On the next Website Recommendation we have an upcoming hip-hop site with music promotion, music business, artist development advice and so much more! We have ArtistShortcut.com. Their blog is dedicated in helping out underground hip-hop artist with some insightful blog posts. I read up on on few of their articles focusing on how artist can create the best home studios for the best price. Even the best sounding equipment for 2017! I really like how this site really thinks outside the box and really presents different avenues for artists/producers to improve their ways to create music efficiently. Stay tuned for more content from ArtistShortcut.com. And make sure to follow them via TWITTER to get the latest updates!
I’m back with another website recommendation that I find helpful to anyone who’s looking to promote themselves. This time I’m bringing you a secret weapon of mine that I’ve kept to myself for the last 5 months and I’m ready to share since I know it works! CoPromote is a co-marketing platform that helps generate boost for their posts such as on Twitter, Tumblr, Vine, and even Youtube. They have a community of over 800,000 members that relate to categories like music, gaming, blogging, brands, filmmaking, and so much more.
Luckily, this platform is free but are limited to the features you can use. But first I have to explain how easy and accessible CoPromote is. You can access it on their site CoPromote.com or on your mobile device through their CoPromote app. You are able to boost one thing at a time and you’re able to keep tabs on how the tweet/post/blog/video is doing with their analytics. You get to know who is exactly sharing your content, how engaged is it, and helps to improve with what’s really bringing traffic.
Since using CoPromote for the last 5 months, I find it to be extremely helpful and anyone who is trying to get more exposure on your content either with blogging or music. It works. Before I would get probably 2-3 RTs but when I boost a tweet I now get an average of 20 RTs and even some new followers. Also, helping to bringing new traffic to my Twitter account, My Website, and even my Youtube Channel.
But I know by making your account Pro you can really take advantage of the CoPromote platform and reach to almost close to 1,500,000 additional reach. They have different packages and what I find to be useful is the unlimited boosts. Meaning I can have over 12 tweets being RT, Liked, and Shared. Because currently I’m using the free account which only allows 1 Boost at a time. Check out their packages and prices below:
I’ve been able to find some pretty dope Gaming Youtube Channels. I found them by using CoPromote’s Youtube Feature. Say I find a video I like and I want to feature. It adds a clickable link to my videos on my channel. When someone watches my video a pop up of the video comes out on the bottom left corner. I choose which videos would be more relevant to my viewers. You can also boost a youtube video and get yours featured on other youtube channels.
I seriously reinforce for you guys to check out CoPromote! If you’re an artist trying to get more exposure this is the best way to boost your content from tweets and your music videos! Best way for things to get around is word of mouth and CoPromote makes it easy. If you have a budget for promotion I highly suggest you go Pro in order to really push your content the right way. Try it out for free if money is tight, but don’t miss your chance.
P.S Follow CoPromote because sometimes they post discount codes for their GoPro Packages, Be on the lookout: 👀
After the mission of submitting your content to numerous amounts of sources, now its time to play the waiting game. Waiting for that special feature. When that moment finally arrives it’s now to put in work. For an indie artist you just can’t expect that one feature to make you a superstar over night. It’s all about how many people can get aware of the content.
For my site, NikkiSiixx.com. When an artist gets featured you automatically receive 1 week of promotion via my twitter accounts. Daily mention of the article and the artist twitter link. I’m blasting the post in order for more people to take noticed.
That same promo approach should be done on the artist behalf as well. Say if the artist, his team, and any fans that want to help push your content. The more people that talk about it the better. Build awareness for your content, and this goes for anything related to upcoming releases. Here are a couple of tips to promote your feature on a website or blog, even including mine:
1- Get TWEETDECK! They have a special feature to help pre-schedule tweets. I use this to help the continuous promotion of a tweet for a week without having to physically tweet it myself. I highly recommend you get it and have your team as well! and this will be able to setup daily tweets for
– Features on anywhere they feature you
– RT’s or Screenshots of Feedback Given from fans or colleagues
2- How to promote the featured article on twitter:
— Team Art Morera (@TeamArtMorera) October 7, 2015
— SIN (@LISTENtoSIN) October 12, 2015
— Hope Dealers (@HopeDealersPR) October 13, 2015
— -ToBy- (@Official_ToBy) October 17, 2015
-You know what these links are creating? They’re building the awareness that site actually featured you. This gives the listeners a good reference to why they should listen to you. And you’re building more awareness for the site that feature you. When sites notice a certain artist brings traffic, they’re going to want to keep building more with you.
3- How to promote via Instagram:
@idioticoddity is a unique artist that mixes hip-hop, pop, and rock within his genre. This presents a wide arrange of sounds that Idiotic Oddity adapted to quickly. You may think is a bit out of the norm, but who is normal nowadays? Oddity’s also does his own vocals, making an appearance on his hooks/chorus. Really catchy! Wanting me to press replay. Idiotic Oddity released his self titled EP Idiotic Oddity. I find this to be a great introduction to who Oddity is as an artist. The refreshing production and melodies reminded me of one of my favorite Indie Electronic Duos The Limousines. With a dancy 80’s synth and 90’s influenced pop. But Idiotic Oddity provides a hip-hop flow to his verses. Idiotic Oddity EP is a five track project, here’s what I thought about my favorite tracks off of it. Read the rest via NikkiSiixx.com || #review #nikkisiixx #nikkisiixxentllc #music #hiphop #pop #rock #spotify #listen #idioticoddity
⚠️ATTENTION⚠️ Everyone head over to @Nikkisiixx page & show L❤️VE she reviewed my Mixtape 💯 #HipHop #Blogger #Journalist #UndergroundMusic #IndieGrind #Mixtape #Femcee #Emcee #BARs #TQIK #SupportTheReal #GoodMusic #DOPE #LA #LV #MIAMI #Follow #Like #Share #Blog #Rapper #WestCoast #Cali #Vegas #linkedup #teambackpack #TheComeUp #FGA #FirstGenerationAmerican #ComingSoon
What I also recommend when posting it on instagram.
