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Who Do You Think You Are? - Assessing Your Digital Identity

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Delivered at the 2010 Performing Arts Exchange

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  • Presence – Where is your organization present online? Do you have a website? What about a Facebook page? Are you on LinkedIn? What does your presence (or your absence) communicate to people? Is your presence active or passive? What difference does that make in how you are perceived within those environments?Content – What do you say in these environments? What do you share with your visitors, fans, friends, or followers? What does this content communicate to people? Voice – How do you communicate with people in online environments? What is the tone of your communication? Do you sound like a human being or like a company? What does your choice of language, humor, formality, etc. convey to people who find you online? Is this what you or your organization delivers in person?
  • No matter what your goal is – fundraising, selling tickets, or raising awareness – it starts with connecting with people. But you can’t connect with people if they don’t trust you. Finding your online voice helps you foster trust in the people you want to reach.Many popular online spaces are personal. On Facebook, your patron is sharing with her friends and family, her high school and college friends, and colleagues. You have an opportunity to be more personal with many more of your patrons than ever before. Finding your online voice encourages people to invite you in.Your online voice can humanize your organization. Some people find particular arts organizations intimidating. If you work for a long-established institution, like a major museum or orchestra, you may find that a distinct but natural online voice can soften that image, if you want.most arts marketing writing is interchangeable.We write about our organizations the way we do because that’s what everybody else does. We look around at what we believe are the more successful organizations, and model our brochure or web copy after theirs. Makes sense, right? The result is that your organizational voice becomes bland – indistinguishable from the theater down the street or the concert hall across town.
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    • 1. Who Do You Think You Are?
      Assessing Your Digital Identity
      Presented by David Dombrosky
      Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Arts Management and Technology
      October 2, 2010
    • 2. On sheet of paper, write down 3 adjectives that describe the personality of yourself as an artist, your agency, or your arts organization.
    • 3. Do I have a volunteer?
      (Don’t worry. We’re just gonna look at your website.)
    • 4. Elements of Digital Identity
      Presence
      Content
      Voice
    • 5. Why is your online voice important?
      Helps foster trust in the people you want to reach
      Encourages people to invite you in
      Humanizes your organization
      Distinguishes you from your competitors
    • 6. Taking Stock of Your Digital Identity - Presence
      List the your digital channels for communication and the sites where you have a presence
      Identify the conventions and best practices for those channels and sites
      Ask your audience where they hang out online. Are you there, too? If not, why not?
    • 7. Taking Stock of Your Digital Identity - Content
      What items do you share or publish online? Categorize and document the frequency with which you publish or share each type of content
      Which categories appear to be trending?
      Are those content types enhancing the artist experience or merely promoting it?
      Do you share the same content or different content across platforms?
    • 8. Taking Stock of Your Digital Identity - Voice
      What kind of language do you use in your online communications?
      Do you modify your tone and use of language from platform to platform?
      Does the way you talk about the content match up with the personality traits you have identified for you or your organization?
    • 9. Who do THEY think you are?
    • 10. Changing Your Digital Identity
      • Compare who you want to be and who they think you are
      • 11. Identify what changes need to be made in order to alter they way you are perceived
      • 12. How will you measure the transition? How much can you measure yourself, and what will require an outside perspective?
      • 13. Set a manageable transition schedule
    • Who Should Maintain Your Digital Identity?
      One individual or split duties among individuals?
      Team approach – multiple people sharing duties?
      Executive staff?
      Marketing staff?
      Younger staff or interns?
      Artists?
      Volunteers?
      In 2009, the American Red Cross released a Social Media Strategy Handbook for its employees containing a number of sound policies that may be adopted by arts organizations.
      © copyright 2007, nicemonkey | NewDarkRoom.com, LLC
    • 14. Balancing Professional and Personal Online Identities
    • 15. David Dombrosky
      daviddom@cmu.edu
      www.twitter.com/DDombrosky
      Technology in the Arts
      www.technologyinthearts.org
      info@technologyinthearts.org
      www.twitter.com/TechInTheArts
      Center for Arts Management & Technology
      http://camt.artsnet.org

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