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2 Years Removed from the Ice Bucket Challenge

I’ve often wondered what was the impact of the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS from 2014. This New Yorker article is excellent. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/als-and-the-ice-bucket-challenge I for one also wish we were doing more for good than simply playing Pokemon. Lessons

Posted in Arts, Collaboration, Creativity, Event Marketing, Fundraising, Marketing, Social Media, Synergy

Pick Your Force Majeur; Lemons into Lemonade

Into every life a little rain must fall. But for event and festival organizers who spend the majority of their lives promoting outdoor events, rain is the ultimate four-letter word. But knowing that inclement weather will be a factor and

Posted in Event Marketing, Events, Fundraising, Marketing

5 Ways “Hamilton” is Winning the Marketing Game

Great article about the lessons to be learned from “Hamilton” and it’s marketing outreach. Common sense and practicality combine here for some fantastic results. How can you use these ideas to promote your organization, festival or events! http://www.campaignlive.com/article/5-ways-hamilton-winning-marketing-game/1396447

Posted in Marketing

130 Million and $1.9 Billion – Numbers for the Week

130 million can’t be wrong Here we live in a climate of hatred, terrorism, a political campaign that is anything but friendly or intellectually stimulating. Marketers spending millions if not billions on ways to create virality and giving names and

Posted in Arts, Content Marketing, Events, Marketing, Politics

Culture Defines Us

One of the most thoughtful minds in the public discourse is Charlie Rose. From his PBS program to his CBS reporting, he is able to constantly shine a new light and different perspective on art, politics and the top stories

Posted in Arts, Creativity, Events, Politics

Some Crowdfunding Ruminations

To my friends in the organizational fundraising world, we need to have a talk about crowdfunding. What happens if you don’t have a crowd? Clearly, there will be no funding. Yet, still some organizations try to make this square peg

Posted in Fundraising, Marketing, Planning, Social Media

DIY Marketing Audits – The Basics

After taking the time to determine whether or not embarking in an audit is the most important and valuable use of your time, it is time to focus on the basics of the audit trail. While financial audits of organizations

Posted in Accountability, Brand, Content Marketing, Event Marketing, Fundraising, Marketing, Marketing Audits, Planning

Audit Fun for Arts & Events Marketers – An Intro

So here you are, running 100 miles per hour, eyes focused onto your laptop, mobile phone by your side, you’ve got this. You’re a marketing professional ready to make the next event, festival, arts installation, dance performance or concert a

Posted in Accountability, Content Marketing, Marketing, Marketing Audits, Planning, Social Media

5 Marketing Tips from the Presidential Primary Campaigns

No matter what your political beliefs, there’s no doubting hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent on this year’s early Presidential election cycle. Here are five lessons to learn from the candidates and their marketing teams: 1. Branding is

Posted in Brand, Marketing, Politics

Marketing Musings from the Presidential Campaign: Red Edition

In the last post I wrote about the Democratic side of the Presidential Campaigns, this time we’ll focus a little on the Republicans. Per the usual disclaimer, I will not speak to ideology or of specific politics, but rather as

Posted in Brand, Content Marketing, Marketing, Politics
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About Sean King
Sean King has been consulting with small businesses and non-profit organizations for 25 years.  Currently, Sean is a principle in the Aspire Consulting Group providing solutions and training for arts, events and non-profit marketing professionals and their organizations. Clients include Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) and a growing list of satisfied organizations. Sean speaks regularly throughout the United States including at the IFEA Annual Conference, Arts Reach Conference, AFP, 92Y, CiviCRM User Summit, PA Council on the Arts, Michigan Festivals & Event Annual Conference.  Sean serves as the Marketing Chairperson for the Hamilton District Main Street program in Allentown and is a Co-Chair of the Arts & Culture Committee for the Upside Allentown initiative. He also blogs a artsmarketingblog.org.  You can follow Sean on Twitter @skingaspire. Sean resides with his wife Natalie and son Haydn in the global crossroads of Fogelsville, Pa.