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  • Creative Digital Marketing For Songwriters

    Jan 31

    Here's a free download of a slideshow presentation I prepared for my speaking engagement at Songposium 2012 in Toronto last week. Creative Digital Marketing for Musicians & Songwriters View more presentations from Brian Thompson The slides are a summary of the main "talking points" I was intending to use for my presentation… but unfortunately I ran out of time since I was having far too much fun going over this: Top 31 Ways to Suck at Social Media Marketing. Regardless,...

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  • The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA): Explained (VIDEO)

    Jan 31

    I just stumbled upon this video and needed to share it. Regardless of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) being squashed, our Internet freedoms and online culture continue to be threatened… globally. ACTA has been secretly in the works for quite some time now, behind closed doors. Watch this for more info: Info from the video description: ACTA is one more offensive against the sharing of culture on the Internet. ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is an agreement secretly negotiated by a...

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  • Musician’s Arsenal: Killer Apps, Tools & Sites – Onesheet (Part 2)

    Jan 31

    I first wrote about Onesheet last July back when it was still new and exciting and seemed like a good place holder until you could build a ‘real’ website. Well in the meantime, creator Brenden Mulligan has not been sitting idly by waiting for a competitor to outdo his creation. Instead, Brenden has been busy building in all the features I thought were missing from the original version. With these new features I find my self rethinking my original position from the first blog post; “while I...

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  • Ian Rogers: Instead of SOPA, Here's How To Combat Piracy While Encouraging An Open Internet

    Jan 29

    Guest post by Ian Rogers of Topspin Media. Last week's Internet-wide SOPA/PIPA protests divided the Internet between content owners looking for stronger anti-piracy tools and technologists who believed the proposed legislation was an overreach. Those opposed said SOPA/PIPA opened the door to content companies taking down sites such as Tumblr and WordPress based on infringement by even one of the sites' millions of users. Though I was at AOL/Nullsoft when Gnutella was created I am not...

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  • Music Marketing With Free SoundCloud Story Wheel

    Jan 31

    SoundCloud recently released Story Wheel, an app for creating a slideshow using Instragram pics and audio via SoundCloud. It's an interesting webtool with a lot of potential for music marketing involving storytelling. Though they will be connecting Story Wheel to additional services, the creators are insistent on maintaining a retro feel via Instagram's use of filters. The combined limitations of retro pics and talking can either be used to create something one might not otherwise think of...

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  • This Week's Top iTunes Songs, Albums & Apps

    Jan 31

    For week ending 1.30.2012 Top Songs 1. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," Kelly Clarkson 2. "Set Fire to the Rain," ADELE 3. "Turn Me On (feat. Nicki Minaj)," Nicki Minaj, David Guetta 4.  "Rack City," Tyga 5. "Young, Wild & Free (feat. Bruno Mars)," Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg 6. "Good Feeling," Flo Rida 7. "Domino," Jessie J 8. "We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)," Rihanna 9. "International Love (feat. Chris Brown)," Pitbull 10. "Sexy and I Know It," LMFAO Top...

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  • The DIY Daily Podcast #51 - January 31, 2012

    Jan 31

    Today's Topic? How To Make The Most Of The Mundane Follow @thornybleeder

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  • Promotional Results for my Band’s First Show

    Jan 31

    Continuing from last week’s post on how my band’s first show went, I’m going to cover more successes and mistakes I made at the show and promoting the show. At the very end, I cover the costs of this promotion and what my band made from the show. Practice, Practice, Practice Despite what I thought was enough practice for the show, I was all over the place. My fingers didn’t want to cooperate on my bass, and I was messing up notes left and right. During one song, I completely lost track of...

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  • Pimp My Bandcamp

    Jan 31

    Bandcamp is undeniably one of the top methods used for music discovery these days. In fact, many musicians have given up on a band website entirely and now have their old website URL redirect to their Bandcamp page. Bandcamp is undeniably one of the top methods used for music discovery these days. In fact, many musicians have given up on a band website entirely and now have their old website URL redirect to their Bandcamp page. There are three main reasons musicians show Bandcamp so much...

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  • Gigs4Good: Connecting Artists & Non-Profits

    Jan 31

    Team Up for Nonprofits is a Seattle-based nonprofit that organizes music events for other nonprofits in their Gigs4Good program. Created in 2009, they're building up to their 10th event benefitting a Washington state-based organization. The focus is on raising both funds for and awareness of nonprofits among the 20 and 30-something demographic. It's a great idea that allows good causes to gain support without having to start from scratch with music events. Team Up for Nonprofits was...

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