As the former Marketing Director of Virginia Tech admissions, Kelly Quejo knows that campus visits are the best way for perspective students to determine whether or not a school is the right fit. Three years ago she founded Smart College Visit, “with the goal of making it easy for college-bound teens and their parents to search for colleges and get information on how to plan their college visits.”
The site features a robust blog of over 700 articles. It’s a great source for advice on topics like college admissions and college prep and features stories from parents and teens that have visited various campuses across the country.
In addition to their site, Smart College Visit also builds smart phone applications for Android and i-Phone. Their mobile campus guides provide users with pertinent information for prospective students and visitors as well as campus maps, directions, lodging, dining, campus life, and parking info. Any information a perspective student or visitor would need to navigate campus is readily available right in the palm of their hand. Their first app “Visit Virginia Tech” launched in April of 2011 and the company just delivered their second app, “Explore UNH”, a guide to the University of New Haven.
Gail Billingsley, the company’s COO, encourages students and parents, “ to do your homework and create a plan. If you do you’re going to meet with the right people, see the right things, ask the right questions, and it’s going to be a really fulfilling trip.” SmartCollegeVisit.com makes that simple by putting all of those resources in one centralized location. The travel tools, blog and apps make Smart College Visit the singular resource necessary to plan a great campus visit.
Gail and Kelly have been working from TechPad since May 2012 and have benefited from working in the same space as other companies like Heyo. Smart College Visit uses Heyo’s social and mobile marketing tools on their own Facebook page and also recommends Heyo’s services to the colleges they work with.. For Smart College Visit, co-working has kept things “fresh” and provided valuable, collaborative opportunities that they may have missed if they were working in a traditional office space.