by Sarah Emery
In this media age, many websites encourage students to utilize social media to advertise for upcoming events, but is this really the most effective way? Here are some tips for some non-technological methods for raising awareness about events:
What college student doesn’t love a free t-shirt, water bottle, or treat? There are many low cost, mass produced gifts that can be distributed to eager undergraduates. Even if that pair of plastic sunglasses ends up in their bottom desk drawer, eventually they’ll find it again and remember your organization.
They’re fun and easy to design, inexpensive, and eye-catching. These sheet signs are perfect to place on the Hub or other heavily populated areas on campus where students walking by will definitely notice. This is a great method to reach a large audience who might not have time to stop at a booth or read a flyer.
Visit a Student Org Meeting!
Many groups, like the Residence Hall Association, invite speakers every week, so talk to a member of the executive board and see if you can attend a meeting. This is a great way to start a word-of-mouth campaign for your philanthropy or speaker event. Many groups will email their minutes to a ListServ- which can spark even more attention for your program.
It is crucial to be creative, unique, and succinct and to always get permission for where signs or banners are placed. There are many other ways to raise awareness for events at Miami University (like posters and table signs)- next time you are planning an event, think about new and different ways to attract an audience that college students haven’t seen millions of times before