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The Knights Who Say Niche for arts audience development

niche

noun

1. an ornamental recess in a wall or the like, usually semicircular in plan and arched, as for a statue or other decorative object.
2. a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing: to find one’s niche in the business world.
3. a distinct segment of a market.
4. Ecology . the position or function of an organism in a community of plants and animals.
adjective5. pertaining to or intended for a market niche; having specific appeal: niche advertising.

All Monty Python kidding aside, I would like to see more artists and arts organizations say niche.  I was looking at a theatre organization’s website yesterday, and despite the photos and marketing jargon being of a unique quality, the description and the overall look and feel of the organization did not separate them from everyone else.  In a time where it seems like there is an arts organization born every minute and a deep ended pool of individual artists of all kinds, having a niche should be mandatory.What makes you unique or different could make the difference in obtaining the right audiences for you and your art.  Taking the time, money and energy to create your niche brand is the best way to put your money and hard work to good use.  You can still be a theatre, orchestra, dance company, visual artist, film organization, etc., etc., without being exactly like another.  People will still recognize the type of art that you do, and they will also recognize why you are special in our world of art.

Take a look around you.  What arts brands stand out for you?  What arts organizations and artists grab the spotlight and are gaining the best audiences for themselves?  I assure you that these are the organizations and artists that are part of the fantastic group of The Knights Who Say Niche!

Cheers to happy and loyal audiences,

Shoshana

Shoshana Fanizza

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3 ways for artists to make friends with arts audience development

 

 

I was having a conversation with a friend about artists and our resistance to doing the work we have to do in order to build our audience.  Many of us view the audience development/marketing side of our businesses as boring and that “thing” we “have” to do that takes our precious time away from creating our art.  Yet, if we want a following, time and effort must happen.  However, my friend and I thought of three solutions for us artistic types to make friends with audience development:

  1. Know your strengths and weaknesses.  If you truly do not have the time or the desire or the ability, hire someone else to do the audience development work for you.
  2. If money is an issue, find an intern that is eager for the job experience, yet has enough knowledge about connecting via social media and email marketing to do positive work for you.
  3. Or, learn to make this part of the business fun for you.  I know of an artist that created a board with the names of the people that have purchased her artwork. It’s artsy and functional.  She will, according to her time plan, choose one of these people to send an email or note to in order to build a relationship with them.   Over time, all of the people on her board have been connected with.  There are many other ideas for incorporating your art into a business task.  You can use your creative brain to come up with solutions to help you accomplish your business tasks while keeping in mind your desire to be artistic.

If there is a will, there is a way.  You only have to decide if you want it bad enough. “It” being a successful arts business!

Cheers to happy and loyal audiences,

Shoshana

Shoshana Fanizza

Audience Development Specialists

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~James Stewart

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Your focus matters for arts audience development

I missed posting this thought for Monday Moment so it will have to be a Timely Tuesday post.  Your focus matters when considering audience development.

This concept may sound a little new agey to some of you, but I am a firm believer that what you believe in and what you focus on will be what comes to you.  You know the saying, “If you know you can or you know you can’t, you are right.”   I also love, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”

To me this means that if you are a “yes, but” personality or always looking for what is going to go wrong, you will probably be right.  The people that are focused on building positive connections with people and have the will to create programs that will build audiences, and will do whatever it takes to make this happen will probably succeed.   You can either pick it apart or build it up.  These are your choices.

There are so many excuses out there and so many fears of going in a different direction.  Your chance for succeeding in building your audience starts with your focus.  If you think you don’t have the time, the money, the people, then you will be right.  If you think you can make the time, reallocate the money and find the people you need, you will also be right.

What’s your choice? 

Cheers to happy and loyal audiences,

Shoshana

Shoshana Fanizza

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~James Stewart

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Personal Branding is Changing Audience Development for the arts

Welcome Wednesday has arrived!  I have another special guest blog post to share with you.  Today we will be considering personal branding with marketing and theatre strategist, Clay Mabbitt.  After reading Clay’s blog Sold Out Run, I found him to be quite thorough when he explores a topic.  Personal branding is becoming an extremely important factor and it can be a game changer as well.  The days of solely relying on others to promote your art, to promote you as an artist, are vanishing before our eyes.  Artists and arts organizations now have the opportunity to become savvy in promoting themselves.  In some cases, it is absolutely necessary to show that you have a following.  Personal branding is the first step to self promotion and to building your audiences. In order to build relationships with new audience members and grow your following, you will first need to show a sense of who you are, what you are all about.  Taking time on this step can ensure that you will attract the right audiences from the start.

Please do share your comments below.  Enjoy! 

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Personal Branding is Changing Audience Development
by Clay Mabbitt

A few months ago I heard an interview with a television actor. He mentioned studios had a minimum number of Twitter followers that any actor needed in order to be considered for certain starring roles. The details escape me. I don’t remember the actor or where I heard the interview, but that idea stuck in my head.

Television studios, who are hyper focused on rapidly establishing a large audience for all of their projects, place a lot of value on the strength of the personal brands they attach to their show. They value it so highly that it even affects casting decisions.

Studios are looking exclusively at performers bringing a strong, established audience to the table. Certainly number of Twitter followers isn’t the only measure of a celebrity’s reach, but it is a pretty good one. It represents a group of people who have gone out of their way to signify they want to give their extremely valuable attention to that actor.

You have a brand

We typically think of a brand as something belonging to major corporations like Coke or Disney, but it’s useful (particularly in arts marketing) to think about the personal brands we all have as individuals. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the spotlight or behind the scenes.

Steven Spielberg has a brand. Lance Armstrong has a brand. Your kid’s 5th grade teacher has a brand. Literally everyone has a brand because that’s just a label we give the collection of assumptions and expectations people have about you – whether they’ve personally met you or not. Hopefully their preconceptions are original and accurate, but they always exist.

This is nothing new. Centuries before anyone thought of the term brand, we talked about someone’s reputation. The big difference being that a reputation is typically something that people determine about you based on your actions. Your brand certainly includes your reputation as people make judgements about what you do, but it has the added ingredient of what you say about yourself.

If you want to be known as an excellent cellist, the first step is to put in the necessary practice to master your craft. The second step is to tell people you are an excellent cellist. That doesn’t necessarily mean bragging (although it could), but it definitely means talking about your passion for the cello, your favorite pieces, conductors you’d love to work with, musicians you admire, and symphonies you’ve heard. With more subtle (and likely more persuasive) words you establish an identity as a musician that people can identify with and feel affinity towards.

No brand is too small

A few decades ago, the only means of sharing this kind of information about yourself were major media outlets like radio, magazines, and television. If you weren’t a nationally recognized figure, you didn’t have a big enough audience to justify the cost of any of these channels.

