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.
The Musicians Union in the UK have a number of initiatives ongoing that are there to help you achieve a fairer deal for your performance. In this podcast we run through all of these in detail as well as covering some key factors involved in how to value yourself as a performer.
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.
Over the last few years websites that cut out the middle man ie agents have become increasingly popular. They allow you to showcase your band directly to thousands more potential clients than your website could ever achieve. I speak with Neville Thurlbeck of TalentGB.com and get under the skin of how we can best use these sites to our advantage. He shares some great tips and tricks.
Rehearsed and ready to gig – check. You’ve got a great promo video – check. Websites looking good – check. You’re getting enquiries and emailing back quotes – check. So why are so few couples getting back to you? There’s a few good and actually quite obvious reasons. Find out what they are and how you can start getting them to reply to you…
With 10 years experience of running a successful cover band you would be excused for thinking that Billy and Andy knew everything there was to know about getting gigs. 2012 saw them rack up 100 bookings then in 2013 it plummeted to half that. Why such a sudden drop? How did they feel about that? What are their plans to bring that number back up to a 100. Listen to podcast to find out what they did next.
The Journal of the Musicians’ Union quizzed me about my thoughts on how cover bands can promote themselves more effectively online. Facebook is great but they can wipe you out in a heartbeat. Read more…
Baz Edmondson runs The Benedicts, a 4 piece party band. He’s an ex heavy metal band front man who set up the band 18 months ago and has some stellar success relatively quickly. In the last 3 months of 2013 his band were out gigging at weddings almost every weekend. Listen in to find out some of the simple marketing, sales and promo stuff he’s been doing that’s been getting results.