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Smart College Visit Launches Explore UNH Mobile App

From Smart College Visit, Inc.:

Explore UNH: A mobile solution for prospective students

Unh_iphoneIn response to the growing
popularity of mobile devices, University of New Haven has introduced Explore UNH, a complete mobile
guide for prospective students, alumni, and visitors to campus.


“Downloading the app is an excellent way to prepare for a campus visit,” says Kevin Phillips, associate vice president for enrollment management.  “We want to make it as easy as possible to help our visitors, particularly our prospective students and their families, get the most out of their time on campus.  This app puts all of the information you might need at your fingertips in a very accessible format.”

Explore UNH
provides relevant information about attending University of New Haven,
including majors, student life, residence halls, dining, and mobile forms to
receive additional information.  The app
serves as an on-campus guide by providing directions for parking,
building-to-building walking directions, history and information on each
building and campus locale.  It also is a
tool to help prospective students apply to UNH and explore their future lives
on campus.

The Explore UNH mobile guide is divided
into five categories: Welcome, Visit, Apply, Explore, and Connect.   Each section was carefully crafted to
highlight UNH and allow the admissions department to be with a prospective
candidate prior to and after their campus visit.  The mobile guide is also ideal for visiting
alumni and conference goers to familiarize themselves with the campus.

Explore UNH was published by Smart College
Visit, Inc, in partnership with University of New Haven and is available free
of charge in the iTunes and Google Play Stores.

Smart College Visit is a Blacksburg, Virginia based higher-ed marketing and college visit planning portal. Featuring college search and campus visit travel resources, SmartCollegeVisit.com has been listed in the Top 100 education advice blogs and as one of the top 5 college visit sites. In addition to Explore UNH, the company also published Visit VT – a mobile campus guide for Virginia Tech in 2011.

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Smart College Visit, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Smart College Visit Selected for Distilled Intelligence 2.0

Smart College Visit, founded by Z. Kelly Queijo, was one of 100 companies selected from among 600 applicants to pitch at Distilled Intelligence 2.0.

Z. Kelly Queijo, founder of SmartCollegeVisit, won first place in the 2010 VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit Open Business Concept CompetitionDistilled Intelligence 2.0 will be held Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12, 2012 at The Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.

According to the Distilled Intelligence website, $27+ million has been invested in companies that participated in Distilled Intelligence 1.0 in October of 2011. Five of the companies have participated in accelerators such as 500 Startups and TechStars and two of the companies have been acquired.

Z. Kelly Queijo is the president and founder of Smart College Visit, Inc., experts in higher education public relations and marketing, and the founder of SmartCollegeVisit.com, the higher-ed marketing and college visit planning portal for college-bound students, their parents, and universities.  Smart College Visit, Inc. is the maker of mobile campus guides for universities, including Visit Virginia Tech for iOS and Android, and other travel and location-based tools and services.

Kelly is a 2012 CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards Finalist and was the winner of the Open Business Concept Competition at the 2010 VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit.  Her columns appear on USA Today College and as the college visit blogger on TravelingMom.  She was recently featured on Fox 21/27 Morning News

Kelly Queijo is the founder of #CampusChat, a weekly Twitter chat hosted since 2009, providing education experts, parents, and students a forum for insightful interaction. 

Kelly is an alumna of Virginia Tech and held the position of Undergraduate Admissions Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator for Virginia Tech from 1993-2000.  Smart College Visit, Inc. was founded in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

Read 10 Facts about Smart College Visit on Handshake 2.0 and more about Smart College Visit on Handshake 2.0.

Smart College Visit, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Z Kelly Queijo, Founder of Smart College Visit, Featured on Fox News

See her on TV today, tweet with her tomorrow!

The founder of Smart College Visit, Inc., Z. Kelly Queijo, was featured on Fox 21/27 Morning News hosted by Bob Grebe on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.  Link to video

Kelly Queijo will be tweeting live on #CampusChat from The Cellar Restaurant in Blacksburg, Virginia on Wednesday, May 9, at 9 PM EST.

