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User-Generated Content: Lessons from Bonnaroo

Yesterday night, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival announced its 2015 line-up. Actually, Bonnaroo let its fans announce the 2015 lineup for them.  Fans called the special Bonnaroo hotline, were greeted by a warm, “Hi yall” and then received an artist’s name. Fans were then asked to share the names on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook using […]

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Lolla Cashless = More Data for Marketing

RFID wristbands are now a staple of major US music festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Hangout Music Festival. This August, Lollapalooza will become the first music festival in the country to add purchasing food and beer to the list of things you can do with your coveted wristband. With “Lolla Cashless” attendees don’t have to […]

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Where to Market to Millennials? Music Festivals

Everyone still isn’t quite sure just who the Millennial generation is. Millennials aren’t even sure who they are. Seriously, when did ‘Millennial’ become a word? (Is it Generation X or Y…It’s confusing. I digress.) Companies are paying big bucks to figure this out and then target this dynamically complex market. Yes, they are ‘hipsters’ and […]

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Summer Music Festivals: Dealing with Unrealistic Expectations

If you scroll through the comments of any music festival’s Facebook posts you will see that 100% customer satisfaction is impossible. As a marketer or event planner, you will not be able to please everyone. Music festivals are a perfect example of the dilemma of aiming to please your repeat customers while seeking to acquire a new […]

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Music Festival Marketing Done Right

Music Festivals are no strangers to product marketing. Festival goers pass the same signs and vendors 10-15 times a day and in the end the product or brand is associated with a good experience. I have many great memories from Hangout Festival this past weekend. I remember great music, food, and meeting great people, and […]

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What I Learned About PR from Music Festivals

Soundland 2011 presented by the Next Big Nashville kicks off Wednesday in Nashville and it has really got me into the festival spirit. I am a music lover and enthusiast. My IPod holds everything from Mumford & Sons to Kanye West to Sleigh Bells to Coldplay. Music Festivals are an affordable way for people like me to […]

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