Customizing Your Alumni Software and Process

Each alumni program has its own specific objectives, and both your process and your alumni software must be planned and designed with them in mind. Our team will consult and partner with you to help you:

  • Define your objective
  • Design your process
  • Customize your alumni software with the capabilities needed to meet the objective
  • Determine what metrics and analytics are necessary for success measurements
  • Consult on an ongoing basis to take your program to greater levels of success

Business Development

Business development can be one of your biggest returns on your investment in your corporate alumni program – if you've correctly prepared your alumni software and process. We can advise you on best practices on how to implement a system to conduct business development through your alumni, what data points are needed, how to keep your data up to date, and how to ensure that your alumni are consistently engaged with your organization's brand. We'll partner with you to design your alumni engagement platform to meet this business need.

Talent Recruitment

To help you meet your recruitment goals, we can help you design an alumni platform that engages alumni during their next career move. Our system makes it easy for alumni to either return to your organization in a new role as "boomerang" employees, or refer people in their network for open positions. We have experience in integrating with major applicant tracking systems, so you can be assured the recruitment process to your alumni runs as smoothly as possible – and without a lot of administration work. We will listen to your talent recruitment needs and enable you to run recruitment campaigns targeted to your highly engaged alumni.

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April 24, 2017

Challenges With Small Alumni Programs

In the past, we've examined challenges large alumni programs face, so in retrospect; we bring you some challenges that smaller alumni programs may face. The number one challenge for small alumni programs are resources. To get tangible results, direct involvement with alumni would be more important ... More

March 22, 2017

4 Tips to Leveraging Technology to Engage Your Alumni

Picture this: It's 1980 and you are organizing a party for your best friend. It's the big 4-0. Where do you begin? Telephone calls, printed invitations - with custom stationary, gathering names, addresses, and telephone numbers, RSVP cards... the list goes on. Flash forward to present day and crea... More

February 24, 2017

Challenges For Large Alumni Programs

Alumni program challenges foranyorganizationwill differ depending on the size ofthe alumni program that is to be launched. It’s essential to firstly understand these challenges before the alumni program commences. In addition adhering to the below solutions provided will result in positive feed... More

February 22, 2017

How To Build Your Corporate Alumni Network

Building an alumni network from the ground up can be difficult. Luckily, we have plenty of experience helping a diverse range of organizations do this. Here are a few items you should consider when building acorporate alumni network. Decide on the population pool early: What kind of... More

February 20, 2017

Why Invest in a Corporate Alumni Program

“Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend. A trusted referral is the Holy Grail of advertising.”[ Tweet This] These are the words that Mark Zuckerberg told an excited, but skeptical crowd the day he launched Facebook ads. Years lat... More

February 15, 2017

5 Tips to Leveraging Technology to Engage Your Alumni

Picture this: It's 1980 and you are organizing a party for your best friend. It's the big 4-0. Where do you begin? Telephone calls, printed invitations - with custom stationary, gathering names, addresses, and telephone numbers, RSVP cards... the list goes on. Flash forward to present day and cre... More

January 27, 2017

The Hidden Job Market in Your Corporate Alumni Part II

In a time when the majority of career opportunities are not announced on jobs boards and sites, there is a way to pierce through the uncertainty that is inherent in a job search. Corporate Alumni Networks, when used properly, can export a portion of the knowledge floating aroun... More

January 24, 2017

Effective Alumni Networking in a Job Search

Looking to change careers, but all you’ve got is an alumni contact list full of people in your current industry? If you’re going to look for a job within your corporate alumni network , it’s best to approach the right people . If you share an alumni at ABC incorporated, then you shou... More

January 13, 2017

The Hidden Job Market in Your Corporate Alumni

In a time when the majority of career opportunities are not announced on jobs boards and sites, there is a way to pierce through the uncertainty that is inherent in a job search [Click to Tweet]. Corporate Alumni Networks, when used properly, can export a portion of ... More

January 12, 2017

Increase Your ROI by Maintaining Alumni Relationships

While corporate alumni programs are still a relatively new concept for organizational strategies, they carry the potential for significant ROI from increased business development opportunities, strengthened company and employer brand, and reduced recruitment expenses. Corporate alumni pro... More

December 28, 2016

Corporate Alumni and the Boomerang Effect

If you love something, let it go. And if it comes back to you, then it was meant to be [Click to Tweet] … a part of your corporate alumni network. The idea behind an Alumni Network is simple enough. Employees leave and employers woo them back, or at least keep up with them. But have you ever ex... More

December 21, 2016

Alumni as Brand Ambassadors

Corporations are the new alma maters: companies are retaining and managing their connections with ex-employees (corporate alumni) in a trend dubbed “corporate social networking” (CSN). Corporate branding has become more indicative of competitive market advantage than product branding. Alumni admira... More

