Reviews and why they should matter to you as a beatmaker

For the producers, rappers, and music entrepreneurs who read this site, you will know that I often pursue business interests in other areas besides Hip Hop/Rap but I always come back with something interesting to share that I think can translate to the music business.  So today I want to talk about reviews!

A little background:

In late September I created an Etsy shop where I sell several kinds of rolling papers.

papers.JPG

Etsy has a great marketplace and its customers are willing to take a risk on new shop BUT just like with any other shop or online market place, you want to have reviews. People are just more willing to shop with you if they see 50+ reviews compared to 3.

Now I read and have heard different ratios that say on average for etsy, you will get 1 review for every 10 or 25 customers you have. So if someone had 320 sales (249 completed orders), like I do, they should expect to have about 10 to 25 reviews but notice above that my shop actually has 65! That is a ratio of  not only just 1 review, but one 5 star review for every 4 customers on average! To put this in perspective, another shop in the same category as me, has 1144 sales but only 46 reviews.

jeffsesh.JPG

Why do I have a great ratio for reviews?

Every day or two, I go and I check what orders have been delivered. I then send a message to the customer saying something like the following;

“1. I want to make sure they got to you safely and undamaged.

2. Are you enjoying them?:)

3. Is there any chance you could leave a review on Etsy?

4. Here is a discount code for your next purchase.”

That’s the special trick, reaching out to the customers.

How does this translate to me? a music entrepreneur, rapper, or producer?

For a beatmaker, graphic designer, etc. I would recommend reaching out to all of your previous customers, no matter how long its been since they purchased something from you, be it a design or beat, etc.  Its about to be December, if you have been selling for a little bit you should have data of your customers.

Reach out to these customers and email / dm them a message that goes a little something like;

“Hey (rappers name);

I am messaging you because;

  1. Hows everything been since you purchased (instrumental name)?
  2. If possible, would you leave a review or comment on (your site, beatstars, instagram, etc)
  3. Is there anything I can do to for you?
  4. Here’s a discount code for your next purchase”

That is it everyone, seriously.

I know a lot of people in this game focus a lot on getting customers but then never do, what I would call, customer maintenance. I mean, ok, say you sold 250 beats this year, great! But how many of those were repeat customers?

 

 

 

 

 

Does posting your links on twitter work?

The question I am trying to answer for you today is “does posting my link on other tweets and just tweeting in general really work?”

For the lazy or ones that are to busy and don’t want to read further, the short answer is yes it absolutely does! and if you need some help posting your links on the right tweets click > here .

For those who would like to see some anecdotal proof or if your just interested to see what kind of potential results can be brought from doing this strategy, please continue reading.

First lets focus on the month of March;

twt

Now those impressions above are all organic and unpaid for! I honestly am stunned at the amount of unpaid impressions I have attained in a little under a month without paid advertising. To put that number in perspective, I would have to spend $1,100 on Instagram to reach anywhere from 150,000 to 390,000.

Screenshot_20180330-001609

I could spend $1,100 and potentially reach less than half of the amount of people I reached on Twitter with no money spent.

What did 374,600 seeing my tweets do for my content?

  • 6, 838 profile visits
  • 3,6000 link clicks

So of the 374,600 people who saw my tweets, 1.8% of them visited my profile and .096% visited my site. Percentage wise that doesn’t seem like that many but that is still 3, 600 people who wouldn’t have visited my site otherwise! For some websites 3,600 unique visitors is what they do in a day but for my website which is only turning 1 year old in late April, 3.6k visitors is a substantial amount. In fact the 3.6K visitors I was able to bring to my site through Twitter represents 26% of my monthly traffic in March.

What’s my strategy for posting tweets?

