Advanced performance marketing for FLAME University
FLAME University is the first private university to introduce liberal arts education in its true essence and structure to India back in 2007. Ever since, it has established its position as one of the the most sought after liberal education programs in the country. It is equipped with a truly world-class campus and enviable roster of reputed academicians and professors from all around the world. FLAME University presents a unique and valuable alternative to a high-quality liberal education experience in India.
We have worked with the institution for 5+ years helping on social media marketing, SEO and performance marketing. A lot of our work has been through hundreds of incremental changes that have compounded over time to produce direct value and bottomline results.
During this time we have managed to build a robust social media presence for the University. Moreover, we have also achieved and maintained page 1 SEO rankings for FLAME University on all relevant liberal education related keywords.
And we are only getting started.
Social Media Marketing
Liberal education is a relatively new concept in the Indian educational ecosystem. This presented a 2-pronged challenge of both identifying the right audience and also striking the right balance of educational and intent based marketing.
Additionally, a university student application process has multiple touch points and steps. In a complex performance campaign, it was crucial to get the analytics and attribution piece correct to be able to maximize results – both at the top of the funnel, with the ad platforms and at the post-lead part of the funnel, with the university CRM – Salesforce.
What we did
We adopted a very organized and structured process to the campaign. There were 2 primary channels that were used to drive 95%+ leads – Google & Facebook.
We started by defining a campaign design language that could extend to all visual assets. We know we would have a lot of assets used at different stages of the campaign and a consistent visual style would help build recall.
For search, we created a neatly divided campaign and ad set structure that helped us perform on keywords that we were already strong with at low cost, and divert more spends to keywords and areas where we knew there was scope of improvement – both in terms of visibility and conversions.
Full funnel approach with a tight feedback loop from the panel as well as the super responsive team at FLAME admissions that provide constant feedback on the quality of leads. What conversations they were having, where they were getting stuck, what kind of leads were not useful and so on.
As for attribution, we made sure that pixel installation was done properly with all channels and tested thoroughly both for getting accurate feedback and also improving the input signal for the automated ad platforms directly improving results.
The team at Bonoboz has worked with us like a true partner over the years. Creating targeted awareness for something as nascent as liberal education in India is no easy feat. The team at Bonoboz has helped us enormously in having a sensitive understanding of the audience and coupled it with tight execution. We are on an ambitious mission at FLAME University and happy to have an agency partner that understands that and pushes us to do more.Tejas Patani Member, Board of Management, FLAME University
This admissions year 2019-20 was a strong success for us not only in that we improved numbers but also in the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic with challenges of remote work, communication and team safety.
- Generated over 1000+ application leads from across India
- 260+ completed applications
- 75+ shortlisted candidates – chosen from these leads after the interview process
Moreover, our attribution & ad-tracking work under the hood give us the required granularity to be able to segment and attribute performance not simply on clicks and leads, but to the extent of short-listed candidates. This in itself sets us up for further improvements and efficiencies down the line.