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Guaranteed Attention-Getter: An Opera of Orgasms

You're a Swedish opera house premiering your rendition of Puccini’s Turandot, and you'd like to attract younger audiences. What do you do?One sure way to get new patrons is to release an ad that's been labeled “The Opera of Orgasms.”The Swedish opera house Folkoperan hired an ad agency to produce a video of people, um, having orgasms.Adweek reports: "In the film, people in various — not necessarily glamorous — sexual situations express their climax to the tune of the...

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Marketing

Want Your Event to Be Unforgettable? Do This

Do you want your audience to talk about your event long after it's over? To tell their friends and family how amazing it was? And most important, to return to your events again and again?Of course, who doesn't?! But the path to creating an event that obtains "unforgettable" status isn't always clear. It's not necessarily about shock value, over-the-top performances or a big budget (thankfully), but often has to do with this advice from The Story of Telling: "Great branding:1....

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#TBT: What’s the Difference Between Roller Derby and the XFL?

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: What’s the Difference Between Roller Derby and the XFL?I’m here to tell you that as a viable form of live entertainment, roller derby is for real.By “viable,” I don’t necessarily mean, to paraphrase Lloyd from Say Anything, that it’s the “sport of the future” -- only that it’s something that may have the ability to sustain itself with a fan base and even grow.But let’s catch you up a little bit. Many...

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Marketing

Email Ideas for Your Venue to “Borrow”

Are you trying to get creative with your email marketing? Instead of racking your brain for out-there ideas, why not take a look in your inbox? MarketingProfs just shared 15 real-life examples of email marketing worth a try.You can see the full list here and find the tips best suited to live entertainment organizations below:"3. Include a benefit (and pique curiosity) to make your subject line interestingThe subject line is the first and the most important thing that encourages...

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Bright Ideas

Do Yoga, Meditate & More Tips to Speed Up Your Arts Writing

Ever get stuck trying to write arts copy? Daisy Hartwell recently shared an infographic with us highlighting 15 amazing ways to write faster. Some of the tips include: Do a 5-minute workout and use a 30-minute timer, which is something Jim touched on in his post, Seven-Minute Egg Timer Method: "I set aside the seven minutes and just wrote my thoughts on my whiteboard as they came to me. I alternated between seven minutes of intense focus and note taking...

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Marketing

How Hamilton Stays Hot: Your Face on the $10 Bill

We mentioned selfies on Monday, and here they come up again. Hamilton continues to be the talk of the town with its app. According to Engadget:"The Official App has just about everything a fan could ask for including $10 ticket lotteries, a merch store, stickers and updates from Lin-Manuel Miranda himself. And yes, you can even put yourself on the $10 bill ... "So, I guess we have to ask: Have you incorporated selfies into your patron's experience?Got a...

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Marketing

HP Strikes Gold: Selfies as Mementos

We all hope our patrons leave our productions and venues with good memories and maybe even a few good mementos. Well, HP scored big in these areas with millennials at this year's Panorama music festival in New York. According to Cherlynn Low at Engadget:"HP did two things right at the event this year. It gave people mementos -- whether it was a free bandana or a cool selfie video -- that they could share or take home from the...

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Goldstar Announces AXS Ticketing Integration

Editor's Note: We've got great news for anyone who loves more ticket sales with less work (so ... everyone). Goldstar has taken another step in its ongoing efforts to make it easier than ever to market to new audiences and sell out every show: Goldstar, the live entertainment industry’s leader for event discovery and purchase, recently announced a full digital integration with primary ticketing system AXS.AXS is the latest to join Goldstar’s ever-growing list of major digital ticketing platform partners, which...

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#TBT

#TBT: 3 Ways You’re Wrong About Live Entertainment, Part I

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: 3 Ways You’re Wrong About Live Entertainment, Part I.Personally, you may not be wrong about all three or any of these things, but collectively, these are some of the most widely held misconceptions about the live entertainment business, and it’s time to set the record straight.Below, I’ll dismiss one of these vicious misconceptions and give you the real story, so as to help you avoid tragic perdition on your otherwise uninterrupted path...

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Social Media

Social Media Mistakes Your Theater Is Making

We're all trying to reach those nearly three billion social media users worldwide. But there are mistakes any arts marketer can make -- lurking at every click.From using jargon awkwardly to staying too quiet, MarketingProfs shares six social media actions to avoid to help ensure branding and business success. Check out the infographic below from CJG Digital Marketing:Got a comment or question? Join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook.Subscribe to the Selling Out mailing list.

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