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July 10, 2012

Facebook Versus Your Website #BandPromotion

Filed under: Band Promotion — ian @ 5:03 pm

Skeleton Crew 5 piece rock band from Nottinghamshire UK

I left a comment on @michaelsb’s blog post: This is Exactly Why You Need Your Own Website recently; however, for some unknown reason it never appeared!!

His post features a message posted by the Skeleton Crew on their Facebook page which said:

“Dear Facebook, We the bands did not spend all those hours building up our fan base to have you restrict who our posts go to. If somebody likes our page it means that they Do actually want to hear about us, see our photos and attend our gigs. By restricting our posts to only those you select, you are actually messing up what we do. The fact that you think we’ll pay you to lift the restriction is laughable. We don’t actually make any money, we do this for love! Please rectify this ASAP, Thank You!”

Is Facebook actively restricting bands posts? From what I’ve read and know, I’d say NO! There is something called the EdgeRank algorithm, but I’m pretty sure it’s not there as a heavy handed newsfeed censor, more of a spam filter, however, Facebook like MySpace, Twitter, Google+ etc., do have their own commercial agendas - That’s why a band should never put all their eggs into one basket and solely rely on them for free marketing and promotion. Make your band’s Website the centre of your online activities. As Michael said, “Don’t put yourself into a position where you are dependent on Facebook.” Or any other social networking site - it’s an old chestnut of mine!

If you want to promote a gig, don’t just use Facebook and expect a full house, use all the promo tools to hand, especially your email list :)

I have 101 Reasons Why Your Band Needs A Website; most importantly saying, if you want to be taken seriously by the music industry, get yourselves a real Website; owning a website shows credibility, control and professionalism; and a well designed website can give you a big advantage over other bands, similar to yours, who don’t have a website.

BTW, the Skeleton Crew have a lovely website :)

June 29, 2012

How To Use Photographs To Promote Your Band #BandPromotion

Filed under: Band Promotion — ian @ 9:13 am

The Offspring on Facebook

These images of The Offspring’s tour by Ian-C Charbonneau [Engineer, Mixer & Consultant @ The Offspring]

Images are such an important component of a band’s promotional arsenal; don’t waste them by only taking photographs of yourselves.

Not long ago I reviewed a band’s Website who had a really good image gallery powered by Coppermine Photo Gallery; they had a ton of brilliant photographs of the band, but out of their 360 images they did not have ONE of a fan - it’s just like being trapped by someone who can’t stop talking about themselves; when you finally escape, you’re in no hurry to see them again anytime soon!

Images of fans being awesome are the easiest way to start a conversation and widen your circle of friends. Fans can enjoy bragging rights by tagging themselves on Facebook and telling their friends; Just look at how The Offsping do it, see examples of their fantastic photographs both on their website and in the social media - Very Cool, Love it :)

I wish I could have joined them in London at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in June - And Yes, I would have tagged myself.

June 10, 2012

Should Artists And Musicians Use SMS?

Filed under: Band Promotion — ian @ 7:02 pm

PC to mobile SMS software - Bulk SMS - Send SMS online

Wes Davenport and blogger at Where the Circle Ends made an interesting guest post on Michael Brandvold’s music marketing blog entitled, Music Marketing Round Table: Should You Buy Into SMS Marketing?. Wes kindly asked me if I would like to contribute, and of course I said, “Yes.”

This is what I had to say:

SMS sounds such an old fashioned topic, even twelve years ago when the SMS service providers started sprouting up everywhere, indie bands were a billion miles away from the scene; maybe it was and still is because of the cost? Using an SMS service provider could be excessive for an indie band, costing approximately £25.00 (about $40) for 500 messages, 100 A5 full colour flyers are about the same price and may have more impact? A 2000 subscriber email-shot is free! Or maybe indie bands, who are at the grassroots, are already leading the way forward by using a sophisticated blend of social media like the London rioters did in August 2011? The gangs used Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger to orchestrate the devastating riots!

