Monday, April 29, 2013

Who Is

Right now, more then ever, I'd say that the hustler spirit is alive and well on Hollywood Blvd. It's like the character, Money Mitch said in one of my favorite gangsta movies, Paid in Full: "This is the stage, if you was here then you was definitely somebody and I was there". That's right, I consider the Blvd to be the stage and with this post I'd like to shine some light on one of my fellow comrades. BELLEZ. This dude is definitely a true hustler, on the block consistently pushing his album and gettin top dolla! Hahah I gotta respect that! Real recognize real so being that we both young bosses with our own independent brands and merchandise, he blessed me with one of his new "my name ring BELLEZ's" T shirts in exchange for one my exclusive flattop head logo T's. We are two soldiers of the same struggle and I strongly encourage y'all to go and support his movement.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

How Can Facebook Help my Business?

If you have any kind of business, you need to get yourself a Facebook Page. What page you get depends on what it is you do, who you are; if you are a musician, selling products, etc. Just make sure to keep yourself constantly updated, since Facebook is constantly changing. 

 These are benefits of using Facebook for your business: 

  • You can use it to gather people who like your business, music, writing, or whatever it is you do. That means that you have your customers collected in one place. 
  • It is easy for your customers or "fans" to just click a button without much thinking 
  • If you get enough likes--it will be a testimony on how great you, your business, or your products are. It is something to put on your resume! 
  • You can get an unlimited number of likes
  • If you have some money in your budget for advertising--facebook is a great advertising tool. It let's you focus in on your target market. You can read more on Facebook Advertising if you click HERE 
  • You can share whatever content you want. It can be videos, photos, links, etc. Be creative! Everyone who liked your page will get it instantly in their newsfeed. You can read more on what content to share HERE
  • You get, what Facebook call "Insights" where you get detailed information about your "fans"; you can see where they are located, age, etc. There is also information on how many people that was reached by the content you share. 
  • You can build customized application on your page. You can choose to either use already existing apps, like YouTube, or you can build them completely yourself. Have a contact form, a link to your website, your music, or whatever else you would like to share with your audience.
  • Your audience can post right on your wall. They can share their experiences, share their own links, compliment, or give you advice. It is testimonials right on your page! 
  • Your audience can like, comment, and share your content. If they like one of your videos, they might share it with all of their friends! 
  • If you have a physical location of you business, people can "check-in". That tells their friends that they like your business.
  • If you have any questions about what Facebook can do for you, please do ask me.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Up-and-Coming Independent Musicians to Look Out For

Jess Koroi - Therapy 101 Official Video

 Joey Mack - Hated (Official Music Video)

ScottyTheKid MONSTER by 
BIGBANG COVER - MONSTER (Cover by @NylonPink)  



Jay Cincy Kickin' It Raw (viral music video) HD

Me vs I - Tales From the Trails

Cellular Phone -Kosha Dillz  

Monday, April 8, 2013

How to use SEO keyword Tools?(Google Adwords)

You probably already know what your website is all about, and have a ballpark idea on topics you might want to cover. However, a good idea to find more topics within your niche is to use this tool to find out what words and phrases that people are interested in.

I have been using this tool for a long time and it can really help if your brain freezes up, or if you suffer a writer's block. This is also what I use to find out what you guys are searching the most on Google and how I pick topics to write about.

Type keywords related to your website and click “Search” (see picture below)

I typed in “social media” as a keyword for my search and these are some of the topics that came up beneath the search window:

  • what is social media
  • social media marketing
  • social media websites
  • social media strategy
  • social media sites
  • social media jobs
  • social media optimization
  • social media agency
  • ignite social media
  • social media webinar
  • social media advertising
  • social media marketing plan template
  • social media events
  • social media marketing agencies
  • social media for business
  • social media seminars
  • social media definition
  • social media campaign

These are keywords and phrases that users type in on Google when they are searching for information. I'm not saying that you should start typing as a maniac right now, but over time you should be writing an article about each of these keywords/phrases (for your own keywords) to be covered as much as possible in the search engines.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

How to Better Understand Different Types of Social Media?

As an independent artist, I use a lot of social media to promote my music. I've spent a lot of time doing research and now I put together a list of "tools" you can use to promote yourself. Here are different type of social media: 
  • Social Networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Bookmarking 
  • Social News 
  • Microblogging 
  • Blogs 
  • Review Sites 
  • E-commerce
  • Communities 
  • Educational Sites 
  • Podcasting 
  • Niche social networks 
  • Social search 
  • Content sharing: Photo Sharing Video Sharing Social Q&A

I'm also in process of putting together a list of sites that you should be registered on if you are an independent musician. It will be up soon.

Friday, April 5, 2013

How To Be A Successful Karmaloop Rep?

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How to see the Benefits of Using Social Media?

Social media is not going to miraculously make your business succeed, but it can help you. It can help your business become better by getting to know your consumers, get feedback, interact, and promote your company in a more efficient way. Even if you are an individual person who is trying to turn your hobby into business, like a photographer, or an independent musician, there are many benefit of using social media.

  1. Low cost.
    If you are small business or individual entrepreneur, traditional media can be extremely expensive. The only cost that is necessary, is the cost of your time. With the help of social media, you will be able to spread promotional content, like videos, audio, and articles. You will also gain the opportunity to have your consumers spread your content more easily as well.

  2. Become the voice of your niche.
    Establish your brand as the new “go-to-person” within your niche. By sharing interesting content, and being visible, you are creating a trust and loyalty with potential consumers.
  1. Become a part of your consumer's day.
    By showing yourself out there; having conversations, liking, commenting, and sharing – you will become a part of their day. Your consumers will think of you when they need something that you offer.
  1. Build relationships that will benefit your business.
    People are more likely to do business with brands that they know. Your are not just a business, but a brand. As long as you have established what your brand means, you should invite your consumers to get to know your brand. Once they feel as if they know your brand, they are more likely to want to support and connect with you.
  1. Develop your business with feedback from your online community.
    The internet have endless of discussions, forums, commenting opportunities, etc. You will be amazed of how easy it is to get your consumer's feedback. By using this technique, you will be able to tell what your consumer wants more of, and what you should avoid altogether.
  1. It is faster to network online.
    Think about how much time and resources it takes you to network in real life by making phone calls, going to cocktail parties, and so on. Now think about how quickly you can have a conversation online. You will reach a great number of people in no time.
  1. Gather resources.
    During the time you will spend online, you will gather tons of resources. There are plenty of tools you can use to collect all the interesting content that other people share, and in no time, you can save that interesting article you just read for future reference or inspiration.
  1. Find people who can help your business.
    By getting to know people online, it will become easier to see which people that will be perfect for your business. It may be someone you want to hire, a service you may need, or someone you may want to do business with. Social media is perfect to find your perfect connections.
  1. Global reach.
    There is no limit on how many people you can reach when doing social media.
  1. Measurable.
    You can easily measure your social media stats using one or more of the tools available for you.