Turning Your Staff into Blog Celebrities
NACAC08 was a great experience. I have been following many people in higher education through various social mediums as well as working with institutions across many states. Meeting these great folks in person has made my relationship with them on social media even stronger!
Does your institution have a Twitter account? Does it identify the author of those tweets? Do you give your admissions counselors a presence on social media? If the answer is no, you may want to talk to us and rethink your strategy.
If your counselors are out traveling, like many this time of year, social media should be central to your overall strategy. Your counselors should have established relationships with various students via social media which can now be reinforced with a face-to-face meeting. On the flip side, as you meet new students and gather their information, you should immediately begin engaging them through social media channels upon your return to your institution.
This combination of social media and real social interaction builds a powerful relationship between high school student and counselor. Seeing where a college representative went to school and identifying similarities between counselor and student create opportunities for connecting that would not otherwise exist. The miracle of social media is that it creates the opportunity for conversations to take place after college fairs and high school visits by being accessible beyond phone and email. Furthermore, this form of interaction is already familiar to most high school students. Social media is ultimately a relationship medium… use it to build those personal relationships!
In addition, I see that The University of Toledo has also found the value in this thought. I wish them luck, and I thank D.W. for pointing me to this information in her blog! Are their any other admissions counselors maintaining blogs? I’d love to hear from you!
- NACAC comes up short on Blog, but gets it right on Facebook
- Starting a Social Media Campaign
- OSU on Social Media
- Social Media Experiment: #NACAC08
- Generation Gap: The Convo never stops!