Tag: music marketing

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Sandbox 193: Playlisten without prejudice

Lead: Labels and artists spent 2017 getting their heads around how playlists have created a new centre of gravity for the record business. The old ways of promoting a record (discounting at retail, plugging at radio, pitching...
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Sandbox Issue 191: Ad ons

Lead: With so much music now being ostensibly free at the point of consumption, advertising is expected to do a lot of the heavy lifting for the digital content industries. As such, the nature and forms of advertising have...
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Sandbox Issue 190: Retarget practice

Lead: Have you ever been hounded around the internet by an ad for a gas boiler or cheap flights? Of course you have. It’s 2017, after all. That is, as you’ll know, symptomatic of bad retargeting. But don’t mock too...
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Sandbox Issue 189: D2C gets cranked up

Lead: D2C started to flex its muscles just as the decline in the traditional CD market began to really bite. Now it is more important that ever as both a revenue driver and a means of ensuring ongoing fan engagement. We look...
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Sandbox Issue 188: Wham, Bam, Instagram

Lead: Speak to any artist and ask them what social platform they prefer most and chances are they’ll say Instagram. Away from the trolling on Twitter and the sinkhole of posts on Facebook, Instagram offers a calmer place...
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Sandbox 186: Video killed the video star

Lead: So long to big-budget videos? Taylor Swift’s new vid may be breaking YouTube records, but many major artists are starting to question the value of traditional music videos. Our lead feature looks at some of the...
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Sandbox 185: Simply the worst

Lead: History tends to be written by the winners and that is why we almost exclusively hear about campaigns that worked brilliantly and left everyone involved covered in glory – where the marketing team and artist were...
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Sandbox Issue 182: Loose Lips Sync Hits

Lead: Musical.ly wasn’t the first lip syncing app, but it is comfortably the biggest. It now claims to have 200m users and offers a direct route to a young audience that sits outside of both traditional media and the...
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Sandbox Issue 181: Rise of the Micro Influencers

Lead: There was a time when getting someone with a huge social media following to shill your product was all you needed to make a splash. But brands are now starting to question if biggest really is best; and thus we see...
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Music Ally Report 400 – 2017 Special: The Ways Ahead

Welcome to the first Music Ally Report of 2017. We ended 2016 by speaking to a wide range of people from around the industry about how the year was for them – outlining the things they were both excited and frustrated...
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Sandbox Issue 180 – WhatsApp Doc?

Lead: WhatsApp has 1.2bn monthly users. Amazing. But the music industry is barely using it as a marketing platform. Not amazing. So why not? There are (still) pragmatic issues such as as a cap on the number of users in a...
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Sandbox Issue 180: WhatsApp Doc? Marketing with Messaging Apps

Lead: WhatsApp has 1.2bn monthly users. Amazing. But the music industry is barely using it as a marketing platform. Not amazing. So why not? There are (still) pragmatic issues such as as a cap on the number of users in a...