Thursday, March 02, 2006

Proper Care And Feeding Of A MySpace Page

The other day in the office my co-workers and I were discussing the effectiveness of MySpace to create a real fan base for a band, as opposed to just hodepodge of useless faces with no loyalty. My opinion that it really depends on how you use it. To create real value, the MySpace (or web) page must be sticky.

As an example of a compelling MS page, my collegue introduced Vaeda. They're a top unsigned band with over 250,000 listens. Their page pretty much sums up what a band can do to create a great fan-centric online experience.

What's so special?

1. The overall look is clean and legible.
Yep. Someone in this band or their crew has a sense of design. Key points when designing a page if you're all thumbs or have no skills is keeping it simple. Don’t go font crazy. Make sure that you can read the thing. This is made way easier if you use one of the Myspace editing programs. Colorblind or colorstupid? Check this nifty web color picker.

2. The information is updated regularly.
These guys keep their tour dates current and seem to update their blog on a regular basis.

3. Offer some really cool add-on interactive and viral tools.
  • MP3’s and ringtones for sale
  • radio request link tool
  • pre-made style sheets with ready-to-paste HTML
  • banners with ready-to-paste HTML
  • “fan of the week” spotlight
  • incentive for referrals of friends
  • use of YouTube video to supply show footage
  • “exclusive” myspace only content
The final point is that randomly adding a bunch of friends is really a bad idea. Making the most of your current online friends and have THEM evangelize your band, and giving them the tools to work with under their own power, is really key.

By no means is Myspace the final means to an end at this stage of the game. Monetizing 499,000 profile views requires an investment and business experience. These are fundamental blocks to keep perpetuating content, distribution of CDs (for as long as that stays around), the band on the road, and manage other publicity. All MySpace can really do is help an artist reach the most advanced "demo" stage it can be.

But that will be the topic of a future entry...

If any reader has additions to the above, please post in comments.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

while not the best myspace band page, The Bled definitely have the design part down. Granted, it looks like they had a professional designer do it, but it at least is different.