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8 Marketing Blunders You’ll Be Glad Your Venue Didn’t Make

Normally, we'd encourage you to get inspired by great marketing campaigns (like these), but sometimes it's fun to look at ideas that didn't work (and be glad you weren't the one who came up with them).Recently, HubSpot's Amanda Sibley put together a list of the 8 huge marketing mistakes. You can read the full list here, and check out our pick for the most cringe-worthy below: "1) Guerilla Marketing Without Due DiligenceIn 2007, Cartoon Network launched a guerrilla marketing campaign...

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Are Now Global Phenomenons [Infographic]

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday (that's today!) are well-loved shopping days in the U.S. But did you know they are now popular around the globe?According to MarketingProfs, "In Brazil, Google searches increased 65% over Black Friday weekend." This is just one fact from an infographic created by mail management company Citipost Mail.Check out the interesting stats below to learn how your company can make the most of these shopping holidays.Read More:Are you Really a Permission Marketer? Audience, It's...

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Warren Buffett Says You May Need to Rethink Your Arts Marketing

Over on Inc.com, writer Ari Zoldan recently shared a piece of wisdom from Warren Buffett. While it certainly applies to all marketers, his example is particularly (and literally) relevant to those of us in the arts.His advice: "You can hold a rock concert and that's OK. You can hold a ballet and that's OK. But don't hold a rock concert and advertise it as a ballet." It's a good reminder that your marketing sets expectations for your event. Are you setting...

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A Crazy Arts Marketing Idea: Focus on What You’re Selling

Marketing doesn't have to be sleazy. That's the message behind Stefanie Flaxman's recent post on Copyblogger. Flaxman writes that if you believe in your product/show/event, then you should make sure it has the great marketing strategy it deserves.It's a similar message Jim shared in his pair of posts: You Are Your Marketing, Part I and II. He writes: "Being your own marketing goes a lot deeper than just designing a cool product, service, show or whatever. It’s about building your...

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How Your Arts Organization Can Ace Holiday Marketing [Infographic]

It's that time of the year: the holidays!This year, holiday-related sales are expected to surpass $923 billion, according to MDG Advertising.You've probably started planning for the season already. But, did you know generic holiday-themed emails actually perform worse than non-themed emails? This is just one of the tips shared in the infographic below, posted on MarketingProfs.Check out 9 more essential tips to help you score a bigger piece of the holiday sales pie.Got a comment or question? Join the...

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Cards & Points: How Are You Rewarding Your Patrons?

We're all looking for new ways to reward our patrons -- because a happy patron is a returning patron.Looks like these two companies are hatching innovative plans: Uber is planning to issue its own credit card with perks for Netflix and Spotify, and Groupon will allow users to earn hotel points and airline miles on each purchase.It's worth considering: How can you give your patrons a little something extra to keep them coming back for more?Because, as Jim explains...

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Is Your Content Selling Tickets?

Does your venue have a blog, YouTube channel or post on social media? Then you know it can be a great way to raise awareness, get people excited about your events and sell tickets. But do you know how effective your content is at doing all those things?Not if you don't track it.HubSpot recently outlined 10 ways you can measure the effectiveness of your content. Check it out below:Read More: Your Toolbox for Creating Great Arts Social Media Content ...

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Why Your Theater Should Be Live-Streaming [Infographic]

Have you tried live-streaming yet? Maybe a live interview or some behind-the-scenes fun from one of your productions? Well, here's an eye-opening fact about this social media trend: Facebook users comment 10 times more on live videos than on regular videos.This is just one useful tidbit from the infographic below (created by direct response marketing agency Koeppel Direct and posted on MarketingProfs), which highlights why live-streaming can be a good addition to your arts marketing plans: It taps into...

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Is Your Arts Organization Thinking About Halloween?

Halloween is creeping just around the corner. You've probably considered this holiday in your marketing plans, but if not, there's good reason to do so (next year!). Jim explains in his post, "What Does It Mean, Halloween?" " ... for a holiday for which there really is no 'true meaning,' people sure do celebrate. I think in the past, it was a kid’s holiday, and now it’s very, very broad. Maybe it’s the coming of age of the Saturday morning...

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Simple Strategies to Keep Your Patrons Coming Back

Here we go again: Talking about how to keep your patrons happy and coming back for more of what you've got to offer. It's a topic we return to a lot because, well, it’s vital for a successful organization.Entrepreneur shares, "Acquiring a new customer can cost a business six to seven times more than retaining an existing customer." With that stat in mind, it offers three ways to consistently delight (and retain) your customers. We share one simple strategy...

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