Our CEO Kyle Golding was asked to present Focused Communication for Arts Organizations presented in the KOSU Studios in the Hart Building on Film Row as part of the 2018 Oklahoma Arts Conference in Oklahoma City. Here’s the description (outline below):
Art is for everyone, but your communication needs to be highly focused. Arts organizations should be creating multiple types of communication for different audiences for different reasons, such as event attendance, fundraising (individual and corporate), advocacy, and more. Effective marketing messaging needs to be focused, tailored, and specific to each audience and each action you’re attempting to create in order to best support and sustain your arts organization. Even though art is for everyone, you must be selective in your communication in order to be efficient. “Everyone” is not a target audience. Marketing that attempts to appeal to all doesn’t work. So, how do you stay inclusive in your approach and expand your audience while being specific and selective in your communication? Let’s talk about it. Artist, arts advocate, and professional marketing expert Kyle Golding will demonstrate the different ways for arts marketing to be focused on the best outcomes. Golding will present strategy, tactics, and measurements for highly effective communication to different stakeholders and supporters with the highest impact and with sustainable results.
Unless you have an unlimited budget, this will the best way support and sustain your arts organization. Even though art is for everyone, you must be more selective in your communication in order to be efficient. Use technology to your advantage by stealing ideas from big brands.
Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask about non-profit structure, communications and leadership.
Prepare to have your toughest questions answered and most complex issues explained in a direct, no-nonsense way. Get the solutions to your biggest non-profit issues with real world advice. In-house staff, supporters and agencies with non-profit clients will find this advice useful. Recorded 05/11/2015 in The Golding Group Oklahoma City Office at 1219 Creative.
Kyle Golding, CEO and Chief Strategic Idealist for The Golding Group, is a proven expert with 20+ awards for cause marketing. His background includes multiple local and national non-profit boards, Creative Director for the United Way of Central Oklahoma and a founding board member of Inclusion In Art. 30% of The Golding Group client list are non-profit organizations, including Oklahoma Zoological Society, CASA of Oklahoma County, Edmond Fine Arts Institute and many more.
AMA-OKC Special Interest Group
Special Interest Groups, or SIGs, are smaller communities within the chapter that focus on niche areas of marketing. AMA-OKC currently has SIGs covering Social Media, Financial Services and Non-Profit marketing. They also have a rotating topic SIG that changes each meeting to focus on a unique area not covered in the other three Special Interest Groups. Each SIG meets once per quarter from 11:30am – 1:00pm. All SIGs are FREE to members to attend and $10 for non-members.
Inclusion in Art presents the In COLOR Film Festival on Saturday 10/24/15 at Paramount OKC on Film Row. In COLOR celebrates the contributions of works by filmmakers of color and films that celebrate multiculturalism. Details about times, films and to purchase tickets are here (click).
The FREE afternoon matinée features short films created by students in our Teen REACH youth filmmakers program. This will be followed by a panel discussion by participating students, facilitators and volunteers to discuss the benefits of the program.
Teen Reach by Inclusion In Art is a life skills and job skills training program for junior high and high school students through the complete production of a short theatrical film in a professional work environment. Students in the Teen Reach program concept, write, storyboard, shoot and act in a short film. These students work in each position on the film crew: pre-production, writing, acting, directing and production.
Teen Reach students learn brainstorming, collaboration and teamwork for creating their own future productions or for working in most career fields. Teen Reach youth overcome doubts and fears of leading others, taking constructive criticism and public speaking on camera. Each group of students sees a project from start to finish with ownership and initiative.
Teen Reach facilitators, all Oklahoma professional film makers and creative field experts, guide the students on the project but empower them to make decisions and solve problems on their own. These skills and experiences allow the students to consider creative career choices that they wouldn’t have otherwise, due to where they are from, where they live or what they look like. Most Teen Reach students start the program with no thought of having a career in film production, but soon learn how possible that can be. This new outlook on school, career and life along with new skills and a sense of accomplishment can lead to great things in their future.
This is why Inclusion In Art started the Teen Reach program, the only program of it’s kind in our area. Teen Reach (and all programs of Inclusion In Art) can’t exist without the support of our working partners, sponsors, granting organizations, members and individuals just like yourself. Please consider supporting Inclusion In Art programming by buying an individual, family or artist membership, sponsoring an event or by making a tax-deductible donation.
After the panel and short intermission, we will be showcasing films created by talented independent professional filmmakers from Oklahoma and beyond! Tickets needed for 4:00-8:00pm films and after party:
The In COLOR celebration concludes with a special social gathering with filmmakers, Inclusion In Art board members and supporters like you. We promise great food, a cash bar and DJ Mass to conclude this eclectic evening! Dress for In COLOR is party-business casual. For an itinerary of programming planned for In COLOR, visit our website at www.inclusioninart.com
We take great pride in announcing our latest non-profit client partnership: Tipton Children’s Home. Founded in 1924, The Tipton Children’s Home mission is to raise children in a loving, caring and stable Christian environment in rural SW Oklahoma. This is a safe place for children, whose parents can no longer care for them, to live and prosper.
Unlike many programs, the Tipton Children’s Home is designed for long-term (up to age 17) residential care focused on preparing children for adulthood.
The Tipton Children’s Home offers focused, long-term residential care with emphasis on education, community activity and church life. Their well established approach to child development, away from distractions and negative influences, has proven to prepare children for adulthood
The mission of Tipton Children’s Home is to provide the highest quality of long-term residential childcare in the areas of spiritual instruction, nutrition, shelter, clothing, education and safety. The Tipton Children’s Home is made up of children ages 5-18, house parents and other staff. The purpose of Tipton Children’s Home is to provide a loving, Christian atmosphere where children can grow physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.
