This is my second annual top 20 higher ed holiday greetings list so I’m feeling a little bit better qualified this year to put it together. To remind our readers this is “my” top 20 list, not “the” top 20 list. It is quite subjective, and is based on my personal and evolving tastes in Christmas greeting messages. The categories are mine and probably only make sense to me. If I missed you this year, my apologies, but please remember, I could only include 20.
I was fairly strict in the search criteria used to identify candidates for my list. I searched on “college holiday greetings 2013” and “ university holiday greetings 2013” and looked at the first 10 pages of results for each. Given I had to get through 200 greetings I will admit I was moving fairly quickly in my review process. If the page loaded slowly or if there was a broken link I probably moved on without seeing it. If you SEOed your holiday greeting webpage or YouTube video page there was a pretty good chance it made my top 200 review list and I saw it. If you didn’t, make sure you add the SEO step to your greeting to-do list for next year! And a special thanks goes out to those schools who submitted their greetings directly to us for consideration. They were all included in the review.
I have to say I am once again really impressed by the creativity, warmth and professional polish put into these holiday greetings. They are really wonderful and effective pieces. Enough said, on to the list!
My Most Favorite Holiday Greeting of 2013: Alfred University
Best Multi-Language Greeting: Dalhoulsie University
Best Twitter-based Greeting: Indiana University Southeast
Best Use of Mascot in a Greeting:
James Madison University
University of Connecticut
Best Campus Promo Style Greeting: Weber State University
Best Annual Recap Style Greeting:
Simon Fraser University
College of Western Idaho: This greeting was so long, (over 9 minutes), that I almost skipped it but it turns out it was very well done so here it is for your consideration.
Best Flashmob Style Greeting: Much to my surprise I didn’t find one, (under my search criteria, as listed above). Please let me know if you have one or know of one from this year that we can list.
Best Animated Greeting Card:
Sheridan College: Special merit goes out to Sheridan College in Mississauga, Ontario for also running PPC advertising that linked to their Holiday greeting.
Wichita State University
Best Short, Sincere and Heartfelt Message:
Best Christmas Poem Based Greeting: Olin University
Best Christmas Wish Style Greeting: Montgomery College
Best Xmas Tree Lighting Greeting: Ashland University