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Thank a “Green Ribbon School”

By MDR Marketing Team | 05/18/2022 | Comments Off on Thank a “Green Ribbon School”
Modern Classroom

You may have heard of the federal Blue Ribbon Schools award program recognizing schools for academic excellence and closing the achievement gap, but did you know about the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools awards? The goal of this program is to inspire schools to strive for 21st-century excellence by highlighting promising school sustainability Read More »

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Six Tips for Effective Email Campaigns

By MDR Marketing Team | 05/18/2022 | Comments Off on Six Tips for Effective Email Campaigns
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Email marketing campaigns are a terrific way to reach prospects and secure qualified leads. However, we know the educators you want to reach receive hundreds of emails every day – even more during prime times in the academic calendar like back to school and the spring buying cycle. How can you be sure that your Read More »

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Tips for Supporting Summer Learning Programs

By MDR Marketing Team | 04/21/2022 | Comments Off on Tips for Supporting Summer Learning Programs
Backpacks in summer field

As schools continue to work to mitigate the learning loss resulting from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are offering summer learning programs that combine academics and enrichment. And because of the billions of dollars in ARP ESSER funds that have been distributed to states and districts, they have the resources to invest in Read More »

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Let’s Thank Teachers for All They Do

By MDR Marketing Team | 04/21/2022 | Comments Off on Let’s Thank Teachers for All They Do
Teacher Appreciation 2022

Teacher Appreciation Week 2022 is May 1-7 It’s been a rough couple of years for all of us, especially our country’s teachers. They’ve had to learn how to teach remotely, help their students overcome unprecedented learning loss and support them as they face mental health challenges brought on by the isolation and uncertainty of the Read More »

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Mapping the Education Customer Journey With Buyer Personas

By MDR Marketing Team | 03/23/2022 | Comments Off on Mapping the Education Customer Journey With Buyer Personas
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It’s hard to sell something if you don’t understand who you are trying to sell it to. Yet, marketers face the challenge of clearly defining who their target buyer really is, particularly in education. In many K-12 environments, decisions are made at the school district or even school board level, but often teachers, parents, and Read More »

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Tips for Helping Schools Spend Year End “Use It or Lose It” Funds

By MDR Marketing Team | 02/17/2022 | Comments Off on Tips for Helping Schools Spend Year End “Use It or Lose It” Funds
Spending Decisions

It may only be February, but the end of the 2021-2022 school year is as little as three or four months away. And with the end of the school year comes the scramble by districts, schools, and even individual teachers to spend down their budgets. Whether this “use it or lose it” scenario includes millions Read More »

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How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 4

By MDR Marketing Team | 01/20/2022 | Comments Off on How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 4
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The U.S. Department of Education has approved the final state and territory plans for using their American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to support the safe and sustained return to in-person learning for U.S. K-12 students. Other states and territories had their ARP ESSER plans approved in 2021. All 52 Read More »

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4 Hot Topic Predictions for Education in 2022

By MDR Marketing Team | 11/18/2021 | Comments Off on 4 Hot Topic Predictions for Education in 2022
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It’s been quite a year for all of us in the education community, especially teachers. Earlier this year, we predicted what we thought might be the hot topics for education in 2021 and we were pretty close to accurate with topics such as learning loss, educational equity, and remote learning. But who knew that districts Read More »

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How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 3

By MDR Marketing Team | 11/17/2021 | Comments Off on How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 3
teachers making plans

The U.S. Department of Education approved plans from 12 more states and Guam for use of the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. Earlier this year, the department distributed two-thirds of the ARP ESSER funds, totaling $81 billion, to state departments of education. The remaining third of the funding is made Read More »

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What Does Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection Mean for Me?

