Thursday, November 05, 2009 

Attention Bands: Welcome To Facebook, This Is Not Myspace!

by Guest Blogger Laura Marie

Welcome to Facebook. If you are new here and coming over from Myspace you have noticed many differences. Social Networks for Musicians can help you navigate those differences and make the most of your Facebook experience. For now, here are some helpful Do's and Don'ts to keep you growing your network and stop you from getting blocked.

Do: Post gig flyers to your wall
Don't: Post gig flyers to your friend's walls. On Myspace this was acceptable. Here it's like going to someone's house and posting it on their front door.

Do: Tag your photos, flyers and videos with people who are involved in whatever you are posting.
Don't: Tag everyone you want to invite to see your photos, flyers and videos. It's the same thing as posting it to their wall and, unless you have permission to do so, don't do it. Besides, if you post it to your own wall, it will show up in all your friend's home feed anyway.

Do: Create and event invite when you have an event to promote
Don't: Continue to invite people who have RSVP'd with "not attending". This happens all the time on on other social networks

Do: Create a fan page for all your band's music and info.
Don't: Use your profile as your fan page. Mostly because the fan page has so many more options for bands to promote their music but, also because Facebook did not design your profile page to be an advertising page and you might get deleted. Of course, you might not but why risk it? And, yes, it can be challenging to get your friends to also become fans but SN4M can help you with that. Plus, there are benefits to having both.

We recommend reading, How To Attract 3,000 Fans In 30 Days, The Ultimate Facebook Pages Guide

Do: Tell your friends about what you are doing in band related activities.
Don't: Make it all business all the time. This is a social network. Go. Be Social. :)

Remember there is a reason people are moving to this network. Don't try to buck the system. Go with the flow and it will be a great tool to spread the word about your music.

Copyright © 2009 Laura Marie, singer/songwriter/computer nerd

Texas singer songwriter, Laura Marie, can be found promoting indie music and helping artists with their internet presence throughout the web. She is currently preparing for her second solo release in January of 2010 and can be easily found on the following websites and networks:

http://www.lauramariemusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/lauramariemusic
http://www.twitter.com/lauramariemusic
http://www.myspace.com/lauramarie

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Thursday, June 18, 2009 

Social Networks for Musicians - New Myspace Plan Announced

by Madalyn Sklar



I'm happy to announce that we have launched a new Myspace Promotion Plan at Social Networks for Musicians. The "value" plan was developed to assist those looking for help in managing their Myspace campaign on a tight budget. In case you are not familiar with us, we help indie artists and music businesses by offering advice and tips, set up social network sites and manage promotion campaigns. What sets us apart from the other guys is the "service" you get with SN4M. It's not a bunch of computers running things around here. It's real people (techie musicians actually) who take care of you, helping you achieve greater success with your Internet marketing.

Need Myspace Help?

Myspace Value Plan - 500 targeted friend requests per week new!
Myspace Lite Plan - 1500 targeted friend requests per week
Myspace Basic Plan - 1500 targeted friend requests + 250 comments per week

If you're on a really tight budget, our Value Plan is for you! It's only $99/month. We will consistently send targeted friend requests for you so you can focus on your music.

Need Advice?

We offer advice and tips on how to best utilize social networks (Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, Blogs, etc) to your advantage when it comes to promoting and selling your music. We do this by phone + internet. Think of it as a private eClass.

Need a Facebook "Fan" Page?

We can set up any social network sites you are not currently on. We've helped lots of indie artists and music businesses set up their Facebook public profile (fan) page. We can also help set up your Myspace, Twitter, ReverbNation, Blog, etc.

What Our Clients Say...

"As an indie artist with so much on my plate, Social Network for Musicians is an invaluable resource for me." -- Nadia Fay

"The recent 'Facebooking for Musicians' online class I took was so amazing. I couldn't believe that I could look at your Facebook pages online, while you showed us how things you were talking about worked." -- Linda Kay Burk

"If you're looking to assert your presence on Myspace, generate sales AND expand your fanbase, Madalyn is the bullet train to take you there!" --Reign Lee

Get in touch today for more information. http://www.sn4m.com/

You do what you do best... create music! We do what we do best... make you look great on the Internet!

Copyright © 2009 Madalyn Sklar

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach & consultant, blogger, social networks expert and author. She has spent over 13 years helping independent musicians and music business professionals achieve greater success in the biz. Her motto is: working smarter not harder. She also founded GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest + largest online community of indie women musicians.

Madalyn's Sites:
GoGirlsMusic.com
Social Networks for Musicians

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009 

Posting Photos on Facebook Could Get You Evicted?

by Madalyn Sklar

Have you heard the latest? In England a young couple was evicted for posting party photos on Facebook. It showed their house getting trashed. Yeah, seems they threw wild parties and the landlord found the photos on Facebook. Read more about the story here.

This is a great opportunity for me to remind you that, yes, the Internet is public domain. What you post online, especially on social networks such as Facebook and Myspace, can come back to bite you. So the next time you post your wild party photos, think about who can view them. I'm not saying don't use social networks but do keep in mind that there are ways to set privacy levels, controlling who sees what.

