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Student Affairs Marketing and Communication

The objective of the Office of Student Affairs Marketing and Communication is to collaborate with you to help you raise awareness and interest in your programs and services, as well as increase attendance and participation.  This information sheet is intended to provide a clear understanding about what we can provide, including, our services, distribution options, the request form and consultation process, as well as important vendor information and timelines.  

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Our services are free of charge, however, our range of services varies depending on where your office or department falls within the University structure. Full design services are available to those offices and departments within Student Affairs, but are limited in the areas that fall outside of Student Affairs due to how we are funded. Click to view services available to your department.

  • Graphic Design
  • Website Development
  • Videography
  • Photography
  • Marketing Framework/Planning
  • Press Releases

Graphic Design:
Our professional and experienced designers follow the image/graphic standards and guidelines of East Carolina University and comply with the official ECU Logo Review process.  Each design is custom sized to fit your distribution needs.

Some examples of print and/or digital design services include, but are not limited to:

  • Posters, Postcards, Flyers, Sandwich boards
  • Brochures, booklets, and mailers
  • Displays and banners
  • Digital LCD Signage and Movie Trailers
  • Newspaper Ads
  • T-shirt designs and other give-away items
  • Images and graphics for inclusion into websites

Website Development:
The goal of the Web Design Team is to develop a well organized website for units within the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. Our goal is to develop an interface to increase engagement in programs and services as well as to communicate the policies, programs and services offered to students. We follow the University image/graphic standards and web guidelines, as well as strive to make all pages within our sites Section 508 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. (For more information, please go to http://www.ada.gov  

Some examples of our web services include:

  • Full site redesign
  • Information graphics
  • Ongoing site navigation maintenance
  • Implementation of special features
  • Common Spot Access Approval
  • Training and tutorials

NOTE: The SA Marketing web development team is not responsible for the content management of departmental websites. Each unit is considered to be its own content expert; therefore, the content posted, management and updates within your website should be done by each department’s Common Spot Administrator (CSA). The unit/department supervisor should identify this primary CSA person.  If the CSA is in need of assistance, additional training or experiences troubles with the website, the SA Marketing web development team is more than willing to assist.  

Video and Photography:
We are committed to providing quality high-definition video and photography whether it's planning for a website initiative and social media sites, implementation within designs and marketing campaigns, or covering your events and programs. We will also format and size your video or photographs to meet the various requirements for distribution and posting. Video projects are the most time consuming and require the ample lead in time for scheduling and planning. Pre-production to post-production can take anywhere from three weeks to a year, depending on the length of the final piece and the amount of shots, talent, scheduling, and edits needed. Here's a short clip to help you understand the process of How A Video Is Made.

Some examples of our video services include:

  • Event coverage and recaps
  • Public Service Announcements
  • Commercials, Promos, and Teasers
  • Informational Videos

Marketing Plans and Framework:
We are available to collaborate with you regarding your unit’s overall marketing and strategic direction.
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These services include:

  • Development of unit marketing framework—a document designed to enable and inform your marketing strategy
  • Assistance with incorporation of assessment tools in your marketing efforts
  • Brainstorming innovative and creative marketing ideas for your programs and events that will  meet the current needs of today’s students
  • Identify potential opportunities for marketing collaboration with other units

Press Releases:
A press release can increase exposure for your event or program by inviting and/or informing the media.  These releases are drafted by SA Marketing and approved by the client.  Then the draft release is forwarded to the ECU News Bureau for distribution.  University regulations require that the ECU News Bureau must distribute all press releases, unless otherwise approved.  SA Marketing staff can provide further information as needed.  Once the final press release is distributed, a final version is made available to the requesting unit so that it may be sent out on listservs, as well as posted to websites and social media locations. 

What is a message without a way to distribute and communicate? We take into account all the avenues available to post, insert, and broadcast your message to your intended audience.

Some examples of our distribution outlets include:

  • Campus wide LCD Digital Signage screens
  • ECU's closed-circuit TV broadcast on channel 31
  • Pirate 411 (weekly Student Announce email to all current students)
  • Hendrix movie trailers
  • ECU Transit Authority
  • Video sharing websites
  • Social Media sites
  • Departmental and other university websites 
  • Student Media Outlets
    • WZMB
    • The East Carolinian
  • Local Media outlets
  • Press Releases
  • Inserts for power point presentations
  • DVD's and more


Student Affairs Marketing will assist with gathering quotes for your purchases as well as direct you to a list of approved university vendors. However, each unit is responsible for any print costs or additional costs for materials needed to complete your request.

Since this cost comes from your departmental or event account, it is also each unit’s responsibility to set up the contract vendor agreements. Once a vendor is chosen and the contract is set up, SA Marketing sends the formatted graphic files needed to complete your order to the vendor of your choice.

For giveaways other than paper printing, especially for t-shirts, the University requires the use of State approved vendors.  A list of licensed vendors can be viewed online at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/licensing/licensees.cfm


All of our services require the completion of a Communication Request to begin the process. Once the request form is received, the project will be assigned to an SA Marketing staff member and, when necessary, the client will be contacted to discuss the project further. This request form is located at www.ecu.edu/samarketing.
As soon as you know you will need marketing services for your unit/department, event or program, please submit a Communication Request.  We begin each project by gaining a solid understanding of who your audience is, what’s the call to action, and what is your goal? This helps us create strategic solutions that communicate the right messages and express your unique identity. One primary goal, which benefits both the marketing team as well as the client, is to have your marketing materials ready for distribution at least two weeks prior to your event or program.  This will allow for maximum exposure to your audience.  


Typical graphic designs, website development and photography projects can take 2-3 weeks to complete; however this time frame depends on the scope of each project, as well as, where each request falls in the queue. If your request falls outside of this timeline, it is discussed more clearly during the request consultation.

SPECIAL TIMELINE NOTE: Video project request are the most time consuming and require significant scheduling and planning. Pre-production to post-production can take anywhere from three weeks to a year, depending on the length of the final piece and the amount of shots, talent, scheduling, and edits needed.