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What Your Band Photo Says About You

September 15, 2014 Featured News, Marketing No Comments

Disclosure_bandimageThis article, written by Hardly Art Records publicist and USF band member, Jason Baxter, originally appeared on Sonicbids. We’re excited to be working with them to bring you the best and most relevant content for your business!

Band photos can be tricky, but even if you’re camera-shy, they’re an absolute necessity for your press kit. If you’re working with a label, they may subsidize a photo shoot with a professional photographer, which is the best way to guarantee you’ll end up with well-composed and useful band photographs. For some artists this isn’t an option though, and hiring a pro can seem like an unnecessary expenditure if you’ve got a friend with a decent eye and a DSLR. Either way, you’re going to want to make sure your photos satisfy these key requirements:

  • Variety. The more images you have to choose from, the more likely you are to find three or four that capture everyone’s best angles and give a faithful impression of your band’s “look.”
  • Color and black and white. Lots of regional papers and other print media only publish in black and white, and you can’t always assume that a desaturated color photograph will look good on the printed page. It helps to plan ahead and work with a photographer that shoots on both types of film, or has the image editing skills to turn a high-contrast color picture into a striking and eye-pleasing black and white one.
  • Resolution. Always shoot at the highest possible resolution. 300 dpi is usually the standard benchmark. A large image can always be shrunk to fit certain dimensions, but a small one will look worse and worse the more you enlarge it.
  • Accuracy. Misrepresenting your band is a sin of the highest order. Include every member of your band, don’t dress or pose in a way that’s disingenuous to how you appear when you perform, and for heaven’s sake, don’t hide or obscure your face. The last band to really get away with that, in my opinion, was Disclosure (pictured above) – but they get a pass because they aimed for something that was iconic and pretty much heretofore unseen, and it paid off in press coverage.

Even within the confines of these requirements, there’s still a lot of room to be creative – just ensure your photo is saying what you want it to say about your band.

Of all the band photos I’ve encountered in my career, they typically fall into six general categories:

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3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Facebook Ads

September 11, 2014 Featured News, Marketing No Comments

Optimizing Facebook AdsIt is evident that native advertisements on Facebook are becoming an integral part of the user experience. Nevertheless, with Facebook rolling out more features for News Feed ads and the overhaul of right-column ads, getting the most out of your real estate on the platform is more critical than ever. Here are three simple tips for optimizing your ads and placing you firmly above the competition:

1. Use first-party data whenever possible.

Whenever one advertises, the first question is often about who should see the ads. Though prospecting targets allows you to discover engaged audiences that react to your message, using first-party data to retarget potential customers hones in on those most likely to purchase your product.

There are a few ways that first-party data can be collected. If you have an email list of your fans, you can import the list into Facebook and it will securely compare the email addresses to any matching Facebook IDs so that you can retarget these people with your ads. Another way that you can retarget is by embedding a tracking tag onto your website so that you can capture website visitors into an audience. If you’ve ever wondered how you’re getting served Facebook ads for websites you recently visited, it’s because of these delicious browser cookies that inform Facebook about your optimal advertising experience.

The ability to track and retarget people who have already been exposed to your brand is an invaluable tool. According to marketing expert Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s “Rule of Seven,” one should expose a product to a potential consumer at least seven times within an 18-month period in order to have the person remember the message and perhaps, even buy your product. Retargeting further expedites this process because the consumer has expressed initial interest by signing up for an email list or visiting your website. You have their attention; now you just need to keep it and make a sale.

2. Make sure you’re picking the right objective.

When setting up an ad campaign on Facebook, the first thing you need to ask yourself is “What am I trying to accomplish?” In fact, Facebook asks you what your objective is before you start creating your ad. Examples of objectives include website clicks, post engagements, and page likes. Though these are similar in very nuanced ways, the most significant reason to choose your exact objective is that Facebook will optimize your campaign to help you reach that goal.

Many campaigns we run use the “website clicks” goal, as we want fans to arrive at the digital retailer after the click: the clicks lead directly to a point-of-purchase. Facebook optimizes the impressions so that they are served to the audiences that yield the most website clicks. It prioritizes website clicks over other objectives such as engagement (shares, likes, comments, etc.). Selecting the right objective allows Facebook to work in your favor.

3. Use look-alike models. 

Prospecting potential customers incurs financial cost and can be an arduous process that may or may not yield positive results. In order to alleviate some of these uncertainties, you should create and target a look-alike model of the fans on your Facebook page. Look-alike modeling allows you to create a unique audience of people on Facebook who are very similar to the people who either like your page or are part of one of your first-party data groups. This similarity modeling is based on their interests, behaviors, and other demographic information. You can actually select a percentage between 1-10% to choose how similar and/or large you want this custom audience to be (1% being the top one-percent of people on Facebook who are the most similar and 10% containing a larger group of people who are less similar). You can create these for each country where you have enough fans for the algorithm to create a new audience.