By MDR Marketing Team | 10/14/2021 | Comments Off on What Does Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection Mean for Me?
Email Privacy

  At their annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 7th this year, Apple announced a new policy on email privacy. According to Apple, their Mail Privacy Protection (MPP) “hides your IP address, so senders can’t link it to your other online activity or determine your location. And it prevents senders from seeing if and when Read More »

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Three Ways COVID-19 Disrupted the K-12 School Buying Cycle

By MDR Marketing Team | 10/13/2021 | Comments Off on Three Ways COVID-19 Disrupted the K-12 School Buying Cycle
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Every November, Merriam-Webster picks the “word of the year.” For 2020, it was “pandemic.” (Go figure!) While it is still a bit early for the 2021 word to be announced, it might well be “disruption.”  And among the things that have been most disrupted over the past year or more is the way that we Read More »

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Match District Size to Your Business Goals

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/21/2021 | Comments Off on Match District Size to Your Business Goals
Teacher helping students using tablets

MDR Insights There are 95,478 public schools in America, serving over 49 million public school students. Let’s look at the different school district sizes and what types of businesses match their needs. At MDR, we consider a district large if it enrolls over 10,000 students. A medium district enrolls 2,500 to 9,999 students, and a Read More »

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Teacher Appreciation Day x 365

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/16/2021 | Comments Off on Teacher Appreciation Day x 365
Teacher Appreciation 365 days

 We’re all familiar with Teacher Appreciation Week. Considering everything teachers are dealing with right now–return to in-person instruction, keeping kids safe, helping students catch up, and controversies about curriculum—we’d like to make a suggestion… Let’s make every day Teacher Appreciation Day. Here’s why: whatever expectations you may have in a typical year for teacher time? Read More »

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How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 2

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/14/2021 | Comments Off on How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 2
Teacher in Classroom

 The U.S. Department of Education recently approved 21 state plans for use of their American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds. These states join 11 others and Washington, D.C. whose plans were approved earlier this year. The plans detail how each state is using and plans to use ARP ESSER funds Read More »

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Still Facing a Digital Divide? The FCC Can Help.

By MDR Marketing Team | 07/21/2021 | Comments Off on Still Facing a Digital Divide? The FCC Can Help.
close up of student hands doing school work

Educators couldn’t miss the headlines about the additional $122 billion allocated for ESSER in the American Rescue Plan (ARP), signed into law in March. But there was another boon for education in the ARP that you may not have heard about: the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). Administered through the Universal Service Administrative Company of the FCC, Read More »

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Learn How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds

By MDR Marketing Team | 07/21/2021 | Comments Off on Learn How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds
Teacher with students wearing masks

States and school districts around the country are seeing the influx of American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds. The U.S. Department of Education recently approved plans from 11 states and Washington, D.C. for using the funds to safely reopen and sustain  the operation of schools, and address the needs of Read More »

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Five Ways COVID-19 May Have Changed Schools for the Better

By MDR Marketing Team | 06/22/2021 | Comments Off on Five Ways COVID-19 May Have Changed Schools for the Better
5 Teachers giving thumbs up to positive changes in schools

As teachers exhale and hopefully get some well-deserved R&R, we thought it was time to reflect on some of the changes coming out of the COVID-19 experience. Sometimes out of chaos comes positive change, here are five ways we think schools will have changed for the better: Remote learning may be here to stay. Not Read More »

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Planning to Support Teachers for Back-to-School 2021-2022

By MDR Marketing Team | 05/21/2021 | Comments Off on Planning to Support Teachers for Back-to-School 2021-2022
teacher relaxing in classroom

 As of April 2021, the CDC reported nearly 80 percent of teachers, school staff, and childcare workers have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine*, recently the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for children as young as 12 and experts are predicting even younger children will be eligible to be vaccinated by the end Read More »

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Getting the Attention of Purchasing Decision Makers

By MDR Marketing Team | 05/21/2021 | Comments Off on Getting the Attention of Purchasing Decision Makers
Colleagues discussing project

One of the major challenges in selling to education is getting your product in the right hands, using the right channels, and then securing the sale. The trick is to reach out and develop a connection so you can confidently inform decision makers, “This product will meet your needs or address your problem!” Establish Relationships Read More »

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Redefining Quality Education Data for 2021

By MDR Marketing Team | 11/04/2020 | Comments Off on Redefining Quality Education Data for 2021
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What’s moving the needle in sales and marketing these days? Complete, Accurate, and Fresh Data. The definition of data quality is changing, largely because today’s education sales and marketers are using data as high-octane fuel for sophisticated activation strategies, like: Personalization Account-Based Marketing Customer Data Platforms Programmatic Advertising Defining Buyer Personas Identifying Lookalike Audiences Marketing Read More »

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Stay on Top of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

