The Evolution of BandPage

Over the past year and a half, RootMusic has gone from a few people in a living-room to a company that works with over 250,000 musicians from all over the world.

We thought it would be helpful to list out a few of the things that we’ve launched for BandPage over that time. Take a look through the list below and make sure to click on any of the features you would like to learn more about or want to ask any questions about BandPage.

We’re really excited to be where we are today, and look forward to building more for you! Thanks for your support!

Bye BPFF, Long Live Music Monday

Ever have a case of the Mondays? At RootMusic we think one of the best ways to make Mondays awesome is discovering and listening to new music, and that’s why we’re starting BandPage Music Mondays.

You may be familiar with BandPage Follow Friday (#BPFF on Twitter), and BandPage Music Mondays will be the new shiny replacement for BPFF. We’re always trying to help bands reach new listeners, and with Music Mondays we will reach even more fans since Music Monday is already popular on Twitter and blogs. Sure, it’s a bit of a change from what we’ve been doing, but we think it’s a change for the better!

So how’s this going to work? Every Monday we will ask everyone to post their Music Monday suggestions on our BandPage Facebook Page, and we invite you to Tweet your own Music Monday suggestions on Twitter. When you share your Music Monday, make sure to use the band’s Listn.to link so that fans can quickly check out the band’s BandPage.

What’s even cooler? On Twitter you can post your Music Monday with a couple hashtags (you know, those words with the # sign in front), which makes it really easy for people on Twitter to discover your music in Twitter Search. The hashtags that we’re going to use are #BandPage and #MM (Music Monday’s Hashtag).

Here’s an example Music Monday tweet:

I’m really diggin’ this new @Phantogram EP. Check them out http://listn.to/PHANTOGRAM #MM #BandPage

That’s it! We’re looking forward to having our minds blown with all of the awesome new music coming in, and we can’t wait to share the love with thousands of fans and musicians all over the world.

See you on Music Monday!

Reach new heights with Facebook Likes and Comments on Tracks

Discovering a new song that you love is one of the best feelings in the world. It’s that excitement in your chest that’s accompanied by the need to tell all your friends about this great new thing that you just found. With today’s new BandPage update, we’ve made that last part much easier for all your fans.

We’d like to introduce you to Liking and Commenting on Tracks.

It starts with a click of the mouse, and in an instant a fan has told all of their friends about the hottest new music.

When listening to a song or watching a video on a BandPage, your fans are now able to instantly share the love with their friends with a Facebook Like or Comment.  Since your fans can share your tracks and videos with their friends much faster now, BandPages will receive even more visits from new listeners, which will lead to even more sharing across Facebook. It’s a beautiful thing.

The next time that you post a song or a video, ask your fans to spread the word to their friends by Liking, Commenting, and Sharing. It could catch like wild fire!

So check it out and let us know what you think, we’d love to hear your feedback!

Below we’ve got some examples of what Liking and Commenting looks like on a BandPage and Facebook. If you’d like to see it for yourself, take a look at Rihanna’s BandPage to see it in action: http://listn.to/rihanna

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3 Easy Steps to Transition Your ArtistData Shows

Now that BandPage has a really cool new way to automatically fill your touring schedule for you, we’ve made some changes that users currently using ArtistData need to be aware of. BandPage is dropping support for directly syncing with ArtistData — instead, you have the option of three different event listing services to use to power your touring schedule. The good news? All of these listing services are supported through ArtistData’s Concert Database tool, the same tool that was being used to push show data directly to BandPage from the ArtistData system in the past.

The change is perhaps best illustrated in a quick drawing (provided by our resident doodler-extraordinaire, whose identity shall forever remain a closely-guarded secret).


ArtistData Integration – An Illustrated Summary

Day 1

Step 1: Choose service + Setup ArtistData publishing

Now that you have options, it’s decision time! Take your pick from any of the three supported integrations: SonicLiving, Songkick, or Bandsintown. We don’t play favorites here — they’re all great! Each has their own unique abilities, so check them out and see which one you feel most comfortable with.

