Interview with John Hollar, President & CEO, Computer History Museum
Situation: Traditional media for reaching audiences – television, newspapers – have broken down. Audiences are atomized and increasingly “what you want when you want it.” How do you aggregate an audience in this environment?
- Develop partnerships that align with you both in terms of audience and purpose.
- We just finished a $20 million expansion. With 1.5 million technology workers in Silicon Valley, how do we spread the word?
- We work with corporations in the tech sector, corporate alumni groups, tech retailers, convention centers, hotel concierges, and schools.
- Our new campaign – Silicon Valley Starts Here – encourages Silicon Valley visitors to start their Silicon Valley journey with us.
- School field trips are booked through the end of the year. Local foundations support transportation costs.
- Leverage the digital world to expand your presence.
- Everything physically present in the museum is also available digitally to a global audience.
- We use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to generate viral networking.
- Live events are captured in HD and broadcast through our YouTube channel to 2 million viewers.
- We update our Facebook page and tweet daily. Facebook is fun and playful with “Today in Computer History” and Friday YouTube films.
- Tweets include a quiz – “Who Am I?” – of famous figures in computer history with prizes.
- What are the implications for companies and institutions?
- We must embrace the notion of living in parallel worlds – having both a physical presence and a broader digital presence.
- Expert knowledge is here, but we must be able to access an increasingly digital audience that is global.
- Digital capabilities can’t just be bolted on to an old structure. This must be a marriage that connects our knowledge and expertise organically to our audience, their needs, and the knowledge and expertise that is happening in the world.
You can contact John Hollar at firstname.lastname@example.org
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