An integral part of the Ford's Theatre website redesign was working with Tessitura, and TNEW, a ticketing, subscriptions, and box office management software system, to improve the ticket exploration and selection process. Year over year, the impact has been impressive.
Ford's advanced ticket sales for historic site visits increased by 156% in Q1 and Q2 2017, while total online ticket sales increased by 130% in the same period.
Fastspot worked with Amherst to launch a website in 2016 that underscores the unique character of the institution and more effectively tells its story to curious prospective students from across the country and around the world. Applications rose by 10% in the year following site launch, and by an additional 13% the following year; both record highs. Dean of Admissions Katie Fretwell commented in the Amherst student newspaper that the incoming class of 2022 is the “most diverse pool of accepted students, socioeconomically, geographically and racially.”
The team at Chicago Architecture Foundation took full advantage of a new site and a powerful new BigTree CMS implementation to become content powerhouses. The best part? People are flocking to the site to consume that content!
- Sessions: 1,350,000 (up 15% over the previous year)
- Users: 867,000
- Pageviews: 4,333,000
- 2015 social media traffic to architecture.org increased 128% over 2014
- All architecture.org sessions were up 15% over 2014.
- Bounce rate was down 16%.
At a time when many colleges and universities are struggling to meet recruitment goals, Lafayette received its highest number of applications this year. More than 8,100 prospective students applied to be members of the Class of 2020, a whopping 40 percent increase over the last five years.
"...In terms of year over year growth, we are up 50% in terms of website sessions and 60% in terms of page views since the launch of our new site in August 2014. And on top of all the quantitative improvement, we feel that with new content offerings like the Mount Vernon Virtual Tour, Washington’s World Interactive Map, and feature presentations such as The Winter Patriots, we feel that we are now amongst the leaders in our digital category."
Rob Shenk, Senior Vice President, Visitor Engagement at Mount Vernon
Bucknell University - A Record Year for Admissions Applications
Bucknell University saw a record numbers of applications for admission to the Class of 2019. The University recorded over 10,925 applications, marking an all-time high in Bucknell's 169-year history. The milestone represents a nearly 39-percent increase over previous year's number of applications and exceeds the previous record set in 2006 by more than 1,800.
Fastspot redesigned the website for Hamilton College in 2016, earning rave reviews and a CASE Circle of Excellence gold award, the most prestigious recognition in higher education. The Hamilton website was also honored in the best school/university category of the 2018 Webby Awards. Just as importantly, the website has supported Hamilton’s outreach to prospective students, which was one of its primary objectives. Applications rose by nearly 20% in the two years following site launch.
Applications were up 63 percent after the site launch, driving Kenyon’s acceptance rate down to a highly selective 24.6 percent, an historic low for the College.
Equally as impressive was the quality of the candidates. Average SAT scores climbed 13 points in all three math, verbal and written components.
Tufts University experienced record applications following the launch of new admissions focused website initiatives, and saw its acceptance rate fall below 20 percent for the first time.