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Independent Artists: It’s Still About Networking and Promoting

If you’re trying to find a new band member, promote your latest release or your upcoming gig, expanding your network and promoting is the key to success. You can’t be content with your current fan base or the current venues you play in if you want to be heard.

What can you do to keep your music career moving forward?

Have an aggressive plan on social networks: Build a bond with your fans who are the core of your success on Facebook or Twitter. Let them know day-to-day events or ask them where they would like to see you play. The time you spend online can go along way with music fans.

Socialize with Your Fans on Your Social Media Profiles

One of the misconceptions about using social networks is all you need to do is post content and not interact with fans. This is the wrong angle to take in order to be successful on social media.

For example, did you just receive comments about a post revealing new concert dates on Facebook and not respond to them? Then you’re already failing…

You need to treat a site like Facebook as a party. You don’t want to be the silent person in the corner who blurts out a comment and stays quiet while others converse.

What if fans are leaving negative comments?

Indie Bands: Use Social Media to Help Sell Your Music

Your band has created a website and has applied all the content available for your fans to enjoy.  Now you’re wondering what else you can do to help sell your music. Sign up and stay active on social networks.

That’s right… Posting what you had for dinner on the road, new tour dates, posts on your blog and all the content you have actually can help sell your music. Believe it or not, that type of content is appealing to fans and interested buyers of your music.

How does this help sell music?

Manage Your Social Media Accounts in One Place with Hootsuite

hootsuite_logoHootsuite.com has made it easy to manage your social networks and keep your sanity doing it. The site offers more than just a website link shortener for users to utilize.

The Twitter focused site lets you add and update your social networks including Facebook, WordPress, LinkedIn, Myspace and Ping.fm.

This site has recently streamlined its interface to make it easier to use. You can now customize your streams, tabs and columns on the dashboard.

Myspace Updates Site to Keep Up with Social Media Game

hangingbythreadMyspace continues to streamline their Web site to try and keep up with features on other social networks. The latest update is the “Share” function that now allows you to apply a link and video to your status updates.

Instead of having to choose a “Mood” to update your status, Myspace has updated their design to match the rest of the profile’s home page; while adding the options to apply a photo, link, video and mood to your status.

This is just the latest in updates and moves by Myspace to stay afloat in social media. The site recently updated the “Stream” of your status posts and bulletins in an attempt to organize their many features.

Indie Bands: BandCentral.com Makes Running A Band Easy

BandCentralBandCentral.com has created a central hub for you and your band-mates to stay organized. The Web site offers an array of features that would help any band stay connected with themselves and their fans.

I know trying to keep a band focused and informed is a tough task when creating a project. Getting a group of people with other plans, or jobs on their calendar is something most bands break up over.

This site offers many ways to for a band to stay grounded and focus on their goal, which is producing music.

What does Band Central Offer? The answer is simple… Everything.

Do You Want To Brand Your Band’s Name Online? Google Or Bing It.

Google-bingAre you looking to promote your band on the internet? Or are you currently doing so and want to see the results? Well just search you band’s name using Google, Bing or any search engine that you prefer to use.

Looking at it from a fan’s perspective: They want to find out more about your band that they just heard on an online radio station, or read about on an indie music blog.

When I first started to brand my name online, I searched on Google and was very disappointed by the results that appeared. Only my Myspace profile showed up for me. I’m sure there are not that many Noe Pacheco’s, but the few that are out there are really trying to establish a presence for their business.

Indie Bands Need To Establish A Business Plan

musicbusinessThere are many independent bands trying to break into the music industry, but lose their focus about the business aspects of the career.

Obviously, a record labels are not going to sign bands right off the bat, or after a first listen. The labels want to see an established fan base, which means albums are being sold, tours are getting sold out and they have a strong online presence.

Indie bands should be up to date with the new technological resources, which can help them take on their careers utilizing the internet. The Web could even be a bit too easy of a resource for bands to create careers if you think about it. They have so many social networks and Web sites that cater to help indie bands institute a foundation.