Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Co-creation of value in higher education: using social network marketing in the recruitment of students

an article by Asle Fagerstrøm (The Norwegian School of Information Technology, Oslo, Norway) and Gheorghita Ghinea (Brunel University, London, UK) published in Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management Volume 35 Issue 1 (February 2013)


A social network recruitment campaign was prepared where applicants for information technology bachelor studies at a Norwegian university college were invited to join a Facebook group related to the subject of interest.

Each Facebook group was assigned a contact person who received training to facilitate activities and in answering questions from the applicants.

Analysis of the dialogues on the Facebook groups indicates value creation between the applicant and the university college, and between applicants.

Furthermore, results from the campaign showed that the conversion rate for applicants who apply for a Facebook group was 88.8 per cent, which is significant higher than for those who did not apply for a Facebook group (43.3 per cent).

We will argue that social network marketing in higher education gives a great opportunity to replace the passive view of customers with an active view in which applicants are invited to use their own initiatives rather than simply react to predetermined marketing activities.

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