The Future of Media for Small Businesses

Paul O'BrienAdvocacy, Education2 Comments

I had the honor of sharing some thoughts with the Small Business Festival about the Future of Media, with the context being the impact of media innovation on small business owners and entrepreneurs. Of course, that includes everyone from a local realtor to the musician building their business – the topic was sparked by the fact that the pace of … Read More

Guerrilla Marketing for Startup and Music Brands

Martin MartinezEducationLeave a Comment

Being the storyteller that I am, I’ve decided to offer up three stories aimed to provoke rebellious creativity. First, the Godfather of Artist Management, Shep Gordon: the man who made all of your parent’s favorite artists famous. His career in Talent Management started with making the man every parent in America hated, Alice Cooper, the most hated musician in the … Read More

Spotlight: Apprenticeship Marketing with Brad Voeller of DCI

Andrew EscherEducation, FeaturedLeave a Comment

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“What we’re seeing is increasingly white collar jobs are very skill based and they require this hands on sort of development that comes from getting your hands dirty with it… College graduates are disenchanted when they realize that college isn’t the ticket to the middle class.”   – Brad Voeller I remember my grade school and high school textbooks. They were … Read More

Mashable Social Media Day 2017

Paul O'BrienAdvocacy, Engagement, OpportunityLeave a Comment

In 2010, the globally known, multi-platform media and entertainment Mashable helped establish the role and impact of social media in the broader media ecosystem, with the launch of Social Media Day.  A way to recognize and celebrate social media’s impact on global communication, the formal day is annually recognized with city proclamations, local thought leader talks, community engagement, and livestreams through … Read More

How Content Creation Affects Your Funding

Paul O'BrienAdvocacy, Development, Education, Venture Capital5 Comments

Content media site Medium announced just days ago that they restructuring through layoffs and office closings as they “renew their focus.” Medium CEO, Ev Williams, noted that, “in building out this model, we realized we didn’t yet have the right solution to the big question of driving payment for quality content. We had started scaling up the teams to sell … Read More

The Fundamentals of Marketing Your Music

Paul O'BrienEducationLeave a Comment

I need not remind that the internet changed everything for musicians, but not entirely in ways for the worse. Never before have musicians had such control over their own future. Namely, because promotion of your band and brand is today, nearly more capably accomplished online, by yourself, than with a label involved. Having been working on the web since before … Read More