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I’m Ceci Dadisman

I’m an arts marketer, nonprofit empowerer, and public speaker.

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I believe that every organization, no matter what budget level, has the ability to do great things using both traditional and digital marketing to increase ticket sales, memberships, and contributions.

I travel the country speaking at conferences and teaching workshops to empower nonprofit administrators with knowledge and inspiration.  In tactical sessions, I share knowledge on how to do things like run a Facebook advertising campaign and use data to make smarter marketing decisions.  I also do keynotes that focus on how we, as organizations, can be more authentic in the way we communicate and how we can curate the patron experience to bring in new audiences and better engage current ones.

I grew up in a family of artists and musicians. I learned to read music at the same time I learned to read text. I started out playing the violin (even though I really wanted to play viola). I trained to be a professional ballet dancer but eventually became a classical singer. I have a penchant for pants roles and Bach cantatas. I’m a chronic early adopter when it comes to all things tech.

I always have at least one Star Trek TNG reference in my conference session slide decks, I unashamedly quote Parks and Recreation in client meetings, and I have a fondness for old-timey words like “ne’er-do-well.”

Ceci is a one woman arts marketing army.

Other things people are saying about me (#blushing)

“I ALWAYS get the best, most useful stuff from @CeciDadisman. Every conference. Thanks, Ceci!”

Cathy O’Neal

“Ceci Dadisman – she broke complex Google Analytics down to easy to understand and implement tasks, for people of all user levels too.”

National Arts Marketing Conference 2015 Attendee

“Thank you very much for your inspiring discussion at OPERA America’s Social Media Seminar. I learned a lot of new e-marketing strategies and look forward to implementing some for Opera SLO.”

Sharon DobsonOpera San Luis Obispo

“Ceci Dadisman – she gets it! Knows what it’s like to be an arts marketer and knew the best advice on how to manage analytics in our orgs.”

National Arts Marketing Conference 2015 Attendee

“Most charming and adorable start to a #nampc session award goes to @CeciDadisman #winningwebsites”

Lynne KingsleyBlackRock Center for the Arts

“#winningwebsites – winner of the conference.”

Deeksha GaurWoolly Mammoth Theatre Company

“Really amazing presentation by @palmbeachopera at #operaconf”

Opera Atelier

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Looking for my official bio? Here it is!

Ceci is a multi-faceted marketing professional with over 10 years of experience successfully marketing the arts and nonprofits utilizing innovative and cutting-edge initiatives. Currently the Digital Marketing Manager at FORM, she is nationally recognized as a leader in digital and social media marketing and specializes in the integration of digital marketing and technology into traditional marketing methods.

A frequent public speaker, Ceci’s recent and upcoming engagements feature national conference appearances at NTEN, National Arts Marketing Project, Arts Midwest, OPERA America, and Chorus America in addition to many other local and regional events. Known for her easy-going and vernacular style, she creates open learning environments with an emphasis on information sharing and useful takeaways.

Ceci is passionate about empowering people through marketing and is a contributor to Arts Hacker where she regularly shares timely information and step-by-step tutorials. She also teaches the arts marketing course at West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts.

A chronic early-adopter, Ceci has a passion for discovering ways that technology can be used to create more engaging arts experiences.  The Curated Arts Experience focuses on collecting real-world case studies about how organizations around the world are using technology to engage the participant or enrich the experience at an arts event.

She is on the Arts Midwest Conference Professional Development Committee, the NTEN Conference Session Advisory Committee, is the Immediate Past President and Chapter Founder of Femfessionals West Palm Beach, the Immediate Past Chapter Leader and Chapter Founder of the West Palm Beach Chapter of Girl Develop It, the Immediate Past President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Marketing Association, and served for many years on the National Arts Marketing Project Advisory Committee and as the OPERA America Marketing Network Chair.  She also serves on the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Visiting Committee.

Ceci was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from West Virginia University with a music degree in vocal performance.  She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Check out some of my recent articles

ArtsHacker.com

  • Quite Possibly The Best Oops Email I’ve seen In...
    by Ceci Dadisman on February 19, 2019 at 8:56 am

    First of all, if you do email marketing, you should be aware of Really Good Emails. It is a great resource and source of inspiration and their email newsletter is one of the few I subscribe to AND actually open. Recently they did what happens to everyone occasionally — they sent out an email […]

  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Boost Posts
    by Ceci Dadisman on February 6, 2019 at 3:18 am

    You’ll find out what I mean by that ^^^ at an in-depth webinar all about Facebook advertising hosted by the West Virginia Association of Museums. Registration is required but you don’t have to be a WVAM member to attend. This webinar is perfect for small to mid-size arts organizations […]

  • Stop! Before You Send An Email To That Old List…
    by Ceci Dadisman on December 19, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Clean your list! If I had a nickel for every client who emailed me in a panic because MailChimp (or Constant Contact or Emma or whoever) froze their account because an exceptionally high bounce or SPAM rate raised red flags… Nine times out of ten it is the result of an email that went out to […]

  • It’s Here! The 2017 Digital Marketing Benchmark...
    by Ceci Dadisman on December 13, 2018 at 8:00 am

    It is one of the best times of year! Capacity Interactive has published their most recent Arts Industry Digital Marketing Benchmarking Study findings. In looking at these findings year-over-year, it is interesting to see what has changed and what hasn’t. I highly recommend that you download […]

Medium.com

  • Unpopular Opinion: Arts organizations don’t...
    by Ceci Dadisman on February 5, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Did I get your attention with that photo of adorable little baby feet? Good.As arts organizations, we are always talking about how we need “young people”. Young donors, young ticket buyers, young everything.We don’t need “young” people. We need […]

