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November 16, 2010

Engage Music Fans with These Simple Online Tools

If you've never asked your fans for their input using an online poll, you really should consider it. It's a great device to encourage interaction with the people who support you.

You can ask them to vote on:
  • Cover artwork for your next album
  • Songs you should include on your next album or EP
  • What part of the country you should tour next
  • Songs you should perform at your next show
  • What to get the bass player for his birthday
  • Their favorite flavor of ice cream (or some other lighthearted topic)
You get the picture. Use online polls and surveys to make more of a connection with your fans!

But what online polling service should you use?

A couple weeks ago I asked people on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and more. Here are the main results I got, combined with sites I've used. Most have both free and paid options:

SurveyMonkey
www.surveymonkey.com

Twtpoll
www.twtpoll.com

Zoomerang
www.zoomerang.com

SurveyGizmo
www.surveygizmo.com

Micropoll
www.micropoll.com

Wufoo
www.wufoo.com

Google Forms
http://docs.google.com/support/bin/topic.py?topic=15166

Action Step: Pick one of the services above, create a poll, and send it to your fans via email, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc.

-Bob

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posted by Bob Baker @ 9:10 AM   6 comments


6 Comments:

At Nov 17, 2010, 9:57:00 AM, Blogger Bob said...

And here's one more thought -- in order to ask fans their opinions, you need to "know who they are."

Direct-to-fan solutions like Nimbit (www.nimbit.com) can help you identify and market to your fans more easily, with tools like free track for email, etc.

Bob

 
At Nov 17, 2010, 10:57:00 AM, Blogger Toxic Sandwich said...

You could also arrange a video band to fan chat meeting on stickam as well

 
At Nov 18, 2010, 11:14:00 AM, Blogger Sara Lewis said...

i like this idea! i'm gonna try it. thanks for the tip. :)

-sara
www.myspace.com/saralewismusic
http://saralewis.bandcamp.com

 
At Nov 19, 2010, 12:21:00 PM, Anonymous Vic Stathopoulos said...

I think having the ability to poll listeners like what their favourite song is very important. I will check out the sites mentioned and add them to my blogs/tweet/facebooks. Thanks Bob for all your info and advice, your a star.

Vic Stathopoulos

 
At Dec 18, 2010, 6:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great ideas. I am using www.audiorokit.co.uk to create a band profile and find opportunities.

Anyway, I suggested to them that they include a gig listing section and a competition section so I can do some of these ideas .. we'll see if they do or not!

Great little post anyway, thanx.
Tim

 
At Jun 16, 2011, 6:57:00 AM, Anonymous Chris Rockett said...

Hey Bob,

One thing I have found that works really well is if you run a poll without announcing it as a poll.

So you would offer the fan a choice of 3 different tracks to download and the one that got the most action would be a good candidate for the title track on an album.

Love this post.

- Chris

 

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