Facebook launched on February 4, 2004. For those of you keeping score at home, that means it has been a part of our lives in one way, shape, or form for over a decade now. Facebook has gone from being a social media network accessible to a minimal number of college students, to the social media giant that it is today. I don’t know about you, but whenever I want to check out a new business or product, one of the first things I do is check Facebook to see if they have a page.
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I’ve had many a band come to me thinking they could overcome the one major factor that determines whether their band will be covered.
What’s that factor? Timing.
When you are unknown band, you are already faced with the major challenge of no one knowing who you are. As a result, you have to give extra benefits in them covering you. You need to stack as much as you can in your favor. And timeliness is the best way to do that.
Here’s a few ways you can maximize timeliness.
With more bands and artists going DIY since the revolution of the Internet, is the role of PR and publicity really still needed? The Internet has had a huge impact on the music industry. Bands and artists are now able to reach their fans more easily than they ever could before. But does this mean they can also manage their own publicity? Although the Internet has brought many benefits for bands and artists, unfortunately, it has also increased the competition. Anyone nowadays can call themselves a band or artist, and with affordable recording software, anyone can make music and upload it onto YouTube or SoundCloud. There are a lot of artists out there all vying for people’s attention. The real issue is how a band or artist can make their music stand out amongst a mist of noise.
Bands often come to me while they are in the studio with a clear idea they would like to release their album within a few months. However, without a finished product this is rarely a successful strategy. I’ve even seen a few bands announce their album release date on social networks and then have to retract that date, due to a variety of circumstances.
These are three reasons why you shouldn’t announce your release date before you have a finished product.
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(Updated January 13, 2016)