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What Are Your “Can’t Miss” Panels @SXSW 2015? [Shameless Plugs Allowed]

Sxsw-2015SXSW can be is overwhelming.  But in addition to a lot of great music, there is also a great deal of important information and advice being shared. What panels are on your "can't miss" list at SXSW 2015?

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In the comments section below, share with your fellow Hypebot readers what panels and events are on your "have to attend" list.  And don't worry if you're one of the speakers on the panel you're recommending.  Good is good and we want to know about it.

Save your music recommendations for now.  We'll open a thread for those later in the week.

What Are Your "Can't Miss" Panels @ SXSW 2015? 



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  1. Definitely things that help artists make their tours more profitable like: Tour Merch: The Most Overlooked Revenue in Music
    5 merch industry pros will spill their secrets about what works (and what doesn’t) in merchandising!

  2. Our friends at Bandzoogle are @ SXSW with some great panels:
    Band Website Extreme Makeover Part 1: Demolition Derby
    Wednesday, March 18
    2:00PM – 3:00PM
    Artist Central in Ballroom E (Austin Convention Center)
    Live critiques of band websites! In this interactive session, bands submit their websites for review, then each site’s design, organization, content and functionality will be assessed. How does the website fit with the band’s overall online strategy? How successfully does it achieve their goals? Reviews will be ruthless and diplomacy left aside, but everyone in attendance will learn how to improve their websites. Plus, one winner will be chosen to have their website redesigned and used for part 2 of this session on how to build an effective band website!
    If you’d like to have your site reviewed by the panel, we’re welcoming early website submissions through dcool[at], subject line: Band Website Extreme Makeover.
    Band Website Extreme Makeover Part 2: How to Build a Stunning Website Yourself
    Saturday, March 21
    12:30PM – 1:30PM
    Artist Central in Ballroom E (Austin Convention Center)
    Using a website chosen during part 1 of this session, our experts will explain how they gave it a fresh redesign and rebuilt it according to best practices. This panel will show musicians how to create an effective website that will impress new visitors, keep fans engaged, get people signed up to their mailing list, and shopping from their online store. The panel will discuss how a band’s website should be organized, what content needs to be included, how it should be designed, and what mistakes to avoid.

  3. Actionable advice for music entrepreneurs – managers, publishing administrators, magazine/blog editors, marketing pros, indie labels, artists + more – in the Bootstrapping for Music Entrepreneurs panel happening 3/18 @ 11 AM –
    This is for you if…
    -You’re one to three years in to your music business
    -Figuring out how to turn your music biz into your full-time job and make money
    -Thinking about growth and wondering what the next steps are

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