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Rick J. Stern

Your Ultimate Continuing Education To-Do List

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Your team of educators and administrators have worked hard to ensure your continuing education course is useful for their students. All the curriculum is in place, and the instructor is ready to help his or her class achieve both academic and professional success. Sadly, all of this preparation will go to waste if you don’t market your course correctly.

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The Importance of a User-Friendly Website for Your School

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How does your school look? We’re not referring to your buildings, grounds, or athletic fields–no, we mean your website. Your school’s website is probably the first thing that prospective students will see. Most schools have quickly acclimated to the digital age, but the existence a website is not enough. School websites need to be informative, user-friendly, and attractive. Is your website up to the challenge?

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Case Studies: Your Continuing Education Course’s Best Friend

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Peer pressure doesn’t have to be negative. In fact, peer influence is an unbelievably effective marketing technique. Testimonials have long been a cornerstone of marketing. Peer influence is not relegated to product reviews, either: even non-commerce sites like GoodReads and Pinterest show the impact of peer opinions. Whether you are promoting a product, a service, or a continuing education course, the effectiveness of peer influence cannot be denied.

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How Digital Brochures Could Be Your Greatest Marketing Tool

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When you first think of a brochure, you might imagine a stack of folded leaflets on a table or a pile of handbills on a desk. Believe it or not, brochures still have a prominent place in the world of online marketing. This is particularly the case when you’re trying to market a continuing education course. And while digital brochures may seem like a throwback, this online marketing tool could lead to more conversions and enrollment than you would have thought possible.

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How Email Marketing Helps Marketing Your Course

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Advertisements follow us everywhere. We encounter them everywhere: billboards, televisions, magazines, even on cars. It’s no surprise that advertisers followed their audiences online. Most of us are now desensitized to most online advertisements, which can be frustrating when you are trying to market your continuing education course. Thankfully, you can still reach your target audience through content marketing–specifically, email marketing.

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How Data Can Upgrade Your Continuing Education Course

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Continuing education courses have proven to be one of the most rewarding and efficient tools for advancing one’s career. Some professions (e.g., medical, legal) compel practitioners to take continuing education courses to keep licenses or credentials in good standing. Professional requirements notwithstanding, many employers in dynamic industries encourage their workers to stay informed on modern practices. However, this push toward education also means that more schools are offering continuing education programs. You may find it challenging to fill up classes. Utilizing data can help.

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6 Aspects of Marketing Your Continuing Education Program

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With the rise of online marketing, higher education administrators are able to spread the word about continuing education programs like never before. However, although online marketing has been consistently proven as one of the most effective and convenient avenues of promotion, it can be intimidating. Online marketing has so many different facets (content marketing, social media, etc.), that it may seem difficult to get started. Where would you begin?

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Four Skills CE Staff Should Consider Cultivating

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Working with technology customers and continuing education organizations for over thirty-five years provides a great deal of insight into the skill level of continuing education staff. After reading support requests, reviewing suggestions, and providing classroom training for many of those years, it is clear that a majority of continuing education software users are very skilled at their jobs.

With the entrepreneurial nature of continuing education programs, becoming “street” smart is almost a requirement in order to get the job done. However, a few areas of need seem to reappear often enough to warrant consideration. If certain skills were refined, a very good employee can grow into a superb and highly valuable employee

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10 Signs Your Registration System Does Not Fit

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Ever try to cut a ripe tomato with a dull knife?  The aftermath is typically not attractive, the results are less than useful, and the amount of effort needed can be more than the outcome is worth.  Using an outdated student registration system can be described in these same terms.

Knowing the signs of an outdated student registration system benefits a manager as they strive to build their program and increase enrollment.  Minimally, the information discovered from a system review assists a manager in designing in-house processes that start to overcome some of the shortfalls of an existing registration system.  However, the information is also very valuable when building the case to replace an outdated registration system.

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