In the book (or movie if you prefer) Ready Player One, the protagonist, Wade, puts on a pair of virtual reality goggles and a sensory suit, steps onto an omnidirectional track pad, and he is instantly transformed into another person and transported to another world. That is the promise of VR. We’re a little way from a complete transformative experience, which is why the story is set several decades in the future, but what’s possible in the here and now with VR technology is pretty amazing stuff in its own right.
The question isn’t new to university marketing professionals. In fact, universities across the country have been trying to answer this question for decades. How do you effectively incorporate a highly acclaimed college, school or department into a comprehensive university brand?
Video as an advertising tool has been around for nearly 80 years. The very first TV commercial for Bulova Watch Company, which was 10 seconds long and ran during a Brooklyn Dodgers game in 1941, stated simply, “America runs on Bulova time.”
According to Charity Navigator, charitable giving in the U.S. increased in 2017 for the third year in a row, and experts predict the trend will continue this year. For the first time, giving exceeded the $400 billion mark, with giving by individuals accounting for 70% of the total. There are a number of theories to explain the increase in charitable giving, but one of the most intriguing explanations is the impact of the current news cycle.
As funding decreases for many state-supported universities, philanthropy becomes a top priority. The gap that exists when state funding is reduced can only be closed by the generosity of those who support the university. There was a day when most higher education fundraising was about making a case to advance the college or university’s mission. Today, fundraising is as much about maintaining as it is advancing.
Toledo, Ohio, March 19, 2018 – Hart, one of Ohio’s largest independent marketing and advertising agencies, is beginning a new chapter with its new headquarters in downtown Toledo. The office is crafted to be a reflection of the work and style of the agency today, as well as pay homage to the city it calls home.