Unlocking HornsLink’s potential

Unlocking HornsLink’s potential

Weeks of planning come to a head on a Tuesday afternoon within the SAC. The social chair for a scholar group rearranges empty chairs and regrets leaving her final class early for this. One ground down, a hungry sophomore buys an overpriced lunch to kill time, unaware of the pizzas rising chilly on the foldout desk on the occasion upstairs. If solely the sophomore knew. 

HornsLink is a good useful resource for organizations searching for to publicize their occasions. The College requires all scholar organizations to register a web page on HornsLink, which serves because the College’s official web site for managing scholar organizations. Nonetheless, most organizations underutilize HornsLink’s occasion planning capabilities. By publishing upcoming actions on the occasions tab, scholar organizations can attain a big viewers and garner elevated visibility for his or her actions.

Alec Weigel, president of Texas Ballroom, famous a rise in scholar turnout on the group’s occasions since they began promoting on HornsLink.

“Folks had been discovering our occasions by HornsLink,” Weigel mentioned. “We began pondering ‘Oh, we actually have to make it possible for we’re conserving updated with posting occasions on right here.’”

Though many golf equipment favor to publicize occasions on their devoted social media, this method requires college students to already be following the group’s account or come throughout a repost to be taught concerning the occasion. Conversely, organizations can make the most of HornsLink’s giant person base to promote their occasions.

Since all college students grow to be aware of HornsLink throughout Scholar Actions displays at orientation, it already has a longtime, built-in viewers for organizations.

“Content material is simply so accessible as a result of it’s one thing college students are made very clear that this can be a useful resource they’ve entry to over the course of orientation,” Weigel mentioned.

Moreover, scholar organizations can profit from HornsLink’s occasion planning options, equivalent to their computerized QR code generator for attendance monitoring.

Sade Dawson-Love, director of scholar actions, mentioned that the division is actively dedicated to creating the platform as significant as doable and is receptive to scholar suggestions.

“We try our hardest to advertise HornsLink much more as a result of we predict this can be a function that might actually be utilized,” Dawson-Love mentioned. 

Regardless of its potential, the shortage of occasion promotion on HornsLink has resulted in restricted scholar engagement past trying to find golf equipment throughout their first semester. This creates a sample the place organizations keep away from posting on HornsLink attributable to perceived low visibility, whereas college students keep away from the platform as a result of lack of content material.

Scholar organizations can break this cycle and capitalize on HornsLink’s potential by actively posting occasions on the platform, making it the first means for connecting college students with campus occasions. 

Chowdhury is a global relations main from Spring, TX.