Z. Kelly Queijo, founder of Smart College Visit, Inc., won the Open Business Concept Competition at the 2010 VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit.

Excerpt from Smart College Visit: Being Gluten Free in College:

Z. Kelly Queijo, founder of SmartCollegeVisit, won first place in the 2010 VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit Open Business Concept CompetitionWould you choose a college based on dining hall menus? For the thousands of teens living with celiac disease, that frivolous-sounding question may make the difference between a healthy lifestyle and one that can do permanent damage to their bodies.

Smart College Visit is tackling this important issue during National Celiac Awareness Month by providing information and resources for parents and college-bound teens with celiac disease so that they can more easily take celiac management into consideration when choosing a college and making plans for living heathly lifestyles while at college.

To kick off the topic, Smart College visit will host Wendy Gregory Kaho (@midlife_celiac), blogger and college mom with two children who have celiac disease during #CampusChat at 9pm EST on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

Wendy shares her story on SmartCollegeVisit.com of her teens' college search and how they prepared for living gluten free in college.

#CampusChat is in its 3rd year of providing informative and engaging college admissions Twitter chats each Wednesday night at 9pm EST. #CampusChat is open to the public for participation. Anyone with a Twitter id can join the conversation by adding “#campuschat” to their Twitter message. Follow Smart College Visit @collegevisit for announcements about the chat.

What is #CampusChat? See the Smart College Visit Twitter chat tutorial.

See the full press release with details about how to join tonight's #CampusChat on Twitter.

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Z. Kelly Queijo is the founder of Smart College Visit, Inc., a Blacksburg, Virginia-based higher-ed marketing company focused on mobile app and mobile web development with a special interest in creating travel and location-based tools and services. SmartCollegeVisit.com, a college search and college visit planning portal, has been listed in the Top 100 education advice blogs and as one of the top 5 college visit sites. You are invited to follow her on Twitter @collegevisit and to read more about Smart College Visit on Handshake 2.0.

Smart College Visit, Inc. and VT KnowledgeWorks are clients of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Elevator Pitches: A Teachable Moment

As founder of a startup, one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is deciding what to say when asked “What is Smart College Visit?” I have found it difficult to be succinct and to use language that pretty much everyone could understand.

For example, if I said, “We’re a content marketing company serving higher-ed,” most people would likely smile politely and move on. If I said, “We build mobile apps,” they’d nod, smile, and say, “Who doesn’t?”

Fortunately, I came across this video by Adeo Ressi, founder of TheFunded, and the startup incubator Founder Institute. Here, he lays out a perfect “how to” for crafting the one-sentence pitch for startups.

Lesson


Practice

My company, Smart College Visit, 
is developing a travel planning site
to make it easy for college-bound teens and their parents
to get directions, find hotels near campus, and search for 
information about each school they want visit.
 
Revision <formal>
Smart College Visit is a travel planning site that makes it easy for college-bound teens and their parents to search for information about each school they want to visit, get directions, and find hotels near campus. 
 
Conversational  <informal>
We make it easy for college-bound teens & parents to get info about colleges, get directions, & find hotels near each campus they want to visit.

Z. Kelly Queijo is the founder of Smart College Visit, Inc., a Blacksburg, Virginia-based higher-ed marketing company focused on mobile app and mobile web development with a special interest in creating travel and location-based tools and services. SmartCollegeVisit.com, a college search and college visit planning portal, has been listed in the Top 100 education advice blogs and as one of the top 5 college visit sites. You are invited to follow her on Twitter @collegevisit and to read more about Smart College Visit on Handshake 2.0.

Smart College Visit, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Luck Is for the Lottery: You Need 3Ps to Win a Business Competition

Three folks got lucky when the winning MegaMillions lottery ticket number turned out be theirs. Skill, knowledge, preparation, and presentation had nothing to with winning. Winning the lottery was purely a matter of luck. 

