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How an SEO “Expert” Cost a Three Campus School $1,375,000

A year or so ago I was contacted by Chris, the new CMO of a three-campus school system. He was baffled as to why his lead flow had dropped by 60 leads per month for the past three or four months. Being new to his school, he didn’t really have a handle on the problem yet and wanted help with some insights.

I asked him to Google the name of his school and see what happens. My worst fears were confirmed. He didn’t show up at all. Turns out their website had been “delisted” by Google. Nuked, obliterated, vanished from the search engine. Read more

The Agency Now Owns My Business? WHAT!?!

Recently a school owner approached us asking for strategic advice about Internet Marketing. I mentioned the usual key points; the Internet is not going away, your ranking on search engines is super valuable like owning real estate; never ever let third parties own ‘your’ online real estate, etc…

I asked him who owns the URLs of his websites, his Google Adwords account and his Facebook account. He didn’t know. He trusted the marketing company implicitly to look after his best interests.

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Three Questions to Ask BEFORE Hiring a Marketing Agency

The marketing agencies available to help you reach your goals are as varied as the schools we serve. If you’re trying to dig through offerings to see which firm is best positioned to help you, you’re probably confused. So many firms talk about your branding, websites, their proprietary software, SEO, Social Media, Paid Search and design management – how do you make sense of it? At Enrollment Resources, we pursue the truth. We think it is important that you get the best service for you. We’ll tell you if we don’t think we can help you and we’re paid on our performance only. Whether you are hiring us or not, we think these three questions are what you need to ask when doing your research.

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How Social Media Can Ruin Your School

Every quarter Shane Sparks and I run a macro-economic analysis on how external factors might affect higher education. Trends we’ve landed on to date have included the rise and fall of many Internet portals, the impacts of the 2007 Recession, how placement would become the most important department within a school and the outcomes from the DOEs regulatory adventures…we’re ready to take on Social Media.

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