Promotion is great. Having a great product is better. I have worked to bring together digital insight and tools to enhance market research and inform the size and shape of portfolios.

Portfolio: Developing market-leading portfolios for education

The education market has changed. The marketisation of the sector at both HE (university) and FE (college) levels have created a commercialised environment. Enabling new competitors to enter the space and new opportunities for students to obtain their desired qualification and pursue their passions.

Responding to these changes requires more than campaign optimisation – building the proposition, including size and shape.

Working in the education sector, I have created and successfully implemented many market-led development programmes, including new workflows and proformas, staff training, and on-boarding of academics.

Ensuring marketing is positioned at the core of programme development, and employers and local government were actively part of the process, aligning an institution’s values and business objectives.

The end result being a portfolio of courses that recruited. Doubling-down on an institution’s strengths, increasing student recruitment numbers, and establishing a database that was a ‘single source of truth’ for course information.

From concept to implementation, these initiatives led to an increase in applications. Securing the longevity of subject areas, ensuring they met student aspirations.

Portfolio: Using digital ads to inform product categories and forecasting

Digital marketing provides a wealth of data. Knowing how to utilise this information to inform the proposition outside of optimisation, can successfully shape the marketing strategy, forecasting and tactics.

Working in agency and within in-house teams, I have used this approach to inform all aspects of building the marketing strategy for clients and brands, including the naming conventions for courses, product categorisation for tools, building site navigation for universities and colleges, building opportunities for journal subscriptions, and set realistic lead gen targets to name a few.

All resulting in an uplift for sales conversions and applications.

All of this has been part of being data-driven approach, analysing and understanding search demand and web traffic to more accurately forecast targets for the next business year or recruitment cycle to senior management.

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