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A scalable software platform for all budgets.

Recruit students, help parents stay connected, and empower your staff to easily update content with premium communications products and tools.

Award-winning designers bringing your school to life online.

Schools love how Finalsite finds what makes them unique and translates that into an authentic digital experience.

School marketing experts at your service.

Schools turn to Finalsite's consultants for their decades of experience developing and executing a digital marketing strategy.

Improve School-to-Home Communications with Password-protected Portals.

Portals provide a safe and secure place for your community to access information that's just for them on every device.

Sarah Gordon, Assistant Director of Communications
Choate Rosemary Hall

A best-of-breed approach to give you the "all in one" solution you need.

We focus on the critical function of marketing and communication, while leveraging relationships and integrations with 70+ partners to provide a more seamless experience between the school and your constituents.

A team of 200, Finalsite has been serving schools worldwide for 20 years.

Our business has been for and about schools since the beginning, which is why 95% of clients stay with us year over year.

Save Time and Enhance Data Integrity

Our secure integrations with popular MIS providers mean you can replace timely manual data uploads with our automatic transfers for a seamless solution.

Sarah Gordon, Assistant Director of Communications
Choate Rosemary Hall
  • Independent Schools
  • MATs
12 Most Common FAQs About Finalsite
Finalsite Team

At Finalsite our goal is to help schools increase admissions, improve school-to-home communications and save time with powerful integrations. In this article we share with you some frequently asked questions about Finalsite and what makes us different to any other website provider.

1. Where does Finalsite host?

We have multiple data-centres throughout the World, including here in the UK. Unlike any other supplier in the UK, this gives us redundancy even in the case of a data centre failure.

2. Is Finalsite's Composer platform GDPR compliant?

We are an enterprise solution hosting more than 1,000 schools around the world. So yes, we are fully compliant. We are also in the process of gaining certification for IS27001 which would make us the only school website supplier with this accreditation.

3. How long will I be tied in for?

Well that's entirely up to you. We offer flexible 3, 4 and 5-year term contracts. One of the reasons we can offer 5 year contracts is because we are very stable - we've seen a lot of companies come and go, so offering a 5 year contract offers our clients confidence that they can depend on us. It also gives our team of product specialists the ability to plan product with a longer view. Many schools also prefer 5 years – simply because this fixes their annual fee for a longer time and they are also looking for a longer-term relationship. We can spread the cost of the setup over the duration, which can make it more affordable.

4. What happens after the initial contract term?

Nothing! If you want to maintain the same software and modules the annual cost stays exactly the same. No increases.

 

5. Does Finalsite use templates?

Whilst there are many suppliers out there creating novelty style websites that lack both substance and depth, we offer a range of themes that give schools on tight budgets first class websites. However; the majority of the websites are entirely bespoke and use a design team that have won more creative awards than any other school website supplier in the UK. We've recently been named an official Webby Honoree, which means that from more than 13,000 entries received Finalsite's work ranks in top 18% of all work entered from around the world, as judged by the Academy. 

6. What about ROI?

As a premium supplier to independent schools, proving a return on investment is crucial. Whilst there are many suppliers out there creating novelty style websites that lack both substance and depth; we focus entirely on creating websites that achieve actual outcomes (CTAs) with proven methodologies and established user journeys – hence our client's enquiry conversion rates are second to none and our websites perform beyond the homepage.

7. I've been told 'the technology' is not that important when choosing a website supplier - is this true?

The only suppliers who would ever tell you this are those that have a platform they'd rather you didn't look at. Before selecting a supplier ask each one that you are considering to provide a full content management system (CMS) demo. Not all Content Management Systems are equal – despite what those with the worst technology might tell you. If you can't successfully update it; the great user experience you've created won't stay that way.

Finalsite team

8. Is it true your support team are all based in the US? 

No way! We have a friendly support team based here in our London office as well as the US, Asia and Europe. 

9. One of your competitors told us...

At Finalsite we have a rule – we don't talk about other providers and like to win deals on the merits of our company, design and software. If other suppliers need to talk about Finalsite then we take that as a compliment as it means they can't win or retain a client without discrediting what we do first. This for us at least, this is no way to establish a long-term relationship with a client or indeed a long-term strategy for conducting business, as we believe our customers are looking for a supplier with integrity, honesty and a complete focus on their own offering. Find out more about Finalsite's core values and mission.

10. What does the Composer roadmap look like?

Internally we don't refer to our platform as a CMS, as that's actually only a small component of it; we're building a marketing and communications platform capable of facilitating inbound marketing, one of many projects that our team of 30+ developers are working on. This is indicative of our innovative approach to software– giving schools access to cutting edge technology and marketing techniques that deliver better results.

Inbound Marketing
 

11. I've been told websites are dead – is this true?

To a certain extent, yes – it is true. Websites as stand-alone information pieces have certainly had their day, as has to a certain extent social media (there's already more posts and content on a given topic that anyone can read it a lifetime) – that's why our platform is being developed as an inbound marketing platform. Inbound marketing is 60% cheaper than traditional marketing, has a higher conversion and therefore ROI.

12. Why Finalsite?

That's the easiest question of all. Where else can you find a marketing and communications platform that gives you a cutting edge online presence, allows you to personalise content to different users, fully integrates with your MIS, allows you to initiate email marketing campaigns directly from it, provide portals to parents, students and staff with a single sign-on, generate inbound leads from prospects yet to reach out to you and integrates social media seamlessly into your marketing. No other solution even tries to come close to this level of sophistication, technical execution or delivery.

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