Host of Marketing Live
Associate Vice President, Marketing, Indiana University
Rob Zinkan became vice president at RHB, a higher education marketing consultancy, in 2019. Rob has more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration, serving in senior leadership positions in marketing and advancement. He spent the last 17 years at Indiana University in both campus-level and system-wide roles, including assistant dean for advancement at Indiana University–Purdue University Columbus, vice chancellor for external affairs at Indiana University East, and most recently associate vice president for marketing in a university-wide capacity. Rob holds a doctorate from Creighton University, a master’s from Xavier University, and a bachelor’s from Wabash College. He serves on the CASE Commission on Communications and Marketing, contributes to Inside Higher Ed's Call to Action blog, and is on the conference committee for the AMA Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education.
Everyone talking marketing is using five-syllable words. Why? Is it making the results better? Systems, processes, organizations, and relationships have a way of getting complicated. Adam Pierno is all about paring things back to their essentials to drive success, whatever that may be. In this episode of Marketing Live, Adam will offer guidance to higher […]
Jay Baer has been named one of the world’s most influential digital marketers, customer service experts, and customer experience experts. In this episode of Marketing Live, he’ll share insights for higher ed marketers on delivering a customer experience that creates conversation – with specific examples of talk triggers that colleges and universities use to give […]
Getting and giving feedback about creative work presents some unique challenges in higher ed’s consensus- and committee-driven environment. In this episode of Marketing Live, author Todd Henry will provide guidance helping you put your creative team in a position to do its best work. He will discuss ways to create a stable culture that empowers […]
Learn how Sweet Briar College changed the narrative from “the school that nearly closed in 2015” to one of confidence, courage, and grit through a comprehensive marketing effort, including thorough constituent research, a refreshed brand platform, and an ongoing advertising campaign.
What is design thinking, and how can you use to address challenges at your institution? This episode will provide a crash course in the five-step human-centered problem-solving framework that focuses on high-impact solutions that meet both stakeholder and institution needs. You’ll learn how to use design thinking in a higher education context and be able […]
The annual AMA Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education is November 4-7 in Orlando. The conference is the premier event in higher ed marketing, with more than 1,200 attendees expected. Headlined by top minds both inside and outside the higher ed community, the event focuses on the latest best practices, trends, and technologies to […]
Marketing and communications professionals have become quite familiar with an array of studies highlighting the public’s declining confidence in higher education. In this episode of Marketing Live, vice presidents from AAU (Association of American Universities) and CASE (The Council for Advancement and Support of Education) will take a deep dive into this topic. What are […]
Neuromarketing is the application of neuroscience to marketing. In this episode of Marketing Live, neuromarketing expert Roger Dooley will explain how to apply neuroscience and behavior research to better market to consumers by understanding their decision patterns. Roger brings a unique perspective on higher education, having co-founded College Confidential. He will provide practical insights on […]
DNA is at the root of everything — in people as well as companies — when it comes to competitive advantage. In this episode of Marketing Live, Andy Cunningham, author of Get to Aha!: Discover Your Positioning DNA and Dominate Your Competition, will discuss the positioning framework that she has developed over decades of working […]
With the decline in organic reach on social media, colleges and universities are relying more heavily on influencers. In this episode of Marketing Live, learn how Drake University has leveraged influencers for a social media-first approach to successful marketing. We’ll cover strategy, execution, results, and more.
In today’s economy, how do you convince students (and parents) that studying what they love is worthwhile? Can rebranding build community and inspire confidence within your institution or unit? In this episode of Marketing Live, communications and marketing leadership from Notre Dame’s liberal arts college will discuss how they leveraged outcomes data to launch a […]
At the heart of leadership lies persuasion. At the heart of persuasion lies storytelling. On this episode of Marketing Live, author, storytelling expert, and former admissions officer Esther Choy will dissect the art and science of storytelling. She’ll share insights on the power of story and how to use it to your advantage. Esther will discuss […]
Have you begun a new marketing leadership role in the last year? Perhaps you will be transitioning to one in 2018? Those first months in your new role set the tone for your tenure. It’s imperative to make the most of this unique period. This episode of Marketing Live will cover the most important considerations […]
Gearing up for a site redesign in 2018? Maybe this is your first big website project. More likely, you’ve been here before — say, five years ago, when you thought a fresh, responsive design, streamlined information architecture, and new content management system would transform your digital communications. Flash forward to today, and you’re wondering whether […]
Marketing leaders are change managers. When a substantial change takes place within your institution – be that a rebranding or repositioning, a name change, an alliance with another institution, or other major initiative – it will fall to the central marketing and communication office to become the face of that change, successfully communicate it with […]
Silos in higher education aren’t limited to the departments within your immediate structure. Silos exist across campus. You see them among academic units, athletics, and business operations. More appear in foundations and student support services. Higher ed builds silos to keep focus in one space. Too often this practice ignores interdisciplinary opportunities. The result: silos […]