The challenge

Founded in April 2009,  TEDxNewYorkSalon is the longest running TEDx event in New York. It had an active and engaged community, but its ability to reach younger audiences was limited.  In its fourth year, we were faced with the core challenges of:

  • Differentiating among dozens of New York based TEDx events and thousands of other TEDx events worldwide;
  • Creating a sustainable growth model
  • Improving the quality of salons

The response

Achieving differentiation. We focused on our unique salon format, and their power to spark meaningful conversations and connections/. We launched a website to communicate our brand values and vision, lift up our community and  streamline  access. to increase membership.

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Building a sustainable growth model. We employed a digital strategy targeting a more diverse audience of younger individuals and women in our outreach. We also partnered with like-minded brands who shared the same core values as our growth target. These brands include: Stonehenge, Squarespace, Center for Social Innovation, UBER and GOOD Magazine.

Improved quality of salons. Transitioning into content creation and curation, we came up with a narrative and a voice for our brand which opened up spaces for us to communicate more effectively. We also focused on a smoother, more dynamic salon experience at the events themselves.

The results

We have achieved the fastest growth period in our community’s history, doubling membership in 2013. Additionally, inspired by the calibre of our increasingly diverse, we have innovated the weekly event itself so that we now include guest curators of ‘rock star’ calibre and community-facilitated salons

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Aja Monet – Poet, Artist and Educator facilitating a live event

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Raghava KK, long-time community member and 3-time TED speaker facilitating a salon