For Facebook I highly recommend reading, 10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know. It details useful advice and will give you new insight.

Don't be paranoid, just be smart!

So a heads up to Facebook users (and social networks in general)... beware of what you post on your personal pages. Learn how to control what people see. But do share yourself with the world. Yes, people (friends and acquaintances) are interested in YOU! You may not think so, but they are. Why do you think reality shows are so popular?

On a separate note, how is your music page faring on Myspace and Facebook these days? I would love to hear your comments.

And I just posted a new video tutorial on how to add the Twitter application to your Facebook page.



Until next time...

Copyright © 2009 Madalyn Sklar, Social Networks for Musicians

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach & consultant, blogger, social networks expert and author. She has spent over 13 years helping independent musicians and music business professionals achieve greater success. Her motto is: working smarter not harder. She also founded GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest + largest online community of indie women musicians.

Madalyn's Sites:
GoGirlsMusic.com
Social Networks for Musicians

Follow Madalyn @ Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009 

Facebook Marketing for Bands

by Madalyn Sklar

We all know that Facebook has become quite popular with more and more musicians flocking to it. It's so different from Myspace. With Mypace we see results quickly and can reach so many at one time. My take on Facebook is it's slow going but very useful. I believe that Facebook has established a place for indie bands, artists and music businesses. For months I have been spending a great deal of time reading blogs and articles on Facebook and looking for ways to maximize its potential. I was excited to find an eBook simply called Facebook Marketing. It's geared for musicians and is filled with many useful tips on how to get the most out of Facebook.

When I read this paragraph on their web site, I was compelled to buy the eBook.

These Facebook marketing techniques come from years of experience; they aren’t screwy tips like “message your friends” or “write on their wall,” and this isn’t a flaky ebook. They are hand-picked and customized, being the most effective and efficient techniques for Facebook marketing.

I bought it and was impressed. Yes, I learned new things!

This eBook, Facebook Marketing, is a valuable investment for only $16.49. See for yourself. It's on my recommended list.

Copyright © 2009 Madalyn Sklar, IndieMusicCoach.com

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach & consultant, blogger, social networks expert and author. She has spent over 13 years helping independent musicians and music business professionals achieve greater success. Her motto is: working smarter not harder. She also founded GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest + largest online community of indie women musicians.

Madalyn's Sites:
IndieMusicCoach
GoGirlsMusic.com
Social Networks for Musicians

Follow Madalyn @ Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn

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Friday, January 30, 2009 

Interesting SocNet Observations...

rby Madalyn Sklar



As both an expert and avid fan of Social Networks I just have to throw in my two cents on these interesting tidbits. Oh and in case you forgot, SocNet stands for Social Networks. My Tech VP, Amy, at Social Networks for Musicians (my other company) coined that phrase and I'm sticking with it.

On 1-30-09 @waynesutton posted this on Twitter:

"A guy just said that a business would not hire someone if they did not have at least 7 recommendations on Linkedin."

Wow! Now that to me is amazing. Some companies are really harnessing the power of SocNets. I think it's great but at the same time is this going too far? What do you think? If you are not familiar with LinkedIn, check mine out here. Hmm, I guess I should ask my peers to send in more recommendations. I only have 5. Just like I always say... it doesn't work UNLESS you work it. And well, this is one I need to be working on more.

Okay next interesting tidbit...

Top Social Media Sites
(ranked by unique worldwide visitors November, 2008; comScore)
courtesy of TechCrunch.com

Blogger (222 million)
Facebook (200 million)
MySpace (126 million)
Wordpress (114 million)
Windows Live Spaces (87 million)
Yahoo Geocities (69 million)
Flickr (64 million)
hi5 (58 million)
Orkut (46 million)
Six Apart (46 million)
Baidu Space (40 million)
Friendster (31 million)
56.com (29 million)
Webs.com (24 million)
Bebo (24 million)
Scribd (23 million)
Lycos Tripod (23 million)
Tagged (22 million)
imeem (22 million)
Netlog (21 million)

Until I saw this article I had no idea that Blogger was ranked #1 in 2008. It really shows the power of blogging and how people are so actively engaged with reading and writing blogs. I've been using Blogger since 2000. Yeah that was before most people knew what a blog was! And next in line is Facebook with way more visitors than Myspace. We all know that Facebook has become quite the place to go and mingle with your friends. It's simple, clean design make it so much prettier to look at than personal Myspace pages with crazy wallpaper and funky color text. I do miss the days of plain Myspace pages. Although I do enjoy viewing super cool and professionally designed Myspace sites. When done right it is so appealing! And yes, it's imperative for bands to continue on and maintain a Myspace presence. See my post on Myspace vs Facebook? from several weeks ago.There is not one social network that is the end all, be all. You know? They each have their place. - Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.

That that is my observation for today. I would love to hear yours! Post a comment and tell me all about it.

Copyright © 2009 Madalyn Sklar, IndieMusicCoach.com

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach & consultant, blogger, social networks expert and author. She has spent over 13 years helping independent musicians and music business professionals achieve greater success. Her motto is: working smarter not harder. She also founded GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest + largest online community of indie women musicians.

