Welcome to the fourth and final installment of “Work Like a Pro to Become a Pro,” a series by artist manager Budi Voogt designed to help artists work smarter on their music business so they can focus on what matters most: their music. Check out five tips to organize the business side of your music in Part 3, and read on below for five more web-savvy tips to save you time and grow your fanbase. 

This is the last part of my four part series for helping you learn how to better manage your band. If you haven’t read parts one, two and three, check them out now. This last post focuses on other ways to help musicians and managers streamline processes using online tools. The following five tech tips are meant to work hand-in-hand with my other recommendations and will help you work even smarter on your music business.

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New Twitter Profile Update: Let’s Get Visual

by Liz Moy on April 14, 2014

Sick of us talking about the importance of cover art yet? Prepare yourselves, here comes another one.

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ReverbNation artist Dylan Jenet Collins’ Twitter Page was one of the first to receive the update

This week, Twitter officially announced that it will be launching a brand-new design for their profiles. Well, brand-new is a stretch. As you can see from the examples below, the new Twitter design looks an awful lot like some other social networks. The good news is, you can repurpose content – like your big, beautiful cover photos from your Facebook and ReverbNation profiles – on your freshly designed Twitter profile.

Some of the updates include:

  • A larger profile photo (max size 700k)
  • A large cover photo (max size 1500 px wide)
  • Best Tweets: Tweets with more engagement will appear larger
  • Pinned Tweet: You can now pin one of your tweets to the top of your page (Like Facebook’s ‘Pin-to-top’ Feature we covered in this post)
  • Filtered Tweets: You can choose which timeline to view when checking out other profiles. Select from these options: Tweets, Tweets with photos/videos, or Tweets and replies

You can read more of the details on Twitter’s blog, and check out a first-look at the new design from Mashable. Ultimately, the new design provides more opportunities for your fans to get a feel of you visually, possibly before they ever hear your music. Make sure you have great-looking high resolution photos or artwork on your pages to make a great first impression.

The new features, like best tweets and filtered tweets, can also be used to save you time when looking through your feed and engaging with fans. If you’re a DIY or Indie artist who handles all of your own social media and marketing efforts, be sure to check out these features to figure out how to make them work for you.

Another great way to use the pinned tweet feature, is to pin your most important tweets to the top of the page. It could be details about your latest album release, an upcoming show you’re playing or anything else you need your fans to know. That way you can continue to post real-time updates without worrying about your most important news getting lost in feeds.

Check out a few pages from musicians who have already gotten the update below.

Need more ideas for social media success? Make sure you sync your social media sites to your ReverbNation page. This will help you add fans, track your status and update your statuses with links to your music right from your ReverbNation profile. Click here to sync now.

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Weezer’s Twitter Page

 

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John Legend’s Twitter Page

Welcome to part three of “Work Like a Pro to Become a Pro,” a four part series by artist manager Budi Voogt designed to help artists work smarter on their music business so they can focus on what matters most: their music. Get tips to improve your communication in Part 2, and read on below for a few tips on getting your business in order.

When you’re an independent artist who’s busy touring, recording and writing music it can be hard to keep track of everything on the business side of things. It’s tedious work, but keeping track of your money, contacts, venues you’ve played, invoices, paperwork and more can save you time in the long run.

Here’s some practical tips to create order from all the numbers, files and papers and people.

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Are Photography and Cover Art Important for Musicians?

April 10, 2014

As musicians, you spend most of your time writing and performing music that you hope will set you apart from the rest. Sometimes, you spend so much time focusing on music, that other important pieces that can help you get discovered are forgotten. One of the most important – and often forgotten – elements of your [...]

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Matthew Griswold Gets Licensing Opportunities with APM Music and BMI through ReverbNation

April 7, 2014

Ever wonder what it takes to get a song licensed for TV or a commercial? We caught up with Matthew Griswold, ReverbNation artist since 2007, and got a few insights. Matthew Griswold is an All-American boy. Born and raised in the Midwest, this young musician matches gritty, earthy vocals with anthem-style acoustic guitar jams. Matthew [...]

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#RNOpps Roundup: Campfire Festival, CountryUP for AXS-TV, Princess Blue Music Publishing & Planetrox

April 4, 2014

Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s fresh new opportunities on ReverbNation Get signed with Princess Blue Music Library Location: Online Genre: All Ever dreamed of hearing your song on TV? Love indie films, and wish you could contribute to the soundtrack? Princess Blue is an online music licensing company seeking tracks from independent [...]

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Everything You Need to Know About Using Kickstarter as an Independent Musician

April 2, 2014

Crowdfunding is nothing new in the music world (check out our previous post on 5 tips for crowdfunding success). Yet recently Kickstarter has become a standout as a popular fundraising platform for independent musicians. ReverbNation artists Graham Colton, Jonny Gray, Long Gone Day and Good Graeff used Kickstarter to fund their own independent work, from albums [...]

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March Breaking! Musicians Keeping a Beat through ReverbNation Opportunities

March 30, 2014

Each month, hundreds of thousands of musicians submit to opportunities through ReverbNation. Artists vie for the chance to headline festivals, be featured in top magazines, play showcases in front of music industry pros and take advantage of all the opportunities to be seen and heard. So, if you’re wondering who submits to opportunities and what [...]

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Freshen Up Your Music: 8 Tips from Multi-Platinum Producer Sahpreem King

March 26, 2014

This post was written by multi-platinum award-winning producer, music industry author, and music industry veteran Sahpreem A. King. Think about the last time you listened to the radio. What did you hear? Most likely, you heard songs that were copies of copies, unoriginal tracks that are no different from the competition. As an indie, DIY, [...]

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