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Super Library Marketing: Practical Tips and Ideas for Library Promotion

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Why Libraries Should Stop Worrying About Dark Social!

Dark social sounds menacing, like a bad guy from a comic book or a low-budget science fiction action movie. But the reality isn't a sexy or as dangerous as it sounds. Dark social refers to the practice of sharing content... Continue Reading →

TV News Coverage Ain’t What it Used to Be. What Now?

For a long time, I lived in a bubble. I worked in a local television newsroom. I knew about EVERYTHING that was happening in my community, from which convenience store was most often targeted by robbers to where drug dealers... Continue Reading →

Stop Serving Your Cardholders Spaghetti: Get Personal

Imagine you are going to dinner with someone special. You decide to visit your favorite Italian restaurant. A waiter seats you. The music is playing softly. Candles are flickering. The wine is fantastic. You're primed for a spectacular meal. But... Continue Reading →

Three Pieces of Advice Library Marketers Can Use Right Now

This is the time of the year when I start to formulate strategies for the next 12 months for all aspects of my team's work, including social media, content marketing, contacting the press, and targeted email messaging. Three of the... Continue Reading →

My Big Fat Failure and What I Learned From It

I have a library marketing routine. Every six months, I go through all the promotions we've done and take a hard look at what worked and what didn't. I adjust my email sending schedule and my promotional plans for the... Continue Reading →

The Million-Dollar Reason You Need to Market Your Library’s Collection

$250,000 vs. $8 million. That's the spread between the amount my library spends on programming and the amount they spend on collections. I bet if you checked your library, you'd find a similar story. So why, my dear friends, do library... Continue Reading →

How to Banish Fear and Write Amazing Stories About Your Library

I have a secret for you, fellow library marketer. You have a superpower and you probably don't even know you have it. But I'm here to reveal it to you. Embracing this superpower won't cost extra money from your budget, doesn't... Continue Reading →

Stop! This Statistic is Destroying Your Library Marketing!

There is a pervasive statistic that is destroying library marketing. It's repeated by marketers, educators, civic leaders, parents, and pastors and it's driving me crazy. I'm calling bull**it. The average human being has an attention span of just eight seconds. This idea was... Continue Reading →

Love the One You’re With! Why Libraries Should Nurture Current Cardholders

  Libraries spend a lot of time focused on getting people to sign up for a library card--particularly during summer. That's a worthy promotional goal. After all, imagine how great the world would be if everyone had a library card! But I... Continue Reading →

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