Try This Tip – Expand Your Audience

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If you work for a small organization, here is an easy method to build up your website traffic. Using my preferred term, it’s an opportunity for you to build brand dimension—easily creating compelling content and getting eyeballs on your activity.

(Preface: As most of you know, the more people you have coming to your website, the greater the opportunity to showcase your brand in an immersive experience. It allows you to sell tickets, provide valuable information, or simply entertain visitors. I recently set out to improve the website traffic for Portland Piano International. The process is certainly not a new concept, but rather one that small nonprofits have difficulty implementing with small budgets.)

Create a blog

The first step in pulling people to your website—create a blog with regularly released content. You can easily build this into most existing websites use templates. For example, if you use a WordPress, Wix, or Squarespace system, there are easy ways to plug a blog into the website. Just search your platform’s help center (if you’re doing the job) or contact your web developer.

Fill the blog with new and recycled content

Look at Portland Piano’s blog I created a few months ago. We launched it at the end of October 2017 and it took some time to build up content. We’re still in the process, but it’s been exciting to see the brand dimension added to the communications/marketing mix that previously didn’t exist.

There’s a mix of new and recycled content. The new content includes some articles written by a local Portland blogger. There’s other content re-tooled from artists’ existing collateral and collected into one place for easy access. This includes press quotes, tidbits about the next performer, videos of them performing, etc.

Distribute the content to email and social media platforms 

After the content is created or re-tooled, distribute it across all your channels like email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Include the link and the headline or brief description.

Watch the people come running

Track the progress of each article in the metrics section of your website or on Google Analytics. You’ll most likely be pleasantly surprised with the increase in traffic.

Here’s an example of one campaign in action. I published this piece on Portland Piano’s blog highlighting one of their upcoming concerts featuring Lukáš Vondráček. Then I distributed the link on social media and in their weekly e-blast. View the e-blast to see how I implemented the blog post content to drive people to view the full version on the website.

Within 24 hours of the distributed piece, we saw a large uptick in website traffic. Hence, there was also an uptick in the click-through rate for their weekly e-blast.

About Jonathan Eifert

Trained as a classical pianist, Jonathan realized early in his career he preferred the business of music, rather than making music professionally. He moved to London to study arts management and after a series of successful encounters, returned to the U.S. to build his PR firm.

People in the industry started hearing about his work and innovative approach to PR. Word travelled fast and projects began. Work started at his kitchen table in a leafy Philadelphia suburb.

Fast forward to the present day, Jonathan is based in New York City. As needed, he provides on-site client visits around the United States, but most projects are maintained remotely through a strong infrastructure of digital platforms and global contacts.

Over the years he has enjoyed providing marketing, communications, and PR support for the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Portland Piano International, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Golandsky Institute at Princeton University, Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy, and Pianofest in the Hamptons.

Jonathan previously worked at IMG Artists (London) and Astral (Philadelphia). He now serves clients throughout the U.S. as the founder of Jonathan Eifert Public Relations. He is an associate member of the Grammy Recording Academy and regular contributor to ArtsHacker.com.

Jonathan completed his Master of Arts degree in cultural policy and management (arts administration) from City, University of London—specializing in classical artists’ brands and their development. He holds his Bachelor of Music degree from Cairn University.

Jonathan is a board member of Living the Classical Life and member of Astral's Institutional Advancement Committee.

Learn more on jonathaneifert.com.

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