By MDR Marketing Team | 10/16/2020 | Comments Off on Stay on Top of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
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With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the headlines every day for most of this past year, it may seem that the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) has taken a back seat. However, that is not the case: the CCPA’s regulations became final and effective as of August 14, 2020. Now that it has taken effect, Read More »

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Tracking Back-to-School 2020-2021

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/15/2020 | Comments Off on Tracking Back-to-School 2020-2021
Kids in masks going to school

We’ve all been paying close attention to the news and our local school communities, following the opening plans. MDR data experts have been capturing when and how school will be in session and which learning models each school will follow.  Although, some schools started a little later this year, as of this week, most schools Read More »

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3 Ways to Engage Educators to Boost Your Brand Image

By MDR Marketing Team | 01/16/2020 | Comments Off on 3 Ways to Engage Educators to Boost Your Brand Image
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Thank you to The Marketing Scope for sharing our guest contributed article.  Educators are a band of wise warriors quietly cultivating the minds that will form our future — they’re some of the most valuable people in society. But how often do you think of them as an investable audience when it comes to building Read More »

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Hey Boomer! Want Gen Z Customers? Be Like Gen Z.

By MDR Marketing Team | 12/03/2019 | Comments Off on Hey Boomer! Want Gen Z Customers? Be Like Gen Z.
group of young girls with interlocking arms making heart shapes

Thank you to Marketing Insider Group for referencing us in this great article. If you’ve read the news lately, you’ve come across Greta Thunberg’s name. Since skipping school to protest at Sweden’s parliament building in 2018, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist represents the teen-led climate strike movement.Thanks to Thunberg and the millions she’s inspired, it’s become clear Read More »

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Are You Ghosting Your Customers?

By MDR Marketing Team | 10/31/2019 | Comments Off on Are You Ghosting Your Customers?
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That’s scary – and here are four reasons why! With Halloween upon us…made me think about a haunting dirty trick. I’m talking about being ghosted. It’s the worst. You think you’ve made a connection with someone, and then they stop responding to your calls, emails, texts, whatever. Whoosh—they’ve vanished. It’s the ultimate insult. You weren’t Read More »

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How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscious Consumer

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/23/2019 | Comments Off on How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscious Consumer
Volunteers all hands in

Thanks to ReadWrite for referencing us in this great article. Nearly 200 chief executives from some of the world’s largest companies met in August as part of the Business Roundtable. Discussing the most pressing issues facing modern corporations, their manifesto signaled a departure from old-school corporate philosophy. Its primary message? Shareholder value isn’t everything. Regardless of how far-reaching their call Read More »

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Capturing the Attention of Busy School Leaders

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/19/2019 | Comments Off on Capturing the Attention of Busy School Leaders
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Renaissance Collaborates with MDR to Build Continued Awareness Among School Leaders School leaders regularly clock more than a standard, full-time workload every week. In fact, a recent study showed that on average, principals work nearly 60 hours a week. This makes them an especially challenging audience to reach for the thousands of education technology companies Read More »

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What Worked: The Best of Content Marketing Report

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/10/2019 | 3 Comments
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If educators respond to relationship marketing, and every relationship starts with a good conversation, then content marketing is your best opening line. Thoughtful, captivating, relevant content that strikes a chord with the teacher audience is an ideal ice breaker. Make an educator feel like you’re worth listening to, and you are heading for the top Read More »

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When The Hiring Gets Tough, The Tough Hire Differently

By MDR Marketing Team | 08/23/2019 | Comments Off on When The Hiring Gets Tough, The Tough Hire Differently
Colleagues in meeting

Thanks to CEOWorld Magazine for referencing us in this great article. Over the last few years, you’ve probably noticed a disturbing business trend for organizations interested in continued growth: Hiring has been getting harder. For the first time, the number of job openings exceeded the number of unemployed workers in the U.S. In order to fill vacant positions Read More »

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8 Marketing Tips for a Successful School Year

By MDR Marketing Team | 08/08/2019 | Comments Off on 8 Marketing Tips for a Successful School Year
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and well, the busiest! With the start of the new school year upon us, we are consistently asked “what are the few things we can do now to keep our campaigns fresh for educators and give them an edge up to our competitors?”  Well, to help you Read More »

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