Madalyn's Sites:
IndieMusicCoach
GoGirlsMusic.com
Social Networks for Musicians

Follow Madalyn @ Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 

Why Bands Need Social Networks

by Madalyn Sklar



It's in our face day in and day out... Social media. Social networks. Myspace. Facebook. Twitter. Blogger. ReverbNation. iLike. Ning. Stereofame. OurStage. And countless others. It's confusing to many. Yet we need these in today's music marketing.

Marketing your music over the Internet has now become the norm. At one time, simply having a website for your music was all you needed. Not anymore! To keep up with the Joneses you need a constant presence on Myspace, Facebook and Twtter. You should also set up LinkedIn, Flickr, ReverbNation and iLike. And it doesn't hurt to have an iPhone or Blackberry so you can do it all from the road.

So why do you really need all this?

Simple. It's free music promotion. You have the opportunity to get your music exposed to more people than ever before. You can realistically reach fans in every corner of the world now. There are countless opportunities to find more gig swaps than ever. You can so easily connect with booking agents and promoters through these networks. But the key to making this work for you is to work it. Spend time working your social networks. And if you can't make the time, get a team to help you.

How about some shortcuts? Absolutely!

  1. My friend and fellow blogger Greg Rollett has put out a great resource on social media sites for musicians. Click here to get your copy. I highly recommend this free PDF.
  2. Ping.fm is a GREAT web site where you can update your social network status in one quick shot. I've been having some fun with this.
  3. Sign up for my FREE Facebook Marketing Tips for Musicians.

There you have it. Send me your thoughts on this. I'd love to hear from you!

Copyright © 2009 Madalyn Sklar, IndieMusicCoach.com

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach & consultant, blogger, social networks expert and author. She has spent over 13 years helping independent musicians and music business professionals achieve greater success. Her motto is: working smarter not harder. She also founded GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest + largest online community of indie women musicians.

Madalyn's Sites:
http://www.indiemusiccoach.com
http://www.gogirlsmusic.com
http://www.socialnetworksformusicians.com

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Monday, January 19, 2009 

Myspace Strategies - Getting Results

by Madalyn Sklar

Last week I talked about Myspace vs. Facebook. Yes, I'm big a fan of Myspace because I get results with it. And I help my clients get results.

In last week's post I said...

"It's not difficult to dramatically increase your friends/fans. I just started a promotion campaign for a fellow GoGirl and increased her friend count by 212% in only 2 weeks."

My client is thrilled with the results she's getting. With all her new friends it's generating more comments and messages in her inbox. My job is to expose her to the masses. With the increase in friends, her music is gaining exposure to fans that might not otherwise find her.

Another new client just started his campaign and in less than one week he was contacted by a booking agent in his area. The booker is interested in hiring his band to play at several venues.

This is not the first time a client has relayed this information to me. It's all about exposure. It's getting your name out there to countless new fans. It's having a strategy and working it. It's having a team help you because you can't do it alone. Well you could go at it alone but then when would you make time for your music?

"...you want to cast a wide, targeted net and reach as many people as possible. Then it's up to you to develop one-on-one relationships with people who reach out to you or those you reach out to."

I've said it before and I'll say it again... social networks only work if you work it. So get a strategy. Get results.

If you need help, get in touch with me over at Social Networks for Musicians. I've been helping musicians and music businesses with their social networks since 2005.

Copyright © 2009 Madalyn Sklar, IndieMusicCoach.com

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach & consultant, blogger, social networks expert and author. She has spent over 13 years helping independent musicians and music business professionals achieve greater success. Her motto is: working smarter not harder. She also founded GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest + largest online community of indie women musicians.

Madalyn's Sites:
http://www.indiemusiccoach.com/
http://www.gogirlsmusic.com/
http://www.socialnetworksformusicians.com/

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009 

Myspace vs Facebook?

by Madalyn Sklar



We have a great discussion going on over at the GoGirls Yahoo Group talking about the pros and cons of both Myspace and Facebook. It's quite interesting. And being that I'm a social networks expert I just had to throw in my two cents so here is what I had to say...

Here's my take on Myspace vs Facebook:

First off Myspace is not dead. It's still a great way to promote you and your music. It's not difficult to dramatically increase your friends/fans. I just started a promotion campaign for a fellow GoGirl and increased her friend count by 212% in only 2 weeks. Some people say it's about the "quality" not the "quantity" when it comes to Myspace friends. I disagree. For your personal page, sure, make it about quality. But for your band or business, you want to cast a wide, targeted net and reach as many people as possible. Then it's up to you to develop one-on-one relationships with people who reach out to you or those you reach out to. I've seen amazing results when this happens. I know many people are fed up with Myspace and moving to Facebook. Yes, Myspace can be very frustrating but my team and I know how to effectively work it to our benefit and to the benefit of our clients. It's the best, free social network.

