Friday, October 24, 2014

News: "5 Days to master your Twitter" by Cool FD


Day 1 : Create it and/or update it !

This first step could look funny because it is so obvious. But unfortunately I come across so many accounts not updated, which is even worst than not existing. Here are some simple questions, and easy to solve ones as well, you could ask yourself in order to make a global check point :
  • Is my name written correctly ? Do not forget that people could be looking for you. They won’t try more than 3 times. So chose it or change your name to the most easy to be found. For instance, I am Cool FD, I make beats, so my twitter name is Coolfdbeats. Try it, type it, you’ll find me directly.
  • Do I look like I am ? The profile picture is fundamental. Could it be your face or a landscape that reveals your state of mind, it must be a true representative.
  • What do they learn about me ? Your twitter biography is a golden opportunity : a large part of the people who visit your twitter profile will look at it. You can catch them (or make them run away) with one sentence. Use precise words to describe what you do, what you are working, what are your goals and who you are tweeting for. To sum up, send a clear message.
  • Where do I want to redirect my followers ? Here is the core question of the social media magic. Twitter (or any other social media) can not (and must not) be your website. You can’t concentrate all the main infos about you. This is not why it has been built for. Structural infos about your grind must be written on an official website or blog. And your social medias have to target it. Like rivers into the ocean.
  • Now that i’m done, would they see it ? Your new twitter profile is complete, clever minded and thought for your very music business. Don’t forget to make it appear on your other social media accounts, website, and blog.

Day 2 : It’s a follow thing

Now that your Twitter profile is created and/or updated, you wanna be heard ! That is the aim, yes indeed, but you got to learn this basic rule on twitter : it costs follows to get follows. Why ? Here are, at least, 3 reasons that will convince you to start following people because it worth it.
  • It’s all in the interactions : technically speaking, Twitter is a matter of links and contacts between people, through their accounts. In other words, your existence is ignored until you reach people. To reach them, you have to follow them in order to react and answer to what they post. So don’t be shy or too proud, and start following your tomorrow’s followers !
  • Build your community : this precise aspect of Twitter is powerful. You have the choice to follow who you want : those who inspire you, those who support you, those are on the same level than you. To sum up, you can build a relentless source of information and written facts directly connected to your activity, goals or questions. Once you’re done with this #2, do not forget to keep interacting (see #1).
  • Wear your Tweet List like a suit : the following process and all the good things that it brings must be kept reinvented at any moments of your career. This abality of relentlessly find new people to follow and to speak with will guarantee you to find solutions and opportunities to any problems and at any steps.

Day 3 : Content is king

This well known concept is so relevant when it comes to build a Twitter strategy. You need to be interesting. You need to be smart and precise. You need to catch the attention. Your average follower’s tweet timeline is updated every minute, and Twitter faces with 500 million Tweets each day. So if you don’t made the cut, you’re just wasting time. And independent artists can’t afford it.
  • Determine your purpose : what am I about ?
  • Determine who you want to be your readers : who do I tweet for ?
  • Engage leaders and influencers : mention the people you follow every time it is possible and every time it is relevant. They will help you in this quest of visibility thanks to mentions and RTs. And then, your content will speak for itself.

Day 4 : a bunch of powerful side tools

At this step of your weekly challenge to master your Twitter account, it’s time to focus on the little things that can make the differences in this Twitter jungle. Of course, these tools can be handled in so many ways. So most important thing is that you consider them and start thinking about them as powerful tools. Here are the ways I use some of them :
  • Hashtags : depending on your content and your activities, you can create relevant hashtags and keep sticking to them. The more visible you become, the more usefull these hashtags will be for your followers and fans. That’s also a good way to build yourself as a brand and / or as an influencer, which is, according to me, the main stake of this Twitter game for independent artists.
  • Favorite Tweets : I use this function as a reminder, a « to check list ». When I see a relevant link or an audio I don’t want to miss, I favorite the Tweet and be back at it later.
  • RTs : this function deserves a whole blog post, but to sum up, I use it to spread the work of the artists I appreciate. The edit function of RTs is, therefor, very important since you can precise why you RT this or that information.
  • Lists : to be totally honest with yall, I started to study and use this function just weeks ago. So far, I’ve been able to underline at least 2 functions of it. First, it’s a smart way to organize the people vibin around your twitter account, and have a focused look on what a precise category. This can also put you as a person of network, by giving an access to your follower to who is important and usefull to follow as well.
  • The search function : don’t miss a tweet about anything you need, could it be blog posts about your music or job research ! Editing a tweet research is very easy, and some cool advice are available on the Internet to push this function even forward.