Note: One must not compare SMS marketing with individuals just texting each other!

So, why should musicians use SMS marketing? I believe it is the duty of an indie band to open up and offer as many communication channels as possible and allow their fans to choose how they wish to be contacted. Therefore, it is important that SMS is on the menu, but a band would have to be crackers to keep it as their plat du jour.

Personally, I do not want to receive nauseating text messages from bands spamming me with, “Download Our Awesome New Demo” - I’ll be choosing another dish!

I’ve discovered SMS4PC, they are a leading web service that enables you to send SMS from your computer; so you can reach your fans or customers instantly with SMS!

Should artists and musicians use SMS? Yes, but very carefully and don’t use SMS to spam; anyway, the cost should make you think about who you are sending messages to: 2000 SMS to UK cost between £100 and £140 excl. VAT and you can take a free trial.

Written by Ian Robson

IanUnsigned Band Promotion help musicians and artists to get their websites noticed by fans, search engines and the music industry in half the time they could do it on their own. Find UBP on and Twitter. Ian has been working on website promotion techniques since 1994.

June 5, 2012

How To Make Your Website Famous In A Weekend

Filed under: website promotion, Band Promotion — ian @ 11:29 pm

The Primary folk rock band expats CheongJu South Korea

I received an eloquent email from Tony Boyd a guitarist in The Primary - a folk rock band made up of a group of expats living in and around CheongJu, South Korea. My first cynical thought was, “Uhm.. expats ay, I wonder how long that band’s going to last?” In their email they list their initial goals, which are very typical of an emerging band: to maximise the number of fans downloading their EP. to increase gig attendance. to raise the profile of their band to a local audience. to improve their visability in the search engines.

I don’t want to be sardonic, I’m like that sometimes, or disbelieving of their commitment, instead I would like to show my support by offering up this blog post to them (hope it helps you Tony), but this post is not just for The Primary, anyone with a Website can make it famous in a weekend :)

O.K. let’s get started

Friday Night

Planning And Preperation You are going to need an incentive (a carrot, a hook) or basically something that will motivate your target audience into visiting your website - it needs brainstorming; it’s a good idea to brainstorm with a small group of colleagues (i.e. the band).

  • Firstly and obviously, you need a website. The Primary do have a site, but if your band hasn’t already got one, get it sorted out tonight and over the week ahead and start making your new website famous next weekend! I recommend two website hosting providers:
    iPower Hosting - “Pro Plan”: $3.95/pm (Sale Price @ time of writing). free domain name. unlimited webspace. unlimited bandwidth - I am an affiliate.
    And Easyspace - “Starter Hosting”: £2.25/pm (@ time of writing). free domain name. 500MB webspace. unlimited bandwidth - I am an affiliate.
    Both iPowerweb and Easyspace are continually running sales promotions and are very competitive with their pricing and services.
  • If you can’t afford to pay and are looking for a free website I heartily recommend WordPress.com; then later if you want to upgrade it’s only $99.00/pa for free domain name or domain mapping. 10GB webspace. unlimited bandwidth. No Ads - of course! VideoPress plugin. Employing a freelancer to design a wordpress site for you is a good idea if you can afford the ’small’ investment. The band PRIMER use Wix.com which is free and typical of a free web hosing provider - easy to use! You can upgrade Wix to “Unlimited”: £7.76/pm (best value @ time of writing). free domain name. 2.5GB webspace. unlimited bandwidth. No Ads. $125 worth of vouchers. SEO pack. Bloody good value.
  • Focus On Your Objective “To make your website famous in a weekend.” WTF does that mean - getting a whole load of visitors in one sudden rush then nothing but ignominy? Or maybe it’s not a short term quick fix surge of frenzied traffic, possibly it’s the start of something that’s going to take a lot longer than the weekend! Yeah, that’s it; realistic website promotion is always a multi-disciplined, long-term effort - actually there’s no magic bullet. You’ve still got to set your goal though - perhaps it’s “to get my name out there”? - that’s your name, not mine, haha :p
    This Weekend We Are Going To Drive Traffic Your Website :) How’s that? O.K., no distractions then, it’s going to take all weekend.
  • Create a plain text file on your computer to Keep Notes [important].
  • You are going to need some Online Resouces, so, sign up to:
    • MailChimp - a free email marketing and email list manager that allows you to design, send and track HTML email campaigns - Also think about Constant Contact, they’ve a 60-Day free trial offer - brilliant for email marketing.
    • Google Alerts - emails sent to you when Google finds new results (i.e. on websites, blogs etc.) that match your search term (i.e. your band’s name, album title and your genre e.g. indie folk rock); so you can monitor the Web and find out what is being said about your band.
    • Google Analytics - so you can evaluate your progress. Keep track of your website’s statistics and social analytics.
    • Google Adsense - so you can evaluate your progress finacially.
    • Google FeedBurner - for spreading the word!
    • SiteTrail - find sites you find interesting and compatible with yours and “trail” them. Then see an aggregated news stream of all the sites you’re trailing - interesting and helpful!
    • WordPress.com - get a free blog (even if you can host one yourself on your own website).
  • If you’re not, you should be on, so sign up to (before you sign up you should visit namecheckr the social username availability checker):
  • Read: The Most Frequently Found Website Promotion Mistakes
  • BTW, keep up-to-date with the latest Band Promotion Ideas Subscribe to the Band Promotion Blog

