Social Media Smackdown for Artists & Creative Entrepreneurs

A fun-first, go-deep, marketing-for-artists boot camp by someone who speaks your language.
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2016 English

Course Description

Social Media Smackdown for Artists and Entrepreneurs is a cheeky, no-nonsense boot-camp for creative people who are struggling with being heard over the deafening roar of the internet. Jamie Benson, Social Media Manager for the CUNY Dance Initiative, leads a quick-and-dirty training on all things social for participants with a beginning to intermediate level of experience. Twenty three fun, instructional videos, averaging 5 minutes in length, will…

  • "smackdown" common self-promotional hurdles

  • provide psychological insight on becoming an “influencer”

  • fix the top 6 cringe-worthy mistakes most people make

  • zero in on where to start with social analytics and advertising

  • empower via Facebook/Linked-In Groups and Twitter Lists

  • and more, much more

The course is designed to be easily digested in under a month (one video challenge per day) but can be achieved in an ambitious weekend if the student makes time and is motivated. A challenging, tough-love approach is mitigated by a relentless sense of humor with the goal of abolishing bad social habits and inspiring a new “big-picture” outlook on fledgling creative ventures.

Jamie Benson, an artist and entrepreneur himself, has 10 years experience working in public relations, as well as successfully promoting his own art. He understands what this creative demographic requires in order to revolutionize their digital empires. Those taking this course will be dared to better stand out in their respective fields and given the tools to more fully express the immense value they contribute to society.

What are the requirements?

  • Have profiles on one or all three of the following platforms: Facebook (personal or business), Twitter, Instagram (Linked In is optional, extra credit).
  • Have a deep, driving desire to become more than a day job.
  • Have a good sense of humor.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Maximize your presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in 3 easy steps.
  • Construct posts that get more likes, shares, comments and followers.
  • Interact with a network of power players in your industry.
  • Live-post with ease.
  • Overcome the algorithms that are keeping you down.
  • Leverage your writing to build trust and better influence your audience.
  • Galvanize an (even small) audience to do the things you want them to do.
  • Wield the full power of Facebook groups and Twitter lists.
  • Overcome the overwhelm of social data and advertising

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for anyone with a beginning to intermediate understanding of Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. If you're a creative type that casually posts online but wants to look more professional and actively cultivate a larger audience, this course is for you. Whether you are completely new to these platforms or have been posting for years, this course will help you.
  • Do not take this course if you are a social media marketing professional.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to the Course

In this extended version of the promo video, we'll briefly bond, chat about the problems we're going to address together, and some make some verbal agreements.

Section 2: The Psychology of Social Media

Social media has a bad rap. In this lesson we identify the most hated behaviors online so that we may distance ourselves from them.


To fully embrace the power of social, we need to first confront the most common fears we suffer from, and smack them out of our way. In this video, we'll address what top business executives and creatives struggle with when it comes to promoting their companies online and how you, as a fledgling business, can avoid them.


Cure the "I Don't Have Time" syndrome, in five minutes.


Here we'll discuss the true potential of your new social media practice.

Social Therapy Check In
4 questions
Section 3: Mathematically Expand Your Reach and Impact

This is the first instinct many have and it is completely wrong. Here you'll learn the easy formula I use to address most social media algorithms.


Learn the 6 reasons people become influential and how to implement them via social media. Also, if power is ultimately about "who you know", let's get you interacting with some "Influencers", right now. I explain how here.


Learn how to place your value upfront in every post, clearly demonstrating how you solve problems for your audience.


Get the life hacks that keep your social media presence consistent, engaging, and attractive for new followers.


First, we'll show you how to organically and authentically tag other pages in order to dramatically expand the reach and impact of your posts. Next, we'll emphasize the benefit of responding to feedback online and how to fan the flames of interaction.

MISTAKE #6: Abusing Hashtags
Social Fixes
4 questions
Section 4: The "AAA" of Social: Anatomy, Analytics, & Advertising

Here we’ll break down how to intrigue newcomers with your online profiles by leveraging your links, tags, images and general descriptions.


In this session we’ll review everything we’ve learned so far in order to solidify the most effective elements of an engaging post. Then we’ll look at how these best practices translate to Facebook, Twitter & Instagram specifically.

