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Beyond the Hashtag: #GivingTuesday

November 9, 2017

It’s November. That means brisk weather and crunchy leaves underfoot. Your mind turns to Thanksgiving and you start to panic. Not about the perfect green bean casserole but about #GivingTuesday - one of the most anxiety-inducing hashtags out there.

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The Evolved Role of the Marketing Department in Our Digital Age

July 18, 2017

I am thrilled to be keynoting Capacity Interactive’s Digital Marketing Boot Camp for the Arts this October. “Prepare to get your geek on.” That tagline is music to my geeky, data-loving ears.

As the Chief Market Engagement Officer at IMPACTS, my job involves translating big data concerning trends in audience behaviors and perspectives, and making it both accessible and actionable to the hard-working folks who run cultural institutions. I work with boards and executives at major institutions regarding data-informed best practices related to earned revenue, the visitor experience, creating access programs that actually work, and cultivating donors. My focus is on how audiences think and behave. After all, it is living and breathing human beings that arts organizations aim to educate and inspire.

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We Are Living In A Mobile World - Is Your Website Truly Optimized to Sell Tickets?

January 18, 2017

As the analytics lead at Capacity Interactive, my job revolves around on-site behavioral data - collecting it, analyzing it, making informed decisions and strategic recommendations based on it. Data can be analyzed in many ways, and I don't believe in a cookie-cutter approach. Every client is unique - in who they are, what their objectives are, what kind of content they have, how their website looks, what tech platforms they use, etc.

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How I Used Facebook to Raise $30,000 (And What Arts Marketers Can Learn From This)

December 16, 2016

I don’t consider myself a fundraiser at all. Yes, I worked as a grant writer for a not-for-profit theatre company for two years fresh out of college, but writing proposals to large foundations asking for funding hardly matches the hustle it takes to be a real deal fundraiser, grassroots style. Asking people for money was always mildly terrifying to me, though I would give what I could to causes I believed in.

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Digital Fundraising: Breaking Down Silos and Rethinking the Ordinary

July 25, 2016

When Stephen Dubner interviewed Charles Duhigg, author of the book Smarter Faster Better in a Freakonomics podcast focused on productivity, Duhigg told a story about how electricity, when it was first popularized, was hailed as a game changer for productivity. There was a huge wave of factories that replaced their steam engines with electric engines. But what happened next is what economists called a “productivity paradox”- initially, productivity didn’t rise in the factories.

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2014 Performing Arts Digital Marketing Benchmark Study

May 19, 2015

For the third year in a row, we've compiled survey data to create industry benchmarks to help you compare your digital marketing efforts with other performing arts organizations. Our report looks at social media, digital advertising, analytics, email, mobile and website maintenance.  
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2013 Performing Arts Digital Marketing Benchmark Study

July 15, 2014

We compiled survey data to create benchmarks to help you compare your digital marketing efforts with other performing arts organizations.  Our report looks at social media, digital advertising, analytics, email, mobile and website maintenance.  

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Performing Arts Digital Marketing Benchmarks

September 9, 2013

Arts marketers often ask me questions like, “What percentage of advertising budgets are most arts organizations spending on digital ads?” and “What percentage of tickets are most organizations selling online?” 

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Facebook vs. The New York Times Online: Which Sells More Tickets?

July 9, 2013

There’s a lot of debate in the marketing community about whether or not you can successfully sell goods and services, in this instance, tickets, on Facebook. We know that Facebook is one of the best ways to get fans of an organization engaged in the digital space, but could that really translate to ticket sales? Does Facebook advertising work?

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Infographic: $57,000 in Sales from 6 Months of Email Collection

June 20, 2013

Within 6 months, Leadacity collected over 3,000 email addresses for New York City Center.

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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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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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