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

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.

Tasty Content Ideas For Your Email Marketing

Email is still one of the best ways to market and promote your act. But what should you actually write in your emails? Rather than getting bogged down in a load of weird sales tactics, there’s a formula for updating your fans with regular content – and giving yourself a chance of picking up a new paying customer as well. It’s fairly simple: send people a golden nugget of free content, and then link to something they can buy. With that in mind, you can use the following ideas to make sure you never run out of things to talk about. Read more.

Improve Your Email Marketing in 16 Easy Steps

Email is still one of the best ways to do music promotion for your act. After all, your email mailing list includes folks who want to hear from you, so tell them something! While you’re at it, let’s look at a few things you can do to improve the effectiveness of the email messages you send to your fans. We’ve got 16 tips to help improve your email marketing, plus a video with plenty of information to help you hone your email chops. Read more.

Study Shows Prospects Prefer Discs

According to a study sponsored by the Direct Marketing Association and DiscMail Direct (as reported by Direct Marketing News), 91% of respondents said they would rather open a mailer that contains a DVD or CD than one without. The study, released at the DMA 2010 Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco, also found that three-quarters (73%) of the 800+ respondents said they played the discs they received in the mail on their computer. Read more…

Music Marketing 2.0: The Digital Brand Manifesto

Every artist needs a fully customized DIGITAL BRAND to succeed. Proper branding requires the following:

  1. A unique web domain separate from an artist profile on the record label website. The artist’s website functions as the central web hub for that artist’s digital brand.
  2. A simplified e-commerce system on the artist website. Easy check-out store supporting various forms of payment (PayPal, credit, debit, etc).

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5 Sales Tips for Independent Artists

Sell your music better and you’ll have resources to make more music, better-sounding music, and get more people to hear it. Here are five tips to help you generate more sales:

1. Believe In Your Product
It’s difficult to look someone in the eye and ask them to buy something that you don’t believe is a good deal for them. If you’re trying to sell a CD to someone for $10 that you believe is worth $5 then you’re going to have a hard time selling it. The idea is to focus on ‘giving’ them something that’s valuable to them at a fair price. You can always tell when someone is just trying to ‘get’ something from you. Don’t underestimate the intelligence and intuition of your fans. Read more…