Welcome to GEAR UP Week: Why We ❤️ GEAR UP

Welcome to GEAR UP Week: Why We ❤️ GEAR UP

It’s that time of year again…students are returning to school, their support networks are rooting for them, and college access partners around the country are gathering to celebrate National GEAR UP Week this September 17 to 23! Join Signal Vine this week as we share resources to help you raise awareness and mobilize champions about […]

Speaking Students’ Language

Speaking Students’ Language

Have you heard the phrase, “Yas Queen”? (If not, I recommend that you check out this highly informative article.) One of our customers recently added “Yas Queen” to their texting program as a synonym for “yes.” Signal Vine’s platform uses natural language processing to understand students’ text messages and send an appropriate response. However, students […]

Catch Up with GEAR UP

Catch Up with GEAR UP

GEAR UP’s been a buzzword in education news recently. Need a quick recap on potential budget cuts and the approaching 2017 application deadline? See what GEAR UP programs are up to these days and learn how to win points on your grant application. 1) What is GEAR UP? GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness […]

5 Ways to Use MMS

5 Ways to Use MMS

Texting with your students is more fun and effective than ever before with the addition of MMS to your Signal Vine account. What is MMS? It stands for Multimedia Messaging Service, meaning you and your students can share images, GIFs, and other multimedia files. Remember: a picture is worth a thousand words! GIFs make the world go ’round. MMS opens […]

Have You Been Ghosted?

Have You Been Ghosted?

A spine-tingling tale familiar to anyone who regularly interacts with students….  Students no longer respond to traditional forms of communication. If you try to call them, they won’t answer. Most of the time, their voicemail is full or not even set up. Emails go into a black hole. Snail mail gets used as a coaster and then forgotten. […]

#TextingTuesdays: How To Write a Call To Action

#TextingTuesdays: How To Write a Call To Action

Welcome back to Signal Vine’s #TextingTuesdays video series, where you’ll learn tips and tricks for optimizing your texting program. This week, Stephanie Sweetland explains how to write an effective call to action and provides examples you can use today. Want to nudge students, or just get them to click a link? Watch the video to learn how to […]

Better Make Room (for Texts)!

Better Make Room (for Texts)!

Signal Vine is partnering with the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Office, Better Make Room, the U.S. Department of Education, and Civic Nation on an exciting new texting project. The Up Next text messaging program connects students with advisors for personalized college support. To quote First Lady Michelle Obama, the Better Make Room public awareness campaign is “about valuing success in the classroom […]

Mythbusting: Admissions Text Messaging

Mythbusting: Admissions Text Messaging

There are a lot of misconceptions about texting students. We already know that texting is the most ubiquitous way to reach them. In fact, 97% of college students use texting as their primary means of communication. We recently read a white paper called “Mythbusting Admissions: Where Prospects and Professionals Agree, and Disagree, on Enrollment Marketing, Messages, and Channels,” […]

Technology Traps: How to Avoid Bad Budgeting

Technology Traps: How to Avoid Bad Budgeting

Do you spend money on technology and programs that are outdated and no longer seem to work? Are you making investment choices based on a checklist of features rather than outcomes? These are technology traps organizations fall into over and over again. Allocating budget dollars for technology that doesn’t move the needle on outcomes absorbs valuable budget dollars that […]

Let’s Talk About Text: Commit! Partnership

Let’s Talk About Text: Commit! Partnership

This week, we spoke with Sagar Desai of Dallas County’s Commit! Partnership to learn more about the highs and lows of communicating with students. Sagar and his team use texting to connect students with the counselors and resources they need to successfully enroll in college. Read the Q&A to learn more about their texting program. What is the Commit! Partnership? […]