Advertising the Arts (pt. 2)

If you have been following this blog, then you may know that in my last post I was writing about an experience I had with an international production between Mexico and the UK, in which I participated as both a playwright and a producer. This is the second part of that story and it will also serve me to sum up my own conclusions on how to effectively market your performance.

The last time I was talking about this subject, I summed up some of the strategies we used to advertise our play, i.e. setting a webpage, producing a video, approaching the embassies and other international organisms. After this we organized a party at a well-known venue in London. You may want to consider this for you own show, but I would recommend that you do it as close to the opening as possible, as in our experience, not many people from the party showed up to the play, only because it was done in July when the opening was not until November.

We finally went to an Advertising Agency that set up the final stages of the marketing process. Byron Read, head of this agency, pointed out the many mistakes we were making in our marketing strategies. I can safely say that most of the conclusions that I will now sum up in this blog, I draw from them.

 

  1. Social Media in the Arts: First of all, we were not doing as many posts on our social media as we were supposed to. When you are advertising your play using social media it is of the outmost importance that you make daily posts about anything, a picture, a blog post, a twitter, whatever you can think of, just put is out there using your Social media accounts. Be controversial and it doesn’t even matter if your post is related to your play. Remember that social media is all about interconnecting and interestingly enough the arts are about exactly the same. I’ve known no one in Theatre who has made it without the help of others. So, share other people’s content in your own media and they will do the same for you.
  2. How to Attract the Press: This is one of the most difficult tasks when it comes to marketing the arts, especially in London. There is just so much to see in this city that putting another play in the market is like putting yet another needle on the haystack. So, what this London Advertising Agency taught us, is that the only way to do it is by calling them and letting them know you are out there. Since there is so much to see then you want to call as many bloggers, newspapers, magazines, and critics as possible, chances are not many of them will come but if you have enough in your lists then your chances are immediately enhanced. Reviews are of the essence!!
  3. Free theatre in exchange for reviews: If you are seeing that your audiences numbers are not going too well, you may want to try some websites that offer free tickets to their members in exchange for reviews. The Audience club and Play by Play are two attractive options for this purpose; they require from the members to write reviews from the plays they’ve seen in order to get the tickets; this is a useful strategy if you are looking to stack up the house over a day when there’s not many people. We used it on a Tuesday, since it was our weakest day, and it worked wonders!
  4. Arts throughout the time: What we ultimately learned is that, the more time you have doing your show, the more audiences you will ultimately get when you arrive to the big city. Do readings of the play, perform it in cheaper venues outside the city, get early reviews, and so on. The name of the game is BE OUT THERE, as much as you can.

So, these are my conclusions about advertising the arts. Of course, there is so much more to say but I think this sums it up. I hope this is helpful to you, I wish you the best of luck with your show and remember to invite me!


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The Incredible Success Story: Coca-Cola Marketing

Originating as a soda fountain beverage, Coca-Cola began selling for five cents a glass in 1886. Sales growth was very impressive and that was just the beginning of their creative marketing brand. When the business first started, do you believe they ever thought that the Coca-Cola Company would be one of the largest companies still in 2016? I bet they only dreamt of that happening.

What Makes Their Marketing So Good?

Coke, Coca-Cola, Cola, whatever you normally call it, the brand has fascinated all of its consumers throughout the world. Coke has developed to be one of the most popular and most recognized brands of all time. Since the beginning of the company, Coke has maintained competition, along with developing unique strategies to constantly raise the interest of consumers. Positive advertising has always been the goal of their campaigns. Have a Coke and a smile, Open Happiness, or Life tastes good are past promotions that you can find. Upbeat communication has built their identity and personality into a positive image. According to marketers, Coca-Cola’s strategic marketing methods would be viewed as the center foundation of the modern day marketing. Some of the clever and creative slogans that Coca-Cola has marketed throughout the years include:

 

  1. It Had to Be Good to Get Where It Is
    • This advertisement reassures us all that Coke is the soda to choose! Coke is a product that is known throughout the world and clearly is delicious enough to have won over the hearts (and taste buds!) of so many individuals.
  2. What You Want is a Coke
    • No need to fight against this statement! We couldn’t of said it better ourselves!
  3. Have a Coke and a Smile
    • How uplifting is this campaign message! It reminds us to never stop smiling and love every second of life! Brands that put happy thoughts into our minds tend to have happy consumers! Happy consumers will keep coming back for this positive brand!

 

Nowadays, Coca-Cola has the opportunity to market its brand through Internet based marketing and mass media. Marketing trends show that Coca-Cola has always followed consumer patterns in the most positive ways. The brand has maintained a certain level of positive customer satisfaction that continues to contribute to its successful company. They are constantly seeking innovative ways to drive the business forward and connect and respond to the people who love their brand.


3 Digital Marketing Trends For 2016

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is already over. Kind of seems like a repeating statement every year. But, as we all know, time slows down for no one. If anything, it feels like it speeds up.

Let’s discuss what digital marketing trends we should come to expect in 2016. Of course, you can never fully predict what is going to happen with internet based marketing in 2016, but you can make an educated guess.

Marketing Trends to look for this year

Creativity and Originality Will Take Over

Getting noticed on the worldwide web used to be so easy. Slap together something, post it and watch people gobble it up. Unfortunately, the internet is now completely flooded with content. We’re like sardines stuck in a can that only want out. But how do you get out?

