2010 CampusChat Wrapup
Dec29

2010 CampusChat Wrapup

Since May 5, 2010, CampusChat has been online every Wednesday evening at 9PM Eastern on Twitter. Tonight, we're taking an evening off (December 29, 2010) and will resume on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. Eight months and 34 chats later, CampusChat, we have been fortunate to attract interesting and entertaining featured guests as well as enjoy several open mic nights. From parents seeking answers to authors to subject matter experts, I'd like to thank everyone who has participated. Whether you co-hosted the chat, retweeted, posted your own commentary or even lurked as an observer, I appreciate that you gave your time to be part of CampusChat.  2010 Featured Guests  @AkilBello - Akil Bello, Bell Curves @BecomeAlum - Christina McIntyre, Become Alum @ButWait – Shelley Krause, Tribe Finder, aka College Counselor @DesignYourDorm - Design Your Dorm @DJWaldow - DJ Waldow, Blue Sky Factory @EileenPaulin - (Mom), Online Content Producers @FleetAviation - Jennifer Forde, Fleet Aviation Charter Flight Services @GilRogers - Gil Rogers, University of New Haven @HarlanCohen – Harlan Cohen, author: "The Happiest Kid on Campus"; "The Naked Roommate" @IvyEyesEditing - Janson Woodlee, Ivy Eyes Editing @jeannieborin - Jeannine Borin, College Connections, Educational & College Consultant @Koofers - Michale Rihani, Koofers @MaureenPTillman – Maureen P Tillman, creator of College with Confidence @NancyBerk - Nancy Berk, Whineat9 @parachute4teens - Carol Christen, author: "What Color is Your Parachute For Teens" @Parentella – Amanda Hensen, Parentella @PreppedPolished - Alexis Avila, Prepped & Polished @Realyaverbaum - Eric Yaverbaum, author: "Life's Little College Admissions Insights: Top Tips from the Country's Most Acclaimed Guidance Counselors" @rgeller - Robert Geller (Dad), Fusion PR @Russell_Golowin - Russell Golowin, College Funding Relief, LLC @SMCMadmRob - Rob Maddox, St. Mary's College of Maryland @SheldonWordNerd  - Jenn Cohen, Word-Nerd @SuzanneShaffer - Suzanne Shaffer, Parents Countdown to College Coach @TeecycleTim - Tim Cigelske, Marquette University  @Tom_Field - Tom Field (Dad), Valley Business FRONT @WCUAdmission - Megan Wilson, Western Carolina University @WilliamPaid – Evan Silverman, WilliamPaid If you are interested in being guest on #CampusChat would like to recommend someone, please submit a comment to this post or tweet me @collegevisit. Recommendations for topics for 2011 are also welcome! Also, I'd like to extend a special thanks to @keepstream for creating Keepstream. It's the perfect tool for curating the Takeaway...

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On the Road to College with DJ Waldow
Nov07

On the Road to College with DJ Waldow

Special thanks to DJ Waldow, former guest on #CampusChat, for telling his First College Visit Story about traveling his road to college. From his first college visit to applying early decision to what happened next — there's nothing quite like being on the road to college.  The following excerpt is printed with permission from Handshake 2.0. where the story first appeared.  Road Tripping College Firsts I grew up in Rochester, NY. Everyone in my immediate family had attended college so there was never a question as to what I was doing after high school. I'll never forget my first college visit. I can't recall why, but I was determined to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I actually knew very little about it other than it was in the state of North Carolina and had a good basketball team. That's it. Continue reading at: Road Tripping College Firsts – Handshake...

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Want to be a Guest on #CampusChat?
Sep26

Want to be a Guest on #CampusChat?

Are you an expert on college admissions, financial aid, college prep, college success or other topics related to college life? Then, maybe you should be on CampusChat!   Each week, a fine group of dedicated moms, dads, college admissions professionals, teens, college students, and higher-ed supporters and business partners set aside an hour for an online chat hosted on Twitter known as CampusChat. Here, they openly share their insight on topics related to college. Our discussions have ranged from beginning college prep as early as 9th grade to paying off student loans following graduation, however the majority of the discussions are focused on issues related to the college-bound. Expert guests have been: Parents who shared their experiences with the college tour and college admissions process Academic advisors and college coaches Authors Social media and community-building experts SAT and ACT test preparation consultants College admissions officers Whether the chat is open-mic or co-hosted with an expert guest, CampusChat is an open forum and anyone interested in the topics we cover are encouraged to participate. If you are interested in being a guest on CampusChat or would like to recommend someone, please send a note or contact @collegevisit via Twitter and we’ll happily consider your recommendation. CampusChat meets every Wednesday at 1PM Eastern, 12PM Central, 11AM Mountain, and 10AM  Pacific time on Twitter and is moderated by @collegevisit. Follow or participate in the conversation by add “#CampusCaht” to your posts on Twitter (Tweets).   Former Featured Guests Include: @AkilBello – Akil Bello, Bell Curves @BecomeAlum – Christina McIntyre, Become Alum @DesignYourDorm – Design Your Dorm @DJWaldow – DJ Waldow, Blue Sky Factory @EileenPaulin – (Mom), Online Content Producers @GilRogers – Gil Rogers, University of New Haven @IvyEyesEditing – Janson Woodlee, Ivy Eyes Editing @Koofers – Michale Rihani, Koofers @NancyBerk – Nancy Berk, Whineat9 @PreppedPolished – Alexis Avila, Prepped & Polished @Realyaverbaum – Eric Yaverbaum, author: Life’s Little College Admissions Insights: Top Tips from the Country’s Most Acclaimed Guidance Counselors @rgeller – Robert Geller (Dad), Fusion PR @Russell_Golowin – Russell Golowin, College Funding Relief, LLC @SMCMadmRob – Rob Maddox, St. Mary’s College of Maryland @SheldonWordNerd  – Jenn Cohen, Word-Nerd @SuzanneShaffer – Suzanne Shaffer, Parents Countdown to College Coach @Tom_Field – Tom Field (Dad), Valley Business FRONT @WCUAdmission – Megan Wilson, Western Carolina University @WilliamPaid – Evan Silverman, WilliamPaid To read about any of these guests or access the online chat transcripts, click here:...

