(23rd of March 2011)
This week on the show an interview with J Sider, the CEO and founder of RootMusic, a company that is having a big impact on how bands are presenting themselves on Facebook. I’ll be chatting with J about the company’s development and growth, their business model, functionality of the service and future plans. If you’d like to know how to set up a BandPage on Rootmusic go to www.rootmusic.com and you’ll find a step-by-step video guide that will show you exactly how to do it – I know that sometimes Facebook pages settings can be anything but intuitive.
In terms of Digital Music News SXSW has monopolized the news in the last couple of weeks. Of all the news that came out of Austin I’d like to point out two that seem particularly important on the tech front. First of all Topspin Media launched what they called “Act 2” of their service. Topspin has been so far only available to bands with a sizable fan-base and yearly revenue, now the platform is available for a fee of $9.99 per months which gives you access to their marketing platform and e-commerce tools. Topspin is really a fantastic service so if you’re a band looking for ways to improve your direct-to-fan sales this is certainly something you want to look at. Naturally though you’re going to need to be able to offset the monthly fee with your impressive sales!
Also at SXSW London-based start-up Songkick announced a series of partnership starting with one with Facebook that will enable artists to pull gig listings from Songkick into Facebook painlessly. Songkick also announced a number of other API-based integrations with the likes of Souncloud, Ning, Topspin and BandCamp amongst others which really makes the service a great way to keep up to date with your favorite artists’ gigs. So if you have a chance this week make sure you check out Topspinmedia.com and Songkick.com – you may already know the names but it may be well worth checking out their new features.
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