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The Complete Guide to Alternative Revenue Streams for College Stores [White Paper]

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/10/20 6:00 AM

Diversifying revenue is a must for most college stores in today’s market. Developing unique ways to set themselves apart from competitors solidifies student engagement and campus relevance while securing the future of the campus store.

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The UCLA Store’s Web Returns and Social Media Boosts Student Engagement

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/13/20 6:00 AM

It is harder than ever to get and keep students’ attention. A fresh inventory selection with pop-up stores and consignment merchandise helps, but savvy stores like the UCLA Store also incorporates marketing and additional services that bring a steady stream of campus and community foot traffic.

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Spotlight: MECC Bookstore Improves the Student Experience With Revenue Generating Ideas

Posted by Liz Schulte on 12/16/19 6:00 AM

Revenue generating ideas help college stores supplement top-line revenue while expanding their customer base. Stores like the MECC (Mountain Empire Community College) Bookstore in Virginia have proactively worked to take on additional services and create new ways to bring customers into the store. We sat down with MECC Bookstore Manager Dora Hill to discuss the challenges her store faces and how she is working to overcome them.

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Umpqua Community College Bookstore Develops an Additional College Revenue Source Through Community Partnership

Posted by Liz Schulte on 12/2/19 6:00 AM

In the ever-changing landscape of collegiate retail, campus stores need revenue generating ideas that help fill in the financial gaps left by strained budgets and decreased textbooks sales. From pop-up shops to expanding bookstore services, campus stores develop ideas that push the boundaries of their traditional retail models to better serve their customers while generating additional top-line revenue. Recently, the Umpqua Community College Bookstore was given the opportunity to expand its service beyond campus and develop stronger community ties.

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University of Arizona BookStores Boost College Revenue Sources With Social Media

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/18/19 6:00 AM

The University of Arizona BookStores has cracked the code for converting social media engagement into store sales. Social media has tremendous potential to raise campus awareness and interest in store events and services. How can that potential be translated into a revenue generating idea for college stores?

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Successful Budgeting for the Campus Store [White Paper]

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/11/19 6:00 AM

When was the last time your campus store reviewed its budgetary model? Does it match the model your campus uses? These may not be the most exciting questions to ask, but the budgetary model a college chooses can give the campus store valuable insight into administrative expectations and help ensure the store serves the school’s mission. Download the “Successful Budgeting for the Campus Store” white paper to get a breakdown of college budgetary models and a comprehensive guide on actionable ways to increase top-line revenue, minimize operating costs and keep the cost-to-students low.

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The UCLA Store Increases Foot Traffic with Revenue Generating Ideas

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/21/19 6:00 AM

Campus stores look beyond the traditional retail model to find ways to continuously drive customer traffic. As education, course materials and collegiate retail evolve, many stores seek new opportunities to bring in additional top line revenue and strengthen campus relationships. The UCLA Store maximizes its eCommerce and social media efforts, hosts a variety of events throughout the year, and creates new opportunities to better serve the campus community.

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Summer Yard Sale Success for the NDSU Bookstore

Posted by Liz Schulte on 8/26/19 6:00 AM

Kids playing outside, cookouts, and spending time with friends and family: one of the best parts of summer is when communities come together. The North Dakota State Bookstore taps into that summertime spirit and inspires the entire campus community with a great college campus event idea — a summer yard sale.

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