Bon nuit mon ami

The Primary folk rock band © ThePrimary

Saturday

Morning :) Today is all about getting ready for the big push on Sunday.

Just to get it out of the way and because I know your thinking it, the fastest way to make your website famous is to generate lots of incoming links from important and busy websites that are related to your website’s subject matter, i.e. the indie folk rock scene.

However, we’re not going to spend all weekend building links. We are going to: create the right environment that will satisfy your target audience. then point your potential fan towards your website. Your visitors will keep returning and become fans if they are continually entertained (so it’s an ongoing thing). Your hit count will improve with the quality and quantity of Content, in combination with the quality and quantity of Incoming Links, and Time - it’s not all going to happen overnight!

  • Do some tests on your website to see how it’s standing (IMPORTANT: take notes):
    1. W3C HTML Validation - check the HTML
    2. css validation - check the cascading style sheets
    3. PageRank - has a number of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools, including: ‘keyword density analyzer’, for determining the optimum keyword density for your web page. ‘related keywords’ enables you to identify related keywords and search terms that are closely related to your website and shows an estimate of their monthly search volume. ’search engine simulator’ displays a simulated view of how a web page would be seen by the search engines; it shows you only text that search engines can read - Very Handy For Bands. ’search engine saturation’ shows the number of pages a given search engine has in its index for your website.
    4. Submit Express - This handy tool is a meta tags analyzer, SEO analyzer, website load time checker, keyword density checker and more…

    O.K. then make the appropriate important changes.

