SXSBest — Gathering the Top #AustinSnapshots from South by Southwest

Did you miss South By Southwest in Austin last week? Or were you lucky enough to join thousands of other audiophiles and experience the annual festival and conference? Either way, we’ve got you covered.

Before SXSW began, we asked dozens of great ReverbNation Artists to help us document their time in Austin using #AustinSnapshot on Instagram and Twitter. You can see the whole #AustinSnapshot collage here, but we’ve also picked out some of our favorite shots that showcase everything from Texas BBQ to Game of Thrones pedicabs to all the great shows that happened during the week.

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49 ReverbNation Artists Nominated for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Congratulations to the 49 ReverbNation Artists recognized by this year’s GRAMMY Awards, with nominations in 29 different categories. From genres as diverse as Best New Age Album, Best Alternative Music Album, and Best Recording Package, there are few areas where ReverbNation Artists were not recognized.

One Artist, Miami, Florida’s PALO! was nominated for the Best Latin Tropical Album, in addition to grabbing a Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Tropical Album of the Year. Keyboardist Steve Roitstein says that PALO!’s “Afro-Cuban Funk” was “never created to receive industry accolades, but the recognition from the Grammys is an amazing honor for us.”

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ReverbNation Artists Make the Cut on Music Connection’s Hot 100 Unsigned Acts

The tastemakers at Music Connection recently released the results of their Hot 100 Unsigned Acts list, an annual tradition that compiles their favorite emerging Artists in the indie world. Curated by music journalists, talent buyers, A&R reps, music attorneys, and other industry specialists, the list has to come to represent a who’s-who of unsigned talent. This year, more than 50 ReverbNation Artists were included on the list, and we’ve got music from at least one Artist in every genre that made the cut here for your listening pleasure, as well as direct links to music from the other ReverbNation Artists. To see the full list, click here.

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Musicians as Digital Storytellers: How To Seize the Power of Social Media

As an Artist, you’re probably relying on some form of social media to spread the word about your music. But today, it’s not enough to only update your fans with messages about your music.

We sat down with social media marketing expert Jim Tobin, President of Ignite Social Media, to find out where musicians often fall short in their social media strategy, and to learn how they can start making improvements today.

Watch the full interview above and read some of the highlights below:

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Jesse Kinch Wins Inaugural Season of ABC’s Rising Star

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UPDATE: 20-year-old ReverbNation Artist Jesse Kinch was crowned winner of the first season of ABC’s interactive music competition show, Rising Star. “I want to make sure that guy can do two hours a night until he’s ninety years old, because [his voice] is a great instrument, and I want to keep hearing it,” says series host and Kinch’s mentor, Josh Groban in Billboard

Jesse offers this advice to emerging artists:

“Whenever you’re on the cusp of achieving your dreams, always remember who you are and what music is all about. Music is about being true to your self and putting your heart into everything you do. Keep your integrity…that can take you further than you can imagine.”

Jesse says he is back in New York laying the groundwork for his first EP and Album post-show. Read his full story below.

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“He’s a soft-spoken kid with a huge rocker singing voice, surprising stage presence, and even more surprising sex appeal.” Billboard

“This David Cassidy-haired, rock ‘n’ blues belter was the only truly memorable or unique contestant of the 10 total who sang on Sunday…Jesse had it all: sex appeal, soul, swag, and a strong set of pipes.” Rolling Stone

ReverbNation Artist Jesse Kinch was one of the premiere artists to perform on ABC’s new music competition show, Rising Star. The show boasts being the first of its kind, an interactive singing competition where fans vote via a smartphone app, with a small percentage of votes allotted for three celebrity guest judges. GRAMMY-award-winning vocalist Josh Groban hosts, and audiences watch as stars like Jesse emerge from behind a giant digital wall that lights up as fans and judges cast their votes. The grand prize? A recording contract with Capitol Records.

When we sat down to talk to Jesse, we wanted to understand what it’s really like for a musician to be a part of a reality TV show. Jesse provided some perspective on the selection process, his initial reservations and what he thinks sets this music competition apart from others.

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Your Facebook Fans Aren’t Seeing Your Posts: Here’s What You Can Do About It

When musician Ryan Trauley logged into Facebook to check the performance of a recent post to his band Oulipo’s page, the results shocked him.

“I have 800 fans on my page, but this post I wrote about my show was only seen by 10 people. I don’t understand how that’s possible,” said Trauley.

Ryan isn’t the only one surprised. Every day more artists are noticing that they’re reaching fewer and fewer fans on Facebook. Why is this happening?

Facebook is reducing the number of people who see your posts in their News Feed organically. They’re accomplishing this by cutting down on a number called “Organic Reach*,” which refers to how many people you can reach for free on Facebook by posting to your Page.

ReverbNation has been a longtime advocate of artists promoting themselves using social media. In 2007, we developed Band Profile, the first Facebook app for artists. Band Profile was designed to help artists take advantage of the growing platform, and to share everything with their fans, from songs to updates to merch.

Since then, ReverbNation has continued to integrate products closely with Facebook, including tying our ad offerings into Facebook through its API. In fact, we were one of the first partners invited to use their API (Application Programming Interface).

Given our front row seat to the ever-changing landscape of Facebook, I spent some time talking to those knowledgeable about the platform. I asked two key ReverbNation team members some questions and received some interesting responses.

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Joyfield Announced the Grand Prize Winner of Hard Rock Rising 2014 Global Battle of the Bands

The Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands has been five months in the making, and ReverbNation and Hard Rock are excited to announce the official winners of this exciting competition.

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Coming out on top is Joyfield, a Seattle-based indie-rock band who will rock out in Rome for 40,000 fans. This band is ready to take the stage in Piazza Del Popo, after making it through numerous rounds of fan voting and being hand-selected from the 25 finalists by a panel of industry pros.

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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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