Facebook rocks! I love Facebook. It's awesome connecting with friends and family. And it's cool meeting new people, catching up with old high school friends and making new fans. However, there are limitations. Your personal page can only hold up to 5,000 friends. So of course you want to set up a "band" page. But, you cannot invite people to join it. You can only invite people to your personal page. You can set up a "group" page and invite people to that. It's cool because it's more of a community feel. But like any social network, it can get quite frustrating. I do recommend setting up a "band" page to promote yourself and reach people you might not find elsewhere. It's slow going to get people as "fans" but you can advertise on Facebook for a nominal "per click" fee. I find it's best to promote your Facebook page on your other social networks such as Myspace and Twitter as well as your regular web site.

One thing I always say when it comes to social networks... it only works if you work it!

That's my two cents. Check out my company Social Networks for Musicians for articles on this subject. And feel free to contact me there if you'd like to learn more. I'm not trying to be sales pitchy, just informational. I spent a great deal of time speaking on this subject at music conferences last year. I'll also be on the Social Networks panel at Folk Alliance next month.
So there you have it. My take on this subject. I know a lot of people are frustrated with Myspace but it's still a very valuable place to promote yourself. And on the flipside I know a lot of people don't understand Facebook. That is why I created my FREE Facebook Marketing Tips eCourse. You can sign up at http://www.socialnetworksformusicians.com/.

So give me your two cents on this subject. Myspace? Facebook? Both? I'd love to hear from you.

Copyright © 2009 Madalyn Sklar, IndieMusicCoach.com

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach & consultant, blogger, social networks expert and author. She has spent over 13 years helping independent musicians and music business professionals achieve greater success. Her motto is: working smarter not harder. She also founded GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest + largest online community of indie women musicians.

Madalyn's Sites:
http://www.indiemusiccoach.com/
http://www.gogirlsmusic.com/
http://www.socialnetworksformusicians.com/

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 

Make Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter Work For You!



1. Do you have a targeted strategy to use MySpace to your advantage, or are you just using it because everyone's using it?

2. When you log onto Facebook, are you spending more time catching up with friends from high school than promoting your music?

3. Do you give a TWEET about Twitter and who's Twittering about your music?

Madalyn Sklar and her team can help YOU get RESULTS from social networking sites in a way that no other group can! With over 12 years internet marketing and promotion experience specifically in the music business, they know their way around social networks like Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, Flickr, Blogger, OurStage, Stereofame and more!

http://www.socialnetworksformusicians.com/

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008 

What Do YOU Think... Do Brands Belong on Twitter?

by Madalyn Sklar



So it goes like this...
I'm innocently reading several blog posts and these two caught my attention:
* Do Brands Belong on Twitter?
* Why Brands ABSOLUTELY DO Belong on Twitter

Both articles provide an interesting take on companies utilizing Twitter to promote brand awareness. And it got me thinking about you, your music and YOUR brand on Twitter as well as other social networks.

Okay so by now you know I'm a big advocate for Twitter. I was singing its praises before most of you heard of it. I think it's a great way to communicate with your fans, friends, peers, etc.

What about brands? Do they belong on Twitter?

A resounding YES comes from me. Why? Because you, your music - um yes, YOUR brand - needs to be front and center.

As a musician, artist, creator... you are a brand.
As a business... you are a brand.

You need the help of social networks to penetrate your market. You need Myspace and Facebook. You need Twitter and ReverbNation.

I know some of you are shaking your head saying, "No, I don't need all these networks." I disagree because you have an audience at Myspace and Facebook that you will not find anywhere else on the web. And you can reach fans on Myspace that you will not find on Facebook and you will reach fans on Facebook that hate and never use Myspace. Then there's Twitter which allows you to update your fans like never before. You can post links to brand new songs, show photos from the road and let them know when you are hanging out at Starbuck's sucking down a latte while writing your next big hit. And don't forget your ReverbNation widgets you can place all over the web.

So bottom line... yes, get your brand onto Twitter as well as other social networks that benefit you and your music. Stay a step ahead of the game.

My Social Networks:

Twitter - twitter.com/gogirlsmusic
Myspace - www.myspace.com/gogirls
Facebook - www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24490452847
ReverbNation - www.reverbnation.com/label/gogirlsmusicrecords
OurStage - www.ourstage.com/go/girls
Ning - www.gogirls.ning.com

Post a comment with your social network sites. I'd love to check them out!

Rock on... Madalyn

Copyright © 2008 Madalyn Sklar, IndieMusicCoach.com

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach & consultant, blogger, social networks expert and author. She has spent over 12 years helping independent musicians and music business professionals achieve greater success. Her motto is: working smarter not harder. She also founded GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest + largest online community of indie women musicians.

Madalyn's Sites:
http://www.indiemusiccoach.com
http://www.gogirlsmusic.com
http://www.socialnetworksformusicians.com

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Friday, October 31, 2008 

Madalyn Sklar Releases New Myspace e-Book!

Available only in the GoGirls Music Store!

Need tips on getting more out of your Myspace marketing efforts? Madalyn Sklar breaks it down and explains image and branding as well as getting the most out of music conferences. Plus tips on simple HTML code for your comments, bulletins and blogs.

