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Where you at?

Salutations! It’s been quite a while since my last post. My apologies. It’s been quite the past several months of activity – from sponsorships to arts marketing bootcamps to mentorships and a new project on arts-led economic development – the

Posted in Arts, Creativity, Events, Marketing, Sponsorships

And a Baby Giraffe Makes Three

As millions of followers can attest to, for a short period this spring a giraffe in upstate New York took the online world by storm. Lasting a little longer than most online trends, the weeks turned into months until alas

Posted in Arts, Brand, Content Marketing, Creative Placemaking, Creativity, Events, Fundraising, Marketing, Partnerships, Social Media, Sponsorships, Synergy

Starwarsification of American Culture

Disclaimer – I am not a huge Star Wars fan. As a matter of fact, I’m one of only a few humans in the civilized world that has seen only one (the first) Star Wars movie. Do not hold this

Posted in Brand, Creativity, Marketing, Partnerships, Sponsorships, Synergy

Branding Webinar Recap

Thanks to everyone who joined in on today’s conversation on Building Blocks of Brand for the International Festival and Events Associations (IFEA). Some takeaways from me: • I can’t believe how fired up I get about subjects like branding and

Posted in Brand, IFEA, Marketing, Partnerships, Sponsorships

Promotions at Events: Activating Different Audience Segments

When confronted with the challenge of multiple audiences at the same event it takes a little ingenuity and creativity to get your guests to engage at the level you wish. Sure, most zen marketers believe everything to be organic and

Posted in Creativity, Event Marketing, Fundraising, Marketing, Sales, Sponsorships

Thank you IFEA!

I’ve always been an admirer of International Festivals and Events Association. Many good friends I know have been a part of the organization for years and have very powerful and emotional ties to the group of events professionals. Colleagues of

Posted in IFEA, Marketing, Partnerships, Sponsorships

Synergy is Not a Four Letter Word

It’s hard to know when it’s going to hit you. You could be simply walking along the street minding your own business. Or you could be staring out the window trying to figure out how to make the impossible possible.

Posted in Fundraising, Marketing, Partnerships, Sponsorships, Synergy
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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.