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Jolabokaflod: Give the Gift of Books and Win Student Traffic

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/1/17 1:00 PM

December is an especially busy month. Although finding a time for an event can seem impossible, an end-of-the-year boost in sales is too important to pass up. This year, why not try a simple event that is a little bit different than what you have done in the past? Jolabokaflod.

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Win Student Trust From the Start

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/7/17 5:30 AM

A student stares down at rows of books, perplexed, eyebrows drawn together as she squints at the shelf tags between the constant stream of other students shuffling by. To her left, another student stands with his friends trying to look up the books he needs online.

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Turning the Spotlight on You

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/14/17 5:30 AM

What do you do to set your store apart and connect with students? Do you have an annual event everyone looks forward to attending? Has your store hosted an event that went over really well with students? We would love to share your story with our readers!

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The CCRI Bookstores Go Beyond Selling Textbooks

Posted by Liz Schulte on 7/10/17 5:30 AM

The Community College of Rhode Island has four bookstore locations that make servicing students their number one priority. Using their years of expertise they field questions about all aspects of college life. Throughout the day staff members are helping students understand how to use their financial aid in the store or showing a student how to find their way through the campus.  Like many college stores, they are more than a bookstore — they are the heartbeat of the campus.

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New Student Midnight Markdown: Monthly Marketing Plan

Posted by Lori Reese on 7/3/17 5:30 AM

The start of the school year is prime time to cultivate loyalty among new customers. Don’t wait until rush to reach out. Plan a treat for newcomers now that you can advertise during orientation and schedule early in the year.

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Reach Nontraditional Students in a Nontraditional Way

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/29/17 5:30 AM

Connecting with nontraditional students can be a challenge. As they come and go, more disconnected from campus events than other students, your message can be lost. Many of these students have jobs, they might have kids and they are older. All of this contributes to making them feel disenfranchised on campus. Keeping this population of students in mind, here are a few ideas of how your store can engage with overlooked students.

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UC Davis Stores’ Late Night Shopping Event Turns Into an On-Campus Party

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 6/26/17 5:30 AM

In an effort to drive more traffic into their store and away from online retailers during rush, the staff at UC Davis Stores was struggling to come up with ideas that would meet those goals. Last year, they tried giving away t-shirts to entice students to come visit the store, which worked in the sense that that event was popular, but ultimately came up short of expectations when the store underestimated its audience and ran out of shirts in about 10 minutes. Back to the drawing board.

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UNM Bookstore Goes Global with a New Passport Center

Posted by Lori Reese on 5/22/17 5:30 AM

When the new Passport Center in the University of New Mexico Bookstore launched with a “soft opening” in April, a few weeks before its grand opening in May, no one was sure how much business it would attract. The UNM Global Education Office, which runs the center in partnership with the bookstore, kept hours and staff to a minimum.

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UMBC Bookstore; 51 Years of Event Innovation

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 5/15/17 5:30 AM

The University of Maryland Baltimore County Bookstore finds new ways to engage customers. Knowing the industry is changing, and students have more options, UMBC Bookstore Director Bob Somers challenges his team to think outside the box and keep customers coming through the doors.

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Mystery May: Monthly Marketing Plan

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

You don’t need to live at 221B Baker Street to love a good mystery. As the semester winds to a close, it is a busy time for everyone on campus. Keep this month’s event simple, engaging and easy to manage with one or all of these ideas for a terrific Mystery May event designed to bring people into your store without taking up a lot of time.

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