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Catch Up with GEAR UP

Posted by Stephanie Sickler Sweetland on April 10, 2017
GEAR UP’s been a buzzword in education news recently. Need a quick recap on potential budget cuts and the approaching 2017 application deadline? See what GEAR UP programs are up to these days and learn how to win points on your grant application.
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Topics: Texting, GEARUP

5 Ways to Use the New MMS Feature

Posted by Stephanie Sickler Sweetland on December 5, 2016

Texting with your students is more fun and effective than ever before with the addition of MMS to your Signal Vine account. What is MMS? It stands for Multimedia Messaging Service, meaning you and your students can share images and GIFs. Remember: a picture is worth a thousand words!

GIFs help make the world go 'round.

This new feature gives students the ability to text back with a picture/gif! Read on to learn how to use MMS to improve student retention rates.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Retention, MMS

Have You Been Ghosted?

Posted by Stephanie Sickler Sweetland on October 28, 2016
A spine-tingling tale familiar to anyone who regularly interacts with students.... 
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Topics: Engagement, Texting, Students

Better Make Room (for Texts)!

Posted by Stephanie Sickler Sweetland on August 8, 2016

Signal Vine is excited to partner with the First Lady’s Office, the U.S. Department of Education, and Civic Nation to provide students across the country with texts that contain personalized information and encouragement about important college and financial aid resources and deadlines. The Up Next text messaging program connects advisors one-on-one with students to help them complete college and financial aid tasks.

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Topics: News, Texting, UpNext

Mythbusting Text Messaging for Admissions and Beyond

Posted by Stephanie Sickler Sweetland on June 15, 2016

There are a lot of misconceptions out there regarding texting with students. We already know that texting is the most ubiquitous way to reach them - in fact, 97% of college students use texting as their primary means of communication.1

We recently came across a white paper titled “Mythbusting Admissions: Where Prospects and Professionals Agree, and Disagree, on Enrollment Marketing, Messages, and Channels,” which promulgated several misconceptions about text messaging. For example, the white paper considers text messages to be a form of marketing spam - which they certainly can be, if done incorrectly. That is why it is so important to be strategic when sending students text messages!

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Topics: Admissions, Facts, Texting

Technology Traps: How to Avoid Them… And Spend Money Wisely

Posted by Stephanie Sickler Sweetland on October 30, 2015

Does your organization continue to spend money on technology and programs that are outdated and no longer seem to work? Is your organization making investment choices based on criteria other than effectiveness or outcomes? These are technology traps organizations fall into over and over, allocating budget dollars for technology that doesn’t move the needle on outcomes and absorbs valuable budget dollars that could be better spent on high-impact interventions. To maximize your impact, it's critical for your organization to avoid these traps.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Engagement, Research, Best Practices

#TLDR (Too Long; Didn't Read)

Posted by Stephanie Sickler Sweetland on August 5, 2015

Do you read a long-winded email the moment you open it? Chances are that you’re more likely to delete that email or send it back to the limbo of your inbox. You are not alone. TL;DR. 

TL;DR (#TLDR) or "Too long; didn't read" is a phrase that’s popular within the student vernacular. It's a common response that students have to information that they deem unnecessarily lengthy.

 

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Engagement, Text Acronyms, Best Practices