In pursuit of the holy grail

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19 Jan 2017

Is it possible to double the response rate you get from your direct marketing and save money at the same time? Tim Baker explains how the CBSO did just that. 

The importance of inclusive design

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15 Dec 2016

All audiences benefit from inclusive design, but most importantly it helps disabled and older people. Jennifer Tomkins and Jo Verrent share tips on how to get it right.

The value of media coverage

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01 Dec 2016

Can free editorial and reviews get your message across just as well as paid-for advertising? Teresa Crowley explains how to calculate AEV. 

A simple formula to measure success

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24 Nov 2016

Calculating return on investment is a great way to measure the effectiveness of arts marketing activities. Carol Jones explains exactly how to do it.

Bursting some bubbles

17 Nov 2016

At Spektrix’s annual conference Vikki Heywood explored the mindsets and mythologies that influence the performing arts today.

What video content do audiences want?

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27 Oct 2016

From trailers and vox pops to backstage sneak peeks, the arts sector produces reams of video footage, but what impact does this content have on audience behaviour? Andrea Perseu shares his recent research.

Selecting a showcase

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20 Oct 2016

Productions chosen for the Made in Scotland showcase gain a stamp of quality, but how are they selected? Wendy Niblock asks members of the panel what they are looking for.

Managing your cultural brand

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06 Oct 2016

An established brand has helped arts organisations increase engagement and fundraise. But how do you begin developing a brand? Kirsten Abildgaard offers her tips.

Hanging out with audiences

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26 Sep 2016

Disappointed with the aggressive nature of today’s arts marketing, Ben Walmsley explores the potential benefits of a more direct form of interaction with audiences.

My Research: Cats are your competition

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05 Jul 2016

There’s a reason 19 million people have watched a video of Grumpy Cat, and arts organisations can learn a lot from it, says Oonagh Murphy.

Making ticketing work smarter

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04 Jul 2016

Cutting-edge technologies are bringing about a box office data revolution. Andrew Thomas and Roger Tomlinson reveal how arts organisations are increasing audience engagement and reaping financial rewards.

Feeling at home

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23 Jun 2016

Home Live Art’s interactive literary salon event sold out quickly, but when she met the audience Mimi Banks was surprised. She reflects on the difficulties of marketing interactive live art. 

The digital experience

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12 May 2016

Technology is offering new ways for arts organisations to market their work and engage with audiences. Sofia Carobbio reveals some of the most effective. 

Buying into an experience

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21 Apr 2016

The key to building a loyal audience for a family arts festival? It needs to come from a place of integrity, says Rowan Hoban.

Selling storytelling

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21 Apr 2016

Families are key to audience development, but how do you attract them? Patrick Spottiswoode reveals how Shakespeare’s Globe plans to market a new festival to family audiences. 

Young people on the case

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14 Apr 2016

Through the Circuit network, 15 to 25 year olds create arts events for other young people. Rachel Escott reveals what they’ve learned about marketing to this under-engaged audience. 

A radical approach

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06 Apr 2016

Harlow Playhouse’s Pay What You Can pricing initiative is attracting new audiences, but is it too financially risky? Scott Ramsay reports half way through its first season.

Selling circus

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03 Feb 2016

When audiences for her contemporary circus tours stagnated, Rachel Clare of Crying Out Loud realised a fresh approach was needed. She reveals how Circus Evolution has revolutionised circus marketing.

The year ahead

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26 Jan 2016

What will the next 12 months bring for the arts and cultural sector? The Audience Agency team share their predictions for what lies ahead.

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