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2004, 2022

Metrics

Categories: Analysis|

Why Do Metrics Matter? Metrics allow us to measure our progress toward goals and ensure our efforts are making an impact. Without metrics, it's impossible to know if our hard work or strategy is paying off. But what measurements of success matter? Of all the information and analytics available, which metrics should we look at the most? Organic Social Media Social media analytics offer many different metrics. Which ones matter [...]

2004, 2022

Reports

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Reporting allows us to evaluate our success in communication and marketing efforts as well as do research for future projects. Enrollment Management offers a variety of reporting that's helpful to units across campus. If you're a unit that sends communications via Enrollment Management/OUA processes, you can request small-scale custom reporting as well. Reporting Resources Accept/Decline Surveys. The accept/decline surveys allow units to look at a variety of questions asked to [...]

2004, 2022

Surveys

Categories: Analysis|

What Makes a Good Survey? Sampling Sample, sample, sample. The goal of any good survey is to find out what people think to inform a decision or many future decisions. For that reason, you should plan to talk to a lot of people and a diverse range of people. A healthy sample size is critical to getting usable information. If you do not get many opinions, one person (or a [...]

2004, 2022

Calling & Texting

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Top Priorities for Calling & Texting Encourage action. Calling and texting should be restricted to campaigns. In other words, you should have a specific reason for calling or texting, encouraging action. Avoid marketing messages. These are not appropriate channels for general marketing messages. Again, focus on a call to action. Target specific populations. If you have an audience segment that you wish to target, calling and texting could be ideal. [...]

2004, 2022

Email

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Top Priorities for Email Focus on your email strategy. Email is one of the most direct methods of communicating with our audience, and in-house surveys show it's the number one way students wish to be contacted by us—so you'll want to make your emails count. Know who you can communicate with. You can choose to send emails to inquiries, admits, and accepts in your college’s interest area. Learn more about [...]

504, 2022

Annual Marketing Report

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The Annual Marketing Report provides a summary of marketing activity related to undergraduate recruitment and yield through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 2021 Marketing Report Slide deck Recorded presentation We recommend watching the recording to get the most information. Topics include: The enrollment funnel Marketing efforts and goals by channel OUA's advertising efforts & strategy Web content performance Social media performance Email outcomes & more

2903, 2022

Event Planning & Training

Categories: Training, Visits|

Planning All visits, both in-person and virtual, are coordinated with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA) and centralized through our CRM, Slate. Visit planning occurs three times throughout the admissions cycle. Fall Visits For prospective undergraduate students June/July is when OUA reaches out to units to finalize plans Units are required to share all visit plans in our fall planning spreadsheet Spring Visits For prospective and admitted undergraduate students October/November is [...]

1003, 2022

Virtual Events

Categories: Visits|

Planning & Training All prospective student events are coordinated with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA) and centralized through our CRM, Slate. Review our event planning and training to know what steps you need to take to properly coordinate your events and enter them into Slate. Planning Considerations Virtual visits are valuable. Time and again, OUA surveys show that students want to hear directly about academics within their intended college. [...]

1003, 2022

Off-Campus Events

Categories: Visits|

Planning Process If you're interested in holding or attending an off-campus event, make sure to contact us so we're aware of your plans and can assist if necessary. Individual colleges and units should not plan high school visits without first reaching out to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA). OUA's Strategy In addition to on-campus efforts, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions conducts a wide range of outreach, recruitment, and yield [...]

1003, 2022

On-Campus Events

Categories: Visits|

Planning & Training All prospective student events are coordinated with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA) and centralized through our CRM, Slate. Review our event planning and training to know what steps you need to take to properly coordinate your events and enter them into Slate. OUA's Strategy Visiting campus can be one of the most important factors when making a college choice. It gives students and parents the opportunity [...]

1003, 2022

Slate

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What is Slate? Slate is a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) created by Technolutions. There are multiple instances of Slate on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, including one for undergraduate admissions. What is Slate used for? Slate allows us to have a centralized record for each "customer," which in the case of undergraduate admissions means prospective student. Through Slate we manage all our event and visit registration, we send all [...]