That isn’t a valid excuse today. The cost of setting up a website or an email newsletter is trivial. If that technology is too daunting, start developing your audience on Facebook or Twitter. If you can reach 10 people, the endeavor has paid for itself.

Leverage your connections

Adding subscribers to your newsletter and getting social media followers isn’t just an exercise in vanity. You are building relationships with people that care about what you are doing and like you. This is the audience you want.

When tickets become available for one of your shows, let these good folks know. Remember they raised their hand and said they wanted to stay informed about what you’re up to.

Not everyone in your audience will buy a ticket to every show, but you don’t want that ever to be because they didn’t know it was happening.

Most of us are swimming in a much smaller pond than network television. We don’t need to bring 100,000 Twitter followers to the projects we join, but the technology now exists for us to economically bring 100, 50, or even 10.If everyone involved in your next performance – both onstage and offstage – practiced the brand development described above, it would completely change the dynamic of the audience.

Not only would tickets sell faster, but the house would be filled with people that walked in already having a connection to the performance because they were emotionally invested in someone’s personal brand.

Even better than a large audience is a large, engaged audience. [:O)]

Clay Mabbitt is a professional marketing consultant and part-time actor. He can’t stop his brain from coming up with ideas and strategies for promoting theater productions, which he posts on his blog.

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Cheers to happy and loyal audiences,
Shoshana

Shoshana Fanizza

Audience Development Specialists

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~James Stewart

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Entitlement and arts audience development

Last Friday I blogged about some of the reasons why arts organizations succeed and some reasons why they are failing.  I hinted at the big elephant in the room, but for this Monday Moment, I will come out and declare it!

One of the biggest reasons arts organizations are failing is due to the feelings of entitlement.  We have gone through centuries of feeling that the arts are supposed to be supported, and in many cases have rested on this laurel.  We have forgotten how to do the good old fashioned work that results in successful arts businesses.

I am not meaning that we have become artistically lazy, although in some cases, we could cut back on offerings to ensure that each program is a true winner in terms of quality.  In regard to how we are running our businesses, we have become a little lazy.  Boards are not raising as much money.  Staff are falling back on measures that do not offer top quality customer service.  Individual artists have turned to complaining that they have to do the work.  Our marketing is lazy since we create the same tired marketing in the same tired ways that no longer get results.  The creativity for fundraising has almost gone out the window.  We mostly continue with the same old events, annual asks, etc.

We are artists.  Most of the arts administrators are artists as well.  Instead of feeling entitled, maybe it is time to finally use our artistic savvy and roll up our sleeves to become creative again.  It is time to connect again with our patrons on all levels.  It is time for the artists and arts administrators to act as a team again where we all work at audience development.  It is time for all of us to learn new ways of selling an event instead of relying on our tired ads, same old marketing copy and misplaced energy and money on other energy-less efforts.

Many organizations do have the amount of staff needed to turn everything around.  They also have the amount of money to reallocate to new efforts.  The fact that older, established, and well staffed organizations are going bankrupt means that they are, or had been, suffering from entitlement issues.

If you really want a well functioning arts business, you have to do the work.  For the smaller organizations and individual artists, this also means building a team of volunteers to help you do the work.  No one has to do all the work alone.  Everyone can build a team to work with.

We are entering the age where authenticity is going to be attractive, especially since there are more people on this planet that are clamoring for attention.  In many locations, we are saturated with arts offerings.  The competition is fierce for audience, for grants, for donations, for sponsorships…

So, if you want to be successful in this atmosphere, entitlement is not the way to go.  Good old fashioned hard work and audience development is!

PS  This is a general observation, and I am happy to report that there are some artists and organizations that are working hard, being creative, and seeing some fantastic results!

Cheers to happy and loyal audiences,
Shoshana

Shoshana Fanizza

Audience Development Specialists

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~James Stewart

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Stream of consciousness and audience development

The reason you may not be getting an audience is the fact that you may be trying to fit your round peg in a square hole.

The typical _______business is not for you.

You don’t want to talk at people, but with people.

You are a creative trying to fit in a business world.  Yet, you are not using creativity to do so.

You could be doing interesting projects, not the same old, same old.

Life isn’t about making money.  Arts should not be about making money.  It doesn’t work this way.  The money comes as a result of passion, of joy, of creating, of giving, of sharing.

You’re lost because YOU is lost.

The boring reality of the behind the scenes is not for you.

Without the behind the scenes though, you are only a front without substance.

There is so much blah, blah, blah in the world.  In order to cut through, you can’t be blah.

A creative needs to be creative.

No creative will last without being creative.

The arts need to stop resting on traditions.

We used to reinvent ourselves regularly.

What if Mozart composed the way he “should have” in his time.  Would he still be Mozart?  What if Magritte didn’t remain true to himself?

Transformation is needed, otherwise there would be no butterflies, only caterpillars.

Money comes to those who are useful and/or innovative.

In the arts, we need to be useful and/or innovative.

Promote the benefit of the benefit (from Tribal Knowledge: Business Wisdom Brewed from the Grounds of Starbucks Corporate Culture by John Moore).

Be who you are, not what others want or expect you to be.

Drop the mask.  Honestly you is refreshingly attractive.

Boldly go where no one has gone before. ;O)

Connect, Collaborate, Care and become a part of your Community.  Islands, in time, will sink.

Creating in a vacuum sucks!

Give a damn about you and your audiences.

Deliver what they want, but only if that is who you are or who you want to be.

Break down to break through.

Don’t you want to be special?

There’s an identity crisis in the arts.

“Silver Platters” are shiny objects.

Back away from the shiny objects and roll up your sleeves.

What is worth it is worth working for.

What do you really want?

Do you want to share?

Do you want an audience?

Are you open to being open?

Are you down with being down?

You can be up again if you are up for the challenge.

Closing down is an option.

Bankruptcy sucks!

What are the risks worth taking?

You have to want it bad enough.

Be the change you want to see.

-SDF

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Audience Development and sexed-up arts marketing

I wasn’t planning on blogging today, but I read an article that had my mind buzzing:

Sexed-up arts marketing campaigns a rip off

Xenia Hanusiak, a composer, performer and music reviewer wrote this opinion.  Here are a few excerpts to discuss –

When we are promised ”the experience of a lifetime”, or ”a night of passion” and neither manifests, is there recourse? And if so, from whom do we seek it?

