I know how tough it is for an indie band to find the funds to put up flyers around town, print promotional CDs, etc. That’s why I’ve come up with 5 marketing ideas that could either be copied, expanded upon, or used to inspire more creative juices to come up with some clever marketing tactics of your own. Not saying these ideas are anywhere near perfect, but if you’ve got the balls to give them a try, let us know how they go! The point is to get creative.
You’ve got the music and you’ve got the spirit, now it’s time to take things to the next level and hire a publicist to pitch your album to big review sites and the like. Unfortunately, many new bands don’t realize that sites like Pitchfork, SPIN, Consequence of Sound, etc. require knowing the right people behind the door to even be considered for a review. That’s where a publicist comes in. Publicists have built professional, working relationships with music bloggers, magazine editors, and TV music supervisors and will pitch your music on your behalf. Now, publicity isn’t cheap, but paying people who are in the know and who can get you press around your album to lift you to a national (or international) stage is well worth it in terms of what you’ll recoup from ticket sales, record sales, and other revenue down the road.
The start of just about every marketing plan in history starts with what’s known as a SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats). It just so happens to be my first go-to step as well when I’m taking a look at a new band.
Although I don’t always do it formally, a SWOT analysis is the best way to get a handle on a band’s current position in a market and what the next steps should be. Having one in hand will help you determine what the steps of your marketing plan should be and how best to approach the next 2-3 months of marketing for your band.