Yesterday ReverbNation launched a massive upgrade to the look and feel of the site. We have a new logo, and a new site, but the same die-hard, Artists-First philosophy. Take a look at your profile page and you’ll immediately see all of the improvements (just in case, we included a huge list of updates after the jump).
Why did we make these updates? The answer is simple: You asked for them. We’ve read countless survey responses, and had tons of conversations with Artists, Venue owners, Labels, Managers, Fans and everyone involved in the music business. Here are the most common things you asked for:
• A more professional looking profile page
• Customization of your pages
• Viral content
• A better music experience for fans
The feature list below was designed to address all of these concerns and more. Plus, look for even more user-requested features coming in the next few weeks. We want you to know that you are more than just users of our site. You are citizens of the Nation, and your voice matters.
ReverbNation.com Product Development Team
A Better music playing experience
Songs keep playing as you browse the site — without that annoying pop-up player!
We know you want to customize the look and feel of your page so we gave you control over the wallpaper to your profile page. Use one of our awesome preset patterns, or upload your own photo to make your profile page as unique as you are.
Customizable Sidebar Modules
Choose which pieces of content you want to display to fans and how high up on the page you want to display it. You can also create a custom module that allows you to highlight your current promotion — whether that’s a new CD available for sale, a special show or event or anything else.
Rockstar sharing function
Every profile page on the site sports improved sharing functions, maximizing your exposure across social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
Death to tabs!
We heard you loud and clear, the tabs were making your content hard to find. Chunks of each type of content are now displayed on the profile with links to see more and each “See More” page is an opportunity for you to provide richer content for your fans to discover and enjoy.
FREE Reverb Store: Sell your music, merch and ringtones directly to fans (and buy in bulk for your shows)
The Reverb Store is a FREE feature that allows you to build CDs, ringtones, song downloads, T-shirts, hats, and mugs, for sale directly to your fans with ZERO money out of your pocket. When the fans order your products, we make them, ship them, and send you the profits. The Reverb Store works on Facebook, MySpace, your own website or blog, or via a widget to just about anywhere. The Reverb Store also offers a bulk buy option for when you want to stock up on your items at low prices — perfect for taking merch on the road and selling at shows.
Song pages with lyrics
Each song now has it’s own page to allow you to post lyrics to the site so fans can know what to sing at your shows.
Highlighted local shows
The ‘Shows’ section of the Artist profile will now detect a visitor’s location and call special attention to an Artists’ upcoming shows that are within 50 miles of the visiting fan.
New, Improved Widgets (with your branding, not ours) (Coming February 4th)
After receiving hundreds of suggestions from users, we’re releasing a new assortment of widgets that are even better than the originals. Widgets will now come with a variety of base skins to choose from and will also allow you to add your own wallpaper, customize the size, and remove the ReverbNation branding. The old widgets will also remain available if you prefer those
FanReach E-Mail improvements (Coming February 4th)
We no longer count users who unsubscribe from your list against your total mailing list amount.
Promoting your shows on the top live concert sites
We are now pulling in concert data and ticket links from Bands in Town, Jambase, Eventful, and LiveNation. We also sync the concert data you add back out to those sites.
Improved Gig Finder
Within the powerful Advanced Options for Gig Finder is a new genre filter that will locate only venues that tend to play the genres of music you select. It’s a great complement to the other advanced features that will help connect you with the most appropriate clubs that would be most interested in booking you.
Syncing status updates with Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace
Add a status update at ReverbNation and you can automatically post it out to your other sites. It also ingests posts you make to those other sites and displays them.
New Home Page
Local charts and shows are given higher billing to visitors of the site (we detect where the visitor is coming from to highlight the content relevant to them). Check it out at www.reverbnation.com.
Visitors can more easily engage Reverb Radio to play a random playlist by genre, locality of Artists, or their favorites.
Obviously, if you are reading this, you’ll notice that we now have an official blog where you can sound off and read up on our latest thinking about the music business, and hear about updates to ReverbNation. Check it out at www.blog.reverbnation.com
Brand new layout
These pages now have the potential to be the home base for all fans who want to see what’s happening at your venue or for bands who want to play there. (see an example here -needs link)
Google Maps displays directly on profile
Every aspect of the venue profile page has been redone. The location of the venue is shown directly on the page to ensure that fans will know exactly where they need to go.
Event Details pages, ticket links, complete show schedules, etc.
Our updated interface displays each show with more visible links and detailed show information.
Control your music life with Your Fan Control Room
With the addition of a Control Room for Fan pages, it’s easier for you to update and maintain your profile, and now you have a home base to follow great local artists.
Better local shows information
Do you like to go see live music? We’ve made it easier and faster to find the shows you want to see. From the homepage to your new control room that highlights shows for you, the site has been redesigned to support your music habit.
Save concerts you want to attend
See a show you just can’t miss? Easily bookmark shows you’re interested in and let your friends know. Who knows? You may find a new show buddy.
Update both your ReverbNation and Twitter statuses with just one click.
Fan Stats have been updated so that you can always see your most played and promoted songs, as well as breakdown of your musical tastes by genre.
Cleaner display for Roster, Show Schedule and New Releases
We redid the label/manager profiles and upgraded them to have a more engaging display and deeper pages.
Manage your artists’ Premium Services without leaving your Control Room
Now you can add and manage Premium Services for all of the artists on your label without the hassle of going from account to account.