I have to agree with her here.  Unless the show is so amazing that we talk about it in the future, maybe we need to be more honest with our marketing.  I can say as an audience member that I have been hoodwinked more than my fair share taking a chance on these “experiences of a lifetime” hype and instead getting a mediocre production.  These performances are entertaining to pass the time, but they aren’t necessarily full of passion.  The arts need to be upfront about the type of experience they are sharing.  Not all performances and art are going to be mind-blowing, but that is okay.  The art is still worth sharing, but perhaps we need to package it for what it is instead of using language that oversells and deceives.  I’m guessing the problem is that every artist thinks their offering is the “greatest” or the “most spectacular” art that is being offered.  Perhaps we can use our audiences to get some honest feedback before we start promoting to the general public.

In the arts, offering proof before making a claim is a difficult proposition. We are, after all, in the business of subjectivity – one man’s passion is another’s poison. What’s more, in contrast to the commercial market, where product launches and marketing campaigns often go hand in hand, arts marketing is prospective. It is not unusual for marketing, with images and text ranging from confronting to salacious to divine, to arrive in subscription booklets six months before the creative team even sets foot on the rehearsal stage…

So, is using scantily clad models for your opera subscription false advertising when they won’t appear on stage? Is promising ”the greatest show on earth” or ”the experience of a lifetime,” an unsubstantiated claim?

I’m curious to hear what you think about this.  I do feel we need to be a little more responsible in how we sell our offerings.  Even though we do not have an organization that regulates our marketing, this should not mean that we don’t have an obligation to sell our art in an honest light.  Think about the audiences that are getting duped.  They will feel the old bait and switch has happened to them.

Or take the practice of misrepresenting from reviews for marketing purposes. All too often, the following occurs. A review reports that the entertainment at hand has all the ingredients for a thrilling night, but the production fails. Marketers cut and paste the single word ”thrilling”, magnify it on rooftop billboards and splash the out-of-context word on full-page advertisements.
I am in total agreement here too.  Taking a review out of context is distasteful and can ruin your reputation even more than a bad review.

Many similarly pernicious marketing trends exist, but my biggest gripe is the recent trend in classical music to popularise its product like a pop experience. This, in my view has been one reason for the public’s ambiguous response and falling attendances.

The disconnection promotes a disingenuous relationship. Why not take the road of it’s ”the real thing”? It is, after all, centuries old, it will never be hip – so represent it for its authentic self and perhaps people will respond. Arts marketing that promises to make Lady Gaga out of Beethoven doesn’t just mislead through hyperbole. It disrespects artistic authenticity.

This is where I part ways with her line of thinking.  I do feel that the classical music world needs to package the experience in ways that are relevant to today’s audiences.  If Mozart were alive today, do you think he would have settled for the same old boring classical music wrapping that we have been producing for decades?  Heck no!  He would have been a creative “pop” sensation in all that he did to sell his music.  The “real thing” can be “hip again” if we showcase it the way it was originally meant to be showcased.  You see, classical music was only put in a stuffy wrapper after the elite highjacked the genre.  Before then, the classical composers of the day were the rock stars of the day and they would perform for everyone and anyone.  They were flashy in their own way.

Classical music can be exciting again. I get excited when I see Beethoven produced in a more modern fashion.  It’s still the same amazing music that it will always be, but if it is performed in a way I can stand up and cheer, which some movements deserve that type of response, I bet more diverse audiences will be able to relate to it again.  As I mentioned in the past, traditions are only traditions because “we” make them so.  Change the traditions then!

For the most part, I agree that we need to be responsible for the marketing that we put out there.  I understand that you think you need to super hype it up in your marketing language to attempt to get an audience these days.  However, there will be more harm done to our industry than good if we continue to not present our art with more honesty.  Audiences will start to take “sensational” to mean something more mediocre.  “The once in a lifetime experience” will become the “last thing I want to attend again.”

This means, there is no replacement for high quality art.  If you have something that is high quality, something buzz worthy, this is when it is completely okay to “sensationalize” your marketing, because it will be the absolute truth and nothing but the truth.

What do you think?  Please feel free to comment by leaving a reply. 

Cheers to happy and loyal audiences,
Shoshana

Shoshana Fanizza

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Audience Development and Open Studios

In my area, it is Open Studios time. These are events where artists open up their home studios to invite visitors to get to know them and to see their art that is for sale.   I go to this event almost every year to visit some of my favorite artists in the area.  I am a consumer of art and have several of my found treasures hanging in my hallways.  The good news is that I received several emails to remind me of the event from a few of the artists that I signed in with.  The bad news, these artists are not emailing me in an audience development way.

I am receiving a group email format, and most of these artists are sending them not in a blind copy email, so I see everyone’s email on the list.  So, this email is not really personal, and it is an invasion of privacy.  I rather not have my email be seen by everyone.

To my visual artist friends out there, this is your challenge.  You have an opportunity with these open studios to build relationships with everyone that comes into your door.  People seek you out because something about your art or description of your art has attracted their attention.  If you want them to become your special patrons, you need to start treating each and every one of these people as special.

What do you need to do to treat them special?  Start sending out personal emails.  One artist had 12 people on their list.  Only 12 people.  You can send out a nice message to each of these people.  For the artists that have more than 12, why not send out messages a little at a time starting two weeks in advance?  I am receiving an email on Thursday, the Thursday before the beginning weekend.  What if I already had plans for the weekend?  The email is a little late and shows the lack of real interest to connect with me as a person.  It shows you are too busy to take the time to email me directly, especially since you are sending the email so late.

I have not received emails from the artists I actually purchased from.  Interesting!  Aren’t you interested in building a relationship with me so I would want to buy more of your art?  I already proved I love what you do.

Visual artists, you have such an amazing opportunity with your open studios events.  The personal touch is needed.  You need to start having individual invitations and conversations with your patrons.  If you want me to buy your art, to continue buying your art, to tell others about your art, you need to start addressing me as an individual person and spend some time with me after I arrive, and then send a thank you follow up after I purchase (or even if I don’t).  People take the time out of their busy lives to visit you.  In this economy, when they purchase, you should make a fuss over them to thank them and get to know them as people.  It’s the least you can do for them.

Cheers to happy and loyal audiences,

Shoshana

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Audience Development, Groupons and other promo platforms: #auddev chat transcript for 7/28 Noon ET

Today we had another installment of #auddev chat on twitter.  We had the pleasure of having Kara Whittington, who is part of the Marketing team at the San Francisco Symphony, as our guest co-host.  Kara manages the discounts, promotions, advertising and sales, and has a great deal of experience with a variety of different online promotions platforms.

We talked about making sure to keep your target audience in mind when choosing a platform, why you would want to choose to do a promotional discount, and how you can stay in control of your offer.  Of course we discussed whether or not audiences came back after these types of offers and steps to take to make sure these efforts are good audience development.  Other considerations were brought up such as complimentary tickets and papering the house options.  All in all, I think you will see that discount promotional platforms can be another tool to use if you learn how to use them in the best way possible for your arts business.

