Introducing Laurie Brown of LJB Artist Management (Managing with Integrity)

LJB Artist Management LogoFor those of you who are following Scully Love Promo and me, Christine Bode, through social media, you’ve probably noticed that I have updated my website but I no longer have a Facebook business page. I deleted it about a year ago because at this point, as a solopreneur who works with musicians & artists, I don’t have the budget to pay to play on Facebook.

However, I have been utilizing the power of Twitter (for free) to make new connections and recently had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of a lady who I have a lot in common with. We both work in the music industry and think a lot alike in terms of how important it is to help each other out there in the social media stratosphere in order that we can all be successful at what we do.

Meet Edmonton based Laurie Brown of LJB Management (Artist Management), an artist manager with integrity, who can help both part-time and full-time musicians manage their day-to-day business operations and build their career.

With a professional designation in “Music Business – Artist Management” from Berklee College of Music, Artist Manager, Laurie Brown can bring a wealth of experience and organizational skills to your career and allow you, the artist, to do what you do best – create and play music.

MANAGEMENT SERVICES:

Craig Moritz and Laurie Brown

Country singer-songwriter Craig Moritz with his manager, Laurie Brown.

LJB Management offers services for full-time and part-time musicians whose careers have reached the point where they need assistance with day-to-day business operations. LJB Management helps artists with Career Planning, Grant Writing, Copyrights, Royalty Collection, Festival and Showcase Submissions, Branding, Corporate and Event Bookings and more.

MANAGEMENT CONSULTING and PROJECT WORK:

Not every artist needs to have a full-time manager on monthly retainer. SOME artists need assistance with SOME projects SOME of the time. LJB Management also offers management consulting services, tailored to each individual artist’s needs, at an hourly rate. Assistance with industry driven projects such as SOCAN paperwork, grant writing, showcase and festival submissions, and building a business/career plan is provided on a “per project” basis.

CORPORATE BOOKING:

LJB Management has a unique and diversified roster of talent to bring to corporate and private events. Whether planning a corporate party, family event, charitable fundraiser, sporting event, or any other gathering where entertainment is required, LJB Management will have an artist that will fit the bill.

INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS and AFFILIATIONS:

Alberta Music Industry Association (AMIA)
Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA)
Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)
Western Canadian Music Association (WCMA)
Music Managers Forum (MMF)
Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta (ATAA)

Laurie keeps her rates as low as possible as she knows how tough it is for artists these days.  Her rates for consulting are $50 per hour (a normal consult is about 2 hours) and $25 per hour for projects. She will do an estimate on the project so the artist knows up front what the costs will be.  If the hours are higher she’ll honour her original estimate (as long as the project hasn’t changed drastically) and if the hours are lower, she charges the lesser rate. For grants, the fees vary depending on what type of grant you are applying for and what is required (i.e.: marketing plans add a lot of time to an application if the artist does not already have one), but Laurie will provide a quote for grant writing as well.

If you’re looking for Laurie’s expertise, don’t hesitate to contact her.

Website: www.ljbartistmanagement.com
Email: ljbmanagement@live.ca
Phone: 780-446-1849

You may not have visited the Our Global Team page on my website, but if you haven’t, take a look, and you will learn about the people on my team who I’m more than willing to refer to anyone who may need their services. They are all trust-worthy individuals who excel at what they do and their services are complimentary to my own. If you think you’d be a good fit and would like to join Our Global Team, please contact me.

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The Global Spotlight Podcasts with Twitter Marketing Specialist Keith Keller

Keith KellerMelbourne based Global Twitter Marketing Specialist Keith Keller is considered amongst the top 1% of Social Media influencers in the world.

Keith is a popular speaker and has appeared on numerous radio shows, teleseminars, webinars and Google hangouts around the world.

I’d like to help Keith spread the word about some of his brand new projects, products and podcasts because he’s taught me so much about Twitter and is always helpful to me there as well. You can read more about him and his latest projects here.