  • 3 Things NonProfits Say That Really Piss Me Off
    by Ceci Dadisman on January 14, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    We’ve always done it that way.If you want to piss me off in about .5 seconds, this is the best way to do it. Yes, we have ways that we have traditionally done things but that doesn’t mean that they are the best way.Just because your organization has always sent the annual […]

  • Stop thinking outside the box
    by Ceci Dadisman on December 3, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Yep, you heard me right.We hear all the time about how arts orgs need to do more “outside-the-box thinking” and I don’t disagree. Yes, we need to think differently about how we communicate with our current and prospective audiences to be more relevant and, to put it simply, […]

  • Stop! Before you send an email to that old list…
    by Ceci Dadisman on November 20, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Clean your list!If I had a nickel for every client who emailed me in a panic because MailChimp (or Constant Contact or Emma or whoever) froze their account because an exceptionally high bounce or SPAM rate raised red flags… Nine times out of ten it is the result of an email that went […]

Here are some of my recent and upcoming speaking engagements

I regularly speak on topics relating to digital marketing around the country.

Some of my favorite topics for tactical sessions are website optimization, email marketing, social media best practices and advertising, and using data to make informed marketing decisions.

I also do keynote addresses designed to inspire nonprofit administrators. Current topics include how we can communicate more authentically to current and potential patrons and curate the patron experience to be more relevant, engaging, and fun.

Would you like me to speak at your event? Contact me!

Ceci Dadisman

Arts Midwest Conference 2017 // Photo: Terry Gilliam

Ceci Dadisman Arts Midwest

Arts Midwest Conference 2018 // Photo: Josh Feist

Ceci Dadisman OPERA America

OPERA America Conference 2018 

Ceci Dadisman

National Arts Marketing Project Conference 2018 

Chorus America Conference
Digital Marketing Bootcamp
Email Marketing Makeover
June 2016

Arts Midwest Conference
Click. Click. Done.  Developing Your Google Analytics Skills (Preconference)
September 2016

Institute of Outdoor Theatre Conference
Google Analytics
October 2016

National Arts Marketing Project Conference
Extreme Email Marketing Makeover!
November 2016

Columbus Arts Marketing Association
Digital Marketing Bootcamp
April 2017

Ohio Arts Council
Click. Click. Done. Developing Your Google Analytics Skills (Webinar)
May 2017

Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Digital Marketing Bootcamp
June 2017

Chorus America Conference
Use Your Data To Attract and Retain Donors and Ticket Buyers
Social Media Bootcamp
June 2017

Greater Cincinnati Choral Consortium
Digital Marketing Bootcamp
August 2017

Arts Midwest Conference
Email Marketing Makeover
August 2017
Voted Most Popular Conference Session!

Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Facebook Advertising Bootcamp (Webinar)
January 2018

Chorus America
Email Marketing Makeover (Webinar)
February 2018

SETC Conference
Engaging the African American Community: A Tactical Guide
Market Smarter, Not Harder: Using Your Own Data for Marketing Success
Click. Click. Done.  Developing Your Google Analytics Skills
March 2018

West Virginia Association of Museums
Website and Email Optimization
March 2018

Association of Fundraising Professionals: Northeast Ohio Chapter
Email Marketing Makeover
April 2018

National Arts Marketing Project
Email Marketing Makeover (Webinar)
April 2018

NTEN Conference
Everything Tech Providers Wished You Knew About Writing An RFP (Plus The Stuff They Want To Keep Secret)
April 2018

Association of Arts Administration Educators Conference
Effective Data-Driven Decision Making
May 2018

GrantSpace // The Foundation Center
Increasing Event Engagement Using Integrated Technology
May 2018

Michigan NonProfit Presenters Network Conference
Market Smarter, Not Harder: Using Your Own Data for Marketing Success
June 2018

OPERA America Conference
Messaging Our Impact
June 2018

Kentucky Museum & Heritage Alliance Conference
Digital Marketing Bootcamp
June 2018

Association of Midwest Museums
Email Marketing Makeover
July 2018

The Creative Leaders Network // Bangor Arts Exchange
Email Marketing Makeover (Webinar)
July 2018

West Virginia Association of Museums
Digital Marketing Bootcamp
August 2018

Ohio Museums Association
Email Communications Makeover
August 2018

Association of Fundraising Professionals Cleveland
Email Marketing Makeover
August 2018

Arts Midwest Conference
Market Smarter, Not Harder: Using Your Own Data for Marketing Success (Pre-Conference Workshop)
Redefining Culture (Mini Keynote)
September 2018

Chorus America
Chorus Management Institute
October 2018

National Arts Marketing Project
Website Optimization Without A Redesign (Webinar)
October 2018

National Arts Marketing Project
Market Smarter, Not Harder: Using Your Own Data for Marketing Success
November 2018

Chorus America
Chorus Management Institute
January 2019

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Market Smarter, Not Harder: Using Your Own Data To Achieve Communications Success (Webinar)
January 2019

Southeastern Theatre Conference Convention 
Bootcamp: Using Your Own Data To Achieve Success
February 2019

Small Museum Association
Email Marketing Makeover
February 2019

NTEN Conference
March 2019

Museums and the Web
Market Smarter, Not Harder: Using Your Own Data for Communications Success
Website Optimization Without A Redesign
April 2019

PA Museums Annual Statewide Museum Conference
April 7-9, 2019

American Alliance of Museums
Achieving Meaningful Engagement with Diverse Audiences: A Tactical Guide
May 2019

Chorus America
TBD
June 2019

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