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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Store’s Online Shopping Experience

Posted by Liz Schulte on 7/1/20 6:15 AM

With more importance than ever before placed on online shopping, stores are doing what they can to improve customers’ eCommerce experience and better compete. College stores have fewer resources than large online competitors, but they have a greater ability to continue to offer customers a personal touch — even online. Today, we have five tips to engage the campus community from afar.

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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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Spotlight: GVSU Laker Store Has a Social Media Strategy That Works

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/3/19 6:00 AM

Social media is a fantastic tool for college stores. It helps you connect with students, alumni and parents in a consistent and meaningful way. However, developing a great social media presence requires strategy and fair amount of patience. Find out how the GVSU Laker Store has turned their social media efforts into a valuable store resource.

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National Tartan Day Scavenger Hunt and Flash Sale

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/20/19 6:00 AM

National Tartan Day is just around the corner. On April 6, proudly display your store’s plaid merchandise and encourage students to shop in your store by hosting a fun flash sale and scavenger hunt.

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How to Create Shoppable Ads on Instagram

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/18/19 6:00 AM

Social media can be a tremendous tool for connecting with students, alumni and the campus community. However, starting a social media platform is more than just picking one channel and posting from time to time. Your store needs a social media strategy and  it absolutely needs to be on the platform students use. Right now, that platform is Instagram. Right now, that platform is Instagram.

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3 Easy Ways to Drive Foot Traffic

Posted by Lori Reese on 11/28/18 5:30 AM

College stores need to establish bonds with customers. Show them you’re interested in helping students save money and succeed. Find creative ways to generate foot traffic.

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

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/25/18 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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Snapchat: 10 Seconds to Create a Lasting Impression

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/30/18 5:30 AM

After combing through the dark, dusty, digital corners of the internet, I have compiled a list of do’s and don’ts for turning your Snapchat account into a must follow for students, alumni, and faculty and staff.

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Beacons in Retail: What You Need to Know

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/23/18 5:30 AM

A customer walks into your store, eyes glued to their phone. Barely acknowledging the employee’s greeting, they wander through the store briefly before leaving without making a purchase. This is common in retail. Consumers are distracted, and it is hard to get their attention. That’s where smart beacons can change the store’s interaction with the customer, making the experience better for both.

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Take the YouTube Plunge

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/9/18 5:30 AM

YouTube is huge. As a platform, it has the potential for enormous reach and is one of the most intimidating areas of social media. Videos have a permanency that other platforms lack. The production value of the most popular videos keeps getting better and people want to see regular content. YouTube, as a marketing platform, isn’t for everyone. It requires a level of energy and comfort with the camera that cannot be manufactured. For those who can truly embrace it, it is a game changer.

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