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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Work Like a Pro to Become a Pro Part III: Let’s Get Down to Business

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?

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

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 to tours to making it to festivals. Read more about their experiences and important takeaways you can learn from as you plan your own Kickstarter campaign.

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Fast Five: Interview with YourCountry Executive Producer Chris James

Chris James from AXS-TV for ReverbNation Country Up Opportunity

In this Fast Five post, we sat down with multi-talented Executive Producer Chris James of YourCountry on AXS-TV. He shared details on how Country music is changing, what artists can do to get noticed by industry professionals and TV producers, and news about an exciting new TV show opportunity open to artists from every genre. Even if you aren’t a Country artist, you’ll be sure to take away something great from Chris’ advice.

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February Breaking! Musicians Keeping a Beat through ReverbNation Opportunities

Each month, hundreds 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.

Rose to the Top in the FIAT USA Band Prix powered by ReverbNation

ReverbNation and FIAT USA teamed up to invite more than 6,000 independent musicians to submit their best songs, all for a chance to catch their big break – an appearance on VH1. Privet Earth stole the show and were featured on VH1, but fan votes sent four additional bands to the finals. These bands snagged the most votes in the country for their genres, including alternative, urban, pop and rock.

“This wasn’t our first time submitting for an opportunity on ReverbNation, but it’s definitely the first time we won something like THIS. It felt KRAZY (with a K!) when FIAT called me at home, I actually thought somebody was pranking me, but it wasn’t a prank! It was reality. We are constantly submitting for new opportunities, fingers crossed that we get chosen again. Let’s Blitz-Rock!” –Ivan Smirnov of Privet Earth

Want to get to know all of the bands? Visit the FIAT Backstage blog to learn how you can Hangout with them on Google+!

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ReverbNation Artists Rock NBC’s The Voice — Exclusive Interview with Stars James Wolpert, Matt Cermanski & Will Champlin

Sweaty palms and butterflies. A few last touch-ups in the mirror. Replaying the song over and over in their head. These are just a few things that ReverbNation artists on Season Five of the hit NBC show “The Voice” experience before taking the stage every Monday night at 8 p.m.

Last night we were on the edge of our seats wondering if ReverbNation singers Jonny Gray and James Wolpert would be safe. Luckily, James made it past this round and into the top ten, but we were sad to see Jonny go. Since the show’s beginning, we’ve seen these artists, plus Reverb vocalists Kat RobichaudBarry BlackJonny GrayMatt Cermaksi, Matthew SchulerWill Champlin and Tessanne Chin give their all each week to wow the judges and entertain the excited live audience hanging on their every lyric – not to mention the millions of fans watching them on TV.

For singers James WolpertMatt Cermaksi and Will Champlin, competing on “The Voice” was a dream come true, and a result of hard work and perseverance. The singers sat down with us to talk about their pre-show rituals, offer advice to aspiring singers and talk about what it’s like to work with some of the biggest names in the business.

ReverbNation Artist Matt Cermanski NBC's The Voice

Matt Cermanski is one of the top up-and-coming singer-songwriters from Philadelphia, PA. After not making a team on Season Four of “The Voice,” Matt took the coaches’ advice and began taking vocal lessons and performing at local venues. He returned to The Voice with the hope of connecting with America and jumpstarting his career. Matt was eliminated on the October 21 episode, but he will continue to promote his music, primarily his debut album “Long Road Home.”

ReverbNation artist Will Champlain on NBC's "The Voice"

Will has music in his veins: His dad was a singer, songwriter and keyboardist for the rock band Chicago. Even though he grew up with music, Will didn’t begin singing until around age 17! After graduating from Berklee School of Music in Boston, Will left for LA to play gigs around the city. He provided backup vocals for Glenn Frey of The Eagles and even played on Michael Jackson’s last album. Today, Will’s musical inspiration is his one-year-old daughter.  A favorite on “The Voice,” Will is currently Team Adam, after he was stolen by Christina and then stolen back by Adam!