  • Check your TITLE tag (in head), the DESCRIPTION meta tag and the KEYWORDS meta tag. If you don’t understand, read Band promotion for unsigned bands, then shoot me an email for more help.
  • Check that your band’s website loads quickly (Google PageSpeed also Submit Express), is in character for your genre, is entertaining, has a purpose and offers an easy mailing list and or newsletter sign up - get some outside opinions.
  • Find about 20 keywords and key-phrases that best describe your band and its genre; think about what your potential fans will search for - for example it could be your: genre indie folk rock, location CheongJu South Korea, favourite venue Club Freebird Hongdae, Seoul, album Beneath The Tide, song titles Faith Healer, Head In The Door… etc., then add them to your website (think SEO) - you’re being found for something else in the search engines other than your band’s name and that’s something V.important.
  • Unify your web presence creating a simple, bold and easy to recognize: avatar or logo, banner image, flyers - think branding, consistency and identity.
  • Make the changes to your website - it should take all morning! Double check image ‘alt’ tags and anchor link ‘title’ tags are correct, it will help with SEO.
  • To host your own blog use, WordPress.org - free blog software, easy to install, loads of free templates and plugins. BTW, WordPress.org is for downloading wordpress to your website; the WordPress.com version is a blog hosted free by WordPress!
  • Add these plugins?:
    • Trackable Social Share Icons - enables your readers to easily share posts on social networks, i.e. Facebook and Twitter.
    • Google Analyticator - adds code to enable Google Analytics.
    • Googlyzer - a handy dashboard for viewing Google Analytics data without leaving the WordPress Admin console.
    • Twitter Badge Widget - for displaying tweets from a specific twitter user.
    • AddThis - a widget like ‘Trackable Social Share Icons’.
  • Tony, you have got a very distinctive avatar, but does it conjure up the aura of your band’s genre? Don’t, Ever, use Twitter’s default avatar, that comes over as being really, really pathetic.
  • Use your band’s name as your Twitter name! Obvious!
  • Always include your location. Where you live can be seen as a selling point; it’s certainly essential information for booking agents - think about your geographics, locality is important.
  • Use your index.html page’s Description meta tag to write an intriguing Twitter profile bio that describes your band in fewer than 160 characters. Add it to Twitter. Everyone who visits your profile will read this, but more importantly, everyone who’s thinking about following you will read it too.
  • Include a link to your Website, not to your Facebook page. If you haven’t got a ‘real’ website, get a free Wordpress blog and use that as your band’s website. Promote your website first over social media profiles; and think about which way the traffic flows to and from your website.
  • Prepare a list of approximately 20 sentences (140 characters) focusing on Your Band’s lifestyle to help trigger a discussion tomorrow - be elegant.
  • Create an email list or database of fans, friends and family using MailChimp. Especially target those within your locale - a group of five should easily be able to assemble a legitimate mailing list of about 400 (ask people first), aim for around 1,500 - 2,000 subscribers - a 2000 subscriber email-shot should be free!
  • Draw up a list of people to approach, for a small, hands-on and dedicated ‘Promotion Team’ (superfans only) that can work both online and offline - a proactive and knowledgable ‘E/street’ team can really help to increase your fan base. Send them an email asking for help.
  • Keep a record of what you are doing by creating a link directory - it’s another one of those plain text files.
  • Add your band’s website to: ODP - Open Directory Project - the most comprehensive human-reviewed directory of the web. It’ll take a little time to get listed, but it will help with your search engine ranking and you’ll get more traffic.
  • Link to your website from all of your social media networking profile pages: Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm, ReverbNation, Wordpress, YouTube…
  • Search for blogs who write about your genre: ‘indie folk rock‘. Join. Contribute unselfishly, don’t talk about yourselves - your link will be included when you leave a comment :)
  • Search for 30 genre and lifstyle related websites: ‘south korean indie rock band‘. Take notes.

The Primary folk rock band © ThePrimary

Sunday

Mornin’. No chatter. Let’s get goin’.

