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I was recently asked to cre­ate a list of all the dig­i­tal ser­vices and tools an artist can use for social media, as it’s often over­whelm­ing to com­pre­hend all the tools online when you’re try­ing to focus on mak­ing good music. So here it is.

Social Media” is a very broad term, and I have included tools that should be essen­tial to your dig­i­tal strat­egy, but may lie out­side of the “social media” definition.

It’s nearly impos­si­ble to be com­pre­hen­sive in a list like this, but hope­fully my own take on the fol­low­ing tools for artists is help­ful for you.  The other catch is that this list will surely become out­dated quickly, as the ever-changing nature of the social world exists. Feel free to voice your addi­tions in the com­ments below, and I’m sorry if I left out your favorite service!

Here’s an impor­tant tip: Don’t go just sign up for each of these sites. The key to social media is to only use the net­works that you can use effec­tively.  If you don’t have enough time to main­tain and make effec­tive use of 5 sep­a­rate ser­vices, then don’t.  Focus on the ones you can man­age, and be effec­tive there.

 
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  • http://www.makeitinmusic.com Ian

    Bren­dan — great graphic and list. I’ve been using Buz­zdeck for data mea­sure­ment. It’s more sophis­ti­cated than the others.

    I also think musi­cians can do a lot with image shar­ing on Flickr and Instagram.

  • http://www.promoteyourmusic.net Chris Rock­ett

    Really enjoy­ing your blog man.

    Great tools in there, I’ve been doing a lot with Vibedeck recently and the more I play with it the more I’m smil­ing ;-)

    Nice to see that tip about only using what you need. That is so important.

    I also like to focus on the sites with the largest gath­er­ing of like minded fans rather than try­ing to be all over every new social media site that hits the web.

    For me right now it’s Face­book, Twit­ter, YouTube and the blog.

    Any­thing else has to be really impres­sive to break into the lit­tle gang.

    - Chris

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  • http://www.facebook.com/musiccharles Charles Alexan­der

    Hey this is great.  I was plan­ning on writ­ing up an in-depth online
    tools guide analy­sis for musicians/artists. This really helps.  Will link to this from my music tech site.

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  • http://twitter.com/ROOSEVELTMUSIC ROOSEVELT

    Why do all these, sites get out­dated so quickly??? As an artist I wish some­one would just make a one stop shop, the only prob­lem is the fans/customers/people change as quickly as these sites do. Huhhhhhhh

    Any comments/advice…

  • Ocho de Bastos

    Where is LinkedIn?  This busi­ness is also about hav­ing the right pro­fes­sional net­work con­tacts from the indus­try.  My band has derived more value and oppor­tu­ni­ties from our con­tacts in LinkedIn that from other social sites.

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  • Observer-A

    Very cool. Thanks!

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  • http://twitter.com/CeciliMusic Cecili

    Great Post! thanks for orga­niz­ing all of these sites accord­ing to their func­tions, it’s easy to get con­fused as to what to sign up for, at least for me any­way.. saves me from the trap of redun­dancy of social net­work­ing actions! Link­ing to this one from my site! Dont for­get Instagram!! 

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  • http://twitter.com/sddialedin Rose­mary Bystrak

    That’s why no mat­ter what, your band’s web­site should always be the most updated and the hub of your oper­a­tions with an easy way to pull in newslet­ter sub­scribers. All of the other things should lead back to your site. Face­book may go away like MySpace did (though MySpace is try­ing to make a come­back), until the next big thing hits. If your site is main­tained with every link, and is a one stop shop, the com­ing and going of social net­works won’t have to mean con­stantly rebuilding. 

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