Ceci Dadisman, senior contributor

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Ceci is a multi-faceted marketing professional with more than 10 years of experience successfully marketing the arts, nonprofits, and small businesses utilizing innovative and cutting-edge initiatives. She is nationally recognized as a leader in digital and social media marketing and specializes in the integration of digital marketing and technology into traditional marketing methods.

She is on the National Arts Marketing Project Advisory Committee, the Arts Midwest Conference Professional Development Committee, is the Immediate Past President of Femfessionals West Palm Beach, the Immediate Past President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Marketing Association, and served for many years as the OPERA America Marketing Network Chair. She was recently appointed to the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Visiting Committee.

Ceci was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from West Virginia University with a music degree in vocal performance.

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Stop Buying Online Ads Direct Right Now

Stop Buying Online Ads Direct Right Now

So, when you want to run some online display ads, are you placing them through your local newspaper, TV news station, or magazine? STOP. Placing ads direct on sites like these is the equivalent of ye olde “spray and pray” approach which is rarely successful with limited arts organization budgets.  You end up spending a lot of money for little to no results. Success in online display advertising is all about targeting….

3 Things All Your Facebook Posts Should Have

3 Things All Your Facebook Posts Should Have

We all do Facebook, right? Whether you do organic posts, paid posts, or a combination of the two, there are three things that your posts should have to make them more effective. The goal with Facebook (or any social media, really) is engagement.  “Reach” doesn’t really matter if no one is engaging with your content. It goes without saying that your post copy should be engaging and relevant.  I usually recommend no…

The Most Creative People in Arts Administration

Do You Know A Creative Arts Administrator?

In our lives as arts administrators, it is all about the art, right? Everything we do is to showcase the art and the artists, whether they be opera singers, ballet dancers, violinists, painters, etc.  And when recognition comes, it is usually related to the art like reviews and awards. But what about all of the hard work that goes in to getting people to see the art?  What about all of us…

How to Create Custom Dashboards

How To Create Custom Dashboards

Do you have specific pieces of data that you always want to see when you’re checking your Google Analytics? (Because I know you are checking  your Google Analytics regularly, right? Yes. Yes, you are.) A super handy way to streamline the process is to create a custom dashboard. You can take almost any data set that is in Google Analytics and put it into a dashboard.  Let me show you! ContentsStep 1:…

Never Waste Time Scheduling Meetings Again

Never Waste Time Scheduling Meetings Again

How many times have you gone back and forth and back and forth and back and forth with a colleague, vendor, or other contact to schedule a simple meeting or call?  Annoying, right?  All of that hullabaloo is taking up valuable minutes of your day that you could be using to create arts admin awesomeness. Luckily, there are a few tools out there now that allow you to simply send a URL and…

Can You Double Your Clicks with the Jeopardy Effect

Can You Double Your Clicks With The Jeopardy Effect?

I recently came across this oldie but goodie on Roger Dooley’s Neuromarketing blog and wanted to share.  (If you don’t follow Roger on social media or regularly read his blog, you should do so immediately. He is awesome!) Do you want more clicks on your tweets? Or, on your marketing links in emails or ads? Or, if you are a blogger, journalist, or content writer, could you do with more traffic to…

Let's Get Your Facebook Ad Campaigns Organized

Let’s Get Your Facebook Ad Campaigns Organized

Are you advertising on Facebook by clicking the Boost Post button at the bottom of your posts?  That’s certainly one option to consider and fellow ArtsHacker Jonathan Eifert covered recently covered that option in a wonderfully detailed post but since ArtsHacker is all about options, I have something special to share with you. Facebook has a handy structure for ad campaigns: Campaign > Ad Sets > Ads. Here’s a fun graphic to…

