From the category archives:

Promotion

DIY, but don’t do it alone

by Jon Ostrow January 8, 2015

DIY success in musicThe DIY concept has been evangelized, refuted, and defended as the way to achieve success in music. No matter what your opinion is regarding the do-it-yourself ethos, there is one thing that should be universally accepted: do-it-yourself doesn’t mean you are a one person machine. Read more.

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How to roll out effective music sales promotions

by Bobby Borg December 29, 2014

effective music sales promotionsSales promotions are short-term incentives intended to stimulate a quick buying response in your target customer. Music sales promotions can be applied to selling CDs, merch, concert tickets, and so much more. You must use these promotions strategically, and these tips can help build more sales when you do. Read more.

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Should your next music release be an EP or an album?

by Shaun Letang December 28, 2014

EP music releaseIt’s not always easy to know what you should be releasing as a musician. Should you go all out and create a 14 track album right away? Should you release a single as soon as you’ve recorded your first track? Here is a plan I’ve seen work well for many independent artists. Read more.

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The qualities of a good artist manager

by Steve Rennie December 17, 2014

Rick Neuheisel InterviewPicking the right partners in the music business is a big-picture concept that cannot be understated. It influences every decision an artist makes regarding his or her career in music. Former UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel talks about the qualities of a good coach – and artist manager. Read more.

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Six music promotion mistakes to avoid

by Bobby Borg December 16, 2014

music promotion mistakes to avoidAre you having trouble getting the word out about your products and services and getting to that next level of your music career? Are you making mistakes that are costing you time, money, and even your own fans? Whether it’s failing to present a consistent brand or not pushing sales, these music promotion mistakes can derail your music career. Read more.

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Create content to achieve your music career goals

by Jon Ostrow December 4, 2014

Content strategyBuilding a strong fan base online requires you to create and execute an effective content strategy. Most often, we focus on the idea of engagement, and while there is no doubt that this is a requirement of an effective content strategy, engagement should not be the only focus of your online music marketing and your efforts to achieve your music career goals. Read more.

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Online music marketing etiquette: tips for email, social, and YouTube

by Bobby Borg December 2, 2014

online music marketing etiquetteWhile the Internet and new technologies propel online music marketing ever into the future, I’m amazed by how many of us have the etiquette of a caveperson. Seriously, I just got an anonymous link posted on my social networks with the blurb, “Yo, check my song out.” Two seconds later, I got a friend request from someone with no profile picture other than that creepy, default blank head. Read more.

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Indie artists Sad Robot discuss marketing and music branding

by Lucy Briggs November 26, 2014

indie artist music branding LA-based band Sad Robot recently wowed the judges at Los Angeles Music Network’s LAMN Jam and walked away with the grand prize. Shortly afterward we caught up with them and gained some insight on their opinions on marketing and branding, performing and touring, and the importance of attending industry events. Read more.

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The musician’s social media checklist

by Jon Ostrow October 28, 2014

music social media marketingMarketing your band and your music on the digital landscape, it’s easy to get lost focusing your time and efforts on the wrong sites and connecting with the wrong people. Ideally, you’d take the time and have an opportunity to think through the who, how, what, where, and why so that all of your efforts are connecting you to potential fans and influencers within your niche from the get go. Read more.

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Test your music products before you go to market

by Bobby Borg October 27, 2014

Test your music productsTesting and feedback should be part of the process of getting your music products into releasable form. Testing material on your most likely fans, and making necessary improvements and decisions before committing your time and money to the recording, manufacturing, distributing, and promoting it. Without market research, you could easily spend hundreds (or thousands) of your hard-earned dollars recording music that’s unmarketable to music supervisors, labels, radio stations, and even your own target fans! Read more.

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How to launch a music publicity campaign

by Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan October 14, 2014

planning a music publicity campaignMost bands do a traditional media campaign (newspapers, magazines, radio), as well as a new media campaign (podcasts, music blogs, MP3s). Music publicity is not just compiling lists and following steps mechanically, it should be fun and is a chance to channel the same creativity you put into your music to build a buzz. Read more.

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If you ain’t measuring, you ain’t marketing

by Bobby Borg October 9, 2014

Measure MarketingMake no mistake, marketing your music – in fact, any marketing – is not about “doing things,” it’s about “doing the right things.” This is the essence of marketing measurement and why it is so important to your career. Measuring is the process of creating systems to collect, analyze, and act on information that is relevant to the goals of your marketing plan. Read more.

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Five things you can do to be better at social media marketing

by Jon Ostrow October 7, 2014

Hoodie Allen's social media marketingIt’s easy find an excuse to take a vacation from an otherwise consistent social media presence. Events like a tour or a new album release present opportunities to make you even better at social media marketing. There are several principles of social media marketing that can be found rather naturally from your tour schedule, which can help to give your presence and engagement a nice boost. Read more.

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Email marketing and increasing your subscribers

by Shaun Letang September 11, 2014

Email marketing tipsYour email list is yours to keep. Social sites have come and gone or fallen out of favor over time. And social sites usually aren’t as good at getting people to take action, so if you want ticket sales and CD purchases, you should start building your list. Now that we know why you need a mailing list, let’s look at six ways you can increase your subscriber count. Read more.

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How to measure success (with key performance indicators)

by Jon Ostrow September 2, 2014

Music marketing key performance indicatorsMost success stories don’t happen overnight. To keep you on a long term path towards reaching your goals as a musician, you should have several ways to gauge your progress. I call them key performance indicators (KPIs), and they provide a way to measure your performance and the growth of your music career and music marketing efforts. Read more.

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