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is your website hurting your admission efforts
Is Your Website Hurting Your Admission Efforts?

Presented by

Arnie Kuenn @ArnieK

Patty Adams @PattyAZ23

getting found online optimizing for search is critical
Getting Found Online: Optimizing for Search is Critical
  • When someone types a keyword into the search box, there are only two possible outcomes:
    • They will find your school.
    • They will find your competitor.

Is Your Website Hurting Your Admission Efforts?

search marketing reality
Search Marketing Reality
  • Organic search traffic can be so valuable, it can sustain an entire business.
  • Organic search rankings are something you can work to influence, but ultimately you do not control them. The search engine algorithms make that call.

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why invest in search
Why Invest In Search?
  • 95% of searchers do not go past page one!
  • Natural search results receive many more clicks than paid search
  • Natural search converts 30% better than paid search
  • Clicks are Free

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how does it work today
How Does it Work Today?

Bot or Spider

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What Does It Look For?

Title tag

H1 tag

Content

Bold

Meta Description

Award winning SEO Link Building Services. Vertical Measures is a reputable, USA Internet marketing company helping businesses get more website traffic thru higher search engine rankings, link building, social media, local search, and search engine optimization.

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biggest factor is still inbound links
Biggest Factor is Still Inbound Links
  • The best links:
    • From trusted sites
    • Have proper anchor text
    • Have varied anchor text
    • Are from many different domains (new 2010)
    • Determined editorially (Social!)

Is Your Website Hurting Your Admission Efforts?

search engine results
Search Engine Results

Indented Listing

Local Listing

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what are students search for
What Are Students Search For?
  • Do you know what potential students are searching for when looking for prospective schools like yours?
  • Keywords are Key: are you targeting the right ones?
    • Example: “vocational school” vs. “career college”, “cooking school” vs. “culinary school”, “phoenix” vs. “scottsdale”
    • Leverage geography for brick and mortar schools
  • Do you know what keyword phrases are driving traffic to your website?
    • Website Analytics
    • Brainstorming session

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your website as your primary marketing tool
Your Website as Your Primary Marketing Tool
  • Is it optimized for the search engines?
  • Communicate unique value proposition – you have 7 seconds to persuade
  • Engage your end user.
    • Are you constantly adding new info so they come back for more?
  • Does it give them enough information?
  • Do you have an offer? (Free guide, CD, campus visit)
  • Reinforce the offer site-wide – don’t let them forget

Is Your Website Hurting Your Admission Efforts?

conversions are critical
Conversions are Critical
  • Are you measuring conversions?
    • What do you consider a “conversion” on your site?
  • What are you conversion goals?
  • Are you making it easy for them to tell you who they are?
  • Asking for too much info?
  • Are you making them call you?
    • Websites should be interactive, not one-way communication with your end users
  • Make your forms engaging – all about the details

Is Your Website Hurting Your Admission Efforts?

your website create good content
Your Website: Create Good Content
  • Build pages around your keywords
  • Add real value to the web visitor
    • Unique
    • Informative
    • Entertaining
  • Who do you link to?
    • Good neighbors
    • It’s your reputation

Is Your Website Hurting Your Admission Efforts?

what kind of content
What Kind of Content?
  • Build Great Content & Promote it
  • Examples:
    • Lists
    • Case Studies
    • Comparisons
    • Career Guides
    • Interviews
    • Polls & Surveys
    • Videos

Is Your Website Hurting Your Admission Efforts?

social media participate
Social Media - Participate
  • At a minimum you need to be listening
  • Your prospective students are using it
  • Use the voice of the student– they need to hear from people like them
  • They use Social for navigation – helps people figure out what school is right for them
  • Ads to your credibility!

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Q & A

Contact Patty Adams

pattya@verticalmeasures.com

602-314-3467 (direct)

www.VerticalMeasures.com