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Showing posts with label MusicBacker. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MusicBacker. Show all posts

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Domain names for sale

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Over the past few years I have been involved in job sites and recruitment businesses and have collected a whole host of work and job related domain names.

A few that I have and that have actual sites associated with them are;
Currently the Temp Pay website is connected to our job feed for temporary jobs in the UK.
This domain name would be perfect for a business that is involved in the following business sectors; Temporary pay, temporary workers, contractor pay and payroll. Payroll businesses and more.
Currently the Time To Pay website is connected to our job feed for Purchase Ledger jobs in the UK. Time to pay (Get it?)
This domain name would be perfect for any business that is involved in payments. This could be Purchase Ledger and Invoice Factor companies, debt collection agencies, HMRC related businesses and more.
Both the above named sites were a testimony to our endeavours into the crowd funding for musical artists. The site was almost ready but I think we lost a little focus on the way.
This domain would be great if you want a music related domain name.

Well, the above section of four domain names came about in around 2006 when I had this amazing idea of having jobseekers upload their visual resume and employers would pay an amount to search through candidates. This was before the days of YouTube gaining popularity and was quite ground breaking at the time. I had built a team of 6 professionals around me including a venture capitalist. We fell at the last hurdle when the web developer kept telling us that a few things weren't possible. I'm sure they were but hey ho!
Currently the website point to various job sites but as you can see from the names they cover job and interviews and the Web and views. Lots to choose from here.

Aren't these amazing domain names? hey also come with their very own logo. Within the cost! Currently they point to a couple of sites that have jobs on them. Some are up north and some of them...Guess? YES!! Down south.

Wow I hear you say! NO WAY! Yes way! I bought this domain back in 2008. After having the domain for some time I did approach the Association of Accounting Technicians but they didn't want it. It can be yours to generate a lot of AAT and general accounting interest. For the search term AATJobs we come up on the first page, check it out for yourself!

This, again, was from the days of me wanting to have all relevant accounting and job related domain names. A great name if you ask me! Costing has so many different angles. Costing jobs, overhead allocation, project costing, cost accountant jobs, job costing software and many more.

Another wonderful idea of a few years ago. I've had a few hey? Job Pack was going to be a CD based jobseeker step by step guide of how to get a job. With the relevant website with artucles and sections and of course a job search section. You know like having a pack with all job information in - Job Pack! Hahaha, how I laughed...
This little beauty come with it's own logo too..

Well, I do have a few more but that's it for now.
Get in touch via this email and send me an offer

Monday, 8 April 2013

What makes a successful music crowd funding campaign?

As we continue to develop our Crowd Funding site for Musicians I thought that I'd do a little more research on what actually makes a successful crowd funding music campaign.

First of all. What is Crowd Funding?
Crowd Funding should not be confused with Equity Funding. 
Equity Funding is where a company raises money from individuals in return for preferred or common stock. The investor, in return, receives a dividend based on the profits of the company.

Music Crowd Funding is where individuals pool their money to support projects initiated by a Musician; in return for "rewards". An example of a reward may include; A thank you note, a CD or music download, T shirts or other merchandise. I've even seen one recent project that will get a song written just for you (if you pledge enough money!)

If you are in any doubt as to the viability of crowd funding, take a look at the profile of Amanda Palmer. Amanda has been on Kickstarter since September 2010. She has created 3 projects. Each of these 3 projects have been successfully funded. 
She has been pledged over $1.3m from nearly 30,000 Backers.

You may not need a £1 million. Maybe you want some much needed studio time to record and produce your new album? Maybe you need some funds for merchandising for an up coming tour? But surely if Amanda can do it you can too?

So let's analyse the following points and see if we can establish some good criteria for creating a successful music crowd funding campaign.

  1. Clearly define your project.
  2. Research.
  3. Carefully work out your rewards.
  4. Plan for your successful project. 
  5. Write up your project.
  6. Be inspiring.
  7. Engage with your audience.
  8. Don't give up!
First and foremost. If you think crowd funding is an quick option to enable you to raise "easy" funds for your music project. THINK AGAIN!. Now the hard work starts!

1. Clearly define your project

Start making lots of notes about your project. Talk to other members of your band or discuss with your manager and your friends and family. Ask yourself about your goals for the project. Are you aiming to high? Do you have a decent enough fanbase to be able to assist you. The importance of a good fanbase must not be underestimated. Will you be marketing your project on and offline? Do you have a blog? Do you know someone else with a blog that could do a write up for you? It's not too early to think about the successful completion of your project; what rewards will you have in place? How will you communicate with your fans? Remember that your fans and backers are not loaning you money they are receiving a product, a reward, to help you succeed. Often they are receiving that product ahead of the marketplace. So you have something of value. How will you administer the rewards when your campaign is a success?

