Time To Unveil Something New

While I love working with all my clients, it’s always a bit of additional fun when they are in Chicago, such as the ability to actually experience their events! Case in point, we recently launched the website for DePaul University’s Unveiled music festival.

The site soft launched last week and went live yesterday to coincide with online ticket sales.

The entire team at DePaul was terrific to work with and they did a remarkable job learning the system, providing content, responding to communication promptly, and internalizing a very “Yes, And…” approach to conversion oriented mobile first design.

In short, that’s pretty much the way we define win-win client relationships and their site is an excellent example of what you can produce on a clearly defined budget and tight timeline. If you live in Chicago area or want a good reason to visit, be sure to check out what the festival has to offer along with their guest artists.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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