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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

An Arts Manager’s Checklist For Dealing With The Loss Of Net Neutrality After April 23rd by Drew McManus

Recent last-ditch efforts to block the repeal of net neutrality in the Senate have failed (be sure to hold your senators responsible if they voted against protecting net neutrality) so barri…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Free Resource: Getting Started With Google Analytics by Drew McManus

Recently, fellow ArtsHacker, Ceci Dadisman, and I enjoyed giving a presentation to attendees of the Southeastern Theatre Conference 2018 Convention on how to use Google Analytics (GA) to ma…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

LinkedIn Kills Off Share Counters by Drew McManus

If you’ve been wondering why all of your LinkedIn share counters don’t seem to work, don’t worry, it isn’t you, it’s LinkedIn. The company posted an innocuous a…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Action Alert: Operation #OneMoreVote – Encourage Your Representatives To Overturn The FCC’s Decision To End Net Neutrality by Drew McManus

Today is a key date for Congress to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality protections. The Congressional Review Act affords Congress the ability to overt…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

If You Use Google Ad Grants, You’ll Want To know About These Changes by Drew McManus

There’s a terrific article by Jason King in the 1/23/2018 edition of the Nonprofit Technology Conference blog that examines how recent changes to Google Ad Grant’s terms and cond…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Looking For 2018 Artist Grants and Opportunities? by Drew McManus

Artwork Archive recently compiled a terrific list of Artist grants and published them with a user-friendly lists of FAQ details such as award amounts, deadlines, and limited artist fields. M…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

ArtsHacker’s Guide To Combating Post Net Neutrality Slowdowns: Minification and Reducing HTTP Requests by Drew McManus

One of the most common problems WordPress users run into over time are slowdowns resulting from an overload of HTTP requests. In English, those requests are the sum of getting and sending da…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Just In Time For The Holidays: An Update To The Interactive CTA Generator For Arts Marketers by Drew McManus

Back in March, fellow ArtsHacker Ceci Dadisman pointed out Capacity Interactive’s CTA Generator and they recently came back with an add-on by Krisi Packer for four new calls-to-action…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

ArtsHacker’s Guide To Combating Post Net Neutrality Slowdowns: Database Optimization by Drew McManus

At the heart of a website is its database. Different publishing platforms will opt for one database format over another but this installment will focus on the MySQL database management syste…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ArtsHacker’s Guide To Combating Post Net Neutrality Slowdowns: Image Compression by Drew McManus

Among the wide array of options available for improving page load speeds and server performance, image compression is one of the most important. The best part is regardless your skillset, th…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

ArtsHacker’s Guide To Combating Post Net Neutrality Slowdowns: Establishing Speed And Performance Benchmarks by Drew McManus

In order to get the most out of your optimization efforts and counteract post net neutrality slowdowns, you need to have a reliable starting point to use as a frame of reference. That proces…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

ArtsHacker’s Guide To Combating Post Net Neutrality Slowdowns: Where To Start by Drew McManus

Right before the Thanksgiving holiday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai, laid out his plan to repeal existing net neutrality rules. Net neutrality is the name giv…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What We’re Thankful For As Arts Administrators 2017 by Drew McManus

Editor’s Note: You don’t need anyone telling you this year has been a steady diet of challenge coated challenges with challenge flavored filling, but we’re not about to let th…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Master Your Domain With Google Search Console: Connecting Everything To Google Analytics by Drew McManus

Now that you’ve created your Google Search Console (CSG) account, have all the website versions set up as properties, selected a preferred version, and submitted a sitemap, you’re ready …

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Master Your Domain With Google Search Console: Must-Have Settings by Drew McManus

Now that you have your Google Search Console (GSC) account created, you’re ready to get cracking on must-have settings and configurations. Immediately after your account is verified, you…

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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: Image Analysis by Drew McManus

We took a deep dive into 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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