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How to Perfect Your Band’s Social Media Strategy: The 70-20-10 Rule

January 23, 2015 Featured News, Marketing No Comments
UK indie-electro trio the xx does a fabulous job of sharing pictures of their journeys on the road. (Image via facebook.com)

UK indie-electro trio the xx does a fabulous job of sharing pictures of their journeys on the road. (Image via Facebook)

This article, written by electronic music producer and singer-songwriter, Sam Friedman, originally appeared on Sonicbids. We’re excited to be working with them to exchange industry tips and trends for your business!

Is your band’s social media presence lacking thoughtfully crafted material with keen attention to strong content variety? Oftentimes, bands starting out spend too much time focusing on self-promotion. The conversation is one-directional, leaving followers with no way to engage other than to buy a product. While sales should be an underlying pursuit of social media, building your brand and telling your story in a conversational manner is the real goal. Luckily, there’s a simple, time-efficient equation to give your band’s social media the perfect balance. It’s called the 70-20-10 Rule.

70 percent of your content should build your brand

The large majority of your content should be centered on your story and brand. Maybe your brand is hardcore, but your personality has a sense of humor. Blend the two in a way that gives your followers a window into who you are. A few examples are:

  • posting a picture of your singer belting out that third take in the studio
  • writing a sincere thank you note to your fans who follow and support you
  • sharing an interesting article relevant to your genre of music – something you yourself would read
  • posting a video of the band dancing backstage

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In The Moment: The Value of YouTube’s Real-Time Analytics

YouTube-logo-full_color (1)YouTube Analytics are an incredibly powerful tool that provide a wealth of knowledge and insight into your channel’s performance. However, normal analytics typically have a delay of 24-48 hours, leaving you waiting to track recent performance. Perhaps you’ve noticed this delay when the view count gets “stuck” at 301+ on a newly published video. That’s just YouTube validating the views to make sure they’re authentic, but if you’ve worked hard to set up a premiere with a partner or are meticulous about tracking video performance, the delay can be a bit frustrating. Fortunately, YouTube recently rolled out a feature to provide real-time analytics for your videos.

Real-time analytics are estimates, but still very useful. For individual videos, YouTube provides two data graphs:

1) Hour-by-hour for a sliding window of the last 48 hours

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2) Minute-by-minute for a sliding window of the last 60 minutes

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YouTube has stated that there is a few minutes of latency between when the views take place and the data populates the graph, but obviously this is a much shorter wait than 24-48 hours for normal analytics. Most importantly, you can use this real-time data to gain valuable intel to improve your channel’s performance. For instance, you could see how initial video views are affected by the time you publish in order to find optimal times to post new videos. Or you could see how views correspond to social chatter and make improvements to your strategy on the other platforms.

To view real-time analytics, head to the analytics section of your channel and click on “Realtime.” To get even more info out of your YouTube analytics, check out our post on vidIQ‘s Google Chrome extension here.

Visualize It: Make Your Social Media Stand Out With Images

January 21, 2015 Featured News, Marketing No Comments

Visualize-Your-Goals-Dreams-and-Achieve-ThemA picture is worth a thousand words… or so they say. And with the focus on video with major platforms like Facebook, it is worth integrating visuals into your digital marketing strategy. When? How? What? Here are a few examples and networks to think about.

So you have a video release planned? Create 10-15 second clips of the video to tease on your socials leading up to the premiere, and upload to Instagram and Facebook natively. Facebook’s video functionality allows you to add a call to action at the end of the video you are uploading; this is where you can add the official video link within the teaser to drive fans to watch the full length content. Twitter video cards are starting to roll out, so keep an eye out to start incorporating these into your video strategy as well.

How about audio? Have a song you want to give your fans a sample of? Create a video using your album art, press photos, or images with a sample of the track. This type of content also works well for the afore-mentioned platforms and is fairly easy to create in iMovie or programs like Animoto. Bonus: check out this great blog post on album trailers.

I personally love GIFs and using them as content when marketing a release. Tumblr is a great place for GIFs. Grab stills from your video and create one in Photoshop, or use GIFYouTube to grab directly from your video on YouTube. While GIFs don’t work well on every network, you can use apps like Cinemagram to build cinemagraphs that can be shared to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Email. Tie in visual platforms, for example Pinterest, to showcase artwork or stills from a video release. You can link to the full length content in the Pins description, and YouTube also shares easily to Pinterest. Check out this awesome case study on how Kina Grannis rolled out her “My Dear” video using Pinterest.

I hope you are feeling visually inspired!

New Year, New YouTube Goals

January 20, 2015 Featured News, YouTube No Comments

With every new year come New Year’s resolutions. For some folks, these can range from: eating healthier, saving money, or breaking bad habits. But what about your YouTube goals? Don’t worry, it’s not too late. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions every YouTube creator should have, along with reasons for why these resolutions will help grow your audience.

1. Develop a Programming Schedule That You Can Stick To

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Captivate your audience by building a cohesive viewing experience across your channel. Come up with a long-term plan and develop a content strategy that is feasible. One tactic for doing this is to come up with a theme to hook your audience. These can be weekly, biweekly, or monthly — whatever works for you and your channel’s content. Throwback Thursday, for example, is a popular theme that lends itself to pointing toward older content.

Are you unsure as to what time and day is best for publishing new content? Here’s a yearly calendar you can refer to from Tubefilter.

2. Create End Cards

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End cards are a great space to promote additional content, and are proven to be most effective in getting clicks from fans without disrupting the viewing experience. The additional content can be the next video in a series, a link to purchase merch, or a call to subscribe to the channel. Click here for some examples.

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Ten You Might’ve Missed in 2014

We’re busy. You’re busy. We probably missed some of your favorite records this year. Here are a few of our under-the-radar favorites from 2014. Tell us yours!

The #1s: The Number Ones [Deranged Records]

The guff of these Irishmen! If you name your band AND your debut album “The #1s,” you’d best deliver. (See: Big Star’s “#1 Record.”) Guess what: they deliver. Ten punky power-popsicles with rowdy anthemic gang vocals and heartbroken lyrics that trace a strong lineage from The Undertones to The Figgs.

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Warm Soda: Young Reckless HeartsWarm Soda: Young Reckless Hearts [Castle Face Records]

The second album in as many years from the Austin-via-Oakland quartet fronted by Matthew Meltion [Bare Wires], Young Reckless Hearts is chock full of infectious power-pop odes to young love that rival anything in The Shoes’s classic discography. Get your swoon on  just in time for Valentine’s Day. You can stream the entire thing via Noisey.

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Haley Bonar: Last War [Graveface Records & Curiosities]

As NPR noted, this Midwestern US singer-songwriter’s fifth album is “so breezy and brief, so bright and agreeable” that it takes a few listens to absorb the “deeply ambivalent” lyrics. The songs are jangly cool, quietly anthemic, and smartly bittersweet. Bonus: her voice reminds us of Sam Phillips (the lady, not the Sun Records guy).

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