I want to tell you about the best new Facebook application for musicians that I have found that by far exceeds the quality of iLike.com, which I was using for my clients and have gotten rid of, and replaced it with this new one.
It’s called BandPage by RootMusic. When you edit your Facebook fan (or music) page and then scroll down to the bottom of that page to where it says More applications – Browse more, you will come to the All Applications page and there you type BandPage into the search box and it will bring up the link to the application. You click on it and then you click on Add to my Page (right underneath the logo photo) and then select which page you want to add it to that you administrate.
You then go to www.rootmusic.com and set up an account there so that you can upload tracks, album cover art, post your tour dates, etc… RootMusic links to Soundcloud.com so if you don’t have an account with Soundcloud, it only takes a moment to register.
You have to input the information for your Facebook (FB) BandPage tab on the RootMusic website but once it’s complete, it will sync in to your FB BandPage tab and voila, it looks fantastic and has all the information you’d ever want people to see! You can also set the BandPage as the default landing page for people who haven’t “liked” your page yet.
So, this is a way to have a really professional looking BandPage tab on your Facebook page through which you can upload audio tracks and videos; it pulls in photos and videos from your FB page; you can add your Twitter feed, your blog URL, your website URLs, Email address, phone number, tour dates, and customize the look of it so that it looks like a professional page. You can do most of that for free!
However, for only US$20 per year you can customize the page to include a banner and colourful background, etc., to make it look really slick. That’s a good bargain because your FB fan page is really important, isn’t it?! There are also a few other features that you can use for that fee and they are described in the video link below.
This link will take you to a video that describes how to do everything. It’s long but very useful:
Start at 1:46 to listen and be patient. It will pay off! You can do this yourself and the application is really quite user friendly!
I think BandPage is awesome! The guys who run the BandPage page on Facebook are there to help you and will answer your questions. They’re musicians too and they’re great!
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