Tag Archives: social media

Psychology of Social Networking

Psychology of Social Networking



Best Time to Post Facebook and Twitter Content

From: Raka Creative

Spring 2012 Social Media User Statistics

Source: TweetSmarter


A Look Into The Life of Millennials

Courtesy of: FastCo Design

A look into our target student population, Millennials, and how they view the world, education, politics, work and more.

Full article posted here

Tips for Video Production


I frequently talk about the ability we have to create in-house, organic video content for our institutions, using technology & resources we already have available (yes, the one person office with limited budget, included).

We just completed a series of campus video tours in multiple languages using all existing resources and student volunteers.
Here is an article from Hubspot that provides some useful and important video project tips
12 Tips to Instantly Enhance Your Video Production

The tips are divided into 3 categories: Pre-Production, Production, & Post-Production.

As a list, they are as follows:

Top Pre-Production Tips

1. Be original. The idea/concept for your video project should be original and creative. Don’t take the easy route and copy someone else’s idea.

2. Plan it out. Be organized and plan everything out in great detail during the pre-production phase. Write a script, draw out a storyboard, and create a shot list.

3. Be selective when choosing video subjects. Set high standards when casting actors and actresses for your projects. The lines being delivered should not be forced. Pick someone who can deliver dialogue naturally.

4. Carefully consider the set. Don’t try to fool your audience by “set dressing” your office to simulate another location. Your audience is paying close attention to every detail of your video. Shoot your video projects in locations other than your office if the setting of your video isn’t an office.

Top Production Tips

5. Be cognizant of sound quality. Don’t come off as an amateur with poor sound recording quality. Use lapel/lavaliere mics when shooting sit-down interviews.

6. Set up lights. You don’t want your footage to be under or over exposed, so set up lights and eliminate any unwanted shadows.

7. Use a tripod. Make sure the tripod is level.

8. Focus. Make sure the camera is in focus and white balanced.

9. Obey the ‘rule of thirds.’ Always obey the rule of thirds when framing your shots. Your subject’s eye-line should be on the top horizontal line leaving an empty space on the screen in the direction where the subject’s eyes are aiming (in this case, to the left of the screen). The subject’s mouth should be on the bottom horizontal line. Try not to position your subject in the middle of the screen. There should be a small amount of room between the top of the screen and the top of the subject’s head.

Top Post-Production Tips

10. Align the flow of the video with the emotional response you want to evoke in viewers. The tone, structure, and pacing of your video has a major influence on its effectiveness and the emotional impact on your audience.

11. Leverage b-roll. Cover up your cuts with b-roll footage that complements the narration.

12. Optimize video text. Keep the style of your text and titles simple, classy, and sharp.

Read the full article here

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Institutional Social Media Policy

The rapidly growing use of social media in the education field means creating a social media policy is important, if not essential, for your institution. From prospective student recruitment to current student engagement, it is helpful if the institution has clear guidelines on what faculty, staff and students need to adhere to when communicating online via social media.

Amanda Vandervort has compiled a list of 15 universities who have created a social media policy, and made it public. This is a great resource, and a helpful starting point, to begin collaborating with your administration on creating your institution’s own social media policy.

The institutions listed include:
* Tufts University
* University of Kansas
* Montana State University Athletics
* University of Michigan
* Colorado State University
* Seattle University
* University of Kentucky
* Washington University in St. Louis
* California State University, Fresno
* Eastern University
* Ball State University
* Florida International University
* University of Oregon
* DePaul University
* Vanderbilt University

Visit her original post, Fifteen University Social Media Policies for links to the individual social media policy documents.

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6 Best Practices for Universities Embracing Social Media

Content from: Hubspot
Original article posted at Mashable

This article breaks down a few important tips to help educational institutions develop their social media strategy.

Their 6 point best practices are as follows:

1. Develop a Strategy and Set Goals

2. Pick and Choose Your Platforms

3. Empower and Support Individual Departments

4. Put Guidelines in Place

5. Develop a Consistent Voice Across Platforms

6. Communicate Across Campus

Some key take-aways from the article are to consider what audiences you’re attracting (prospective student vs. current student vs. alumni) and to choose your platforms accordingly.  There is also a lot to be said for choosing a few key platforms and providing a consistent presence on them rather than spreading your office too thin on every social network, but failing to provide regular content updates and engaging with the online community.

One of the biggest challenges we often face is communicating across departments within an institution. Many of our departments have different goals (obviously admissions is looking to recruit new students while the program offices are more focused on disseminating information to current students), but see if you are able to connect with one staff member within key departments across campus in an effort to unite on the social media front.

If even 4-5 departments band together it will generate a much stronger online presence, create a consistent voice (to Hubspot’s point #5), and increase your reach. This endeavor may take a significant time commitment upfront and may require quite a bit of scheduling to have some sit-down face-time meetings with department representatives.

In the beginning of this process you may find that the topic of social media does not even make it on the agenda. Be patient. Focus on relationship building and provide examples of how your office can support their department’s goals. Also keep in mind that many university officials didn’t grow up in the Web 2.0 generation, and still many think it is not important as an “official channel of communication.” Once you have developed their trust you can present your united social media concept and showcase how it will deliver benefits to their office, as well as yours. Think of this process as an investment that can provide long term benefits for the institution as a whole and ultimately greatly help with your recruitment and retention efforts.

Read the full article here

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