Simple: you have to think creatively and out of the box. A simple article or social media post isn’t going to cut it anymore. People today are already using unique strategies with podcasts, videos, etc. Basically anything interactive is what will explode in 2016. No longer do people on the internet simply want to digest information and leave it at that. Now they want to interact and have a say in what your marketing plan or contests or whatever it may be is about. So look for unique ways to get your audience involved.

 

Increase in Digital Marketing Agencies

You are going to start seeing companies knocking on the doors of digital marketing agencies. Running a SUCCESSFUL digital marketing plan takes time, effort and many resources. Instead of hiring new employees, taking the time to devise a plan and updating it, companies will instead outsource to a UK marketing agency to handle their digital marketing efforts.

 

Social is No Longer a Free Resource

Social media plays a huge role in digital marketing, and companies are starting to see the benefit of using it. Which, again, means more businesses using it and more competition. So we’re back to the sardines stuck in a can. How do we get out?

It’s time to put a budget to your social media campaign. Now, you don’t have to spend money on your social media marketing, but it’s a safe bet that you’re just going to blend in with the noise, or not be seen at all if, you don’t. And it really doesn’t take much at all. By just boosting a few posts here and there for a few bucks a day makes a big difference. So spending more money on social media is certainly something I see in 2016.
Again, you can never really predict exactly what to expect with the new year in the digital world, butit’s a safe bet that the three marketing trends mentioned above are going to happen this new year. So get ready, think about how you can apply these 3 trends to your digital marketing plan and be prepared for the new year!


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Facebook vs. Twitter: Who Do You Believe is Better for Internet Marketing?

There are two types of people in the social media world today. There are individuals who love to post pictures and update their status on Facebook and there are people who would so much rather get as much of their rant out in the allowed 140 characters on Twitter. Even though most of us that use social media have accounts for both Facebook and Twitter (along with every other form of social media known to man), everyone generally has a favorite. Internet marketing is performed on each of the two social media networks mentioned, every single day. Some may notice it and others may not, but companies use mass media to market their companies and products, to the best of their abilities.

Listed below are a few ways how companies use Facebook and Twitter to promote their brands.

Internet Marketing 101: Facebook or Twitter?

  • Facebook
  • You can use Facebook to create a page about your company
  • Facebook has been around for over a decade
  • There are many different generations using Facebook daily
  • Consumers have the option of clicking “Like” or “Follow” to continuously get notifications from the companies page
  •  It is much easier to spread the knowledge of your company throughout the world
  • Companies can promote products or special offers through posts on their Facebook page
    • Companies can promote giveaways to the consumers
  • It is easy to display your products by posting photos
  • It is easy for consumers to contact you
  • Twitter
  • Keeping an active Twitter page will gain more followers
  •  Twitter was launched in July of 2006
  • Search for hashtags and keywords that prospective customers may use regularly
  • Make sure to add the webpage link and location to your profile
  • Tweet about special events or promotions
    • Request that followers retweet about the events to gain a greater following
  •  You may like to inform the followers about the “special of the day” at your restaurant
  • Considered more on a personal level when contacting with consumers
    • Make sure to respond to customers individual
  • Twitter is a great way to see what customers think about their products or what they can do better to cater to consumers wants

There are obvious ways that Facebook and Twitter are dissimilar, but both make it possible for companies to promote their brands using internet based marketing. Social media is more of a personal way to connect with consumers, making them even more reliable to the brand. Marketing trends will continuously change from year to year, but using social media to keep in contact with consumers will never get old.


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JKBedrin Online Marketing Services Merges with Positive Results Marketing

On June 1st, 2015, JKBedrin Online Marketing Services merged with Positive Results Marketing (PRM). Mr. Joseph Kulyeshie, owner of JKBedrin since 2002, will assume duties as a Web Developer and Google Certified Adwords Consultant.  He is excited to be joining the talented staff at Positive Results Marketing. Kulyeshie says, “PRM provides a larger range of online services…I will be able to become a better resource for clients with this deal so it is a natural fit. They also have expertise in traditional media which was very attractive.”

JKBedrin’s 30+ existing clients will be coming under the PRM umbrella of over 250 clients while Mr. Kulyeshie will be focusing on web design and paid search campaigns. In addition to Old Forge, PRM has offices in Florida, as well as a brand new overseas location in the heart of London, UK.

Byron Read, Owner of PRM since 1999 says of the acquisition “We are excited to be growing at such a rapid pace!  Joe brings a lot to the table and we are happy to be able to produce positive results our new PRM clients!”

Mr. Kulyeshie has been working in local online marketing since he founded JKBedrin in 2002. He has extensive experience in web design, search engine optimization and is a Google AdWords Certified Professional.  PRM is one of only two Google Partner Agencies in NEPA.

Furthermore, Mr. Kulyeshie says, “It was important that JKB’s current clients maintain the level of service they have come to expect. With the move to PRM, that service will be exceeded. Having access to a great team of graphic designers, digital media specialists and more.”

About Positive Results Marketing: PRM is a full-service marketing & advertising agency with offices in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, Sarasota, Florida, and London, United Kingdom. PRM provides expert services in all aspects of digital and traditional media, such as graphic design, web design and development, search engine optimization, social media marketing, video and audio production, animation, direct mail advertising, public relations, sales training, and more. PRM has clients all over the United States, and even across borders in the United Kingdom and the Virgin Islands.


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