I want to give a big thank you to, Kara, for saving an hour of her time to make this #auddev chat possible!

If you have any questions or comments, you can leave a reply. 

Cheers to happy and loyal audiences,

Shoshana

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#auddev chat, 7/28/11, Noon ET
@AudienceDevSpec Welcome to #auddev chat. We will be speaking with @grizzwhit Kara Whittington. Kara are you there? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:00:29 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96610990879285248 – #42
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@AudienceDevSpec Today’s topic will be Groupons and other discount promotions. Do these really work for audience development or are we losing money? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:01:24 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96611221528264704 – #43
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@AudienceDevSpec Kara are you there? @grizzwhit #auddevThu Jul 28 16:01:53 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96611342022230016 – #44
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@grizzwhit @AudienceDevSpec I’m here! #auddevThu Jul 28 16:02:08 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96611403544281088 – #45
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@AudienceDevSpec Excellent! @grizzwhit Why don’t you introduce yourself first. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:02:31 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96611499811942400 – #46
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@grizzwhit I’m currently in marketing for the @SFSymphony and manage discounts, promotions, advertising and sales for the org. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:04:14 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96611933515550721 – #47
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@chrisrusak @grizzwhit And we think you do a fantastic job. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:04:46 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96612067464843264 – #48
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@AudienceDevSpec . @grizzwhit You have been using different discount platforms. Right? Which ones? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:04:58 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96612116269764608 – #49
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@grizzwhit born and raised in a family of musicians, I had an early start into the world of music arts and culture #auddevThu Jul 28 16:05:11 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96612170418225152 – #50
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@AudienceDevSpec .@grizzwhit Do you plan an instrument? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:06:04 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96612393123196929 – #51
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@grizzwhit #auddevwe’ve used what feels like dozensThu Jul 28 16:06:12 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96612426149142528 – #52
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@AudienceDevSpec Play an instrument. Typing woes. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:06:27 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96612491940999168 – #53
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@grizzwhit #auddevgroupon, living social, mamapedia, tabblehopper, gilt, travelzoo,Thu Jul 28 16:07:10 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96612671524315136 – #54
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@AudienceDevSpec Wow, I’m not familiar with all of these. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:07:28 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96612746472337409 – #55
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@grizzwhit @chrisrusak thanks so much! #auddevThu Jul 28 16:07:34 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96612770073673728 – #56
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@grizzwhit @AudienceDevSpec I have but not currently- singer, violin, French horn, piano #auddevThu Jul 28 16:08:11 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96612929302048768 – #57
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@AudienceDevSpec . @grizzwhit Another French horn player! Back to topic, which platform do you like the best and why? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:09:00 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96613131740119040 – #58
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@aaronmandersen Audience Dev meetup 1 wk from today in Chicago! http://bit.ly/n44oUJ #theater #theatre #2amt #dance #music #auddev@audiencedevspecThu Jul 28 16:09:56 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96613366637924353 – #59
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@AudienceDevSpec .@grizzwhit So which platform do you like the best and why? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:10:59 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96613631290118144 – #60
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@grizzwhit #auddev@SFSymphony we have over 230 concerts each yearThu Jul 28 16:11:19 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96613715062960128 – #61
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@AudienceDevSpec Right now we are having an #auddev chat. Talking about Groupon and other formats. Questions? Stories? use #auddevhashtag.Thu Jul 28 16:12:31 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96614017262551040 – #62
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@grizzwhit with all promotions, its important i’ve found to manage real expectations. what are you doing this for, and why? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:12:47 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96614084098785280 – #63
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@grizzwhit @AudienceDevSpec @annettecoleman can you tell me more about the offer and the results? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:14:01 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96614393814581249 – #64
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@grizzwhit I prefer @Travelzoo for one major reason #auddevThu Jul 28 16:14:40 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96614559699320832 – #65
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@AudienceDevSpec That is a great point. It is good to conceptualize why you are doing a promo. What are the goals? Can you take the hit $wise? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:15:10 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96614684999942144 – #66
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@AudienceDevSpec Travelzoo. How does Travelzoo work? @grizzwhit Is it similar to Groupon? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:16:01 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96614897835716608 – #67
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@grizzwhit #auddevtravelzoo sends people to your own website to book- this means you easily retain the new information of those purchasing…Thu Jul 28 16:16:16 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96614962667065344 – #68
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@AudienceDevSpec That is fantastic! @grizzwhit #auddev. The main gripe I have against some of these promos is not being able to retain patron info.Thu Jul 28 16:16:55 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96615123090817026 – #69
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@grizzwhit #auddevwe’ve found that these people continue to buy tickets, and 2% even have purchased subscriptions!Thu Jul 28 16:17:00 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96615143940689921 – #70
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@AudienceDevSpec Do any of them complain about the higher prices after the promo? @grizzwhit #auddevThu Jul 28 16:17:38 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96615304104378368 – #71
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@grizzwhit So this is totally different than other sites like Groupon. However, if you are a nimble small org, u can work around this to get… #auddevThu Jul 28 16:18:18 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96615474120491008 – #72
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@grizzwhit …the patron data and begin tracking the success of these #auddevcampaigns. because truly that is what these are. they’re lead generatorsThu Jul 28 16:18:49 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96615601182744576 – #73
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@AudienceDevSpec The other reason Groupon seems not the way to go, especially for non-profs is that you only end up with 25%. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:18:57 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96615637203419138 – #74
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@grizzwhit p.s. advance apologies to my followers- the next hour I’m on a fund #auddevaudience development chat. Lots of tweeting!Thu Jul 28 16:19:19 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96615727422910464 – #75
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@grizzwhit we haven’t experienced complaints about prices after the promo. their first exp is w/ a discount, but they experience great product #auddevThu Jul 28 16:20:02 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96615907773792256 – #76
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@AudienceDevSpec My local contemp museum is using Groupon for their memberships. The membership is $75, Groupon is $35, they get $17.50? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:20:24 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96616003659776000 – #77
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@grizzwhit and then see the value and return. #auddevBut we try to keep price point low- tickets start at $15 for most concerts @sfsymphonyThu Jul 28 16:20:32 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96616037147095040 – #78
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@AudienceDevSpec That is another good point. For people starting out with discounts, make sure they know ticket price ranges for normal purchase. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:21:39 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96616317339172864 – #80
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@grizzwhit A good point. Be sure to negotiate as much as possible. You can sometimes negotiate better with these rev share models. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:21:44 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96616335634735105 – #81
