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October 16, 2008

I love Alexis Thompson

Filed under: SEO — ian @ 10:52 pm

Alexis Thompson - oh, alexisI was just checking and tweeking some Micro-Sites and was reading through Alexis Thompson’s when I suddenly thought Oh my God, I hate Alexis Thompson!. Of course I don’t, silly. But she has an album called “I Hate Money”, her name is “Alexis Thompson”, remove “Money”, and type I Hate Alexis Thompson into Google (I already did it for you - click the link). Bingo! Up pops Alexis Thompson’s Micro-Site. All part of the long tail! –sorry Alexis. And sorry for using your photo without asking you :s

Ciao 4 niao,
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October 15, 2008

The MySpace Matrix on Metal Music Promotions

Filed under: SEO, website promotion, Band News, Band Promotion — ian @ 10:35 pm

Want to know how I feel about MySace? Read this: The MySpace Matrix by Metal Music Promotions, it hits the spot.

Calling all bands, GET A REAL WEBSITE

October 11, 2008

Band of Me - Indie Music Videos

Filed under: website promotion, Band News, Band Promotion — ian @ 8:36 pm

Band of Me - music videos Bands and Solo ArtistsNow, this isn’t The full Unsigned Band Promotion endorsement and recommendation of Band of Me because I don’t really know them, but, it is a Link to a new community where musicians can be seen and heard through their music videos.

What they have to say about themselves: watch music videos of the top emerging bands and solo artists. Browse videos by instrument and genre. Join the Community and have your voice heard! "Where Musicians Come to Strut Their Stuff"

And I say good luck to them. It is another place for bands to post videos, and let’s hope it attracts music lovers who will become Your fans ;)

Out for kicks,
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October 7, 2008

Fancorps - Street Team Management

Filed under: Band Promotion — ian @ 11:35 pm

Fancorps - Street Team ManagementI’ve been interested in "Fans" for ages because they’re obviously So important to a band’s success. And recently there have been some very thought provoking and inspiring articles on the subject: Kevin Kelly’s - 1000 True Fans, From Exposure to Conversion "How to Create a Real Fan" - Part 1 and From Exposure to Conversion "How to Create a Real Fan" - Part 2. Then there is Fancorps who caught my eye over the last eighteen months, so I emailed them and asked for some blurb. They referred me to their website! And that was from Marketing & Client Relations - God bless them –I hope that isn’t indicative of their service!

What They Say and I quote:
Fancorps are a software provider in the form of a social network [Ed. Oh, it’s Web 2.0 again!]. We have created a unique environment that enables a band or record label to build, organize, maintain, and manage a grass-roots "street team".
We are NOT a street team and we do not provide you with street teamers. We do not have hundreds or thousands of willing volunteers waiting to promote your project. Fancorps believes that your street team should be built from your most devoted friends, family, fans and followers.
[Ed. and the bit that sort of worries me:] it is essential for you to reach out to your current mailing list, MySpace, Facebook and other social network friends and encourage users to join your team
They do continue, but you can visit their website if you want more.

So, Fancorps are about communication and tools that will help You run Your street team - which seems fair and that’s what I like about them. They call it a "Street Team Management Community" which fits in well (almost) with another article that I like: The only thing wrong with Music 2.0 is your mental model of how it should work - by Bruce Warila –can you imagine the Fan Pulling Power of six like minded, same genre bands joining together, synchronizing and using 6 sets of devoted fans, friends and family and 6 sets of mailing lists, MySpace, Facebook and other social networking friends. Powerful to say the least!

Unfortunately Fancorps have given themselves a militaristic look - that I’m not too keen on as a Pacifist, and the cost could be a little high for some bands at $50 per month for just 250 members.

My advice (for what it’s worth!), give Fancorps a go if you can afford it, otherwise/and also, work and join with other bands to build a humungus fanbase (and don’t just use them to fill pay-to-play venues) that would cost you a fuckin’ fortune per month on Fancorps.

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