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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Master Your Domain With Google Search Console: Getting Started by Drew McManus

Earlier in the month, I posted an article about how you can use Google Search Console (GSC) to temporarily hide a page from Google Search Results. Several readers wrote in to say that althou…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Get Serious About Your LinkedIn Profile by Drew McManus

If you’re like me, LinkedIn can often seem like that oddball item on the dessert menu. There’s little mystery when it comes to Facebook or Twitter, the apple cobbler or cheesecake of soc…

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

It’s Time For Infrastructure Updates by Drew McManus

Over the weekend, we rolled out a bunch of updates. The majority are under the hood improvements that’s you’ll experience in the form of snappier performance but here are a few key UX it…

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Need To Temporarily Block A Page From Google Search Results? This Search Console Tool Makes It Easy by Drew McManus

Regardless the reason why you need to temporarily block a page from search results, there’s a handy tool inside Google Search Console made for that exact task. Make sure You’re logged in…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Last Minute Hurricane Tech Checklist by Drew McManus

With Hurricane Irma heading toward Florida, I wanted to offer up a quick checklist of website related items arts orgs can use to help anticipate and mitigate any potential outages. Place a n…

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Does Your Website Have A SSL Certificate? If not, you may need one sooner than later. by Drew McManus

At the beginning of August, Google Webmaster Tools began sending notices to users with a warning that “Starting October 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when …

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Stitch In Time Saves More Than Nine by Drew McManus

With the fate of Net Neutrality still very much uncertain, it pays to begin thinking about ways you can marginalize any slowdowns in the light of potential deregulation. Regardless your leve…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Using Onboarding Techniques To Improve Web Engagement by Drew McManus

If you’re looking for some low hanging fruit to improve online engagement with users, look no further than using an onboarding email campaign to introduce website visitors to key functions…

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hidden Productivity Gems: Using Adobe Bridge To Remove Unwanted Characters From Filenames by Drew McManus

Adobe Bridge CC, a digital asset management app, is not only a hidden productivity gem, it’s one of the rare Adobe apps that is 100 percent free. If you don’t already use it, swing by th…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

An Already Great Tool Just Got Better: WebPageTest.org Image Analysis by Drew McManus

We took a deep dive into webpagetest.org in December, 2016 to uncover how it can help you improve page loading times for your website. Recently, they released a new feature in the form of a …

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Break Out Of Dull @Org Mailbox Names by Drew McManus

First and foremost, every organization should have at least one general mailbox name on hand. Yes, personal mailbox names are great (provided attrition isn’t too high) and following that, …

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Why That Popup You Want So Badly Is Probably Hurting Your Search Rank by Drew McManus

Rarely do I encounter a web client that doesn’t want some sort of popup to capture email addresses, push an advertisement, or serve up some sort of call to action. Often, the need is genui…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Time To Sharpen Your Metrics Skills With A Free Webinar by Drew McManus

If you’ve always wanted to attend a Click. Click. Done: Developing Your Google Analytics Skills session but couldn’t get away to the respective conference, I have some good news for you.…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

One Crucial Item You Don’t Want To Forget About When Creating Bag Policies For Your Venue by Drew McManus

When it comes to a performing arts venue’s security measures, it’s easy to see why there’s been a sharp uptick in concern over the past few years. I recall a session from the 2016 Arts…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

What You Can Do To Help Save Net Neutrality by Drew McManus

As arts managers, we should all be very concerned about net neutrality, the series of FCC regulations that limit internet service providers, or ISPs (think Time Warner, Cox, Comcast, Verizon…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Three Useful CSS Learning Resources To Help You Become A More Valuable Arts Manager by Drew McManus

One of the most common tech education questions I get from clients and designer colleagues is recommendations for learning how to code. Gone are the days where coding skills are limited to t…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Should Links Open In Same Or New Windows/Tabs? by Drew McManus

When it comes to whether or not links should open in the same or new windows/tabs, the answer for most arts organizations is straightforward: links should open in the same window/tab.  Befo…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Website Policies: Which Ones You Need And Why They Matter by Drew McManus

Although they may not seem terribly sexy, website policies are an extremely important part of an arts organization’s online presence and the types of activities you provide at your site wi…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Google Fi Update: Group Plans! by Drew McManus

Last May, we took a close look at Google’s Project Fi and it’s potential for being a high quality, low cost cellular provider capable of introducing much needed communication options for…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

How Accessible Is Your Website? Here’s How You Can Find Out by Drew McManus

Did you know that a routine boilerplate included in many grant agreements stipulates the receiving organization agrees that their website complies to accessibility standards? Granted, I have…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Make Sure You’re Getting the Internet Connection Speeds You’re Paying For by Drew McManus

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are big on promoting how fast your office, home, or cellular connections are. In fact, it’s one of the single most important aspects of their service. But…

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Using Smart Objects In Photoshop To Create Supercharged Templates by Drew McManus

If you work with Photoshop to create graphics for your organization and aren’t using Smart Objects, you’re missing out on so much. Back in July, 2015 we examined how Smart Objects inside…

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Keeping Your WordPress Site Running Fast. Three Non-Technical Tips Anyone Can Implement. by Drew McManus

When it comes to online conversions, speed kills; or to be more precise, lack of speed kills. The long it takes for pages to load, the less likely site visitors will hang around waiting. In …

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Take Advantage Of These Photoshop Templates To Update Your Social Media Branding [2017] by Drew McManus

One of the more popular posts here at ArtsHacker is from June, 2015 and provides links to downloadable Photoshop (PSD) templates you can use to create fantastic header images for Twitter, Fa…

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Hidden Productivity Gems: Adobe Fireworks Batch Image Processing by Drew McManus

No doubt about it, Adobe Creative Cloud apps are all kinds of useful. Most arts managers tend to work with the Big 3: InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator but if you have access to the full …

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Three Last Minute Tips To Maximize Year-End Giving Campaigns by Drew McManus

We’re only three days away from the deadline for claiming charitable donations so here are three tips you can use to help maximize donations from procrastinating donors. Do you have any ad…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Get Your Vote On…The Ranked Choice Way by Drew McManus

In light of an Electoral College with an unusually high degree of scrutiny, it seems fitting to point out a voting system that could be better options for your needs than the traditional sim…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

How To Avoid Facebook & Twitter Share Fail by Drew McManus

Facebook and Twitter are great platforms for generating interest and driving ticket sales but there’s no getting around the fact that you must play by their rules. More often than not, thi…

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Monday, December 5, 2016

One Of The Best Free Tools You Can Use To Measure Page Speed by Drew McManus

It should come as no surprise that your website page load speed has a direct impact on conversions (revenue, social, and feedback). At the same time, there’s a lot of information about the…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What We’re Thankful For As Arts Administrators 2016 by Drew McManus

Editor’s Note: In a field where it can become all too easy to feel the pressures of the day to day grind, doubly so in 2016, we sometimes forget to take a step back and acknowledge th…

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Using Data to Make Your Website Better…Stronger…FASTER by Drew McManus

Recently, fellow ArtsHacker, Ceci Dadisman, and I enjoyed giving a presentation to attendees of the Institute of Outdoor Theatre 2016 conference on how to use Google Analytics (GA) to make d…

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