1003, 2022

How-Tos

Categories: Training|

CommunicationsHow to Create a Communications PlanHow to Define Your AudienceDataHow to Add a Mailing, Data or Report Request in BasecampEmailHow to Add an Email Request to BasecampHow to Add an Email to SlateEventsHow to Coordinate Your EventHow to Create a Slate EventHow to Create a Special Slate EventMajorsHow To Edit Major Information on the Admissions WebsiteTextingHow to Add a Text Message Request to BasecampHow to Send Text Messages from Slate [...]

1003, 2022

Policies

Categories: Training|

Undergraduate recruitment and yield policies are created to ensure consistency and reduce risk. If you have questions, please contact us. Applicant Communication Policy College/Unit Marketing and Communication Plan Policy Data Request Policy Email Send Policy Program Explorer Edit Policy Text Messaging Policy

2302, 2022

Evaluation

Categories: Analysis|

How to Evaluate Communications & Marketing Success There are many ways to evaluate success, and you should always keep your campaign goals in mind. Preferably, you and your team should make a plan to evaluate success prior to the launch of a campaign in order to then tailor the campaign to succeed on your key metrics. Remember, some evaluation is certainly better than none. If you have limited time to [...]

2101, 2022

Advertising

Categories: Communications|

Top Priorities for Advertising Build and strengthen brand awareness. As with any advertising, building and/or strengthening brand awareness is a top goal. That's why it's important to brand your ads appropriately and target the right audiences. Generate new leads. Ads are a great way to reach prospects. Planting a seed is great, but if you can also provide an easy conversion method such as an email form for more information, [...]

2101, 2022

Websites

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Top Priorities for Your Website Make your inquiry form easy to find. Ultimately, you want to convert your prospective student traffic into inquiries. This means your inquiry form should be front and center on all pages. The best way to do this is to incorporate it into your navigation. Focus on relevant, engaging content. What do prospective students want to know? What will get them interested in your programs? Videos, [...]

2101, 2022

Applicant Communication Policy

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An applicant is defined as a student that has submitted an application but has not yet received a decision. Therefore an applicant audience includes students that will unfortunately be denied. Due to the sensitive nature of applicant communications, colleges and units are not allowed to communicate with applicants. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions manages an applicant communications plan to ensure students continue to receive touch points from Illinois while awaiting [...]

2001, 2022

Contact

Categories: About R&Y|

For general inquiries or specific questions regarding the R&Y Network, admissions policies, processes, etc., please email OUA-Contact@illinois.edu. The OUA-Contact inbox is monitored by a team of people representing different units within Enrollment Management. Questions will be filtered to the appropriate party and a response will be provided as soon as possible.

1001, 2022

Handouts

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Top Priorities With Handouts Focus on your content. With content pieces, make sure the focus is on your unit/services. Avoid including admissions content or anything that runs the risk of changing. Share stories and make the material as engaging and worthwhile as you can. Consider the quality. Cheap handouts will be ignored and find their way to the trash quickly. Invest in high-quality pieces, such as booklets, die-cuts, or keepsake [...]

1001, 2022

Presentations

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Top Priorities With Presentations Brand appropriately. Make sure your presentations have the appropriate branding in place, including logos, colors, messaging, etc. It's critical that all of our materials fit together, both through appearance and content. Be engaging. Audiences come to a conclusion on what level of engagement is necessary within the first 90 seconds of your presentation, so it's important to be engaging. Keep things concise and understand your audience. [...]

1001, 2022

Social Media

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Top Priorities for Social Media Engage prospective students. Make sure you post content that is appealing for teenagers and addresses their interests and needs. It's also important to consider what platforms are most relevant for high school students. If posts elicit comments, try to interact with your audience. Generate leads. Direct social content to landing pages where students can easily sign up for more information. Share information. This may seem [...]

701, 2022

Video

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Top Priorities With Video Entertain and inform. Students are watching how-to videos and being entertained on YouTube. To meet them where they are, we must create entertaining ways for students to digest information they may need. Encourage YouTube subscriptions. It's good practice (and quite common) to build a prompt into the end of your videos encouraging subscriptions to your channel. Don't fret about production quality. High school students are accustomed [...]

701, 2022

Direct Mail

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Top Priorities for Direct Mail Be strategic with populations. In order to reduce both physical and financial waste, you should be as strategic as possible with the populations you choose to engage through direct mail. This could mean sending to admits only, or sending to top-tier inquiries (those that have signed up for more information directly through our inquiry forms). Focus on yield. When a student is admitted, we have [...]