The Golding Group is creating a comprehensive, top-to-bottom plan for the Tipton Children’s Home to cover marketing, fundraising, program development, internal efficiencies and long-term sustainability. We began working with the Tipton Children’s Home leadership team over 9 months ago with program analysis, asset inventory and assessment. We plan to keep working actively with the Tipton Children’s Home over the next 12-18 months developing communications, programming and financial support tools. Check out their new website (we designed for them, built by T&S Online) for more info.
Two years ago, we started talking to the Fine Arts Institute (FAI) of Edmond about a single item: the retirement of their long time (25 years) executive director. Mitzi Hancuff had run the organization since it’s founding but she was ready to retire. Long time employee Shannon Price was selected by the board of director to fill Mitzi’s shoes. The concern was if this transition did not go well, the organization could lose supporters or standing built up over the last two+ decades.
This transition actually went amazingly smooth, with supporters, staff and community all excited for the future at FAI. But that’s not the end of the story. During the planning of the E.D. transition, we noticed a few marketing and communication tools that really needed to be improved. The most glaring example was their website. The site had been designed many years back and was obviously out-of-date. On top of that, making changes or upgrades was expensive and the control panel was less than user-friendly.
We immediately suggested a website redesign to match the new leadership, new branding (logos and cutline) and future direction of FAI. But we didn’t stop there.
It’s not enough for a website to be attractive, but it has to be highly functional. As we discussed the use of a website with the staff, we realized there were several opportunities to create efficiencies and lower operating cost.
By taking the time to uncover the real needs of the organization we solved a lot of problems and created new opportunities for FAI. Working with the staff and leadership to make the organization better, instead of focusing on single projects, resulted in a highly effective solution for FAI. We also made sure the staff at FAI could use this new tool to its full potential, without any need to rely on us or anyone else (no more fees to pay). The new website is truly theirs to use and benefit from.
Obviously, a huge difference between the two. Special thanks to T&S Web Design for taking our ideas and making them into a real, highly functioning website. We swung for the fences on this project, and we hit a grand slam. Take a moment and read all about the great work FAI does in the Edmond area.
If you need an organizational inventory, project management or whole organization integration please contact us for ways we can help your business or non-profit.
We promised several major announcements from The Golding Group in early 2015, and we start with our new logo cutline: Strategic Growth Partners
This language better describes our working relationship with our clients. It’s not about billable hours or turning projects, but helping your business/non-profit succeed.
We believe a strategic partner, invested in organizational growth, will find the best solution – not doing “just enough” to complete a project. We also believe a long-term working relationship leads to better results. Being committed to your success is how we help you the most.
What do you think? We would love to know your thoughts. Contact us.
Do you know a business or non-profit that could benefit from a working relationship with The Golding Group? If so, refer them to us. Not only we will help their organization grow, we’ll make sure you’re rewarded as well. Cash, free consulting or a Rococo gift card will be coming your way.
The Golding Group took home 3 awards from the Oklahoma City Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMAOKC). The awards are judged on Insight, Objectives, Strategy, Tactics, Budget/ROI and most importantly (largest part of the score) Results.
Cause Marketing: CASA of Oklahoma County Campaign
Trade Show/Special Event: Rococo Clam Bake Promotion
Special Award – As a huge, unexpected bonus, we also were awarded the Judges Choice for our strategy behind the Rococo Clam Bake
Overall, we are very happy for our team, our clients and for winning 3 more results driven awards for our efforts.
That’s right, the #OKCJingleMingle was a huge success last year, so we’re doing it again on Thursday, December 11th – 5:00-8:30. This event raised over $5,000 for the Dream Fund (and 80+ coats for Salvation Army) last year. This year, we want to raise even more and collect toys for the Toys-For-Tots program.
This awesome event will have selfies with Santa, cool people, a cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres from Rococo served courtesy of The Golding Group (hey, that’s us!). There will be MANY wonderful surprises in addition to raffle items and a live auction to raise money (and awareness) for the DREAM Fund.
Don’t forget about the Toys For Tots Toy Drive. For each unwrapped toy you bring to the event, the SwagExperts at ROBYN will give you two extra raffle tickets (maximum 5 toys). That’s a $10 value for each toy! The toys will be collected at the door by the Marines to be delivered to kids in the area who might not get a gift this holiday season without your generosity. You can bring your donations to McNeese Stills + Motion, 300 NW 62nd Street in Oklahoma City Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 5:00 before the event (on Thursday December 11th) or just drop it off when you attend Jingle Mingle!
When a great, long-time client calls and ask for our help assisting his church with a pledge drive, of course we say “Yes”. This is how we got involved with the 2014 All Souls’ Episcopal Church Every Members Canvas project. But true to our form, we weren’t interested in doing a “same-as-always” promotion, but instead creating something to really grab the attention of the All Souls’ congregation.
We took a great deal of informational text and ideas from the church committee, along with a few supplied photos to create a multipart package for direct mail. We utilized high quality offset printing on a natural tone cardstock to keep a traditional feel, but with a modern twist.
Our mix of simplified text, typography and fresh photography created a well-rounded package of cards that together tell a story, but can also stand alone. The package was mailed to church members and will be handed out at church events.
We’re super excited about how the project turned out, and have received very positive feedback from the church committee, clergy and members.