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The Dark Side of Web 2.0
The terms social media network and viral marketing have made it from the Web to the boardroom and back again.  Both veteran and rookie public relations practitioners can agree on the merits of using social media to reach the audience.

But what happens when the audience tunes in, only to be rewarded with a viral message that is sinister in nature?

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A Blog for Every Occasion
One of the most cost effective ways to get the word out is to blog.  While not everyone has the knack for it – I sometimes struggle with it myself – there is help in sight.

Fortunately, there are literally millions of blogs online, with more and more coming into existence, each and every day.  Chances are good that there is a blogger out there that focuses on your genre of music.

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Paying the Price

At one time or another, many of us have asked the question: Is there anything this person can’t get away with (referring to the latest scandal or social calamity involving a celebrity)?

Keeping a celebrity’s brand top-of-mind is important, but what cost does a musician pay for being cast in a negative light? 

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Reaching Out
Today, music industry professionals face the challenge of reaching out to an ever more fragmented audience.  In other words, fewer individuals are paying attention to or responding to the same message.  This makes it difficult to find a channel of communication that will reach these individuals (the audience).  To maximize your chances of getting the word out, consider using both traditional and nontraditional channels of distribution to communicate messages.
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On-line Jam Sessions
The Web site (Tjoon.com), though a little tricky to navigate, allows split-screen videos to be created online by one or more individuals with a webcam.  The Tjoon Web site allows individuals to: 

  • Play music online with friends across distances

  • Share music with others

  • Discuss music and recording

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Another Tool In The PR Practitioner’s Belt
Like other social media tools, Tjoon may be used to help promote music.  Like youtube.com, Tjoon uses the power of the Web to get the word out.  It’s still in the infancy stages and is somewhat limited in reaching an audience outside of its obvious niche’, but keep an eye on this one for possible promotion ideas in the future.

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An Advertisement Wary Audience
Gone are the days where many record companies are willing to spend enormous sums of money to promote musicians through advertising.  Can you blame them?

Faced with trying to reach an audience that increasingly becomes more fragmented, labels and promoters struggle with finding an audience that will sit still long enough to listen to an artist’s songs – let alone buy them.

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Publicity and Public Relations
So you want to be a rock star.  Or maybe you are looking to promote an up-and-coming musical act.  In either case, having an understanding of the role and importance of public relations in generating publicity may drastically increase the chance that you’ll be met with success.

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