1512, 2021

Directory

Categories: About R&Y|

The R&Y Network directory helps you connect with colleagues across campus that participate in recruiting and yielding undergraduate students. To view the directory, you must log in to Google through your illinois.edu email address. View Directory

1512, 2021

Joining

Categories: About R&Y|

Who can join the R&Y Network? Any campus professional involved with recruiting and yielding undergraduate students can request to join the R&Y Network. How can I join the R&Y Network? First, you must request to join the R&Y Network. Every request to join is reviewed and access is granted based on two factors: (1) your role as it relates to undergraduate student recruitment at Illinois, and (2) your unit's approval. [...]

2705, 2021

How to Present a Unified Brand to Prospective Students

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Branding may seem like business reserved for marketing and communications staff, but each individual touchpoint matters. Even if you aren’t a designer it’s important to ask yourself, “What role do I play in the Illinois brand?” Or more importantly, “How can I contribute to the goal of presenting a unified brand to prospective students?” Why It Matters If we think about some of the strongest brands, there are a few [...]

2704, 2021

2022 Admissions Cycle Marketing Plan

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Chris Axtman-Barker, Marketing Coordinator within the Office of Communications for Enrollment Management, presents the 2022 Admissions Cycle Marketing Plan, providing information on overall strategy and ways to collaborate. If you work in a college or campus unit here at UIUC and create a marketing plan for prospective students, this is resource designed primarily to inform you of our efforts within Undergraduate Admissions. The slide deck for this presentation is also [...]

1901, 2021

Tips for Creating and Sending Emails

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Email is the most important communication channel we currently have, so it’s critical that we make our emails as effective as possible. Here are a couple tips to ensure we do just that. Keep It Simple Some of our emails go beyond text only and utilize HTML to create more visually appealing designs. This can often cause us to overcomplicate things. In fact, sometimes text-only emails are the most effective, [...]

1301, 2021

Notice of Admission (2021)

Categories: Communications|

Decisions are coming in February and that means admitted students will be receiving some great news. We’ve included many of the communications below so you can see what students receive online, in their inbox, and in their mailbox. myIllini Splash Page The first place students discover they’ve been admitted is within myIllini. When decisions become available, admitted students click on their application and discover a splash [...]

1412, 2020

Best ROI Yield Activities (From Chief EM Officers)

Categories: Strategy|

Back in November a VP of Enrollment sent out a question on the AAU Chief Enrollment Management Officers listserv asking, "What do you consider to be the top 3-5 yield activities that bring the best return on investment (ROI)?" Here is a condensed list of answers that were shared in response to this question. Hopefully you can find some inspiration for your own yield activities this cycle. One-on-one meetings with students [...]

1609, 2020

Inclusive Illinois Initiative

Categories: Strategy|

The focus of the Inclusive Illinois Initiative is to be innovative in how we enhance our current outreach programs to underrepresented populations. We will need the support of the campus community to be involved in the outreach to inspire prospective and admitted students to see the impact they will have on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus and the world. Increased partnership with UIUC stakeholders can help evolve some [...]

1109, 2019

How to Add a Text Message Request to Basecamp

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In Basecamp, go to the project called “Communications | Your College.” In the To-Do List, name the to-do to match the subject of your text. Add your OUA Contact Person to the Assigned to section. Add the date you want the text to be sent in the Due on section. Be sure to select A specific day (“Runs for multiple days” doesn’t show up on our assignment list, which may cause delays in processing). We [...]

1109, 2019

How to Send Text Messages from Slate

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Before any texts can be sent, your unit must set up a phone number, have a Slate inbox, and communicated who will be responding to reply texts and for how long. See texting policies for more details. Making your text Login to Slate. Navigate to the deliver icon at the top menu bar (the megaphone). Select the "New Mailing" button at the top left. Next, you will see the [...]

609, 2019

How to Create a Communications Plan

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It is important to make a communication plan. Having all of your messages in one place, with brief descriptions, timelines, and send dates will make planning for the rest of the cycle much easier. These plans will also help you evaluate your message holistically, focus your messaging, and target the right audiences. Think about your audience. What are their needs? What do you need to tell them in order for [...]

