Pace Gallery and Laurene Jobs’s Emerson Collective want to disrupt the art world this year

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Despite pandemic-related delays, the founders of the experiential art center say they still expect to shake up the art world. Superblue, the experiential art center created by Pace Gallery executives, plans to open its first location in Miami in early spring, after COVID-19 derailed plans for a 2020 opening. (Emerson Collective, Laurene Powell Jobs’s social change and investing arm, is a founding partner.) Superblue, which plans to open several locations, will commission installations from experimental artists such as Nick Cave, James Turrell, Es Devlin and teamLab . The twist? Instead of selling the art to wealthy patrons, Superblue will sell tickets, starting at $30, to the public. Fast Company’s Stephanie Mehta spoke with cofounders Marc Glimcher, who also is president and CEO of Pace Gallery, and Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, Superblue’s CEO, about the business model behind the concept, and why social-distancing restrictions might actually work in its favor. Read Full Story

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Heart, Ear, Eye, Mind, Mouth: Local SEO Exercises for Your Least Technical Clients

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Posted by MiriamEllis When was the last time you relaxed with a client? As a local business consultant, I know that deeper marketing insights can be discovered when you set aside formality and share experiences: a moment, a laugh, a common bond. When I’m looking for ways to make life easier for a client, I sometimes reflect on ancient practices like yoga, tai chi, and mindful breathing, which are increasingly understood as beneficial to human health . For a space in time, they reduce the complex world we live in to a simpler one where being, breath, movement, and focus bring the practitioner to a more intuitive state. Local marketing agencies can empathize with the complex world their clients inhabit. Local business owners must manage everything from rent and employee benefits to customer service, business reviews, web content, and online listings. When you take on a new client, you expect …

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Travel SEO Trends and Pivots from 2020 (and What to Carry into 2021)

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Posted by Rachel.Vandernick If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that you can’t predict the future of tourism. Unlike nearly any other industry, tourism is simultaneously dictated by a number of factors including consumer proclivity, weather and climate, global economics, and government. Travel was undoubtedly one of the hardest hit sectors in the 2020 shutdowns, which affected every business domain from the largest destination marketing organizations (DMOs) to local small businesses that thrive on the foot traffic tourism normally brings. US Travel’s year-end assessment determined there was a 48% drop in travel-related spending for December 2020 compared to 2019, and a year-long loss of $500 billion. Success in tourism in 2020 meant simply surviving for many businesses, accompanied by total content strategy revamps, product pivots, local SEO investments, and local marketing activations. What worked in 2020 Locals-only tourism With out-of-state quarantines in effect for most of the US, and especially prevalent …

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Key insights: Consumer trust segmented, the power of push notifications, martech stacks lack strategy, and more

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30-second summary: Healthcare and educational institutes win consumer trust while media and government struggle March saw push notifications reach their highest direct open rates and 32% of website visits were through these mobile app push notifications Mobile remains the best way to engage people with push notifications DemandLab’s recent ‘Martech stack optimization survey’ reveals that 53% of marketing leaders have no plan in place for their martech stacks Deals have shown a positive graph, Australia and Germany are opening up their economies due to some relief from the COVID-19 hit Conviva study segments streaming behavior across regions and devices – TV, PC, live streaming, and video on demand Standard ads vs COVID-19 based ads, what performed better? More on what CMOs’ immediate budget actions should be Information is power and mental health is key. In light of current events, we took the onus to save you the effort and have …

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How Your Local Business Can Be a Helper

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Posted by MiriamEllis “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” — Fred Rogers This quote is one I find myself turning to frequently these days as a local SEO. It calls to mind my irreplaceable neighborhood grocer. On my last essential run to their store, they not only shared a stashed 4-pack of bath tissue with me, but also stocked their market with local distillery-produced hand sanitizer which I was warned will reek of bourbon, but will get the job done. When times are hard, finding helpers comes as such …

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6 Alternatives to Amazon For E-commerce

