful blog, and great ways they are involving the students in their marketing efforts.

  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Success Stories
Read More about [PODCAST] Behind Avon Old Farms School's Social Media and Content Marketing Success

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