First, I post a tweet with the right hashtags every time I create a post which is a great help for promoting content but in my opinion it plays second fiddle to the other part of the strategy. The other part of the strategy is posting the link of whatever you are promoting on popular tweets that are somehow related to your content. Look at my example below;

On March 6th, I posted a link to my interview with porn star Anastasia Knight on a tweet by the account PornHubVideos. My tweet response ended up looking like this below;

ana.PNG

Now yes the link I was posting was an interview (and photo set) with a porn star BUT the tweet I was posting the link on was not a video or GIF of Anastasia, it was just a popular tweet of a porn gif. I posted that tweet response on March 6th but the original tweet that I was posting on was posted February 17th so it had already been up for awhile however I was still able to reap a good return on this post (see below).

curtated.PNG

Nearly 14K people have seen my tweet and 114 people have visited my site to view this post. At the end of the day even if they don’t stick around the website to see other posts at the end of the day I have still gained;

  • more people to my total visitor count
  • Money! because every person who visits my site sees ads on the page they are viewing. Its a fraction of a penny but those fractions add up.
  • More people have seen the name Curated Flame and nicejewboy.

Final thoughts:

If you make sure to follow the strategy and not post your links on unrelated tweets you will be able to get real results. Its pretty simple if you are a producer who has a comethazine type beat dont post it on a Macklemore tweet, try and post it on comethazines tweets or rappers and producers of that aesthetic.

Lastly if you need some help posting your links on the right tweets click > here .

For $1.99 I will post your link 20 times on 20 popular tweets

Like the title says.

I will post whatever link or content you want me to post on 20 popular tweets that are related to the content you want promoted.

How it works?

  • Click here.
  • Order
  • Email me at abrabinent@gmail.com the link(s) you want posted.
  • In the next 24 to 48 hours I will post that link 20 times on 20 popular tweets spread out on 8 or more accounts. If you have the accounts whose tweets you want me to post on, just let me know.

Example:

For example, let’s say you are a rapper who has a new song out and you think Lil Peep fans would like it. I will post your link on 20  tweets that are performing great (retweets, comments, likes) on accounts like Bighead, NedarB, and others.

Another example, if you are a model who is trying to get your Instagram or Twitter profile bigger. I will post the link you want of a photo or video on tweets that are performing great on accounts that fit your content.

This works for anything.

Other info:

  • This is an effective tool I have used with my own content.  I only started using this tactic in February and since then it has brought over 4K+ visitors to my site and 5K+ people to my twitter profile. Not to mention the 370K+ people who have seen my tweets.

 

  • It doesn’t matter what the content is (just as long as its not a scam or illegal). I will take the time to find tweets that relate to the content you want promoted. If you have the accounts you want me to post on already that’s cool to.
  • If you want more than 20 posts, simply add another order for every 20 more posts you would like.

$1 music and influencer marketing

We do not sell interviews but we offer a variety of affordable and effective promotion for music.

To purchase any of the promo options below please follow these instructions:

  1. Send the amount that your option costs through paypal or cashapp.

For paypal please send here > paypal.me/abrabin

For Cashapp please send to my username $petalumaal

if you dont have cashapp click this link and sign up and you get $5 dollars for signing up through my referral link.

2. After you have sent the amount, please email abrabinent@gmail.com with the appropriate links for what you want promoted and please tell me what type of promotion you are ordering.

We guarantee 24 hour or less delivery!

Promote your music video: $5 to 75

in December, CuratedFlame had 3,500 unique visitors to the site. In January that number more than doubled to 9, 746 unique visitors (due to some exclusive interviews). We are on pace to do 15,000 unique visitors for the month of February. This option gives you the chance to get your music video featured on the bottom of every page on CuratedFlame and reach thousands of hip hop / rap listeners.

  • $5 – one day
  • $25 – one week
  • $75 – one month

Review your music: $10

I will

  • Thoroughly listen to your music and write a thought out review.
  • This review will be posted on the front page of the site.
  • Article will be shared / promoted on Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Social Media

Instagram: 

$2 – @CuratedFlame

  • We will follow you from the @CuratedFlame Accout
  • 1 shout out post of a picture of your choosing and we will include the appropriate tags depending on what you are promoting and your brand/content. We typically get 80-+ likes for each post from this account.
  • 10 likes from the @CuratedFlame account.
  • Your shout out post never gets deleted! and if it does over 100 likes we will re post it for free the next week!

