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News and Events Marketing Strategies

Below, you’ll find the Web Team’s best-practice strategies for getting the most out of your news feed and calendar.

Unfortunately, if you want to get the most out of these tools, you sometimes need to enter things twice. This is largely because Ektron's news feeds and calendars are separate tools (that’s unlikely to change any time soon).

Situation Strategy Examples How To
Announcing an Achievement
  1. Make a news post

Bodle Publishes and Presents on American History

Botelho Organizes International Conference on Western Medical Cultures and Gender

IUP Sorority, Fraternity Receive National Awards

2008 Holiday Schedule Reminder

How to Work with News Items
Promoting a One-Time Event
  1. Make a news post
  2. Create a linked calendar event

International Student Picnic Set for Weekend

International Affairs Events

How to Work with Events/Calendar
Promoting a Big One-Time Event
  1. Create a new regular page or a new section of your sites (possibly in your “Events” folder)
  2. Create a news post (or posts)
  3. Create a linked calendar event

Safety Sciences Career Fair

First news item: Safety Sciences Career Fair Set for October 15

Second news item: Registration Deadline Approaching for Safety Sciences Career Fair 

Career Development Center Events

Additional Example: Night for Networking 

How to Work with Content
Promoting a Repeating Event
  1. Create a news post
  2. Create a repeating linked calendar event

News item: Additional Open Sessions

Web Team Events

Promoting a Series of Events
  1. Create a section of your site (possibly in your“ Events” folder) with one page for each event
  2. Create a calendar event for each event in the series, each one linkedto the appropriate permanent page
  3. Post a general announcement about the series in your news feed
  4. About one week before each event, post a news release that includes a link to the series home page and to the individual page for this event.

The Series - Six O’Clock Series

First news item: Six O'Clock Series Begins

First follow-up news item: Gas Prices the Topic of Next Series Event

Six O’Clock Series Events

Reinforcing a Department Attribute
  1. Create the pages you need to explain the attribute (e.g., a few pages about your internship program, or a section describing your facilities).
  2. Look for and post news items exemplifying that attribute; in the news post, include a link to the main pages about that subject (e.g.,“Jane Doe just finished an internship in ___. Find out more about our internship program.”)
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