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2018 social media review

2018 saw another busy year for the University’s official social media channels. During the last 12 months, we have been working hard to increase our presence on social media by building our audience. To do this, we…

Social media guidelines update

The University of St Andrews aims to use social media to inspire, challenge and engage with our audience. As well as the official University accounts, many Schools, Departments, professional units, research centres,…

Digital visa social media training courses

New social media training courses

The digital communications team are launching two new social media training courses as part of a refresh to the digital visa. ‘An introduction to social media for beginners’ and ‘Developing a social media strategy’…

Scheduling social media posts

Graduation week is always one of the busiest and most important times of the year for the digital communications team and our colleagues across Corporate Communications. Both the University website and the social media…

How to make your website optimised for mobile devices

What not to post on social media

What type of content should you be sharing on social media? Generally, images and videos perform better than plain text, but there are no set rules. What might work well for one publisher might not work as well for…

How we promote our long-form stories

Are you familiar with the Stories section on the University website? The digital communications team have been creating long-forms since 2015 with the purpose of showcasing the University’s research, history and…

Screenshot of Facebook ad manager interface

Paying to post – advertising on Facebook

It is estimated that in 2017, nearly 36 billion USD will be spent on social network advertising. Facebook is one of the biggest platforms for advertising online after Google, and with adverts appearing naturally in a…

Social media image sizes cheat sheet for 2017

Recent studies have found that images used on Twitter double the engagement rate of posts – and this makes a lot of sense. In the world of social media, images stand out in a sea of text. However, image sizes vary…

How we fixed our YouTube channel

If you don’t live in the UK and have visited the University’s YouTube channel recently, you may have noticed that our videos were not working. This problem was brought to our attention about two months ago by a…