December 15, 2016

The Hidden Job Market in Your Alumni

Corporate Alumni Programs Need a Hook Yourcorporate alumni programis a long-term strategy. Just as you can’t expect to build it overnight, you need to plan to bring your alumni to your program not just once, but over and over and over again. The simple fact of it is that alumn... More

December 13, 2016

Is Your Alumni a Two Way Street

When was the last time you went to a networking event, or a gallery opening, and you stood in front of 10, 100, or even 1,000 attendees and told them all about the great things you have done in the past 30 days? Sounds ridiculous, right? I am sure this has never... More

December 02, 2016

How to Build Your Corporate Alumni Network

Building an alumni network from the ground up can be difficult. Luckily, we have plenty of experience helping a diverse range of organizations do this. Here are a few items you should consider when building acorporate alumni network. Decide on the population pool early: What kind of ... More

November 15, 2016

Power of Alumni Networks

It’s unfair to believe that your employees will want to stay with you forever. Nobody plans to work in the same office for 30 years. It just sort of happens. Or it used to. [ Click to Tweet] It is currently estimated that Millennials will hold 12-15 jobs in their lifetim... More

November 11, 2016

Tips to Engage Your Alumni with Technology

Organizations who realize the benefits to retaining connections with their corporate alumni talent face a major roadblock to engagement: Finding an efficient and sustainable process. Technology, when implemented properly, can alleviate this formidable administrative strain of engaging your alu... More

October 21, 2016

Promote Your Brand Through Your Alumni

When you think of Billy Mays, you immediately picture him in his crisp blue polo shouting to promote OxyClean™ to get any stain out no matter what! He is a great example of an organization promoting their brand. Unfortunately, he isn't taking anymore promotional gigs. But fear not, there i... More

June 15, 2016

The Rise of Corporate Alumni Programs

What do LinkedIn, YouTube, Yelp and Tesla have in common [ Tweet This]? These top ranking businesses are examples of innovation and massive financial success formed from an alumni network. All of them were founded by the alumni of a single company: PayPal. The "Paypal Mafia"... More

May 20, 2016

Alumni Relations In the Financial Services Sector

The end of an employee’s tenure at a company doesn’t always mean the end of that firm’s relationship with said employee. Alumni programs make it possible to keep a mutually beneficial relationship going on after the cord has been cut. Due to the specific skills needed to thrive in the Fina... More

December 11, 2015

Alumni programs across all industry sectors

Recently several major trends including – the “war for talent,” changing attitudes towards work, employee employer relationships, and the adoption of cloud-based technologies – have encouraged companies across all industry sectors, to proceed with major initiatives to gather their intangible assets ... More

December 09, 2015

3 ways alumni programs improve organizational productivity

Alumni programs are an effective solution for companies wanting to stay connected with former employees. However, these programs can also serve as a valuable tool for helping organizations improve productivity among their current employees. Alumni programs can help a company better achieve its goal... More

December 02, 2015

Alumni relations for business development

One of the main benefits of establishing a strong alumni program is the potential of new revenue derived from referrals by alumni to new business. Previous employees are in an ideal position to refer you to new clients, especially if they move on to employment in an industry that uses solutions offe... More

November 17, 2015

Using alumni data to improve program engagement

To make a corporate alumni program active and engaging, it is important to understand the needs of both current and future alumni. The best way to gain this understanding is through the analysis of alumni program data: these numbers offer empirical evidence about the behavior and interests of alumni... More

November 11, 2015

Next Level Alumni Management: Growing an Existing Alumni Program

The full benefits of corporate alumni programs are only realized by companies that have highly effective alumni networks in place. Many organizations struggle in the growth period between the beginning of their alumni program and its development into an engaging channel that helps them achieve busin... More

October 23, 2015

Managing the Cultural Fit Challenge with Corporate Alumni Recruitment

Today's corporate recruiters face many challenges. As employees become increasingly mobile, top talent is becoming harder to both attract and retain. Recruiting candidates that are a good cultural fit is another critical challenge for recruiters. Katherine Klein at the University of Pennsylvania's ... More

October 16, 2015

Employee Referrals: The Hidden Benefit of Alumni Relations

An engaged alumni network provides cost effective access to top-caliber talent and serves as a channel for business development, but there is another benefit of alumni relations that is not often talked about: referrals from former employees. In a recent study conducted by iCIMS, it was reported th... More

October 13, 2015

The role of Mentoring and Alumni relations in a career progression plan

Today's employees are increasingly focused on their personal career progression, both inside their current organization and beyond it. This represents a significant shift from previous generations of workers, where the ideal career track was to stay at one company and work one's way "up the lad... More

