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Tuesday
Sep102013

7 Music Marketing Truths ALL Musicians Should Know

Ever wondered why some super talented musicians don’t get the fanbase and recognition they ‘deserve’, while other not as talented musicians get a lot more exposure and seen in all the right places? Well while there could be a number of different reasons for this, one of the most common is that successful person’s ability to handle the business side of the music industry. More specifically, they probably know how to market themselves well.

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Monday
Sep092013

Beginners Guide To Using Soundcloud

Soundcloud is a free to use website for uploading audio, and all you need to start is your email address or the usual Facebook/Google sign in information. I’ve noticed using a separate email is easier for bands and producers than your personal Facebook account, but if you are just using Soundcloud to listen to music and maybe upload some amatuer things for your friends, then Facebook or Google could be the way to go.

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Saturday
Sep072013

MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: How To Make A Website Like Ed Sheeran, Case Study Part 1

Thursday
Sep052013

8 Effective Ways to Better Promote Your Next Release

There have been a whole bunch of revolutions lately. One of the ones I’m most excited about is the revolution in the area of recording gear and software. I think it’s really incredible how just in the past few years tools have evolved to the point where people like you and I can get REALLY great recordings on our own, in our own homes.

I think a lot of people are aware of this particular revolution and are really jumping on board, which is awesome! But there’s another revolution I want to talk about today that I think a lot of people are missing… and that’s the promotion revolution! Just like in the recording arena, there are tools that are now available to normal people like you and me that we can use to really effectively promote our music.

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Wednesday
Sep042013

How To Make A Music Website Like Ed Sheeran, Case Study Part 1

Hey guys, today I’m going to show you how to make a top music website which will allow you to better turn visitors into fans, capture their details for future contact, and effectively make more money from your music career. I’ve already show you how to set your site up from scratch, so I won’t be talking about that again (use that guide if you haven’t already got a music website). What I didn’t cover in that guide however, is how to structure your site to make the most of your visitors.

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Saturday
Aug312013

MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: How To Make It In The Music Industry - 4 Key Factors

Tuesday
Aug272013

Fonts and Branding: How Typography Affects Your Identity in the Music Industry

Typography plays a key psychological role in how people view your music. If you want to attract new fans and retain loyal ones, it’s important to consider your visual representation in print, online and everywhere in between. A picture says a thousand words, but people spend an extraordinary amount of time reading text.

A particular type of font can invoke a wide range of perceptions and emotions, ultimately creating an image of that particular artist. For example, handmade typography and decorative fonts help musical artists stand out from others and invoke a more personal, intimate image. Meanwhile, sans serif fonts, such as Helvetica, are essential for clean visual identities that rely on expert use of white space and simplistic styling elements.

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Monday
Aug262013

How To Make It In The Music Industry - 4 Key Factors

Important Note: This is not one of those guides with no substance that says “Work hard and you’ll achieve it”. Have a read to see what I feel you need to give yourself the best chance of success in the music industry. If you find it helpful, please share with other musicians and band members.
Shaun Letang.

Making it in the music industry isn’t an easy task at all. If anyone’s ever told you it would be, they were lying!

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Saturday
Aug242013

MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: 49 Ways To Get Free Music Promotion & More

Saturday
Aug242013

MusicThinkTank Community Manager Natalie Cheng Bids Farewell

image from up7.typepad.comNatalie Cheng, the dedicated longtime Community Manager of our sister publication MusicThinkTank has graduated and is moving on. I can’t thank her enough for all that she’s done for MTT and Hypebot. As she hits the pavement in search of a job, readers who run companies would be well served to contact her. Here is Natalie’s own goodbye:

Dear Hypebot and MusicThinkTank readers,

 Thank you for all your support of Hypebot and Music Think Tank. I have enjoyed reading your thoughts on the music industry, writing about interesting music apps like Uberlife and Listenup.fm, and discussing the future of the industry. I wanted to announce that I will be leaving my position as Community Manager of Music Think Tank and transitioning the role over to Laura. It’s been fun managing Music Think Tank and I’m very thankful for Bruce and Kyle for giving me this opportunity. I’m currently looking for entry level opportunities in digital marketing, social media, and in the music business.   

If you would like to contact me to chat about the music industry, social media, or any opportunities, please send me an email at: natalie.cheng88 at gmail.com.  

Thank you Bruce Houghton and Kyle Bylin for giving me the opportunity to work with Hypebot and Music Think Tank! Thanks to you all for reading Hypebot and Music Think Tank!

Sincerely,

 Natalie Cheng, MTT Community Manager (@ncswim881)

Thursday
Aug222013

Copy and Waste: Personalizing Artist Outreach for your Business Should Not be Optional! 

Earlier this week I received a typical inquiry in my inbox. We’ve all received these copy and pasted emails - where some poor soul is blasting out to artists just hoping for anyone to reply! I get them a lot and I also delete them A LOT. I usually am not compelled to say a word. But this time I thought maybe I’ll just give my 2 cents… this poor girl has not replied so either she is a robot with very little email response capabilities OR she rolled her eyes and moved on. Probably the latter!

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Tuesday
Aug202013

The Artist Side of Internet Radio and Audio

Our digital age has not made it easier for indie artists to get exposure; it’s only created more options to consider for reaching that end.

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Monday
Aug192013

49 Ways to Get Free Music Promotion

There’s no shortage of lists on how bands can get free music promotion, but I’d like to add one more. My hope is that this one is a bit more up to date, and shines light on some of the great free tools that have emerged in the past 2-3 years. If you have any other great tips for promoting music for free, feel free to add them in the comments below!

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Saturday
Aug172013

MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Your Music Career