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Four Apps the Music Industry Needs in Its Life

by Diana Berryman
Published on 23 October 2014


Rock 'n' roll isn't all rock 'n' roll, there has to be a little work involved too, time-saving apps could make all the difference. The music industry is a fast-paced, unforgiving business and being on top of your game will help you to get ahead of your competition. If you look around you and see chaos and disorganization, maybe you need to look at some new technology, that you may not have considered before, to streamline your business and your life.

Do you need more gigs and bookings? Are your merchandise sales shocking? Has anyone heard of you? There are simple and cost-effective music industry and entertainment software out there for you to create a zen-like calm where there was once bedlam. You should suffer no longer, check out these (crazy?) ideas to manage, market and sell your awesome artists.

Create a Professional Booking System

If you are currently booking your acts out with the aid of a mobile phone and a diary, you maybe need to step into the twenty-first century in a hurry! Imagine a way for venues to be able to book your acts and pay for them on a sleek and sophisticated online system. Double-bookings, lost phone numbers and late (or non-existent) payments could be a thing of the past for you, take a look…

Checkfront: Smarter Online Bookings for Tours, Activities and Rentals

Checkfront is an online booking software allowing you to manage your reservations and bookings along with payment processing. There are plugins for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and Movable type so all bases are covered. It is an in-house system so no need to go to an external website to check availability or process bookings. Not only can you manage your gigs and tours but you can use Checkfront for bookings and inventory management too. It is cloud-based so there is no software to maintain, no hosting fees and long term contracts. Managing bands as a business has never been easier as you can set dates and prices with ease, get your band booked for gigs all year round!

Key Features Include:

  • Instant payment processing
  • Inventory Management
  • Powerful analytics
  • Fully cloud managed

Checkfront can manage any sized business from single artists to multi-artist management. They have a Checkfront free trial available and their pricing starts at $49 per month. Take a look at these fabulous reviews about Checkfront.

Generate merchandise sales with eCommerce

How are your CD and t-shirt sales going? Do you sell a few here and there at gigs (if you are lucky)? How would you like to have a permanent, 24hours-a-day online store to sell your fabulous promotional goods, to make access easy for your fans? It is incredibly easy to sell online, all you need is an eCommerce store and some merchandise of course! Check this out…

Brightpearl: Multi-Channel Retail Management

Brightpearl helps you to manage multiple stock lines on one easy platform. You can manage stock and inventory as well as customer data and accounting. Busy working bands or managers have little time to worry about their merchandise so Brightpearl can help to organize your purchasing, sales and distribution in one place. The accounting tools let you measure your profits in real-time and the easy access reports tell you when you are making money (or not). If you use spreadsheets for your stock monitoring, ordering, pricing, sales and accountancy maybe it is time for a change. Brightpearl integrates with eBay, Amazon, Shopify, Magento and Bigcommerce.

Key Features Include:

  • Order and inventory management
  • Shipping management
  • Paypal integration
  • eBay and Magento integration

Brightpearl is for small to mid-sized businesses as well as freelancers. They have a Brightpearl free trial and their monthly subscriptions start at $99 per month. Check out some Brightpearl reviews to help make up your mind.

Get your message out to the world

If your Facebook page and tweets just aren't cutting the mustard it may be the time to step it up. If you have a gig coming up with poor ticket sales, what you need is to SHOUT about it online. Write a press release and get it sent out to all the major news outlets on the internet, it isn't as difficult or as expensive as you might think, have a look at this…

PRWeb: Online News and Press Release Distribution

PRWeb is a news and press release and distribution service. Getting the word out about your band has never been easier. Use PRWeb to increase your visibility online, drive traffic to your website and improve your SEO. Let the world know about an upcoming gig, your announcements, tour dates, great new merchandise, brilliant reviews and more. All you have to do is write your announcement and PRWeb will distribute it to all the major news sites and search engines. Don't let your important news be lost in the huge amount of traffic on the internet.

Key Features Include:

  • News creation and tracking
  • Search engine distribution
  • Associated press distribution
  • New digest distribution

PRWeb is suitable for any sized business. Your account is free to set up and the basic package starts at $99.

Build up a fan base

I am sure y'all have a great Facebook page and popular Twitter account (plus all the other networks too) right? I imagine they keep you (or someone who works for you) pretty busy? Did you know you can share your stuff 24 hours a day without actually having to be there? Marketing automation is the way to go to create engagement with your fans and followers, keep them up-to-date with what's going on and be accessible to them. You can automate all your posts and just spend a few minutes a day catching up with questions, replies, comments and thanking your loyal fans, here is how…

Infusionsoft: Marketing automation, sales and CRM

Infusionsoft is marketing automation and then-some. You can schedule your posts to go out, check what your fans are saying about you, manage your fan-base, sales and eCommerce all from manageable platform. Take a few minutes once a week to automate your outgoing content then check-in once or twice a day to connect and engage with your fans.

Key Features Include:

  • Marketing automation
  • Social sharing
  • Lead scoring
  • CRM

Infusionsoft is designed for small businesses and their pricing starts at $199 per month. Read some Infusionsoft reviews here.

Music industry folks, did you ever consider any of these apps to make your business lives easier to manage? Do you use some of them already? Let us know what you think and check out more music industry and entertainment software to make life easier in out great app marketplace.


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