This e-Book is designed for beginners or those looking to gain a better understanding of Myspace Marketing as well as those who would like to learn some basic HTML code.

Click here to order your copy!

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Friday, August 15, 2008 

What Are Your Favorite Social Networks And Why?

by Madalyn Sklar





I've been on the Social Networks bandwagon for sometime now. I can't help it, I'm a techie geek. I love new technologies. I get it. It make sense to me.

It's so cool how my two business worlds have collided by being a techie in the music business. On the flip side I find it interesting that there are plenty of music biz professionals out there who seem to think they get the techie stuff. Many don't. You can't just read about it and decide you're an expert. You have to do it, live it and teach it. And for a good while, no doubt.

So let's discuss my favorite social networks for musicians and why.

Myspace:

I have been a big fan of Myspace since early 2005. I will admit it was much easier to use up until earlier this year. Seems people have really bogged it down with their image heavy pages. Some take forever to load with their backgrounds, photos, videos, etc. I have been an internet marketer and web site developer since 1996 and I have to say download time on a homepage is critical. It can make or break a site. We live in a "hurry up and give it to me now" age. We don't have time to wait 45 seconds for a page to load. You have seconds to make a lasting impression. Sad but true.

What's so great about Myspace today? Well it's still a valuable site to gain new fans who will come to your shows and buy your music. Fans who will become your street team members, advocating your music. Like any social network, it doesn't work unless you work it. You have to spend consistent time on it.

Check out my Myspace pages:
http://www.myspace.com/gogirls
http://www.myspace.com/indiemusiccoach

Facebook:

I will admit that like most of you it took me awhile to like Facebook. We all got comfortable with Myspace so when we tried messing with Facebook it was so different. So confusing. But I soon found that I could have a really great presence on Facebook with little effort. How? They provide some great applications that shortcut things for you. I could set up Notes to automatically import my blog posts. Every time I blog it shows up on my Facebook page. Awesome I know! I also set up my Flickr photos to do the same as well as my Twitter posts. I then added ReverbNation's music application. And the mobile photo upload feature is great. I can take a picture with my iPhone (or any camera phone) and email it right to my Facebook page. Only takes seconds! I figured out so much that I recently put together a FREE "Facebook Marketing Tips for Musicians" e-Course at http://www.socialnetworksformusicians.com/. I would love for you to enroll in my free course and then let me know what you think.

Check out my Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696545329

Twitter:

This is a techie favorite. It's taking longer for musicians to embrace Twitter but it's slowly happening. I think the biggest problem is that musicians are saying, "do I have to join ANOTHER site??" Um, no you don't... just the ones that matter is what I say. And you know what, this one matters in my opinion. Twitter is micro-blogging, plain and simple. You can only type up to 140 characters so you have to be concise. I love that! I've watched musicians use Twitter to let their friends and fans know what they are up to whether it's busy recording in the studio, being out on tour or just sharing a bit of their everyday life. What I love about Twitter is that it's a great resource for news and information. So many people are using it to share articles, blog posts, etc. And like Facebook I can email photos from my iPhone using Twitpic. Last night I was at the Melissa Etheridge concert here in Houston and Twittered photos in real-time. It's super cool and easy to do.

Check out my Twitter pages:
http://twitter.com/gogirlsmusic
http://twitter.com/madalynsklar

I recently polled our GoGirls Elite members, asking them what was their favorite social network and why. Interestingly one member said it was GoGirlsMusic.com. Funny how I started an online community for women in music 12 years ago not realizing that I had created a social network. There just wasn't a name for it then other than online community.

Here's some interesting responses to my poll:

"I thought I’d let you know about this new place I found called Reverb Nation. It seems a lot friendlier to musicians as far as downloads and such, plus it’s got this cool feature called widgets that they give to you and you can inbed in all your other pages (websites, myspace, etc) to make navigation and updating a whole lot easier. I’ve only just started using it but I can see a lot of potential for a non-geek like myself to be a little more in control of a my geek pages." -- Lojo Russo, http://www.lojorusso.com

"i am really loving facebook right now. i jumped into it a few weeks ago and every time i use it, i'm kicking myself for not joining sooner. why? lots of reasons, but for now, here's the top 3: unlimited photos; i can connect it to my blogs in the "notes" section, which saves a lot of time and work; the fans can interact with me and with each other, and that's especially cool. myspace is too massive to ignore and i'm updating there regularly but facebook feels like the next wave." -- Queen Esther, http://www.queen-esther.com

"MySpace continues to be my favorite social network because I've worked out a system that works for me. When it comes to networking with bands, industry people, venues and building relationships with potential new fans, MySpace is still #1 with me. Sean, my drummer, is our Facebook guy and he loves Facebook because it is easier to add friends and the ability to use applications that import your blog, schedule, etc. make it lower maintenance than MySpace. I'm just not sold on the rewards of Facebook in comparison to MySpace." -- Tish Meeks, http://www.3kisses.com/

Post a comment and tell me what are your favorite social networks and why.

