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Cost of Services

In addition to the variety of services UCM provides free of charge (See Communication Services and Marketing Services for a full list of everything we can deliver!), there are a number of services offered for a fee. Below is a detailed list of those fee-based products. If you engage us for one or more of these services, an estimate of total cost will be provided prior to the start of any work for your approval.

If you have any questions, please contact Riki Sammaneh, client project coordinator, at  sammaneh@ohio.edu.

Communication Services

  • Communications Plan
    $50 per hour

    Beneficial for projects large and small, a communication plan guides outreach and promotional efforts surrounding a specific project, initiative or event to ensure clarity, consistency and efficiency. UCM will work with your team to identify current communication challenges, develop a situation analysis, and deliver a completely written plan that includes an overview of strategy, tactics, messages and audiences, as well as recommendations for measurement and implementation. 

  • Communication Audit
    $50 per hour

    It can be a challenge to ensure all communications generated by your unit are consistent, adhere to visual standards and align with overarching messaging when you don’t have a clear picture of every brochure, postcard, press release and social media post. Before developing a communication plan, UCM can help your unit develop a comprehensive picture of your communications and marketing efforts through a communication audit, which examines audiences, messages, vehicles and design. A final communication audit provides a clear picture of current marketing and communications efforts and identifies areas of inconsistency and opportunities for improvement in written, printed and digital communications.

  • Strategy Development and Consulting
    $50 per hour

    Do you feel capable of creating your own communication plan or leading an audit of your unit’s communication materials but want guidance from UCM? We’re here to help! UCM can provide consultation services and feedback at specific milestones in your project to ensure that it’s comprehensive, accurate, and poised to help achieve your communications goals. 

Marketing Services

  • Graphic Design
    $50 per hour

    The UCM graphic design staff works in print, motion graphics, and web/electronic mediums. When our design staff develops a concept, you can be assured that the final product is within the University brand standards. Professional designers are not only able to produce the communication piece you have in mind, but are here to guide and advise you on the best way to achieve your desired outcome.

  • Editing and Content Creation/Enhancement
    $50 per hour

    UCM clients don’t have to worry about which type of dash to use or whether a word should be capitalized; we edit client-supplied copy for cohesiveness with OHIO’s brand standards. This means that your project content will be consistent with promotional efforts across the University. Depending on the scope of the project, our staff can also enhance marketing efforts by producing creative copy elements such as themes and taglines, reorganizing information to make it more impactful, or providing “script doctoring” that improves the syntax—or even adds pizazz—to informational copy provided by our clients.

  • Marketing Strategy
    $50 per hour

    UCM can help you develop a multipronged strategy to promote your unit or program, suggesting which types of projects and communication vehicles would best fit your goals. We strive to provide options that deliver the greatest impact while maximizing available resources. From developing an initial game plan to rolling out a promotional campaign, UCM looks forward to collaborating with you and co-piloting your venture to success.

  • Video Production
    Pre-production (includes client meetings, site surveys, scheduling shoots)
    No Charge

    Production (includes shooting b-roll and interviews)
    $50 per hour

    Post-production (video editing)
    $50 per hour

  • Captioning Charges

    Closed Captioning
    00:01 – 05:00 $78
    05:01 – 12:00 $114 

    Open Captioning
    00:01 – 02:00 $180
    02:01 – 04:00 $240
    04:01 – 06:00 $300
    06:01 – 12:00 $318

  • Narration (recording voiceover)
    $50 and up per hour (in house) + studio costs
    $300 per session (outside voiceover artist)

  • Music Library Fee
    $30 per cut

  • Web Streaming
    $100 first hour
    $50 per hour each additional hour

  • Digital Handling (transferring, labeling and storing video clips)
    $60 per project

  • Studio Rental (includes use of studio space, video lights and lighting assistance)
    $50 per hour

  • Photography
    All prices include shooting, editing, toning, and digital proof

    Studio portraits
    $40 per sitting

    Environmental Portrait on Location
    $175 fixed rate

    Group Portrait on Location
    $175 fixed rate

    Event Coverage
    $85 per hour

  • Drone Servies

    Photo only
    $85 per hour

    Video only
    $50 per hour

    Photo and video
    $135 per hour (billed for photo and video separately)

Qualtrics Survey Facilitation

  • Survey creation
    $50 per hour

    Inputting content, developing survey flow and logic to facilitate collection of desired information, and collection of responses from survey application. Output is raw data spreadsheet.

  • Analysis, Evaluation and Report Preparation
    $50 per hour

    Generating custom report of survey responses, with charts and organized easy-to-read survey text responses if applicable. Additional data summarization and stratification, beyond scope of survey application, is available.

Compression Planning

Compression Planning® is a proven tool that cuts through the clutter of project management and helps facilitate idea generation and decision making in a highly efficient, engaging session led by trained facilitators from UCM. The process gets everyone involved and invested in a successful outcome. A Compression Planning® session is useful for both specific, time-bound projects and initiatives (like an event plan or program launch), as well as to help guide the overarching direction or develop the identity and purpose of an organization or initiative. UCM’s Compression Planning® process includes a client discovery meeting, creation and refinement of the session design and facilitation of the session, with a report that captures and synthesizes ideas, feedback and action items.

Full day and half day sessions offered. Please ask for an estimate.

UCM University Workshops

  • UCMU 402: Media Interview Practicum (3 hours; fee required)

    Pricing and Max Group Discount: UCMU 402 is offered to a minimum group of three participants at $150 per individual. However, for a maximum group cohort of five participants, we offer a $150 discount, making the total cost for all five participants $600.

    Prereq: Recommendation from department or unit head and University employment duties that include working with members of the media regularly in a spokesperson capacity. Because of the work you do, your expertise, or position within the organization, you may find yourself face-to-face with a reporter or a group of reporters. It can be daunting facing a reporter’s questions—not only if such interaction is rare but also because the stakes can be high with regard to your credibility as well as the reputation of the organization. The aim of this workshop is to prepare you to respond to requests for interviews and help you develop messages applicable for a variety of formats. This experiential learning opportunity takes place in a small-group setting and includes two videotaped mock interviews, group evaluations, and a training workbook.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

Will be billed at cost. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Vehicle rental

  • Materials

  • Printing

  • Postage