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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Free Photoshop Template For Converting Images from Portrait Aspect Ratio To Landscape by Drew McManus

We’ve all been there: you need images in landscape aspect ratio for digital content but all of your source files are in portrait. Frustrating, right? For the most part, trying to convert a…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Cross Pollinating Ideas About Moving Into The Realm Of Digital Experiences by Drew McManus

There’s an excellent article in the 6/23/2020 edition of SmashingMagazine.com by Suzanne Scacca that examines the ways COVID-19 is forcing the restaurant sector to radically rethink the wa…

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Get The Right Microphone To Fit Your Needs by Drew McManus

There’s a great article from Adam Molina on soundguys.com that walks you through all of the considerations for selecting a microphone to use when creating online content. It’s clearly wr…

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

If You’re Looking For An Easy To Use App For Scheduling Online Meetings, Check Out Vyte.in by Drew McManus

For the longest time, I’ve used Doodle to schedule online meetings. It’s still a great tool but since Covid-19 shutdowns began, I’ve discovered that Vyte.in is just as effective and te…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Applying A Little Math And Science To Social Distancing Ticket Revenue by Drew McManus

There’s a fascinating article (h/t Rainer Glaap) at ActivityStream.com that examines very positive results from efforts to science our way through maximizing revenue during live events …

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Arts Admin State Of Employment Poll, Update 2 by Drew McManus

It’s been one month since we started asking readers to complete a short, two question survey designed to measure how the employment status of arts administrators and independent contractor…

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Check Your Tone by Drew McManus

Given that we’re all using written communication more than usual, it’s a good idea to take a step back and consider tone. Unless you’re all-in on injecting emojis into everyday busines…

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Arts Admin State Of Employment Poll, Update 1 by Drew McManus

On April 12, we asked readers to complete a short, two question poll designed to measure how the employment status of arts administrators and independent contractors is being impacted by cor…

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Arts Admin State Of Employment Poll April 13 – 19 by Drew McManus

Last week, I launched a poll at my orchestra management blog asking readers share their employment status in the wake of coronavirus related shutdowns. The responses were so strong, I decide…

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Don’t Forget To Filter Out Your Remote Work IP Addresses From Google Analytics by Drew McManus

Thanks to fellow ArtsHacker Ceci Dadisman for putting a bug in my ear about reminding everyone who manages a Google Analytics (GA) account to add all of the remote and work from home IP addr…

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

How To Effectively Communicate COVID-19 Announcements Using WordPress by Drew McManus

No need for any backstory here, we’re all well aware of how much COVID-19 is impacting operations and one of the more pressing challenges is communicating organizational announcements to p…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Do You Have An Active RFP? by Drew McManus

If your organization has an active RFP, we want it! Nonprofit Bids is set to launch but we need RFPs to populate the site. We have already had a number of providers sign up so your organizat…

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Updated #ClickClickDone Slide Deck From #SETC2020 Is Available by Drew McManus

The 2020 SETC conference was a great deal of fun and the Click.Click.Done. Must-Have Google Analytics Settings and Reports session was well attended with an engaging group of participants. I…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Nonprofit Bids Is Coming Soon And It Needs Your RFPs by Drew McManus

Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to the interest inquiry about creating an online Request For Proposal (RFP) portal that nonprofit arts and culture orgs could use, free of cha…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Two Easy Methods For Shutting Down Comments In WordPress by Drew McManus

WordPress is great…until it isn’t. The good news is most of those shortcomings are pretty easy to work with if you know your options. Moreover, most of them tend to be holdovers from the…

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Who’s Interested In An RFP Resource Site? by Drew McManus

I need your help today. Specifically, I’m looking for some feedback on an idea a colleague and I have about creating an online Request For Proposal (RFP) portal that nonprofit arts and cul…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Does Your Navigation Suffer From UIC (Unnecessary Icon Labels)? by Drew McManus

Recently, SmashingMagazine.com published an article by Suzanne Scacca that examines web trends that may be time to retire. While several aren’t applicable to most nonprofit arts orgs, ther…

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Monday, December 2, 2019

How Is Your Organization Approaching #GivingTuesday This Year? by Drew McManus

Ever since its launch, #GivingTuesday had become a staple in most nonprofit organization’s fundraising schedule. Since then, it’s become everything from a much-needed holiday giving boos…

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

ARTS ADVOCACY ALERT: Don’t Let .ORG Registry Be Sold To A Private Equity Firm #SaveDotOrg by Drew McManus

Everyone in this field is likely aware of how important the .ORG domain extension is to nonprofits. And for nearly two decades, decisions regarding how .ORG registrations and renewals are ha…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

2019 #NAMPC Slide Deck: A Content Manager’s Guide To Website Accessibility by Drew McManus

As always, #NAMPC was a great time and the Content Manager’s Guide To Website Accessibility workshop was a real hit. Before I forget, I wanted to take a moment to make the slide deck avail…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

How To Temporarily Block A Page From Google Search Results by Drew McManus

There are all sorts of reasons why you may need to block a page from appearing in Google search results and fortunately, Google provides a tool you can use to make this happen. Having said t…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

You Can Now Pick Up Your Very Own Arts Admin Merit Badges by Drew McManus

In response to the enormously positive feedback and requests asking where you can pick up actual Arts Admin Merit Badges, we decided to make them available for order. Expected shipping for R…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Arts Admin Merit Badges by Drew McManus

Any arts administrator worth their salt should be able to sell a ticket, plan an invasion, make brunch, conn a ship, design a brochure, write a sonnet, balance the books, build a wall, carry…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

An Updated And Expanded Must-Have Google Analytics Settings Deck by Drew McManus

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of running a workshop on Must-Have Google Analytics Settings for the League of Chicago Theatres. The 90 minute session included an updated and expanded …

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Free 2019 Twitter PSD Header Template + Free Online Design Resources = Branding Happiness by Drew McManus

If it’s been more than a year since you updated your Twitter account header image, it’s high time for something new. To that end, ArtsHacker has you covered with free Photoshop template …

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Image Alt Text And Accessibility by Drew McManus

Creating image alt text is one of the more time-consuming and challenging content management tasks to complete. It is also one of the most rewarding so always know that the time you put into…

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Unleash Your Data Driven UX Superhero With This ArtsU Webinar & Discount Code by Drew McManus

I’m very happy to announce that on Friday, September 27, 2019 I’ll be leading an Americans for Arts ArtsU webinar on using metrics to refine and enhance your website’s user experience.…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Add Context To Your Google Analytics Data Using Annotations by Drew McManus

One of the best kept secrets in Google Analytics hiding in plain sight are annotations, which are little notes you can add to the timeline. Think of it like a 160-character max digital stick…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

2019 ArtsReach Slide Deck by Drew McManus

We’re all about sharing the love, and wanted to share a copy of the session slide deck from our 2019 ArtsReach presentation on must have Google Analytics Settings. It includes the latest s…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Turn Lists Into Columns With A Little CSS Magic by Drew McManus

One of the most common content management frustration points I find clients encounter is finding an attractive way to display long lists inside webpages. For example, the ubiquitous donor li…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

New Research Into Nonprofit Staff Compensation by Drew McManus

There’s an excellent article in the 6/12/2019 edition of fastcampny.com by Ben Paynter that examines two recent studies on nonprofit staff compensation. Spoiler alert: both studies uncover…

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