The Battle for Attention: Digital Prospectuses vs. Household Brands

Imagine you've just been handed a copy of George Orwell's classic novel 'Animal Farm'. You anticipate the enthralling allegorical tale, but instead, you flip open the cover to be confronted with hundreds of pages detailing university course options. Hardly the same appeal, right? And yet, this is the experience of navigating the traditional university prospectus.


People have been finding excuses not to do a digital prospectus for years. If you're looking for an excuse not to put any real effort into a digital prospectus, then we've got your back. We’ve collected the most common excuses for avoiding a switch to a digital-first prospectus right here.

The University of Essex Digital Prospectus: A Successful Transition to Digital

Two students sunbathing in front of the university of Essex
The University of Essex is a leading UK-based institution known for its innovative teaching and research. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across three campuses and has a diverse student population from over 130 countries. In line with its commitment to innovation, the university decided to launch a digital prospectus alongside its printed version.

The CAO Handbook

The Central Applications Office (CAO), the organization responsible for processing applications for undergraduate courses at Irish Higher Education Institutions, was in search of a digital prospectus solution that would make their handbook more accessible on mobile devices. Through their research,…