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Hundreds of Free Ways to Promote Your College Store

Posted by Abraham T. Dyer on 5/23/19 3:19 PM

What if your college store had one more employee who devoted 10 more hours each week to developing your campus store's marketing plans and materials? What could your store accomplish? You don't have to spend more on staffing to find out. We have already laid the groundwork and all you have to do is implement it.

Since 2011, Foreword Online has developed complete (and completely free) marketing plans, covering: holiday marketing, charity and community outreach, unique events and sales, faculty relations plans, and more. Below, sorted by time, topic and audience, are the plans and resources you need to keep your store's marketing fresh from month to month.

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Student Engagement Is Vital to Success and Achievement

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/22/19 6:00 AM

Finding ways to amplify student engagement both in the classroom and with the campus is increasingly vital to student achievement and persistence. Most students come to campus with the same goal: they want to earn their degree and graduate. However, a significant percentage of students do not persist through their entire educational journey. 

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Spotlight: How Mineral Area College Bookstore Approaches Publisher Consignment Rentals

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/20/19 6:00 AM

As an answer to the demand for more affordable course material options, publishers developed the publisher consignment rental program. Publisher consignment rentals are a collection of rental-only titles that have been selected by the publisher. These books are offered at a lower price point than a new book and provide faculty with the latest editions for their classrooms. But what does that mean for the college store? Recently, we with sat down with the Mineral Area College Bookstore Manager Aaron Miller to discuss his experience carrying publisher consignment rentals. 

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Ignite Student Success With a Finals Fuel Sale Event

Posted by Lori Reese on 5/15/19 8:00 AM

Collegiate retailers know that performing well on a chemistry final depends on many factors, including whether you’ve eaten well. As students prepare for finals this season, remind them your store is an excellent place to find healthy food that fuels academic achievement. Host a Finals Fuel Sale Event, highlighting the snacks and convenience foods your store offers that nurture the whole student — body, heart and mind.

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Spotlight: UCSD Farmers Market Engages Students, Staff, Faculty and the General Public

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/13/19 6:00 AM

The University of California San Diego farmers market is a hit. For 14 years, it has brought fresh, fantastic food options to campus every Tuesday. Co-run by the UCSD Bookstore Sunshine Market and the Center for Student Involvement, the farmers market is going strong and engages students and alumni in campus life. Recently, we sat down with John Poggemeyer, buyer and manager for the UCSD Bookstore Sunshine Market, to discuss the bookstore’s role in the campus farmers market.

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Campus Partnerships Support Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/8/19 6:00 AM

Many factors go into student success, such as retention rates, college affordability, student preparedness, student engagement, etc. By supporting the whole student, schools can improve outcomes and help students persist. However, initiatives with campus-wide support produce the best results. Whether a campus initiative or a bookstore initiative, communication is vital to its success.

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Spotlight: Kennesaw State University Bookstore Simplifies Student Textbook Pickup

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/6/19 5:30 AM

As student expectations for convenience continue to evolve, so must college stores. Changes to the way course materials are handled and delivered have a big impact on the overall student experience with your bookstore. Recently, we sat down with the Associate Director of Kennesaw State University Bookstore Kimberly Holland to discuss the changes the store made to its course material distribution and how it benefits the students.

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Engaging Alumni and Parents Online

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/1/19 5:30 AM

College stores serve their campus community as a retail and social hub. From the moment students are accepted all the way to graduation, the store is a constant presence in students’ college life. However, what happens after graduation?

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Spotlight: University of Minnesota Bookstores’ Increase Community Engagement with Tech Time Courses

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/29/19 5:30 AM

The college store is more than just a bookstore. It can be a total support system for the entire campus. Innovative stores create opportunities to better serve their campus community. Recently, we sat down with University of Minnesota Bookstores’ Marketing Manager Kari Erpenbach to discuss how their Tech Time courses have helped engage the campus community and increase store traffic.

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Retailers That Empower Student Success

Posted by Lori Reese on 4/24/19 5:30 AM

Everyone on campus has a stake in student achievement — including retailers. College advisers, tutors and faculty should focus on excellence, of course. But it’s easy to overlook how non-academic settings like the college bookstore might facilitate retention and graduation. A strong collegiate retailer does more than sell textbooks and supplies. It functions as a full-fledged student service.

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