Here’s the first two installments in the brand new series of podcasts: The Global Spotlight

“Believe In Yourself & Ignore The Naysayers” 

www.TinyURL.com/BelieveMP3

Do You Have “Passion & Purpose” For What You Do?

www.TinyURL.com/PurposePodcast

Keith is very VERY excited about this new project and would love your feedback.

THE GLOBAL SPOTLIGHT PODCAST

A fresh episode comes out every two weeks on iTunes now and Keith has a lovely newsletter that goes along with that as well – If you would like to get a copy you can register here.

Follow Keith Keller on Soundcloud for his Crack The Twitter Code one on Crack The Twitter Codeone coaching series and more, or become an affiliate for his new Coaches Connection Academy.

How To Get The Most Out Of Twitter Ads

Twitter Money BagRecently, I attended a webinar sponsored by Twitter on getting the most out of Twitter ads and I’d like to share the main points I came away with about how to do that. I’ve listed them in point form for ease of reference.

When creating a Twitter ad, these are the things that we must be aware of:

  • Define your goal. What are you trying to promote?
  • Tweet Best Practices – see https://business.twitter.com/best-practices
  • Choose which metrics you will use.
  • Engage with your audience.
  • Ask questions that tie back to something relevant about your business.
  • Use Rich Media = tweets with images and videos
  • Select a campaign objective. You only pay when you get results.
  • Grow your followers!
  • Import your list of email contacts to your Twitter account.
  • Drive traffic. Achieve this through referral traffic. Keep things simple and direct but give your audience a sense of urgency about what you’re trying to promote in your tweet.
  • Track conversions.
  • Consider using a website card (use an image) on a cost per click (CPC) basis. Learn more here: https://dev.twitter.com/docs/cards
  • Choose a call to action phrase that best describes your objective.
  • Don’t forget to engage with followers! Be conversational.
  • Tweet about things relevant to your business and use #hashtags.
  • Promote tweets for your best content.
  • Lead Generation: develop LeadGen tools to help attract perfect followers/customers. Use relevant images with compelling copy with your LeadGen cards to make people feel special. Learn more here: https://blog.twitter.com/2013/capture-user-interest-with-the-lead-generation-card
  • Consider installing apps by mobile app developers.
  • Measure your results. This is very important! Use the Tweet Activity Dashboard. Learn more at https://blog.twitter.com/2014/new-tweet-activity-dashboard-offers-richer-analytics
  • If you’re a large company in particular, you’ll need a marketing automation tool – http://marketing-automation.findthebest.com/ . I trust HubSpot. Try their free trial for 30 days at http://bit.ly/1qCiOUa
  • Download this B2B Marketing Automation Tools 2014: A Marketer’s Guide: http://downloads.digitalmarketingdepot.com/Marketing_Automation.html if you’re a large company who needs Marketing Automation.
  • Learn, optimize, repeat.
  • Always follow up with your leads!
  • Visit https://ads.twitter.com/getstarted?ref=ca-ps-go-branded-twad to get started with Twitter ads.
  • You can tailor your audiences using geo-targeting (use postal codes or zip codes).
  • Make sure your reach is broad enough.

For more articles on how to get the most out of Twitter ads, click here: http://bit.ly/1qB4Imr

 

Why You Should Use ManageFlitter To Help You Manage Your Twitter Account

ManageFlitter My favourite tool for managing Twitter accounts is ManageFlitter. It helps us to figure out who we’re following on Twitter that is either inactive or not following us back and it allows us to unfollow up to 100 people per day with the free version of the service.

A commercial version of ManageFlitter was launched in February 2011 by a company called Melon Media in Sydney, Australia, whose chief executive officer is Kevin Garber.

I love this tool because it’s so easy to use and the free version is sufficient for the bulk of ManageFlitter users. You simply go to www.manageflitter.com and sign in using your Twitter account. Be sure you’re signed in to Twitter first so that you can allow ManageFlitter access by authorizing them to pull in your data. You click the red Start button and ManageFlitter pulls in all the people you’re following on Twitter. Then you go to the Manage tab if it doesn’t direct you there automatically, which it often does. From there you can see in the left column, tabs for who is Not Following Back, who has No Profile Image (I don’t follow accounts without a profile image), which accounts are Non-English and who is Inactive. Generally, I click on Inactive first and if someone hasn’t tweeted in a month, I unfollow them. Then I go to Not Following Back and unfollow those accounts held by people who aren’t following me back.

