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Notre Dame Preparatory School

Notre Dame Prep - Established 1873NDP is a Catholic, independent college preparatory school for girls in grades 6 through 12, located in Towson, Maryland. The school approached Kalix to help them gain a deeper understanding of how NDP is perceived by prospective families compared to other independent and public schools in the region.  The school also wanted to learn how to optimize their use of social media in order to boost awareness and engagement.

Objective

Located in the highly competitive Baltimore independent school market, NDP needed to increase their enrollment at both the middle school and high school levels. The school needed to understand how they are perceived by prospective families, and, in particular, how to enroll more families who visited the school during open houses. Additionally, the school wanted to use Facebook to boost their reach, awareness, and engagement with prospective families and students, with the goal of ultimately converting targeted prospects into NDP families/students.

Approach

Beginning in the summer, a series of in-person focus groups with prospective high school and middle school families were facilitated by Baltimore Research, a Kalix strategic partner. The goals of these groups were to: discover participants’ perceptions of NDP compared to the competition; understand the considerations that went into selecting a school for their child; test messages for future promotions; and to garner feedback on NDP’s new website.

From the focus group results, Kalix crafted a multi-phased social media strategy that employed the use of Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to generate awareness, engagement, and make the school top-of-mind. This included best practices in crafting and publishing content, images, and video, better integration of social plug-ins on the school’s website, and cross-promotion of social platforms.

A custom ambassador program was also developed and launched in order to energize and influence NDP loyalists. The program capitalized on the use of social media and viral marketing strategies to stimulate online and offline conversations, organize fan bases to drive and enhance brand loyalty, expand relationships, and generate online buzz. A targeted Facebook ad campaign was also deployed with specific calls-to-action and measurable tactics.

Kalix also created a coordinated radio campaign that ran on select radio stations that targeted the NDP prospective parent demographic, a digital campaign in an online magazine, and a targeted email campaign.


Results

Following four years of coordinated campaigns, NDP has had very strong returns on their social, digital, and radio advertising. Key metrics were used to measure the success of NDP’s ongoing social media marketing. The integrated social media and radio campaigns have led to a surge in admissions inquiries that has allowed NDP to widen its admissions pipeline.

For the past two years the school has had a record number of new students enter at the high school level, while maintaining their middle school enrollment. Facebook advertising campaigns have typically yielded around 34 registrations annually for open houses and continue to increase NDP’s awareness among their target audience.