I’m Ceci Dadisman

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

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I’m glad you’re here!

So, you’re probably looking for more about who I am and what I do.

I believe that every organization, no matter what budget level, has the ability to do great things using both traditional and digital communications methods 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 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 work at an agency called FORM that provides digital-first creative services exclusively for arts + culture and nonprofit organizations. When I’m not on the road, I spend my days creating and managing digital marketing campaigns for clients all over the country.

I always have at least one Star Trek TNG reference in my conference session slide decks, I get overly excited about really nerdy things like email list segmentation, 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

“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

Public Speaking

“So much stage presence. Dropping knowledge and being entertaining should be a speaker requirement. Ceci Dadisman is that benchmark.”
– Drew McManus, 2019 NAMP Conference

Tactical Sessions

> Website Optimization Without A Redesign
> Email Marketing Makeover
> Social Media Best Practices
> Facebook Advertising Bootcamp
> Market Smarter, Not Harder: Using Your Own Data for Communications Success
> Click Click Done: Improving Your Google Analytics Skills
> Achieving Meaningful Engagement With Diverse Audiences
> Curating The Experience Through Technology

Keynotes and Plenaries

> It’s Our Job To Remove Barriers To Engagement
> Let’s Get Over Ourselves And Focus On The Patron
> Everything I Need To Know About Arts Marketing I Learned From Mister Rogers
> Do We Really Want New Patrons?

I can also create a custom session or keynote based on your event theme or attendees.

Would you like me to speak at your event? Let’s chat!

Here are some of my recent and upcoming appearances:

West Virginia Association of Museums
Monday, August 6, 2018
Ohio Museums Association
Monday, August 20, 2018
Association of Fundraising Professionals Cleveland
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Arts Midwest
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Chorus America Chorus Management Institute
Sunday, October 14, 2018
National Arts Marketing Project Webinar
Friday, October 19, 2018
National Arts Marketing Project
Friday, November 9, 2018
Chorus America Chorus Management Institute
Monday, January 21, 2019
Small Museum Association
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Southeastern Theatre Conference
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN)
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Museums and the Web
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
PA Museums Annual Statewide Museum Conference
Sunday, April 7, 2019
National Dinner Theatre Association
Sunday, April 28, 2019
American Alliance of Museums
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Kentucky Museum & Heritage Alliance
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Chorus America
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Columbus Women's Leadership Conference
Friday, June 28, 2019
Ohio Arts Council Webinar
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Florida Association of Ticketing Webinar
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
National Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conference
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
AFP Central Ohio
Friday, August 16, 2019
AFP Northeast Ohio
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Ohio Travel Association
Thursday, October 17, 2019
West Virginia University
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Delaware Division of the Arts
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU)
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Cleveland Institute of Music
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP)
Friday, November 15, 2019
Americans for the Arts - Webinar
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Northern Ohio Charitable Gift Planners
Friday, January 10, 2020
Oberlin Arts Summit
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Americans for the Arts
Friday, January 17, 2020
Ohio Museums Association - Webinar
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Small Museums Association
Monday, February 17, 2020
Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC)
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Museums and the Web (MW20)
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Oregon Nonprofit Leaders
Monday, April 20, 2020
AFP Mahoning-Shenango
Friday, May 1, 2020
BVU - Doctor's In
Saturday, May 23, 2020

My perspective on nonprofit marketing and fundraising communications


  • Ticket Buyers Are Shoppers
    by Ceci Dadisman on December 9, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    A blog post recently published by the folks at dotdigital shares ideas on how to turn holiday shoppers into year-round buyers through email communications. As I read it, it struck me how these things are pretty much exactly the same for ticket buyers. Our events are products and our ticket buyers […]

  • Should You Use MailChimp’s New Website Builder?
    by Ceci Dadisman on November 26, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Quick Answer: No. Longer Answer: MailChimp recently added a website builder to its suite of features. This is a logical addition especially because MC is looking to become a full-service CRM platform. The website builder is easy-to-use and lightweight, but it doesn’t have enough features for […]

  • A Guide To Better Donor Communications
    by Ceci Dadisman on October 22, 2019 at 7:00 am

    I recently wrote a bit of a rant on Medium about the need to be more insightful in terms of how we communicate with our donors. This led me to think about the tactical side of that and how that would be implemented in a communications campaign. We tend to start with a patron’s donor level in […]

  • Arts Admin Conferences You Should Know About
    by Ceci Dadisman on October 9, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    A while back, I asked my fellow arts administrators to help compile a list of conferences that are applicable to our field. Here is the finished list! Conferences for Arts Administrators Well, perhaps it isn’t finished…if you have any conferences to add, you can still do so here. […]


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Ceci is a multi-faceted arts administration professional with more than 10 years of experience successfully marketing the arts and nonprofits utilizing innovative methods. Currently the Digital Marketing Manager at FORM, she is nationally recognized as a leader in digital marketing and specializes in multichannel communications campaigns.

A frequent public speaker, Ceci’s recent and upcoming engagements feature national conference appearances at NTEN, Museums and the Web, National Arts Marketing Project, Arts Midwest, American Alliance of Museums, OPERA America, Midwest Museums Association, 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 senior 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 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 National Arts Marketing Project Advisory Committee, the Museums and the Web (MW20) Conference Planning Committee, and has served on the Arts Midwest Conference Professional Development Committee and the NTEN Conference Session Advisory Committee. She also served for many years as the OPERA America Marketing Network Chair and currently sits 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’s College of Creative Arts with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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