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Engaging Alumni Now: University of Maryland

#LoveTheTurtle Alumni Marketing Campaign Launches

Now through February 14, 2014, University of Maryland is engaging alumni with our #LoveTheTurtle five-day giveaway social marketing program. With more than 250,000 living alumni, Maryland’s primary goal is to activate engagement among lost and lapsed graduates while collecting updated contact data.

During the course of this week-long alumni engagement drive, University of Maryland branded prizes will be given away daily to randomly selected alumni who enter to win via our Facebook app. Through the use of organic Facebook posts and daily reminder emails, alumni are encouraged to enter once a day to increase their chance of winning a prize. The daily emails are sent to all entrants, announcing the day’s prize and softly introducing the benefits of alumni association membership.

With our progressive profiling feature activated, each time a graduate enters the giveaway, he or she will be prompted to answer a different question – for example: class year, mobile phone number, favorite professor. This allows us to to capture unique data each time the same person enters without increasing the length of the entry form, resulting in more daily entries.

At the end of the five-day campaign, we will email all engaged participants, making a direct appeal for membership in the alumni association.

2/17 Update: Campaign Results

We reached over 102,370 UMD alumni during Maryland’s five-day #LoveTheTurtle social marketing campaign. Here are a few initial key results from the alumni marketing campaign:

Total UMD alumni reached: 102,370
Total UMD alumni engaged: 2,378
Five-day email nurture average open rate: 61%
UMD alumni participants who clicked to become a member: 27%

Learn more: alumni membership and fundraising campaigns




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