Arts Organizations and Social Media: Collaborators or Competitors?Posted by Heidi Strom Moon under Interactive Marketing , Social Media
Whether you’re looking to increase awareness of your mission, gather signatures for a petition or drive online revenue—donations, tickets, sponsorships, membership—the more people you reach, the better.
This goal becomes complicated when your audience largely overlaps with (or is possibly even the same as) other organizations that share your mission.
It’s especially complicated for arts organizations whose audience is usually geographically constrained as well. The pie being sliced is an even smaller one.
So how should arts organizations interact with one another in social media?
If you follow other arts and culture organizations, even share their messages, are you sending potential ticket-buyers away to a competitor, or does amplifying the arts community overall grow the base of customers for everyone?
Chad Bauman, director of marketing and membership for the Smithsonian Associates, and formerly of DC’s Arena Stage Theater, has addressed these questions in posts both on his own blog (here and here) and for DC Theatre Scene.
In them, he argues for a collaborative effort for DC’s theater arts community in both production efforts and in marketing.
As he points out, it is only to the benefit of theaters to work together to expand the pool of audiences. More theatergoers overall means not only more individual ticket sales but more potential season subscribers, a theater’s most valuable customer.
For our part, we’ll be asking other DC area arts and culture organizations how they tackle these issues of competition and collaboration in our next PowerUp Social Media Roundtable this Wednesday, June 6, at 8:30 a.m.
If you’d like to join us for this morning of networking and shared learning, Contact Us to sign up.
We’ll be following up later this week with a blog post to share what our attendees had to say about leveraging social media in the DC performing arts community.
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- How does your organization use social media to grow your customer base?
- Does your industry foster collaboration or competition?
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