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Four to Inspire More: Stand Out Storytelling in Higher Education

Four to Inspire More: Stand Out Storytelling in Higher Education

Posted on Aug 25, 2016

We recently held our very first Future Index Summit and shared 16 examples of HE Marketing that inspired us in 2016 so far. 16 from 16. So here’s a sample for you – 4 to inspire so much more. Will these storytelling ideas trigger your own thinking? Open University – Life Changing Stories As more and […]

Outside Inspiration for Higher Education Digital Marketing

Outside Inspiration for Higher Education Digital Marketing

Posted on Jun 7, 2016

Attracting and recruiting students is a competitive business. And the best HE marketers know that to get ahead they need to be looking all around the world for inspiration, not just within the confines of their immediate peer groups. They  know they need to also look beyond education altogether and learn from the big brands, […]

Have Samsung Just Tested The Future of Education?

Have Samsung Just Tested The Future of Education?

Posted on May 12, 2016

Recently Samsung put 27 people through their virtual paces, providing them with VR training sessions to overcome some of their biggest challenges. Drawn from thousands of people worldwide, these ‘students’ were given Gear VR headsets to take away for 4 weeks to learn how to overcome common fears, such as of heights and public speaking. […]

5 Ways Students Can Tell Your University Story

5 Ways Students Can Tell Your University Story

Posted on May 8, 2016

We all know that it’s the students themselves that can really bring your university story to life – in the most realistic way. So, here’s 5 quick ways you can partner with students to do just that. One: Duke University (USA) – Students tell the news Here’s a simple, yet rather brilliant idea. Get two […]

7 Ways Universities Are Telling Their Research Stories

7 Ways Universities Are Telling Their Research Stories

Posted on May 8, 2016

The profile of university research is climbing the agenda. Rapidly. Here’s just 7 of the ways it’s happening: One: Broadcast Identifying the big stories, filming them and putting them out there is an obvious place to start. It’s no surprise that we’ve seen a major upsurge in research news hitting our screens. TU Delft in […]

7 University Storytelling Trends To Watch In 2016

7 University Storytelling Trends To Watch In 2016

Posted on May 8, 2016

The pressure is on. Universities need to stand out. They need to share successful student outcomes, powerful research achievements, and both local and global impact. Many are looking at how storytelling can help them. 2015 saw a variety of approaches take hold. 2016 will see them all accelerate. Here’s 7 to watch out for. ONE: […]

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Testimonials

Here's what some of our clients have said

Suzy Giles (Head of Global Comms & Branding)

I have worked with Jim across both Higher Education and Global Schools Education, and his ideas, input and creativity never fail to produce results. While you are being inspired by what’s out there, and brainstorming creative campaign ideas – he cleverly develops your strategic thinking and a new way forward. Looking forward to the next time we can collaborate.

 

- Suzy Giles (Head of Global Comms & Branding)
Rachel Sandison (Director Marketing, Recruitment & International Office)

Future Index play a vital role in informing the University of Glasgow’s thinking on new initiatives and best practice within the HE and other sectors and therefore provide an excellent platform for encouraging discussion and critical challenge of current practices. The team always leave a session of Jim’s enthused, re-energised and full of exciting new ideas.

- Rachel Sandison (Director Marketing, Recruitment & International Office)
Terry Hudghton (Head of University Marketing)

I have been delighted with the work of Future Index in providing the latest insights into new trends and techniques in marketing communications in a thoughtful and professionally curated manner. Their work not only provides great market information but inspires and motivates the team here to continue to create cutting-edge and award-winning work. The feedback is always that the experience is  uplifting.

 

- Terry Hudghton (Head of University Marketing)
Angelina Bingley (Director Admissions, Recruitment & Marketing)

We really value Future Index’s creative & inspirational expertise, providing masterclasses, keynotes & targeted workshops to solve very real problems.  Their trends reports give us in-sector & out-of-sector ideas to spark our own light-bulb moments – #ASKUEA is one such example. They also helped on our UEA2030 Vision last year helping drive our strategic approach. They are the first people I think to call when I need brilliance or just practical guidance!

 

- Angelina Bingley (Director Admissions, Recruitment & Marketing)
Rebecca Moore (Digital Marketing Manager)

The research that the Future Index provide helps USW to keep on top of trends and it’s always inspired us to do things differently. We love working with Jim. We always find him really inspirational, as he helps us to generate ideas that we can implement immediately. His workshops are intense, but a lot of fun and very productive. We owe a lot of our recent marketing and recruitment success to the Future Index.

- Rebecca Moore (Digital Marketing Manager)
Emma Leech (Director Marketing & Advancement)

Future Index has been a really useful resource for engaging the team, for sparking new ideas and for stimulating debate – and for more than a few actual new projects! Our reports and workshops are a great way to stay up to date and at the top of your game.  We’ve particularly found the tailoring useful as we can focus on specific landscapes or sectors – research, for example – in an easy to use and digestible way.

 

- Emma Leech (Director Marketing & Advancement)
Andrew Hargreaves (Director Customer Experience & Marketing)

If you’re anything like me then you’re always keen to shine a different light, take a new perspective, and challenge the way you see things.  Jim and Future Index really help me to do that, both through their horizon scanning and workshops. Their engaging approach has really assisted me personally, but also helps me to stimulate creative ideas, innovations and alternative solutions within my teams. What’s more, people were buzzing after a day with Future Index!

 

- Andrew Hargreaves (Director Customer Experience & Marketing)
Rebecca Roberts (Deputy Director Marketing & Recruitment)

In an increasingly competitive and exciting landscape, being able to keep up with the latest developments in the sector, as well as across a breadth of industries, has allowed us to keep innovation front of mind; whether that’s developing a solution for a small project, or a longer term strategic campaign. Bringing Future Index’s support and insight to test our own ideas and shortcut our thinking has been a great addition to our team this year.

 

- Rebecca Roberts (Deputy Director Marketing & Recruitment)
Ann Fernandez (Director Marketing & Communications)

I wanted to inspire the team, get people thinking beyond the present –  and FutureIndex was the right choice. Jim listened and devised a great day tailored to BU, producing creative ideas, several of which are now part of our marketing plans.  Feedback on the day was fantastic – everyone was inspired and engaged by the content and style. I would highly recommend Future Index to anyone wanting to inspire creative thinking in teams.

 

- Ann Fernandez (Director Marketing & Communications)