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With a net worth of $1.7 trillion , Amazon has dominated the e-commerce sector for years, leaving many of its competitors in the shade. But are there alternatives to Amazon? With an audience as vast as Amazon, small business start-ups and solo entrepreneurs flock to the site to sell the products, get established, and build their enterprises. Despite the audience Amazon offers, you may want to look for other online venues to list your items . There are many good reasons to broaden your e-commerce horizons. First, it makes little sense to put all your eggs in one basket. Second, selling on a wider range of marketplaces gets your products in front of a larger audience. And finally, looking at the other choices available could save you money on fees, or get you closer to your target buyers. Below are some viable alternatives to Amazon. We’ll look at their advantages, …

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Real-time digital insights & automation: Powering digital marketer’s performance

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30-second summary: Too often, the budget is wasted because the marketer driving the ship isn’t keeping pace with modern consumer behavior. The coming year holds great promise for digital marketers. In this article, we’ll take a look at two areas of great opportunity—two places you can focus to tackle these challenges head-on: real-time insights and real-time automation. It’s about truly understanding your customer’s need at that moment—even if there isn’t a human on the other end of the interaction. Last year digital marketers wasted on average of 26% of their budgets on ineffective channels and strategies {Rakuten Marketing}. While there are many different reasons and ways in which marketing strategies underperform, I believe there is a common thread woven through many of the campaigns we see today. Too often, the budget is wasted because the marketer driving the ship isn’t keeping pace with modern consumer behavior. As consumers evolve, so …

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At last, you can become a shareholder in a Birkin bag or a Lamborghini

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Rally enables regular investors to buy and sell shares in high-end collectibles. Crafted from individually selected Nile crocodile scales in cream and gray, Hermès’s Himalaya Birkin is one of the world’s rarest handbags, fetching more than $100,000 at auction. Rally cofounder and CEO Chris Bruno wants you to own one—in part. Rally, which launched in 2017, acquires high-end collectibles—Birkins, Porsche convertibles, Rolex watches, even first-edition Harry Potter novels—and allows people to buy and sell shares in them via an app, as if the items were public stocks. Investors—including Rally, which invests up to 10% in each collectible—can make money by selling their shares as an item gains in value, or if the treasure is eventually sold for a profit. (Rally registers each item as a security.) The app’s average investor—there are currently 10,000 total—is 28 years old and owns shares in four different Rally-managed assets. The company has held offerings …

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JIGGY drives 69% of revenue with marketing automation

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30-second summary: Jiggy Puzzles founder and CEO Kaylin Marcotte started the direct-to-consumer company in November 2019 with the goal of reinventing the classic jigsaw puzzle for a modern audience while supporting creative talent. Kaylin was disillusioned with the same old cheesy jigsaw designs and dull product presentation, so she decided to offer unique, striking examples of modern art by emerging female artists instead. Very quickly, customers responded to her unique and socially conscious business model, helped along by a strong focus on storytelling. COVID-19 caused JIGGY to sell out of product and the one-person show had to engage customers during a pandemic without an inventory. JIGGY utilizes Omnisend’s automated workflows, such as welcome series and cart abandonment workflows, to generate 69% of their total email revenue through automation. “I wanted to spread the joy and relaxation puzzles brought me while reinventing the humble jigsaw puzzle and supporting emerging female artists,” …

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The 4 Ps of Marketing: A Step-by-Step Guide (With Examples)

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The 4 Ps of marketing… You’ve probably heard about them from a friend, a textbook, or even at school. I know it sounds like a boring topic that’s common sense, but there is more to it than meets the eye. And no, it’s not just for large companies… the smaller you are, the more important for you it is to leverage the 4 Ps. So before we dive into it, let’s first break down what they are… What are the 4 Ps of marketing? The 4 Ps of marketing is a famous concept that summarizes the 4 basic pillars of any marketing strategy: product, price, place, and promotion. It sounds simple and it really is (the harder part is implementing it, which we will get into later). The idea behind the theory is that if you implement them, you will generate more sales. But sadly nothing is that easy. :/ …

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