My strategy is to work regularly on searching (using keywords or #hashtags) for people or organizations on Twitter that I’m interested in or who my clients would be interested in and then put them into Lists via keywords to later help filter their feed and find those people more easily so they can talk to them. I will also follow people recommended to me through shoutouts and hashtags like #FF (Follow Friday) or #MM (Music Monday), etc.

Once a month I use ManageFlitter to see who I’ve followed who is inactive or not following back and I unfollow them because let’s face it, they won’t be of any benefit to me. You can always choose to continue to follow a certain amount of Twitter accounts held by those who won’t follow you back because they’re celebrities, news sources or leading specialists in their field because you value the content of their tweets, but I think you should keep those to a minimum in order to keep your ratio of following to followers more even and therefore more appealing to others.

ManageFlitter’s Account Search feature is also excellent for defining who you’re looking for on Twitter and it will pull in a list of people you might want to follow based on the parameters of your search. Click the Refine tab to get the whole form and fill in what’s relevant to you. It always tends to pull in those who have heaps of followers first. As you know, sometimes those people won’t be the ones to follow you back. Always look for their ratio of followers to following to make your decision before you follow someone and make sure they tweet regularly. You can follow people directly from ManageFlitter too.

ManageFlitter also has a Power Post feature under the Engagement tab that enables you to preschedule your tweets to go out at peak times throughout the day. You can use Tweroid to help you to determine what times are best for you to tweet to reach your optimum audience. You can connect your Facebook account and LinkedIn account as well so that you can preschedule posts for them.  You can program in a Recurring tweet as well. I’m not sure how many tweets you can preschedule at once with the free version but you can probably do quite a few. You can ask ManageFlitter questions using their Support form under the Dashboard tab.

There are many additional features you can get including Analytics if you pay to upgrade your account but I find that for my clients’ purposes as well as their budgets that the free version is fine.

All you really need to help manage your Twitter account is ManageFlitter. Check out their blog for more great tips.

Ten Tips For Tempting #Twitterati to Follow You

Twitter UnfilteredTen Tips for Tempting #Twitterati to Follow You

1. Personalize your background and add a profile photo & header photo image.

2. Fill in your bio with pertinent info about you or your company using searchable keywords.

3. Include a link to your website or blog.

4. Tweet interesting, valuable content regularly and consistently.

5. Use #hashtags.

6. Retweet other people’s content and choose wisely to ensure it’s the most helpful RT for them.

7. TALK to people on Twitter!

8. Put the people you’re following into Lists according to keywords and then use them to filter your Twitter Feed and find the people you want to talk to.

9. Register your own hashtags at Twubs.com and start a Twitter chat.

10. Use Manage Flitter to unfollow those people who are inactive or not following you back.

Repeat steps 4 through 10 regularly.

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What Many Musicians Don’t Realize About Social Media Marketing

Galway Street MusicianI’ve been working as a social media manager for musicians under the business name Scully Love Promo for almost seven years and I absolutely love working with them because music has always been a great passion of mine.  I’ve worked with everyone from local musicians who create music as a hobby to Juno and Grammy winning artists.  Over the years I’ve morphed from super fan girl who listened to music constantly in my spare time into a self-employed person who doesn’t have a lot of time left at the end of the day to actually discover or listen to new music online, let alone the artists I’m already a fan of. So I suspect that most people’s computer time is also extremely limited and therefore it’s extremely important that as a musician with an online presence, you don’t take your audience for granted.

Social media has completely changed the life of working musicians and has forced them to get on board with it whether they like it or not.  Most independent touring musicians don’t have time to write new music, record, produce, market and tour it themselves without a team of individuals in place to help them.  They need a manager or booking agent, a publicist, a grant writer, a social media manager…you get the picture.  It takes a village to create a successful touring musician!

