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Lincoln Land Community College Bookstore Triples Web Orders Over the Summer

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/17/20 6:00 AM

For many of us, times are unpredictable. As college stores look toward the start of a new term, strengthening online sales, student convenience and in-store safety precautions are three areas that will have the biggest impact no matter what happens this fall. We recently spoke with Lincoln Land Community College’s Director of Campus Services Andrew Blaylock to discuss the college store’s web orders and how they are preparing for fall.

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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: Wichita State University Shocker Store on Successful Loyalty Programs in Collegiate Retail

Posted by Lori Reese on 3/16/20 7:00 AM

For Wichita State University, the Shocker Store is more than a collegiate retail hub. It’s a place that fans, alumni and students associate with a sense of belonging. Director Andi Stipp fosters this reputation with a college store loyalty program called Shocker Rewards. We sat down with Ms. Stipp to talk about marketing a campus bookstore with loyalty rewards and why delighted customers are the best measure of a program’s success.

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Spotlight: Vincennes University Bookstores on Collegiate Retail Events

Posted by Lori Reese on 3/10/20 7:00 AM

For Vincennes University Bookstores' Director Karen Faulkner, collegiate retail is about putting students first. She and Marketing Director Aimee Cummings regularly host bookstore events that draw hundreds of students, drive word of mouth and nurture the bookstore’s reputation as a lively campus hub. We sat down with Ms. Faulkner and Ms. Cummings to ask about what makes events successful, how they affect campus bookstore marketing and why fun events can never really fail.

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Host a DIY Game Day Shirt Extravaganza

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/28/19 5:30 PM

Creating DIY game day fashion is a fast, easy and fun way for students to personalize their outfit for big games. Popular DIY designs can range from simple to elaborate, but they all have one thing in common: They’re an affordable way for students to update their wardrobe. Help students embrace their creativity with a fun, spirit-boosting DIY t-shirt event.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Making Your Voice Heard on Campus

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/21/19 6:00 AM

The evolving nature of the educational landscape has inspired recent course material innovation. From new formats to new delivery mechanisms, each creative solution helps improve student learning, preparedness and affordability. However, it also means that course materials are no longer as simple as they once were.

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How Can Collegiate Retailers Attract Last-Minute Shoppers?

Posted by Lori Reese on 12/12/18 10:00 AM

If this year’s holiday shopping season is anything like last year’s, many Americans will wait until the eleventh hour to buy gifts — students included. About half of us were done with our shopping last season by December 20, according to a survey by the National Retail Foundation. The report estimated that 126 million consumers, 53 percent, would wait until Super Saturday, the weekend before Christmas, to finish up their shopping.

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