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Drone Community Abuzz at Goldstar’s Venue Tours

We've written about our FlyBy Seating Chart initiative on this blog, and our efforts to reimagine the seating chart.With the help of a camera-equipped drone (and its skillful pilot), we’ve been filming FlyBy videos inside and outside some of our partner venues. The videos capture the real-life experience of being at the venue, from entering the lobby to sitting in different sections and more.Recently, Droneblog highlighted Goldstar's Flyby of La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.Want to read more...

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News

Millennials Are the Future of Live Events

In his well-received keynote speech at the International Association of Venue Managers’ (IAVM) International Convention Centers Conference (ICCC) on Oct. 27 in Pasadena, Jim spoke "about millennials, and how they are the future of live events," reports Venues Today.The article highlights important takeaways for venues: "'The Baby Boomers and The Millennials are the two biggest generations that we’ve ever seen,' McCarthy explained. 'I’m actually a Gen-X’er, so I’m used to being ignored,' said McCarthy to laughter. 'This means that the...

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Marketing

Timing Is Everything & More Lessons for Launching New Shows

This Inc. article takes a look at several 5 billion-dollar sales pitches -- and why they went so well. Turns out, they all have some things in common. Reporter Diane Currie Sam lists five lessons we can learn from their launch, and we're sharing three below: "Memorable one-liners When Steve Jobs introduced the iPod back in 2001, and he told us the product would let us have 'a thousand songs in your pocket,' he delivered the memorable one-liner that helped people...

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Marketing

Is Your Theater Scaring Up Some Halloween Fun?

Recently on this blog, we reposted some thoughts from Jim about Halloween. He wrote: "Culturally, I believe something has shifted in the last five or 10 years about Halloween: It’s big. It looms large in the mind of Americans in a way that it didn’t before.If I were a programmer for a venue or troupe or even the marketer for a sports team, I’d think about what this meant and what to do about it. If you’re a theater or...

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Marketing

How Your Venue Can Ace Millennial Marketing

When it comes to reaching millennials, authenticity is key. According to this PSFK article, L.A. grocery chain Erewhon is winning with millennials by being transparent about what they sell.In 2011, Tony Antoci bought the struggling stores, which only sell organic foods. Today the chain is "thriving," especially with millennials, who, "according to Antoci, 'just get organic.'"Jennifer Passas writes, "Immediately after buying the stores, Antonci worked on rebranding the shop and creating an ingredients list. The result was a list...

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Marketing

Are You Using the Web’s Most Popular Color?

Did you even know the web had a most popular color? Well ... it's blue."Blue is the color of Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Microsoft, whitehouse.gov, WordPress and Pandora … among others," reports Caitlin Dewey for The Washington Post.Dewey explains how blue became the it color: "Recently, the designer Paul Hebert began tracking the color palettes of the world’s largest websites ... On the world’s 10 most popular websites, shades of blue and turquoise outnumber other colors by a...

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Marketing

Cleveland Orchestra Targets Millennials With ‘Members Club’

The Cleveland Orchestra wants to make it as quick and easy as possible for busy, young people to see their shows live. So, they've created a 'Members Club.'Zachary Lewis of Cleveland Plain Dealer explains: "For a $35 monthly fee, set up with automatic billing, patrons gain membership to the club and the freedom to purchase a ticket to any orchestra concert at Severance Hall or Blossom Music Center for $10."Plus, the program is available via a smartphone app.Do you...

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Social Media

The Power of Upgrades and Other Game-Changing Pokémon Go Lessons

Pokémon Go isn't just fun and addictive, the app offers effective content strategies, too. Entrepreneur highlights five lessons the game can teach you -- and we're sharing two below:"Build a story around your content. What makes Pokémon Go such a huge success? Great storytelling.Each character, boasting unique super powers, leaves a great impact on audience members. The story offers them something great to cheer for.In the '90s, every kid dreamed of experiencing the characters. The game has made their fictitious stories come alive.That doesn’t mean you have...

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Marketing

Tackle Your Theater’s Top Marketing Challenges

HubSpot polled thousands of marketers about their challenges and problem-solving strategies -- and they compiled seven of the most common challenges (and what you can do about them) here. Check out the two we've highlighted below:"Generating Traffic and Leads Why It's a Challenge Generating enough traffic and leads was the top marketing challenge, according to the 2016 State of Inbound report. While we ask marketers about their challenges every year, this time we added this answer as a new option --...

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Marketing

Think Outside the Industry: Design Your Own LaCroix Flavor

We shared how the sparkling water LaCroix has become the “it” drink for millennials and a status symbol for “cool” offices. Now, Wired reports that you can make up any LaCroix flavor you want. Chicago designers Nelson Cash have created a LaCroix flavor/meme-generator: MyLaCroix.com.From Margaret Rhodes' article: "I think a lot of people — and millennials my age — like LaCroix because it has that ‘90s jazz vibe,” says Mike McMillan, the designer at Nelson Cage who led the...

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