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A Year of Disruption? 7 Education Trends for 2018

By Jodie Pozo-Olano | 03/02/2018 | 0 Comments
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Like few other professions, educators have always been experimenters. That’s not going away in 2018; if anything, it’s accelerating. Socrates taught in a variety of forums that wouldn’t fit today’s definition of the classroom. Often in schoolhouses they helped build, pioneer schoolmarms taught lessons of their own design to America’s frontier generations. Down the street […]

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Education Marketing Calls for a Personal Touch

By Kristina James | 03/01/2018 | 0 Comments
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One of the oldest adages among anglers is to fish where the fish are. But fishermen need to be ready to react when fish take to different waters. Education marketers are experiencing a major shift in how they target and reach educators. The wall that divided work life from home life has eroded, and with […]

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Digital Trends in Education Marketing Q&A’s

By Marta Oddone | 02/21/2018 | 0 Comments
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Thank you to all who attended the Digital Marketing Trends Webinar! The webinar provided a peek into the results of MDR’s Digital Marketing Trends in the Education Market report, which reveals the reality of educator interaction with digital marketing in email, web ads, and social media. The final report will be available soon! Did you miss the […]

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Rising Above the Noise in the Education Space

By Kristina James | 02/15/2018 | 0 Comments
Rising Above the Noise in the Education Space

Educators are like everyone else: every day they are getting deluged with emails—from The Gap, from Scholastic, from their cousin—and marketing campaigns relying on email alone are having trouble rising above the background noise. Educators are also similar to other consumers in their increasing use of digital and social media as an alternative to email. […]

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2018 Halo Award Finalist!

By Jodi Murphy | 02/14/2018 | 0 Comments
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We are honored to be named a finalist in Engage for Good’s 2018 Halo Awards! In partnership with one of our clients, the program was nominated in the Best Environmental Initiative Category of the award program for its engaging and successful digital media campaign during the 2016-2017 school year. Leveraging WeAreTeachers, MDR’s online educator community […]

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Prospecting for Educators? We Made You a Map

By Jodi Murphy | 02/13/2018 | 0 Comments
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Remember learning about the California Gold Rush of 1848? Get ready for the Educator Marketing Rush of 2018. If you haven’t already heard, educators are the next big thing in brand and influence marketing. As mentioned in the Huffington Post article Why Marketing to Educators May Be the Best Decision You Ever Make “…educators are […]

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Your Brand in the World Wide West

By Kristina James | 02/08/2018 | 0 Comments

You’ve established your brand in the marketplace. Everyone knows who you are, what you offer, and what you stand for, so you can focus on product sales and short-term revenue gains, right? Sorry, but like so many other aspects of marketing, brand is shifting under your feet. In budget crunch times, it would be nice […]

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Digital Trends: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

By Guest Contributor | 02/07/2018 | 0 Comments
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By David Clemen – Director of Digital Marketing, MDR I hosted a webinar that highlighted the findings of MDR’s Digital Trends in the Education Market report, which reveals the reality of educator interaction with digital marketing in email, web ads, and social media.  We gathered insights from almost 400,000,000 deployed email across almost 20,000 unique […]

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5 Consumer Habits of Teachers That May Surprise You

By Marta Oddone | 01/31/2018 | 0 Comments
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Are you a bot built solely to do your job? Of course not, and neither are teachers. So why do some marketers act like teachers don’t have lives outside of the classroom? Getting to know the people behind the profession doesn’t have to be difficult. Teachers tend to be even more active online than the […]

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3 Lessons Education Marketers Can Learn from ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’

By Jodi Murphy | 01/25/2018 | 0 Comments
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Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill! If you grew up in the ’90s, you know what comes after that chant: a half-hour of zany experiments, world-renowned guests, and, most of all, real science. Like no science show before or since, “Bill Nye the Science Guy” inspired a generation of scientists, engineers, and conservationists. Its mission was to […]

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Integrated Campaigns: Getting Everything Right

By Kristina James | 01/17/2018 | 0 Comments
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Why is integrated marketing THE buzz phrase in education marketing? Because educators seek information from multiple channels before making decisions. You need to meet your audience where THEY are, 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.  […]

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Will True Believers – Educators – Believe in You?

