The Traditional University Prospectus: An Epic Read
With a typical length of 150-200 pages, the prospectus is comparable to many classic novels. But while Orwell’s concise prose was intended to hold readers’ attention, course descriptions and university policies often lack the same narrative allure.
But here’s the crux: in today’s hyper-connected, digital-first world, can universities realistically expect to command this level of attention from their audience?
An Unexpected Battleground: Higher Education vs. Household Brands
In the race to capture and retain the attention of prospective students, universities are no longer merely competing with each other. They’re up against entertainment giants like Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify, social platforms such as WhatsApp, and countless other digital distractions.
Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, once declared that his biggest competitor wasn’t other streaming services — it was sleep.
This statement reflects the intense battle for attention in the current digital landscape. If sleep is the enemy of one of the world’s most popular entertainment platforms, how do universities, armed with their traditional prospectuses, stand a chance?
The Game-Changer: Engaging, Personalised, Digital Experiences
The answer lies in adapting and evolving. Outside the sector a wave of brands are switching to digital-first strategies: IKEA, Argos, Mercedes and Ford, just to name a few. To engage the modern student, universities must offer a dynamic, interactive, and sustainable digital experience.
Prospectus Plus is a digital-first prospectus that provides a platform for universities to communicate with prospective students in a manner aligned with their other digital interactions. We’re want to revolutionise the university pre-application process.
In a world where attention is the ultimate commodity, the tools used by universities to attract and engage prospective students need a substantial upgrade. It’s not enough to present information — it needs to be presented quickly and personalised.
Picture this: At an open day, someone approaches you and asks you a question. But rather than answer it for them, you tell them that there are 4 questions hidden all around campus. They have to find them, and then figure out which one is right for them.
Yet that’s frequently the approach on university websites.
Prospectus Plus is Different
In Prospectus Plus, you ask simple questions up-front. And once you’ve learned the needs of your prospect, it creates a personalised prospectus for each and every user, all in just a few seconds. Not only do they get all of the relevant information in one place, it’s a neatly sharable package of information that they can easily share with their influencers.
The Future of Early-cycle Education Marketing is Digital
The battle for attention in the digital age is fierce, and the stakes are high. Universities have the opportunity to step up and compete on the same playing field as household brands.
The time for change is now. With Prospectus Plus, universities can leave behind their novel-length prospectuses and embrace the future of digital engagement. Are you ready to turn the page?