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UMBC Bookstore’s Yum Shoppe Offers Students Convenience and a Taste of Home

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/19/20 6:00 AM

The UMBC Bookstore’s Yum Shoppe has always been a student favorite. Bookstore Director Erin McGonigle remembers being a Yum Shoppe addict when she was a student. For the UMBC community, it truly is the convenience store with more. So, what do they do to inspire such student, alumni and community loyalty?

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5 Simple Ways to Boost Online Promotions

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/23/20 6:30 AM

Creating word of mouth and inspiring customer traffic are essential to a sale’s success. Traditional in-store sales and online sales have a lot of similarities. Both require marketing, social media and a prepared staff. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure your online sale goes smoothly and improve results.

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How to Make Your Campus Retail Store a Community Star

Posted by Terri Mitchell on 9/14/20 7:00 AM

If you’re like me and you want to make a difference, there is no business more rewarding than campus retail.

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3 Ways to Add Body Inclusivity to Your College Retail eCommerce Site

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/9/20 6:30 AM

Have you ever bought clothing online and it didn’t fit like you expected? There simply isn’t one body type that represents all students. Purchasing clothing online can often feel like rolling the dice because the images and models you most often see do not represent you or your body type. The importance of eCommerce sales has only grown due to recent events. This fall consider adding more body inclusivity to your website to inspire more sales.

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Drive-through Rush Boosts Sales at Hagerstown Community College Bookstore

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/29/20 6:45 AM

As summer rush approached, Hagerstown Community College Bookstore Manager Tammy Crockett knew there was a way the store could continue to serve students, keep them safe and give them convenient, one-stop shopping. By holding a drive-up rush event, the store could provide students with everything they might need to start a new term and save them shipping costs.

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Spotlight: UMBC Bookstore Hosts Events That Increase Foot Traffic

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/22/20 6:30 AM

The University of Maryland Baltimore County Bookstore has curated a collection of creative events that entice student participation throughout the year. With fun games, giveaways, community-generating sidewalk sales and an incredible convenience shop with a diverse selection, every student can find something in the UMBC Bookstore that inspires them to come back. In February, we sat down with UMBC Bookstore Director Erin McGonigle to discuss how she inspires campus store foot traffic with bookstore events and marketing.

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How Morehead State University Store Personalizes the Online Shopping Experience

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/8/20 8:05 AM

College stores have always been able to offer students and the campus community a more personal experience than online competitors. As more shopping moves online due to COVID-19, how can college stores continue to stand apart? The Morehead State University Store emphasizes community and offers a personal touch to online orders that encourages customers to come back again and again.

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UMBC Bookstore Increases Online Sales With Savvy Marketing

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/11/20 6:00 AM

The University of Maryland Baltimore County Bookstore is working hard to adapt and adjust to current conditions. We recently spoke with UMBC Bookstore Director Erin McGonigle to find out how they engage students, increase eCommerce sales, improve their omnichannel presence and promote the UMBC community.

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4 Campus Retail Events That Inspire Community

Posted by Lori Reese on 5/4/20 7:00 AM

When bookstores build community, they fuel campus retail relevance. The four bookstore events presented here have successfully nurtured community at colleges across the country. All are powerful bookstore marketing tools that bring campuses together.

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Spotlight: University of Pittsburgh Stores on Marketing College Store Events

Posted by Lori Reese on 4/22/20 7:00 AM

For the University of Pittsburgh Stores’ Steven Wilson, events are a powerful college store marketing tool. He manages The Pitt Shop, one of the University of Pittsburgh’s two standalone apparel stores. Situated on a main thoroughfare that links the university and downtown Pittsburgh, The Pitt Shop attracts students, faculty, staff and city-dwellers looking for the latest in Panthers attire. We sat down to talk to Mr. Wilson about marketing bookstore events for a wide range of customers.

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