Google Alerts – what are people saying about you?

Do you know what people are saying about you on the internet? Google Alerts will notify you anytime someone posts a blog or review about you so you can keep tabs on what’s being said about you and where your name is being dropped.

Think of Google Alerts as a customized automatic Google Search that delivers the search results to you in your email inbox anytime something new hits the internet.

Google Alerts are also helpful when you’re trying to keep up with certain topics, news, or people.

This is very helpful for musicians to keep track of reviews and places their album is featured.

Free and easy: Just go to http://www.google.com/alerts?hl=en&gl=us&source=alertsmail and create a free account if you don’t already have one. Then you can enter search terms like your name.

Enter your keywords just as if you were running a normal web search. A good basic starting point is to set up Alerts for the name of your organization, for the names of your key spokespeople who are likely to be quoted in the media, and for keywords that are relevant to your cause and/or community.

Tip: To get an idea of what sort of information might be returned for any specific keywords, do an ordinary Google Search and see what turns up. Based on those search results, tweak your keywords to match your needs. You can always change it later, or delete it and set up a different Alert.

Be sure to enclose terms in “quotes” to focus on that term only. You’ll start getting your own personal google search results in your inbox right away

Suggested Alerts:

  • your name
  • your band name
  • your album title (to find reviews or places carrying it for sale)
  • your company name
  • your competition
  • your genre or area of interest
  • other people you want to keep track of what they’re doing
  • product names
  • Anything you are researching or learning about.

Business card, post card and poster printing services

There are lots of online printers who specialize in business cards, postcards, etc.
  • If you check a bunch, you can usually find a sale going at one of them for the item you need printing. I just got 500 business cards at gotprint for $23 with shipping cause I caught a sale.
  • COUPON CODES: Google “promo codes” for the printer you want to use and you might even find a coupon code for a couple bucks off.
  • I recommend ordering 500 or more – you will find the prices for 250 and 500 are almost the same.
  • watchout for sales tax now – some printers are starting to collect sales tax across state lines due to a new law or having a plant in your state.
I’ve used:
I’ve also seen ads for:
www.nextdayflyers.com – seem to have good prices.

www.uprinting.com – have a cool square card, slim cards, and even specialty shapes (circles, rounded, etc.). Prices seem good too.

www.hotcards.com – claim to be environmental and union
http://www.cdpostershop.com – small quantities at good prices
www.zooprintingtrade.com
www.printrunner.com – try HOWMAG coupon code for first time order, 20%

CD & DVD Logo usage rules

The compact disc logo is actually owned by Philips Electronics N.V. The DVD logo is controlled by the DVD Format/Logo Licensing Corporation of Japan.You do not have to include disc logos on your artwork if you do not want to. If you do include the logos, then you must follow the rules regarding size, shape and color. Logos must remain Black and White – do not color the logo

The shape must remain unaltered – scale the logo with constrained proportions (width and height scales + / – equally)

Distribution

CDBaby

The “world’s largest independent music store” AND they put your songs for sale as digital downloads on all the best retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and more. they charge a setup fee. They pay weekly. You set your own price. They take a cut. www.cdbaby.com

Louisiana Music Factory

“The one stop site for all of your New Orleans and Louisiana music needs.” The Louisiana Music Factory, located in the New Orleans French Quarter, carries the widest selection of Louisiana Music on compact disc & vinyl records in the world. Their online store sells all over the world. 504-586-1094 Tell them Diana at Crescent Music Services referred you. www.louisianamusicfactory.com

TuneCore.com

TuneCore has arrangements with leading digital music retailers that let us place your music in their online stores and subscription services. You get 100% of the money that your music earns from digital distribution. Sign up now for digital distribution. Instead, they charge a yearly fee. There are a few additional charges so check their site.
 
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