Do you find yourself wondering how to increase student engagement at your college and campus events?
Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) discovered they could use social photo booths to engage students at campus events who wouldn’t otherwise participate.
It started with a photo booth rental
WWCC rented a photo booth for their leadership convention and it was a huge hit. Everyone loved it! They wanted to recreate the same level of fun and excitement at student activities, but found it would be too expensive to rent for every event.
That’s when they discovered Simple Booth HALO®, a mobile solution they could own that was easy to set up.
The Student Life team purchased their very own HALO, allowing them to scale the benefits of student engagement to more events.
Students all over campus started making meaningful connections just by taking photos together! It quickly became an essential ice-breaker that worked to get students involved.
Participants would also share their photos online, increasing the turnout for future events through word-of-mouth marketing.
Here’s what the school had to say
We asked Vince, WWCC’s Assistant Director of Campus Life, a few questions about how they use HALO around campus.
What problem were you trying to solve?
“At the time, we were hoping to make the events we were putting on more memorable. We had used a different style photo booth at a leadership convention and LOVED it. It was the focal point that night and everyone enjoyed using it.
HALO provided an easier way to advertise which brought more students to events.-Vince, Assistant Director of Campus Life
So we wanted to incorporate that feeling at our events. HALO provided an easier way to advertise which brought more students to events. It made a fun and easy way to capture memorable activities or events on campus.”
How did HALO impact student engagement?
Because HALO is something new that you don’t see very often unless you are at a larger event usually, people are really excited to use it. You are only at WWCC for two years and for most, it goes by too fast. HALO increased our excitement around events.
We are able to engage students, no matter the age, who wouldn’t normally engage with most of our activities or events.
We are able to engage students, no matter the age.-Vince, Assistant Director of Campus Life
It also acts as an easy ice-breaker for those who don’t want to get involved or may not know how to get involved.
What is your favorite feature and why?
Our favorite feature of the photo booth is that it instantly either prints or sends to the people in the picture via email, social media or text message. Also, how quick the process seems to be.
These factors are helpful for when we have large events and many people in line waiting for their picture. But also everyone seemed to enjoy the instant memory-making and how everyone could take a souvenir home from the event.
We also like the variety of layouts and displays you can use.
What are three benefits you’ve found using HALO?
We have more than three…
- Never gets old. You can participate when you want.
- Effortless publication, the photo booth does the job of taking pictures of the students or people at an event and how happy they are to be there. Students and staff are excited to take a quick picture. The concept seems so different when the app is taking the picture instead of a person forcing you to say cheese.
- It’s age-friendly, so it doesn’t limit itself to only being the “18-25 year old student.”
- Helps advertise our events and student government within the school and community.
- Helps connect students to each other.
- More convenient than a larger scale photo booth.
Why would you recommend HALO to a school?
It’s a great investment and not challenging to use (user friendly). If you plan to have multiple events, and are having a difficult time engaging an audience, this is a great place to start and a good investment.
HALO is a simplified, more updated version of the old school photo booths that allow students to connect to each other and enhance the college experience.
WWCC made a difference in their student activities and we believe you can too. Simple Booth is the tool to make it possible. Ready to increase student engagement on your campus?