“Content marketing” might not sound like fun, but it works, and many of the most successful indie musicians use it (even if they don’t know it). Read More.
There is no formula to create viral videos – the very nature of viral content is that it’s out of your control – but there are best practices you can use for all the videos you release. Read More.
YouTube Cards and End Screens give your viewers a call to action and make your YouTube channel more effective in turning viewers into fans. Read More.
Once you have the equipment you need, the next step toward video domination is staging and recording. Part 2 of our Vlogging For Musicians series focuses on setting up for a professional result. Read More.
For music artists looking to build a brand online, videos can factor heavily into a music marketing plan. This is part one of a two-part post with advice on vlogging for musicians. Here, we take a look at the equipment you’ll need to build you video empire. Read More.
In our September Twitter chat (#DMchat), Downtown Music Publishing’s Chinua Green and Songtrust’s Jason Cerf fielded questions about how YouTube monetization works for songwriters. Read More.
With $2 billion in royalties paid to date, it’s worth understanding how royalties on YouTube work and how songwriters can get their share. Read More.
A big part of the revenue blurriness in music streaming is because many record deals were made before the advent of music streaming, using a model of selling a physical product. It’s time to tackle the job of drafting contracts to account for the fact that there are no manufacturing costs with streaming or download sales. Read more.
2015 was marked by a number of high-profile artists continuing to speak out against the music streaming business model while excluding their music from providers like Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and many more. Mainstream artists have challenged whether streaming can ever be profitable for artists. Read more.
Traditional music videos are one great way to introduce your music to an audience, but there are many other music video ideas – including mashups, vlogs, and animation – that can help your grow your YouTube channel. YouTube generates over 100 million social actions on videos every week, including comments, likes, and shares. Read more.
Because YouTube has become the number one search engine for music, if you’re an independent musician planning on posting videos to YouTube, work to increase YouTube views and the number of clicks for your next creation by following these seven steps. Read more.
Updated June 2020. Social media marketing is free (mostly), it gives you worldwide reach, and it helps you interact with new and existing fans of your music. Learn to manage and optimize your social profiles with these posts and then pick up your guitar, hit the studio, or play your next show. Read the post.
YouTube is the world’s largest music search engine. Within the last ten years, it’s also grown to become one of the primary ways people share and discover music. But YouTube is more than simply a promotional platform, you can make money on YouTube. It can drive music and merch sales, as well as advertising revenue. Read more.
You’ve created a YouTube channel and you’ve got a dozen of videos posted – but building a following on YouTube can be hard work. Optimizing your YouTube channel will put you in position to grow your following. Follow these 25 steps and start gaining more views, likes, and subscribers. Read more.
While 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.