Integrated Campaigns: Getting Everything Right

Why integrated marketing for education marketing?

Because educators seek information from multiple channels before making decisions. You need to meet your audience where they are and where they spend time, rather than expecting them to come to you. It takes multiple touches—10 or more—to create brand trust and conversion with educators. Yes, that many touches, which means a single email blast won't cut it any longer. That’s why it’s vital to reach out to educators through a variety of channels like email, web ads, direct mail, paid search, Facebook, Instagram, etc. In addition to reaching the right audience with the right message, you need to be reaching them in the right place at the right time.

Remembering that educators are committed to their mission—helping their students succeed—is key. In product recommendations, educators look for validation from like-minded peers. They don’t want to hear company pitches, they want to hear from friends and colleagues with hands-on experience of the products. That’s why having social media in your marketing mix has never been more important in influencing educators.

What makes a campaign integrated?

An integrated campaign is one where:

  • The brand is front and center
  • The content is in a clear and consistent voice, but adapted to the media
  • The design is consistent and recognizable regardless of where it’s seen
  • The Call to Action is the same across channels

Integrated campaigns need consistency of brand, message, and look.

Building a customer experience

Integration is all about creating a coordinated experience that moves a person from awareness to interest to action. We’ve learned to not talk at teachers, but to find ways to have a conversation with them. No one likes to be talked's all about being social right? To do this, we use our knowledge of educators, their response to online and offline marketing channels, and what messages resonate best with them at a particular time.

Each social channel has a distinctive feel, style, and audience. Your messages need to be crafted to fit the social medium to make the most of it. The mix for each marketing campaign is informed by your specific audience and goals—whether it is to create a funnel, drive traffic to your site, or to start a buzz with viral content.

A well-integrated campaign builds in impact across channels. For example, a web advertising campaign can generate awareness that gets an email opened. The email leads to a landing page with a downloadable case study. The case study quotes teachers who learned about your product from an online community. Your presence on the online community generates teacher ideas on how to use your product and posts with their responses. The posts drive interest from teachers with similar product needs…and so on. It's all about starting that initial conversation.

Selecting the right mix of channels

How do you determine the right channels to use? Start by thinking about the customer experience: how do people use this channel? Do they read or skim? Are they actively researching or just keeping up with the news? Are they chatting with peers or seeking the advice of an expert? Are you trying to raise awareness, start a conversation, or make a conversion? Mapping your message to where it will appear—and to its role in engaging your audience—will ensure you are delivering the right content at the right time.

Since we know that teachers engage best in certain channels at certain times of the year, planning your campaign timing, and the content to tell your story, will then determine the channel. We can help you work a strategy to capture the interest of your desired segment using existing content or original content. Channel selection then becomes a matter of aligning the content to the channels where it will have the greatest impact and will garner maximum value for its stage in the campaign lifecycle.

MDR and the creative minds at WeAreTeachers can help you develop an integrated marketing program that will engage teachers. Download the WeAreTeachers Media Kit to learn about the variety of ways we can help your brand build integrated campaigns that deliver multiple touches across multiple channels.