Marketing 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.
It’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.
Music 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.
In our second social media review, we dive into a few “niche” social media platforms. Though many of them have significantly fewer users than Facebook or Twitter, each can play a critical role in effective branding, marketing, and fan engagement for independent musicians. You could find more engaged followers here than you will on Twitter or YouTube. Read more.
Social media can be a confusing landscape to navigate for anyone, as each platform offers a unique opportunity and experience. We’ve compiled several key stats from recent studies and reports for some of the biggest social media platforms to help make the process of managing your social profiles less overwhelming.
Your artist brand is whatever approach you take to the aspects of your career that provide definition to your fans and to the market place. Once a brand has been established, even in an organic way, it is important to nurture and uphold that brand through your online presence. After all, with all of the social media clutter and chaos, why not try to make it easier for your dedicated fans to find you and engage with you? Read more.
It is easier than ever to work globally to promote your music as an indie musician, artist, or band through the use of various online music platforms. These platforms provide access to a wide audience of potential fans and industry professionals, and with so many out there, it’s worth taking a look at some of the innovative and essential online resources for indie musicians that can help boost your musical career and profile. Read more.
Once you understand that your fans want to know your story and the stories surrounding your music, it kind of goes without saying that they want to be invited in. Successful indie artists offer up something even greater than just their new music: they offer a new and personal experience not available anywhere else. Read more.
With six words, “Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur,” Alina Simone gives voice to a nagging feeling many musicians and songwriters have. Sure, the social media platforms and music promotion tools available to any musician today form an impressive array of conduits to share your music, reach out to new audiences, and establish your “brand.” But what about the shy artist who is not comfortable displaying her entire life to the world? Read more.
Social media has become the center of the universe when it comes to music promotion. While Facebook and Twitter typically play prominent roles in an artist’s music marketing strategy, creating a musician blog is often is overlooked. To build a base of long-term fans, it helps to establish a presence online and deliver high-quality content to keep them entertained. Maintaining a musician blog offers four unique opportunities you should consider. Read more.
Thom Yorke, the unmistakable voice and creative force behind Radiohead and Atoms For Peace, has made his disapproval of Spotify and it’s payment model clear by removing his non-Radiohead material from the music streaming service and tweeting about it. There’s been no mention of Radiohead removing its material from Spotify, but the move has sparked a torrent of commentary, support, solidarity, and criticism. Read more.
Investing your time, talent, and emotional capital by sharing what you find compelling can help to not only build an audience for you and your own music, it can help you better define your brand. And these days, aside from the music itself, branding may be the most important element in determining who makes a living in music and who continues as an infrequently paid music hobbyist. Read more.
MTV Research released a report that explains how Millennials expect “zero distance” from the artists they like, an effect reportedly caused by social media. Millennials crave “constant access” to artists, want the artist to act like a friend, and expect an artist to be constantly accessible via social media. But don’t expect to sell your music to this group. Only 28% of the people surveyed had bought music within the past month. Read more.
The new definition of artist development hinges on emerging artists consciously establishing a career plan and then implementing that plan over time in order to accomplish a series of ever more ambitious goals. To learn more and get practical advice, I spoke with Catherine “SupaCat” Enny, CEO and founder of Guerrilla Management. Catherine established her management credentials when a then-unknown band she produced and managed named Kyuss broke out on the strength of her production and business acumen. Read more.
In business, return on investment – or ROI – traditionally translates to “How much money did we make on that promotion or venture?” This doesn’t translate so neatly to a social media campaign, or your general social media efforts, because at its heart, social media is a conversation tool, not a sales tool. So the question becomes: “If social media has no direct relationship to sales, how do I measure its ROI?” It will help if you start by defining realistic expectations of your social media campaigns so you can effectively measure the ROI of your social media efforts. Read more.