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Branding benefits: the link between strong design and student engagement

A session by Ben Schrodel
Co-founder and Creative Coordinator, Advocate Branding

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Marketing and design in SUs can be exhaustingly reactive, especially as we approach Freshers! That's why we're giving away a day's worth of design support to three lucky Comms By The Coast attendees, on a project of your choice. If you've got a marketing job coming up this term that you could do with offloading, you can bob the details over to us and we'll furnish you with a suite of cracking-looking assets, absolutely for free. To enter the prize draw is simple as - just register as attending for the event and come along! Though it can't hurt to give the event a share on your social channels too :)

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About this session

Many students' unions have a visual rebrand in their long-term plan, but often it's put off - whether due to cost, the complications of external agency supplier relationships, or the classic case of being too busy with day-to-day tasks!

In this talk, a creative agency that began life as a marketing team in a sector-leading SU will explain why this is a key time for SUs to rebrand, and why it’s never too early to start thinking about undertaking a rebrand project.

We’ll cover case studies with pre- and post-rebrand examples, how to deal with creative freelancer costs, and the specifics of effective SU visual identity, as well as touching on best practice for SU design teams. You’ll come away understanding how to stand out on campus, make your strategy relatable and recognizable to your students, and drive revenue and engagement.

A little about the speaker: I worked for seven years in a top students' union, four of them as a marketing coordinator and copywriter, developing/implementing the SU's new brand and driving revenue and engagement with innovative campaigns. Our team was sector-leading in its organisation and output - 'be creative' was our mantra, and it got results. My agency Advocate Branding is comprised of myself and a team of ex-designers from that same department.

Our mission is to help SUs grow and better engage the youth market in an increasingly competitive HE environment; firstly by providing dynamic, modern branding solutions to turn them into the heart of their campus, and secondly by providing flexible and collaborative support on any other design, content and creative work.

In the talk Ben references this article - 'Students’ Unions are a crucial puzzle piece for this academic year' by Eve Alcock and Michael Natzler

Ben Schrodel

I worked for seven years in a top students' union, four of them as a marketing coordinator and copywriter, developing/implementing the SU's new brand and driving revenue and engagement with innovative campaigns. Our team was sector-leading in its organisation and output - 'be creative' was our mantra, and it got results. My agency Advocate Branding is comprised of myself and a team of ex-designers from that same department. Our mission is to help SUs grow and better engage the youth market in an increasingly competitive HE environment; firstly by providing dynamic, modern branding solutions to turn them into the heart of their campus, and secondly by providing flexible and collaborative support on any other design, content and creative work.

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