James Wolpert The Voice ReverbNation NBCAfter attending Carnegie Mellon for two years, James dropped out to pursue music. Despite his family’s hope of re-enrollment, he moved to Pittsburgh, where he was an Apple Store Genius by day and musician by night. His life-changing choice to follow his passion ended up leading him to audition for “The Voice.”  James is proud to represent Pittsburgh on the show, but recently moved to LA in hopes of furthering his career. He, along with Matt and Will, represent Team Adam!

 

 

What was the audition and selection process like?

Matt: The audition for “The Voice” was a long but rewarding process. Everyone that works with the show, from production to the casting department, were a pleasure to work with. As you go through each level of the auditions it gets more and more exciting to know you are getting close to being on TV.

Will: It was definitely a lengthy process, but they really make sure you’re able to give your best and look your best as well. I just went in and sang a few songs and they ended up liking what I was bringing to the table and gave me a great chance that’s so far working out well.

James:  The whole process was a labor of love! It was super intense and rife with pressure— I couldn’t feel my legs walking through the stage door! I didn’t think that it could be so unnerving to have 4 people not-look at you.

How do you prepare for the show? Any special rituals?

Matt: Sadly no crazy pre-show rituals. I warm my voice up and kind of just chill out. I am thankful for all the hundreds of gigs I’ve played since I was 16-years-old that made me so comfortable on the stage. Of course I get butterflies right before a performance, but as soon as I hit the stage all that drifts away and I get lost in the music and the rush of performing.

Will: I go over the song in its entirety. I find the spots that I can make my own almost as if I’m writing my own songs. I try to inject artistry into these songs the same way that I would in my own music. I warm up some, but try not to over do it.

James: I try to center myself and remind myself of why I’m doing any of this in the first place. It’s for the love of music, man! I also think of all the people in my life that I love.

Matt Cermanski The Voice NBC ReverbNation

“My advice to all aspiring artists is think positive and positive things will happen. Never give up on your dreams, don’t let any one tell you that you can’t do something, and work as hard as you possibly can to improve yourself, if you don’t you are only lying to yourself.” – Matt Cermanski

What is the most important lesson you have learned from being on the show?

Matt: I learned so much, I don’t even know where to start. I learned a lot about my voice obviously, working with Adam Levine helped me learn what I need to do to get to the next level, as a singer. The whole show is just one big learning experience and I took every little piece of info I could get so I can use it to better myself all around as a singer-songwriter and musician.

Will: Don’t forget your own sound. It’s very easy for anyone to sing a song verbatim, but America doesn’t want that. Originality is the most important thing that will keep you in the game. “The Voice” is geared for artists who have a clearer idea of who they are and what they want to sound like, as opposed to other shows that simply throw on a track and say “good luck.”

James: To (counterintuitively) find a place where I can disregard the external consequences of performing on the show (What will people think of me? Will I be good? Will they vote for me? Will there be hayterz?) and completely immerse myself in the music. Because I love music :]. On a related note, Adam also likes to drive home an interesting work ethic mantra: “rehearse and rehearse and rehearse until it’s muscle memory. That way, by the time you hit the stage, you have the liberty to forget all of that and exude the song”.

What advice would you give to other aspiring artists who hope to be in your shoes one day?

Matt: My advice to all aspiring artists is think positive and positive things will happen. Never give up on your dreams, don’t let any one tell you that you can’t do something, and work as hard as you possibly can to improve yourself. If you don’t, you are only lying to yourself. My favorite quote is from rapper Macklemore: “The greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint, the greats were great cause they paint a lot”.

Will: Think outside your comfort zone and then take steps to grow beyond that. It’s a must. It’s all about finding your own formula and making it work for yourself. Music is changing so much these days. Nothing is pop or commercial until its literally popular and blasting on radio, TV and VEVO. Don’t listen to the wrong people. Trust your instincts and position yourself to prosper in your art by working hard and paying attention.

