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May 24, 2011

One Way to Help Joplin, MO, Tornado Victims

I was all set to send a funny email yesterday.

It was going to be about how the world didn't end on Saturday, but your ability to join the Music Marketing Mentorship Program was truly ending May 24, etc.

All that changed when I started hearing reports Monday morning about the unthinkable devastation in Joplin, MO, on Sunday.

Joplin is about four hours away on the other side of Missouri from where I live in St. Louis. I wanted to do something to help.

So I created a video Monday afternoon about the new deadline for the program -- and a way you can help the good people of Joplin.

Please take a moment to watch it now.

In fact, I've expanded this fund-raising effort and will send a portion of all sales from my website this entire week to the Joplin, MO, disaster relief effort.

Again, watch the new video and see some of the bonus incentives I've added to entice you to join. You really do get an amazing collection of music resources when you get with the program by the deadline.

Whether or not you join or purchase something from me this week, I hope you consider helping those in need. Here's a page at MSNBC filled with many ways to help in Joplin.

Be safe, and count your blessings!

-Bob

P.S. The new deadline to join 3MP has been extended to Noon EST on Wednesday, May 25. I hope you decide to join this great group of proactive musicians, managers, and promoters ... before I close it to new members.
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May 18, 2011

5 Facebook Music Fan Page Mistakes

Last week I posted a new video called The 5 Biggest Facebook Fan Page Screw-Ups. It generated nearly 2,000 views in its first week. Since it's such a popular topic, I thought I'd post an updated text version here on the blog ...

Facebook. You already know it's the most prominent social media site on the planet.

You probably also know that, in addition to having a personal profile for yourself as a person, you can also create a "fan page" for your band, your music company, or yourself as an artist — or anything else for that matter.

Having a Facebook fan page can be a great promotional tool. But like any tool, it can be used ... or abused. In this post I will focus on the most common blunders as I walk you through the "5 Biggest Facebook Music Fan Page Mistakes."

Here we go ...

Big Mistake #1
Not Claiming a Customized URL

When you first create a new fan page on Facebook, it gives you a funky web page that reads something like Facebook.com/pages/lkzvf09786e3r0pu-ie3r3658

Not very user friendly or easy to remember. The good news is, you can create a customized address for your fan page, such as face.com/yourbandname. Here's how:

When you are logged in to Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/username. Then follow the instructions to create a custom URL. For example, mine is www.facebook.com/bobbakerfanpage.

Important note: As I understand it, you need to have more than 25 people "like" your fan page before it will allow you to claim a custom URL. So if you just created your page, you'll need to drum up at least some fans before you are extended this privilege.

Big Mistake #2
Engaging Only in One-Way Communication

Many artists make the mistake of using their fan page as a place to make announcements — and that's it. So you see a lot of updates along the lines of "I'm playing here Sat night," "My new album available now on iTunes," or "We just got reviewed in this magazine."

That's cool stuff worth sharing, but it's not very engaging. So think more in terms of a two-way conversation. One simple way to do that is to simply ...

Ask your fans for feedback!

On a regular basis, ask questions on your fan page: "What should we play at our next show?" "How should we celebrate the singer's birthday next week?" "Which of these three songs do you like best?"

Also, show your personality. Share your sense of humor and quick wit (assuming you possess these qualities, of course). Make your updates lively and engaging — not just dry announcements.

So ... Ask, ask, ask! Show your personality. Make it a two-way conversation.

Big Mistake #3
Not Responding to Comments

Okay, so you took my advice and you are posing questions and asking for feedback. And people are responding on your page. Great. Now what?

You must acknowledge them!

When people take the time to leave a meaningful comment on your fan page, you will create a lot of good will by commenting back. At the very least, click the "like" link related to the comment, which will appear in that person's list of notifications.

Find some way to acknowledge that you saw and appreciate the comment!

Big Mistake #4
Always Promoting and Selling

Nothing turns off a fan more than a constant barrage of sales messages (and this is coming from a guy who sends out a lot of sales messages :-) Use your fan page status updates to communicate with your fans — not just promote to them. Share interesting stories and links, new music, and other cool things you have done or discovered that they might be interested in.

A good motto to keep in mind is "Share and serve, don't always sell." Memorize that!

Big Mistake #5
Never Selling

On the opposite end of the spectrum from Always Selling is ... Never Selling. And this is a major screw-up too. Some creative types are so worried about being perceived as greedy or pushy that they never make people aware they have stuff for sale — they never give fans the opportunity to support them financially.

Don't screw up in this area too!

So, while you're delivering value, asking questions, engaging with your fans, and interacting with them ... don't forget to make them aware of the cool things you have for sale. Don't go overboard with sales pitches, but don't shy away from them entirely either. Strike a balance.

Give your fans an opportunity to help and support you!

There you have it ... The 5 Biggest Facebook Music Fan Page Mistakes.

Which mistakes are you making (or avoiding)?

I welcome your thoughts in the comments section below.

-Bob
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