Host of Marketing Live
Associate Vice President, Marketing, Indiana University
Rob Zinkan is in his 15th year with Indiana University, currently in a system-wide role as associate vice president for marketing, serving as marketing liaison to the flagship campus leadership and marketing community; working to develop, champion, and deploy the university’s brand strategy; and leading IU’s internal marketing agency. Previously, he worked at the campus level as vice chancellor for external affairs at Indiana University East and assistant dean for advancement at Indiana University–Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC). Rob earned his bachelor's degree from Wabash College, master's from Xavier University, and doctorate from Creighton University. He authors the University Advancement blog and is a past chair of CASE Indiana.
The rapidly shifting landscape of higher education is bringing changes to a growing number of institutions. In 2015, Georgia Regents University became Augusta University. The name change was the second in three years. (In 2012, Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences merged, becoming Georgia Regents University.) Brand strategy is inherently challenging for colleges and […]
Universities that haven’t conducted a presidential search in a while will find that the process has changed significantly since they last looked for their leadership. This episode of Marketing Live will address the key ways that presidential searches have changed in the last 10-15 years as well as search trends to anticipate over the next […]
For many stakeholders, intercollegiate athletics can be a high-visibility front door to your school. When it is done right, marketers can successfully embrace athletics and leverage its activities and exposure to advance an institutional brand. In this episode, a panel of senior marketing and communications leaders will discuss challenges and opportunities for marketers as they build partnerships with […]
How can you keep your higher ed marketing career moving forward? In this episode of Marketing Live, industry leaders will share their experiences. Tune in for lessons learned from their professional journeys. Whether you’re looking to grow in your current role or take the next step in your career, you’ll gain important insights and advice to help […]
Higher ed marketing and communications demands long-term brilliance, not just one-off ideas. But how do you keep your team from getting “stuck”? In this episode of Marketing Live, we’ll discuss ways to foster a creative work environment. You’ll come away with tactics to implement with your team to help generate innovate ideas.
Last month, more than a thousand professional marketers gathered in Orlando, Florida, for the annual American Marketing Association (AMA) Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education. In this episode, we’ll recap the major themes and takeaways from this year’s conference.
When you open up your browser to find information, you navigate to that blank white box, enter your query, and receive a list of possible answers. In this episode, we’ll take you on a search journey and navigate the user experience of information seeking. When we better understand user behaviors and motivations we do a […]
Prospective students are at the top of our audience priority list. In order to provide the best user experience for these students, we need to conduct research into what they are looking for when they visit our websites. With this information in hand, we can take the necessary steps to update our information and content […]
The arrival of a new president is a unique moment in the life of an institution and an opportunity to energize students, employees, alumni, and others. Hear from two seasoned marketing professionals who recently provided leadership for their universities during this time – at the University of Nebraska, which welcomed its 7th president in 2015, […]
Trying to move a big idea forward in higher education can feel like a never ending uphill battle. During this episode of Marketing Live we speak with Higher Ed Live founder, Seth Odell. He started the network in order to share ideas that benefit education marketers, fuel great campaigns, and support a collaborative meaningful dialog in our industry. Seth believes […]
Perhaps nowhere is the traditional meeting culture more prevalent than in higher education. If meetings are sucking the life out of you, your team, or your organization, this episode of Marketing Live is for you. Author Al Pittampalli will show you – as both a leader and attendee of meetings – the path to productive, […]
As marketing and communications professionals put a wrap on the 2015-16 academic year and plan for the next, it’s time to step back and reflect on the state of our profession. In this episode, newly appointed Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) vice president Michael Kiser will discuss key issues facing communications and […]
The emergence of the chief marketing officer as a strategic leadership role in higher education has been well chronicled. According to a 2014 study, approximately half of CMOs report directly to the institution’s president (or chancellor), and nearly 60 percent serve on the president’s cabinet or leadership team. That still leaves a significant percentage of […]
A brand is owned by the customers who draw meaning from it. In his new book The Brand Flip, Marty Neumeier shares 10 new realities for brands, where customer identity, not company identity, takes precedence. He writes, “The primary good that a company can offer its customers is empowerment. The best brand builders see greatness […]
A new uncsa.edu site launched in early December. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts site needed to convey the incredible talent and passion for the arts that are apparent every day in an artist colony atmosphere in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The site needed to make the complexity of a high school + […]
The highly decentralized nature of colleges and universities can make it challenging for higher ed marketers to drive effectiveness and efficiency across their institutions. Central marketing and communications staff cannot necessarily “control,” they must “influence.” But how? In this episode, communications leaders from NC State and Tulane will discuss how their teams have provided leadership, […]