Copyright © 2008 Madalyn Sklar, IndieMusicCoach

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach & consultant, blogger, social networks expert and author. She founded IndieMusicCoach and has spent over 12 years working with a wide range of independent musicians all over the world. Her goal is to help indie artists achieve greater success in the music business by working smarter not harder. She is also the founder of GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest and largest online community of indie women musicians, with a vision of bringing together and empowering musicians from around the world.

Madalyn is available for one-on-one consulting and coaching at affordable prices. Check out http://www.indiemusiccoach.com/ for more info.

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Monday, July 07, 2008 

Listen to "Social Networks for Musicians" Teleseminar

First I have to say WHAT A GREAT CALL LAST WEEK! Thank you to those of you who were there with us. We covered a lot of ground. If you missed the call, no worries! I have a recording available to you free of charge.

The Social Networks Team:






Madalyn Sklar

Tracie Maloy

Tish Meeks

Carol Plunk

Here's a little bit of what we covered:

Do I really need to sign up for another social network?
I feel it's best to cast a wide net and reel people in. Once in you get to know them through one-on-one messaging. The goal is to turn your new, targeted friends into fans who then become buyers and possibly even advocates. Advocates are the fans who will post your songs on their personal myspace page, repost your bulletins and blogs and make the ideal street team member.

How can I use Myspace more effectively?
Spending an hour a day can make a huge difference! Consistently adding targeted friends, posting comments, post blogs and bulletins, etc. Spend time getting to know your friends. Take an interest.

I don't get Facebook!
Seems people either love, hate or just don't get Facebook. It's a great social network platform for one-on-one communication with lots of great applications especially Reverbnation. I spend the least amount of time on Facebook yet I have a great presence on there because I have set up several applications that automatically import my blog posts, twitter posts, flickr photos and youtube videos. I can even send up a photo from my camera phone in real-time to my Facebook page.

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Don't have time to figure it out? Why not hire Madalyn to walk you through this over the phone. In one 45 minute session she'll have you up and running! She can walk you through the process of setting up your Facebook profile to automatically import your blog, twitter posts, flickr photos and youtube videos. Or walk you through Twitter, Flickr or Blogger. Details at www.socialnetworksformusicians.com
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More on Facebook...
You can set up a band or business profile at www.facebook.com/pages/create.php

We cover WAY more on the call. Just head over to www.socialnetworksformusicians.com and take a listen.

On thing to remember...the bottom line when it comes to social networks is:
IT DOESN'T WORK UNLESS YOU WORK IT!

That's it for now! I hope you find all this information helpful to you. If you need additional help, please get in touch with me.

Rock on,
Madalyn Sklar

Check me out at:
Facebook
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Flickr
Myspace
Blogger

Copyright © 2008 Madalyn Sklar, IndieMusicCoach

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach, consultant, blogger, social networks expert and author. She founded IndieMusicCoach and has spent over 12 years working with a wide range of independent musicians all over the world. Her goal is to help indie artists achieve greater success in the music business by working smarter not harder. She is also the founder of GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest and largest online community of indie women musicians, with a vision of bringing together and empowering musicians from around the world.

Madalyn is available for one-on-one consulting and coaching at affordable prices. Check out www.indiemusiccoach.com for more info.

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Friday, June 27, 2008 

Do I Need These Social Network Sites?



The other day I talked about Facebook and how I work "smarter not harder" by utilizing applications to import this blog, my Flickr photos, my Twitter posts and my YouTube vidoes. With very little effort I have a great Facebook presence.

Many people I talk to don't get Facebook. They don't understand Twitter and most haven't heard of Flickr. That's okay. I'm here to pass along information so it makes sense.

You can learn more about all these sites at www.socialnetworksformusicians.com. I have a bunch of articles there that are helpful. And also on the homepage I have available the teleseminar I hosted the other night so you can listen and feel like you were there with us. It was very informative.

So people are always asking me, "do I need these social network sites?" I say "yes" and here's why...

The Internet has evolved tremendously in the last few years. As indie artists, social networks allow us to form a bond with people within a community. That community is a web site whether it's Myspace, Facebook or what have you. Interaction is done more often through your computer screen and even on your mobile device than in person it seems. With these networks you can form relationships with potential fans. Just by reaching out on your computer you can develop an army of not only fans and music buyers but true advocates. Who are advocates? Devoted fans who will turn on their friends to your music. Devoted fans who occupy their Myspace music player with your songs.

Of course you need to find a balance between your online time and your real world interaction.

Robin Brantley of the band Ruby Red says it best...

"I love MySpace as it gives us a chance to do the one-on-one thing with people as well as make new connects that I can then go out and meet that person and form a real working relationship. I fear though that a lot of people are not taking it that far, especially bands- they think the computer is enough. I know sooo many musicians here that are constantly asking me, 'So how did you get a meeting with them?' or 'How'd you get THAT gig?' But they never GO anywhere! Not to see other bands, to take anyone out for a nice lunch or whatever. They just stay home with their computer, typing their fingers off and not really supporting anyone else's deal or showing interest in anything other than what they are doing. Life really is a two way street like you said! So many people don't seem to get that one. It's changing so fast, too- you never know what the wind will bring tomorrow. But, I know I have built quite a following by balancing computer and face-to-face networking so I am going to keep working on it."


