HOW TO SELL MUSIC ONLINE

Find below the best music marketing ideas and tips for artists, singers and bands. Curated by MAU. Senior Digital Marketing Specialist and training facilitator at eDigital.

HOW TO SELL MUSIC ONLINE SUCCESSFULLY

Music moves and shapes culture, communities, and people from all ages and backgrounds. Forget racial protests, music is the antidote for real human connection and music artists have immense power and opportunity to not only entertain and get people together but also make a living from it.

SELLING YOUR MUSIC ONLINE – IDEAS AND TIPS FOR ARTISTS, SINGERS AND BANDS

COVID IMPACT

When the COVID hit in March 2020, the music industry changed forever. With live concerts cancelled and venues closed, artists and fans went to online platforms and music video streaming quickly grew in popularity. For example, more than 2 billion people visit YouTube each month to listen to music.

Just as music fans are adapting to the new reality, music artists must find new ways to reach music lovers, especially without live events and concerts.

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR MUSIC

Social media is the most favourite place to follow artists and learn about upcoming concerts and shows

While live music events connect people to one another in the physical world, much of the experience surrounding the show happens digitally. According to a 2020 Facebook and Kantar research report, the vast majority (85%) of US gig participants discover these music events online, and 63% say they like to know more about upcoming music gigs that they might be interested in attending via social media.

Almost half (49%) of US concertgoers discover shows on Facebook, Instagram, Messenger or WhatsApp, making Facebook platforms* the top source of digital discovery.

Most popular channels to find upcoming music concerts:

  • social media (49%)
  • ticketing websites (31%)
  • search engines (31%)

More live music fans turn to social media because they can connect with fellow fans as well as their favourite artists and stay informed about the latest music artist news and tours.

Amongst those who discover concerts on social media, 59% say that content from friends and family is how they typically hear about shows they might want to attend. Additionally, more than half (53%) of US music listeners follow artists on Facebook or Instagram to learn about upcoming live performances, and more than a third (35%) do so to feel like part of the musician’s community.

Fans also turn to Facebook platforms to share their concert experiences with others, both during and after performances. Amongst weekly platform users, 54% of concertgoers post pictures or videos from concerts on Facebook, and nearly one in three watches Instagram Stories about live music.

REACH MILLIONS OF MUSIC FANS ON YOUTUBE

YouTube Music is the world’s largest and most comprehensive music platform with 70+ million official tracks, more than any other music service. Some interesting facts and insights for musicians and singers are:

  • Watch time on TV screens of recorded live music performances on YouTube jumped more than 100% globally between July 2019 and July 2020. All over the world, people are finding ways to replace the experience of a live concert by getting together for live concerts right in their living room.
  • YouTube Music allows bands and artists to tap into global audiences. K-pop has taken the world by storm, with artists like BTS and BLACKPINK topping the music charts and breaking records.
  • Hip-Hop continues to dominate the top charts and show its universal appeal. In Q2 2020, hip-hop commanded a 48% share of all Billboard Hot 100 top 10 songs, ahead of pop music’s 30% take. First Nations 17-year-old rapper The Kid LAROI from Sydney, for one, has taken the world by storm. Last year his debut album opened at #3 on ARIA’s album chart and reached #8 on the US’s Billboard 200 — the biggest result since Iggy Azalea. On YouTube, views of his music videos like without you have reached over 15 million.
  • The best way to tap into the most popular music artists on Youtube is through the YouTube Top 100
  • Marketers who want to target Gen Z audiences know music as a top passion for this segment. They like to partner with popular musicians on YouTube. You can earn money from brand partnerships such as creators like Addison Rae who creates videos featuring trends influenced by social media. For example, clothing company American Eagle leveraged the Top 100 ranking list to identify the most popular music artists and trending music moments to engage its audience. This strategy led to an increase in branded search and a lift in product interest, according to Youtube.

PROMOTE YOUR FIRST TRACK ON SPOTIFY

Do you have your first track ready? Or release upcoming on Spotify? With Spotify Audio Ads, you can take your music marketing to the next level. If you are having trouble finding an audience for your music, Spotify Audio ads can help you by targeting your specific niche and playing your music in the form of thirty-second previews to thousands of users on Spotify.

SELL YOUR MUSIC TRACKS ON BANDCAMP

Music fans have paid artists $700+ million using bandcamp. bandcamp app actually pays artists every time a track is listened. Some of the bandcamp app key features include:

  • Total artist Control and flexibility. Charge whatever price for your music and change it whenever you like. Sell for a fixed price, specify a minimum and let fans pay more if they want (and yes, they do pay more, a whopping 50% of the time) or give your music away in exchange for an email address. You retain complete control over your fan information.
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SELL MUSIC SUBSCRIPTIONS ON PATREON

Patreon is an online platform that connects musicians and other creators with fans. Patreon makes money by taking a 5-12% fee from music creators, depending on which of the company’s services they use.

One of our Digital Marketing Specialists at eDigital can create, manage and optimise your Spotify ads so you can reach the right audience for your music. Please contact us to find out more. 

Final tip: are you not hitting your sales targets or your ads are not performing? Get an expert marketer to support you the whole year and help you boost your sales today!

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Mau is a Senior Digital Marketing Specialist with 15+ years helping clients solve their digital marketing challenges. Mau is a certified Facebook & Adwords Professional, Certified SEO Consultant and industry speaker. Mau trains marketers via Strategy Workshops & Training Sessions inc his popular Digital Marketing Plan & Social Media Plan templates. Subscribe to Mau’s e-newsletter connect on LinkedIn Instagram Facebook