Once you’ve made a decision, it’s time to crank the proverbial valve and get your show data pumping in to that service’s databases. To do that, you need to open up the Concert Database Tool in ArtistData. On the left, you’ll see a whole bunch of concert listings. Just locate the one that you picked, click it, and then click the light blue “Activate” button on the right-hand side of the page to tell ArtistData to start sending your shows to that app.


Enabling publishing from ArtistData using the Concert Database Tool

Day 2

Note: It’s best to do these steps a day after you complete step one, just to allow enough time for the shows to get pushed over to the new service. This will prevent any problems with your shows temporarily disappearing while you wait for the new data to come in.

Step 2: Uninstall ArtistData

Now that you’ve got the replacement prepped, it’s time to take off those old shows. To uninstall ArtistData, click the button that says “Disable ArtistData.” This will turn off the ArtistData sync for your BandPage, and you can start using the new event sync feature in BandPage.

Step 3: Install new service + Approve shows

Click the “Sync” button next to “Add Show.” This will pop the sync area open, where you can choose which new service you want to use. Just choose the one that you selected in step 1.

After a short delay, your shows should appear in an queue for you to approve for display on your BandPage. You can approve shows individually or just hit “Approve All” if you want to be lazy (we’re lazy, that’s why we put that button in!)

Now your shows should be showing up on your BandPage, just like before! As new shows come in you’ll be emailed and you can log back into the editor and approve them instantly. You can also set up ‘auto-approval’ for this feature, meaning that all new shows will be automatically put on your BandPage as soon as they come in.

That’s all, folks!

Thanks for taking the time to move your shows over to this new system. We promise it’s worth it! We’re always working on improvements to the touring schedule (like adding RSVP buttons, for one thing!) — by following these few steps, you’re making your BandPage future-compatible for all our cool upgrades.

If you’re having trouble with the process, or have suggestions on how to make this better, please visit the BandPage Support Center and drop us a line! We’re always happy to help you out.

BandPage Joins with Bandsintown, Songkick, and SonicLiving to Better Connect Bands and Fans on Facebook

San Francisco, July 14, 2011 – RootMusic, the developer of the #1 Music Application on Facebook, BandPage, announced today they have upgraded their app with a new multi-platform touring integration. Incorporating the technologies of three of the top touring websites on the web: Bandsintown, Songkick, and SonicLiving.

The upgrade allows fans on a BandPage to see which of their friends are attending a show; creates the ability to RSVP for the show; and then brings the event into their friend’s feeds regarding the concert. This drives more engagement for a musician’s show, as well as letting fans know about shows they can see with their friends. Once the friends are at the BandPage of their favorite artists, they have the opportunity to RSVP and buy tickets at their BandPage.

Touring information will now directly feed into an artist’s BandPage, eliminating the need for bands to manually enter all the tour information. This will save hours of time for those that are tasked with entering tour dates to focus on other priorities for their artists.

“We at RootMusic are always looking to give artists the best chance to make a living using our product. We are excited to partner with three of the industry’s top touring companies to strengthen the connections between a band’s fans and help touring artists get the word out,” said J Sider, CEO of RootMusic.

The BandPage “social touring” upgrade moves the industry closer to solving a problem that has hindered both artists and their fans– streamlining the delivery of tour information to fans and strengthening the fan community. “We are at a time where technology can be built to improve touring from a fan and artist perspective- its exciting to be a part of it,’” continued Sider. “Now bands can give their fans easy access to get the word out to attend a show with their friends.”

The tour portion of the application will give the artist the choice from which of the three touring companies they want to pull information from. Once they decide their service, they will no longer have to list the dates over and over again. Bands can focus this time on promoting the show and playing music!

Press Contact:
Jim Mulhearn
jim@rootmusic.com

About RootMusic

The maker of BandPage the #1 music app on Facebook with over 200,000 musicians and growing. Launched at SXSW in 2010, we’re an honest and transparent company that’s open to feedback and always listening to our users. We believe there’s a better way to do music online and love working with the music community to make it happen.

