Branding’s importance must not be underestimated.
First impressions do count!
The first impression may be gained from the following:
• Reputations of school as espoused from someone within the community or other family member, friend or work asscoiate
• Website design
• Welcome by office staff / office decor, etc
• Prospectus / Information Pack - cover, pages and inclusions
• Uniform of students and office staff
• Stationery received
• e/i-Newsletter, newsletter or newsletter design and front page content
• Telephone call response by office staff / voicemail response / telephone transfer instructions / dedicated line for upcoming events recording, etc
• White and Yellow pages listings
• Advertisement in newspaper or magazine, radio, etc
• e/i Flyer or Flyer
• Student or staff at school
The branding of the school needs to be well considered and representative of the school’s vision and mission.
It needs to show how the school is to be seen within the community.
Branding needs uniformity to be a powerful, positive tool.
Mixing and matching branding causes a weak and disjointed image to be apparent. This is to the disadvantage of the school in a number of ways. The confusing images distract and hence do not leave the desired impact. The school may be seen itself as disjointed and ‘not together’ and hence causing various follow-up difficulties.
Other sections covered in the school marketing manual include:
- Key Branding Areas - Primary, Secondary and Tertiary
- Branding Changes
- Creativity of Design
The 'Branding for School Marketing' blog post was written by Bryan Foster, author of School Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (3rd ed), (2011) - the paperback and ebook manual for school communications and marketing personnel - 340 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points - allowing for a considerably large number of quality strategies and examples to be detailed - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com