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Pro Soul artists get best website hosting in the world

Monday, April 27th, 2009

We’ve talked about the importance of using social networking tools such as Twitter, Facebook and Myspace, but without a reliable website, which is where your career magic begins, successful exposure may be dealt the back space card should a fan have to wait for slow page loading, or reach an error message when landing at your site.

We’ve experienced firsthand unreliable web hosting – from our artists websites being down for days at a time and being unable to access their site, to not reaching our hosting providers for explanation and resolutions. After much research and through our own valuable experience, we have taken the appropriate measures to insure our current web hosting service provides a strong Network Uptime Guarantee.

We offer a solution for all our artists that uses Rackspace technology, for the best hosting in the world. Absolute reliability, redundant server backups, fanatical 24/7 support, and a leader in the global community, Rackspace technology’s “Company” is socially aware and offers “A Greener Way of Doing Business”. From cost-effective green servers to company-wide conservation programs, they are dedicated to doing business in an eco-friendly way.

Pro Soul is constantly aware of the things that artists need to take care of. The last thing an artist needs to worry about is their hosted web site, the hub of their music career.

Automatically posting your blog feeds to Facebook etc.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

We talked about posting your Twitter feeds to Facebook, which can also be done for many other music social networking sites now, such as reverbnation.

We encourage most artists to have a blog for reasons best described in Andrew Dubbers post about it. So how can you get people to read your blog? Import the blog RSS ‘feed’ to other popular sites such as facebook!

Without launching into geek overload, an RSS feed allows you to put something anywhere that supports RSS technology. Facebook supports RSS and so does Twitter, so that’s how you can text from your mobile phone, and have it update your facebook status. A feed is a special url or web address. Usually you can get it for your blog site by just adding /feed to the end of the address, for example: http://prosoulalliance.com/feed/ gives you an RSS compatible version of this blog, kind of like the ‘print view’ button websites have for your printer.

To automatically publish your new blog posts to facebook:

– copy your blog RSS feed address as mentioned above.
– login to your Facebook account
– Go to bottom of page, Applications Menu and click on Notes icon, or click here:
www.facebook.com/notes.php
– Click On ‘Edit Import Settings’ on the Right of Notes page
– Paste in your blog feed here
– Have more than one facebook profile, or in a band? Use the most popular, most active one

Now when you post a blog, Facebook will create a new note, and publish a news item about it on your profile and in your friends news feeds. If your blog settings are set to partial feed, readers will have to go to your website to read the full post which is a good thing, because then maybe they’ll listen to your music, subscribe to your mailing list, or who knows, maybe even buy something, and that is ultimately what you want with social networking – to drive people back to your professional ‘www,yourname.com’ website (Hint: a myspace.com page doesn’t count and screams ‘rookie’!!).

This kind of feed publishing can be done in many other social networking sites such as myspace as well. Check out the settings and applications supporting RSS feeds for them to find out more, or get assistance from Pro Soul Alliance.

Connecting Twitter to other social networking sites

Monday, April 13th, 2009

There’s no mistaking now that micro blogging app Twitter is here to stay, and is an essential social networking tool, not only for musicians but for all business.

How artists can effectively utilize it is another matter, and although that is covered by many great blogs, we wanted to go over some of the most important steps in connecting it with popular social networking sites like Facebook. This allows tweets to also update your facebook status, a great way to keep in touch with people on Facebook even when you don’t have time to login there and accidentally kill an hour or two. This is important because putting yourself and what your doing in front of as many people as possible can help connect you with potential new fans, and when your Facebook status is updated, it appears in your friends news feed, getting you much needed attention.

Although it’s always changing, at the moment,
Here’s how to make sure tweets end up on facebook:

– Add the Twitter application on Facebook, bottom Left of the page, ‘Find More’, search for ‘Twitter’, then click ‘Go To Application’ adding to your profile, allowing it to access your info.
– After logging into Twitter, Click “Allow Twitter to update Facebook Status”, or:
– Go to bottom left applications, then top right> Edit
– Click Edit Settings on the Twitter application
– Make sure under Additional Permissions ‘update status’ is checked
– Have more than one facebook profile, or in a band? Use the most popular, most active one

NOTE: This will not post your @Replies from Twitter, desirably so!

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Here’s how to add your contacts to Twitter from your webmail:

-Click ‘Find on other networks’ on Twitter.com:

http://twitter.com/invitations/find_on_other_networks

– Click on your webmail icon on the left and enter login name and password (don’t be paranoid about entering your pass…)
– Select the people you want to follow (people with no icon are often not actually active on Twitter)
– you can also do this if you use other email programs, but it is a bit more work to import contacts.

