Global Education Opportunity Network (GEON) Partners with Vantage Communications to Help U.S. Colleges and Universities Track Prospective International Students

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GEON, Inc. to utilize Vantage CRM Student Relationship Management application to expand its global student recruitment efforts in 182 countries

GEON, Inc. (the Global Education Opportunity Network™), a leading international student recruitment organization, has announced a new partnership with Vantage Communications to provide U.S. colleges and universities, and international students with exceptional services in the matching and placement of qualified international students in GEON’s new Student Exchange Network (SEN™) to quality U.S. schools.

According to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Fast Facts 2009, there are more than 671,000 international students currently enrolled in U.S. institutions*. With this number expected to dramatically increase over the next few years and with the decline in the enrollment of domestic students, it has become vital for colleges and universities to find ways to attract foreign students to their campuses.

With this trend in the forefront of their operations, GEON will implement the Vantage CRM Customer Relationship Management System as the technology backbone to GEON’s SEN product. Through GEON - SEN™, colleges and universities will be able to track the progress of prospective students from the moment they are identified through the complete enrollment process. This includes monitoring the performance of international recruitment organizations, the seamless upload of student documents, communication directly with potential students to help coach them through the process, and uploading and recycling leads to one of GEON’s 1,500+ partners in 182 countries. The SEN™ platform is designed to improve enrollment yields and optimize enrollment outcomes, streamline the student recruitment process, reduce time involved with the student recruitment process, improve student satisfaction, improve accountability, and reduce international student recruitment costs. Through the SEN™ product, a college or university can effectively have their own in-country enrollment team and send this team new or recycled student leads.

Steven Owlett, President of GEON states, “We recognize the time, costs, and risks associated with international student recruitment and the importance for colleges and universities to proactively recruit the best international students with total transparency through the process. Our management team has been collectively doing just this for more than 30 combined years in more than 180 countries. As we ramped up our efforts to expand across the globe and reach a wider audience, we knew we needed the best and most cost-effective way to manage our customer data as well as the data of our valued college and university clients, and international partner organizations. Vantage Communications’ Vantage CRM system with the Student Relationship Management (SRM) module was the clear choice. The fact that Vantage hosts the data and is so easy to use is phenomenal. This will no doubt help us assist colleges and universities in a big way.”

Key Features of Vantage CRM that will accelerate GEON’s efforts include:

  •     Pre Implementation work flow analysis, planning and design
  •     Complete Data Migration (including 3rd party software)
  •     Sales and Marketing Automation to maximize Lead Conversion Process
  •     Intuitive software for easy addition of new users
  •     Powerful Analytics allow colleges and universities to track students end to end
  •     Full Integration with Microsoft Outlook
  •     Enhanced Business Intelligence analytical tools with integrated search component
  •     Complete Training for the agents and colleges, including post implementation; customization; and continued customer support and technical assistance.

According to Paul Edelblut, Vice President of Vantage Communications, “Vantage has been an industry leader in providing high-quality educational software for decades. Our products are used by more than 1.5 million students worldwide as well as higher education insitutions and businesses across the globe. We are very excited to add GEON to our partner group and extend our commitment to international education as well as solidify our place as the top education company in the U.S.”

About Vantage Communications
The Vantage on Demand (VOD) suite of applications contain technology advances developed while building imbedded technologies for the world’s largest software companies. With 38 technology patents, Vantage developed the first Software as a Service (SaaS) application in the 1990’s, and seamlessly combines Unified Communications, Voice over IP, iSEEK search, Customer Relationship Management and Contact Center into a single Customer Communications Platform. Vantage CRM creates a record of every customer touch point for a crystal clear view of your business and customers. Vantage applications are browser based and available worldwide.
Learn more at http://www.VantageIP.com.

About GEON, Inc.

GEON, Inc. is a U.S.-based company headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, that timely and cost-effectively delivers qualified international students to the most mutually beneficial education partner. GEON serves a network of trusted education partners that view international students as an essential way to grow enrollments. GEON’s education partners get the best of both worlds: a steady stream of accomplished students and the peace of mind that comes without the worries of the organizational distraction or cost involved in building an infrastructure to deal with the complexities of international recruitment. Learn more about GEON, Inc. at http://www.yourgeon.com.

*http://opendoors.iienetwork.org/file_depot/0-10000000/0-10000/3390/folder/78747/Fast+Facts+2009.pdf

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