You know the deal. You make beats and you either sit there listening to it over and over again, admiring your creations, or you decide to sell them and make some cold hard cash. Most likely you will take that cash and buy some new gear for your studio, but either way, selling beats is what most of us are after.
But selling beats can also be very troublesome, especially if you don’t know where to start, or if you’ve just been having a hard time getting people to buy your beats.
Here are 3 awesome ways for you to sell your beats.
This one is a no-brainer. You’re on myFlashStore reading this article anyway, so obviously you have checked out what else they have to offer here, and selling beats
is the main service.
With a huge community of beat sellers right here with you, you have everything you need to set up your beats to be sold. And they will sell, just as long as you don’t suck!
On myFlashStore, you can have your own player that can be embedded on other websites, this way people can hear your beats and it will take them to your page, where they can buy them. The entire website is compatible with tablets and phones, this way it opens you up to a big market of buyers, especially since most people are using mobile devices today.
There are licenses and contracts that you can use, custom voicetags, and even mixing and mastering services.
Besides all of that, the main reason why you want to sell on myFlashStore is because it’s known as the main place to buy beats. Plus with this blog, you have all the information and tips that you need to help get you started.
2. Social Media
If for some reason you are not communicating via social media, slap yourself silly right now. I’ll wait.
I’m not a big fan of actually being on social media, but I basically only use it for business purposes, as that’s what works for me. For selling your beats, you need to do the same. You don’t need to be posting on Facebook or Twitter all day long, but as long as you have a pretty good social presence, you’re good to go.
One of the main issues I see though, is that a lot of producers will use their personal Facebook or Twitter accounts as the account to sell beats. Don’t do this.
With Facebook it’s easy. Just setup a fan “page” and post all your beatmaking and beat selling stuff there only. Your personal page needs to remain just as that – personal. Don’t mix personal and business. The reason is because someone that wants to buy your beats wants just your beats, and they don’t care about the pictures of your kid.
On Twitter, it’s a bit different. You can’t set up a “page”, so you will have to create a separate account. The good thing is that instead of logging in and out of both your personal and business accounts, you can use Tweetdeck
to manage them all. It’s actually really good, especially if you like having tons of posts, lists, and messages to contend with.
Once you have all your accounts in order, you’re ready to sell. But to sell on social media, you must be able to communicate, share, favorite, like, and much more. Basically, you need to network
If someone posts something interesting, share or like it. If you do this enough times (but don’t go crazy otherwise your feed will have posts from everyone else and nothing from you), other people will do the same for you. It’s all about being nice and helping other people out, and eventually they will return the favor.
Then you can start posting regularly about yourself, but the key is to not overdo it and come across as spam. The last thing your fans will want is to be flooded with posts about you and your beats. Keep it simple.
As time goes on, you will eventually start to hook up with other people online and form friendships, which will lead to other friendships, and hopefully – beat sales.
This one is a bit tricky because it’s not like you can just start emailing people about your beats. In order to use email to sell your beats, you have to first build up a client list of emails. This can be done a few different ways, such as:
- If you have your own website, have a newsletter signup.
- Create your own newsletter signup with a third party website http://mailchimp.com and ask people on social media periodically to signup to it.
It can be difficult to gather peoples’ emails, but if you can gather up a big enough list (even if it’s small that’s fine too), then you will be able to reach out to everyone on your list regularly. This means that they will know what you’re up to, and that will help spread the word about your music.
For example, if you just finished a beat, or even if you made a video of yourself making beats, you can include that in your newsletter. If it’s good enough, they will share it with their friends, and so on and so on.
With email marketing, just make sure you don’t spam your list. The last thing you want to do is actually lose people from your list. Instead, keep them reading by sending out your newsletter every week or two.