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Here’s how to use your mobile phone to update Twitter remotely:

– Go to settings>Devices after logging into Twitter.com: http://twitter.com/devices
– Enter in your phone number and follow instructions to verify your phone.
– Bookmark the 5 digit number for your country/region into text messaging on your mobile, and send tweets to this number when you want to update.
Now what excuse do you have for not making updates at least twice a day? Mmmm, Technology!

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Here’s how to add your contacts to Facebook from your webmail:

– Go to top middle Friends link and select ‘Find Friends’
– enter your full email address and password (don’t be paranoid about entering your pass…)
– click Find Friends and choose the ones you want to connect with on Facebook.
– Do this for ALL facebook accounts you or band members have!
– Make sure to import all your webmail accounts if you or your band members have more than one!

We recommend doing this every month or so as new people you may know are constantly joining these networks!

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Use Twitter incorrectly and you can cause more harm that good to your music career. Get assistance from Pro Soul to avoid embarrasing mistakes and to maximize the neworking potential of these resources!

TIP: If you really want to do twitter properly, use the computer application Tweetdeck, and create a group with all the people you don’t want to miss updates from. This is especially essential when you start getting a few hundred or more followers

Next: How to automatically post your blog feeds to Facebook and other social neworking sites

Nice try Facebook

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

About two weeks ago, Facebook introduced a new terms of service. These new terms were quite severe. Many consumers were furious with the creators of Facebook for this slap in the face.
The terms of service stated once you have closed your account with their network, any rights they had claimed to your original uploaded content would expire. However, they pulled a switch on the general public. Two weeks ago they made their terms of service to state that anything and everything you uploaded that was originally your own would be owned by Facebook! They claimed:

“You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.”

Basically what this says is “We own whatever you put on facebook, sorry.” Naturally, people already using Facebook for years were furious! Livid even, and there they went on a rampage. Facebook received hundreds, upon thousands of complaints from user saying how poorly they were being treated.
Within a few days, the Facebook personnel recanted their new Terms of Service and replaced it with the old version due to complaints.

Facebook representatives are still in the process of making the site more user friendly, and making the consumer pleased with what they are using so they continue to use it.

Pro Soul Alliance Official Launch Party

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

2009’s going to be a big year for Pro Soul, so we thought we’d kick it off with a bang – and how better to do this than to have a party…

You’re invited to our official Pro Soul Launch Party!

Here are the details:

WHO: Artists, fans, music industry pros, media, friends of Pro Soul… Everyone’s welcome!

WHAT: Our official launch party!  In support of the MusicBC Charitable Foundation.

WHEN: Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 8 pm to 12pm

WHERE: Backstage Lounge, Vancouver – 1585 Johnston (Granville Island)

WHY: To celebrate the official launch of Pro Soul Alliance.

HOW: Just come to the Backstage Lounge; you can enjoy the company of awesome music lovers in the community, take in the entertainment provided by our fantastic Pro Soul artists, and support a worthy cause.  Cover is by donation to the MusicBC Charitable Foundation.  We’ll even have info about the charity on hand so you know where your money is going.

We know, you’re wondering why a “record label” is donating its cover to charity.  “What are they thinking?!” you ask.  Well, we care about artists and their rights, we care about musicians in the community, we care about sharing good music with others.  We’re not your ordinary record label.

You don’t need to RSVP, but we’d love to hear if you’re planning to come!  You can either comment here or become a fan of Pro Soul Music on Facebook, where you’ll see our event info and a list of others attending the event.

Don’t miss it!  This is history in the making.

The third “Dirty Little Secret of Music 2.0”

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Hypebot, the online authority on music, technology, and the new music business, recently posted their “4 Dirty Little Secrets of Music 2.0“.  

And wouldn’t you know it – number 3 on their list: “You Can’t Do It Yourself”. 

“There are not enough hours in the day to return emails from all of you Facebook friends, update your dates on Eventful, post new photos on Flickr, edit the expletives out of that backstage video before posting it on YouTube and still find the time to write songs, record them and then play them live. It takes a village to raise a child. It take a team to build a career. Start building one today.”

Not to toot our own horn (too much), but Pro Soul can do all this and so much more.  

Instead of waiting to magically find more hours in your day to devote to your music career, we can take care of it all for you – so you can concentrate on being an artist.  While you work on your music, let us keep your audience engaged and ready for your next masterpiece.

Find out why Pro Soul is “music business, done better” here.  Start building your team today.