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Takeaway Tweets & Transcript from #CampusChat with DJ Waldow
Sep16

Takeaway Tweets & Transcript from #CampusChat with DJ Waldow

GIVE ME A REASON TO CARE Those who attended last night's CampusChat (09/15/10) were treated to a lively, interactive and insightful discussion on email, social media and higher-ed.  It's doubtful that any one of those topics alone could generate enough excitement worthy of an hour of our precious time, but when you combine all three in a discussion led by an evangelist of email marketing (DJ Waldow) and throw in feedback from those who have to read higher-ed emails, you end up with some takeaway tweets that treat! DJ Waldow, Director of Community at Blue Sky Factory, an email and social marketing company, and featured guest kindly provided his own Top 4 Takeaway Tweets from CampusChat: @djwaldow:  #CampusChat Takeaway 1 of 4: Infuse some human in your email copy. @djwaldow:  #CampusChat Takeaway 2 of 4: Hire a current or just-graduated student help manage your email campaigns (nods to @kmrivard) @djwaldow: #CampusChat Takeaway 3 of 4: Before you hit send, ask yourself (honestly), "Would I open/read this email if I got it?" @djwaldow: #CampusChat Takeaway 4 of 4: Have fun. Smile. Laugh. Nobody dies in email marketing or social media. We are all human. I have to add that the input from college students Kelly Rivard (@kmrivard) and Luke Glasner (@Lukes_Tweets), and that of higher-ed email writer, Scott Cohen (@scottcohen13) provided the reactionary, customer/user input often overlooked when planning an email campaign. Kelly said it best: Give me a reason to care. To find out just how to do that, read the complete transcript. You'll also get tips on testing your list, call-to-action techniques, ideas for adding video to your emails, and creating connections via social media. There's an entire webinar worth of tips in this transcript and it's all free!  Transcript for #campuschat – What the Hashtag?! http://bit.ly/atP5CB If you have a suggestion for a topic or featured guest for CampusChat, please let me know via: SmartCollegeVisit on Twitter @collegevisit SmartCollegeVisit on Facebook or email me at kelly at smartcollegevisit dot...

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The 5 W’s of #CampusChat with DJ Waldow
Sep14

The 5 W’s of #CampusChat with DJ Waldow

Is DJ Waldow excited about CampusChat?    I'll say! He's co-hosting CampusChat this week and can't wait to chat about email and social media. DJ is Blue Sky Factory's director of community and is known to eat, sleep, breathe, and sometimes dream email marketing. With over five years of experience in the email industry and several in the social media world, DJ's role is to help clients become better marketers through email marketing and social media.  Any conversation that involves the cross-pollination of email marketing (Batman) and social media (Robin) gets DJ pumped. Additionally, conversations that help prospects and clients think about ways to incorporate email marketing and social media into their marketing mix are DJ's strengths. He can be found speaking at industry events, including Internet Retailer, the Email Evolution Conference, and the Online Marketing Summit, and writing for popular online publications, such as MediaPost's Email Insider and MarketingProfs.  Here are the 5W's for CampusChat with DJ Waldow WHO: DJ Waldow, director of community at Blue Sky Factory is our expert guest and co-host. In terms of WHO should attend: The CampusChat audience includes parents of college-bound teens, some teens, college admissions advisors, coaches, and consultants, guidance counselors, and others who support or serve the higher ed community. We'll be focused on higher ed, but anyone interested in learning what happens when email marketing and social media team up to give marketing and community a superhero KAPOW! should join the conversation.  WHAT: CampusChat Topic: How Higher Ed Can Use Power of Email Marketing and Social Media WHERE: Twitter! WHEN: Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 9PM Eastern WHY: Where else can you spend an hour on a Wednesday engaged in learning, interaction, and connecting with experts who are passionate about email marketing, social media, and higher education? Connect with DJ: Twitter: @djwaldow...

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