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@AudienceDevSpec Yes, you can create your own promos without these sites. @edithwarhol #auddevThu Jul 28 16:22:41 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96616574605213696 – #82
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@grizzwhit @thechicagored Yes we’re on tessitura #auddevThu Jul 28 16:22:44 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96616590287716352 – #83
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@AudienceDevSpec I was wondering what price points these patrons purchase at after the great deal? @grizzwhit #auddevThu Jul 28 16:23:39 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96616818541740032 – #84
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@grizzwhit @AudienceDevSpec Yes- but look at it as a risk worth taking if you want new ppl, or you want to spread awareness about your brand #auddevThu Jul 28 16:23:53 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96616877014528000 – #85
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@grizzwhit These sites can also be a helpful brand awareness tool. For instance, we setup a promo with LivingSocial Escapes-with only 20 tix… #auddevThu Jul 28 16:24:37 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96617062344044544 – #86
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@AudienceDevSpec The premise is to get your foot in the door, but it will only work if can convert to a regular buyer. @maricarjagger #auddevThu Jul 28 16:24:45 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96617097114824704 – #87
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@grizzwhit … that included a night’s stay at a local upscale hotel, plus breakfast and drink voucher at concert. #auddevit helped us get…Thu Jul 28 16:25:14 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96617217931747331 – #88
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@grizzwhit ..our message out to a larger audience, even though we limited the number of packages people could purchase. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:25:36 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96617309942185984 – #89
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@AudienceDevSpec @grizzwhit That is true. My advice would be – make sure you can write off initial loss. For smaller non-profs might be a problem. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:25:57 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96617396642643968 – #90
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@AudienceDevSpec That is a great idea. Limit number of tix, but it still goes to a larger group base. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:27:00 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96617662184046592 – #91
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@triadstage @grizzwhit Wow, that’s awesome. Those have been our main worries. Along with what our subscribers will think. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:27:03 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96617673374449664 – #92
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@grizzwhit @AnnetteColeman @AudienceDevSpec #auddevI’d suggest its best to use images that will encourage purchases.Thu Jul 28 16:27:06 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96617688910143488 – #93
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@grizzwhit @AnnetteColeman @AudienceDevSpec More importantly, its misleading if ppl can’t purchase your art at discount they’re promoting #auddevThu Jul 28 16:27:30 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96617788826861569 – #94
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@AudienceDevSpec @grizzwhit Can you share another platform you have had success with? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:27:48 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96617863485468674 – #95
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@grizzwhit definitely. #auddevif you have inventory, test it with these sites to see what return you can get. if it goes unsold, that’s a loss too!Thu Jul 28 16:28:22 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96618005903048704 – #96
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@AudienceDevSpec Please do use the #auddevhashtag to share with everyone. :O)Thu Jul 28 16:28:50 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96618124723503105 – #97
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@triadstage @audiencedevspec The initial loss is what prevents us from doing it for our Cabaret space…only $18 tix in a 90 seat space #auddevThu Jul 28 16:29:17 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96618236111622144 – #98
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@grizzwhit another platform we used last year was Mamapedia- which was as you might guess, for moms! #auddevThu Jul 28 16:29:34 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96618308920541184 – #99
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@AudienceDevSpec @AnnetteColeman must have popped off of Twitter. I’m not sure it was her artwork. Good point. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:29:37 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96618320740098048 – #100
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@grizzwhit @triadstage I’ve found most reasonable subscriber audiences will understand an orgs need to get new customers #auddevThu Jul 28 16:30:24 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96618518111461376 – #101
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@AudienceDevSpec @triadstage I have often wondered if the “Free” approach would be better than a promo is some cases. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:30:39 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96618579750957056 – #102
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@AudienceDevSpec Finding targeted promo options is a great idea. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:31:37 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96618824027222019 – #103
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@grizzwhit We had 3 new concerts, that were not an easy message to convey, so we used Mamapedia and sold out. Huge success #auddevThu Jul 28 16:31:48 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96618871276044288 – #104
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@AudienceDevSpec @grizzwhit What were the concerts? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:32:06 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96618948040200192 – #105
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@grizzwhit We would not have otherwise sold those concerts to capacity, without leveraging a new audience through mamapedia #auddevThu Jul 28 16:32:18 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96618996249534464 – #106
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@grizzwhit so my lesson there is that where/when you have opportunity, see how these would work to your orgs benefit #auddevThu Jul 28 16:32:42 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619097936244736 – #107
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@AudienceDevSpec I think if you have empty seats to sell, why not go for a promo, but be sure to have a follow up strategy. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:32:57 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619159131131904 – #108
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@triadstage @audiencedevspec Exactly! If you’re not getting more than a few $ then just do a special free house and get new aud that way. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:33:09 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619209311797249 – #109
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@AnnetteColeman Sorry took a call. It was my art advertising a discount amount that they could purchase from the gallery-didn’t say purchase my art #auddevThu Jul 28 16:33:12 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619220867092480 – #110
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@grizzwhit @AudienceDevSpec the concerts were holiday-ish, right before christmas. some orchestra and chorus members. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:33:30 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619298876956672 – #111
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@AudienceDevSpec @grizzwhit Fun concerts. I can see why they sold. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:33:55 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619405030592512 – #112
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@SkyArtsMgmt These Group stats are interesting, altho non-arts specific. http://t.co/1CZ7UBN #auddevThu Jul 28 16:34:07 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619452992454656 – #113
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@grizzwhit We also use goldstar- when we give tickets at will call, we have a “sign up for our e-club list” invite in the tix envelope #auddevThu Jul 28 16:34:20 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619509389070337 – #114
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@AudienceDevSpec @AnnetteColeman That could actually work against the gallery & maybe you if someone really wanted to purchase your art after seeing. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:34:43 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619603194675200 – #115
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@triadstage @grizzwhit I would hope so! But we’ve had enough ppl comment on other orgs use of them that it makes us hesitant. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:34:43 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619605887422464 – #116
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@grizzwhit take in those discount seekers, and use your own online channels to reach them moving forward #auddevThu Jul 28 16:34:47 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619622673022976 – #117
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@AudienceDevSpec @grizzwhit I like the fact that Goldstar is event specific too. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:35:15 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619737374654466 – #118
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@grizzwhit @triadstage that’s understandable. have you used any yet? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:35:21 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619763173818368 – #119
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@AudienceDevSpec @triadstage The one good thing about using the promo service is extra awareness through this marketing avenue. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:36:04 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619945269530624 – #120
