One of the biggest questions we get at D.I.-Why is: What should I post on Facebook? While most people have no problems posting cat videos and pictures of their lunch, for musicians it’s a bit trickier. Rather than just sharing your killer pastrami sandwich with the world, you’re all about trying to engage a fanbase and motivate them to do something. Maybe come to a show, buy a disc, watch a video, and perhaps share your amazing content with their friends, who’ll share it with their friends, and cause a tidal wave of virality to head your way.
In all the time you spend thinking about what to post, there’s a bigger problem in front of you: feeding the beast. [READ MORE]
You’ve got a bunch of sweet tracks recorded. You can’t wait for the world to hear ‘em. What’re you going to do to make people notice? Well, obviously you’re going to make a super-expensive video, because you’ve heard that YouTube is where people are finding cool music these days. And you’ve heard people ramble on about making things go viral.
So you mortgage the farm, sell the children into slavery, and spend oodles of cash making this amazing video. It gets uploaded to YouTube and your friends think it’s awesome, but then … nothing. Suddenly you’ve spent a ton of money to create this cool product and it doesn’t generate the bang you were looking for. Even worse, you don’t have anything left to try a Plan B. So what? Well … [READ MORE]
How many fans do you have on Facebook? It’s a simple question. Anyone can see (or perceive) just how popular you are by taking a quick glance at the number. What’s fascinating though is how artists get to that number and, most importantly, how engaged that fanbase is.
Let’s imagine you’ve got 10,000 fans on Facebook. Somehow you’ve gotten 10k people to click the little “like” button. They’ve indicated some type of interest, they’re intrigued by your music, they love your fashion sense, or that oh-so-witty meme you reposted. Great!
Now … a week later, are they still interested? How about a month from now? How about when you’re ready to release that second album? [READ MORE]
Whenever I speak at colleges, I explain how marketing music isn’t the same as marketing any physical/tangible product. If you’re trying to market a pencil, you want people to know about its quality, how well it writes, and that it’s an abundantly functional product ideal for all pencil-based activities. The judgment call you make is a logical, functional one: I like this pencil, it is better than the other pencils. I will use it.
Music, on the other hand, isn’t judged the same way. With rare exception (Blackwing 602s), music gets judged based upon emotional responses: this song makes me happy. This song makes me think of my boyfriend. This song inspired me. Naturally, this makes the music marketer’s job much harder. Not to mention that so many musicians are self-managed, self-recorded, and self-promoted in a way you rarely see with physical products. The big music marketing conclusion then becomes this:
The music industry is like going to a casino. Sometimes you put in a quarter and end up with a million bucks. But sometimes you put in a million bucks and end up with a quarter.
If you sit down at a slot machine, you have no control over the outcome. The best you can do is rely on the eventual odds that you’ll win. Sometimes it happens in a few spins, sometimes it takes hundreds. Understandably, it’s frustrating. You want to somehow equate the amount of time and resources spent to your eventual outcome. You’ll say things like “I spent a million bucks, why don’t I have a Grammy yet?” or “I’ve been plunking quarters in this machine for 3 hours, when’s it going to pay out?!” But that’s not how it works. The solution, while not guaranteed, is still quite simple: [READ MORE]