And so it begins….WrapMail is moving forward with Broward College to seek approval to have sponsorships appear in all outgoing student emails. So far, approved brands include: Apple, Dell, Coke & HP. An official start date has yet to be determined. Potentially, what this means is, every time a student sends an email using their Broward College email address, it will be wrapped with a Broward College approved Wrap which will promote the college, and will have a portion of the Wrap dedicated to a sponsorship. This will be a groundbreaking development in the world of online sponsorship and communication.
Think about what the college is doing. They have recently gone from being a community college to a four year degree granting institution and they will be using the IMMENSE email traffic from their students to 1) increase awareness about their new status, programs & degrees and 2) drive new revenue in a year full of budget cuts. Cost for both – $0. It gets even better, WrapMail will be sharing the revenue with the college.
We are still completing a full audit of email traffic but a recent 10 day review revealed roughly 500k emails, which is like having 500k visitors – the visitor being the person receiving the email. If we were to extrapolate that over a year, just for fun, there would be 18,250,000 “visitors.” And that’s one college (see this post). I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty exciting and once one college does this others will surely follow. Here is an example of what a Wrap could look like:
Will some students rail against this? Sure. Are fewer students using email? Probably. But the stats don’t lie and everyone is a consumer. Whether these emails are going to professors, friends, family or future employers…all of them are consumers. To ease some of the possible resistance, the college will be engaging the students with tactics such as a Wrap design contest. So, as the title of this post no longer suggests, but now proves, there are millions of unused ad impressions – about 18 million to be exact.
Dave Kustin – CMO, WrapMail