Alumni Networking: Why Alumni First Impressions Matter

Imagine you are an alum who logs into their school alumni networking platform for the very first time. Within milliseconds, the alum realizes that it is a dead alumni network. There is no alumni networking going on here.  A ghost-town. Clearly no one has visited the site for a long time and there seems to […]

5 Big Student Alumni Mentoring Mistakes

This blog will be discussing what in my opinion the 5 big student alumni mentoring mistakes that take place.  A few weeks ago I wrote a blog called The Case for Alumni Mentoring. There, I highlighted the latest research  by Gallup-Purdue University which showed that the key to students achieving long term success after college was having […]

How to Connect Emotionally with Alumni?

This blog will focus and discuss on the notion of engaging alumni emotionally and the effects that can have.  I hope the following simple pictorial story will resonate with you. They graduate…

Making the Case for Funding Alumni Relations

This blog will be making the case for alumni relations funding in higher education The education world is under pressure. Public funding is falling.  Tuition fees are rising.  Cost cutting is everywhere. Yet I hear consistently from Alumni Relations professionals of how they are under-resourced in terms of both headcount and budget.  In fact some would […]

Alumni Relations Best Practices: The Death of Email for Life

For me, ’email for life’ is a symbol of how an education institution can become irrelevant to their alumni community.

Best Alumni Software: Putting Your Alumni Second

This blog will discuss and focus on the pro’s and con’s of a single sign-on system. Tough question for you.

What Is Your Picture of Alumni Engagement?

When it comes to alumni engagement, we often get lost in the detail.  To be more precise, we often get lost in the alumni engagement metrics. There is the big question about what to measure that will capture both the ‘Fund-raising’ and ‘Friend-raising’ nature of alumni relations.

Is The Alumni Relations Profession Being Hijacked?

Every now and again one comes across something so profound that you must implore your colleagues in the alumni profession to see and hear it for themselves.

Alumni Relations Trends: Alumni Relations In 2025

I am delighted to share with you the panel discussion at the recent Global Leaders Summit that discussed alumni relations trends and  and the threats and opportunities facing the industry.

Leveraging the Power of Instagram

This blog will cover some of my thoughts regarding alumni social media engagement. I consider myself an expert user of LinkedIn.  I also regularly use Facebook and Twitter. However, when it comes to Instagram, I must confess to being a little ignorant.

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