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5 Things You Should Do Every Day to Promote Your Music

5 Things You Should Do Every Day to Promote Your Music

Musicians everywhere work hard to find an audience, but not all musicians work smart. To effectively promote your music, you need to separate yourself from what everyone else is doing and try new things every day. Even if you fail to execute new strategies properly the first time, you’ll learn from experience, and can properly apply them in the future.

Promoting your music is hard work, and while it takes time away from recording and songwriting, it is an important part of having a career in music. Many musicians upload their music online and expect to just be found, but this is an unrealistic expectation. Successful musicians are the ones who put the work in to get their music in front of the right audience through effective use of different music marketing strategies.

Assuming you have an album recorded and are selling your music online, here are some things you can do every day to improve your music promotion efforts.

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1. Send your music to a radio station

An effective radio promotion campaign can help any musician gain a densely populated fan base. When your fans are within a dense geographical area, it makes touring more profitable and can make booking new gigs much easier, since you’ll have local awareness.

When sending your music to radio stations, it’s important that you send finished recordings (not demos) to the program directors. After sending, you want to follow up with a phone call to solicit feedback. If the program director likes what you’ve sent, it’s time to ask them to add your music to the playlist. If not, ask when you can follow up with them, and follow up on time. 

2. Reach out to a blogger

For a new artist, getting your music reviewed online is a great way to gain a loyal following. Reaching out to music bloggers who are passionate about your niche and have a strong following is a great way to tap into the ears of passionate music fans.

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When reaching out to bloggers about getting your music reviewed, make sure you have a high-quality album or EP out – it’s unlikely they’ll want to review singles. Emails you send to bloggers should be short, make proper use of white space, and be direct.

After you email bloggers, don’t forget to follow-up a few days later. You can automate follow-up emails with apps like Rebump.

3. Post to social media

Social media is great for musicians, but too many use it as a promotional platform. Instead, your social media accounts should be used to engage your existing audience so that they share your content and your following grows organically.

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When posting on social media, be sure to follow the social media rule of thirds. One-third of your posts should be promotional, one-third should provide value to your followers, and one-third should be personal interactions. Keep this in mind when you attempt to promote your music on Twitter and Facebook.

4. Learn something new

Whether it’s learning a new musical instrument or reading blogs about promoting your music, it’s important to keep your mind fresh with new ideas. Subscribe to blog newsletters, search for music promotion tips and ideas on Google, or ask someone for advice every day.

When attempting to learn something new, remember to actually apply what you’re learning. Early application of newfound knowledge results in early failures and struggles that accelerate the learning process.

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5. Spend $5 on advertising

While paid advertising can be expensive, it can be effective when used properly. Unfortunately, creating an advertising campaign that’s working effectively can take time and upfront investment, but by spending $5 a day through online advertising, you’re getting started on the learning process that can lead to effective paid promotional efforts when you release your next album.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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