Sandbox 104 – The Ides of Merch
Beats just bought Topspin – a D2C solution that was already integrated into both Beats Music and its rival Spotify. This allows artists to turn their streaming music profiles into merchandise shop windows. Great in theory,...
March 12, 2014
Sandbox 103 – Teenage Rampage
Lead: Those aged 11-14 are perhaps the most misunderstood of all audiences for music. Some presume these digital natives have scrapped old media completely, turned their noses up at the social giants like Twitter and Facebook...
February 26, 2014
Music Ally Sandbox 102 – Platform and Function
Lead: As the brands and music world gets more crowded, standing out becomes exponentially harder. This is where digital music platforms are hoping to step in and offer something more engaging than a standard endorsement deal....
February 12, 2014
Music Ally Sandbox 101 – Breaking Good
Lead: Breaking an act from scratch used to be the very definition of an imprecise science – a bit of gut instinct, crossed fingers and (often) huge amounts of money thrown at it. Digital is changing that, opening up whole...
January 29, 2014
Music Ally Sandbox 100 – Welcome to 2014
Lead: To kick off our first issue of 2014, we speak to a wide range of people in digital music and music marketing about the things they are most excited about this year and also the one trend that they'd love to consign...
January 15, 2014
Sandbox End of Year Special: The Best Campaigns of 2013
For the final Sandbox of 2013 we look at the digital music campaigns of the year. They include the bells-and-whistles big-budget productions as well as those run on a shoestring. They also range from cutting-edge new artists...
December 18, 2013
Sandbox 98 – Nordic Lights
Lead: Because streaming dominates so much in the Nordics, it is dramatically changing the shape and the narrative of digital music marketing. It is no longer about spikes of activity a few weeks either side of a release or...
December 4, 2013
Music Ally Sandbox 97 – Christmas Presence
Lead: There are only five more shopping (and marketing) weeks until Christmas. While much of the industry's focus is on shifting compilations and greatest hits in the busiest month of the year, it's what happens on Christmas...
November 20, 2013
Sandbox Issue 95 – The in-app crowd: mobile apps as cash cows
Lead: Snoop Lion is cleaning up with in-app purchasing, getting fans to cough up $100 each for a virtual sticker. He might be, for the music business, a one-off with regard to turning his app into a shop window, but there...
October 23, 2013
Sandbox 94 – Facebook and Twitter Love Music
Lead: some artists may abstain from the world of social media, but the relationship between fan and musician has changed forever. Social networks themselves know this and work to build bridges with the world of music. Facebook's...
October 9, 2013
Sandbox 93 – My biggest mistake
Lead: what was the biggest mistake you ever made in your job? Does thinking about it now give you the cold sweats and a dreadful gnawing in your stomach?
September 25, 2013
Sandbox 92 – Mail privilege: making email marketing work
Email marketing is one of the most effective channels open to artists and labels but it is also something that is incredibly easy to get spectacularly wrong. We spoke to email marketing power-users to collect their indispensable...
September 11, 2013