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Sandbox Issue 212: Packaged Goods. Bulking Up The Music Bundle

Lead: the recent spat between Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott over who should have been number 1 in the US is arguably less about ego (although there was some of that at stake) and more about the role bundling plays in boosting...

Sandbox Issue 211: At The Sharp End. What to do (and not do) When a Song Suddenly Spikes

Lead: Songs can spike for a multitude of reasons – and often the spike is part of the marketing plan and therefore anticipated (or at least hoped for). But songs can also spike for esoteric reasons or just through sheer...

Sandbox Issue 210: Bounty Hunters. The Buried Treasure of Affiliate Marketing

Lead: Affiliate marketing in music used to mean taking a few pennies from download sales that you drove on iTunes or CDs that you pushed on Amazon. But with Apple Music offering significant bounties for driving subscriptions...

Sandbox Issue 209: Storylines, Music’s next chapter with Instagram Stories

Lead: There are 400m people using Instagram Stories every day and musicians are among the heaviest lifters here. Until recently, however, it was a curiously music-free set up; but new licensing deals with parent company...

Sandbox Issue 208: Making Micro Waves

Lead: In an age of constant digital distractions, sometimes it is better to play the short game. We trace the rise of the micro ad and how it is being tailored to stand out when users are rapidly hopping and grazing across...

Sandbox Issue 207: God Save The Streams

Lead: Just 18 months ago, pre-saves were a breath of fresh air for marketers struggling to stand above the cattle run of global releases on a Friday. But as they become ubiquitous, it is almost back to square one with everyone...

Sandbox Issue 206: Appetite for Consumption

Lead: The album exclusive is pretty much dead. But in its place has come the growing demand from DSPs for bespoke and unique content. They all want to be serviced with something their rivals don’t have – but this is a...

Sandbox Issue 205: Merchandising and Swift Sales

Lead: In part two of our online and social media merchandise special, we go beyond Instagram to look at the wide variety of tools and platforms opening up here, how to best deploy them and where they can be used to make artist/fan...

Sandbox Issue 204: INSTAGRA-Merch

Lead: Instagram has over 800m monthly active users and is the preferred social platform for most artists – mainly because Twitter is becoming an ideological cesspit and organic reach (not to mention privacy) on Facebook...

Sandbox Issue 203: The Pause Clause

Lead: The music industry has long had a “work hard, play hard” philosophy, but finally this is being seriously questioned in a brutal always-on culture where marketers are supposed to work around the clock. The work/life...

Sandbox Issue 202: GDPR FYI (General Data Protection Regulation)

This week’s lead feature looks at how the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) comes into effect on 25th May in Europe but it has huge global implications for those holding and using consumer data. Against the backdrop...

Sandbox Issue 201: The Tidy’s High

Often marketers are running several campaigns at the same time and rarely have time to catch breath; but deft decluttering will ultimately save you time – and endless headaches – in the future. We pinpoint the 10 areas...