So I was riding on the subway the other day and just so happened to have my Nikon D90 with me and was noticing all the ads for colleges. For those of you that didn’t know, Boston is the quintessential college town. Everyone knows about Harvard, MIT and Boston College but their are A LOT of institutes of higher learning in this town! So as I’m riding on this T (Because that is what the subway is called in Boston)… looking at the ads… with my camera… how can I not snap some pictures of these and share with you?
This wasn’t the first time that I’ve noticed all the ads on the train, in fact a few weeks ago I tweeted that Suffolk was the clear winner then and I still hold by that. So Jessica if that was you congratulations, if not be sure to tell the person in charge I thought it was the best!
A few notes as you view the ads:
- Suffolk wins because of nice visuals, strong layout, short easy to remember URL to a landing page (although you might want to put some tracking tokens on that redirect). This was one of the few that had lots of text but I am a strong believer in over giving. Besides many people spend their time on the T reading anyway, why not read a poster ad if it’s of interest to you? That way you can have lots of strong information to get you excited and help to modivate you to make that next step!
- Most didn’t have a lot of text on the ad and of those I felt Boston University was the strongest mostly because of the strong visual call to actions of contacts.
- Notice Cambridge College’s url with the “info22″ that sends to a landing page. What is really neat about this is I’m guessing they probably have at least 21 other campaigns they are running to test each campaigns effectiveness. (In fact upon changing the number at the end a few of the lower numbers send you to the same landing page) Nice testing job guys!
- Finally I’m probably breaking some higher ed cardinal sin by calling them out (that’s ok because I don’t work in Higher Ed anymore) but Harvard… www.summer.harvard.edu Really guys… Are those extra four characters at the front necessary? The whole point of having a short URL for print is to save people from typing and summer.harvard.edu does the job just fine! Also of the nine ads Harvard was the one that didn’t include rip off pad. Not saying that they need it or that I’m a big fan of the element but of the nine ads on the T it was the only one to not include this element that seemed to be pretty standard.
So what do you think? What is your favorite ad? Any other things that you noticed that I missed? Feel free to leave you comments below or surf on over to the Flickr images and leave them there.