Facebook Timeline for Pages: What Does It Mean For You

You may have heard about Facebook’s recent changes to your page. Timeline is now available to all Facebook Fan Pages. But don’t panic as you have until March 30th to redesign your page and officially publish it when it’s ready.

If you switch to Timeline now, do it knowingly since you can’t go back to the old design.  Also, keep in mind that if you have Band Profile app or Venue Profile app, when you switch, they will no longer be your landing page. Facebook gives you until March 30th to preview and explore the new design. Use the time wisely!

So what does the Timeline mean to bands and venues? We’re doing a complete review and will post more updates as soon as Facebook announces them.

For now, this is what we know.

1) Cover photo: Just like your personal Facebook page, you can now have a big photo (851p x 315 pixels) besides your profile picture. We suggest you make good use of it by using images that best represent your personality and the style of your music.

2) Landing page: You will no longer have a default landing page of your choice. Instead, everyone will always land on your Timeline. So if your fans want to listen to your music, watch your videos, find out about concert dates, you can (and should) share the direct link to your Band/Venue Profile on your website, blog, and put it in your page’s About section. Your fans can also click on the Band/Venue Profile tab, as shown below:

3) Tabs: The tabs, which used to be under the profile picture, are now under the big and shiny cover photo. The ‘Photos’ tab is fixed in place, but you can change the other three around. To make Band Profile a feature tab, click on the dropdown menu next to the 4th tab, click the Pencil icon, and choose the tab you would Band Profile to “switch positions with,” as shown below:


4) Message: The new cool thing about Timeline is that your fans can personally send you a message, much like the way it works on a personal Facebook page. Once they message you, you can message them back, so this is a great way to improve and expand the fan-musician relationship.


5) Highlight: Another cool update on Facebook is the ability to highlight your stories. A highlight will make the pictures and videos  larger and more eye-catching.

6) Pin:  You can also pin the story to the top of your Timeline for up to a week (but we believe you can re-pin it again). This is a great opportunity for musicians and venues alike to feature new songs, concert dates, photos and videos.  To do this, click the pencil icon in the upper right of the post and select Pin to Top.


On March 12th, we launched a suite of cool apps for artists and venues to install on their Timeline. These apps will take fan interaction to a whole new level! Read more about ReverbNation’s apps for Facebook Timeline on this blog post.

Follow us on Twitter for updates or email us at support@reverbnation.com and we’ll try to help as much we can!

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ReverbNation Participates in Facebook Offers Beta Program to Get More Fans Out to Shows

Facebook Offers allow businesses to post free offers for fans on their Facebook Pages. Recognizing that this would be an awesome tool for our venues to get more fans out to shows, we have created offers for two venues: Double Door in Chicago and The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood.

Facebook Offer by The Roxy

So far, the results have been very positive.  Since the offers went live, Double Door’s 2-for-1 ticket offer for their March 3rd show has been claimed by 652 people and The Roxy Theatre’s offer of $5 in free Roxy Bucks has been claimed by 3,433 people!

Says Tonya Cooke of The Roxy Theatre, “We love working with ReverbNation because they are always on top of the next big thing in social promotion.  We always want to experiment with new Facebook products and Facebook Offers has been a great tool to generate viral promotion for our venue.”

As Facebook opens up Facebook Offers to all businesses, look for ReverbNation to include it in our products and Facebook apps. After all, more people going out to more shows, mean more new fans listening to you play live!


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This is Your Chance to be Featured in a Music Magazine! Are You Gonna Take It?

ReverbNation is teaming up with Substream Music Press to find the next big, breakthrough artists to feature in their next issue! Are you it?

Substream is a bi-monthly music and lifestyle magazine that focuses on discovering and sharing the best in new music, fashion and entertainment. By the time the mainstream media decides to cover it, Substream has already beat them to it! They were the first magazine cover for bands such as Paramore, Gym Class Heroes, Owl City, The Devil Wears Prada, We The Kings, Asking Alexandria, All Time Low and Bring Me The Horizon. If chosen as featured artist, you will be exposed at retail stores such as FYE, Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Books a Million, Borders and many other locations! And, of course, on their cool and hip website.

Submission is FREE but deadline is approaching fast (March 9th). Submit now and prove you’re the next big thing!

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2,000,000th Artist Joins ReverbNation!

