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On Thursday, I wrote about the Ultimate Steal offer, and the two key reasons to mention it to your students before June (the price goes up with Office 2010, but if they buy now they get a no-cost upgrade to Office 2010 as part of our Tech Guarantee programme).

UK students are more likely to choose to use Microsoft Office than in some other parts of the world, but also one of the highest rates of ‘mis-licensing’.

Okay, that’s me being nice. The research tells us that some students know that ‘borrowing’ software from friends & parents isn’t allowed. And the copy floating around on a blank DVD with a licence key number written on it may not quite be legit.

There are some web banners that you can use (eg on an IT Services or internal website), to remind students that the deal is just about to close (on the 15th of June). This is especially handy for those who are just about to leave – once they’ve left college, they return to a world where ‘student deals’ disappear, and they will end up paying a lot more for the same things. And that’s true with software too. There’s unlikely to be a better deal available for them.

If you want to tell your students about the deal, especially before they leave you for the big wide world, then you can download any of the banners (you can see them all on this SkyDrive folder) and put them onto your student portal.

Download from here, and then link them to The Ultimate Steal website for the UK

But first, some insights into which ones worked where in the world…

International comparisons of student marketing…


United Kindom

UltimateStealOfferEndsSoon_Banner2_298x95Last year we used this web banner in the UK, and we know that it was pretty successful. For some reason, UK students liked something that was between “dull” and “whacky” – in our research focus groups, they said that if we were too cool, it wouldn’t be right.




United States

UltimateSteal_OO_298x100 Students in the US seemed to respond better to a slightly plainer design. When experimenting with more graphical ones, the response rate dropped off a bit. Perhaps because they were mesmerised by the lovely colours?




Microsoft.com advertising

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On www.microsoft.com, we found that students responded well to the “save 90%” message. But we were never sure if it was only students clicking it, or general visitors to the website. This is because the website is read by all kinds of people, whereas the other banners only went on websites read by students, such as university & college portals.


Australia

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Oz was the interesting one. They found that students responded to something quite different. In fact, the whole marketing campaign in Australia was themed around “It’s not piracy”. And it worked very well.

We’re starting to wonder, if we were able to run a student offer next year, whether this would be a fun idea for UK students.

What do you think?