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Working with a Living Legend: Richard Gottehrer

On my very first day at The Orchard almost three years ago, my boss took me around the office in typical Orchard tradition and introduced me to every single person sitting at his or her desk, from our accountants to our developers and everyone in between. Was anyone off limits? …

The Marketplace Presents: Klick Push

If you had the opportunity to get your music featured in more places, why wouldn’t you take it? And if those places were high-engagement areas, it’d really be a no brainer. Well listen up then, because our latest Marketplace partner, Klick Push, has just the thing for you. With access …

Use YouTube Annotations to Create an Album Preview Video

So you’ve got a new album coming out and you want to give fans a taste of what to expect. Try creating an album preview video and uploading it to your YouTube channel! We’ll walk you through how to set this up. Prepare Your Content We’re not going to go …

Become A SoundCloud Master and A Master Of Your Rights On SoundCloud

Between updating their subscription plans and experimenting with more visual profiles (still in early beta), SoundCloud has been on fire lately. ComScore even recently reported that their traffic increased by 26% in one month, making SoundCloud the 8th fastest growing site in the U.S. Though it’s certainly evolved since its launch in Berlin in …

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10 Email Subject Line Words to Avoid if You’re A Musician

November 20, 2014 Featured News, Marketing No Comments

inbox_flickruser10chThis article, written by L.A.-based publicist Ebony Jeanette, originally appeared on Sonicbids. We’re excited to be working with them to exchange industry tips and trends for your business!

There are many reasons why that took-you-all-night-to-write-and-now-you’re-late-for-practice email you crafted to spread the word about how incredibly awesome your new album is got deleted — or even worse, triggered and flagged as spam. Perhaps the reason lies in the lack of power and punch of your subject line. Or, maybe it was your last-second word choice that damned your announcement to languish forever in the spam folder. If you used one of the 10 words in the list we’re about to share, the latter may be true.

Much like crafting that perfect pick-up line for the out-of-your-league guy or gal at a bar, the subject lines of your emails and press releases can be a major point of stress. Going over the coolest things you could possibly say without coming off like a complete moron mirrors the dreaded process of rereading and retyping subject lines for length, tone, spelling, and overall catchiness. Will it be deleted or even make it into the inbox without triggering spam filters?

Email intelligence experts at towerdata.com have identified the most common words and phrases that mail filters such as Spam Assassin, Postini, IronPort, Barracuda, and Outlook mark as spam, due these words’ association with “junk mail” (and no one wants that clogging up his or her inbox). Many of these no-no words are used in music writing and can significantly increase the chances of your email being sucked into the black hole of rejection known as the spam folder. By avoiding these 10 words in your email subject lines (view an extensive list here), you’ll dramatically increase your chance of besting spam filters and actually get your message opened and read.

Top 10 words to avoid in email subject lines:

  • Free
  • Available now
  • Download
  • Discount
  • Guarantee
  • Sign up now
  • Offer
  • Win
  • Order now
  • Thousands
  • Bonus tip: Also avoid using percentages of any kind (100%, 50%, etc.) in subject lines.

A killer subject line is hard to come by without a little creativity. Instead of saying “available now,” try “out today” or “new release.” Instead of “sign up,” use “invitation” or “let’s connect.” Stumped for synonyms? Use thesaurus.com for similar words and ways to get your point across.

When choosing your words, always remember that first impressions make lasting impressions. So the next time you get ready to crank out that email, triple-check this list to make sure your subject lines stay spam-free.

For more on email marketing best practices check out this Daily Rind post from the archives. 

“The Yes Men Are Revolting” So You Don’t Have To

1546038_10152338680821616_109959633723675853_nIf you’ve been following The Yes Men on their hilarious journey to raise awareness of social, political and economic issues, you’ll be thrilled to hear that their latest release, following 2003’s The Yes Men and 2009’s The Yes Men Fix the World, will make its US premiere tomorrow night at DOC NYC!

Yep, you read right. The Yes Men Are Revolting will take the stage tomorrow as DOC NYC’s closing night film. If you’ve never heard of these activist pranksters, you’ve been missing out; if you have, you’ll be very eager to see where Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno (are those even their real names??) have been in the past five years — Hint: saving the world, one outrageous boycott scheme at a time.

What’s new in the third round? The activist duo show their audience another side to their story. While they’re still running around the world, impersonating and hounding one big-name corporation or government entity after the other to get the word out about climate change, this third installment also focuses on the lives Andy and Mike lead beyond their newsworthy hijinxes (jabs are made at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.N. climate change summit, to give you an idea). This time, we get to see more of what it takes to produce these pranks and maintain stability outside of a job that calls for frequent illegal undertakings.

If you’re headed to DOC NYC tomorrow, be sure to find a seat early at the SVA Theatre. If you can’t make it, be on the lookout for the film in theaters and available digitally in 2015 via yours truly. And it you’re still looking for more info, check out our official press release on the newly acquired doc and IndieWire’s press coverage.

Check out The Yes Men Are Revolting trailer below:

Welcome, Jon!

November 19, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

jon ngIntroducing Jonathan Ng, IT Service Desk Administrator

I’m Jonathan Ng, most people call me Jon for short.

I’m a born bred New Yorker, and I am a proud well rounded Geek-American.