By Kristina James | 12/28/2017 | 0 Comments
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During an EdNET Conference session with district superintendents, the moderator asked, “What is your vision for the future of education? One response: “That every adult who interacts with a child would communicate belief in that child.” Educators are true believers in their mission, and they expect that you will be, too. This commitment to a […]

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MDR Honored with Awards – Hot off the Press!

By Jodi Murphy | 12/15/2017 | 0 Comments
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MDR Honored With Gold in 2017 MarCom Awards We are very proud to announce that MDR, in partnership with PepsiCo and also Quill.com, was selected as a Gold Winner for the 2017 MarCom Awards!  The MarCom award is an international competition for marketing and communication professionals.  Since its inception in 2004, MarCom has evolved into […]

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4 Strategies for Connecting With Schools on Social Media

By Bernadette Grey | 12/14/2017 | 0 Comments
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For young students, there’s no forbidden door more enthralling than the one labeled “Teacher’s Lounge—Staff Only.” What’s going on in there? Wild parties? The truth is much more mundane than the fabrications of a nine-year-old’s mind. They’re likely to find teachers doing the same thing in their downtime that most working adults do: perusing Facebook, […]

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3 Questions Teachers Will Ask About Your Edtech Product

By Jodi Murphy | 12/11/2017 | 1 Comment
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Got a coding app for kids? A parent-teacher communication tool? It could be the next classroom hit — or it could join the dozens of other duds that teachers don’t use. Edtech products come and go…which ones will be the stand-outs? Believe it or not, a 2015 study found that 65 percent of student licenses for digital […]

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MDR and Quill.com – Hot off the Press!

By Jodi Murphy | 12/07/2017 | 0 Comments
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Quill.com Honored With Gold in 2017 MarCom Awards We are very proud to announce that MDR, in partnership with Quill.com, was selected as a Gold Winner for the 2017 MarCom Awards!  The MarCom award is an international competition for marketing and communication professionals.  Since its inception in 2004, MarCom has evolved into one of the […]

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4 Reasons You Should Be Talking to Teachers

By Aaron Stibel | 11/30/2017 | 2 Comments
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Think about your ideal customers. They’re educated, affluent, stable, and influential, right? Those attributes apply to one group more than any other: America’s 7 million educators. Who Are America’s Teachers? Think about it. Every teacher is college-educated. Teachers’ average annual household income is $114,800 — almost 50 percent greater than the general population’s $81,100. This may sound high, but […]

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Tap the Education Channel: Strategies for Teaming Up with Teachers, Classrooms, and Students

By Marta Oddone | 11/13/2017 | 0 Comments
Tap the Education Channel: Strategies for Teaming Up with Teachers, Classrooms, and Students

Last week, our partner Engage for Good hosted a webinar featuring our very own Bernadette Grey and Tom Mooradian, Manager of Environmental Sustainability at PepsiCo. They shared how best to target and reach educators for cause related initiatives, as well as specific lessons learned from PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally program. If you have a mission that would benefit from engaging educators, […]

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Why Your Efforts to Target Teachers Have Tanked

By Bernadette Grey | 10/30/2017 | 0 Comments
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Sign up for this service, follow our script for all of your classroom instruction, and you’ll become a great teacher! That’s how one education software company attempted to target teachers and promised to turn “mediocre teachers” into good ones. In other words, the company was essentially saying, “If you’re a mediocre teacher, we can do […]

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Pinterest Is Your Best Long-Term Social Investment

By Marta Oddone | 10/23/2017 | 0 Comments
Pinterest is Your Best Long-Term Social Investment

In the past two weeks, we shared 5 tips for connecting with educators on Facebook and talked about using social media to attract teachers to your brand. This week we look at why Pinterest is your best long-term social investment (hint: teachers love it), and share tips on how to make the most of your […]

