101 Band Promotion Ideas

101 Band Promotion Ideas In no particular order!" June 2008 - c/o www.unsignedbandpromotion.com
  1. Join MySpace add friends leave comments.
  2. Start a MySpace Group related to your band and/or genre.
  3. Join MySpace Groups related to your genre.
  4. Start a MySpace fan site to support your band - add friends leave comments.
  5. Start a MySpace fan Group to support your band.
  6. Add Unsigned Band Promotion to your MySpace Friends List.
  7. Rotate your band's MySpace avatar regularly.
  8. Network and forge relationships with anyone in the business!
  9. Tell your fans about your Website and MySpace blogs.
  10. Visit and post on the same Forums and Blogs that your fans use.
  11. Start a blog on your Website and MySpace. Then see: hypem.com.
  12. Leave comments in blogs related to your genre.
  13. Create a short snappy signature that includes your band's name and URL for blogs and forums.
  14. Answer questions in genre related forums and blogs.
  15. Try using a question for the title of your forum/blog posts.
  16. Use your band's name as your URL (www.YourBandName.com). If you
    can't get your band's name as your domain name make your domain name
    short and memorable.
  17. Get a .com or .co.uk URL.
  18. Put your URL on everything: CD covers CDs videos leaflets at
    gigs posters flyers business cards press releases and stationary
    even put it on it's own piece of paper.
  19. Double check the printer got it right!
  20. Put the band's name and URL clearly onto T-shirts and make sure you always wear them.
  21. Design your flyers with a simple bold image and the minimum of (easy to read) text.
  22. You will have greater success and less competition if the topic/theme of your website is original!
  23. Introduce a new angle like weaving the themes of your songs into
    the website design it may also help with the look and feel of the
    website - this is almost "branding your band".
  24. Brand your band with a product that's related to your band's genre.
  25. Brand your band with the help of a local fashion boutique.
  26. Always wear clothes that reflect your music.
  27. Get your hair re-styled - so you look different!
  28. Sort out your Meta Tags. See: Meta tag generator.
  29. Improve your band's opening page. See: Band promotion for unsigned bands - if you only do one thing do this.
  30. Sort out your band's name Webhosting and Website design requirements. See: Webhosting for unsigned bands.
  31. Get yourself a Website. See: A free band website template.
  32. Set up a music store and sell your band's toons. See: How to make money online by selling music.
  33. Create an Online Promotion Package or an Electric Promotion Kit... Whatever... See: Online Promotion Package.
  34. Get the new - Genre meta tag for bands [suck it and see!]
  35. Link to other bands (same genre) from your Website blogs and forum.
  36. Here is a list of where to add your band's profile and music.
  37. Aim to build an onlineCommunity,Music Organisations,Community,Music Organisations,Community,Music Organisations,Community,Music Organisations,Community,Music Organisations,Community,Music Organisations,Community,Music Organisations,Community,Music Organisations, Funding forums may help as they could
    give valuable feedback. They also may not!! I think blogs work best
    combined with an email newsletter.
  38. Keep it all local to start with build a local fanbase.
  39. Include a "Tell A Friend" link with your press release - easy with JavaScript.
  40. Include a "Bookmark This Page" link - easy with JavaScript.
  41. When asking for a link always provide your link code.
  42. Make sure your Website is easy to read (no text/background clashes).
  43. Make sure your Website is easy to navigate (provide text links).
  44. Create a link page to your reviews and your reviewers.
  45. Speed-up the download time of your Website.
  46. Try some search engine optimisation. See: band promotion for unsigned bands
  47. Look for keywords related to your genre and use them on your Website.
  48. Join/start a Webring related to your genre.
  49. When setting promotion or marketing targets be realistic the Web's a tough place. Recruit a promoter (fan friend or family).
  50. Create a newsletter about your band and genre. See: Band promotion by email gig newsletter
  51. Write a press release and post it to www.musicmog.com.
  52. Seek out find and use young and exciting band photographers. They often work for free ;)
  53. Create an extensive gallery of band photographs.
  54. Start a street-team to hand out flyers post stickers...
  55. Start an e-team to spread the word about you in blogs forums MySpace...
  56. Start a fan-club with its own Website.
  57. Ask fans to submit your bloggings to Social Bookmarking Websites.
  58. Ask fans to: buy your music spread the word tell a friend...
  59. Ask your local record/music shop to give away your free CD/demo.
  60. Give away free T-shirts to achieving members of your fan club.
  61. Run a contest!
  62. Find out where your fans are.
  63. Ask your e-team to target the MySpace profiles of the bands that have influenced you.
  64. Ask your e-team to target the MySpace profiles of the bands who sound like you.
  65. Ask your e-team to target the MySpace profiles of music magazines.
  66. Ask your e-team to target the MySpace profiles of local bands.
  67. Ask your e-team to target the MySpace profiles of local organisations.
  68. Do some free gigs with other local bands.
  69. Make a free CD sampler with local bands of the same genre.
  70. Offer free stuff that relates to your genre. Buy it cheap from eBay.
  71. Non-profit organisations often need support at local events. If your band fits the bill offer to play.
  72. Tell everyone the kinds of events/gigs you're happy to play next to your contact information.
  73. Offer to play at fan club members' (local) private parties BBQs etc.
  74. Write a controversial/political song.
  75. Translate your lyrics into foreign languages.
  76. Publish an eBook of your lyrics poems and photographs.
  77. Make a video.
  78. Put your band's video on YouTube.
  79. Create a ringtone.
  80. Exchange gig dates with local bands and bands of the same genre. see Syndicated Gig Listings.
  81. Trade links for links. You need links.
  82. Create an e-card.
  83. Search Google for Websites related to your genre. See: Genre meta tag for bands.
  84. Search MySpace for Websites related to your genre - add them as friends. See: Genre meta tag for bands.
  85. If you're immersed in the Internet you may have forgotten that
    most people still get the majority of their marketing messages through
    traditional channels. Post a flyer in the local shop.
  86. Create a promotional message.
  87. Ask your fans friends and family to Text their friends with your: promotional message next gig date Website address...
  88. Research your genre within Wikipedia i.e. "rock bands wiki".
  89. Write a Wikipedia article about your genre add a link to your band's Website.
  90. Submit your band's Website details to Wikipedia. Don't forget DMOZ.
  91. Give something away it doesn't have to be branded. Try Mr Pound!
  92. Sell cheap memory sticks of your gig.
  93. Target your local press with Articles,Resources press releases news...
  94. Also try the specialist music press with same...
  95. E-zines always need content give them some.
  96. Research file-sharing Websites like Napster ;D
  97. Don't rely on MySpace get a Website.
  98. Start your first database/emailing list by pooling your band members' email address books.
  99. Send out your first email-shot ask everyone to buy your latest MP3 for 75p.
  100. Recruit an enthusiastic aunt to look after your email list.
  101. Find/seek your band's "niche" in the marketplace.
  102. Create a theme for your Website and MySpace related to your niche.
  103. Ask your fans friends and family to support you. c/o www.unsignedbandpromotion.com