How to use a school talent show to attract students - Marketing ideas for Private Christian Schools

We live in a world culture where talent has never been more on display. Fans love “The Voice”, still go nuts about “American Idol” and “Britian’s Got Talent” videos are shared all over Twitter and Facebook.

Here are 3 reasons we  love watching talent shows.

  • INNER ENVY – we all watch because we have this inner star in all of us that wonders what it would be like to “make it big”
  • SIMPLE TIMES – while today’s TV culture can sometimes be raunchy and rowdy, talent shows remind of us simpler times when we could sit down as a family and watch good talent without having to be graphic, crude or over-the-top to grab our attention.
  • UNDERDOG FAN – we all cheer for the underdog, the individual or group who seems (on first appearance) to have no change at stealing our vote (Susan Boyle is the perfect example)

Yes, they can be huge marketing events for you as well – here are 4 ways to effectively market your school via your talent show Read More→

[Course] Managing Your School’s Online Reputation - Private & Christian School Marketing

When prospective families are looking at schools, they are armed with the tools to investigate and know everything about you and your competition. They compare you based on many factors, but one of the most powerful is the testimony of current families.

Online reviews (good and bad) affect how your prospective families see you – what is your online reputation?

As well, you will learn what do you do when you receive a negative review from an angry parent? How do you respond, or do you? This course has been created in response to the concerns of many school administrators who wonder how they are presenting their brand online.

[Course] Managing Your School's Online Reputation - Ideal for Private, Independent and Christian Schools

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School marketing podcast #34: John Jantsch Pt 1 of 2 - guest interview with @ducttape #ducttapeselling

I’m so excited to finally have the opportunity to interview John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing!  John has been a marketing mentor of mine since I was invited to join the global network of Duct Tape Marketing consultants in 2007. At the time of this episode (May 2014), John is launching his 4th book, “Duct Tape Selling: Think Like a Marketer, Sell Like a Superstar“.  When I heard John was going to be launching this book, I reached out to him and asked if he would join me for this podcast and he graciously accepted.

I know that many in the Admissions community may not enjoy thinking of themselves as “selling”.  I do not pretend to equate what you do with that of a traditional salesman, I do think there is a similar function inside the organization. One premise of John’s book is that any disconnect or tension that has previously existed between sales and marketing, should no longer keep a business, nonprofit or school from adopting a new look at marketing and sales. In many schools, you may wear every single hat of communication, online presence, admissions and PR. But in many schools, the marketing arm is run by board members, the web/IT folks, a group of volunteers or a conglomerate of all of these players (where everyone considers their job as “marketing” yet no one is talking to the other!)


My interview was so good that I decided to split this interview into a 2-part series so we could continue our unique 14-minute/29-second podcast format.  In this first episode, I ask John a few simple questions about:

  • How do admission personnel serve both as marketers and salespeople?
  • What are the key elements of selling and how has this changed over the years?
  • How does this impact our relationship building with prospective families?
  • What is the role of social media in relationship building with current and prospective students and families
  • What has replaced the traditional pitching and promoting our “billboard and brochure” mentality?
  • What roles does storytelling play in this new way of marketing and selling in the school environment?
  • How do schools incorporate content marketing, SEO and social media into local search?
  • What kind of content should a school produce to effectively reach our ideal prospective family?

See our shownotes at the conclusion of this post for details, links, and other resources that we may have mentioned in this episode.


Recently I was invited to be a guest on the “Internet Marketing for Schools” podcast with Brendan Schneider.

Below is a 1 minute excerpt from the podcast where we talk about creating the right kind of social media content.


Randy Vaughn - Internet Marketing for Schools podcast - Brendan Schneider