$1 – @cloudsnclout

  • will follow you from the @cloudsnclout instagram account (we will never unfollow)
  • 1 shout out post of a picture of your choosing and we will include the appropriate tags depending on what you are promoting and your brand/content. We typically get 60+ likes for each post from this account.
  • 10 likes from the @cloudsnclout account.
  • Your shoutout post never gets deleted! and if it does over 100 likes we will re post it for free the next week!

Twitter: 

$2 – The CuratedFlame twitter account will

  • Follow your account
  • Follow you from our spam page @nicherevenuestreams
  • like 3 of your tweets
  • retweet another tweet (of your choice)
  • Tweet out the link of your choice.  (Tweet never deleted)

Soundcloud:

$3 -The CuratedFlame Soundcloud account will provide

  • Will follow you on Soundcloud.
  • 2 likes to two seperate tracks.
  • 1 repost.

YouTube:

$1

  • The CuratedFlame YouTube account will
  • subscribe to your channel.
  • Thumbs up / like a video of your choice.
  • Post a non spam thought out comment on the video.

Using social media to promote your content

This article was made for three people in mind, a rapper, a producer, or a blogger.

If you are a rapper, you are probably wondering how does this blog’s experience translate into your experience of promoting your music / or trying to sell your beats?

My blog is mainly a hip hop music blog and when I use social media my whole objective is to get people back to my website. That way I can grow my readership and also build up enough traffic that I may sell advertising. This translates because you may not be someone running a blog, but you are a musician or hip hop producer who wants people to go to your website or your main source of releasing / selling music and you want to sell product to them and/or grow your fan base.

Case Study

Website/blog: curatedflame.com

Started: Late April, 2017 (operating for 9 months.

How I promote my content:

1st: My blog is run through a premium wordpress account. As part of my post settings, whenever I write an article it is set up so that the link to the post, and a blurb, are shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

2nd: Because of the format settings some important hashtags or people that should be tagged, don’t get included in the individual posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. So I also manually create new posts on the previously stated social media apps promoting the content.

3rd: I have a youtube channel where I infrequently upload content of artists that I have done interviews with or have written about. In the description of the videos I include links to the website and specific articles from my blog that pertain to the music in that particular video.

4th: I also routinely post links to specific articles in the comments sections of youtube videos from other creators, if their content aligns with mine. For example, I did an interview with Hooligan Chase, so for youtube videos of his music I include in the comments sections the link to that interview.

5th: I manually create posts for instagram that promote the content that is on the blog.

6: I have sporadically posted links on Reddit if the content fits.

Below are the number of people who have clicked links directing to my website after 9 months of using social media in the 6 ways above in 2017

  1. Facebook: 2,434
  2. Twitter: 2, 273
  3. YouTube: 1, 947
  4. Instagram: 903
  5. Tumblr: 26
  6. Reddit: 16

My thoughts on each:

 

Facebook – Most rappers and producers don’t even have official Facebook accounts or fan pages anymore. I think one of the reasons is that Facebook’s pages just don’t come across as polished or interesting as Instagram or Twitter do. However if you are a rapper, or a producer, or anyone trying to promote content you would be doing yourself a disservice by not using Facebook.

With Facebook, I don’t even use it to often to manually create posts because WordPress sends one out automatically for me. Though sometimes I do edit the posts if an artist I am talking about happens to have a facebook account and other times I create a new post to promote older articles.  Somehow even though the Facebook page for CuratedFlame only has 30 followers, through the use of using relevant hashtags and a minor amount of paid advertising in the beginning of this blog, Facebook has somehow become the number one social media in terms of referring readers back to my blog.

Therefore I highly recommend that you keep Facebook as one of the social medias you use the most to promote your content.

Twitter – Twitter has an older viewership and less users then Facebook but I post more on Twitter manually more then I do Facebook because I am able to tag other artists because almost everyone has a twitter for their brand. Also with Twitter I find that I get more engagements to my posts then with Facebook even though overall Facebook has brought me more readers.

Now that Twitter has increased their characters from 140 to 280 per post you can use it to add more hashtags in that are relevant to your content which will drive more people back to your page.

Instagram: Everyone has an instagram nowadays but in my opinion it has the least return on time investment. Don’t get me wrong you need to have an instagram! But its more for brand value and aesthetic then it is for referring people back to your actual work.

