4 Ways Higher Education Institutions Can Use Vine

Young female using cell phone

Young female using cell phone

This is a guest post by James Knight

Vine When Vine first came out (something we announced in Seriously Social News #7), the concept of six-second, looping videos seemed rather unassuming. However, this quirky social media app quickly blew up in popularity, acquiring 40 million registered users in less than a year, according to The Verge. Vine users range from individuals to international brands looking to stake their claim in this Twitter-backed enterprise. Twitter made its name by requiring users to become succinct with their words in 140 characters or less. Now, it’s doing the same thing with videos through Vine. Higher education institutions use Vine to market their schools, promote their projects, and remain relevant in an academically competitive world. Here are four ways to create Vine videos that will put you on the map:

#1 Break Your Message Down to the Bare Bones

Six seconds goes by quickly, but it’s plenty of time for you to deliver a powerful message to your audience. Figure out what you want to get across to your students. Are you trying to show off your campus, your classes or your clubs? Brainstorm moments that make sense in six seconds, and practice making Vine videos until you get the essence of your message across in that limited time frame.

The video doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive to produce. Some of the best Vine videos are those that capture spur-of-the-moment excitement that surrounds your campus. Campus events, particularly sports events, are a good example of many Vine-worthy moments. Plus, with college sports always being big draws to athletic-centric campuses, this is a good way to establish your school further in that area.

#2 Create a Unique Style

Once you’ve determined the best way to reach your students, alumni or other audience, you want to stand out in their minds. Some big name brands, such as GE, have implemented distinctive styles through handwriting and stop motion animation that work particularly well in the short Vine videos. Consider what your school is well known for, and work that into your stylistic choices. For example, a pharmacy technician at Pennfoster.edu could shoot a video showing off the classroom labs, research study tests, and other ways of showing off the degree program.

#3 Ride the Trending Topics

Like Twitter, Vine uses hashtags to get into a content conversation on a site-wide level. After working with your niche and localized hashtags, tie your Vine videos to trending topics and current events. You’ll draw more eyes, and working with current pop culture, news and viral trends is a way to make a name for yourself and your school. Media Bistro reported Vine hit the top of the iOS AppStore in 2013, so its popularity is certainly holding strong.

#4 Vine as a Classroom Tool

Vine isn’t limited to marketing alone. Some professors are beginning to incorporate Vine into their lessons. For example, Online Universities reports on a professor who conducts chats using a combination of Vine and Twitter for questions and answers, event Vines that highlight speakers, and student Vines that reflect their feelings on the course and course material. Social media tools for active engagement are invaluable to teachers in any class, particularly business and marketing.

This infographic from Buzzfork shows the latest stats for Vine:

visualizing vine

James Knight

James is a Web developer and smartphone aficionado from Phoenix.

Want in on the latest tools, tips, hacks & techniques?

Get the Seriously Social Newsletter for Free!

You will receive an email no more than once a week.

About Ian Anderson Gray

Ian is an international speaker, coach, social media consultant, web developer & Partner of Select Performers. Ian trained as a professional singer and in real life he is a husband, dad and geek. He is rather partial to tea, coffee & Indian cooking and loves travelling. Find out more

The Seriously Social Community

What do you think? Join the fun & Let me know below...

Leave a Reply

5 Comments on "4 Ways Higher Education Institutions Can Use Vine"


Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted

[…] schools use it to connect with students? Yes! Similar to how admissions might use Snapchat, utilizing the video platform of Vine is a great way to show the campus off to prospective students in a short […]

Ian Anderson Gray
4 months 19 days ago

approve [image: logo] *Ian Anderson Gray* *Social Media Consultant & Web Developer* +44 3333 442 400 | +44 7900 996 328 | ian@iag.me | https://iag.me/ Latest Article: The Top 5 Social Media Management Tools


[…] so when you’re working within the confines of a six-to-fifteen-second video clip. Writing on the Seriously Social blog, guest contributor James Knight […]

Adella @ Wishpond
2 years 11 months ago

Hi James. Vine is a brilliant platform for educational institutions to use! As you said, Vine’s biggest asset is the limitation within 6 seconds that forces video to be to the point, enabling others to view messages instantly and in a way that rewards creativity. I’ve found a great example of using Vine by University of Michigan to promote their campus to would-be students:https://vine.co/v/b9dw5Ham3Q0

Ian Anderson Gray
2 years 11 months ago

Thanks, Adella. The 6 second limit can be quite daunting, but as you say it does force you to get to the point! Thanks so much for the example for the University of Michigan- that is such a good idea. Other Universities should take your lead!