2. Research.

As more Crowd Funding sites appear, you will find more a plethora of information on the net. Here are a few sites to help you start your research;

3. Carefully work out your rewards.

One of the toughest aspects of crowd funding. What are you going to offer your backers? How will you ensure that your rewards are delivered, on time and within budget. Have you factored in the costs of your payment provider? PayPal, Amazon etc. These fees are normally between 2%  and 7%. These costs will come out of your raised funds. Don't forget the costs of post and packaging. Once your project has been saved and published, rewards are not editable. Remember that it's a contract that you are entering into. Project deadlines are not flexible. Projects last for a set amount of time being; 30, 60 or 90 days. You decide.

4. Plan for your successful project. 

Start with the end in mind.
Imagine that you have successfully completed your project. You have your funds in your bank account. You have increased your fanbase. You have booked the time in the studio. But have you thought about how you are going to give your backers their reward? Have you promised to send them something in the post? How are you going to get everyone's email address? Have you factored in the post and packaging on items? Working with you will have all backer's email addresses when you successfully complete your project, so that's one less thing to worry about. You will need to decide on how often to update your backers. Marketing is good. Spam is not!
Don't forget to thank your backers!

5. Write up your Project

Do some research on similar crowd funding projects for musicians. How have they written their opening statement? Have they used video? Upload some of your tunes to your profile. Check to make sure that your crowd funding platform allows music uploads. Use a catchy opening statement. Be bold! Be knowledgeable. You need to make your campaign stand out from the crowd.

6. Be inspiring

Write your project content and bring in your fans so that they feel part of it. Use lots of "...we can do this..." and "...with your support..."
Check the layout and design of your project. Could you enlist a friends help with your graphics or video? Ask people to proof read your project. Silly spelling mistakes at this stage could put people off. Check out other bands and musicians and emulate their success!

7. Engage with your audience.

Your project is now your new baby. You will need to nurture it, cuddle it, gurgle to it and sometimes wipe its bum. You will need to communicate with your backers on milestones achieved, you may need to edit some information, upload new photos and in turn engage with your backers to ensure that they share your project details. Ask them to share your updates. Perhaps you still need a little push to get your funds in time for your project deadline. It may only take one external author or music critic to comment on your project and that'll be enough between making or breaking your project. 

8. Don't give up!

Yes, it will be hard work. Ask yourself; Would you rather go to your bank manager, cap in hand,  who probably knows nothing of the UK Music industry? Perhaps you have a rich uncle or auntie? By uploading your UK Music project to you are targeting the very audience that are coming to see you and want to listen to your music.  Increase your fanbase at the same time. 
Start thinking about your next UK Music Project!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Why I think Gangnam Style became so popular

This is a guest post by 15 year old Henry Gray, regarding The Music Industry

Gangnam Style. A Youube sensation by South Korean artist PSY, featuring quirky dance moves. 

Why, you ask, did this become so popular, with over one billion views, when there is so much more talent out there who could have easily done the same thing? I don’t know either. But this is why I think it happened.

  • 1.    It was different. Today, where most songs are love-songs, we wanted variety. The original dance moves, tune, rhythm, everything was previously virtually unseen. True, Gangnam Style is a love-song, but we didn’t know that until someone ran the words through a translator, which brings me onto my next point.
  • 2.    No-one could understand it. This, as I have already said, made people think the subject matter was more original than it really was. Because it’s really quite hard to replicate the words and timing in another language, and it can’t be sung in English. This means that there are relatively few good covers of it and, if anyone wants to see it done well, they have to watch the original video.
  • 3.    Word gets around. Everyone knows one person who shares everything vaguely funny they find on the internet. Gangnam Style was not just put on YouTube, but on other websites people go on to get a good laugh, because of the frankly hilarious music video. Naturally, these sort of people found it, shared it and begun the endless circulation.
  • 4.       It inspires competition. This is true. In my experience as a fifteen year old, I have found that Gangnam Style is very much like Marmite. You either love it or you hate it. And it’s people like me, who like it and even write articles on it, that fuel this competition. For example, I have a friend who, if he read this, would probably write one of his own explaining why Gangnam Style should not have become this popular. In a way, this song is very much like art. It inspires conversation, debate even, and there will always be those who like it and those who don’t.

I hope with me writing this it has cleared things up a bit.

Friday, 16 November 2012

MusicBacker - The UK Music Crowd Funding Stage

I recently asked a number of social media followers to vote on which domain name they preferred for an up coming Crowd Funding project. The results, as promised are shown below. Voting has now closed. Thank you all those who got involved. I think the answer is obvious...