Chad Glamann's blog
During this time of self-isolation and social distancing, providing information about the wealth of online resources available to our communities is a helpful reminder that we are still helping to serve them even in these uncertain times. I have put together a media kit that contains images, video links and other resources you can use in emails, social media posts and your website. I will plan on adding to this page as new resources are created or found.
I had the opportunity to attend the 5th annual Library Marketing and Communications Conference in St. Louis last week. This conference came highly recommended by members of the statewide marketing cohort I belong to, and they were right. This was one of the most informative, enriching and engaging conferences I have had the privilege to attend in my professional career.
Here’s a quick test. Think about the most recognizable brands that come to mind. What is it about these brands that make them stick in your brain? Is it the colors? The message or tagline? The logo? The most memorable brands have achieved that status by having a defined look that is a cohesive blend of color, fonts, logo, messaging and images. It’s that repetition and adherence to their “look” that make these brands easy to spot a mile away.
I'm posting this marketing update as we're in the home stretch of the "Polar Vortex" that has gripped much of the country. I posted this photo on our Facebook page because it definitely felt like walking on the planet Hoth these last few days making the trip from the parking ramp to the office.
This update covers Teen Tech Week, the upcoming Summer Library Program, marketing plans and video production. Stay warm!
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to spend some time with family and friends! This update covers one upcoming promotion (Money Smart Week) and several other marketing topics I wanted to share based off of some recent projects I've worked on.
During the month of November tens of thousands of people around the world will participate in NaNoWriMo. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30th. NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is a fun, supportive event that encourages people to achieve their creative goals and find their voice. Last year 402,142 participants from all walks of life tackled the challenge and came away novelists.
If you have wanted to add video content before, but just haven’t been ready to commit the time and resources to do so, I have some great news for you. We now offer video production as a service available to all of our member libraries!
September was a busy month! The end of SLP, kids heading back to school, the kick-off to Library Card Sign-up Month and finally winding down with Banned Books Week. October looks to be just as action packed with Teen Read Week, National Friends of Libraries Week and my personal favorite holiday, Halloween!
Some of the best marketing campaigns I have been involved with revolve around solving a problem, either stated or implicit. A common mistake is to focus inward and spend all of our resources and time espousing the reasons people should be paying attention to our project. Instead, turn that spotlight outwards and send a message conveying how our project will benefit those whose attention we need.