Stand out from the Crowd: Why Your School Website Matters

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( — October 21, 2014) Langley, BC — When it comes to websites, they are often the first impression of your school for visitors. How they look, are laid out, and what content they have all can make a big impact on visitor engagement, and ultimately their decision is school selection. By outlining what sets your school apart, how visitors can learn more, and- most importantly- contact you for more information are valuable elements to include in a website. Read on to learn about the importance of a well- constructed website.


Answer theses questions to improve online success rates:


How Are You Unique?

What sets your school apart? Why should people be interested in your school over the other choices? Identify what sets yours apart from the rest with facts and photos that users can click on and link to the relevant pages of the website. For example, if you have a fact about or image of a popular program, ensure the link goes to that program’s landing page so that visitor’s receive valid information when they click through your website. This is a great way to encourage engagement and trigger their interest.


Examples of quick facts to include are faculty to student ratios, special programs offered, awards and recognition, and program highlights/ awards. Photos should showcase how attractive the campus is, in- class images to highlight programs, and team/ organization achievements (ie did a school team rank best in a recent competition?). Eye- catching images are a great way to draw people in and encourage them to learn more about your school.


How Can Interested Parties Learn More?

A valuable element of every homepage is a call- to- action, whether it be in the form of a button or an easy- to- find drop down menu. The goal is to convert curious individuals into leads and a call to action encourages them to take the next step. Capturing a candid audience’s attention is one thing, getting the response you want is another; don’t let opportunity slip by.


Where Can People Reach You?

Contact information should be clearly visible on your homepage, not buried somewhere deep within your website. It’s important that visitors can learn where and when to contact your school so that they are more likely to reach out. If they have to work too hard to find a way to reach you, chances are, they’ll look elsewhere.


Have information such as address, email address, phone number, and social media networks on your homepage. Address information is good to display at the top, while links to your social media profiles can be displayed along the top or bottom of the page, depending on what works best with the layout.


What’s Your Campus Culture?

Often when people visit your website the first time, they will be unsure about what to expect. Some visitors may already know a bit about your school, but you shouldn’t assume. You want to make sure you communicate what makes your school special, what sets it apart.


Treat this first interaction like a ‘first date’ scenario; you want visitors to feel comfortable and at home on your website, not alienated and confused. This will directly influence how they feel about your school as a result. Here’s another opportunity to include some photos that link to relevant pages on the website: use student quotes about why they like the school with an accompanying photo that links through to a ‘Testimonials’ or other relevant page. Testimonials are a great way to create a positive impression about the school and help potential students get excited about the prospect of attending.


Your website is a valuable tool and can make a lasting first impression with visitors.  Having one that is well laid- out, is easy to navigate, and promotes the positive attributes of your school can help convert curious visitors into successful applicants. Let your website tell the story of your school and watch your attendance increase.


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