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Marketing & PR

At Elephant Creative, we’re never happier than when we’re working with an educational provider or supplier to improve the impact they can have on the sector and students or pupils.  We think real success comes from viewing marketing as simply making sure you are having a conversation with parents and students, or teachers and purchasers, in a way they understand, in the places they want to engage.  It’s about having a logical plan of action that contributes, across the marketing and PR disciplines, to achieving the things you want to achieve.  It is as simple as that.

Importantly for you, we know the difference between Further Education and Higher Education, early-years and primary school education, academies and free-schools and, most importantly, we know how to translate this into practical marketing and PR.  Whether you want more applications, a better retention rate or crisis PR following an unfavourable Ofsted review… or whether you’re launching a new product for early years or seeking help with messaging or thought leadership… the work we do for you will be bespoke, relevant to the sector and utterly focused on your commercial objectives.

Our marketing and PR services include:



  • Goal setting and planning

  • Messaging development

  • PR and messaging strategy (and integrating this within your wider marketing strategy)

  • Thought leadership campaigns

  • Crisis PR and scenario planning

  • PR policy development and training

  • Regional and sector-based PR

  • Digital PR (working with bloggers and social media)

  • Media training

  • Event organisation and promotion

  • Social media activity

  • Awards entries


Social media for university research faculties

There are pretty much no sectors or industries for which social media has not become a crucial tool, either for internal and external communications, branding, or for the marketing and selling of products and services. Some may say that one group late to jump on the social media wagon has been university research teams (if, […]

Education Tweeter of the Week – University of Bath #TOTW

What the Romans ever do for us? The ancient Roman city is still a bustling place, especially for the students of the University of Bath. The Romans didn’t do much in the way of social media, however, so how does this top 10 UK university fare when it comes to Twitter? Three years ago, we […]

College websites: 5 things you need, and 5 things you don’t

Today we’re tackling the topic of websites for your college (or equally your school or university). Taken as a whole it’s a huge topic to discuss, there are so many elements to consider, from colours, branding, design, images, the content and the navigation. If you need a new website you’ll need a good design and […]

Education Tweeter of the Week – Birkbeck Uni #TOTW

Part of the prestigious University London and a world leading research institute, Birkbeck University is unique. All classes are held in the evenings between 6pm – 9pm. As Birkbeck says, it is transformative for many students who need to work to fund their education, or who want to learn and work or have other commitments in […]

Education Tweeter of the Week – Warwick Uni #TOTW

This week, we’re profiling a university heavyweight. Warwick University is ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK, it’s also in the list of ‘top 20 most international universities’ and has a prestigious reputation for academic results and student lifestyle. We’ve got high expectations for their social media work, so let’s see if they’ve delivered….  

Education Wrap : April Edition

Welcome back to our monthly Education Wrap. Here you can find the latest news in the education industry alongside up-to-date marketing advice and our favourite free marketing tool of the month. Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking about the general election, addressing the UK’s productivity challenge and a pause in the apprenticeship procurement. […]

Education Tweeter of the Week – Calderdale College #TOTW

As the largest provider of further education courses & work-based learning & the sole provider of higher education in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, this college is certainly vibrant, busy and social. But we want to know how social they are on Twitter, let’s take a look…  

Education Tweeter of the Week – Trafford College #TOTW

This week, we’re off up north to award another college our Tweeter of the Week (virtual) trophy. Trafford College is one of the leading providers of education and training in Manchester, offering a range of Further Education courses to meets the needs of young people, adults, and employers alike. The College has invested £50m over […]

Content Marketing — Getting your whole college involved.

There are times when the saying ‘too many cooks spoilt the broth’ really does fit; splitting the bill in a restaurant, filling in the pub quiz sheet, choosing toppings on a pizza…. However, according to research 61% of the most effective marketers meet with their content team regularly and encourage all of their content cooks […]

Creating a content plan for your school or college: How and why?

For schools and colleges, creating content and running a blog may seem like a big under-taking, but it’s a simple and cost-effective marketing tool – especially since more and more students and parents are making education choices based on web searches and social media alone. Writing some good blog posts and a few tweets are […]