  • Write a 500 words article about the style of your music to put on to your website’s blog (if you’ve only got a wordpress.com one, post it there). Blogging regularly will really get you thinking about your subject and enable you to talk extensively about your music - share generally.
  • Write a 300 words blog post (for wordpress.com) showcasing the brilliance of your fans, include photographs. A great way to get fans involved with your band and get them talking - share on FaceBook.
  • Ping when you post - WordPress supports automatic pingbacks (a type of linkback method) where all links in a published article are pinged when the article is published. It’s an easy way to reach out to other blogs when you post.
  • Add your band’s blog to local search – for more inf. see: Google+ Local Help - if you really want to target local traffic.
  • Find a band’s blog that is enthusiastic and compatible with your band’s lifestyle and genre. Join in, support their community and share generally. Don’t spam them, it’s all about the community, not you. I would say this is the most time consuming task this weekend.
  • Using Twitter Search, search for genre related bands. Follow and or engage in conversation. Make a note of their ID: @BandPromotion. You can search Twitter by using Google (folk rock band Twitter via Google) for some interesting results.
  • Follow other bands followers (that’s why you made a note of their ID, so you can come back to this one) - I think that it’s important to only follow people who have the same high Twitter standards and code of behavior that you do. Firstly that means, a full and expressive profile, for instance: no lazy egg head twitter avatars, a real avatar is a must. a username that’s identifiable. they ’should’ (but it’s definitely not essential) live in or around the same location as you, don’t forget, only local people will come to your gigs. a bio (and tweeting record) that gives an indication of their approval for your genre. a link to a real website or better still a blog (local music bloggers are a prize catch). Don’t be tempted to go down the, ‘Follow.Unfollow.Repeat’ road.
  • Tweet ONE link to your “new” website, announcing your changes. Then get back into conversation with people asking them about their interests.
  • I assume each member of the band has a Twitter account? Well plus one for the band, in The Primary’s case, that’s 6 Twitter accounts! Using the pre-prepared tweets, interact with each other and get into conversation, drawing in other bands use #hashtags. Do this activity throughout the day.
  • DON’T SEND UNSOLICITED EMAILS - NEVER SPAM
  • Create a short 4 line signature for the bottom of each email you send - include: Your name. band’s name. phone number. URL. email address. a 40 character strapline. Add it to your email client or by using your email list and marketing manager dashboard. Make it look attractive
  • Email your superfans, friends and family (on your mailing list) to join you on all your main social networking platforms, and ask them to evangelise via: Email, FB Likes, Retweets, Tagging, Commenting and Sharing. Provide them with interesting material so they can talk about your band, lifestyle and genre.
  • Email 20 ‘local’ websites that fit-in with your genre and lifestyle; ask to swap links - they could be local charities, record shops, cafes, pubs, clubs, venues…
  • Create a simple plain text (or nearly plain) newsletter using MailChimp (or the like). Announce your updated website and talk about your blog posts. Tell them about your incentive (that hook you brainstormed).
  • Got a newsworthy event for Press Release worth publishing? It will boost your popularity and web traffic for a limited time only, but it could be very well worth it! I recommend (UK) PRWeb’s Basic Press Release Package at about £40. They say, “The basic package allows you to attach your website, provide contact information so those interested can find out more about your business, and chose two regional targets so you can focus in on your market.”
  • Referencing the link directory you made yesterday, contact and link. For linking also think networking and for networking think conversations. So that’s, get into deep and meaningful conversation with all those new people - and don’t forget to hook up with them on their favourite social media network.

That’s it - Good Night. If you’ve got any specific questions, please feel free to ask and I’ll do my best for you. GOOD LUCK Tony :)

Written by Ian Robson
IanUnsigned Band Promotion help musicians and artists to get their websites noticed by fans, search engines and the music industry in half the time they could do it on their own. Find UBP on and Twitter. Ian has been working on website promotion techniques since 1994.

May 26, 2012

Target Fan Profile Checklist

Filed under: Band Promotion, Marketing — ian @ 1:25 pm

I have already posted this information in: How To Take Your Band To The Next Level Online, but I thought it was worth a posting by itself!

