How To Keep Fans Engaged On Social Media Before A Show

1Engagement (particularly when it comes to social media) has become all the buzz for not only bands and artists looking to connect with fans, but also for the venues where those musicians perform. Here we look at six techniques venues can use to draw in music lovers.

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4 Instagram Best Practices For Musicians In 2019

1For those serious about their music career, dismissing Instagram as a casual photo sharing app can be hugely detrimental to your career. In the wake of Instagram's meteoric rise to become one of the top social media platform's, we look at four key practices for artists looking to capitalize on the service in 2019.

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Why We Need More (Quality) Music Journalism

1In this piece James Shotwell argues that, as music industry becomes increasingly crowded with artists, the need for more music journalists grows, and that social media's ability to fill this void is sorely lacking in the quality department.

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3 Steps To Effective YouTube Tags

1Something artists often neglect when posting videos to YouTube is proper tagging. This is unfortunate, as tagging is often what makes the most difference when it comes to your video being discovered by an unsuspecting future fan.

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Cardi B's Epic Trump Shutdown Rant Is Now A Song [LISTEN]

image from scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.comCardi B took to Instagram on Wednesday to express her righteous outrage over the longest government shutdown in history. "Now, I know a lot of y’all don’t care because y’all don’t work for the government or y’all probably have a job,' she said addressing Trump and Congress. "This s--- is really f---ing serious, bro, this s--- is crazy."

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Instagram Secret Menus, New Trends Decoded

InstagramIn this edition of Decoded, our fiends at AWAL look at the trends and hidden tricks shaping entertainment inside the Facebook owned and operated social media crown jewel that is Instagram.

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Instagram Enables Reposts To Multiple Accounts

image from lh3.googleusercontent.comInstagram has added the ability to publish posts to multiple accounts that you control at the same time. This limited regram feature is a small concession to the artists, influencers and marketers that have been pushing the social network to enable native reposting of content.

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How To Sell Out A Show [Kosha Dillz]

image from pbs.twimg.comIndie rapper Kosha Dillz does it all pretty much himself. There's no agent, no label and only occasional help with marketing. Despite those obstacles he's carved out a touring career thanks to his impressive hustle and some tips he shares here.

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Everybody Loses After Metal Band, Photographer Get Pissy Following Copyright Threat

1In yet another messy and unfortunate copyright squabble, Timothy Geigner here breaks down a recent incident in which a photographer's copyright threat levied at a metal band caused all parties involved to go full nuclear and end up with egg on their faces.

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Soundcloud Artist Services Team Offers 5 Tips To Jump-Start Your Music Career In 2019

image from openclipart.orgSoundcloud sees the most new music uploads during this January. So since it's the time for creators to refocus on growing and building their careers, Soundcloud's artist and label services team it offering its top 5 tips to“break through the noise" and kick-start a music career in 2019.

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Facebook Struggles To Explain Why It Gave Spotify, Netflix Access To Private Messages

image from sophosnews.files.wordpress.comFacebook ramped efforts to justify sharing private messages with Spotify and Netflix, after backlash from a New York Times investigation that revealed the social network had been sharing private data with select corporate partners for years.

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Spotify Responds To Facebook Private Data Controversy

Spotify new rectangleSpotify, Amazon, Apple and several dozen other major companies were exempted from Facebook privacy rules and given access to private user data, according to a New York Times report. Spotify was also reportedly given access to 70 million private messages each month. The social network has since largely confirmed the practice and now the streamer has responded.

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Ultimate Guide To Instagram Live For Musicians

2As if Instagram Stories weren't enough of a game changer, the popular photo sharing site's introduction of Instagram live is taking the music industry by storm. A slew of new data has revealed live video captures viewers attention far better than on-demand content or traditional blogs, meaning it's more valuable than ever for artists to harness this new medium.

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The Marketing Genius Of Indie Artist Heart Attack Man and What It Can Teach Others

1For artists, marketing music online has become a challenge. Traditional promotion avenues like blogs no longer provide the same opportunities, and so smart bands like Heart Attack Man are producing better, more interesting content to grab fan attention.

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Facebook Confirms Spotify Used Access To Private Messages, Other User Data

Facebook thumbs down[UPDATED] Spotify, Apple, Amazon and other companies were reportedly exempted from Facebook privacy rules and given more access to user data than the infamous Cambridge Analytica. Facebook has confirmed that Spotify also had access users’ private messages.

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Instagram Best Practices For Artists

1Instagram: currently the fastest growing social media platform, it's one of the most important tools when it comes to making a splash on social media, and variety of new perks and features mean it's become easier than ever to connect with your fans and stoke the growth of you fanbase, provided you follow these practices.

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Apple Music Shuts Artist-To-Fan Social Platform Connect, Redesigns Artists Pages, Radio

image from cdn.pixabay.comApple Music is shutting down its  Connect artist to fan social platform.  Apple's previous attempt at building a music focused social network, iTunes Ping, launched and shutters in months.

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How To Decide Where To Promote Your Music

1Although necessary, promoting your music is usually an pricey proposition. Social media platforms, however, provide a largely inexpensive, risk free space for artists to hawk their wares. But, as CD Baby's Chris Robley explains, this still requires a careful, measured approach in order to be successful.

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Art Of Asking: 5 Simple Ways To Engage Fans

1Communication is a two-way street, something which is just as true when it comes to the artist/fan relationship as any other. This means that, while it's important for artists to reach out to fans, they also need to be able to listen and get a sense of how fans are feeling.

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There's "nothing social anymore about Spotify," say Users

Spotify newSpotify is steadily becoming a less social service,  even as most social platforms from Facebook to TikToc are putting music front and center.  It's a contradiction that's not lost on some Spotify users.

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Audiobyte Raises $6M For Gifnote Music Gif App

GifnoteAudiobyte,  the parent company of Giftnote and Songbytes has completed a $6 million financing round led by Evolution. The company's apps create short licenced music plus graphics clips that can be shared in social and text messages.

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10 Tips For Growing Your SoundCloud Community

1Part of the main ethos behind SoundCloud which allows it to function is the idea of its users sharing and engaging with each other not just on a musical level, but also sharing common interests and ideas. As an artist, this can make for the perfect environment in which to build and grow a community of both fans and fellow creators.

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5 Things Missing From Most Musician Facebook Pages

1Chris Robley of CD Baby highlights the five things every artist must include on their Facebook page that are so frequently neglected. When it comes to your Facebook page, a first impression is likely the only impression you'll be able to make.

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7 Holiday Music Promotion Tips To Engage A Fanbase [ Cyber PR ]

7-holiday-promo-tips-2017-768x768Ariel Hyatt and hear team at CyberPR share 7 tactics to use to first activate any fan base around a holiday music promotion to build engagement or sales  – or both.

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How To Have A Long And Successful Career In Music

2Making a career in the music industry is no easy task, (just getting people to listen to your music in the first place is hard enough), but developing a sustainable career is even harder. That said, it is doable with the right strategy.

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What Happens When You Fake Social Media Numbers

1There have been a number of stories released in the past week covering a fake LA hard rock band created by a one Jared Threatin who purchased massive numbers of followers, views, and Facebook attendees only to, unsurprisingly, have the "real" tour go up in flames.

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Threatin's Fake News, Fake Fans and Fake Reality

2The rise of the streaming age has brought with it an  unsurprising uptick in artists attempting to game social media and streaming platforms in a less-than-honest approach to finding success in the music business. The "band" Threatin's faked fanbase and resulting failed tour has become perhaps the most extreme instances of this tactic.

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