That won't be the case on April 11, 2012, when the finalists in the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge compete to take home a trophy and thousands of dollars in start-up services for the best business concept. They'll need to do something a bit more decisive than rely on luck. 

The entrepreneurs need to commit to winning. 

Z. Kelly Queijo, founder of SmartCollegeVisit, won first place in the 2010 VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit Open Business Concept Competition When I entered the VT KnowledgeWorks Open Business Concept Competition in 2010 and made the final cut, I realized that if my business idea had enough merit to get that far, then it was good enough to win the competition. So, I decided to develop what I thought would be a winning strategy built on these 3 Ps: Preparation, Presentation, and Passion. 

Preparation

I followed Guy Kawasaki's presentation guidelines in his book, The Art of the Start. I kept my presentation to 10 slides that primarily focused on the size and scope of my target market, the need I planned to meet/problem to solve, financials for the business, and my expertise. I kept the amount of text on the screen to a minimum with a font large enough for everyone in the room to read comfortably no matter where they were seated. I researched my facts and knew them by heart.

Presentation

I already knew that reading text from the slide show is a standard "no-no" unless you are repeating something to make a point. I took the data from my slides and turned it into an engaging narrative about  the solution I was pitching. I made eye contact with members of the audience. I sought empathy, understanding and connections. 

Passion

Passion – loving what I do – came out in the way I spoke, the tone of my voice, as well as what I said about Smart College Visit and, also, in the way I responded to questions. I smiled – a lot. After all, it felt wonderful to have the opportunity to tell a couple of hundred people about my company. I embraced the moment and tried to make the experience as exciting for them as it was for me. 

Was I surprised when I won? Yes and no. There were many good ideas presented by others who were also passionate about what they wanted to create. But market and concept are also critical components and Smart College Visit definitely had both. Still, the odds of winning a business competition are much better than the odds of winning the lottery, especially when you're prepared, present well, and are passionate about your business, service, or product.

Z. Kelly Queijo, founder of Smart College Visit, Inc., won the Open Business Concept Competition at the 2010 VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit.

Smart College Visit, Inc. is a Blacksburg, Virginia-based higher-ed marketing company focused on mobile app and mobile web development with a special interest in creating travel and location-based tools and services. SmartCollegeVisit.com, a college search and college visit planning portal, has been listed in the Top 100 education advice blogs and as one of the top 5 college visit sites. You are invited to follow her on Twitter @collegevisit and to read more about Smart College Visit on Handshake 2.0.

VT KnowledgeWorks and Smart College Visit, Inc. are clients of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

10 Facts About Smart College Visit

Z. Kelly Queijo of Smart College Visit, Inc.
SmartCollegeVisit is an award-winning college-search and travel planning resource that works with college and university admissions offices to provide efficient on-line and mobile products for college-bound students and their families.

Smart College Visit, Inc. also:

1) won VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurial Summit Award for Best Business Concept.

2) was featured in Valley Business FRONT.

3) is a woman-owned technology company.

4) publishes Where'd They Go To School – quirky lists of famous people and where they attended college.

5) is a mobile app publisher.

6) hosts a weekly chat on Twitter called #CampusChat.

7) was invited by President Obama's Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, to attend a Whitehouse Mashup: The Convening on Consumer Information in Higher Education in September, 2011.

8) is listed in the Top 100 Education Advice Blogs by College Scholarships.

9) is listed in The Top 50 College Info Web Sites by Parents Countdown to College.

10) is founded by someone whose last name means "cheese."

Smart College Visit's products include the Smart College Visit Blog, College Mom Minute, Campus Chat, Mobile Campus Guides, Smart Visit Widget, and other informational and productivity tools.

