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4 Keys to Connecting with Today's Prospective Students

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Today’s prospective students demand personalised content, delivered at the right time and in the channels that are most relevant to them. So, how and when should marketers engage? To answer that, LinkedIn surveyed over 6,900 Masters Intenders and Masters Grads in Europe.

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4 Keys to Connecting with Today's Prospective Students

  1. 1. ONLY 3 universities make the prospects’ short list OVER 6,900 Masters Intenders and Masters Grads in Europe. Today’s prospective students demand personalised content, delivered at the right time and in the channels that are most relevant to them. So, how and when should marketers engage? To answer that, LinkedIn surveyed over 6,900 Masters Intenders and Masters Grads in Europe. MAKE THE PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS’ SHORT LIST EARLY IN THE DECISION PROCESS. 66% develop their short list before reaching out to a university representative 91% end up enrolling at a university from their short list AWARENESS > DISCOVERY > SELECTION to Connecting with Today’s Prospective Students 4 KEYS MBA/Masters intenders stated that professional networks are 3x more influential than personal networks when making education decisions. BUILD YOUR SCHOOL’S PRESENCE ON PROFESSIONAL NETWORKS. Personal Networks Professional Networks 10% 34% % of prospects stating that these sources of information are influential PERSONALISE YOUR MESSAGES ACCORDING TO THE UNIQUE DRIVERS OF MILLENNIALS AND GEN X. MILLENNIALS (18-34) GEN XERS (35-49) TOP DRIVERS FOR UNDERTAKING HIGHER EDUCATION: in the decision journey. Faculty and alumni profiles are sought later. Course info is key throughout. DELIVER THE RIGHT CONTENT AT EACH STAGE OF THE DECISION JOURNEY. Top types of information sought by intenders in each stage of the higher education decision-making process: LinkedIn provides a unique opportunity to connect with a premium audience of prospective students in the right mindset for higher education decisions. For more info on this research, visit lnkd.in/studentjournies Reach a higher-quality prospect on LinkedIn LinkedIn Europe survey and internal data, August 2015 Millennials nominate the need to up-skill as the number 1 motivating factor, whereas GenXers are more likely to see learning as a passion in itself. Millennials also attach relatively greater importance to earning a higher salary, whereas GenXers put more emphasis on developing leadership skills. The short list is developed before prospects reach out to you, so influence them early with always-on content marketing. SEEK A HIGHER UPSKILL PASSION FOR LEARNING # 1 # 2 # 3 # 4 Expert commentary and reviews Education and industry news Information on courses and degree program’s Institution rankings Career advice Staff and lecturer profiles Alumni profiles/achievements Education and industry news are important early in the decision journey. Lecturer and Alumni profiles are sought later. Institutional rankings are key throughout.
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Today’s prospective students demand personalised content, delivered at the right time and in the channels that are most relevant to them. So, how and when should marketers engage? To answer that, LinkedIn surveyed over 6,900 Masters Intenders and Masters Grads in Europe.

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