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Friday, March 27, 2009 

Social Networking Your Way To Music Success

by Madalyn Sklar



We all know Social Networks have become quite popular and even necessary to help increase your fanbase. The music business has become a leveled playing field now thanks to sites like Myspace, Facebook and Twitter.

So today I ask you... are you utilizing social networks to your advantage?

Here is my list of SocNets:



I blog regularly, stay in touch with friends on Facebook, let people know what I'm up to on Twitter, make new friends and contacts on Facebook and LinkedIn, and show off my videos on YouTube.

What about you?

Musicians ask me all the time, "why should I blog or Twitter?" I tell them that yes, believe it or not, your fans are interested in knowing what you are up to. They want to feel connected to you and your music by getting the 411 on what you're working on, where you are at, what you like/dislike. I know, sounds like an invasion of privacy. But I'm here to tell you that social networks can and will bring your fans closer to you. If done right, it will get more people out to your shows, increase music sales and help you build a street team. It will help you gain industry contacts in all area.

But first you must get your social networks up and running. Learn how to use them. Strategize. Plan. Conquer.

So again I ask you... are you utilizing social networks to your advantage? I'd love your comments.

Copyright © 2009 Madalyn Sklar, IndieMusicCoach.com

Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach & consultant, blogger, social networks expert and author. She has spent over 13 years helping independent musicians and music business professionals achieve greater success. Her motto is: working smarter not harder. She also founded GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest + largest online community of indie women musicians.

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I love Twitter. Have used Myspace for several years. And now am using Facebook to connect with fans. And yes, I used to think no one would read my blogs, but after I started blogging and posting, I found that in fact, people do read them. Thanks Madalyn!
Anne-Marie
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I'm not using any very effectively and I know it. Thanks for the nudges and pokes. :-)
Molly

Hey Anne-Marie, it is interesting that once you start blogging and/or twittering, people will take notice. I've been blogging here since 2000. I used to think the same thing... no one reads what I write. Wrong! Same on Twitter. People re-tweet my posts all the time. That translates to them being read.

Hey Molly, if you need help let me know. That is why I started SN4M at www.sn4m.com. I love helping people better use social networks.

I'm addicted to Twitter, and actually got quite a few pre-orders for my new recording project by "tweeting" about it! :)

I use myspace, facebook, twitter, youtube, and I blog. But I have no idea if it's all working to help my music career. I released my CD in February, so it might be too early to tell.

One thing that seemed to have created some good buzz is The Great Blog Off, which my friends and I started. People join the facebook group and vote for their favorite blogger, which means they should theoretically be reading our blogs. I think I've made at least a few new fans through this so far.

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    Madalyn Sklar is a music business coach & consultant, blogger, social networks expert and author. She has spent over 15 years helping independent musicians and music business professionals achieve greater success. Her motto is: working smarter not harder. She also founded GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest + largest online community of indie women musicians.

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