This time, I'm reviewing CraigBancoff.com, one of my favorite recent finds on Bandzoogle. An artist with amazing folk/Americana hooks, but who also needs to get more involved in the content of his site to connect with fans. I share a bunch of ideas on how he can accomplish this in this video.
Oh yes, we're headed back to L.A. this week for the ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo, and everyone is invited to our Exhibitor table where Allison, myself, and our excellent friend Kevin will be on hand to chat about Bandzoogle with attendees, but also to give free and quick website reviews to anyone that asks (Bandzoogle member or not). The exhibition space is free to visit even for non-registered folks, so if you're anywhere close to Hollywood, feel free to come chat, steal our candy and get some good no-non-sense advice about your website, and about the good old scary Internet.
Bonus! one Panel and two Demo Sessions
On Friday, at 9:45AM (ain't that a bit early ? for a musicians' conference ? oh well...), I will have the immense pleasure of playing the part of savvy and knowledgeable panelist for Online Tools for You to Take Hold of Your Career (Presented by Songtrust). The uber-smart and uber-lovely Emily White (from Whitesmith Entertainment) will be moderating and we'll be joined by Carl Jacobson (Nimbit), Justin Kalifowitz (Songtrust), and longtime Bandzoogler Benji Rogers (from Pledge Music). That's in Grand Ballroom, at 9:45AM on Friday
What shall we discuss, you ask ? "Don’t get overwhelmed by all of the online resources available to music creators today. This panel will focus on the many online tools at your disposal, from mailing lists, websites and social networks to rights management platforms and marketing services. Find out what works best and why, and how to manage them properly to reach your goals."
Allison and I will also lead 2 demo sessions during the Expo. In those sessions we'll do a quick demo of the site builder for the benefit of those poor souls who have never seen it. We will also talk about best practices for the design, layout and content of your website, and answer questions about Bandzoogle and websites in general. Should be informative like those infomercials on TV (with less bad acting, more really useful stuff and lots more fun).
The first demo session will be Friday at 3:55PM in the Doheny room. The second one will be Saturday at 3:40PM in the Laurel room. Bring a friend and come heckle.
Looking forward to spending more time in sunny Los Angeles. This will be my first time at the Expo and I've heard great things. We also recently partnered up with ASCAP for their member benefits program, so the timing is perfect for us to spend time with all those friendly composers, authors, and publishers. See you there !
Posted by David Dufresne
on 04/25/2011 |
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Most Internet users probably don't give much thought to favicons, but it's a great way to add a touch of individuality to your website and take your own branding just one little step further. So what is a favicon anyways? Also called a favorites icon, a favicon is the little image that shows up in 3 places in your web browser.
Next to your domain name:
In the tab, if you use tabbed browsing (and lots of us do nowadays!)
And, in the bookmark menu when someone bookmarks your page.
If your favicon is unique and visually appealing, it'll stand out, making it easy to find when someone has lots of tabs open, or lots of pages saved in a bookmarks menu.
How to make a great favicon
- Keep it simple
Favicons are 16px wide by 16px tall. That's pretty tiny, so don't worry about including text or lots of detail. A logo or simple image is probably best. When you're creating yours, just make sure it's using square dimensions (same size wide as it is tall).
- Make it meaningful
If you don't have a logo, try creating an image that relates to you in some way. Maybe a tiny version of your latest CD, or your initials. If you want to use an interesting shape, create your favicon with a transparent background and save it as a .png file.
Now put it to use on your Bandzoogle website!
Once your image is ready, click on your Design and Options tab, then Favorites icon. You'll see a browse button to click and locate the file on your computer. You can upload your image file directly, and we'll convert it to a .ico file (the file type for all favicons) and scale it down to the right size. And that’s all there is to it! Try adding one to your website today.
My second video site review, this time for Jazz/Blues/Rockabilly guitar hero Kevin Barber. Kevin is doing a lot of things right on his site, in my review I help him tweak the layout and content to make it even more effective. Enjoy!
I spent three years as program director for two venues here in my home city of Montreal, overseeing 500 shows during that time. Here are 5 ways that you can impress venue bookers and give yourself the best chance to get more gigs:
1. Think 3-4 months in advance
Many venues are booked at least 3 months in advance, and the more popular a venue, the further in advance you should contact them. This is especially true if you're looking to play on a Friday or Saturday night. So be sure to contact the booker at least 3-4 months in advance.
2. Be patient
Bookers are very busy people, so be patient. If you didn’t get a response right away, it doesn’t mean that they’re not interested in booking you. Chances are, they just haven't had time to evaluate your music yet. Follow-up politely to see if your e-mail/message has been received, but whatever you do, don’t try to rush them or sound annoyed that they haven’t gotten back to you. Be persistent, but always be polite.
3. Be honest
Whatever you do, don’t lie about your draw. You’re better off being honest with a booker about what your draw really is rather than stretching the truth and disappointing them. If you tell a booker that you can pack the place and only your mom shows up, chances are you won’t be booked at that venue again. But if you were honest about what your draw realistically is and you match or surpass it, then the booker will no doubt want to book you again.
4. Be respectful
No matter what venue you’re playing at, whether it’s a high-end club or a seedy bar, treat the staff like they’re your best friends. Some of the best ways to show respect to the staff:
Show up on time: If soundcheck is at 6:00, try to show up early, and never show up late.
Leave on time: Don’t make the staff stay longer than they normally would because you want to take your time having one last drink. Finish it up and get out of there on time.
Start on time: Even if there is nobody in the crowd, start playing on time like the room is packed.
Tip bar staff: Even on free drinks, and especially if it’s a slow night, be sure to tip the bar staff. The gesture will not go unnoticed.
Thank staff: Every chance you get, thank the staff and especially while on stage, which is always appreciated.
Be extra nice to the sound tech: They can be your hero or your worst enemy that night, depending if you treat them with respect or not.
5. Be thankful
Sending a nice thank you note to the booker the day after the show is always a nice gesture. There is so much competition out there, be sure to let the booker know that you're thankful for the opportunity to play their venue. This will go a long way to building a long-term relationship with them that will help get you many more gigs in the future.