-Hashtag keywords relevant to the post and anything regarding your campaign.
-LINK the article to your Instagram link on your bio! Fastest way to get instagram users to view the content. Have this up and promote it for a week straight.
4- If you have a website that has a press section (this section will have every link that has ever mentioned you). I find this to showcase to anyone who wants to see how many features without having to do a complete Google search. Its right there ready for the viewer to peek and look at your references.
5- Create your own custom images for post by viewing my article Top 6 Apps for Music Artists. I recommend some pretty dope apps to give you the presence you need online.
6- Don’t just retweet one time the link from the blog. Think about it, they probably took from 2 hours to couple of days to get the post ready and review the content genuinely. Well, I know for sure that’s what my contributors and myself do for all the posts. When you show real love it’s only expected 10x more. Also, when other sites see you pushing the content they made for you. They’ll expect the same push for what they’ll write for you. That’s when sites will become aware that you support the sites.
7- I recommend to push article features for more than a month, twice a day (AM+PM). Reason why when tweeting at different times of the day, is because when someone sleeps another is awake, and vice versa. This doubles your chances in reaching different people than always the same people at the same time everyday.
Those were couple of tips I recommend for Artist to do after getting featured on my site or any other site. When you’re an indie artist, your fans will only know when they see you mention it. If your fan doesn’t follow my site and you don’t mention it. How can they support and promote you when they didn’t find out from the artist themselves?
From a bloggers perspective, submitting music should be something simple and easy to do. But sometimes the artist, manager, promotional agent, and friends don’t promote the content accurately and appropriately. I know the whole key is to have as many people listen to the content. But if they’re doing it with a wrong approach, it will lead your music to fall on deaf ears. If you don’t want this to happen you should definitely check out below my Do’s and Dont’s in SUBMISSIONS 101.
DO: Usually the way a blog or website wants to receive submissions from the public is through they’re email. Review the site you want to submit. Make sure the site is relevant to the artists and that the site features other artists in the same genre. This guarantees that there are people who would like similar music and will take a listen.
DONT: Submit your content to a site that literally has nothing to do with the genre or topic. I’ve received submissions for country and religious genres. Obviously these submissions won’t make it on to a Underground Hip-Hop site, but I see that they’re just trying to spread the word, so they can get any feature. It’s also a waste of time submitting to sites that there’s no way the music will be on there.
DO: The sites have a list of details of what they need from you the submitter to properly review the content. My site offers this here: nikkisiixx.com/submissions. I basically broke down what I need from you from any category I have listed on my site. From music-video submissions, project reviews, event coverage, or inquiry about anything else. I’ve visited other sites and I’ve seen what they’ve requested. It’s plain out simple. But unfortunately submissions don’t come out right.
DONT: HALF-ASS details you can provide about the artist! Lacking a bio, discography, producer credits, photos, and even social media links. Should get the submitter a slap on the wrist for not including these valuable details that a blogger would need to generate the best post about you. I’ve received emails saying “yo… check out my music. youtube link . pz” Really? Yes Really?! How can I take this person seriously when they’re not taking themselves seriously. There is no way this content will get posted anywhere. You’re lack of information will lead to no exposure.
DO: It’s always good to try and touch base with the site prior to submitting you’re content. At least the site is aware of the incoming email. You can let them know when you’ve already sent it. And maybe a week after submitting to follow-up with the status.
DONT: Contact the site/writer on a daily basis on the status of the post. By you’re constant harassing this will lead them to have a bad taste in their mouth about the representation and the actually artists. When this happens usually the writer will not not have a positive outlook on writing this post since of the constant reminder. Us bloggers don’t need this. We have more on our plate then what you can expect. Especially it’s a site in supporting Underground Hip-Hop Artists from all over. If you haven’t notice there’s thousands of you.
DO: Create an excel sheet and generate a list of music bloggers. This will need name of the site, link, email, contact name, twitter, date sent, reviewed, follow-up 1, follow-up 2, Notes. These columns will help out because all the information you need will be right there. Fast way to view status on submissions, if you have this as up to date as possible.
DONT: Discredit sites for not posting you’re content. By showcasing this negativity in public this can cause a backlash of other blogger sites to not support the artists. I know at times it may seem no one is supporting you but you got to have a bit more patience. Especially when we’re overwhelmed with submissions. I have to mention this more than once because it’s a lot!
This should cover the basics of SUBMISSIONS 101. Be genuine! Providing more information is always better than to have less. The more you give the more we have to work with.
If you have any questions feel free to HASHTAG #ASKNIKKI101 and mention me @NikkiSiixx. I’ll be happy to help out with any questions. & please don’t let these question be about posting your content. That would clearly mean you didn’t read my article above.