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Data-driven, highly targeted PPC campaign results in immediate increase of qualified graduate program candidates.

A university seeking to increase qualified applicants for a graduate program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree experienced lead to enrollment timeline cut in half.

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Campaign Results

Decrease in time from lead to enrollment
Goal conversion rate, nearly 4x greater than the educational industry average
Greater click-through rate than the educational industry average (8.7% vs 3.8%)

Increase qualified applicants and shorten the lead to enrollment cycle.

Advance 360 Education was challenged to increase qualified applications for a Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate degree and to shorten the lead to enrollment cycle, which was anticipated by the school to be 12-15 months based on the school’s admissions cycle. Typically, the pool of student prospects is relatively small for an extremely specialized degree leading to a much longer student enrollment cycle. Candidates are typically in an established career in the field, making an appeal to invest in a graduate program more challenging than that of undergraduate enrollments.

Developed a digital advertising strategy, focused 100% in PPC to quickly generate interest among in-market candidates for a program which had not been aggressively marketed previously.

  • Conducted pre-campaign research to determine periods of greatest search activity for physical therapy degrees and launched campaign in advance to have the campaign fully optimized during the most critical periods.
  • Developed a two-prong PPC keyword strategy. The campaign launched with a relatively broad keyword set to initially attract a wide net of potential candidates and quickly optimizing toward keywords that showed the greatest return. Simultaneously a focus was placed on a very strategic set of exact match keywords designed to reach people who were closer to making a decision.
  • To maximize the reach generated by the campaign and capitalize on the traffic that is being generated to the landing page, we implemented re-messaging as part of the PPC strategy to continue engaging the people who have visited the landing page but have not converted.