New: Sell album pre-orders

New feature: album pre-orders

A brand new way to sell your digital albums was just added… you can now accept pre-orders before your album is officially available. Fans can buy your album in advance, and instantly get it the moment you release it to the world.

There are several benefits to selling an album pre-order. First, in any promotion you do for the album, you can link directly to your store page so fans can buy it right away, while you have their attention. Second, pre-orders are a great "fan funding" tool, to help offset some of the costs of producing or promoting your album. Finally, your best fans get the album immediately, when you release it. So everyone wins!

Using our Music feature, any digital album can be made available for pre-order on your website. Fans who buy your album in advance will be sent a download link on the date the album is released.

You can even add preview tracks as they’re created, to help encourage fans to pre-order the album. And of course, you still keep 100% of your sales!

Pre-orders are a PRO feature, along with a lot of other cool stuff (like selling PDFs and videos, sale pricing, and creating download codes).

How it works

  • Add a new album to your website using the Music feature

  • In the Add album screen, select Accept pre-orders

  • Set a price for your album (note: pre-order albums cannot be set as free)

  • Set a release date (we'll show this date to your fans, but you can choose to release the album any time)

  • Click Save

Once you’re ready to release the album, simply go to the Pre-Order tab in the Music feature and click Release. This will make your album available for purchase and send download links to fans who already ordered it.

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Comments

Duchêne | Officiel
Posted by Duchêne | Officiel on Dec 18 2014 6:12 PM
great !!!
kellypettit.com
Posted by kellypettit.com on Dec 18 2014 10:54 PM
Another great tool! I'm sure I'll find it handy when I get close to releasing my next album. Thanks Bandzoogle!
Ced Wynez
Posted by Ced Wynez on Dec 18 2014 11:43 PM
Man ya'll killing the game!
Dave Cool
Posted by Dave Cool on Dec 19 2014 11:26 AM
Awesome, glad you guys are excited about the pre-orders feature. Lots more on the way in 2015...
Ryan Record
Posted by Ryan Record on Dec 19 2014 3:02 PM
Thank you Bandzoogle!
Good Peoples Records LLC
Posted by Good Peoples Records LLC on Dec 20 2014 3:11 AM
dope
Parade of Second Chances
Posted by Parade of Second Chances on Dec 20 2014 12:43 PM
Just for this feature i'm gonna take the pro plan :)
Methodemic
Posted by Methodemic on Dec 21 2014 11:48 AM
Might Upgrade to pro when we do the EP after Crimbo
Chris
Posted by Chris on Dec 24 2014 2:05 PM
Love the new theme! It made my website much better in so many ways!
Dave Cool
Posted by Dave Cool on Dec 29 2014 11:45 AM
Chris: Great, glad to hear that!
Giant 1- Indie Rock/Pop
Posted by Giant 1- Indie Rock/Pop on Dec 31 2014 1:53 PM
Can we do this with a single?
Dave Cool
Posted by Dave Cool on Jan 5 2015 2:41 PM
Giant 1: Yes, you can setup an album and label it as a single, take pre-orders for it, and then upload the one track when it's ready.
Dayna Manning
Posted by Dayna Manning on Jan 22 2015 8:10 AM
Hello, Can we offer it for presale as a hard copy or only digital?
Dave Cool
Posted by Dave Cool on Jan 22 2015 11:30 AM
Dayna Manning: This is only for our digital music feature. For physical copies, you can take pre-orders using our Store feature (and making sure it's clear that it's a pre-order in the title), and simply ship out the CDs when you get them.
ROB j & J Factor
Posted by ROB j & J Factor on Jan 23 2015 6:39 AM
This is great...A great promotional tool. As I gear up for production of my 5th studio album I am looking for new and exciting ways to promote and interact with my fan base.
The Dark Matter Trio
Posted by The Dark Matter Trio on Jan 29 2015 1:19 PM
Is there a way to adjust the font color for the text in the album description? Thanks!
Adam
Posted by Adam on Jan 29 2015 3:35 PM
@The Dark Matter Trio - I've sent you a direct message to you via the address on account. Let us know if you got it and if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact support via the 'help' tab in Bandzoogle!
Hustler
Posted by Hustler on Jan 31 2015 1:49 AM
yup, this is good..
Tim Whalen Music
Posted by Tim Whalen Music on Feb 16 2015 11:35 AM
Simply awesome!
Trell Akbar
Posted by Trell Akbar on Feb 19 2015 6:28 AM
Thats awesome thanks guys bandzoogle you are too real.
Microfiend
Posted by Microfiend on Mar 11 2015 11:38 PM
is there anyway to make the preorder available for free?
Dave Cool
Posted by Dave Cool on Mar 12 2015 10:25 AM
There's isn't. But what you can do is put an image feature to show the product, then the custom form feature for fans to put in their info. Then when the product is ready you can email those people with a link to the Store page with the item to download for free. Just click the Help tab if you have any other questions.
Microfiend
Posted by Microfiend on Mar 12 2015 5:44 PM
Thank you very much!!
Dave Cool
Posted by Dave Cool on Mar 13 2015 1:48 PM
No problem!
Josh Doyle
Posted by Josh Doyle on Mar 14 2015 11:37 AM
Is this leading up to being available to report to soundscan? i am pumped about that service
Dave Cool
Posted by Dave Cool on Mar 16 2015 9:58 AM
Josh: I can neither confirm nor deny that we're going to announce Soundscan reporting soon ;-) Stay tuned...
Rapper Prentice
Posted by Rapper Prentice on Mar 24 2015 11:23 PM
awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark Etheredge
Posted by Mark Etheredge on Nov 12 2015 5:12 PM
Now that BZ has Soundscan reporting, this means pre-orders will affect the 1st week of sales & charting, yes?
Adam
Posted by Adam on Nov 13 2015 1:36 PM
@Mark Etheredge - Preorders are only reported to Soundscan once the album is released. If you have any other questions, let us know in support via the 'help' tab in your account, and we'll be happy to help further!
Tat
Posted by Tat on May 28 2016 11:54 PM
This is priceless information! Thanks for the assist.
Joel Howard
Posted by Joel Howard on Jul 28 2016 7:55 PM
How would I go about it so when you pre order my album you instantly get one song for free?
Adam
Posted by Adam on Jul 28 2016 8:23 PM
@Joel Howard - currently there's no option to provide a free download with a preorder purchase automatically. However, if you include a free download track in the music feature track list of your preorder album, visitors will be able to grab the track for free. Alternatively, you can 'email a download' of a track to anyone who purchases your preorder - just copy their address from the 'transaction history' of your music feature, click 'email a download', paste in the address, select the track and click 'send'. If you have any questions, let us know in support via the 'help' tab of your Bandzoogle account!