I just read about troubles at the Washington Ballet. Seems they’ve got a lot of empty seats.
Followers of this blog know that when I read about troubled arts organizations I go straight to their marketing materials to look for problems.
So I went to the Washington Ballet’s website, read the entire thing, including the online season brochure, and found content there that was almost exclusively about the organization and how wonderful and important they think they are. Nowhere in all that copy and all those images could I find an answer to the question, “Why would someone like me want to go to one of these performances?”
Here’s my advice for the Washington Ballet: Cut 50% of the self-important, self-indulgent, self-congratulatory nonsense you call communications and replace it with content that’s about your customers and how happy they’ll be when they plan a night out that includes one of your shows.
It’s not about you anymore.
Hasn’t been for decades.
This is something you should have learned by now.
Make it about them and you’ll sell more tickets.
– Painting by Jody Kelly