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@grizzwhit #auddevits easy to make your groupon offers concert specific. you can be as broad or specific as you’d like- its your offer 🙂Thu Jul 28 16:36:08 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96619961564405760 – #121
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@AudienceDevSpec @grizzwhit Have there been any platforms that did not work for you? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:36:34 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96620070545002496 – #122
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@triadstage @grizzwhit Not yet! We closed out our season very well (yay!). We start back up in Sept so we’ll see then. I’m still so skeptical #auddevThu Jul 28 16:36:41 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96620098021896193 – #123
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@grizzwhit @AudienceDevSpec truthfully, the groupon, living social, etc are effective but they put a big strain on will call and the box office #auddevThu Jul 28 16:37:17 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96620251487281152 – #124
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@AudienceDevSpec @grizzwhit I can see that! #auddevThu Jul 28 16:37:40 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96620346584739840 – #125
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@SkyArtsMgmt Also some potential exclusivity and offer timing issues with Groupon pointed out in @frogloops article in addition to stats. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:37:40 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96620346861555712 – #126
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@grizzwhit So we are using these sparingly- which keeps the value high for the majority of our product imho #auddevThu Jul 28 16:37:51 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96620393573531648 – #127
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@AudienceDevSpec We are finding out that one size promo platform does not fit all, and make sure to tweak to fit your needs. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:38:32 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96620567117041665 – #128
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@grizzwhit if a concert isn’t selling, its not always the case that a deep discount will help it. its always a risk #auddevThu Jul 28 16:39:06 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96620706464407552 – #129
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@triadstage @grizzwhit We’re in such a small market and our prices are so low (comparatively) that it’s really hard for me to make that jump #auddevThu Jul 28 16:39:19 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96620763163009024 – #130
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@SkyArtsMgmt Has anyone tried the org. Houseseats? Used to paper a thin house, potential audience pays subscription to receive notice of comps. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:39:24 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96620781655703552 – #131
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@AudienceDevSpec @triadstage What is your normal pricing? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:39:35 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96620829814697984 – #132
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@grizzwhit @SkyArtsMgmt @frogloops thats a good point. #auddevthey want exclusive deals. now i find they ask for even more within pkg.Thu Jul 28 16:39:55 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96620913549783040 – #133
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@grizzwhit @SkyArtsMgmt @frogloops most orgs dont have bandwidth to create these special packages. i usually roll my eyes when they ask #auddevThu Jul 28 16:40:28 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96621050699329538 – #134
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@AudienceDevSpec @SkyArtsMgmt I have to say I do not like the “Paper the house” mentality since it is more along the lines of “butts in seats.” #auddevThu Jul 28 16:40:39 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96621097058967553 – #135
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@grizzwhit @SkyArtsMgmt interesting. no I haven’t used it. if we paper, we give to ppl we know directly. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:40:58 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96621178034196480 – #136
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@grizzwhit @triadstage that makes sense. i’d probably do the same thing #auddevThu Jul 28 16:41:17 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96621258699051008 – #137
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@AudienceDevSpec Yes! RT @grizzwhit: @SkyArtsMgmt interesting. no I haven’t used it. if we paper, we give to ppl we know directly. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:41:18 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96621262037716992 – #138
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@AudienceDevSpec You might as well use your comps for special gifts to people you know or want to get more acquainted with. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:41:45 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96621373543297024 – #139
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@triadstage Apologize for the Twitter spam guys, great convo going on at #auddevabout Groupon/Living Social etc and the Arts. Come join us!Thu Jul 28 16:41:55 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96621417604456448 – #140
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@grizzwhit there are definitely times when you need a good house, & paper the house. same reason that we’re mission driven, not market driven #auddevThu Jul 28 16:42:22 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96621528854179840 – #141
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@AudienceDevSpec Or, use comps for another non-profit org and be able to say you donated tickets to the underserved. Good for publicity and grants. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:42:29 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96621558155579392 – #142
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@grizzwhit community groups, students, under served ppl in your community- great papering sources. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:43:14 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96621749277437953 – #143
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@AudienceDevSpec @triadstage That is a lower price point range. I can see why 25% may not be the best thing for you. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:43:26 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96621800112394241 – #144
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@SkyArtsMgmt Not fond of papering either. If giving to own customers, u are reaching the converted. W Houseseats, move beyond your own contact. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:44:13 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96621997286621184 – #145
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@AudienceDevSpec Although, you could look at the $ as an advertising cost. A promo of this nature might work better than an ad. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:44:25 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96622045697290240 – #146
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@AudienceDevSpec @SkyArtsMgmt Unless you offer people to use as gifts to others that haven’t come before. Now that is #auddev!Thu Jul 28 16:44:58 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96622183429836800 – #147
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@triadstage @audiencedevspec That’s why we’re torn. Would love to get brand new faces, but we’d only be receiving a few dollars per ticket. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:45:11 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96622238501048320 – #148
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@AudienceDevSpec @triadstage Maybe the simple 2 for 1 would be better. You’d be getting 50% and still get new faces. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:45:50 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96622400485076993 – #149
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@grizzwhit Recently we had 4 concerts that weren’t selling… we used our own email list (ppl in our “eclub” 4 discounts) promo 2 tix for $20 #auddevThu Jul 28 16:45:58 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96622436786765824 – #150
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@SkyArtsMgmt Reaching underserved can be problematic. Takes lead time. Toronto audience have low book-ahead ratio and subscriptions declining #auddevThu Jul 28 16:46:20 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96622527018844160 – #151
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@grizzwhit We thought we’d have to use groupon to sell the rest of the seats, but we sold out using our own internal list of emails… #auddevThu Jul 28 16:46:30 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96622569284833280 – #152
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@grizzwhit …of ppl who self identified as wanting to get discount offers from us. hugely successful. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:46:51 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96622658963243008 – #153
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@AudienceDevSpec MT @parkcofield: Mixed results w/ daily deals. Doesn’t work for us on ind tkts, but great when we offer a discounted membership. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:46:54 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96622671336452100 – #154
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@grizzwhit so you can use the model of groupon, but not the rev share if you build a list of ppl that want discounts from you. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:47:15 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96622760196968448 – #155
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@AudienceDevSpec @parkcofield How much of a discount was it for the membership? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:47:16 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96622762864553984 – #156
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@SkyArtsMgmt Yes, that is a good idea! #auddevThu Jul 28 16:47:31 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96622824579547136 – #157
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@grizzwhit @SkyArtsMgmt definitely. so make connections before you need to activate them #auddevThu Jul 28 16:47:42 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96622871543156738 – #158