I studied Cartooning in High School (with an emphasis on comic book art). I then graduated with a BA in History (Medieval European) and studied abroad at Oxford University, studying Medieval Christian Mysticism and CS Lewis.

I’m also a gear-head and weekend musician. My current rig consists of a pre-Fender Gretsch 6119 Tennessee Rose, Pedal board (JHS/TC Electronics/EarthQuaker Devices/Eventide pedals), and a modded Vox AC15 with a Celestion Speaker from a Matchless Spitfire. Currently I’m really into the Foo Fighters, but I grew up listening to bands like P.O.D, Linkin Park, and Incubus. My current hobby consists of upgrading and flipping guitars/gear for cash; it helps facilitate my G.A.S. problem (Gear Acquisition Syndrome LOL).

I volunteer at my local church @CitylightNYC as the lead guitarist in the worship band and as a backup sound engineer.

Career-wise, I have mainly worked in the Higher Education Sector. The Orchard is the second private sector company I have been a part of and I’m glad I’m here. Look forward to working with you all!

New Analytics Feature: YouTube Ad-Enabled & Ad-Disabled Streams

YouTubeAnalyticsImprovements are always around the corner at The Orchard, and our latest update involves how you view your YouTube data in The Orchard Workstation: as of this week, we’ve introduced a few new YouTube-related data channels in Analytics. Rather than lump all your views into one category, Analytics now conveys how many YouTube views are either “ad-enabled,” and are therefore eligible for earnings, or “ad-disabled.”

With that, your new channel lineup includes:

  • Ad-Enabled Audio Streams: number of audio views that were enabled to show ads
  • Ad-Enabled Video Streams: number of video views that were enabled to show ads
  • Ad-Disabled Audio Streams: number of audio views that were disabled from showing ads
  • Ad-Disabled Video Streams: number of video views that were disabled from showing ads

The screenshot below shows sample data from August 1, 2013 through August 1, 2014. YouTube data from prior to October 7, 2013 did not provide a distinction between Ad-Enabled and Ad-Disabled — thus you’ll still see YouTube analytics data in Ad-Supported Streams channels up until that date. Going forward from October 7, 2013, your YouTube analytics data will exclusively be split into the four Ad-Enabled and Ad-Disabled channels for Audio and Video streams mentioned above. For all other monetized streams coming from services like Spotify, Deezer and Hulu, your data remains on our existing Ad-Supported Streams channel.

Ad-Enabled Ad-Disabled

These new data channels provide you with a more complete picture of your YouTube business. We’ve created a one sheet with additional information about factors that may affect whether your content is enabled or disabled for ads. Feel free to open a dialogue with your Client rep and YouTube Account Manager.

Tent-pole for the Holidays: The Art of Attracting Subscribers & Advertisers

November 17, 2014 Featured News, YouTube No Comments

Holiday Tent-polingIt’s that time of year again — the time when every content creator looks to make that last big push before the holidays. Luckily for creators on YouTube, holiday-themed programming can prove to be a channel’s most engaging and lucrative. Whether you have 30 hours or 30 minutes to dedicate to YouTube before the year is up, tent-pole content is low hanging fruit when it comes to gaining not only views, but also brand new subscribers and extra revenue. Trust me, you won’t want to put this off until 2015!

So what is tent-poling? If you create a playlist of holiday jams, you’re tent-poling. If you interview an artist about an upcoming tour, you’re tent-poling. Anytime you create any new content around an event, you’re tent-poling. Tent-pole content can be useful when promoting events like tours or simply when you’d like to take advantage of the traffic around a major search term like Christmas, summer or Lollapalooza, for example.

Why do we tent-pole? Every day, countless fans use YouTube’s search engine to find quality content themed around current events. That’s exactly why creating tent-pole videos and playlists around highly searched-for events (such as the holidays) is an invaluable opportunity. It not only attracts new eyes to your channel, but it targets them at just the right time.

For channels that create tent-pole content during Q4, the benefits don’t stop there. With advertisers rushing to reel in new customers in time for the holidays, YouTube is able to serve the most ads (and at the highest CPMs) during this time of year. That makes videos viewed from October through December prime real estate for ads, and the more content you post during this time, the higher your chances of having those ads placed on your content (extra ad revenue, anyone?). Since creating tent-pole content doesn’t require the budget or editing skills that a high-definition music video does, filming extra holiday interviews or building “Best of” playlists here and there can often be the easiest way to take advantage of this period’s opportunities to attract advertisers.

Now that you’ve heard all about the benefits of creating tent-pole content, it’s time to brainstorm. Depending on the time, resources and creativity you can spare before 2015, the possibilities range from creating a “12 Days of Christmas” video series to simply building a “Best of 2014″ playlist that showcases some of your channel’s best content this year. The sky is really the limit here, so don’t be afraid to get creative.

Tent-poling doesn’t have to come and go with the holidays, either. Are your artists playing any summer festivals in 2015? Consider making a curated playlist that features all the best artists on the bill. Expecting a slow release schedule in the fall? Keep fans engaged by interviewing your artists about their worst Halloween costumes of all time. There’s already an audience searching for this content and advertisers looking to place ads on it, so you might as well be engaging them.

No matter how much time you have to spare, get tent-poling this holiday season! Consider it our gift to you.

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