6 Ideas That Will Inspire You to Up Your Band Merch Game

Imagine you’re at a concert. You’re awestruck by the band and all you can think is, “How can I get more of these guys?” After their set, you hurry over to the band merch booth ready to hand over your hard-earned cash. Then, seeing nothing but oversized tees, CDs, and maybe a sticker or two, your heart sinks. Sure, it’s better than nothing (and you may even buy an oversized T-shirt that you’ll never wear), but it’s not what you hoped for, and you’ll leave the show feeling a bit let down. This is a scenario I’ve found myself in more times than I care to count.

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5 Examples of Unconventional Music Marketing You Should Try

If perfecting your music marketing strategy is the ideal foundation for getting press and growing your fan base, then adding a dose of the nontraditional in that process is the trimming that could set your band apart from the rest. It doesn’t have to feel contrived or forced, either; trust your instincts and you’ll find there are ways of filtering in unexpected promotional elements that feel appropriate and natural, whether intended to be silly and gimmicky or earnest and sentimental.

Check out the five examples of unconventional music marketing for inspiration in sprucing up your own strategy. With creative thinking, you’ll come up with something fresh that’s wholly unique to your band.

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Music Marketing Inspo: Mipso’s Custom Coffee Promotion

So I’m on my Saturday morning coffee run at a local joint called Joe Van Gogh when I unexpectedly experience a great example of unconventional music marketing. While the barista readies my organic Ethiopian blend, I peruse the bags of coffee being displayed at the counter when I see it: a limited-time specialty brew care of a local indie Americana quartet called Mipso. After reading a bit more about the band and the HARMONY BLEND promotion they thought up, I had to pick their brains a bit.

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Save Hours Marketing Your Music With IFTTT

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an assistant helping you with routine online stuff, like posting on social media the way you want, helping build your Twitter lists, informing you about new PR opportunities and doing other such handy things?

While web apps are rarely referred to as “assistants”, there are two tools I use actively and treat as virtual (literally) assistants – they are IFTTT and Zapier. IFTTT (stands for If This Then That) is a free app which I recommend you to start with.

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4 Tips To Engage More With Your Social Media Fans

When social media first began taking over the world over a decade ago (!), a lot of people initially focused on nothing but the numbers. Who had the most social media fans, which photos were getting the most likes, and pretty quickly, thousands turned to tens of thousands, which became hundreds of thousands, which in turn was replaced by millions. Now, the biggest stars on the planet can collect followings in the tens or even hundreds of millions depending on the platform…but that’s not necessarily how the world counts a success on social media any longer.

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It’s About the Relationship: How I Got to 1.5 Million YouTube Followers

This post was originally published on the Flypaper blog by Soundfly just before the holidays and is being shared with their permission (we love them guys!). 

It’s almost the holiday season yet again, and to many singers and songwriters like myself, that means Christmas albums are popping up everywhere. I recently released my own album of Christmas music, A Hollens Family Christmas, so I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to cut through the noise and continue successfully building my community of listeners and fans, despite running up against endless competition online.

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Get Music Feedback From Twitter Like Brian Hazard Does

Though I’d reaaaallllly like to say we’re the only way to obtain unbiased music feedback from consumers, that’s not necessarily the truth. Brian Hazard, he of the ten-album Color Theory and head mastering engineer at Resonance Mastering, put this belief into play recently when he took to Twitter to solicit some lyrical recommendations from his followers.

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How Musicians Can Create a Compelling Instagram Story Fans Will Love

Social media, on principle, exists to give your fans and followers greater insight to who you are offstage and outside the studio. Many artists, however, are reluctant to weigh down their feeds with mundane check-ins and some are nervous about posting personal photos. For musicians on Instagram, there’s a popular new feature that solves all these challenges. 

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