I know, there are TONS of music sites, social networks, yadda, yadda, yadda. So what do you do... give up on it? No! Check out sites. See what looks like a good fit for you, your music and your goals. I recommend that indie musicians use Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Blogger.

That's my two cents. Tell me what you think. Leave a comment.

Copyright © 2008 Madalyn Sklar, IndieMusicCoach

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach, consultant, blogger, social networks expert and author. She founded IndieMusicCoach and has spent over 12 years working with a wide range of independent musicians all over the world. Her goal is to help indie artists achieve greater success in the music business by working smarter not harder. She is also the founder of GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest and largest online community of indie women musicians, with a vision of bringing together and empowering musicians from around the world.

Madalyn is available for one-on-one consulting and coaching at affordable prices. Check out http://www.indiemusiccoach.com for more info.

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Monday, June 02, 2008 

Myspace is NOT Dead!

So I have to vent today. David Hooper’s opinion that “Myspace Is Dead” is one that I don’t agree with. He blogged about it last week. Well actually he didn't really blog about it, he posted a teaser in his blog to get you to his sales page so you'll buy his new eBook on Twitter for Musicians.

I love Twitter. It's a great tool to help you stay in touch with your fans (if you can convince them to sign up for yet another free site!) as well as work it to gain new friends and fans. Can you do this all in seconds as David claims in his sales pitch? No. You have to work this social network like any other. It's not nearly as time consuming as Myspace but it's also something so completely different. You cannot even compare!

And be advised... Twitter is having its issues at the moment. It's been down a lot. I love using Twitter and am a big advocate for it, but it's been quite frustrating.

So Dave's sales pitch goes like this... yes I'm quoting it. See for yourself here if you dare. And yes Dave, you can thank me later for bringing additional traffic to your site and fueling your intentional buzz. ;-)



I'm going to clarify the "seconds" part here. Yes, in seconds you can type up to 140 characters in Twitter. What exactly is Twitter you ask? It's micro-blogging. Plain and simple. It's the same thing as text messaging your fans using Mozes or other related services. Some people jumped on that in the last few years. But Twitter is hot right now because it's a community too, like Myspace and Facebook. Everyone is buzzing about. Well really techies are buzzing about it. I should know, I'm one of them... a techie in the music business.



Yes, you will hear more about how bands can benefit from this service. I've been talking it up in this blog quite a bit lately. I have used it at live shows and recent events such as the Kerrville Folk Festival, ASCAP Expo and various GoGirls showcases. I will be Twittering from several events in NYC and LA this week and weekend. Head over to the GoGirls Twitter page to see this in action: http://twitter.com/gogirlsmusic. You can read my mini-blogs with photos! Again, I'm a techie. If you need help learning about this and setting it up, please get it touch with me.

And check out my article, "What is Twittering? You're always Twittering. Should I be Twittering?"

So let's go back to Myspace NOT being dead. I know, so many of you get frustrated with it. At times it's slow, there's a ton of spam (and stupid sales pitches!) all while you wish you sold more CDs and were able to get more people to your shows. Well I'm here to tell you that Myspace doesn't work unless you know how to use it properly. You cannot simply work it sporadically and get results. You must (ideally) spend time everyday. You must become active and participate. That is the general rule with any social network.

It doesn't work unless you work it.

If you want to learn more about how I help indie artists and music companies take advantage of the social network revolution, visit http://www.socialnetworksformusicians.com/. You won't find long winded sales pitches, just information and lots of articles and blog posts that will help you.

I'll be hosting a really great FREE Teleseminar on June 24th.

“Social Networks for Musicians”
How to get beyond the confusion of web 2.0

Sign up at http://www.indiemusicseminars.com/

Until next time...

Copyright © 2008 Madalyn Sklar, IndieMusicCoach

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach, consultant and author. She founded IndieMusicCoach and has spent over 12 years working with a wide range of independent musicians all over the world - U.S., Canada, Ireland and Japan thus far. Her goal is to help indie artists achieve greater success in the music business by working smarter not harder. She is also the founder of GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest and largest online community of indie women musicians, with a vision of bringing together and empowering musicians from around the world.

Madalyn is available for one-on-one consulting and coaching at affordable prices. Check out http://www.indiemusiccoach.com/ for more info.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008 

Madalyn's Myspace Tip

A few days ago I blogged about bad Myspace advice that was circulating on several Yahoo groups in my post, Crossing the Line to Make a Buck in the Music Business. It made me think about how much we believe what we read from so-called music industry professionals. How many of these people really know their stuff?

When it comes to Myspace promotion, I know my stuff. I have years of experience to prove it! See http://www.socialnetworksformusicians.com/. With that said I would like to share some information that you might find helpful.