Target Fan Profile Checklist

From your 10 true fans (who tend come to gigs) and 10 other loyal fans, create a target fan profile of your ideal fan by investigating their similarities. Use social media and the art of conversation to extract the information, you will soon build up an intimate understanding of your target fan :) Here are a few ideas:

  • Where do they live, is location important to you? Postcode information can be helpful!
  • Do they live in a little village or a big city?
  • Where do they hang out? Birds of a feather flock together ;)
  • What about climate, is that an issue?
  • Age (average & range 25 - 60), sex (males% females%) and marital status?
  • Occupation and education? Income is difficult to acquire!
  • And other demographic factors like, habits, attitudes, tastes and moral standards?
  • What is their fashion style? Where do they buy their clothes?
  • What is your target fan’s general personality like?
  • Their behaviour and life-style choises, do they buy their music from iTunes and listen to it on their iPhone?
  • How do they normally listen to music?
  • Are they consistently active users of social media, do they have a favourite like twitter?
  • How many friends/followers have they got?
  • If they work, are they on the net at lunchtime, what time, when?
  • When (what time of day) are they active on social media?
  • What type of internet connection are they using?
  • When you release a new album, are they excited - in what form do they buy it?
  • How did they find out about your band?
  • Is there a third party online/off-line who recommended them?
  • Do they look for and talk about other independent blues bands?
  • Are they listening to and following other blues bands? - who are they?
  • Are they knowledgeable champions of blues music?

May 21, 2012

The Refinements - @therefinements ska band London #BandPromotion

Filed under: Band Promotion — ian @ 1:14 pm

The Refinements ska tribute band London

Chris and Rich from the The Refinements contacted me last week looking for a link from UBP’s link page. I’m not really keeping that page up-to-date, so, I thought I do a little blog post about them :)

The Refinements are a six piece ska tribute band band from London who, according to their blurb, play unadulterated two tone from the likes of Madness, The Selecter, Bad Manners, The Beat and The Specials. Band members are: Alan - vox. Anthony - bass. Chris - keys. Paco - sexy Sax. Rich - drums. Sean - guitar. Who’s the bird on the trumpet? Judging from their videos, they put on a polished and professional performance that is totally upbeat and absolutely British mod culture - Brilliant :)

The Refinements have played functions, parties, festivals, pubs and clubs accross the country from Farmyard Party Festival (Yorkshire), to The Banbury Club (Birmingham) and The Poison Bar (Basingstoke). And they have a long list of testimonials from the likes of Ronnie Barbour at BBC Three Counties Radio who says The Refinements are, “Fantastic… Magnificent.” …True, they are.

Hook-up on Twitter: @therefinements

May 17, 2012

Run To Me @RunToMeMusic #BandPromotion

Filed under: Band Promotion — ian @ 6:57 pm

Run To Me alternative rock pop-punk band from Bracknell Forest, Berkshire

I was recently introduced to a young local alt. rock pop-punk band called Run To Me. The band members: Adam Blake - vox, rhythm guitar. Charlie Wescombe - drums. Josh Poole - bass guitar. Danny Harvey - lead guitar. all hail from the Bracknell Forest area of Berkshire.

I was very struck by how much I gelled with their sound, it reminded me of another band. Thinks. Yep, then it came to me; I think Run To Me sound a little like my good friends Menendez who are a post rock band from Farnborough!

Compare Menendez’s Beef Jerky (whos opening line is "Come To Me" - Spooky) to Run To Me’s Too Late To Pretend, see video:

Visit Run To Me on the Internet

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Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
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ReverbNation
EP on BandCamp

Good Luck Guys

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May 8, 2012

Promote Your Band On Somebody Else’s Back

Filed under: Band Promotion, Marketing — ian @ 10:24 pm

PUNKS NOT DAD on spreadshirt
On Spreadshirt & @PunksNotDad

I was talking with Dan, a friend, about making money from his band’s website - which is in desperate need of updating BTW amigo ;) This is what I basically said during our conversation, “Dan, the main factor in making money from your band’s website is getting loads of incoming traffic; selling stuff from your website is a numbers game, the more visitors you get, the better the chance of a favourable outcome. Successful ecommerce websites also attract repeat visitors - as first time visitors often don’t buy. It’s quite easy to get the visitors to return by giving them high quality, relevant content and by creating the right environment; yeah, it really is that simple! Then it’s just a matter of constantly fine-tuning and updateding your website until you get a decent level of sales.”

