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The 2017 Best of College Store Scavenger Hunts

Posted by Lori Reese on 1/5/18 5:30 AM

Scavenger hunts offer college stores a wealth of opportunity. They bring students through your doors. They offer a fun way to bond with newcomers, while helping them make new friends, get to know the campus and become acquainted with your offerings. What’s the best way to ensure your scavenger hunt is a success? Here, we offer our compendium of scavenger hunt articles. They include tales of successful store events and our Monthly Marketing Plans, which make setting up your scavenger hunt quick and easy.

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Best of 2017: Monthly Marketing Plans

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/4/18 5:30 AM

We share a monthly marketing plan at the beginning of every month designed to increase store traffic and boost student trust and engagement. Included in the plans are posters, flyers, examples social media posts and more so your store has everything it needs for a spectacular event. As you develop your store’s marketing idea for 2018, check out our top five most popular monthly marketing plans in 2017.

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Get Ready for a Fun February Feud!

Posted by Lori Reese on 1/3/18 5:30 AM

T.S. Eliot famously declared that April is the cruelest month, but for most students, February stands out as the year’s gloomy nadir. Those in temperate climes have two more long months of dark, sleety nights before spring arrives. Midterms loom for all. That’s why this month’s marketing plan is devoted to helping you transform your store into a cheerful mid-winter refuge. Plan a February Feud, a riff on the classic gameshow that will brighten the month and offer students the best cure for the blues: Laughter.

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The Resolution Reckoning: December Monthly Marketing Plan

Posted by Lori Reese on 12/1/17 5:30 AM

 “May the odds be ever in your favor!” ®

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Jolabokaflod: Give the Gift of Books and Win Student Traffic

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/1/17 1:00 PM

December is an especially busy month. Although finding a time for an event can seem impossible, an end-of-the-year boost in sales is too important to pass up. This year, why not try a simple event that is a little bit different than what you have done in the past? Jolabokaflod.

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This Holiday Season, Host a Frugal Feast

Posted by Lori Reese on 10/2/17 5:30 AM

College-style culinary skills are hard won. It takes months of trial and error with a dorm room kitchen set — coffee mug, soup spoon, sugar packets — to create concoctions that satisfy students’ cravings. What’s more, circumstances usually force the average student to work on a micro-budget of a few dollars or less, increasing the challenge. This holiday season inspire a pilgrimage to your store. Host a Frugal Feast — a recipe contest, taste test and sale all in one. 

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A Festival of Silly Tricks and Sensational Treats

Posted by Lori Reese on 9/1/17 5:30 AM

October on college campuses brings crisp weather, costumes, candy and, of course, parties. Tap into the celebratory mood with a contest and event you can host any night of the month.

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App-y Hour: August Monthly Marketing Plan

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/1/17 5:30 AM

Need a map? Music? Guided meditation? A budget? To know which bar around you is offering the cheapest drinks? There’s an app for that. Phones have become the unnatural extension of our arms for a good reason: there is a world of information within our grasp. There is an app for almost everything imaginable, but which apps can help a college student manage their busy lives?

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New Student Midnight Markdown: Monthly Marketing Plan

Posted by Lori Reese on 7/3/17 5:30 AM

The start of the school year is prime time to cultivate loyalty among new customers. Don’t wait until rush to reach out. Plan a treat for newcomers now that you can advertise during orientation and schedule early in the year.

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Think, Plan, Do: June Monthly Marketing Plan

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/1/17 5:30 AM

Coming across a fun marketing idea when it is too late to implement is disappointing. As the year progresses, there are naturally times when setting up marketing events is easier than others, but the good ideas rarely seem to fall in those moments. Take advantage of one of the slower times of the year by making a plan. This month, instead of offering a single idea, we have 10 social media marketing events you can personalize and line up throughout the year to fit your schedule.

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