How Digital Drove Record Increase In Applications For A Community College

A Changing Landscape

Generations are becoming more and more diverse.

Technology is becoming increasingly ubiquitous and accessible.

Such a quickly changing landscape forces many industries to adapt and adjust their marketing and communication strategies—colleges, especially. Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) embraced the change with open arms, and it paid off in a big way. 

The college’s award-winning creative and messaging needed more efficient and effective ways to not only reach the wide variety of age groups they appeal to, but also inspire each group to consider PPCC as a legitimate alternative to bigger schools. 

The true partnership with PPCC’s strong leadership was built on open collaboration and trust—allowing Twelve Legs Marketing to develop and deploy a fresh strategy. A strategy, in fact, that led to an unprecedented record 26% increase in PPCC’s first-time-anywhere enrollment… without increasing their overall annual budget year-over-year.

Getting To Know PPCC's Audience

PPCC complies with strict geography limitation in which to advertise. But opportunity can always be found, and step one in our strategy was to maximize it.

Awareness is an important part of any marketing effort. It feeds everything that happens later on. 

Where awareness gets tricky, however, is the speed by which it can chew up budgets, not leaving enough for lower-funnel efforts. And the risk of “wasted impressions” is also why we emphasize a data-driven approach to simply casting a wide net. 

We found qualified prospects at the right time, addressing them with a message that targets, resonates, and compels. Once you do that, it’s important to have a plan to reach those prospects multiple times with tailored messaging. 

Just as important, though, is knowing when to pump the brakes. It’s a bit of a science—or at least a balancing act—to have a sense of pushing harder to seal the engagement, or backing off to avoid over-saturating and irritating prospects.  

Mapping the possible journeys for each audience persona helped us dive deep into each segment’s media consumption habits and evaluate the best awareness opportunities for each. 

Based on the informed findings, we aligned each journey with relevant messaging and platforms.

Being well-equipped with a variety of messages to serve and proper tracking in place, we knew precisely how many impressions and touch points were necessary to engage for the first time, followed by how many more interactions were needed to start the application process.

PPCC First Impression to Conversion Twelve Legs Marketing

Assets and Insights to Scale Efforts

Following the carefully segmented audiences and mapped out journeys, we developed assets and landing pages for each awareness campaign.

The effort it took to build out the multiple scenarios allowed us to plan the execution and alignment of a variety of messages, from purely text based ads to graphics, to video. 

Why is the variety necessary? 

Users do very specific things within their specific journeys. They each have unique pain points, which means unique mindsets. They utilize different platforms. They consume different types of media, at different times of day.

The things we were learning about PPCC’s audiences allowed us to use real-time modeling and prospecting to scale efficiently.

And most importantly, we knew with pinpoint accuracy, that no one would see irrelevant messages or boring media. 

PPCC Landing Page Twelve Legs Marketing

Driving Direct Response

Accurate prospecting allowed us to keep engagement high at the top of the funnel. Working with a variety of platforms and media allowed us to utilize the correct mix of assets and impressions, so we could better control the spend on the awareness level.

Being smart and responsible at the top of the funnel gave way to maximizing budget availability so we could further engage with the audiences who were most responsive.

Retargeting based on interaction became a cornerstone of the campaign… used to motivate and inspire prospective students to apply.

The Results

Ultimately, the trust Pikes Peak Community College put in our team and the strong technology partnerships we had in place allowed us to help drive a record 26% increase in PPCC’s first-time-anywhere enrollment.

The right partnership was also proof that there is undeniable value in:

1. Great story telling

2. Intentionally using both static and video assets where and when it matters

3. Being able to monitor and measure in real-time

4. Taking ongoing learnings to regularly adjust, adapt, and improve the the entire campaign cycle

Our Video Work for Pikes Peak Community College

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