ALO: final round up (complete presentation)

ALO: A new website and digital strategy (complete) View more presentations from Marc van Bree This concludes a brief overview of what went into a new website and new digital strategy for a performing arts organization. At the start of the season, the opera was in a precarious position. I had to work with a […]

ALO: Mobile site

Approximately 20% of the traffic to the ALO website comes from mobile devices. This has been steadily on the increase and will continue to increase into the future. The new website displays well on mobile devices and touch screen devices. What we wanted to build then was something to complement, not replace the new website. […]

ALO: Social media

In my 2010 TAFTO contribution, this is what I wrote: Over the past decade, the Internet has moved toward becoming a social medium with more participation (encouraging contributions), openness (no barriers to content and feedback), connectedness (networked relationships and sharing content), community (gathering around a common interest), and, of course, conversation (a two-way street). The […]

ALO: Online advertising

One of the first things I did was to pull our online advertising in-house. Previously, it was not uncommon to spend $8,000 per production on an agency booking interactive banner ads and placing search engine ads on Google, Yahoo and Bing. First, I applied for Google Grants. It’s a simple process for nonprofits, but it […]

ALO: Tracking conversions

Data collection, measurement and analysis are of the utmost importance for any marketer. Arts organizations across the country are dealing with budget cutbacks, so it becomes increasingly important to put your marketing dollars in the most effective channels and efforts. Without data, you simply can’t do your job as a marketer. After launching the website, […]

Notes from Opera America 2010 Conference

Last Wednesday, I had my whirlwind trip to Los Angeles to speak at the Opera America 2010 Conference. I arrived in L.A. Tuesday night—and was amazed at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra mural during my cab ride to downtown—but I had to leave again shortly after noon on Wednesday. That meant unfortunately missing two of […]

Staffing social media at the Vancouver Opera

The whole world is watching Vancouver right now. Let’s hope the world also takes some time to check out the Vancouver Opera, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. When I published the findings from my Orchestras and Social Media Survey, no orchestra had indicated they had dedicated personnel for social media. Just a […]