Photo: Zane J. Queijo

Smart College Visit, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

10,000 Tweets and Counting

Smart College Visit's 10,000th Twitter TweetOn Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 5:08 p.m., I logged my 10,000th Tweet. I'm not a compulsive-tell-you-my-every-move kind of Twitterer. I'm an entrepreneur who tweets to promote my company, services, and my clients. I also tweet to share information I feel is relevant, important, and sometimes amusing, but mostly, I'm all about "the biz." Fortunately, Smart College Visit is about connecting people and resources and Twitter is one of the ways I make this happen. 

My intense period of high activity comes on Wednesdays when I host #CampusChat, a weekly Twitter chat on topics related to college-bound teens, college admissions and college life. During this week's chat, in just one hour, 36 active participants contributed 448 tweets to our conversation on first generation college students

Smart College Visit on TwitterThe day before my 10,000th tweet, Twitter, with its 140 million users, turned 6 and, according to an article on Forbes, Twitter users post more than 250 million tweets a day. 

With the 140-character limit, 10,000 tweets equates to a maximum of 1,400,000 characters.  A 40,000 word novel would have 180,000 characters with an average of 4.5 characters per word. 10,000 tweets, then, would equate to about 8 novels. I could have written 8 novels in the 2.5 years I've been tweeting as @collegevisit? Kind of mind-blowing – for now, I'll stick with tweeting, connecting, and growing my business. 

Images credit:  Special thanks to Jane Kudlow (@CvlKulow ), author of the Dr. StrangeCollege blog, for capturing my milestone tweet and sending it to me. Care to guess where I met Jane? 🙂

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Z. Kelly Queijo is founder of Smart College Visit, Inc., a Blacksburg, Virginia-based higher-ed marketing company focused on mobile app and mobile web development with a special interest in creating travel and location-based tools and services. SmartCollegeVisit.com, a college search and college visit planning portal, has been listed in the Top 100 education advice blogs and as one of the top 5 college visit sites. You are invited to follow her on Twitter @collegevisit and to read more about Smart College Visit on Handshake 2.0.

Smart College Visit, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

10 Facts About Smart College Visit

Z. Kelly Queijo of Smart College Visit, IncSmartCollegeVisit is an award-winning college-search and travel planning resource that works with college and university admissions offices to provide efficient on-line and mobile products for college-bound students and their families.

Smart College Visit, Inc. also:

  1. won VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurial Summit Award for Best Business Concept.
  2. was featured in Valley Business FRONT.
  3. is a woman-owned technology company.
  4. publishes Where'd They Go To School – quirky lists of famous people and where they attended college.
  5. is a mobile app publisher.
  6. hosts a weekly chat on Twitter called #CampusChat.
  7. was invited by President Obama's Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, to attend a Whitehouse Mashup: The Convening on Consumer Information in Higher Education in September, 2011.
  8. is listed in the Top 100 Education Advice Blogs by College Scholarships.
  9. is listed in The Top 50 College Info Web Sites by  Parents Countdown to College.
  10. Is founded by someone whose last name means "cheese."

Smart College Visit's products include the Smart College Visit Blog, College Mom Minute, Campus Chat, Mobile Campus Guides, Smart Visit Widget, and other informational and productivity tools.

Photo: Zane J. Queijo

Smart College Visit, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Who’s in FRONT? Z. Kelly Queijo

Z. Kelly Queijo of Smart College Visit, Inc.
Z. Kelly Queijo, founder of college-search and travel planning resource Smart College Visit, was featured in the December, 2011 issue of Valley Business FRONT.

Photo: Zane J. Queijo

Who's in FRONT? is a weekly series featuring photographs of the people in the news in Valley Business FRONT.

Valley Business FRONT is the monthly magazine for in-depth business news in the Roanoke Valley and the New River Valley of Virginia.

You're invited to view Who's in FRONT? on Handshake 2.0, to read Valley Business FRONT's blog, moreFRONT, and to keep up with Valley Business FRONT on Twitter and Facebook.

Smart College Visit, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.