If you’re an artist trying to get a feature on an important blog or playlist, this endeavor can turn into quite an unnerving task. Especially if you’re not getting a response for a piece of art you worked your ass off for.
Here’s where SubmitHub comes into play. For those of you who have never tried it, it’s basically a structured funnel between artists, managements and labels on one side and blogs, playlists and channels (YouTube, SoundCloud) on the other.
One submission costs between $1 and $3. This, consequently, gives blog-owners a professional perspective and the opportunity to spend a certain amount of time on each submission. For artists it is a fast response-system, which involves individual messages of approval or reasons of decline.
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Jason Grishkoff, founder of SubmitHub and Indie Shuffle, was kind enough to share some pointers that will help you to get the most out of your next campaign.
Regarding an upcoming release – when is the right time to kick-off a SubmitHub campaign?
It’s usually a good idea to try line up a “premiere” about two weeks before the release. Premieres greatly increase your chances of getting coverage because you’re offering bloggers the chance to be the “first” to reveal your song. Once you’ve lined up a premiere partner, you’ve then got 1-2 weeks to try and secure additional blog coverage for once the song is out. Blogs are used to getting songs a week or two in advance. For playlisters, I’d wait until the song is actually available on Spotify before contacting them.
Does it make a difference, which streaming service link to embed in the submission?
The more the merrier! Bloggers still prefer SoundCloud, but are often happy to go with YouTube as well. These days a distribution service such as Spinnup will help you get your song onto all platforms with the click on a few buttons.
Do premieres make placements more likely?
Generally speaking, they do help increase your chances of getting coverage.
The personal, info text – which info delivers the best first impression? Any things to avoid?
For me, it’s all down to the song itself. Social presence, artwork and photography don’t matter as much. If the song is good, I’ll blog it.
If I didn’t get any answer, does it make any sense to try the same blog again?
Yeah, you’ve got nothing to lose!
Any general Do’s and Don’ts for artists getting their music featured?
For sure. I’ve compiled a pretty thorough strategy guide here.
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