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@grizzwhit @triadstage @audiencedevspec yes- its an advertising cost #auddevThu Jul 28 16:48:09 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96622983778537472 – #159
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@triadstage @skyartsmgmt I think that’s everywhere. These days planning ahead is 24 hrs, 48 if you’re lucky. Planning a year is just unheard of #auddevThu Jul 28 16:48:40 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96623117027385344 – #160
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@grizzwhit @parkcofield @AudienceDevSpec interesting. whats the price point difference or offering? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:48:43 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96623128993738752 – #161
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@AudienceDevSpec @grizzwhit @triadstage This means that on the books, the loss of money is the cost of the advertising? Want to be clear for all. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:49:46 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96623393876619264 – #162
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@SkyArtsMgmt I have reluctance to offer last-minute discounts to core audience. We have trained them to wait for discounts. I offer early bird. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:49:48 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96623398486155264 – #163
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@AudienceDevSpec @SkyArtsMgmt Major debate with this. Core aud. which buys early might not mind paying full price. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:50:42 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96623627209932800 – #164
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@grizzwhit @AudienceDevSpec @triadstage could be if you need to show the loss #auddev but i’d suggest otherwise- not a loss. lead gen… #auddevThu Jul 28 16:51:03 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96623713172209664 – #165
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@grizzwhit @AudienceDevSpec @triadstage send those leads to telemarketing next! #auddevor send follow up offer to get them to come backThu Jul 28 16:51:29 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96623823184605185 – #166
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@AudienceDevSpec @grizzwhit How do you post this $ on the books since it doesn’t really “cost” to use the service. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:51:44 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96623888724787200 – #167
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@SkyArtsMgmt @grizzwhit Even with excellent existing connections, response is too slow to be practical. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:51:52 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96623920349847552 – #168
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@grizzwhit @SkyArtsMgmt love that. #auddevis about training as well, so thats hugely important.Thu Jul 28 16:51:56 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96623937236119552 – #169
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@grizzwhit @SkyArtsMgmt and in papering, 50% of folks are no shows. thats a waste. use groupon model to get some rev, commitment to show up #auddevThu Jul 28 16:52:55 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96624185387909120 – #170
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@AudienceDevSpec @SkyArtsMgmt Low book-ahead and subs declining is happening almost everywhere. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:52:58 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96624199115878400 – #171
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@SkyArtsMgmt True, but it is rewarding loyalty. And many miss the discount anyway. Plus it helps predict which performances will be popular #auddevThu Jul 28 16:53:16 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96624274474934272 – #172
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@grizzwhit it amazes me sometimes how getting someone to pay something (anything) they are more likely to show than if comp’d #auddevThu Jul 28 16:53:27 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96624319492390912 – #173
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@triadstage @audiencedevspec That’s what we’ve seen it as…hence the reasons for being skeptical…i don’t have many ad $$ to start with! #auddevThu Jul 28 16:54:24 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96624558332841984 – #174
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@AudienceDevSpec @SkyArtsMgmt There might be non-monetary ways to reward loyalty too. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:54:30 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96624583284764672 – #175
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@SkyArtsMgmt @grizzwhit Houseseats org removes no-shows from their mailing list. Maybe not an either/or. Could be used with Groupon. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:54:40 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96624626981019648 – #176
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@grizzwhit are there any other #auddevquestions? this has been a lot of fun, but I have to run for a call at the top of the hour.Thu Jul 28 16:54:48 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96624660199899136 – #177
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@AudienceDevSpec I’m almost wanting to have people have the discount early, but then giving people the option to buy at full price to support org. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:55:13 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96624762784198658 – #178
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@grizzwhit @edithwarhol @triadstage excellent. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:55:44 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96624895496163328 – #179
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@AudienceDevSpec @triadstage Perhaps try the promo w/ the loss that is similar amount to ad space and don’t purchase an ad – see what happens. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:56:34 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96625103135186944 – #180
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@AudienceDevSpec @triadstage That is if the ad isn’t working that well to begin with. If ad working, then don’t bother and stick with ad. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:56:56 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96625194529071104 – #181
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@AudienceDevSpec @grizzwhit We have 3 min. Do you want to say some final words? #auddevThu Jul 28 16:57:35 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96625360623505408 – #182
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@SkyArtsMgmt I have found early bird discount can lead to one or more early sell-outs, leading to great buzz. Works well with min. 2 week runs. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:57:46 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96625406693744640 – #183
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@SkyArtsMgmt @AudienceDevSpec How about early bird discount with a top up donation. Customer gets tax receipt for difference. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:59:33 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96625855509442560 – #184
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@AudienceDevSpec We have learned that you need to consider the target aud, the costs, the gains and losses when using a promo platform. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:59:52 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96625934324604928 – #185
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@triadstage @audiencedevspec Exactly 🙂 We’re doing fine without the extreme discounts. I’m fascinated by the whole concept. #auddevThu Jul 28 16:59:54 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96625943975702528 – #186
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@grizzwhit @AudienceDevSpec thank you for the opp to have this #auddevchat! its been fun and i’m open if others who didn’t join real time to msg meThu Jul 28 17:00:06 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96625992449273856 – #187
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@SkyArtsMgmt @AudienceDevSpec Never tried that strategy — could be interesting. #auddevThu Jul 28 17:00:06 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96625991639773184 – #188
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@AudienceDevSpec You can make the promo work for you by negotiating, limiting amounts, etc. #auddevThu Jul 28 17:00:18 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96626044773203969 – #189
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@grizzwhit target your audience, use discounts when you have an opportunity, and test various to see what works best for your org #auddevThu Jul 28 17:00:36 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96626117435330560 – #190
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@AudienceDevSpec Always have a way to capture patron data and to follow up, otherwise the promo will not be an #auddeveffort.Thu Jul 28 17:00:45 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96626154496208896 – #191
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@grizzwhit don’t be afraid- its ok to start small. #auddevis about trying new things after all, isnt it?Thu Jul 28 17:00:56 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96626200864239616 – #192
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@AudienceDevSpec Yes #auddev is about trying new things. Think about what is not working and shift that money to #auddevefforts to try.Thu Jul 28 17:01:48 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96626421543346176 – #193
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@AudienceDevSpec You have just witnessed another fun and informative #auddevchat. I hope you can join us next time. I also need guest hosts. Contact me!Thu Jul 28 17:03:02 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96626729082290176 – #194
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@AudienceDevSpec Thank you to: @triadstage @SkyArtsMgmt @parkcofield @maricarjagger @edithwarhol @AnnetteColeman for participating! #auddevThu Jul 28 17:03:46 +0000 2011 – tweet id 96626915426836480 – #195
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@AudienceDevSpec If you missed out on #auddev chat, I will be posting the transcript on my blog later today.