Look-alike modeling opens the door to targeting people who are interested in liking your page or purchasing your product. These are people you would have never been able to identify through manual targeting. If you have a tight budget, you may not have the flexibility to discover new audiences on your own. Targeting a look-alike of your current fans is a viable and efficient method of engaging potential new customers.

With so much content on Facebook with which to compete, it can be a very difficult and daunting task to break through the noise and run an effective advertising campaign. However, following the aforementioned tips will ensure that your ads are reaching the right people and allowing for the appropriate type of engagement.

Make GIFs from YouTube Videos

GIF YouTube

Do you have trouble creating teasers for your YouTube videos? Sure, we all do!
Welcome to a new, simple-to-use service called GIF YouTube.

Simply visit any YouTube video. We’ll try this lovely intro video for EchoBoom Sports’ Arrival release:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1WamzPIlFQ

Then, add GIF to the domain, like so:
http://www.gifyoutube.com/watch?v=C1WamzPIlFQ

Pick a start time and length. Then click “Create GIF.”

Voilà!

EchoBoomGIF
There. You no longer have an excuse NOT to promote your YouTube content on social media with GIFs.

We’re still not taking sides in how you pronounce GIF, though.

5 Reasons Why People Aren’t Watching Your YouTube Videos

YouTubeStyleThis article, written by our very own Orchardite, Aaron Ford, originally appeared on Sonicbids. We’re excited to be working with them to bring you the best and most relevant content for your business!

Let’s talk about YouTube.

We could talk about VidCon, which sold out 12,000 tickets a month in advance. We could also talk about the over-dramatized and sensationalized YouTube vs. indies misinformation war. However, it’s so much more constructive to focus on growing your audience, serving your audience and monetizing your audience. Not only is YouTube is the largest streaming music service in the world, it allows you to use video to connect directly with your fans in almost any way you can imagine.

I hear you: “But I’m on YouTube and I’m not getting any views!” Here are five of the most common reasons why your YouTube videos may be getting ignored:

1. You don’t have fans
Sometimes, an artist uploads a video on his YouTube channel of him playing an acoustic version of one of his songs. That channel has two subscribers, the artist has 300 Likes on Facebook, and barely 100 Twitter followers. The artist then wonders why his video didn’t “go viral.” This artist has failed to generate enough interest in the original recording of the song or create a loyal following. Therefore, it makes no sense to upload a rare version of a song, when it’s your fans that are rare.

2. You make “viral” videos
If before you made your video, you said, “Let’s make a viral video,” then you’re doomed from the very start. Look up “viral” in a dictionary and you will realize your mistake. Focus on creating consistent content on which your audience can rely. Trust your audience to be of basic human nature and want to share great videos they find. Create content with the purpose of increasing the watch time on your channel. By focusing on your channel’s watch time, consistency and quality of content, the views will naturally follow.

3. You’re annoying about your self-promotion
Use the annotations feature wisely and program your channel. Anything else is annoying. This means don’t have “BUY MY ALBUM NOW!” covering important parts of your music video or your face when you’re talking/singing. Look to the best YouTube channels in your genre for programming guidance. For example, renowned metal label Nuclear Blast Records has one of the best-programmed channels with episodes, series and more. It respects its audience by giving them compelling things they want to see.

4. You don’t optimize your videos to be discovered organically
You may have great content, but if you leave the description blank and don’t have a relevant title or tags, you’re making it enormously difficult for people who actually want to watch your videos to discover them. YouTube has an entire playbook on how to optimize your videos and channel, from metadata to thumbnails. Take a few minutes to read through it – you’ll be glad you did.

5. You record video holding your phone vertically
This sums it up perfectly. (Basically, your videos need to look professional if you expect people to watch them.)

Merch, “Experiences,” Serendipity: Spotify Has Everything But The Kitchen Sink

bandpage_spotifySpotify has really ramped up their fan experience with the roll out of their successful artist merchandise store on verified profiles, incorporated tour info via Songkick and stream counts to help fans find popular songs.

They recently took a step further with the integration of BandPage onto artist profiles. Besides providing fans with the option to buy merch, concert tickets and vinyl, BandPage enables artists to really connect with their fans by way of “Experiences.” These experiences can range from private online concerts to meet and greets to even song collaborations. The sky is the limit! The greatest news is that it is completely free for artists to use! For more info on how to get started with BandPage, click here; and for some FAQ action, click right here.

But wait — Spotify also has more fun on the cards with the roll out of their “Serendipity” app that shows users across the world streaming a specific song at the same time within the last hour. So where was your favorite song played across the globe??

Spotify Serendipity

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