October 04, 2015

Three risks of managing corporate alumni on social media

Many organizations are tempted to establish and manage their alumni community on a social media network like LinkedIn. This is a dangerous foundation. The "Rented Land" Problem On a recent episode of his podcast, content marketing thought leader Joe Pulizzi talked about the flaws of buil... More

September 24, 2015

Alumni Relations Have Become a Cultural Magnet for High Potentials

The current generation of high potential employees doesn't expect to stay at a position forever. When evaluating a prospective role or employer, workers are already thinking about how the skills and experience they will gain there will help them later in their careers. The most desirable corporate ... More

September 21, 2015

Corporate Alumni Management Best Practices Checklist

Many companies that understand the benefits of alumni programs are past the planning and implementation phase: they are focusing on developing their program to engage with their alumni. To achieve high levels of engagement with corporate alumni, it is necessary to integrate the alumni management so... More

September 14, 2015

How to Increase Alumni Engagement With Segmentation

For corporate alumni programs to be successful, they must offer relevant content and opportunities to all alumni participants. The huge amount of correspondence that people receive through email and social media makes this a necessity for an engaging alumni program. An effectively segmented alumni ... More

September 03, 2015

How Corporate Alumni Goals Vary by Industry

Today's corporate alumni programs are more than just directories of names that receive an email newsletter every so often. The best alumni programs consist of well-cultivated networks of former employees and are tied to specific, measurable goals. The benefits of implementing an Alumni program can b... More

August 27, 2015

Alumni Programs for Financial Services: 3 Sources of ROI and Keys to Success

Many financial services companies today are facing a big challenge with their alumni programs: convincing management that it is a worthwhile investment. What management needs is a clear cost/benefit analysis, and a highly engaged network of corporate alumni represents three major sources of revenue... More

August 20, 2015

Winning the War for Talent with Alumni Engagement

Hiring managers today continue to face major challenges when it comes to filling open positions. CIO reported recently that almost 70% of technology executives believe there is a shortage in both the quality and quantity of skilled technology workers available. Success in this war hinges on two goa... More

August 13, 2015

Corporate Alumni Program ROI Relies on Hi-Potential Alumni (HPA) Identification

The benefits of hiring corporate alumni are well-known: they already understand the organization's culture and work style, and in their time away from the company have most likely gained valuable skills that make them better at their job. Hiring alumni often calls for a less expensive onboarding pro... More

March 04, 2015

When High Potential Employees Leave

By Phillip Roark, CEO of Insala High Potential Employees Don't Stop Being High Potential When They Leave When a high potential employee decides to leave your firm, they don’t stop being high potential. Increasingly, leading firms are recognizing that an employee leaving an organization shouldn’t... More

February 09, 2015

Corporate Alumni Networks: Three Perspectives, One Vision

By Phillip Roark, CEO of Insala Three Organizational Perspectives… For leading companies, corporate alumni networks represent a unique opportunity to unite three different perspectives in one world-class vision. Let me explain. An average company thinks like this: you either work here, or you don... More

March 21, 2014

Stages of Corporate Alumni Programs

Corporate alumni programs vary in terms of multiple things, not least of which include size, organization type, administrative control, and membership type. What really sets apart one corporate alumni program from another, however, are the program’s objectives and the organization’s intent to follow... More

February 21, 2014

Why Your Alumni Software May Be Doomed to Fail

A corporate alumni program without objectives embedded throughout it is like a building without foundations or a supporting structure: doomed to collapse. Your alumni software is no exception to this rule. It more than anything else must be defined by your objectives, as it’s not only the gateway t... More

February 10, 2014

How to Engage Your Alumni and Win Their Business

Your Corporate Alumni Program's Best Practices We’ve noted in a previous article ("What Your Corporate Alumni Program Has to Do With Employee Engagement") that engagement of your alumni ultimately rests on engagement of your current employees. In fact, if you know you have an employee eng... More

February 04, 2014

What Your Corporate Alumni Program Has to Do With Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement and Alumni Engagement Ultimately, the success of any organization comes down to one thing: the engagement of its people. For most companies, “people” primarily means “employees.” That’s why “employee engagement” is such a big buzzword in the training and development space, and... More

May 09, 2013

Corporate Alumni and the ROI on Outplacement

The problem with outplacement is that you receive little or no return on investment. It almost seems like a win-lose situation: your former employees receive help moving on from your organization, and you lose both your employee and your investment in outplacement. It’s time to reconceptualize out... More

April 08, 2013

Increase Your ROI by Maintaining Alumni Relationships

While corporate alumni programs are still a relatively new concept for organizational strategies, they carry the potential for significant ROI from increased business development opportunities, strengthened company and employer brand, and reduced recruitment expenses. Corporate alumni programs ... More

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