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Music marketing ideas for DIY artists, managers, promoters and music biz pros


October 28, 2010

FREE Music Marketing Tip Sheet - And Your Opinion Wanted

I want to give you a free six-page digest of great music marketing tips and news from the past week. You can download and print the PDF right now using this link.

No opt-in required. Just download these free promotion tips and start using them.

What's included in these six pages?
  • Trent Reznor's Advice for Up-and-Coming Artists and Bands
  • 10 YouTube (and Online Video) Tips & Tricks
  • Holiday Music Marketing Angles That Will Grab Attention
  • 19 Effective Twitter Update Ideas
  • Engage Your Fans with These Simple Online Tools
  • Breaking News About the New MySpace
Why am I giving you this?

There is a good reason, and I really want your direct input about it.

As you may know, I spend a lot of time scouring the Internet every day looking for the latest news, info and best practices on music marketing for independent artists.

A lot of those links I post on Twitter, Facebook, and other social sites. But even if you follow me on these sites, I bet you miss a lot of them.

Plus, who's got the time (like I do) to obsess about these things and sift through the avalanche of new marketing blog posts, articles, podcasts, videos and more that are posted every day?

After all, you need to spend time writing songs, rehearsing, recording, booking your next gig, and making sure your equipment is maintained. Not to mention eating, sleeping and ... Whew! The list goes on and on.

So here's my idea ...

What if I created a regular digest of the best new music promotion ideas, breaking news, success stories, highly useful marketing tips, and more?

It would basically be my top picks for the best of the best every week -- probably delivered four times a month as a PDF file like this one.

I'd also throw in some of my more in-depth articles along with some from my favorite authors and marketing bloggers.

My question to you is ... Would a Music Marketing Digest like this be of interest to you?

And would you be willing to pay a modest fee for it?

It takes a lot of time (many hours a week, believe me) to research this stuff and then package it in this format. So enough people would have to step up to the plate and be willing to invest a small amount to make this happen.

(I'm only talking about $10 a month per person. Anyone can afford that. But would YOU be willing to actually click the "Subscribe" button?)

Please do this:
If you are interested, send an email to MrBuzzFactor A-T Gmail DOT C*O*M (please rearrange those gobbled-up letters into a proper email address) with the words "Music Marketing Digest YES" in the subject line.

I'll put you on a special list of music people who want the Digest, and if the demand is sufficient, you'll be the first to know when I launch it.

Thanks for reading this free sample of my proposed Music Marketing Digest and hearing me out.

-Bob

P.S. I hope this works out for both of us, because I would love to create this for you on a regular basis. But I have to know that enough people want it and see the value. So let me know if you are one of them!
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October 25, 2010

Get Your Name in My Next Book: "Guerrilla Music Marketing Online"

Kathleen Gage called it "One of the most creative book launches I have seen."

She is talking about what I started doing last week, when I opened the door to a way my readers and supporters can get their name in my next book -- and start reading it now!

What's all this then?

I'm about to publish my 8th paperback book. It's the third title in my "Guerrilla Music Marketing" series.

And I'm offering a way for you to get your name in it ... and also be part of a select Advanced Group to start reading it now and give me feedback that will make the final version (due January 2011) even better.

This newest title is called "Guerrilla Music Marketing Online" -- and I think it
will be my best resource to date.

I won't bore you with the details here. So go to the official Guerrilla Music Marketing Online page to learn more.

-Bob

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October 21, 2010

Door-to-Door Musician: An Inspiring Story!

Last week I received an email from a Canadian named John Ioannou. The message opened this way:

"Hi Bob. Here's a true story about a musician, his dream, and proof that opportunity knocks!"

I was on the verge of closing the email to read later, but something prompted me to continue. I'm glad I did.

I've often reminded aspiring musicians that there are many paths to success. There are no guarantees. What works well for one artist often will not work at all for another.

And some of the things that end up working seem so outlandish (and even foolish) at first glance. Such was the case with John's story.

The message continued ...

"There's a really talented kid named Scotty James who attended high school in Canada and decided after graduation that music would be his full-time job.

"Armed with only a guitar and a dream, Scotty humbly has been going door to door to people's homes busking for cash - ten bucks a song to raise money for his first album."



"He came to our house on August 27 late in the evening to play. I was a bit skeptical at first, but gave him a listen and paid the ten bucks. The kid honestly blew me away - unique voice and some of the catchiest songs. I was hooked. I told him I run a music company and admire his hard work."

John met with Scotty a few days later and told him he would be interested in working with him. But ... Scotty had to take on three challenges:

Challenge 1 - Take Nelly's popular hip-hop song "Just a Dream," do an acoustic version of it, and give it the Scotty James sound. Here's what Scotty came up with:



Challenge 2 - Go up to random girls at universities/colleges, sing to them and record it on video. John wanted to see their reaction to Scotty and his music. Here's what happened that day:



Challenge 3 - Go up to random people and sing to them on a city bus.



John continues ...

"On September 23, less than a month after Scotty James first knocked on my front door, we met with a record producer. Scotty is now in the studio recording his debut album, called 'Crazy.' He met all of my challenges and for that I am paying to record his album."

John ends by saying "That's proof that opportunity really does knock!"

What actions are you taking to create your own musical opportunities?

-Bob
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October 12, 2010

Apple's New Artist & Band Guide to Ping

Amid all the stink raised from independent artists over the new iTunes Ping network, Apple just published an Artist Best Practices 1.0.

Read it below or on this page:



What do you think of Apple's new Ping guide? Do YOU find it helpful?

-Bob
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