THE CHALLENGE

The College of Automotive and Diesel Technology (NYADI) sought to drive greater engagement and enrollments among their target prospects. Their digital marketing efforts had been unfocused and marginally effective because previous marketing vendors lacked the data points, targeting expertise and optimization power they needed to consistently drive the campaign and effectively deliver conversions and enrollments. Our digital experts took the helm with a data-focused strategy that would set the campaign on the right course and improve performance.

Goals

  • Improve overall brand awareness and awareness of new degree program
  • Target new audiences
  • Increase enrollment

THE STRATEGY

The digital team consulted with NYADI to get a deep understanding of their business, competitive landscape and marketing goals. After conducting a website and digital campaign audit, we identified areas that needed improvement and developed a comprehensive plan that included top-notch creative and our wealth of data to engage the client’s key target audience of young men, low to moderate household income, interests in cars and do-it-yourself auto repair. A full suite of marketing tactics was deployed to reach and convert prospects including display, search, social, remessaging, video and location-based targeting.

Search tactics included both SEM (paid) and SEO (organic) to help bolster search visibility and website credibility. The SEM campaign focused on identifying the right keywords and implementing a keyword bidding structure to get the most efficiency from the search budget. The SEO team created topically focused backlinks and ensured that external listings such as Google My Business were reviewed, updated and optimized to maintain quality citation profiles.

 

Social impressions and Social Lead Generation ads delivered messaging and content that helped engage the right audience and drive immediate action. The social environment was an optimal place to target the key prospects and their influencers, such as parents. Lead generation ads delivered prospect information immediately to the client’s email and CRM.

Location-Based targeting (geo-fencing) allowed us to connect with current and prospective students in and around competitor locations. Location targeting was timed around school open house events to catch attention during peak interest in attending a technical school. Geo-Retargeting was also employed to reinforce messaging and stay top-of-mind.

TrueView Video provided an optimal platform to incorporate visuals and message to capture audience attention. A short video can speak volumes. The client was able to promote multiple student benefits, showcase their facilities and include student testimonials that get to the heart of what they can offer.

 

THE RESULTS

  • Enrollment starts increased by 65% in a 12-month year over year comparison.

  • SEM paid search campaign delivered 11,991 clicks.

  • TrueView Video campaign garnered a 51% view rate which is over 2X

    the industry standard.

 

TESTIMONIAL

“Your team’s technological capabilities specifically target our intended audience resulting in a dramatic increase in qualified leads, and most importantly, increased sales.”

Patrick Hart, College President | NYADI, The College of Automotive and Diesel Technology

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