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How a Theater Can Change a City

In this Chicago Tribune article, Chris Jones highlights how Aurora's downtown has been significantly impacted by the Paramount Theatre. It's an interesting read about how a single arts organization can impact an entire city. Jones points out that part of the theater's success is its focus on mainstream, family-friendly entertainment: "Family entertainment with familiar titles often attracts a far more diverse audience than socio-political drama foregrounding race. All Americans like to have a good time out with the people they love and...

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Marketing

Think Beyond Facebook and Google

In this HubSpot post, Pamela Bump lists five alternatives to Facebook, Google and Amazon ads. Bump highlights a few of the most popular ad alternatives and also points to examples of brands that use them, like this one below: "Twitter Ads Twitter Ads are similar to Facebook Ads in that you can pay to promote tweets or launch native ad-styled campaigns. While promoted tweets show up higher in the feeds of target users with a "Promoted" sign on them, campaigns might show up...

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Marketing

Gen Z and the Rise of “Dark Social”

In Vogue Business, Lucy Maguire writes, "Gen Z is reinventing social media marketing." Maguire suggests that "brands should evolve their marketing strategies and reconsider platforms to reach younger audiences." "Young people aged 16 to 24 spent an average of seven hours per day online in 2019, three of which were spent exclusively on social media, according to GlobalWebIndex," writes Maguire. "But in markets like the US, growth on platforms like Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook is slowing, while newcomer TikTok grew rapidly in...

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Marketing

‘Twas the Season: Keep Audiences Coming Back Post-Nutcracker

Kids and families love Nutcracker performances (btw, did you see who won the 13th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award?)! But now that the season is over, how can we keep families coming back? Dance Magazine's Rebecca Ritzel highlights how some companies "are adding kid-friendly performances to court the same audiences who buy Nutcracker tickets." And some companies are including pre-show activities, like crafts and demonstrations. Here are a few of Ritzel's examples: In 2012, Ballet West artistic director Adam Sklute debuted the...

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News

PODCAST: Arcane Forms of Entertainment With Todd Robbins

The popularity of circuses, carnivals and sideshows have ebbed and flowed, but there has been a resurgence of late.  This week’s guest, Todd Robbins, has built a successful career in the New York City area utilizing what he calls “arcane” forms of entertainment. He is a veteran of numerous television, sideshow and off-broadway productions.  In this episode, Todd joins host Jim McCarthy to talk about eating glass, the changing of carnivals over time, and the differences between European and American audiences...

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Marketing

Is Your Marketing in the Holiday Spirit?

The holidays are an important time for everyone -- arts marketers, too. Marketing Land reports, "The surge of emotions that accompany the holidays is an ideal opportunity to forge a lasting connection with consumers new and old alike." Below, Peter Minnium shares strategies for navigating the pitfalls and possibilities of holiday marketing: "The holidays warm hearts; your brand should too This time of year, more than any other, consumers are listening to their hearts more than their heads. Ads that are clear, direct,...

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Experience

Serving Opera in a Soup Kitchen

We've talked about moving art out of traditional venues on Selling Out, and in his post Pick a Venue, Make a Statement, Jim talks specifically about when the site and the content have a powerful connection. Dance Magazine reports that, during the holidays, New York City's On Site Opera is presenting Amahl and the Night Visitors inside the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, which serves lunch to the homeless on weekdays. "The one-act opera recounts the story of the three wise men...

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Marketing

The Value of a Holiday Show

Christmas is approaching ... which means holiday productions have been popping up on stages in theaters all over the map: A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Santaland Diaries and many more. Stuart Miller reports on "The Business of 'Carol'" for American Theatre. He writes, "More than a mere box-office cash cow, Dickens’s classic is a community builder, a gateway drug, and a holiday tradition." Miller interviews people across the U.S. who share the benefits of having a local tradition...

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#MondayMotivation

#MondayMotivation: You Have to Work for People’s Interest

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: No One Knows and No One Cares. Here’s a joke for you: What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy? I don’t know, and I don’t care. No, really, that’s the answer. Seth Godin once said that booksellers shouldn’t be worried about piracy robbing them of riches, but instead wishing people cared enough about their products to try to pirate them. That reminded me of something I...

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Marketing

Partnerships With a Point

One strategy to attract new patrons and gain exposure is to create partnerships -- with organizations similar to yours and with ones in other industries. The social media video app TikTok has a knack for partnering up. David Cohen reports for Adweek, "TikTok has entered into ... partnerships ... with Girls Who Code to support women in technology in the #MarchForSisterhood campaign, with Conservation International to address marine plastic pollution in the #SaveOurOceans challenge and with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty...

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