One of the biggest challenges for most cover bands is how to not look and sound like every other band out there. It’s very easy to fall into ‘The Cover Band Commodization Trap’. When you do, you leave your prospective client with no other reason to make their decision on apart from what you cost. That’s bad news for you. Here’s how to overcome the problem and beat your competition to the booking EVEN when you’re more expensive.
Sometimes a band comes a long that makes success look effortless. The Bluejays are one of those bands. BUT don’t think for one minute that the bookings just fall out the sky miraculously. These guys have cleverly used branding, social media, networking and serious organisation to make things happen for them. Check out the podcast to find out how.
If you want well paid gigs with good clients in great venues then you absolutely must have a website. Relying on a Facebook page is just not going to cut it. Your website is your bands home online. It’s where your prospective clients go to make their final decision as to whether they want to book. You need it to show your band off in the best way possible. Dave Cool is Artists Relations Manager at Bandzoogle. They’ve helped over 2500 musicians build amazing websites. He knows a thing or two about websites and shares that with us on this podcast.
If the word ‘sales’ fills you with dread and fear then this is the post for you. That feeling of nervousness, sweaty palms and dry mouth is enough to make you never pick up the phone again. It doesn’t have to be that way though. In this post I’m going to walk you through a much softer and gentler approach to selling your cover band over the phone or face to face.
If you’re standing on a soap box and yelling about how great your band is, chances are you’re losing bookings. Prospects aren’t interested in your opinion of your band. They want you to show them clear evidence that real people paid their hard earn cash to have you perform for them at their event. The most effective way of communicating this is through testimonials. The most powerful of all testimonials are video ones. In this post I take you step by step through a system I call the ‘Stage Right Technique’. It’s a no cost, fast way of producing multiple video tesimonials that’ll help you secure more gigs for your band and, done well, at higher fees. Look out for the bonus material in this post.
Running your own small business places massive strains on the time you have available for other things in your life. That doesn’t faze Brad Wills. He’s successfully balancing running a small business with family life commitments while also finding the time to work on marketing his cover band. Listen to this episode to find out how.
For the last 10 years Dominic Halpin has earned a living as a full time musician successfully running a cover band and releasing his own original material independently. His enthusiasm for both areas of his career is infectious. If you’re looking to carve a similar path to your career then this episode is essential listening
Taking your cover band to the next level of success is a challenge. It’s easy to get comfortable in the status quo or just think that ‘we’re a 10 gigs a year cover band’ and not really believe or have the confidence to increase that number significantly. But there are ways, many in fact. It all starts by thinking bigger. Here’s how…