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College Store Marketing Content Calendar Template

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/30/21 6:30 AM

Simplify your college store marketing this year with a marketing calendar that reminds you of important dates and helps plan store events. We have prepared a customizable marketing template to help you get started. Remember to add the dates that are specific to your store and campus.

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5 Ways Student Employees Can Help With College Store Social Media

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/23/21 6:15 AM

College stores can benefit from using social media to market to students. However, finding the time each day, week and month to fully maintain your social media pages can be a challenge. One way college store managers can maintain a robust social media presence without taking on a lot of extra work is to recruit student help.

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Tips for Making Merchandise Stand Out

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/2/21 6:00 AM

How can college stores enhance customers’ eCommerce experience? By offering shoppers filter options and recommendations, it is easier for site visitors to choose the best merchandise for them. At the MBS Spring Forums Systems Training event, college stores learned about MBS’ website tools that can help make merchandise stand out.

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Keep Your eCommerce Site Interesting With Care Packages

Posted by Liz Schulte on 12/16/20 6:30 AM

There is nothing quite like receiving a thoughtful gift that lets you know someone is thinking about you. However, finding that perfect gift isn’t easy. One way the college store can help the campus community is by giving customers the option to order a pre-bundled care package.

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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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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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University of Utah Campus Store’s Curbside Sale Event Brought in More Than $1 Million

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/15/20 6:00 AM

Every year the University of Utah Campus Store holds a large Apple® sale in their store. This year, unable to open the store to customers, they decided to do the next best thing: take the event online. The official order pickup event was held from May 4-8. However, the store began taking preorders three weeks before the official event. The end result: more than $1 million in sales.

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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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