New Twitter Features Help Take Photo Sharing to the Next Level

Twitter has been rolling out tons of new changes recently. Taking a page out of Instagram’s playbook, the folks at Twitter recently made updates that take a more photo-friendly approach to your feed. While it’s always been possible to post photos to Twitter, now you can:

  • Post multiple photos at once
  • Add filters to a photo
  • Tag your friends and followers to keep the conversation going

Show, Don’t Tell

Ever heard this old saying? It’s more relevant than ever, especially since highly-visual platforms like Instagram and Facebook have become the places we share news about our life and music. Enhanced photos options on Twitter will provide another way to share with your friends and fans. Plus, the new features can help drive more social engagement with your posts, spreading your music even further than before.

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8 Ways To Make Your Music Video Debut and Get Noticed

This is a guest post from Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, authors of The Indie Band Survival Guide and creators of Making Money with Music

Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan: 8 Ways to Make Your Music Video Debut and Get Noticed

“[Chertkow and Feehan] are the ideal mentors for aspiring indie musicians who want to navigate an ever-changing music industry.” – Billboard Magazine

The most popular music search engine in the world isn’t even music-focused – it’s YouTube. The numbers are staggering: YouTube generates over 800 million unique visitors each month. But even more incredibly, it generates over 100 million social actions on videos every week, including comments, likes, and most importantly for musicians, shares.

Unlike audio, video goes “viral.” The rise of popular video-clip platform, Vine, in recent months, with it’s 6-second viral videos, is further proof video is where the action is. Plus, with each share, a video generates exposure. So, you need to get your music up there in some video form or another.

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April Breaking! Musicians Keeping a Beat through ReverbNation Opportunities

March's Breaking Artists from ReverbNation

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 happens after submissions close, hear from the musicians themselves in the post below. Watch, listen and congratulate them in the comments. Increase your chances of being one of them and submit to an opportunity now.

Broadcast to more than 40,000 listeners in Denver

Fit For Rivals for ReverbNation

Fit for Rivals, ReverbNation artist since 2008.

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VOTE NOW! 80 ReverbNation Artists Chosen As Finalists For Hard Rock Rising 2014

Congratulations to the 80 ReverbNation Artists who have reached the global voting round of Hard Rock Rising 2014!

For the past eight weeks, top-voted bands competed at various Hard Rock Café locations, performing live for fans and judges. The winners were selected to move on to the global competition and represent their city as a local finalist, competing for the grand prize!

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ReverbNation band October Chorus performed at the Myrtle Beach Hard Rock Cafe for a chance at the Grand Prize.

In the next phase, the top five virtual bands and the winning band from each participating Hard Rock Cafe and will go head to head to find one grand prize winner and two runners up.

What a super accomplishment for the 80 finalists — whittled down from more than 10,000 bands. They’re competing for the deal of a lifetime: the chance to perform at Hard Rock Live Rome, for 40,000 fans in Italy or new gear valued at $10,000. Amazing, right? Here’s where you come in…

Artists NEED your votes! Check out the 80 bands who have made the cut and support your favorite band by downloading their song on the Facebook app. Your votes are what drive them forward in the competition and will help crown the next winner of the Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Band.

Voting closes May 7th at 4pm EST.

 

Vote Now!

 

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New Twitter Profile Update: Let’s Get Visual

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

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Are Photography and Cover Art Important for Musicians?

Tina V, ReverbNation Artist Since 2010As 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 band’s presence is how you present yourself visually. [Tweet this]

You might already know that at ReverbNation, we provide opportunities for artists to play festivals, get featured in magazines, get airplay on radio and more. We work directly with promoters to bring these opportunities to you, the artist, and after you submit to the opportunities, the promoters select the best fit for the winner. A few months ago, we conducted a survey of 2,000 artists to find out how they think the opportunities process works.

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

Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s fresh new opportunities on ReverbNation

Get signed with Princess Blue Music Library

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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 artists to expand their library. Recent placements from Princess Blue include ESPN 30 for 30 films, 2013 NCAA Final Four, Carl’s Jr., Target, and more. Princess Blue is accepting 100 new songs from ReverbNation artists.

SUBMIT NOW

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March Breaking! Musicians Keeping a Beat through ReverbNation Opportunities

March's Breaking Artists from ReverbNation

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 happens after submissions close, hear from the musicians themselves in the post below. Watch, listen and congratulate them in the comments. Increase your chances of being one of them and submit to an opportunity now.

Made Her SXSW Debut at the High School Nation Unofficial SXSW Event

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