Music Biz Weekly was very excited to have Matt Conn Dr of Pages for BandPages deliver this reent webinar, Breaking Down The Wall: How to Use BandPage Everywhere to Connect More Deeply with Your Fans. The webinar was presented live on October 8, 2012 and a video recording is now available for those who can’t attend.
Sometimes you just need to sell your music through iTunes. The options to install a iTunes store on your Facebook page have been pretty limited. You could setup BandPage and link each track out to iTunes. But the setup, though fairly easy, is a number of steps.
Over the weekend I discovered a new Facebook app called smartTab. This is easily one of the easiest and fastest stores to install on a Facebook page.
Login with your Facebook account and you are taken to a dashboard of all the Pages you administer.
Past in the URL to your page on iTunes.
Upload a banner image and select some colors.
You now have a nice looking store on your Page that displays all your product on iTunes. It allows 90 second previews of all songs. It has individual buy links as well as album buy links… all linking to iTunes to complete the purchase. Add a new title to iTunes in the future, it appears. You don’t need to do anything, just set it and forget it.
Note that you can’t add your own affiliate code to the links, smartTab inserts their own affiliate code. The app is free, but they seem to make their money off of each sale, just like a traditional affiliate link. They say a premium version is coming that would maintain your affiliate code.
I chatted briefly with the developer of smartTab and they updated me on some changes they are working on:
An “add list”. This will let people add specific albums to show. If you might want to display albums from another artist in your store.
A “splash page”. This will let people include a few lines of code on their website which will cause a smartTab to overlay the page. This will release smartTabs from being only available as a Facebook page tab.
A “block list”. The ability to selectively remove certain albums from being displayed.
Installs in a matter of minutes.
Automatically updates with new product.
Displays all your product in iTunes with one configuration.
Remember, smartTabs is just a interface to iTunes. Whatever iTunes does or does not do, smartTabs will be the same.
Only 90 second previews.
Can’t insert your own affiliate code, until the premium version is released.
No marketing tools such as free track for a email.
I know I have clients that only sell their music through major channels such as iTunes and Amazon, for them smartTab is a perfect tool.
I came across this on Facebook and thought it would be something worth sharing. Jay Piecha of Suite J created this nice Photoshop template for your Facebook page that you can download for free and use to create Cover images, Profile images and App icons.
Are you ready for the next change Facebook is making to your Page? This one is not nearly as dramatic as rolling out Timeline to your Page, but you should be aware of the change.
On April 26, we will be updating the size of the profile picture on all Pages. We are letting you know about this small change in advance so that you can update your profile picture on April 26. The new profile picture will be 160 x 160 pixels and will sit at 23 pixels from the left and 210 pixels from the top of the Page.
Welcome to episode 52 of The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold and Brian Thompson.
This week’s episode, March 30, 2012 – Two Guys Bullsh@#ting About Facebook Timeline, StageBloc, Music Biz Webinars and Spotify. An unedited, no-holds barred discussion about a range of current music industry topics such as: the all-new Facebook Timeline for Artist Fan Pages, a new website building platform for musicians called StageBloc, info on our upcoming Webinar on Direct-to-Fan Marketing, and the latest complaint about Spotify and other music subscription services from none other than the Black Keys.
Michael Brandvold is a freelance music imarketing consultant based in Northern California. Having launched Michael Brandvold Marketing to leverage his years of experience to provide digital strategy to large and small clients in the areas of online & social marketing as well as e-commerce and fan acquisition and retention.