About Bandsintown

Bandsintown is an application for live music fans and artists. Be the first to know when your favorite bands are coming to town, and if you’re an artist – automatically display real Facebook events & ticket links on your Tour Dates tab.
For Artists can:
• Automatically display Facebook events & ticket links on a customizable Tour Dates tab
• Sync tour dates & events to MySpace, Twitter, website
• Fans can RSVP to & comment on events from anywhere
• Promote with tags noting Pre-Sale, Tonight!, Sold Out
• Manage entirely within Facebook

For Fans:
• Get personalized concert recommendations based on your favorite music
• Import artists from iTunes, Facebook, Pandora, and Last.FM
• RSVP & invite friends on Facebook & Twitter
• Discover new local shows

For more information, go to: http://www.bandsintown.com

About Songkick

Songkick, the home for live music on the web, is now the second-largest live music destination after LiveNation. Recognized by Music Week as the Best Consumer Digital Service in 2011, by Billboard Magazine as one of the Top 10 Digital Music Startups of 2010, and voted Best Innovation in BT’s 2010 Digital Music Awards, Songkick makes it easy for fans to track their favorite artists so they never miss them live. Songkick aggregates artist, concert, festival, venue, and ticket information from across 70 countries, so fans can receive personalized alerts for upcoming shows in their town and find the best ticket offers. Fans can use Songkick to share their concert plans on other social networks, and add photos, setlists, and reviews after the show. Songkick’s live music information is distributed across a network of partners including Bandcamp, Vevo, Warner Music Group and YouTube through their API. Songkick is backed by Index Ventures and Y Combinator as well as angels from the technology and music industries. Experience Songkick at http://www.songkick.com and through the Songkick Concerts iPhone app.

About SonicLiving

SonicLiving connects music fans across the internet, helping them find events they’ll love.

SonicLiving’s database of over 100,000 upcoming events from around the world powers personalized concert calendars for services like Pandora. The SonicLiving Platform does more then powering event listings, it bridges the gap between musical taste and social-based event discovery.

When a fan RSVPs on a service anywhere on The SonicLiving Platform – whether it’s an artist website or an event on Facebook – that action gets amplified throughout the entire network.

By bridging social actions across the Internet, SonicLiving fuels discovery, engagement, and transactions amongst fans and their friends.
For more information about connecting to SonicLiving, please visit http://bandpage.sonicliving.com

For the latest information on SonicLiving, please visit http://blog.sonicliving.com

Who uses Facebook? Infographic

We found this rad infographic about the age breakdown of Facebook and Twitter users. Just wanted to share it with you guys. You can find the original post at Community102.

Video chat & the growth of sharing on Facebook

Yesterday, Facebook announced that they’re revamping their chat. You’ll be able to chat as a group and use Skype-powered video chat. Pretty neat, eh?

We watched the live announcement on Livestream, and were intrigued by Mark Zuckerberg’s introduction. He had some poignant things to say about sharing and its exponential growth. In the intro, Zuckerberg reinforces the importance of sharing and talks about how sharing is one of the key features of Facebook. With that in mind…have you shared a song today?

You can read more about it in this TechCrunch article.

BandPage Live! Recap :)

Check it out as we walk you down the Facebook ads road!



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Don’t forget, every Thursday, at 5, we will be there. Like a clock!

Best Practices Pt 10: Like to Listen

Are you releasing new material? Make your new songs like-to-listen and send fans to your BandPage. Create buzz by leaking your songs on the BandPage before they’re available for sale. Give your fans a free download to show your appreciation in exchange for a like or an email.

You can use gated content to grow your fan base – whether you’re using like to listen, like to download, email to listen or email to download. Using the gated content options will incentivize fans to like your page or join your mailing list before they can stream or download songs. This will help grow your fan base; when a fan likes your page on Facebook, they are subscribing to your posts and updates. Likewise, growing your mailing list is another great way to keep in touch with fans and let them know about your latest and greatest.

You can activate this feature by going to the tools editor at RootMusic.com and selecting your tracks. We recommend that you make a few songs like-to-listen, but not all of them. Let new fans hear your music before they like your page.

BandPage Live! Recap

This week we went over some of the best practices we’ve been posting on the blog. Check it out!



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