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Minnesota-based college marketing agency Campus Media Group is pleased to announce a partnership with DoSomething.org for their “Give A Spit About Cancer” campaign.

Through this partnership, Campus Media Group will provide PSA placement services in hundreds of college newspapers across the U.S. as part of its annual StudentRoar PSA program. The goal this year is to mobilize college students to run bone marrow donor registration drives on their campuses. College students are the most in-demand donors on the registry. The 2012 program aims to launch drives on college campuses around the country and sign up new donors.

There’s a real need for registered bone marrow donors in the U.S.
• Leukemia kills more children every year than any other disease.
• Only 30% of patients in need of a bone marrow can find a match within their family. The other 70% rely on complete strangers.
• 60% of patients never receive the donations they need.

The StudentRoar program aims to “Do Something” about it
• Donors ages 18-24 are in the highest demand. Donations are the most successful when the donor falls within this age range.
• All it takes to sign up for the bone marrow donor registry, and potentially save a life, is a cheek swab.

“College students need a concrete action they can take that doesn’t require donating money or fundraising. Giving a spit about cancer is simple, free, and potentially life-saving. By running a bone marrow drive, college students are able to gain leadership experience and get other students involved in making a difference,” said Campus Media’s Director of Marketing, Jason Bakker.
To participate in ‘Give a Spit about Cancer,’ or for more information on starting a campus bone marrow donor registry drive, please visit www.DoSomething.org/spit, or text “SPIT” to 38383.

If your student publication would like to donate advertising space to this organization to help it spread the word, please contact Campus Media Group at 952-698-7367.

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Campus PSA partnership puts education first

Minnesota-based college marketing agency Campus Media Group is pleased to announce a partnership with She’s the First – an organization that sponsors girls’ education in the developing world to help them be the first in their families to graduate.

She’s the First Through this partnership, Campus Media Group will provide PSA placement services in hundreds of college newspapers across the U.S. to help spread awareness of the organization’s mission and encourage students to start a campus chapter.

“Being chosen for Campus Media Group’s annual PSA program is a dream come true for She’s the First as we encourage college students from across the country to change the life of a girl in the developing world. Campus publications reach those who already know the benefit of an education, and we hope students will give back by helping send a girl to school who otherwise would not have the opportunity to do so,” She’s the First Campus Coordinator, Monica Townsend said.

Currently, there are ten campus chapters in the U.S. that host one fundraiser per semester for a girl in need and work to spread awareness through their residence halls, student centers, local communities, and social media.

For more information on starting a campus chapter or sponsoring a girl in need, please visit shesthefirst.org.

If your student publication would like to donate advertising space to this organization to help it spread the word, please contact Campus Media Group at 952-698-7367.

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Consistency helps pizza brands get a bigger piece of the campus pie

It’s no secret that college kids love pizza. Competition on college campuses is steep for ’zah, with national chains competing against each other and other local establishments. They compete for good reason: Pizza is a $30 billion-per-year industry, and college kids spend millions on pizza every school year. College students have choices on campus and expect a steady flow of offers and discounts in exchange for their patronage.

Keeping your brand top-of-mind is a full-time job. Pizza dine-in and delivery establishments also need to consider proximity. If you have a brick-and-mortar location within a half-mile of campus, you are in better shape than the shop that is a few miles away. Out of sight/out of mind is a real marketing obstacle. These places need to work harder by advertising more consistently, sweetening their offers, and building brand recall on campus. Once you address these challenges, you can essentially train college students to think of you when they’re hungry.

Here are some tactics Campus Media put together for a group of Pizza Hut and Wing Street locations that were trying to build their brand on campus and drive the trial of a new menu item. The marketing increased store traffic, increased deliveries to the campus area, and effectively reinserted the brand into the set of pizza options to consider on campus.

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How to advertise in college newspapers

Campus Newspaper Advertising
Source: Patrick Smith Blog

No matter what you hear about newspapers in general, campus newspapers specifically are still an integral part of the college environment. Did you know that nearly 1,800-plus college newspapers are still publishing? Did you know that advertising in college newspapers means reaching millions of students every year?

College marketers want to know the best newspapers in which to advertise, the best times to advertise, the best ad size to use, which colors work best, what to say, how to say it, and more. Here are a few guidelines:

Tip #1: Be consistent. One ad won’t cut it. Whether you’re interested in community colleges, four-year schools, or business school newspapers, always think in terms of building your brand over the semester. This is especially true if you are a new company entering the college space with little to no name recognition. Planning out all of your advertising for the school year in one buy will also allow us to negotiate frequency discounts and better rates.

Tip #2: Certain days work better depending on what you are advertising. A lot of college newspapers publish on a weekly or twice-weekly schedule, but many are still publishing daily. If this is the case, some days might be better than others for advertising certain things. For example:

  • Monday is good if you are looking to reach college males. Weekend sports are usually summarized on Monday, especially during the college football season.
  • Tuesday is a great day for classified ads, especially financial or business-related classified ads.
  • Wednesday is popular for food and restaurant specials, coupons, and inserts.
  • Thursday & Friday are good days if your business picks up on the weekends. Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, concert venues, and other types of weekend entertainment do well on these days.

Campus Newspaper Advertising
Source: Leigh Valley Live

Tip #3: Use color. You should also inquire about adding one color. The use of color will make your ad pop from the sea of black and white on the page. Use of color might also allow you to run a smaller, more economically sized ad while still pulling in readers. Some say the use of color can nearly double your response rate on offers. We do know that use of color often results in premium page placement (i.e., page 2, back page).

Tip #4: Position your ad. Most college newspapers will consider ad positioning requests. There is no guarantee that they will accommodate the request, but it never hurts to ask. To gain maximum exposure, request that your ad run in the popular sections of the paper (i.e., Sports, Crossword, Sudoku, or front half of the paper.  At a minimum, ask that your ad be positioned above the fold.

Tip #5: Test your call to action. Have a clear call to action and a reliable way to track it. Test your message in multiple papers over time to see how it compares with other methods or other papers in which you are running ads.

Tip #6: Keep it simple. Don’t try to say too much in your ad. Most people skim and will glance over your ad quickly. Stay focused on your goal for the ad, and make sure it clearly shows the product/service being offered. Make sure your offer is front and center, and clear state what students should do to buy it or learn more.

Tip #7: Ask about unique advertising options. Many college newspapers are open to unique ad sizes or custom sponsorships. Things like small front-page ads, stickers, flat insert samples, or sponsoring the Sudoku puzzle are possible. This method of advertising can be refreshing and can position your brand in a new light on campus.

Tip #8: Special issues. Dig into the campus a bit by looking at the school calendar, upcoming athletic events, annual traditions, career fairs, holiday parties, etc. Many college newspapers have “special issues” scheduled for these types of traditions and holidays. These issues tend to be well read, so space fills quickly.

If you are interested in advertising in college newspapers, Campus Media can help. We have been helping companies and advertising agencies plan and buy advertising in campus publications for more than a decade. Contact us today to build a plan that works.

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