Social media has also completely demolished the barrier that used to exist between an artist and their fans.  It used to be that all they had to do was make records, give interviews to the press and perform live in concert, while their agents or labels took care of their marketing. Not anymore.  The music industry has changed drastically, and now most artists have to do everything for themselves and the most important thing that needs to be addressed is the relationship they have with their fans.  Without fans, they have nothing.

I’m sure most of us have LIKED the Facebook page of at least a few musicians, singers or bands since we’ve been on Facebook and some of us have liked hundreds if not thousands of them. If you actually want to Ann Vriend Singer-SongwriterSEE the posts from your favourite artist’s Facebook page, as soon as you LIKE it, click on Get Notifications and add that page to an Interest list. You can call the list whatever you like but it will help you to filter your News Feed so that you’ll see those pages’ posts that you’re interested in when you’re ready to look.

Most musicians that I work with are wonderful at posting their own content regularly on their Facebook page and they even know how important it is to post different kinds of content, including lots of photos, videos, text-based updates, questions, links, events, etc.  Many of them are very good at having conversations with their fans and answer their comments and emails in a timely fashion.  However, quite a few aren’t so good at it. Some don’t even really want to look at their Facebook pages, or their YouTube inboxes, nor give a damn about how Twitter really works, even though they know they’re important marketing tools and that having a lot of likes, followers and views (which translates to fans) is important.  They think having a social media manager to take care of their sites for them should be enough, but it’s not. There is no substitute that is acceptable to the fans of that artist.  They want to communicate directly with the artist!  The social media manager should be there to help them post content in a timely fashion, let them know when they have messages and comments, organize lists, run ad campaigns, delete spam, monitor analytics, etc., but they should not be the ones talking to the fans.

When it comes to social media marketing, I’ve found that many musicians that I’ve worked with who have been around for a while fail to understand the need for or importance of not only being consistent and posting regularly on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, but also sharing other people’s content.  They think their social media marketing should be all about them, and that’s just not the case.  We’re all here to help each other and the more that musicians show their generosity of spirit by allowing their fans to know about who they like and support by sharing their content, the better it is for everyone.  If you’re not a household name and you don’t have a ton of cash to spend on a super professional and expensive marketing team, you need help, and that means that you need to be willing to help others as well.  That’s how it works.  That’s why we LIKE other people’s pages AS our page, so that we can use Facebook AS our page and scan through the News Feed to find other people’s content that we can share to help them.  That’s why we retweet other people’s content and comment on other people’s videos.

Musicians are special.  They are important.  What the talented ones bring to the world makes it a better place to live in.  But they’re not more important than the people who spend their surplus cash on buying their CDs or digital downloads and tickets to their concerts.  Musicians and their fans are a team and should treat each other with thoughtfulness and respect at all times, because without fans, you may be a musician, but you’ll be a lonely player performing for yourself in your bedroom.

 

