“Check out my new single on SoundCloud!” If you’re part of the music industry, you’re either guilty of sending out this message or you’re constantly receiving tweets of it with minor variations. It begs the ultimate question: “Why should your message prompt me to follow your link over any of the other identical messages I receive?” Read more.
You’re a musician – of course you want to record your music, make CDs, have an album release party, create new merchandise, and go on tour. Trouble is, you don’t have the cash on hand to make any of these things a reality. How can you raise the money to help fund your next music project? Read more.
For many young and developing artists, music product pricing is usually the process of arbitrarily coming up with a number, slapping it on your product or service, and forgetting about it. However, pricing is something that can be far more strategic, and these eight examples will get you thinking about price like never before. Read more.
Direct marketing is the process communicating directly with fans to build awareness and generate sales. Emailing tour dates, texting announcements about contests, and posting website links to your fund raisers are all direct marketing methods. Here are ten tips that can help you create music marketing content that sells. Read more.
In this post, we highlight five career killing execution mistakes musicians make when trying to get to the next level. What an unfortunate waste! As Ralph S. Larsen, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, said, “The best-thought-out plans in the world are worthless if you can’t pull them off.” Read more.
Direct marketing is the process of communicating directly with fans (e.g. mailing tour dates, texting announcements about contests, and posting website links to your fund raisers). But there’s more to direct marketing then just hitting “send.” To increase your return on your future music marketing campaigns, read these ten tips. Read more.
Your 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.
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.
A great book can stick with you for a lifetime. A great movie can do the same. Why? Because of the connection that you make to the story. Storytelling can also be a powerful selling strategy, but looking at storytelling as simply a way to affect sales is really missing the bigger picture when it comes to publicity and public relations (PR) efforts. A well-crafted story woven into a press release, company bio, artist bio, or campaign video can also result in increased publicity, increased brand loyalty, and stronger engagement with your customers and prospects. Read more.
Visit any music store and you can’t miss the posters — “Rock Star X proudly plays Company Y’s guitars.” Or crack nearly any music trade magazine and you’ll see ads with well-known players singing the praises of the instruments and tools of their choosing. Such are the most visible manifestations of sponsorships and artist endorsement deals, symbiotic relationships between companies and music creators who use, and help promote, their products. And while many artist endorsement deals may seem like the stuff of high-visibility, world-touring acts, they can be helpful tools for a wide range of indie musicians as well. Read more.
Sponsorships and artist endorsement deals are a symbiotic relationship between artists and product-based companies. You can receive free merchandise, cash awards, recording time, promotional items, assistance with promoting local shows, distribution through CD samplers, and exposure from company advertisements. Read more.