Day 5 : one Twitter, two steps

I’m pretty sure you’re now convinced that tweeting is totally not only about spamming your latest soundcloud release or youtube new visual. It’s much more than that and it can give you back real benefits that go way beyond your own hopes. A complete tool like Twitter require a comfortable user experience. Try these two steps and lemme know your feedback !
  • Twitter.com : if you’re new to Twitter, you should definitely spend some time on the official Twitter website first. You’ll find all the functions mentionned in this article, in a very nice layout. Smartphone user ? It’s all good with the mobile app too (I personnaly use it too when i’m not behind my PC screen).
  • Tweetdeck : this wonderful tool allows you to see your time line, mentions, researches and more at the same time. It really improved my Twitter experience and I highly recommand it. It is important to notice that it is totally possible to use your Twitter app and Tweetdeck, depending on what aspect of your Twitter strategy you’re on at the moment.
 So here my « 5 days to master your Twitter account ». This is my own vision of this powerful social media. Of course many other ways exist and are still to be discovered. Feel free to comment, share and send me your thoughts directly by email. And of course, holla at me on Twitter !

Dedrick Jamaal - In Time ft. Megan


Baton Rouge, LA emcee Dedrick Jamaal releases his latest song, "In Time", which features indie R&B songstress Megan. "In Time", off of his upcoming mixtape "In Time" (October 31, 2014).  Stream the track below!!!

***Thanks to  Lawanda PR for sending***


Dragon Fli Empire - Mission Statement (Deluxe Edition)


Makebelieve Records and Dragon Fli Empire are pleased to unveil the Deluxe Edition of DFE's fourth album, Mission Statement. After releasing several solo projects, the Calgary (Canada) duo of Teekay and DJ Cosm have reunited for their first group release since 2009. Mission Statement is an honest and engaging album showcasing further growth with the classic DFE hip hop style.  Stream below!!!

***Thanks to Makebelieve Records for sending***

Tracklist

1. Ain't Goin' Down 02:11
2. Mission Statement (feat. Birdapres) 02:49
3. Supreme 03:17
4. The Daily News Pt. 2 (feat. Sadat X) 03:08
5. Superhero 02:32
6. Was (feat. royceBIRTH & Relic) 02:43
7. Back Up (feat. Qwazaar & Thaione Davis) 02:46
8. The Way It Goes (feat. Yolanda Sargeant) 03:00
9. Gimme the Mic (feat. Ghettosocks & Def 3) 03:39
10. Fire on Ice (feat. Lady C) 03:28
11. All Wrong 03:16
12. Chop Chop 02:42
13. Train of Thought 04:28
14. Mission Statement (Metacosmic Freak Mix) 02:42
15. Supreme (Djar One Jeep Mix) 02:45
16. Supreme (Francois Boulanger Remix) 02:50
17. Superhero (royceBIRTH Remix) 03:51
18. Train of Thought (Teekay Remix) 02:57


Cee x Cool FD - Be Healthy 2014


Cee teamed with Cool FD (Orleans, France) for this exclusive track which premiered on Cee's 'Emcee Of The Week' feature on Independent Coolness #20, a radio show/podcast hosted by Cool FD. Stream the track below!!!

***Thanks to The Movement Fam for sending***


EK – Mean Ol Town


Boston emcee Daniel “EK” Ibeh is back with his highest profile release yet. He continues a steady stream of music, following up “Recycled Love” with his newest “Mean Ol Town” release as part of his bi-weekly song schedule. The “Mean Ol Town” aka “The City” track is featured prominently in the Hollywood film “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” with Jennifer Hudson!  Stream the track below!!!

***Thanks to The Producers United for sending***


Video: Royce Rizzy x Sy Ari Da Kid - No Moe



RCA Records/SoSoDef emerging artist, Royce Rizzy debuts the video to his latest single "No Moe", featuring Sy Ari Da Kid , produced by Kato!

***Thanks to SMKA for sending***

Directed by Dave Canon & Tim Daust 

Listen & Download: https://soundcloud.com/so-so-def/royce-rizzy-ft-sy-ari-da-kid-no-moe

Video: Young Marqus x Kirko Bangz - She Got It



Young Marqus drops an official new video for his hit single “She Got It” featuring fellow Houston native Kirko Bangz. “She Got It” is produced by Yung Chill is and is yet another glimpse of what fans can expect to hear from Young Marqus on his upcoming mixtape titled “C.L.A.E.” (Creating Legacy All Day Everyday) Executively Produced By 1500 or Nothin including additional features from Multi-Platinum Def Jam artists YG, Problem and hosted by award winning, DJ Mustard.

***Thanks to Li'Mari' (Echoing Soundz) for sending***

Str8OutDaDen Podcast: Curci


Str8OutDaDen sends their latest podcast featuring Fort Collins, Colorado emcee Curci, they caught up with him during their time at the A3C Festival in Atlanta. After sharing a chance story of how they met, which included Jay Electronica.


Marc Asylum - Khalil


Southern lyricist Marc Asylum offers up his first release from his upcoming EP "Scandals of Life: Volume 1", coming October 30th. The track "Khalil" is letter to his cousin whose life was changed forever when he was sentenced to federal prison at the age of 16.

***Thanks to Selective Management for sending***


M.O.P. f/ Busta Rhymes - Broad Daylight (187 Part 2)


M.O.P. will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a new EP, Street Certified, which will be released on 11-18-2014 and is executive produced by DJ Premier.

On the latest leak, “Broad Daylight” (187 Part 2), from Street Certified, A-List Alumni Billy Danze & Lil Fame link up with Busta Rhymes.

***Thanks to MAC Media for sending***