Updated February 10, 2015

50 Tips For Rockin’ Your Facebook Page

50 Tips for Rockin' Your Facebook Page

  1. Define your objectives for your Facebook page (i.e. to generate new leads, offer customer service, increase your brand awareness, network or connect with fans). You need to know what you want to achieve by using Social Media.
  2. Choose the right type of Facebook page for your objective with the correct category and fill in the Basic Information section with as much pertinent information as possible.
  3. Choose a main promo photo for your profile photo (dimensions 180 x 180 pixels) that you’ll use for all your social media sites, as well as a dynamic and complementary cover photo (dimensions 851 x 315 pixels).
  4. Select a unique, catchy name for your Facebook page.
  5. Connect your page to Twitter by signing into your Facebook account and Twitter account at the same time. Go to https://www.facebook.com/twitter and follow instructions.
  6. Install customized Welcome apps on your Facebook page.  Provide a compelling free offer to engage people and encourage them to LIKE your page (offer a free report, eBook, video, discount or coupon).
  7. Use a Reveal tab on your Welcome app (a reveal or “fan gate” will increase your likes by 20-30%).  A reveal tab is a graphic that entices your visitor with a FREE offer but they have to “like” your page to get the free offer.
  8. Link your employer on your personal profile to your fan page.  Go to your personal profile or Timeline and click on the About link under your main profile photo.  Click on Edit – Work and education – and type the name of your Facebook page in the box that asks, “Where have you worked?”  A dialogue box should appear for your page.  Click on it and it will be pulled in as your employer.  Type in the title of your position and how long you’ve been in it, etc.  This will create a live link on your Timeline that will direct people to your Facebook page.
  9. Ask questions on your Facebook page to get comments.  Click on the Offer, Event + tab in the status update dialogue box and choose Question.  Ask something.  You can also add poll answers if you like.
  10. Write fill in the blank sentences on your Facebook page to get comments; i.e. “If I could go anywhere in the world for my honeymoon, I’d go to ______________.”
  11. Be consistent on your Facebook page and post regularly; i.e. at least once a day.
  12. Exchange links.  Team up with a friend and share your pages on each other’s pages and personal walls (and exchange likes for likes).
  13. Participate in Facebook Fan Page Friday networking events.
  14. Post a status update and invite people to check something out on your fan page.
  15. Ask people to share your status update!  It’s a proven fact that if you ask people directly to do something for you, they will be more likely to do it.
  16. Incorporate status tagging.  Share content from someone else’s page and give them the credit for it by typing the @ sign and then the name of the person or page that you wish to tag. A pop-up box will appear with suggestions as you begin to type. Click on the right one to pull it into your post and it becomes a live link.
  17. Post photos!  They have the highest weight or most virility so use them for 80% of posts.  Text based status updates are also highly viral.
  18. Change your cover image often.  You can’t include your website URL, contact info or a direct call to action in your cover image, but you can use images, graphics & text to think of other ways to promote your business.
  19. Pin your important posts to the top of your page.  Do this by hovering your cursor over the top right corner of your post box and click on the pencil icon for Edit or Remove.  Choose Pin to Top and your post will remain at the top of your page for 7 days or until you change it.  Keep it fresh and rotate.
  20. Highlight posts on your Facebook page.  Do this by hovering your cursor over the top right corner of your post box and clicking on the star icon that says Highlight.  This will make the post the full width of your Facebook page and it will really stand out.
  21. Add more Milestones!  Click on the Offer, Event + tab in the status update dialogue box and choose Milestone and fill in the information requested.
  22. Add a Facebook Fan Box to your website. Link to plug-in: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/like-box/
  23. Install Facebook Comment Boxes.  You can find out how to here: http://www.ruhanirabin.com/easy-steps-to-facebook-connect-comment-box-how-to/
  24. Run a contest!  Be sure to follow Facebook’s promotion guidelines at https://www.facebook.com/page_guidelines.php – use WildFire app – http://www.wildfireapp.com/
  25. Make your own Facebook LIKE sign – http://www.whatcounts.com/fbsign/
  26. Install a Fan of the Week app and offer prizes to the winners.  Simply type Fan of the Week in the Search box and it will bring up the Fan of the Week for Pages app.
  27. Get fans to tag photos of any live events you’ve attended or hosted and ask fans to tag themselves in the photos.  Do this by clicking on the photo so that the photo appears in a larger format on the left side of the page and the description and comment boxes appear on the right side. Hover your cursor over the bottom of the photo and click on Tag Photo and then type your name in or the name of the person who is in the photo.  If they’re your friend on Facebook, you’ll see a drop-down box to click on.
  28. Do you use a newsletter to regularly market your business?  Make sure that you’re including your links back to all of your social media profiles on every correspondence that you send out.  If you use MailChimp or Constant Contact, you can install a customized app for those providers to your Facebook page.  If not, you can use the Static Iframe Tab app.
  29. Include a link on your business card to your Facebook page.
  30. Did you know that you can shorten your Facebook URL by using fb.me or fb.com?  For example; http://www.fb.me/scullylovepromo or http://www.fb.com/scullylovepromo. Use the shortened version to save space on your business card!
  31. Use WiseStamp to create an email signature that incorporates all of your social media icons with clickable links – http://www.wisestamp.com
  32. Use your Facebook page link when you’re commenting on blogs.
  33. Always provide a watermarked link on all your videos linking back to your Facebook page and/or include the link to your Facebook page in the description section of your video on YouTube at the very beginning of the description.
  34. Understand Edgerank and use Edgerank Checker – http://edgerankchecker.com/
  35. Use Facebook Insights to track results and analyze demographics.  Insights can be found in the Admin Panel on your Facebook page.  Click the link to See All to view them.
  36. Monitor your insights!  Find out which posts were the most popular and what countries and demographic that you’re popular with.
  37. Use targeted Facebook ad campaigns – https://www.facebook.com/advertising – if you don’t know how to create one, Scully Love Promo can help you!
  38. Use Promoted Posts!  For as little as $5 you can promote a post on your Facebook page that will be seen by not only the people who have liked your page but also their friends.  The post can be targeted and will be seen by fans in the top 3-4 countries that have liked your page. Promoted posts often result in additional likes for your page for a minimal investment.
  39. Create Interest Lists and add the Facebook pages that you’ve liked to them so that you can keep track of them by keyword or subject.
  40. Use a Google calendar to create a posting plan for your Facebook page for every day of the week.
  41. Invite your Twitter fans to your Facebook page (include your FB URL in your Twitter bio).  A great way to entice people to share your content is by giving them an opportunity for added exposure by offering them something in return; i.e. “It is PAGE sharing day! Come and share your PAGE URL on my fan page @ http://www.facebook.com/ScullyLovePromo.”
  42. Invite your customers to your fan page – have stickers made that provide the URL and say “Like us on Facebook” that you can affix to every sales receipt.
  43. Use Woobox to apply thumbnail photos to apps that have their own unique URL – http://www.woobox.com/
  44. Check your Notifications.  Try using http://www.hyperalerts.no/
  45. Try special offers using the TabSite app.
  46. Install the Suggest To Friends app.
  47. For those of you are a bit more technically savvy, use Wildfire’s iFrames for Pages – http://www.insidefacebook.com/2011/03/07/wildfire-iframes-pages-welcome-tab/
  48. Use Snagit, a screenshot program that captures video display and audio output. Get a tutorial here: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-snagit.html
  49. Use Likealzyer to gain insight into how you can improve engagement on your Facebook page: http://likealyzer.com/
  50. Know where to seek Help on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/

