Did you know that 20% of all music sales for the entire year happen in the last six weeks of the year?
Kicking things into high gear around the holidays can really benefit your music career. People are in the mood to buy cool stuff, to have fun, and to listen to awesome music. And if I’m guessing right, I imagine that your music can provide an answer to all three of those holiday impulses!
But where should you get started in your holiday crunch-time promotions? Here are 4 things you can do to reach out and engage with fans this holiday season:
1) Give Back to Your Community
This time of year people are extra focused on giving. So why not take a little of your time and talent and give back? There are lots of charities that have an increased need at this time of year.
Sure, you could donate canned goods and a coat. You probably should do those things. But I’m betting you can do more. Maybe you could coordinate with your fans to help support a specific event in a meaningful way.
And you know what makes a great addition to those events? Live music!
This is a great time of year to give back to those organizations making a difference in your community. Why not offer to play a free acoustic set for their canned food drive?
If it’s too late to jump onto a charity event in your area, why not host your own online charity event?
Choose your favorite charity, and host a live streaming concert to benefit the charity! This comes at no cost to you (except maybe an hour of your time for the concert) and can be a great way to connect with fans, and support a good cause.
2) Cover a Christmas Song!
You might not be releasing a full blown Christmas album this year, and that’s ok! But I’m betting you have some time to sit down in front of a camera and play an old Christmas favorite or two.
By putting a unique spin on a popular Christmas or holiday song, you have an opportunity to reach out to potential fans. People who’ve never heard of you probably aren’t searching for your name. But there’s a good chance they are looking for a new spin on their favorite holiday tune. Plus, covering a popular song can help you rank a little higher in a Youtube search than you might with an original song.
Another bonus is that fans who love your Christmas cover this year, will most likely love it next year, and the year after that! It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving!
3) Sales and Merch Bundles
Make it easy for the grandma who wants to buy a t-shirt for her grandson (or for herself!). Keep your online store simple, and get ready for holiday shoppers!
Offer a Christmas coupon code. How about a 24 hour sale? Better yet, try bundling different merch items together at a discount. These simple incentives to buy can help push your merch sales through the roof this holiday season.
4) Communicate with Your Fans (tweet, facebook, email etc)
Almost everyone likes to reconnect at the holidays-except maybe your crazy cat-collecting great-uncle Ralph. Weird great-uncles aside, this time of year is when friends and family get together to chat.
Your fans are an extension of that, and I’ll bet they want to hear from you!
Send out an communication or two reminding them of those awesome coupon codes and merch bundles you just set up! Ask them about their favorite holiday traditions, and tell them about yours. You could even poll your fans and ask what holiday tune they want you to cover.
It doesn’t have to be complicated, just keep in touch! (And don’t forget to call your mom!)
Bonus Tip: Everyone Likes Getting Presents
So give your fans a present! Maybe it’s a surprise free show, or a free sticker and CD to the first 15 people who respond to your email or retweet you. It could be as simple as a free download of a single, just show your fans you care about them!
Do you have any more last minute Christmas marketing tips we missed? Let us know in the comments below!
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