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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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Marketing

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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Innovation

Think Outside the Industry: ‘Obsauced’ With McDonald’s Groovy Posters

Dipping sauces for chicken tenders: They're a pretty ordinary item, right? Well, McDonald's has spiced up its ad campaign for the sauces for its new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders.According to Adweek, the campaign "uses a set of elaborate posters and accompanying descriptions to promote the nine dipping options that come with the limited-edition menu item. Which type you choose says a lot about who you are."The article explains that Sriracha Mac is a fiery lion who lives by the motto,...

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News

Catch Jim’s Panel at Arts Reach: Is Your Marketing Working?

Mark your calendars, because the Arts Reach National Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conference is coming to Los Angeles on October 17-18 to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. And on October 17 at 1:20pm, Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy will be moderating a panel titled, Ouija Boards, Magic 8 Balls & More Ways to Tell if Your Marketing Is Working. Here’s a brief description of the panel:“Ask again later” ... is that what you get when trying to figure out if your...

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#TBT

#TBT: A Taste of Things to Come for Live Entertainment

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: “Recordings Have Become Advertisements for Shows.”That’s a direct quote from a piece by Sasha Frere-Jones in The New Yorker [circa 2009], and yes, it’s absolutely true.Interestingly, this has become conventional wisdom in a very short time. If you had tried to make this point two years ago, most “smart” music business people would have tut-tutted you or agreed, but only in the far-off future.So listen to me now when I say this...

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Innovation

In the midst of #TakeaKnee, How One Team Engages the Community

As live entertainment marketers, much of our time is spent racking our brains to develop new and innovative marketing campaigns. How can we reach and engage with more and more of our community and beyond?Just in time for football, The Bears have come out of hibernation with a fresh idea. The team has commissioned four street-art murals that both celebrate the team and beautify the city. According to Adweek, the NFL club hopes the ad campaign will establish "a closer...

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Social Media

Social Media Trends Every Arts Org Should Watch for in 2018

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: Social media is always changing, and as live entertainment marketers we have to keep up. So, what trends should we expect to see in 2018?Entrepreneur shares a list of 10. We've picked our three favorites below, but then read them all to be fully prepared for the new tech advancements popping up next year. "Increasing popularity of Instagram Stories. Over 200 million people use Instagram Stories each month, which is over 50 million more than those who use...

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Marketing

Think Outside the Industry: Williams Sonoma Targets Younger Audience With Venmo

If you're looking to attract a younger audience (that's many of us), it's a good idea to be familiar with what's popular with that demographic. Like Venmo, for instance. It's an app that lets you send money to friends and family.According to PSFK, Williams Sonoma will soon accept Venmo as a form of payment for items on bridal registries: "Williams Sonoma hopes the new program will help the company appeal to a younger customer base that is accustomed to...

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#TBT

What’s Your Multiplier?

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: “What’s Your Multiplier?”Lately, for reasons that are too dull to bother explaining, we’ve been looking at the “multiplier” we have here at Goldstar whenever a person signs up. Specifically, we’ve been thinking about what happens when we actually spend money to reach out to a person through either a sponsorship or our affiliate network or some other paid program whose goal is to get new people signing up for Goldstar.Let’s say that...

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Social Media

Your Toolbox for Creating Great Arts Social Media Content

A cool video people can't wait to share with their friends. An incredible image that inspires action. A GIF that makes people laugh.You've got tons of content to create and only half as much time. It's always helpful to have a toolbox at your side to help you create great arts content -- fast.And even if you're someone who's up-to-date on all the latest tools, this list from Buffer Social might have one or two you've never heard of.Below,...

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