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Campaign Marketing Tips Courtesy of Naked Press

NakedPressOur Marketplace partner, Naked Press, helps you extend your reach into the UK Press. But pitching to press isn’t as easy as just sending your music in when it’s ready — it requires planning. To get the most out of your press campaigns, follow these great tips from our friends at Naked Press, and check out the app in The Orchard Marketplace! 

To start with, it helps to have an approximate schedule of events planned for your release, to give it the best opportunity for review consideration by the music press. So when you have your completed, mastered and mixed record, you also need to have your assets (biography, photos, cover artwork etc.) ready in advance, to roll out ahead of the actual release date. Writers are under deluge from so much music every single day — why should they pay attention to your new record? Make them want to know more about you, invite them in, make sure they don’t pass you by. In a nutshell: make your whole package look as intriguing (and professional) as you can!

Whether it’s an album, EP or single, it makes sense to have at least one track available for listening early on, preferably via a streamed link (there are various platforms you can use — Soundcloud, Press Kit, etc.). It’s all very well having that great cover art, really cool photos and a fantastically exciting biog post, but without the music to listen to, these aren’t that useful to a music writer, so think about a strong lead track to anchor their attention and make them want to hear more.

Monthly publications typically need to receive your record news up to 12 weeks ahead of the release date in order to plan their editorial coverage to coincide with its availability. For instance, if your release is coming out in May, make sure your key contacts at the monthlies can hear it, or at the least know about it, in February. Newspapers and weekly supplements work with shorter lead times and if you’re aiming more for online press, then you’ll still need to work ahead but 4-6 weeks is long enough for most sites to commission any interviews, features or reviews.

The rule is that the music press generally doesn’t like reviewing music that’s already out there, so think ahead if you want to be considered. Plan, strategise and be prepared! Good luck!

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!

Reddit Demystified

January 15, 2015 Featured News, Marketing No Comments

reddit-upvoteA few months ago, I saw Catey Shaw’s music video for “Human Contact” for the first time. It was a flawless concoction: an infectious summer Pop jam mixed with a quirky, aqua-haired girl dancing in street-wear. All I wanted to do was cash in my vacation days, trap my scantily clad body in a room, and destructively gyrate until my joints were irreparably damaged. Unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with the spryness or the hips, so I decided to opt for something less dangerous.

Without too much thought, I posted it to Reddit right before going to bed one night hoping that others would enjoy it as much as I did. When I woke up the next morning, to my surprise, it had generated almost 200 upvotes (part of Reddit’s voting system, explained later) and had risen to the top of the r/listentothis subreddit (a community on Reddit that concentrates on sharing music). The video, which initially had less than 1,000 views on YouTube, had garnered more than 10,000 in the span of a few hours, and artists such as Meghan Trainor and Betty Who were posting about it on Twitter. I could feel the Earth’s axis tilting from the relentless force of thousands of people violently shaking their butts to this music at the same time.

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