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Top 5 Tips for Using Facebook to Create Social Bonds with Educators

By Marta Oddone | 10/16/2017 | 0 Comments
Top 5 Tips for Using Facebook to Create Social Bonds with Educators

Last week, we talked about using social media to attract teachers to your brand. This week, I’m sharing 5 tips for connecting with educators on Facebook. TIP 1: Be positive, smart, and interesting Educators don’t go on Facebook to interact with brands, but they will engage with brands that do Facebook well. Fit the mood […]

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Teaming Up With Teachers to Drive Awareness of Your Corporate Cause

By Bernadette Grey | 10/13/2017 | 0 Comments
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Fall is back-to-school season not just for students, but for all of America. Between students, parents, and employees, more than half the nation has regular contact with a school. No other institution comes close. If brands built relationships with all of America’s 7 million educators, they’d also reach the nation’s 54.5 million students and 90 […]

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Social Media that Attracts Teachers to Your Brand

By Marta Oddone | 10/09/2017 | 0 Comments
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Are your ears burning? Somewhere on social media, teachers are discussing their need for your product, or if you’re lucky, your brand itself. When you join the conversation you want your brand’s presence to be natural and welcome, not like an infomercial that no one asked to hear. Your first step is understanding the social […]

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Partnerships 101: Why Smart Brands Choose Teachers

By Aaron Stibel | 10/04/2017 | 0 Comments
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America doesn’t recycle like it should. Despite the billions spent on recycling infrastructure, the nation’s recycling rate has hovered around 34% for the past two decades — far less than that of other developed nations. The psychology behind America’s recycling reticence is complex, but environmentally concerned companies are getting creative. Take the PepsiCo Recycle Rally: […]

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Why Investing in Your Company’s Future Starts with Students

By Jodie Pozo-Olano | 10/02/2017 | 1 Comment
Why Investing in Your Company’s Future Starts with Students

As a child, I always looked forward to the new school year. I loved the smell of new notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils. I loved the tightness of new sneakers, reminding me that the days of running around barefoot were gone. I loved the thrill of meeting my teachers, getting the year’s textbooks, and walking […]

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The Power of Personalization: Standing Out in the Inbox

By Jodi Murphy | 09/26/2017 | 0 Comments
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“Dear Occupant.” That’s a greeting that usually destines a piece of direct mail for the trash. Why would email be any different? Personalizing email and inserting dynamic content are email marketing best practices because they show recipients you know who they are and what they’re interested in. In a recent survey of education email marketers, […]

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Good Emailer Citizenship: Being a Welcome Sender

By Jodi Murphy | 09/20/2017 | 0 Comments
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Are your emails considered steak, or spam? An email isn’t an email until it successfully reaches the inbox of your intended recipient. And arrival in the inbox is far from guaranteed these days. Today’s email marketers need to be savvy about deliverability: what it is, what makes an email deliverable, and what marks you as […]

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Smart Email Design: In the Eye of the Recipient

By Jodi Murphy | 09/18/2017 | 0 Comments

Send. Whoosh! It’s a great feeling to send your email out into the world to generate clicks and conversions for you. But how does your email look when it arrives in people’s inboxes? Even if it looked fine when you sent it, it could look completely different to recipients. And the poor appearance of your […]

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Testing Optimization: Making Good Emails Better

By Jodi Murphy | 09/14/2017 | 0 Comments
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Emails talk back instantly: Did they open it? Did they click through? Did they visit your landing page? Click the CTA button? For email marketers, these insights give us the opportunity to adapt our campaigns based on what works and what doesn’t. And the low cost of email vs. other media means you can experiment […]

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Persuasive Email Copy: Every Word Counts

By Jodi Murphy | 09/13/2017 | 0 Comments

Do the math. Email subject lines under 50 characters deliver the best results…Headlines should be 6 words or less…Line lengths under 50 characters work best on mobile… All the advice on email content adds up to one reality: education marketers have precious little real estate to make their point. Every Copy Element has a Job […]

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