509, 2019

How to Add a Mailing, Data or Report Request in Basecamp

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In Basecamp, go to the project called "Communications | Your College." In the To-Do List, name the to-do to briefly describe your report request. Add your OUA Contact Person to the Assigned to section. Add the date you want the mailing to be sent to you or report to be received in the Due on section. Be sure to select A specific day ("Runs for multiple days" doesn't show up on our assignment list, [...]

2608, 2019

How to Define Your Audience

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Audience Parameters Following are the four audience parameters we need in order to process your email requests in Basecamp. Be as specific as possible in your request, avoiding the use of "all," since this doesn't give us enough information. 1. Current Student Status As a rule, you can only send emails to students in your college's interest area who have the following status: Inquiries - students who have expressed an [...]

2608, 2019

Data Request Policy

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Colleges and units may submit a data request to obtain information regarding audiences or general student trends. Data Request Restrictions Requested data should be about the college or academic unit's audience, or general student trends Requested data and reports will be presented in Tableau or in a live Slate report Data will not be exported from Slate unless absolutely necessary. This protects student data and ensures information is as recent [...]

2608, 2019

College/Unit Marketing and Communication Plan Policy

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Marketing Plan Requirements Before each admissions cycle, colleges and other strategic partners are required to submit a comprehensive marketing plan to OUAContact@illinois.edu by August 1. Marketing plans are shared with the R&Y Network and reviewed by Enrollment Management. Not only does this allow for transparency, but it also optimizes coordination of activity. Communication Plan Requirements Before each admissions cycle, colleges and other strategic partners are required to submit a communications [...]

2608, 2019

How to Add an Email to Slate

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In Slate, go to Deliver (megaphone icon), then Mailings. On the right, select the folder/subfolder where your email belongs. Units are categorized by college or department. Select New Mailing. (In some cases, you may want to make a copy of an already-existing email. To do so, select the email, then Copy Mailing. Be sure to uncheck "Copy Query" in the resulting pop-up box.) Name should be the subject line of the email. Folder should [...]

2608, 2019

How to Add an Email Request to Basecamp

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In Basecamp, go to the project called "Communications | Your College." In the To-Do List, name the to-do to match the subject line of your email. Add your OUA Contact Person to the Assigned to section. Add the date you want the email to be sent in the Due on section. Be sure to select A specific day ("Runs for multiple days" doesn't show up on our assignment list, which may cause delays in processing the [...]

2308, 2019

Program Explorer Edit Policy

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What is the Program Explorer? The Program Explorer is an interface on the Admissions website that allows users to explore undergraduate majors. What information is editable within the Program Explorer? College staff may request an edit to the following information: Description –Descriptions are carefully crafted to be informative and understandable for those who do not yet have a high school degree. Please consider these factors when submitting an edit suggestion. [...]

2208, 2019

Email Send Policy

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Email Requirements All emails to inquiries or admitted students must be sent via Slate, and in coordination Enrollment Management. This ensures that student statuses are accurate, reduces the risk of emails being filtered as spam, and enables centralized metrics and functional tracking. An email from an academic unit must be about the academic unit, it's subject area, relevant interests, or majors. Broad campus topics such as application dates and deadlines, [...]

1808, 2019

Text Messaging Policy

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Texting Requirements All text messages should be sent via Slate, in cooperation with the Office of Enrollment Management. This ensures that student statuses are up to date, reduces the risk of texts being filtered as spam, and enables centralized metrics and functional tracking. The unit sending the text message must have staff online for at least two hours after sending a text message to handle responses. Communication expectations with text [...]

1807, 2019

How To Edit Major Information on the Admissions Website

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Program Explorer We present our programs of study through an interface called Program Explorer. This tool allows students to see what we offer and learn more about each program of interest. Some of the program information comes directly from data sources, however some information is provided by the college. You can read more about this within our policy for editing major information within the Program Explorer. If you have a [...]

1807, 2019

10 Tips for Creating Effective Emails

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1. Define your purpose. You should always have a clearly defined purpose for your emails so that you can keep your content focused on that purpose. If you don’t have a clearly defined purpose, you should probably revisit whether the email is necessary. 2. Know your audience. For starters, Gen Zers (categorized as 19 years of age and under) know how to educate themselves and find information. They’re driven [...]

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