Creating an image for your program is an important part of marketing and promoting it. Think about what you want your prospective students to imagine when they see your marketing materials.
Is your program based on strict academics, intense cultural immersion, workplace learning or a fun holiday program? Once you have determined what image you want for your program, you can proceed to create that image through the photos, fonts and layouts that you choose for your marketing materials. For example, a fun holiday program does not need a coat of arms on its letterhead, but a program based on serious academic study may benefit from a more
traditional image. What is the image you want to create?
The creation of a program or school image is one that you may want to develop through a committee. The input from various committee members can help you clarify what message you want to send out to the world and what you want to avoid. Your committee can include a variety of perspectives such as administration, teaching staff, even students and alumni. Having someone with some training in branding or marketing may be helpful, too.
Remember that it is easier to create an image from the beginning, than it is to change an image that has already been established. Your aim is to create a strong image for your program so that when prospects and competitors see your marketing material they quickly associate it with your program.
This post is an excerpt from Sarah’s book, 101 Ways to Market Your Language Program
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.