Ideas

Boot Camp Livestream Roundup

May 1, 2020

This is your Boot Camp Livestream roundup. If you tuned in and you’re looking for a recap for yourself or to share with others, this is it. Maybe you missed the livestream and you’re eager to read the headlines about what you missed. Got you covered. And, if you missed the livestream and you're trying to figure out what to go back and watch, let this serve as a guide to help you choose what to dig into first!

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Seth Godin: Ideas That Unlock the Future for the Arts

April 28, 2020

I had the privilege of interviewing one of my heros, Seth Godin, for the CI to Eye podcast. I waited for years to gather the courage to ask him to be a guest on the podcast. We spoke in early April 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 crisis.

Seth shared so many thoughtful and sound ideas for arts leaders. Read these ideas carefully, think about them, and share them widely as they unlock the future for the arts. If we can metabolize these ideas and find ways to put them into action, I think we will be okay.

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Taking the Lead During COVID-19

April 9, 2020

In a matter of days, the arts industry has pivoted from in-person programming to livestreaming and other digital content. Our venues are empty, and our doors are shut temporarily, but we have an incredible opportunity to reach more people than ever and begin new relationships.

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Customer Service in a COVID-19 World: Advice for Arts Organizations

April 3, 2020

Stellar customer service is key to patron loyalty. In fact, 90% of Americans use customer service as a factor in deciding whether or not to do business with a company.

This statistic was gathered in a pre-pandemic world - now, our box office and visitor services staff are in the thick of the COVID-19 crisis. From ticket exchanges, to refunds, and questions about reopening, they’re dealing with a barrage of questions in a rapidly evolving situation.

Robert Phillips is a customer experience expert specializing in arts, culture, and events. He virtually sat down with us to answer some customer service questions to help arts organizations learn from and empower their customer service staff. 

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A Telethon for Today

April 1, 2020

Perhaps you were among the many thousands gathered around a YouTube livestream on March 22 for a one-night-only return of The Rosie O’Donnell Show. It was a live benefit for The Actors Fund and was billed as “Broadway’s Biggest Stars...At Home!” You’re reading this on our website so you’re likely an industry insider and familiar with the wonderful work of The Actors Fund. If not, go here – maybe make a donation – and then come back and read on.

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Arts Marketers: Let’s Talk Stock Imagery

March 12, 2020

Ah yes, the stock image. It’s a creative resource we have at our fingertips, yet rarely use. It’s officially time to stop fearing stock images and focus on the value they can bring. We’re in an age of high-caliber creative stock resources that will keep your ticket sales flowing when you’d otherwise be at a loss for content.

This past year, Dorset Theatre Festival, a small summer theatre in southern Vermont, diversified their portfolio and discovered what stock images can add to the performance of their season’s Facebook campaigns.

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The Return of the Ticket Buyer Study

March 3, 2020

The Performing Arts Ticket Buyer Media Usage Study is back to provide you with the data you need as an arts marketer in 2020. We created this study as a resource for arts marketers in organizations of all shapes and sizes to navigate this rapidly changing media environment and the 2019 report breaks new ground as the follow up to the study we debuted in 2017.

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The Care and Cultivation of New Leads

February 7, 2020

Spring might be over a month away, but it’s the perfect time to start planning for a bountiful season of new, engaged patrons. We hope we reignited your passion for gathering new leads in our blog post about the success Emerson Colonial Theatre has had with their lead generation campaigns on Facebook.

In this follow-up post, we’re here to round out your repertoire of ways to gain permission to talk to patrons via email and then dive into how to make sure you set up great communication with those patrons from the get-go...and avoid losing their permission via the dreaded unsubscribe.

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Opening the Doors to New Leads

January 30, 2020

It’s a fresh, new year and with it comes the opportunity to think about new leads. When it comes to permission marketing, gaining an email address from a patron is the ultimate invitation—they’ve given you permission to have a regular conversation with them about the things they care about. It’s vital to nurture those patron relationships through tailored, vibrant communications. And it’s also important to continue to infuse your database with new leads to grow your patron base and weather the ebb and flow of database churn.

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Livestream + Q&A 
Arts Industry Data Analysis: Pandemic Response

This livestream explores findings from a survey of 54 arts organizations. You’ll learn about evolutions within the digital and media landscape and build frameworks for stronger teams.

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CI to Eye Podcast

Erik Gensler, President of Capacity Interactive, talks with leaders about marketing, organizational culture, innovation, and how cultural organizations can survive this pandemic. 

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Content Inspiration Gallery

This interactive resource features over 150 examples of stellar social content examples from the arts. It’s yours to bookmark and will be updated regularly.  

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CI to Eye Live

Live conversations that fuel the future of the arts. Hosted by CI’s President, Erik Gensler, CI to Eye Live features timely conversations with leaders inside and outside of the arts. 

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