Madalyn's Myspace Tip:

When it comes to adding friends, have a strategic plan. Don't just randomly add friends. Look for like artists and bands. If they enjoy the music of someone with a similar style, chances are they will like you. Be sure when you are adding friends to put in a note such as, I hope you enjoy my music! And once you get new friends take the time to get to know them. Respond to their messages and comments. You want to turn your new friends into fans and buyers.

I do like using and recommend Friend Blaster Pro. It allows me to be efficient which is the key. But don't think you can now do 400 friend requests per day because this program is going to zip right through it. Well it won't. Thanks for our friend CAPTCHA it's much slower but still better than doing it manually. And you want to stay under the Myspace radar so you don't get your account deleted. It's best to do no more than 275 per day. I typically do between 200-250 requests. Also I recommend not using the comments, messaging and bulletins features. Really just stick to friend adds. Using these other features can make you look like a spammer which is a sure way to get your account deleted. I recommend commenting, messaging and posting bulletins manually.

Please feel free to comment. I welcome your feedback!

Copyright © 2008 Madalyn Sklar, IndieMusicCoach

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach, consultant and author. She founded IndieMusicCoach and has spent over 12 years working with a wide range of independent musicians all over the world - U.S., Canada, Ireland and Japan thus far. Her goal is to help indie artists achieve greater success in the music business by working smarter not harder. She is also the founder of GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest and largest online community of indie women musicians, with a vision of bringing together and empowering musicians from around the world.

Madalyn is available for one-on-one consulting and coaching at affordable prices. Check out http://www.indiemusiccoach.com/ for more info.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008 

Check out Myspace Marketing for Musicians



This is one of my other sites. I put it together on Myspace because I'm currently writing an eBook on the subject. It will be filled with practical advice and information on how you can make Myspace marketing work for YOU.

Head over to http://www.myspace.com/myspacemarketingformusicians and become my friend. And subscribe to my blog there because I'm always posting ideas and tips.

Rock on,
Madalyn Sklar
IndieMusicCoach.com
~providing one-on-one indie music consulting & coaching~

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Monday, November 26, 2007 

Madalyn wants your comments in her next e-book!

Want FREE PR? Read on...
I'm hard at work on my next e-book project: Myspace Marketing Secrets for Musicians. It will be full of information and practical advice on how indie artists and bands can get more friends and fans, increase their exposure and attract more opportunities. What I'm looking for from you is comments on your Myspace promotion efforts. What works for you and what doesn't? Do you have a success story to share? By sharing your information and/or story you will have the chance to get included in this new e-book. And what does that mean to you? FREE promotion for you and your band! If your comments or story are used in the book I will use your band photo, Myspace screen shot and link to your page. Email me at madalyn@gogirlsmusic.com with your comments and/or story as well as a link to your Myspace page. Thanks!

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Thursday, October 25, 2007 

Need Myspace Promo Help?

Here's What We Can Do For You!

We will actively add friends, post your bulletins and blogs and leave comments on your friends pages. You can expect increased exposure resulting in more profile views, song plays, comments and messages.

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Our strategic promotion campaign will include increasing targeted friends, sending comments, managing your bulletins & blog. Our experience shows that when this is done consistently it will dramatically boost your profile views & song plays. It will attract more fans, promoters, bookers, managers, labels, radio, musicians, etc.

We work with ALL musicians, ALL music styles, etc.

Get additional info at http://www.gogirlsmusic.com/promo

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007 

What About Myspace?

In case you didn't notice, Myspace is making quite a comeback for indie artists. I know, we all got burned out on it. It's so time consuming. It was s-l-o-w. Remember that? Then not too long ago it seemed to rock again. It moves quicker. Less stress and hassle. I'm noticing far more results. Are you?



But there is a strategy to making it work effectively for you. That is why I'm now offering my services to ALL artists and bands. I know the do's and don'ts. I know what works.

If you are looking for Myspace help in order to increase your exposure and opportunities, then get in touch with me. I can help boost your profile views & song plays.

Our plans start at $250/month.

Get additional information and pricing at http://www.gogirlsmusic.com/promo.

Rock on,
Madalyn Sklar
IndieMusicCoach.com
~providing one-on-one indie music consulting & coaching~
http://www.indiemusiccoach.com/

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 

Need Myspace Help?



Hey Indie Bands & Music Businesses:

Having a Myspace page is great but it takes a lot of precious time to really work it. Time that you can't spare. Wouldn't you rather work on your music or business while we promote you on Myspace? We have spent the last two and a half years working with indie artists and bands, helping them increase their presence on Myspace. In addition we have built an impressive Myspace page for GoGirls and our affiliate business sites. It has worked for us. It's worked for our artists and bands. It can work for you!

Basic Promotion Package:

We will add friends, post your bulletins and blogs, send messages and leave comments on your friends pages. You can expect increased exposure resulting in more profile views, song plays, comments and messages.

Increased Myspace Exposure = Increased Opportunities for You!

Get additional information and pricing at http://www.gogirlsmusic.com/promo

Rock on,
Madalyn Sklar
IndieMusicCoach.com
~providing one-on-one indie music consulting & coaching~
http://www.indiemusiccoach.com/
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