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Audience Development for Arts Advocacy or the popcorn & candy top 10 reasons to support the arts

Last week I found a blog that was resurrected for another round on Twitter:

The Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts (from Arts Watch)

This blog post is a good summary of many of the practical reasons why the arts are good for us:

10. True prosperity
9. Stronger communities
8. Health and well-being
7. 21st Century workforce

6. Improved academic performance
5. Arts in the schools = better SAT scores
4. Creative Industries
3. Arts are the cornerstone of tourism
2. Arts are good for local merchants
1. The arts are an Industry

You can read about each one on the blog.   I agree with these reasons, however, I feel that these are the vegetables (the veggies version I like to call it) that we keep feeding people in order to attempt to get them to become more aware and agree.  Like most of us know, we have been told that 3-5 servings of vegetables and fruit along with exercise will keep us healthy, yet the majority of us are not eating healthy nor exercising.  Do you think this approach is working? Maybe for the few that are more conscious of their daily life diets.  Wouldn’t we rather have the majority catch onto the value of the arts?

I am a firm believer that we need to start applying audience development techniques to arts advocacy campaigns.  We need to get more and more people involved and in order to do that, we need to build relationships around this common cause and get people to start taking action.  One way to get people more interested is to create reasons that excite us and energize us to want to become a part of the arts movement.

My friends from @NPAConvention were curious about my tweet on this subject and wanted to know what the popcorn and candy version would look like for the top 10 reasons for the arts.  I’ve been giving this challenge some thought and came up with my own top 10 reasons for arts advocacy that might have a little more sugar coating to get people to sit up and take notice.

The arts…

10. Make life fun!  Consider what you do for fun.  Do you go to see a movie?  Do you play video games?  Do you watch television?  Do you take the kids to a show at the library?  Do you read books?  Whatever you do for fun most of the time has a tie into the arts.  You need artists, actors, producers, writers, etc. in order to create these fun things to do.  The next time you are looking for fun, think about what part of the arts contributes to your fun.

9. Brings awareness to life…Every time someone is attempting to get your attention via a commercial, campaign, marketing message, magazine and book covers, the arts are involved.  Everyone wants to bring awareness about what they care about, what they want to sell, and what they want others to join in caring about.  The arts make these messages in life “pop.”  Without the creativity that grabs our attentions and gives us something to talk about, the messages in our lives would be stale and boring.  We wouldn’t be able to sell our products and ideas and our passions without the arts.

8. Design our world…My mother has a broken toilet seat.  She could get an ordinary toilet seat.  Or, she could get one of these snazzy toilet seats!  The arts help to make the ordinary into something extraordinary.  We buy product designs  that suit our personalities and that are fun to share when others come to visit.  We purchase clothes that show our personalities to others.   We develop websites that give us a brand and identity online.   Designs give us choices in life that will fit our own style.  Without the arts and the artists that design our world, we would all be uniform, same old same old.

7. Make our dining experiences more tasteful!  When I go out to eat, I generally hear people commenting not only on how the food tastes, but the appearance of the food.  I recently went to a new Mexican Bistro in town, and their create your own guacamole not only had an entertaining side show where the prep chef combined the ingredients that we chose, but it was presented on a plate partly covered with spices that had the artistic logo of the restaurant artistically brushed into this spiced canvas.  The culinary arts make our food look and taste good.  Without these creative types, we would all be eating brown lumpy globs of food.

8. Pop our culture!  When you turn on the radio to hear a popular song or look at the paper (or online version) with the headlines about the latest Harry Potter movie, this is the arts popping our culture. I’m sure in your lifetime there was a celebrity heartthrob when you were a teenager.  The pop magazines, books, radio songs, give us something to get excited about, to talk about.  Can you imagine if there was no Oprah, or the Beatles or the Andy Warhols of art?  Without our pop icons, our pop culture, there wouldn’t be as much buzz in our world.

7.  Allow us to express ourselves…  What do you like to do to express yourself?  Maybe you like to write poems or short stories?  Maybe you play music on the piano?  Maybe you draw and doodle?  Maybe you dance when no one is looking?  Maybe you sing in the shower?  These expressions of yourself are the arts.  Stop and think about how you express yourself, and I am willing to bet that the arts play a part almost every time.

6. Picture it!  Taking photographs to remember our lives or adding a picture to a statement we make on our blog is allowing an image to do the talking for us.  A picture is worth a thousand words, and images either through paint, pen, graphic design or photograph, help us record our histories.  If you wanted to show your baby with a bunch of chocolate cake on his face to make others laugh, you would use a picture.  Can you imagine our text books or news without images?  Boring!   Seeing is believing.  Pictures bring our stories to life.  The photographers and artists that help create these images as well as the camera and software designers that allow us to capture and create images ourselves are artists that help us to picture our lives.

5. Make learning fun! Yes the veggies list does have arts education as a point, but let’s jazz this us a bit.  We could learn our multiplication tables by memorizing or we could learn by applying a song.  Which way do you think a kid would a)prefer and b)remember?  The arts make learning fun and easier to absorb.  Why do you think Sesame Street is so successful for young children?  Do you think without the puppets, colors, cartoons, etc, that the children would be as fascinated by it?  Many of us learned our bones through the bone song.  My fifth grade teacher was fond of theater and we would pretend we were a character at the chalk board when we had to demonstrate in front of the class.  I remember being a robot working on a division problem.   Kids also love to take a break from the regular subjects for their arts and music classes.  It makes school fun to go to.  Sure, we could cut the arts out of eduction, but without the arts, education would not be fun and our children would learn less.

4.  Get us together! Whenever we want to go out with our friends, most of the time, the arts are involved.  Our conversations at coffee shops about music, games, something we saw on the news, or the latest adventures on a favorite television show, have arts involved.  We go to movies together or go see our children’s school plays.  Family trips to a museum or concert brings a family more together.  The arts are social events that get us talking and provide us with places to congregate.

3. Help us to think creatively…In order for us to have people that can be creative and come up with the next scientific solution, we need the arts to teach them how to think creatively.  Have you ever not been able to sleep and instead turned on the television to see infomercials about the latest inventions that will improve our lives?  This type of creative thinking is boosted by being involved in the arts.  The next time you hear about the latest science discovery or the latest product invention, think creatively about how these people learned to be creative. You can go to the library and check out a biography of your favorite scientist or inventor.  Most of them were involved with the arts in one way or another.

2. Help us deal with the veggies of our lives… A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.  The arts are the sugar to the medicine of our lives.  How many of you use your iPod for music while cleaning the house or doing your exercises for the day? Music is used many times to help us get through the chores of life.

1. Make our lives easier… Sometimes we need to escape.  The arts provide us the fantasy time we need to get away from our real lives.  Through this time, we might gain a new perspective, time to relax, or time to be just ourselves.  All in all, the arts make our lives easier in so many ways.

I’m sure there are other popcorn and candy reasons why the arts are valuable too.  If you think of any, be sure to leave a comment!

Cheers to happy and loyal audiences,

Shoshana

Shoshana Fanizza

Audience Development Specialists

http://www.buildmyaudience.com

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