“Of course you’ve got to have something to sell other than your music; T-shirts are a very popular product, and they’re a good way to advertise your band at the same time; Rachel should be able to come up with a brilliant design. The Eton T-shirt Company 60 High Street, Eton, Berkshire, SL4 6AA, are a good local T-shirt printing and design company! They said to me that they’d print short runs to keep the cost down. Sales can be made from your website by using PayPal. A couple of online T-shirt companies that make it easy to set up an online store are CafePress.co.uk and Spreadshirt.co.uk.”

I would recommend Spreadshirt. Oi Dan, PUNKS NOT DAD is my featured band’s T-shirt shop :) …actually it’s easy to create an attractive shop like theirs with Spreadshirt.

spreadshirt on youtube
Spreadshirt’s YouTube Channel

Spreadshirt’s YouTube Channel is worth a gander, some of it’s in French and German, but there is English too! I think the main advantages with using this type of online store Dan, is that there are no costs, it’s free to get up and running :) they offer an extensive range of quality apparel - no to be sniffed at - and most importantly, Spreadshirt handles the processing, customer service, payments and shipping, meaning, the only thing you’ve got to do is the initial setup. I’d also recommend that you run the shop using Spreadshirt’s platform (i.e. YourBandName.spreadshirt.co.uk - you don’t have to have your own website people), it’s easy to create a distinctive look and feel by adding your own header and footer graphics.

Go on Dan, open your own free online T-shirt shop now! NOTE: go to nav. tab SELL then Open a Shop for more information on their website - Let me know how you get on and I’ll give you a shout out - Good Luck :)

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May 3, 2012

16 gig and ticketing resources for the independent music community

Filed under: Music Marketing, Band Promotion — ian @ 4:39 pm

london gigs, music & venues

Where To Post Your Gig Dates & Gig Resources

Playing live gigs is very important for music marketing

  1. BBC Music Going Out goto [IN YOUR AREA]: the latest music news, reviews and features in your area. Plus: BBC 6 Music - Gigs. [UK]
  2. Alive® entertainment guides are a series of monthly local and regional multi-media magazines, published continuously since 1993 and providing unrivalled free coverage of a wide range of entertainment and leisure persuits for Young and Young Middle Aged (Y/YMA) readers.
  3. Aloud.com Online tickets.
  4. Ents24 Tickets UK entertainment guide, covering live music, comedy, theatre, shows and days out.
  5. Gig Events Guide UK The free online Gig Events Guide is provided to enable the independent music industry to advertise their UK gigs or events.
  6. Gig Guide Ltd UK Gigs, band listings and music information… it’s got the lot!
  7. GigMaven Streamlines the booking process for musicians and venues. [USA]
  8. GigsWiz A ticketing company for venues and promoters that pays artists to promote ticket sales online, providing instant and seamless updating and synchronization across all social media platforms. (UBP: a bit of an annoying website, sorry guys!)
  9. Lemonrock a dynamic live music gig guide updated directly by 1000s of bands, artists and venues.
  10. London Gigs they’ve got a big list of London venues.
  11. National Gig Guide for live music gigs and events across the UK.
  12. NME.COM :)
  13. Rave Magazine Publish your press releases, gig listings, classified ads and more…. all for FREE!
  14. SplitGigs a social network that helps emerging bands or musicians find gigs to play, through a simple but highly effective idea: the "SplitGig" i.e. I let your band play at my gig, then you return the favor by letting my band play at your gig.
  15. Ticketometer Lets concert organizers create shows that only take place if a minimum number of tickets are sold. Propose a concert first and book it after selling tickets – the audience has your back. [USA]
  16. Tourdates A gig listing website for signed and unsigned bands.

April 3, 2012

UK Musician Forums

Filed under: website promotion, Band Promotion — ian @ 6:50 pm

UKmusicianForums
UKmusicianForums

An interesting NEW forum for UK based musicians - Give it a whirl :)

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