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The Potential of Podcasts

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/9/17 5:30 AM

What do you think of when you think of podcasts? Coming into this, I wasn’t a fan. Really, that’s probably not a fair statement. I simply never thought about them. I didn’t understand what podcasts provided. In my mind, I equated them with a morning radio show — I’d rather listen to music. Podcasts, however, are so much more.

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5 Tips for Marketing to Your Chinese Students

Posted by Lori Reese on 6/8/17 5:30 AM

Is your college store taking advantage of a burgeoning market on campus? If your school is anything like hundreds nationwide, it has a growing international program — and the country that dominates that pool is China.

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May the 4th Be With KSU Bookstore

Posted by Dean Asher on 6/5/17 5:30 AM

Since "A New Hope" premiered in 1977, the Star Wars franchise has been one of the most successful and beloved media franchises in the world. In fact, the unofficial holiday "Star Wars Day" is celebrated by fans on May 4 — a pun off of the phrase "May the Force be with you."

It gave University Stores at Kennesaw State University something to celebrate as well. The store took the concept and ran with it for the week of May 2-6, offering a sale for 25% off Star Wars merchandise, and using a Star Wars theme to spruce up its display windows and advertise its rental returns.

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Think, Plan, Do: June Monthly Marketing Plan

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/1/17 5:30 AM

Coming across a fun marketing idea when it is too late to implement is disappointing. As the year progresses, there are naturally times when setting up marketing events is easier than others, but the good ideas rarely seem to fall in those moments. Take advantage of one of the slower times of the year by making a plan. This month, instead of offering a single idea, we have 10 social media marketing events you can personalize and line up throughout the year to fit your schedule.

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Social Media Looks to Capitalize on Businesses’ Increased Digital Marketing Budgets

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/26/17 5:30 AM

Major social media platforms, from Facebook to Snapchat, are looking at ways to attract business advertisers. While Facebook has been offering advertising solutions for years, Snapchat is new to the game. Both companies, however, have recently made announcements about new opportunities for businesses on their platform. Here’s what you need to know.

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Linked Together

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/19/17 5:30 AM

We don’t talk a lot about LinkedIn. It is not a platform designed to connect retail to customers. If you were looking for information on a big sale your favorite store was having, LinkedIn wouldn’t be your first choice — or even your fifth choice. Chances are, you’d never turn to the site. While it is not a natural fit for marketing your college store to students, there is still benefit to being active on the site. Here are three ways LinkedIn can help you grow professionally.

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Snap to It: Three Snapchat Marketing Ideas

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/12/17 5:30 AM

There is no denying that with the younger generations Snapchat is the place to be. Facebook is something their parents use. Twitter is potentially headed to the proverbial “farm” to be with MySpace. LinkedIn has never had an appeal for students. Snapchat, though, is new, fresh and incriminating content ideally disappears in ten seconds. The temporary nature that makes the platform appealing to students, makes using it for marketing a challenge — but not impossible.

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Welcome to Clips

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/10/17 5:30 AM

There are new apps created daily. Some are better than others, but few generate the kind of excitement the iOS app “Clips” did when it was released last month. What makes it better than any other video app already on your phone? That’s what we are going to find out.

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The Social Media Balancing Act

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/5/17 5:30 AM

Balancing social media with all the daily tasks you have often feels impossible. If you tilt one way, you end up falling into the social media blackhole and losing hours of your day when you should have been focusing on work. If you lean the other way, it is easy to neglect a valuable tool for connecting with customers. Life would be so much easier if you knew where and when you should post, but that’s just a dream … or is it?

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The Last-Minute Buyback Plan

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/4/17 5:30 AM

Buyback will be here before you know it. Do you have plan? How will you get the word out to students about where and when they can sell back their books? Do you have an incentive for them to choose your store rather than the competition? If these questions have filled you with anxiety, have no fear. We have gathered some easily-implemented ideas your store can use to ensure your buyback is a success.

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