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Student Recruitment for the Mobile Generation: An Exploratory Study of Mobile Marketing Practices in the International Higher Education Industry
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: In an increasingly market-driven and global higher education industry, characterized by growing international competition and the emergence of disruptive mobile technologies, higher education institutions (HEIs) are challenged to adopt innovative ways of marketing for student recruitment to sustain student enrollment numbers. Within this new landscape the concept of mobile marketing for student recruitment has become an important issue for HEIs. Mobile devices are playing an increasingly significant role in the decision-making process of potential students and this trend has created the need to adopt new forms of marketing through mobile devices to stay relevant with a new mobile generation of students.

Purpose: Despite the growing significance of mobile marketing for HEIs, little is still known about the phenomenon of mobile marketing for student recruitment within a higher education setting. Hence, the purpose of this thesis was to fill this knowledge gap by exploring how and why mobile marketing can be used during the student recruitment process from the perspective of education-marketing practitioners.

Method: The research gap addressed in this thesis called for existing mobile marketing concepts to be introduced to the field of higher education marketing. Hence, in alignment with abductive reasoning, the starting point of the research was the creation of a theoretical framework that integrates theory on mobile marketing tools with the student recruitment process. Subsequently, through a collective case study design, exploratory qualitative research was undertaken amongst ten universities and four education-marketing agencies to learn about exemplary cases of mobile marketing practice in HEIs. Empirical data was collected from semi-structured interviews with 16 informants, as well as relevant documents to gain a rich understanding of the phenomenon of mobile marketing for recruiting new students.

Results & Contribution: This thesis extends the higher education marketing literature by making a first contribution towards conceptualising mobile marketing for student recruitment. The empirical study revealed ten major categories of mobile student recruitment tactics to engage with potential students on mobile devices, and provides new insights on how and for what purpose these tools can be used to recruit new students. Furthermore, a conceptual model of mobile marketing for student recruitment was developed, which helps to understand how mobile marketing can be applied to the student recruitment process. The study is particularly relevant for education marketers, as it provides practitioners with new knowledge about the opportunities presented by mobile marketing channels to communicate with their main target audience. Specifically, the study provides empirical evidence of mobile marketing practices in the industry and a set of specific recommendations. Additionally, the new model may provide a framework for developing a mobile recruitment strategy for HEIs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 67 p.
Keyword [en]
Mobile Marketing, Student Recruitment, Student Marketing, Admissions Marketing, Higher Education Marketing, Enrollment Funnel, Higher Education Institutions, Mobile Devices, Smartphones, University, Mobile Student Recruitment, Mobile Internet, Mobile Advertising
Keyword [de]
Mobiles Marketing, Studentenanwerbung, Studentenrekrutierung, Studenten-Rekrutierung, Studenten Marketing, Mobile Studenten Rekrutierung, Universität, Hochschule, Mobiles Internet, Mobile Werbung
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-27877ISRN: JU-IHH-FÖA-2-20150163OAI: diva2:852363
Subject / course
IHH, Business Administration
Available from: 2015-09-17 Created: 2015-09-08 Last updated: 2015-09-21Bibliographically approved

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