Take the information from this section and implement it to make one of your posts more complete, more engaging.
Here, we'll take a look at how to leverage ready-to-post material you may not know you already have, as well as the highest performing types of posts in order to make you more effective in a shorter amount of time online.

Here's how to structure a live post. And now, you're going to try it, in real time.


This lecture will walk you through the very first data points you should be tracking on a consistent basis and how to interpret them to better appeal to the interests of you audience.


This lecture will show you the essential steps needed to create effective advertising ads for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (including visuals, word choice and tracking codes).

"AAA" Testing
4 questions
Section 5: The Beauty of Groups and Lists

Learn to create and leverage a Facebook group to dramatically increase your online reach. Tap into the power of already existing groups on Linked In to access a global market of industry ideas.


Learn to create, curate and leverage Twitter lists to become an influencer online and save a significant amount of time.

Know Your Groups and Lists
3 questions
Section 6: Conclusion

It's time to hold yourself accountable for the results you're going to achieve. Together, we'll select some goals and deadlines to deliver on.


In this lecture, we'll break down you quarterly/monthly/weekly prescription for taking over the Internet. You will also receive a tactics worksheet that will help you manage your social time better.


Here I give you an emotional push by making clear how social media can be the game-changing element in the making of a revolution and that you have an agenda to fulfill, even if not a political one per se.

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Instructor Biography

Jamie Benson, Social Media Manager at CUNY Dance Initiative

Jamie Benson revolutionizes how art industries advocate for worthy causes as a marketing & development consultant to artists, organizations & public relations firms. Wielding a bold, irreverent voice, Benson overrides the assumption that marketing is not a creative pastime. He, through strategy & sheer strength of will, has won features in the New York and LA Times, Maxim Magazine, Wall Street Journal, NY1 and Brooklyn 12 News, Good Magazine, Dance Enthusiast, Dance Spirit Magazine, Broadway World, DNAinfo, LA Weekly, LAist, Backstage West, Dance Magazine & more. Jamie Benson has been hired by Pilobolus Dance Theater, CUNY Dance Initiative, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Noel Pointer Foundation, Trent & Company, Kupferberg Arts Center, NYU Tisch & for famed film composer David Newman. Lily Binns, Co-Executive Director of Pilobolus Dance, claims that “for all of the conferences, books, newsletters, blogs, & feeds that all of us follow, Jamie Benson's approach is hands-down the best I've come across.”

As a rebel-clown dancer & choreographer, Jamie defies performances traditions & dares a mass audience to interact with dance. Heralded as "Chaplin-like” by Backstage West, “insightful and irreverent” by the LA Weekly, Benson's highbrow-meets-lowbrow work has been presented through LA & New York, as official selections in international film festivals, featured in the Phaidon Press book Wild Art, and received funding by Brooklyn Arts Council.

Alumnus of Cornish College of the Arts, Benson first garnered critical attention as a dancer who originated the role of “Eldon” in LATC’s Ovation award winning production of Shag with a Twist in 2005. Benson has also performed in the Film Rent, McDonald's Mario Art commercial, Rei Aoo's Dance Planet, on the television series Dance360 & as a member of the Rudy Perez Performance Ensemble.

Jamie Benson's choreographic work aims to defy performance traditions & infect a mass audience. Benson's stuff has been presented at Luckman Fine Arts complex, Electric Lodge, Highways Performance Space, the Bootleg Theater, Coast Playhouse, Dixon Place, New York Transit Museum, Triskelion Arts, Proctor's Theatre, as well as the Phaidon Press book Wild Art. His film 3 Day Weekend was an official selection for the 2014 Cinedans Film Festival & latest film First Thing was selected to be part of the 2015  Athens Video Dance Project, Cuba's Video Danza Havana, Bucharest International Dance Film Festival, & Salamanca Moves in 2016.

Benson was the dance instructor & choreographer for the Washington State University Dance Squad while conducting dozens of Dance Camps across the Northwest with Dance Tec. In Los Angeles Jamie Benson instructed at Gold's Gym Hollywood, Fancy Feet Studio, the Pasadena Academy of Dance & for an after-school program at Los Feliz Elementary. In New York, he has taught an "Action Heroes" class at Spoke the Hub, led over 500 people in the international line dance event Le Grand Continental & co-founded NYC’s Shakedown Dance Collective for people of all shapes, ages, and creeds.

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