Custom qualitative and quantitative research that answers your most pressing questions.
Grounded, measurable marketing and branding plans that strengthen your institution for the long run.
Campaigns and experiences that drive awareness, fuel loyalty, and build communities.
We’re as curious about your institution as your students are about the world. Our research measures the attitudes and opinions of the people who matter most to you. Based on what we learn, we build marketing and branding campaigns that help you succeed by leaps and bounds — whether that means increasing visibility, strengthening reputation, driving enrollment, engaging alumni, or accelerating fundraising.
American University had big questions about its brand awareness and positioning. We helped them lay the foundation for a brand strategy that made history in higher education: the KNOW/WONK campaign. Find out how they bolstered the brand, boldly claimed a word, and built an internal culture that supports innovative, risk-taking creative work.Our Solution
As we look back over the last 10 years, we are most thankful for the 221 institutions we’ve had the privilege to work with. Our work together is exciting, challenging, and deeply invigorating. We’re so grateful for the many great partnerships and talented people we’ve met along the way. And we’re thrilled to be celebrating this milestone.Read More
Bentley University is a small New England school with a 100-year history of turning out well-prepared business graduates. With a new president and marketing team, Bentley came to us for research that would form the foundation of a new long-term brand and a robust integrated marketing campaign.Our Solution
“SimpsonScarborough helped NC State gather data-driven insights and used their experience to help bring our internal community together in a way that built support and enthusiasm for the university’s largest ever comprehensive fundraising campaign. Their solutions were both grounded in research and creative, and were also paired with strategies that helped us identify key audience segments and effective ways to inspire them to support NC State.”
Chief Communications Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for University Communications, North Carolina State University
Butler University sought to advance its national reputation and to realize improved student recruitment efforts, especially outside of Indiana and the Midwest. Butler partnered with SimpsonScarborough on a comprehensive research and strategy effort designed to understand key audiences’ perceptions and to hone its brand.Our Solution
Meredith College was eager to grow enrollment, engage alumnae, and strengthen its reputation. We helped them find the messages that resonated with their audiences, develop strong brand positioning, and enroll one of the largest classes ever.Our Solution
“Over the years, I have worked with SimpsonScarborough on a variety of projects at different institutions. What’s been consistent is a sense of true partnership and trust.”
Vice President for Communications and Brand Strategy, Michigan State University
Saint Joseph’s University has been a beacon of Jesuit education for over 100 years. In the early 2000s, enrollment in local Catholic high schools began to decline and it became imperative that Saint Joseph’s reach beyond their region in recruiting. Saint Joseph’s partnered with SimpsonScarborough in an effort to strengthen their brand and differentiate themselves in the crowded Philadelphia higher ed market.Our Solution
The University of California has long been regarded as the best public university system in the world. In 2012, after losing nearly $1 billion in state budget cuts over four years and struggling with several painful tuition increases, the UC systemwide office reached out to SimpsonScarborough for help understanding and reaching Californians.Our Solution
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“The surveys they designed and the data they collected helped us to make a series of informed decisions and to move forward with confidence.”