Faculty Publications

Title

Lots of fun, not much work, and no hassles: Marketing images of higher education

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Big idea, Face, Niche marketing, Organization, Package, Promise, Viewbook

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Marketing for Higher Education

Volume

10

Issue

2

First Page

11

Last Page

26

Abstract

The college viewbook has come to play an increasingly important role in the marketing of American colleges and universities. Offering appealing images of student life and campus activities, college viewbooks are potentially powerful segmenting tools when the visual symbolism used connects with the demands of the market niche. This segmentation is seen in the present study which content analyzed the visual material of college viewbooks from top- and lower-ranked American college and universities, as determined by the 1998 U.S. News and World Report. Drawing on advertising message strategy, the results of the analysis are interpreted in four parts: the “face” of the organization, the package, the promise, and the “Big Idea”. © 2001 by Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

3-26-2001

DOI of published version

10.1300/J050v10n02_02

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