The 2015 Arts Industry Digital Benchmark Study

It’s here! The 2015 Arts Industry Digital Benchmark Study

Its that time of year! Capacity Interactive has just release their 2015 Arts Industry Digital Benchmark Study.  WOOT! Some key findings from the report: Organizations are investing more in digital, but challenges around funding and expertise are still limiting digital effectiveness. In 2015 more than half of organizations surveyed spent at least 21% of their paid media budget on digital. That’s up from 44% in 2014 and 34% in 2013. 63% still…

instagram business profile

Instagram’s New Business Tools

From Techcrunch on May 31, 2016 Instagram this morning officially announced the launch of its tools for business users, including new business profiles, analytics and the ability to turn Instagram posts into ads directly from the Instagram app itself. The launch comes following a series of leaks and reports of the tools’ imminent launch, and largely confirms details we already knew; like how the profiles would be structured, and what sort of…

No One Cares About Your Website Slider

No One Cares About Your Website Slider

I’m sorry but it’s true. Most arts organizations have some sort of slider feature (also called a carousel) on their website.  You probably do right now.  Well, the cold hard truth is that very few people are actually seeing that slider content. How do I know this?  DATA. (No, not this Data.  I’m talking about real facts that have been collected and analyzed over time.) I think it makes us (meaning arts marketers…

How To Find The Truth About Your Audience Demographics

We all have anecdotal information about who buys tickets to our organization’s event.  “Well, our people are all [insert adjective here]” or “our people are [insert adjective here] so they prefer to…” If this sounds familiar to you, you are not alone. But how well do you REALLY know your audience?  Do you actually have data that shows who, demographically, is purchasing tickets or memberships?  If you do, awesome! If you don’t,…

How To Create A “Dark Post” On Facebook

How To Create A “Dark Post” On Facebook

Updated on December 19, 2016 Have you ever experimented with so-called “dark posts” on Facebook?  A dark post (also called an unpublished post) is a post that doesn’t show up on your page but can be promoted through an advertising campaign. Dark posts can be really handy when you want to reach out to specific groups of people but not clutter your page with too much varying content.  Some examples of how…

Setting Up Facebook Business Manager

Have you set up Facebook Business Manager for your organization yet?  If not, you are missing out on one of Facebook’s best new features for businesses and organizations. Facebook Business Manager is an easy way to manage your Facebook pages, ads accounts, and the people who have access to them. So, you can allow certain members of your staff or vendors have different permissions.  For instance, you could allow certain staff members to…

What Is Peach And Should I Be On It?

Have you heard about Peach? Peach is a new social network that just launched and has been gaining major traction over the past couple of weeks. So, what is it, you ask?  It is like a combination of Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Slack.  When you sign up, you have your own profile where you can post images, videos, gifs, and text. Like Facebook, you have “friends” and can send and accept friend…

An easy way to make animated GIFs

ContentsBreaking news!First you select a video link from which you want to create a GIF.Then you use the sliders to choose how long you want your GIF to be and what section of the video you want to use.Then you create your GIF. Breaking news! Giphy has just launched their super simple GIF Maker.  If you’re not familiar with Giphy, it is a site where you can find and share animated GIFs….

How To Use IFTTT To Amp Up Your Social Media

If you’ve never used IFTTT (If This Then That), you should definitely take a look at this FREE resource! In a nutshell, IFTT allows you to set up “recipes” that run in the background and connect sites and apps together to create useful processes.  These recipes can really help to amp up your social media game and save valuable time. Here is an example of one of my favorite recipes: What this…

Using Hashtags for Audience Engagement

On social media, hashtags are one of the most powerful thing you can utilize in your marketing campaign.  Not only can they make your content easier to find in a search, but they can create a great opportunity for audience engagement.  Here are some tips, tricks, and ideas on how to use hashtags to their fullest potential at your arts organization.  And they’re all FREE! ContentsCreate one hashtag for your organization that…

Lead Generation for Single Tickets

If you’re like most performing arts organizations, you have long stretches of time each year when not all of your tickets are on sale.  Whether that means that you put events on sale on a rolling schedule, or if you sell subscriptions first and then put all of your single tickets on sale later, you know what I mean. Here at Palm Beach Opera, we happened upon a great way to capture…

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