The Latest from CourseStorm

  1. Is Your Summer Camp Registration System Ready for 2022?

    You know you can’t wait until the last minute to start thinking about summer camp registrations. Kids and their parents are already looking forward to those glorious days of freedom and fun. They’ll be ready to register before you know it. Which is why now is the time to make sure your camp registration system is ready for them. 

    Think back to last year. Were you stuck managing a complicated camp registration system that overwhelmed employees and frustrated parents? Did your team waste a ton of time chasing down payments, consent forms, or other essential documents? Are you paying a monthly subscription fee for a program you only use six months out of the year? 

    If you answered yes to any of those, you might dread registration season. But there are actions you can take to simplify and streamline your process. Start here.

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  2. CourseStorm Welcomes Greg Shula and Nicholas Riegel

    We’re excited to start off this year with two new members of the CourseStorm team, Marketing Associate, Greg Shula, and Quality Assurance Analyst Nicholas Riegel.

    “We are excited to expand our team with the addition of Nicholas and Greg in these new roles. Together, they will help us grow our marketing and maintain our rigorous product quality standards as we continue to scale to meet the needs of educational organizations across the US,” said Brian Rahill, CourseStorm CEO. 

    CourseStorm Welcomes Greg Shula and Nicholas Riegel

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  3. Should Community Education Programs Use TikTok To Promote Classes?

    You’ve heard people talking about TikTok. Maybe you’ve seen TikTok videos shared on other social media platforms. You might even be on the platform yourself. It seems like just about everyone is these days. From pre-teens offering each other dance challenges to colleges and universities employing TikTok influencers, everyone seems to be finding their niche on TikTok. All this has you wondering: Should your community education program use TikTok? 

    Would TikTok help you promote your classes, attract more students, or reach a wider audience? It might. But as with any form of social media, you need a good understanding of the platform and a solid strategy before you try to use TikTok for education programs.

    Think of this blog post as a crash course in TikTok. We’ll explore what it is, how you might use it to promote your programs, and what you need to thrive on TikTok. Let’s get started. 

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  4. Optimize for Near Me Searches To Help Students Find Classes

    The internet connects us to people and businesses all over the world. But we also use it to find things in our own community. You might type in “burgers near me” to find a new burger restaurant or use voice commands to find a gas station when you’re in an unfamiliar part of town. Whatever you’re looking for, near me searches have become a common way to find it.

    So why haven’t you already optimized your course catalog to help your classes show up in near me searches? 

    If you’ve never considered location based search, or if you have, but weren’t sure where to start, this post is for you. We’ll walk you through why and how to optimize for near me searches so more local students find your classes.

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  5. Choose the Best Class Registration Software: How to Compare Options

    Choosing the best class registration software can quickly become overwhelming. You don’t just want the most popular solution or the one with the most bells and whistles. You want class registration software that fits the needs of your education program and your students. Ideally, it should make class registration simple and intuitive. 

    Obviously, we think CourseStorm is pretty great, and we’re always working to make it even better. But our goal is to help you find the class registration software that’s right for you. Whether you’re running the education department for a theater or the adult ed program for your region, you and your students deserve a system that works. That’s why we put together this cheat sheet to help you choose the best class registration software.

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  6. How to Make an Effective Course Marketing Video (In 3 Parts)

    In the world of Snapchat, streaming television, and short attention spans, video can be an entertaining and engaging way to tell potential students about a course. A course marketing video can boost awareness of your course offerings and encourage registration. But any old video won’t do the job. Videos work best when you include the right elements to capture the attention of learners and invite them to enroll. 

    Three simple ingredients turn a simple course marketing video into a course registration magnet—the hook, branding, and call to action. Leave one of these essentials out of the mix, and you probably won’t see maximum results. So if your course marketing video efforts aren’t raking in the registrations, check that you’ve optimized all three parts. We’ll show you how. 

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  7. Marketing Courses as Gifts: An Easy Way to Sell More Classes

    Holidays and other special events like birthdays or anniversaries offer an opportunity for enrichment and education programs to sell courses as gifts. All you have to do is convince shoppers that your course will put a smile on the gift recipient’s face. It should be an easy sell.

    Popular wisdom tells us that experiences are better than things, especially when it comes to receiving a gift. According to a Harris Poll, 63% of US adults say they would prefer an experience gift over a material one. Meanwhile, more than half of U.S. shoppers believe giving experiences is easier than shopping for material gifts. 

    So all you have to do is make sure that shoppers think of your courses when they think of experiential gifting. Bonus points if you can show them the value of taking the course with the recipient. It’s pretty easy to market courses as gifts, all you need are these marketing tactics aimed at gift-givers. 

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  8. 6 Easy SEO Tricks to Search Engine Optimize Your Course Guide

    The secret to search engine optimization is there is no secret. There’s just a list of techniques you can apply to make your page more SEO-friendly. It comes down to user experience. The factors that Google is looking for when it decides on your page rank also make your course guide easier for potential students to find and navigate.  

    We’ve gathered six tips that will help search engine optimize any course guide to meet the latest Google standards. Why Google specifically? Because they account for more than 86% of the global search market share.

    You won’t find any advice about hiring a pricy SEO firm or rebuilding your entire website from scratch. These are real changes you can make today to improve your SEO performance. Because the truth is, when it comes to search engine optimization, small changes can make a big difference. Let’s start optimizing your course catalog.

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  9. 5 Questions to Help Trim Your Course Catalog and Improve ROI

    Deciding to remove a class from your course catalog is never easy. You’ve invested time and money to develop it. You may have an instructor or board members who have adopted it as a pet project. Former students may even speak fondly of it. Yet all of those reasons may not outweigh the practical considerations. 

    Every course you offer demands time and resources. Holding on to an underperforming course can stunt program growth and negatively impact how students perceive your program. That’s a situation you just can’t afford.

    If you’ve found this article, you’re probably thinking about cutting at least one course from your catalog. Before you make your decisions, we have five questions you should consider.

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  10. Publicity 101: How to Promote Your Class For Free

    When you think about ways to promote classes for free, you probably think of social media or blog posts. Both can be valuable channels for class promotion, but they’re not the only options available. Publicity in the form of local media coverage helps spread the word about your adult ed or enrichment courses. Members of the media can share information about your course with a much wider audience than you could reach on your own. 

    Journalists, editors, and media presenters have to keep up with everything happening in their communities and then make quick decisions about what might interest their audiences. Getting their attention isn’t always easy. Fortunately, there are some tried and tested ways to cut through the noise. Better yet, these strategies don’t have to cost you a thing. Let’s take a look at some proven ways to promote a class for free. 

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