The full-time MBA at TCU’s Neeley School of Business had all the right ingredients: it’s small by design, it’s connected with industry and its experiential learning programs build every graduate’s business portfolio. But its reputation outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex was not widely known. TCU partnered with Zehno to highlight the program’s distinctive features and grow the school’s profile outside the DFW market.

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CHALLENGES

  • Rebrand the full-time MBA so that it stands apart from the typical MBA pack.
  • Attract better students to an innovative curriculum.
  • Expand the sub-brand to cover employers, alumni and working professionals.
  • Develop a cross-media campaign that tells the TCU story.

Results

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rankings jumped

The TCU MBA jumped in The Economist rankings — #2 in the world for faculty quality, #38 in the U.S. for full-time MBA and #61 in the world.

Scores Increased

The proportion of students with GMAT scores above 650 has steadily increased. Undergrad institutions now range from Stanford to West Point.

Awards

Won 10+ awards from the Educational Advertising Awards and UCDA Design Competition.

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ADMISSIONS YIELD PIECE
TCU Neeley Career Development Brochure
CAREER DEVELOPMENT BROCHURE
Experiential Learning Brochure
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING BROCHURE

What Zehno Did

  • Analyzed demographics: Identified new growth regions.
  • Position paper: Audit and strategic recommendations.
  • Marketing communications planning: Communications flow.
  • Admissions campaign: Viewbooks, microsites, email series, secondary brochures, communications for employers and alumni.

Tips for your team

  1. Leverage typography and copywriting style to emphasize your strengths — in TCU’s case, the new “stand and deliver” focus used roughened-up typography and in-your-face writing to spotlight the school’s signature programs: consulting projects with multinational corporations, brainstorming sessions with Fortune 500 execs, social entrepreneurship trips around the globe and small-group dinners with business leaders.
  2. Dispense with the traditional brochure cover and go straight into the storytelling. TCU is surely the only MBA with a major mailer titled “Fear the Pretzel.”

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Zehno can help you move the needle. Read about our admissions campaign services.

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