Archive | January, 2014

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Breaking News: $100k Reward Offered For Stolen Lipinski Strad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2014 Reward to be offered for Stolen Lipinski Stradivarius $100,000 reward offered for information leading to the safe return of the violin  MILWAUKEE (January 31, 2014) – The Milwaukee Police Department continues to investigate the theft of the 1715 Stradivarius violin, which occurred on Monday, January 27, 2014, around 10:20 PM during an armed robbery of Frank Almond following a concert at the Wisconsin Lutheran College. A $100,000 reward will be offered to anyone who can provide information which results in the safe return of the stolen […]

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Paying The Ticket Price Piper

There were two items of note this week related to ticket pricing strategies. First up is The Metropolitan Opera (The Met), which released data detailing large losses in the wake of dynamic pricing initiatives that ushered in a wave of price increases. Although The Met reversed the decision during Q1 2013, the damage was done and when the fiscal year was complete, they reported average attendance fell to 79 percent capacity, producing a nasty little drop in ticket revenue. The second item of note is from the UK where Association of British […]

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Respect Your Recipients’ Time

Earlier in the week, I mentioned MailChimp email marketing service and how much I like their service, one of the ancillary benefits is a genuinely terrific company blog that focuses on more than just obligatory best practices posts; instead, they focus on lessons learned along the way from their own mistakes. Case in point was one of their posts from 10/31/2012 about reducing irrelevance by way of improved list segmentation and refined content creation. The post’s author, MailChimp co-founder Ben Chestnut, described being under pressure to get an email blast out in […]

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Armed Robbers Make Off With “Lipinski” Stradivarius

On Monday, January 27, 2014 armed robbers attacked violinist Frank Almond and stole the “Lipinski” Stradivarius violin he used at a Frankly Music chamber series concert that evening. Almond, who is also concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony and author of the non divisi culture blog, was tasered  as he approached his car near the stage entrance after the performance and the violin case was driven away within seconds. The case also contained Almond’s two violin bows. The 1/28/14 edition of Fox6now.com published an article by Myra Sanchick and Jeremy Ross which reports that […]

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Orchestra 990 Project Update: Kickstarter Launches Next Week

More good news everybody! The remaining work for the Orchestra 990 Database Project is complete which means all we need to do is get the Kickstarter campaign material finished up, hook it into the required Amazon Payment system, and the fundraising can begin. In fact, the Adobe After Effects project for the promo video is rendering as I type. Thanks to everyone for the reward suggestions vis-a-vis our last project update, we’ve managed to incorporate just about all of them in one form or another. Just in case you’re coming into this […]

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