University of Hartford

We were looking for a group that wanted to be an extension of our team for our website redesign and into the future. Together, we have launched an award-winning website and developed a robust digital strategy.
Molly Polk
Vice President of Marketing

The Challenge

The University of Hartford offers a cross-disciplinary social education experience that involves peer interactions with fellow students who are exploring widely varied learning options. However, that very diversity had started to work against the university’s overall brand. After diving deep into research, idfive put together a plan for unifying UHart’s seven schools and colleges while providing flexibility for expressing each school or college’s individuality.

See the resulting website.

Uhart is not like a usual educational institution project. Working with such an innovative design was challenging and gratifying, and you can see the result stands out in the industry.

Jorge Gutiérrez
Web Developer
7
Individual homepage designs, one for each school & college

Design

Not only do UHart’s seven schools and colleges offer a diverse range of degree programs from business to engineering to design, nursing, performing arts, and more, but they’re run somewhat independently and each has its own take on the overall university brand. Rather than force conformity to one standard, we opted for a “branded house with flexibility” approach that ensured consistency while allowing for a range of expressions.

Using UHart’s new brand standards, we were able to combine a vast array of assets, including multiple typefaces, an extensive color palette, and nearly a dozen patterns to create a visual language that feels unique to each school while also remaining cohesive with the main UHart page designs. In addition, to make the development of each school’s homepage more efficient, we used many of the same modules with smart design tweaks for each page so they feel distinct but function similarly.

User Experience

Informed by idfive’s extensive Discover360 process, the website’s features — the homepage’s program explorer, user-tested navigation, and strategically positioned call-to-action buttons — help users find the information they are looking for while encouraging them to learn more about the school by browsing.

Development

The talented team in our Medellín office was integral to the successful development of UHart’s robust website. Using a suite of communications tools, our two office locations collaborated seamlessly to power through the challenging build.

Recruitment & Engagement Campaign

In order to recruit new students across all the schools, we ran a combination of up to three different Google digital campaigns for each school, focusing on connecting with students at three major stages of the recruitment funnel. We deployed Google Display advertising to build brand awareness, Google Search to drive research and intent, and Google Remarketing to remind interested students of their intent.

The campaign objective was to drive site traffic, engagement, and CTR to the University of Hartford website — positioning UHart as a top choice for prospective students in Connecticut, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

In order to monitor the success of our media campaign and overall performance of the website, idfive constructed a detailed dashboard in Google Data Studio that allowed the university to see overall website performance as well as traffic to each individual school. Using Data Studio allows the university to customize reports for each school’s needs in an easy-to-understand format.

Overall, the 10-week campaign delivered 4,636,993 impressions leading to 18,813 clicks through to the website resulting in 171 conversions.

Note: Assets created in collaboration with the University of Hartford

4.6
million impressions delivered during the 10-week campaign

Working with the team at UHart to create this multi-dimensional campaign was a seamless effort, and we're thrilled with the results.

Erinn Hesse
Associate Director of Client Services
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