1st off Instagram is getting super spammy and also people are sluts with likes and follows on instagram.

You see, Instagram is easily where I have the most followers with over 550 but I barely have 900  referrals from the platform. In contrast, on twitter I have around 250 followers yet I have garnered 2.5X more visitors to my blog through that platform.

But ok, lets look at two other examples. Supreme Patty has over a million followers on Instagram yet his music video “Watchin” which has been out for 5 months has less then 400k views.

Or for a smaller realistic example, Erico G. a rapper from Miami who has 38.8K followers on Instagram but barely above 2K followers on soundcloud.

My final thoughts are to use instagram, but focus on getting more referrals through other social medias.

YouTube: If you don’t have a youtube. your f*cking up. But please don’t post in the comments of other peoples videos IF IT ISN’T RELEVANT!!!

Tumblr and Reddit: Use them barely. Just keep them as a tool just in case and to gather any extra potential viewers as posssible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i need more content and submissions!

ALERT:

CURATED FLAME NEEDS MORE CONTENT!

if you are a rapper, producer, musician, manager, business, brand, artist, videographer, model, stylist, writer, fan, whoever! if its related to music, fashion, or entertaintment and you have something to say or showcase then email me! dont be shy!

100 or more people will read this, but how many of you will email me? fill my inbox!

email abrabinent@gmail.com

Music Promotion

On Fiverr, I have completed 174 sales. I do a variety of freelance gigs such as market and demographic research, creative writing, and music marketing and promotion.

If you are a musician looking to accurately and effectively promote and market your music or if you are a company trying to promote a brand or product, then the following gigs are for you. I have included the links so you can see what each gig includes and what I can do for you. If you don’t have fiverr, don’t worry, click this link > https://www.fiverr.com/s2/5c50226320 and you get a free $5! Most of my gigs start off at only $5!

Brands/Company advertising:

https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/advertise-your-brand-or-product-on-my-music-blog

https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/market-your-brand-or-product-on-my-popular-music-blog

Blog features: 

  • https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/feature-your-hip-hop-music-video-on-my-website
  • https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/promote-your-hip-hop-and-rap-instrumentals-on-my-website
  • https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/interview-you-for-my-hip-hop-blog
  • https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/write-about-you-on-my-hip-hop-music-blog
  • https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/feature-your-music-on-curatedflame-a-top-music-blog
  • https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/feature-your-music-video-on-my-hip-hop-and-rap-music-blog
  • https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/interview-you-for-my-hip-hop-music-blog

Twitter Promotion: https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/promote-your-music-on-twitter

Music Videos: 

  • https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/create-a-trippy-music-video-for-your-song
  • https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/create-an-original-awesome-music-video-for-your-song

Just in case you forgot here is your the referral link (https://www.fiverr.com/s2/5c50226320) that gets you $5 in free money to spend on Fiverr. Most of my gigs cost $5 so what do you have to lose ??? 

 

 

.

How to get your music seen on 101 Hip Hop Music Blogs!

I run this dope music blog your on right now and it focuses on hip hop and rap music. In doing so, I highlight producers and rappers that I think are dope. I do this for free, because I want to share the music that my friends thank me for showing them.

However, I do have to make money.I sell promo packages that includes your content featured on this site’s front page and more. I also recently I did a deal with Trillest Entertainment which has agreements with ThisIs50.com and 99 more hip hop websites that are recognized nationally and around the globe. So if you want to go extra on promoting your content, I can get you front page features on 100 more websites.

 

Why should you work with us? Because we are committed to your success. Better promo means more fans for you which means more money. If you are successful you will come back again which means more orders for us. We are in the business of your success!

How does this work: If your interested in having a feature article on Curated Flame for $5 and / or getting a promo package for more websites then check out the Fiverr links below or contact us at abrabinent@gmail.com

Fiverr links:
https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/feature-your-hip-hop-music-video-on-my-website
https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/promote-your-music-video-on-a-popular-music-blog
https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/advertise-your-brand-or-product-on-my-music-blog
https://www.fiverr.com/abrabinent/write-about-you-on-my-hip-hop-music-blog