Getting Your Fans to Review Your Music


Jessica Sonner

It’s great if they post a comment or a review of your album without you asking, but why not go out of your way to ask you fans to say a good word or two…or three

Why does it matter?
Fan comments are a big deal, after all, its the fans that fuel the flame, right? Their your mouth…your “word of mouth”. When a fan drops a nice note or an enthusiastic “I can’t believe your music is so freakin’ amazing!” post on your facebook, that encourages others to check out your tunes, get excited about your music, and possibly download a song.

Where Are They Saying?
Here are a couple very important places where your fans’s words will be noted:

  • iTunes: People read reviews before they buy music. It would be worth asking your fans to put up a kind word or two when downloading your album. By the way, you probably knew this already but iTunes has simplified urls. In other words, if your music is on iTunes, you can direct fans to http://www.itunes.com/yourbandname. I’m not sure what they’re doing for artists with incredibly common names.
  • CDBaby: Similar to iTunes, people will read reviews when they’re considering buying your tunes.
  • Facebook Page: Don’t put your wall setting to only show your bands updates. Make sure your fans comments are visible. I’d argue that the “Wall” might actually be more important than the “Info” page.
  • Your Site’s Guestbook: Many people think guestbooks are useless. I’ve always seen guestbooks as just another great way for fans to communicate with you. Check out Jessica Sonner’s guestbook for ideas. It’s clean simple, and the long list of entries prove that she has a devoted following. Guestbooks also are  not exclusive like Facebook where only FB members can comment.
  • Twitter: If your fans say something nice about your music, retweet it. Why not.

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