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MASS YOUR FORCES
It's easy to overlook tricks your colleagues and others might have to share, right under your nose. If someone you know has a work intranet, access to resources, who can slip a flyer into a mail-out or publication, or any angle for publicity… exploit it. Do this as an exercise, ask all members of cast, crew or company for a short story about themselves and get ideas from that. Don't hold back from following any wild lead that might arise
UNLEASH AN EMAIL VIRUS
No not sort that deletes hard-drives but ones that plant your info right on people's computer screens. I mentioned earlier about using your email signature to do some of work for you. Here is a clever trick that works. Make your sig. file a P.S. and make it somewhat personal. Look at this example of one I use to draw people to subscribe to my ezine, Performing Arts News:
P.S. Start making use of this awesome resource... Now! Click >> http://performing-arts-news.on.to and discover free inside knowledge of new Australian plays & films, discount tickets and local and global creative vision.
After you finish reading this article write one for yourself, send it out to your friends when you email them and get onto email or web forums focused on your particular field and start posting messages using your new signature.
If you aren't already, start collecting email addresses from everybody you know. Once you have a few, run a competition giving away tickets or something else of perceived value, to all who forward email on to, say, five people and Cc it back to you so you can collect their addresses. If you've got a website, even better, as you can have a box for people to type in their email to join your list. Have an "Email Book" at event and ask those people if they'd like to hear more about your company. Be aware even though jpeg images look whiz-bang people respond more effectively to plain text.
"When a circus in mid-1950s said they had a unicorn on display, 50 percent more people came to see show. How can you argue with a 50 percent increase in business? Were people stupid? No. They were CURIOUS." -- Joe Vitale, http://www.mrfire.com
There are no points for lying, but you can s t r e a c h truth and create some dramatic effects by making some OUTRAGEOUS claims that you can dismiss or back up later. Take for example crazy line used by Theatre Songe on a postcard for recent 10X10 play festival: "Now More Taliban Than Ever". Clearly chosen for shock value, statement is neither true nor tactful. However, it got people interested on another level, whether they believed it or not. The season sold out!
There you have it! Five surefire essential tips to get a flood of interest in your creative pursuits. There are literally hundreds more, so thoroughly work on these principals and discover potential for more creative publicity that strikes hearts, minds, and wallets of your soon-to-be audience.
© Copyright, Ian McGregor - August 2002
Ian McGregor is a professional actor and publicist committed to developing New Australian Plays and Films. He is the editor of PAN, http://performing-arts-news.on.to "Free inside knowledge of discount tickets, new Australian plays, films and local and global industry news."