Borders College – Market Research

User Testing for Borders College


Borders College is a further education institute based in the Scottish Borders. Providing a variety of courses for further education, commercial and community learning needs, the organisation has campuses throughout the region,


As with most public sector organisations, Borders College is expected to deliver more with less. The constraints on the funding required the use of measurement of best practice as a means of ensuring all spend achieves the required return. This includes the marketing budget too. As a result, the Marketing and Communications Manager sought to audit the College website and social media channels to ensure the platforms and content both attracted and retained the broad spectrum of users.


Using a variety of primary research techniques, including user experience testing, and secondary research, we were able to provide a clear and unbiased overview of the website experience and social media reach and engagement.


Our reports were used by the Marketing and Communications Manager to demonstrate the College was performing well with their website and social media content.

There were also areas to consider for the future development of the website and options to segment the offering for specific target markets with the social media channels used.


“We recently used McGowan Marketing to carry out social media and website audits.
The Independent and unbiased scrutiny provided us with key information on not only our social media channels but also on our main website. The final reports highlighted areas of best practice as well as alerting us to potential issues.
We have found that working with McGowan Marketing to be straightforward and really enjoyable. Emily makes a real point of understanding our business and is able to help us focus on positive outcomes.”


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