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#TBT: Preparing for a Zombie Invasion Makes Good Marketing

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Preparing for a Zombie Invasion Makes Good Marketing.I got a good comment from a person who said he’d like to hear more ways that someone can actually take word of what they’re doing out to the marketplace. The reason this is such a big question now [circa 2009] is that a) traditional marketing is expensive, and b) traditional marketing is ineffective. The worst of both worlds.Here’s an idea that I just had...

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Marketing

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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Social Media

The No-Budget Way to Market Your Events on Instagram [Infographic]

We've talked before about advertising on Facebook and Instagram, but of course organic engagement is great too (and free!).To help increase your Instagram marketing, check out this infographic from MarketingProfs:Read More:Try These 3 Facebook Advertising Tricks Geo-Tagging, "Human-Face Factor" And More Instagram Tips The Secret to Instagram Engagement?#mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS...

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Marketing

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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Marketing

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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#TBT

#TBT: You Are Your Marketing, Part II

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: You Are Your Marketing, Part II. [This post was originally published in April 2009. Read Part I here.]Unfortunately, being your own marketing goes a lot deeper than just designing a cool product, service, show or whatever.It’s about building your whole operation to support that which is cool and interesting about what you do.It’s about commitment to something special.And it’s the enemy of mediocrity.Yesterday, I was reminded of this as I stood in...

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Innovation

The Best Product in All of Entertainment Is …

Jim once wrote, "Those of us in this business have an immense blessing: We’ve got the best product in all of entertainment." He was referring to the live entertainment business.According to this PSFK article, stores are "turning up the theatrics" to attract customers. There was an actual ride, an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland-themed theatrical “experience,” at the opening of one giant department store.PSFK explains that we have "entered the realm of 'shoppertainment,' a brave new world where retailers aren’t...

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Social Media

Geo-Tagging, “Human-Face Factor” and More Instagram Tips

Looking for even more patrons? If you haven't joined already, you'll want to go where millions of eyes are: Instagram. Hashtag17 has compiled a list of tips for engaging with your audiences intelligently on Instagram, and posted them on MarketingProfs.Below are a few of our favorites, then read the rest here."Use the Geo-tagging feature of Instagram to show your followers where you are physically located. Posts with a geotag get 79% more online engagement, on average. Using geotags will...

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Marketing

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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#TBT

#TBT: You Are Your Marketing

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: You Are Your Marketing. [This post was originally published in March 2009.]Become your own marketing. I’ll give you a few examples of this that should illustrate what I’m saying.• The Prius is its own advertising. There’s a reason they built it as ugly as a toaster. They were trying to demonstrate visibly that this was a different car and that the reasons to buy it were not the same as for an...

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