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The Top 3 Questions You Must Answer Before Emailing Faculty

Posted by Lori Reese on 7/31/19 8:00 AM

Your campus store's business health, adoption rate and value to students depend on increased faculty engagement. For that reason, you must be strategic about writing campus store emails to faculty. It’s essential to invest time and energy in developing an interconnected set of emails that increase engagement. If effective, a powerful message entices readers to open your emails and do what you ask them to do.

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The Duck Store on Faculty Communication: It's "100% About Students"

Posted by Alex Lyons on 7/24/19 8:00 AM
Alex Lyons

About Alex Lyons

Alex Lyons is Chief Information Officer for the Duck Store, which has served the University of Oregon students in Eugene for nearly a century. Alex has been with the Duck Store since 2001. She is responsible for managing Development & Data Analytics, Online Commerce Operations, Information Technology, and the Text Book/Academic Services teams.

When you’re planning how you’ll reach faculty, it’s essential to start with a question: What do faculty really need to know?

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Communicating With Faculty About Early Adoptions

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/15/18 5:30 AM

As spring rolls in, course material adoptions come back to the forefront of concerns. Finding ways to communicate the importance of early adoptions to faculty can be a challenge. Are you doing enough? Are you doing too much? Students, faculty and college stores benefit from working together. Finding that happy medium where the faculty is informed enough to understand the importance to the student and the store, but does not feel harassed about the subject requires finesse. Here are four best practices when building professional relationships that will create a lasting rapport.

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Virtually Confused: How to Talk Digital With Faculty

Posted by Lori Reese on 4/10/18 5:30 AM

When faculty adopt low-cost digital options like inclusive access or alternative content, it serves the bookstore. Even if it doesn’t boost overall revenues, students are more likely to purchase the lower-priced texts on time. When students have required materials, their grades improve, retention increases and administrators more readily recognize the campus store’s fundamental place in the academic community. There’s only one problem: too many faculty members aren’t aware of digital options. That places the onus on bookstore associates to educate teachers.

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Building a Communication Strategy

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/13/18 5:30 AM

We communicate all day, every day, in various ways: through speaking, email, text message, social media or simple gestures. However, all communication is not the same. Emails can often be read with an unintended tone. A sentence that seem clear to the writer might confuse the reader. These miscommunications can negatively impact your store’s intended message. That’s why developing a strong communication strategy is important.

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Tips From the Field: Communication Between College Stores and Faculty Leads to Success

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 12/7/16 5:35 AM

A common theme shared among college store personnel is the desire to have more communication between faculty and the store staff. Benefits to the faculty include students prepared with the proper course materials on time, and to the store, having the materials readily available in several cost-saving formats and options.

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