James: I refuse to believe I’m in any position to be pontificating, but here’s what I’ve learned so far:

Your love of music is going to be what carries you through! Allow me to repurpose the words of the late Mr. Steve Jobs in the context of music (or any art/thing for that matter) — Making music that puts dents in the universe is about being insane enough to press onward where any person in their right mind would quit. I loved music so much that I let it wreck my life a little bit— and as it turns out, that’s exactly what needed to happen :]

Will Champlin The Voice NBC ReverbNation

“Simply put, having a ReverbNation profile has helped me get my music heard…Amazingly, I also found out about the casting call of ‘The Voice’ Season Five through a ReverbNation opportunity, so I’d say it has been instrumental in my musical journey.” – Will Champlin

How has having a ReverbNation profile helped you?

Matt: ReverbNation has helped me reach out to fans and other artists who share the same love for music as I do. It is a great tool to market yourself, and in this day in age you need all the social media presence you can get. Why not take advantage of using the best for music, ReverbNation!

Will: Simply put, having a ReverbNation profile has helped me get my music heard, rather than getting lost amidst the chaos of the Internet. I feel that it is the hub of my online content, everything between gigs, as well as links to other essential social networking sites. Amazingly, I also found out about the casting call of “The Voice” Season Five through a ReverbNation opportunity, so I’d say it has been instrumental in my musical journey.

James: Reverbnation has been the hub of my digital music life for a few years now! It’s a great way to get yourself out there and share your craft with the rest of the planet!

Anything else you’d like to add?

Matt: I am currently in the works of writing new music and working on a new album. But you can buy my debut album “Long Road Home” on iTunes. Check out my websiteTwitterFacebook and join my mailing list for new updates on shows and music. Thank you all for reading! Much love!

Will: It’s been an incredible journey to get to this point, and I really want to encourage everyone that is considering taking a bold step forward in their career to make the jump. It may take a few tries, and it may seem discouraging for a bit, but perseverance is the name of game. Just don’t be afraid to dream big, because amazing things happen everyday, and I feel like I’m living proof.

James Wolpert NBC The Voice ReverbNation

“Making music that puts dents in the universe is about being insane enough to press onward where any person in their right mind would quit. I loved music so much that I let it wreck my life a little bit— and as it turns out, that’s exactly what needed to happen.” – James Wolpert

Catch Will, James, Kat, Matthew, and Tessanne, every Monday at 8/7 central on NBC. See their fate on the results show, Tuesdays at 9/8 central. To learn more about “The Voice” and watch past episodes and performances, visit NBC.com.

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Ready to ROCK Your Facebook Profile?!

It’s simple: Just add the NEW ReverbNation section to your timeline! Now you can express to the world the activity you care about most on ReverbNation AND spiff up your profile in the process.

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1. Preview your custom ReverbNation section on Facebook.
2. Click “Add to Profile.”


If you’re an artist
, you can highlight your new songs and videos, showcase your upcoming shows, and let your fans know what music you’re currently listening to…all in one place!

If you’re a fan, you can show off your music taste with your recently played songs, favorite artists, and downloads. We’ll be adding new stuff, too.


 

Not seeing this on your Facebook profile?

Your ReverbNation profile must be synced with Facebook to add this custom section. If you haven’t already synced, here’s how:

  1. Go to your Social Sync settings on ReverbNation (Account > Social Sync).
  2. Select “Sync to Facebook” and log in with your Facebook account.
  3. Follow the directions above to add your custom section to your timeline.
  4. Keep doing what you do on ReverbNation. Before you know it, your section will be populated with all sorts of cool stuff.

Move your ReverbNation section to prime position!

You can easily move your ReverbNation section higher up on your timeline. Ensure that your friends see all your awesome activity by following these two quick steps:

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See you on Facebook!

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