 

 

How Do I Get More Followers On Twitter?

top10twittertipsDo you want to get more specifically targeted followers on Twitter who will be beneficial to you without having to buy them?

If so, it’s important that you retweet other people’s content!  It’s also important that you talk to people on Twitter, engage with them, and even find out how you can be of help to them so that when the time comes, you can ask them for help without feeling creepy about it.

I was recently able to connect with radio stations in Trinidad to secure several interviews for a Soca artist I’m working with while he was there for the International Soca Monarch.  You would be amazed at who you can talk to on Twitter!

I follow people who may be beneficial to my clients’ careers, like radio stations, DJs, journalists, bloggers, reviewers, venues, media outlets, or fans of their genre of music or writing who live in specific cities, etc. and I put those people into lists labeled with keywords so that you can filter your Twitter feed by clicking on Lists from the Me tab and then click on the list of those people whose tweets you’d like to view or who you might like to get to know. But you actually have to talk to them.  You can break the ice by asking them a question or simply by introducing yourself.  Make the first move. Retweet something for them that looks like it might be helpful to them, if you can find it.

Don’t be afraid to follow people back on Twitter.  If they have a photo, a decent bio that’s in any way interesting to you and they tweet on a regular basis, follow them back. If they retweet your content, it will help to get your message out to a wider audience and it will also help to grow your followers.  The more you engage, tweet and retweet, the more your followers will grow.  Try it for one month and tweet every day and I’ll bet you will notice a significant difference!

For 7 more great Twitter tips, visit the Online Department Blog.