Boy, things sure have been growing around here! It’s mind blowing to think it was only a little over a year ago that we celebrated our 1,000,000th artist  and now we have over two million! To commemorate this milestone, we couldn’t think of a better way than giving back to those who made this possible: the artists. So our lucky 2 millionth registered band, JOLLY COBRA from Oslo, Norway, will receive a package of free services and merchandise! “[ReverbNation] looks like a really powerful tool, and we’ve already harvested the fruit,” says Tom Reiersen from JOLLY COBRA. “In these few days, we’ve connected with lots of people and the stream of new fans keeps pouring in. Thank you for the opportunity to be a featured artist!”

JOLLY COBRA - independent rock band from Norway

Jed Carlson, COO and Co-Founder, explains that much of ReverbNation’s success has to do with understanding the growing marketing needs of artists. “We’re constantly listening to our artists, monitoring the industry as it changes and helping to make sure every musician has access to comprehensive, effective fan management and promotional tools that won’t break the bank,” Carlson says. “The world of musicians is responding to our one-stop shop approach — in greater numbers every month  — and that’s very rewarding to all of us here at Reverb.”

One of the things driving the  growth has to do with the changes we’ve made since reaching one million artists. Here are some of the highlights:

Here’s to you and here’s to a successful future for all of us (NOTE: We have since gone on a ‘hiring spree’ after this picture was taken in August — we’re missing about 20 new employees)!

The ReverbNation staff in Durham, NC

The Reverb Live staff in NYC

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ReverbNation Adds New Genre: Punk

Does your sound echo the 1970s hard-edged rants of the Ramones and the Sex Pistols? Or are you more post-punk, discordant and experimental like Siouxsie and the Banshees? Either way, we’ve added the Punk genre for you. If you want to change your primary genre, just go to:

Control Room > My Profile > General Info > Edit > change your Primary Genre

-ReverbNation Staff


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Butterflies Radio Accepting Submissions for Independent Music

Butterflies Radio joined forces with ReverbNation to accept submissions for independent artists across a wide range of genres, including Hip-Hop, Rap, Country, Jazz and Electronic. If you want to expose your music to a worldwide audience, this is your chance! And when we say world, we mean it: people tune in from Dubai to China, the U.S. to Egypt, Indonesia to all over Europe and South America.

“Our goal is to get independent musicians heard,” says Mark Lamdanski, co-founder of Butterflies Radio. “We’re not in this to make money. We don’t sell advertising…this is a labor of love.”

Submit your tunes now! This free opportunity runs until May 31st.

If you’re selected to have one of your songs on Butterflies, you could also be invited to be a guest on their weekly live show! Twitter Tuesday Live is broadcast live every Tuesday night at 8pm EST and features the latest music added to their rotation. Each week the hosts invite one of the artists to join them for an informal interview and they play three songs from the guest during the show.

“We [founders Mark and Carol Riordan] pay special attention to every single guest that comes to the show,” Mark says. “The passion that Carol and I have in what we do is what sets us apart.”

Listen to the latest Twitter Tuesday Live with guest band Matter of Fact from Cincinnati, Ohio:

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ReverbNation Adds Two New Genres: Spoken Word and Bollywood

We know… it was about time we added more genres to the roster! You’ve spoken (no pun intended. Well, maybe a little) and we’ve listened. If you consider your primary genre Spoken Word or Bollywood, you can now change it. Just go to:

Control Room > My Profile > General Info > Edit > change your Primary Genre.

Thanks for the patience as we continue improving our services!

We’ll leave you with this video of this cool Bollywood Flash Mob in Times Square:

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Opportunity to Remix 80’s Sensation Jean Beauvoir’s “Feel The Heat”

Jean Beauvoir’s iconic blond mohawk left an impression on the 80s, but his contribution extends far beyond hair fashion. Over his impressive career he’s played with Steve Van Zandt, The Ramones, Kiss, The Pretenders and more rock superstars. And, “Feel The Heat,” his 1986 hit single, sold over 1.5 million copies, topped charts around the globe, and was featured as the main song and trailer soundtrack for Sylvester Stallone’s blockbuster film COBRA. Now Jean Beauvoir has decided to release different versions of his work to give his audience a new flavor, so “Feel The Heat” is now available for you to remix!

For this remix, you will be provided with the vocal tracks only; the instrumentation is completely in your hands. That means that while the original tempo is 103BPM, it can be altered and additional vocal ad-libs can be added. Your creativity and imagination are welcome!

The winning remix (or remixes) will receive worldwide exposure and cool prizes. So have you got the skills? Submit today and find out! (But submit fast because the deadline is April 15th)

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