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Thursday, January 11, 2024

New (And Critical) Email Deliverability Changes For Gmail & Yahoo by Drew McManus

Starting February 2024, tighter email regulations on Gmail and Yahoo could drastically impact your email based engagement efforts. Let’s break down the new requirements and guide you throu…

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

How To Deactivate Chrome’s New Annoying Discarded Tab Ring Treatment by Drew McManus

If you use Chrome, you’ve likely seen the recent update adding a ring around the favicon in inactive open tabs. Unfortunately, this alteration renders the icon unreadable, defeating the pu…

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Monday, August 7, 2023

Level Up Your Accessible Text Over Images Design Skills by Drew McManus

Regular readers know that web accessibility is a topic we’ve covered frequently, especially when it comes to color contrast. One of the real challenges is mastering the art of maintaining …

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

ALERT: Google Domains Shutting Down And Selling To Squarespace by Drew McManus

On June 15, 2023 Google unexpectedly announced they sold Google Domains to Squarespace. Not only did this come as a shock to the online provider community, but it comes as especially bad new…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

The Calendly Replacement You’ve Been Looking For by Drew McManus

If you are like me, online meeting schedulers are one of those tools you can’t imagine what life was like before you started using it. One of the big providers in that sector is Calendly, …

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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Finally, A Free QR Code Generator That Doesn’t Require Registration And Exports SVG Format by Drew McManus

While there are plenty of free online QR code generators, the vast majority have enough pain points to make them less of a useful tool and more of a pain in the neck. The majority of times I…

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Sunday, March 12, 2023

Microsoft PowerToys: The Hack You Didn’t Know You Wanted by Drew McManus

If you’re a PC user, there’s a fabulous app that’s been around since the days of Windows 95 but you can easily download from the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 and 11. Unfortunately, M…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

If You Aren’t Selling Flex Subscriptions, You’re Missing Out by Drew McManus

JCA Arts Marketing recently released a study measuring subscription sales at arts and culture organizations. While prefaced with a friendly “don’t panic” notification (Douglas Adams fa…

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Monday, January 16, 2023

Take Some Time To Explore AI Copy Generators by Drew McManus

If you aren’t already aware, AI copy generators are becoming all the rage. While I won’t blame anyone for responding to that with a healthy 🙄, I can also say my recent experience with…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

An Excel Trick To Quickly Increment Dates For Each Row by Drew McManus

You’ve probably found yourself in a position at some point or another where you needed to create a bunch or rows with dates that increased/decreased by a fixed amount for each row. You cou…

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Monday, November 7, 2022

How To Share Specific Bookmarks And Bookmark Folders Between Users by Drew McManus

Every browser provides a straightforward solution to exporting and importing bookmarks but what if you only want to share some or only those from specific folders? For Chrome users, that’s…

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Monday, October 31, 2022

We’ve Suspended ArtsHacker’s Twitter Account. Here Are The Reasons. by Drew McManus

Considering the decision by Twitter’s new CEO to reduce the company’s product, engineering, legal, and trust and safety departments to levels that can no longer effectively prevent rampa…

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Monday, October 3, 2022

A Smarter Way To Crumble Browser Cookies by Drew McManus

Clearing browser cookies is just one of those things you need to do every now and then but clearing them out in bulk can be a serious hassle, such as losing all of your saved login info. �…

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Using The Fitts’s Law To Become A Better Manager by Drew McManus

This series is designed to help those working in the arts and culture sector apply user experience (UX) best practices to daily content management tasks. Using Jon Yablonski’s collection…

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Stop Using Carousels And Sliders (The Wrong Way) by Drew McManus

Here at ArtsHacker, we’ve been warning arts admins against the practice of using sliders and carousels as a strategy to deliver mutually exclusive messages within a single space as far bac…

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The Cost Of Doing Business Online Is Going Up And It Has Nothing To Do With Inflation by Drew McManus

While it may not seem like a big price increase, .com domain registrations and renewals are going to go up 6.9 percent. That’s likely just the beginning thanks to the sweetheart deal the c…

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Find Out Who’s Tuned In To Arts Organizations Today by Drew McManus

The folks at Capacity Interactive (CI) recently published the latest installment of their Performing Arts Ticket Buyer Media Usage Study. The previous installment was released right before C…

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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Using The Zeigarnik Effect To Become A Better Manager by Drew McManus

This series is designed to help those working in the arts and culture sector apply user experience (UX) best practices to daily content management tasks. Using Jon Yablonski’s collection…

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Monday, February 28, 2022

The Time To Review Cybersecurity and Disruption Plans Is Now by Drew McManus

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to make sure you’re as prepared as you can for disruptions to digital platforms because of cyberattacks resulting from events unfolding in Ukr…

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Using Parkinson’s Law To Become A Better Manager by Drew McManus

This series is designed to help those working in the arts and culture sector apply user experience (UX) best practices to daily content management tasks. Using Jon Yablonski’s collection…

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Monday, February 7, 2022

Using The Law of Common Region To Become A Better Manager by Drew McManus

This series is designed to help those working in the arts and culture sector apply user experience (UX) best practices to daily content management tasks. Using Jon Yablonski’s collection …

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Using The Serial Position Effect To Become A Better Manager by Drew McManus

This article is the first in a series designed to help those working in the arts and culture sector apply user experience (UX) best practices to common tasks and beyond. Using Jon Yablonski�…

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Sunday, January 2, 2022

Advocacy Alert: Contact The White House About Establishing A National Vaccination Status Program by Drew McManus

As we begin the new year, I want to encourage everyone to contact the White House and encourage the administration to advocate for a national vaccination status program that can be adopted a…

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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Why “Click Here” & “This Link” Are Choices To Avoid For Web And Email Links by Drew McManus

Way back in 2016, ArtsHacker Phil Paschke wrote an article about why you want to begin moving away from using phrases like “click here” in web and digital marketing copy. Fast forward fi…

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress Data Breach And What You Should Do If It Impacts Your Organization by Drew McManus

On November 22, 2022, GoDaddy informed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of a security breach for 1.2 million users on its managed WordPress servers. According to the report, the …

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Sunday, November 14, 2021

A Sales Email Subject Line So Good You Have To Steal It by Drew McManus

Looking for a great sales email subject line that leverages buyer’s fear over supply shortages? If so, I have exactly what you’re looking for courtesy of an email that arrived in my inbo…

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Is Facebook Not Sharing The Correct Info From Your Website? by Drew McManus

Spoiler: it’s (mostly) not your fault. As if there weren’t enough reasons for Facebook to send content managers screaming into the night, one of their long-standing bear traps didn’t i…

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Use This Chrome Shortcut To Open Multiple Bookmarks At Once by Drew McManus

Every content manager routinely opens multiple browser bookmarks throughout the week. Sure, you can add each one to your bookmark bar and open them one…at…a…time or you can use this si…

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Secret To Converting Paragraph Breaks Into Line Breaks And Creating Comma Separated Lists by Drew McManus

Pretty much every arts administrator knows the pain of looking at a long list of content in a Microsoft Word document where each line is separated by a paragraph, but you need them separated…

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Do All Of Your Web Pages Have Conversion Goals? by Drew McManus

Conversion goals are one of those odd things every arts marketer seems to know they need but for whatever reason, most groups have too many webpages with zero goals. For those on the outside…

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Status Of Required Vaccination Policies Among Nonprofit Performing Arts Orgs by Drew McManus

The  Vax Policy Database has been gathering data since August 20, 2021 and it’s been adding new records daily. Over the holiday weekend, I added additional view to the database making it …

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards