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Feb
05

The #topbeat RoundUp 08/02/16

The #topbeat RoundUp 08/02/16

Man, the beats were good this week.. So let's jump straight in

I liked this first #topbeat from the word go. From 0:01 I knew "El Chapo" by dozadrumdealer would stand out from the crowd. It's the first time I've listened to one his beats, but it won't be the last. Definitely checking out the rest of the catalogue, and so should you

 

Now it's time to get a lil' bit country, with Fabric's #topbeat "Hick Hop". Another instrumental that struck me right from the off, it's always good to see someone putting a spin on a well-ridden genre like Hip Hop. Beats like this can not only re-energise a tired genre, but also inspire others to go and create something unique, which is always a good thing

 

I can't remember the last time I looked in the charts and didn't see SeriousBeats there. And with smooth instrumentals like "Like Me", that doesn't surprise me at all. Those vocals... They get me every time. And the asian sounding melody over the top? Icing on the cake, with a cherry on top

 

Pharaoh Vice's "Getting There" is like something straight out of a dream. It's spacy, it's emotional, and it has the perfect balance between hard hitting and super chill. An instrumental fit for any mood, you've got no reason not to enjoy this one

 

Tyy Bumpin's #topbeat "Poppin" has a real sinister vibe to it.. Like, "maybe I'll take the long way home, rather than cut through the park tonight" kinda vibe, y'know? An exaggeration - yes, but all in all, a great beat to end the RoundUp with. Listen to this loud, and/or with headphones and let those kicks smash your ear drums in

 

 

I told you they were good this week didn't I? So much so, the featured spot on Soundcloud is occupied by three beats - Like Me, El Chapo and Hick Hop

Even with such a high standard this week, only Pharaoh Vice made it onto our Most Popular playlist on Soundcloud. Pharaoh Vice also made it onto the Youtube Most Popular playlist, accompanied by SeriousBeats & dozadrumdealer

Huge congrats to all this week. For those that didn't make it, keep grinding, your work is recognised and you'll bag yourself a #topbeat soon!

 

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Feb
03

Improve Your Beat Sales With Testing

Improve Your Beat Sales With Testing

One thing I've mentioned a few times in previous posts is the importance of testing & measuring. Everything you do should be tested and measured before implementing it on a larger scale. All your advertising and promotion techniques need to have their results measured for effectiveness. Otherwise you’ll never improve on your first efforts

Now when I say everything should be tested, I mean e-ve-ry-thing. Lets look at advertising (Pay Per Click) as an example. If you’re running an ad for selling hip hop beats, you’ll want to try every variation of wording you can think of. (e.g. buy hip hop beats, hip hop beats for sale, hip hop instrumentals, etc.). Run the ad for a few weeks, a month, however long you feel necessary to get a decent amount of results, then change the wording and do it again

Then once you've got the wording right, try experimenting with capital letters. "Hip Hop Beats For Sale" vs. "Hip hop beats for sale" vs "Hip Hop beats for sale" etc. You may think it won't make a difference, but believe me, it does. All these things will make a difference. And testing to find the perfect recipe is how you maximise the effectiveness of your ads

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Feb
01

The #topbeat RoundUp 01/02/16

The #topbeat RoundUp 01/02/16

Lit City Beats starts us off with the sinister instrumental "Chosen". This could be straight out of a creepy horror film, Lit City Beats has done a great job of putting that feeling of fear into a beat. Very ominous..

 

The next #topbeat comes from Ishiki Music Group. Not only is "Holy" a good beat, but it makes you wait for the kick, making it that bit more enjoyable when it does. Every time you think it's gonna kick in, Ishiki Music Group say nope, we're gonna make you wait, and I love that

 

I really enjoyed listening to our next #topbeat - "Tight" by K Swisha. Not only for the greatness that is the beat itself, but for the sounds running throughout this impactful instrumental - they sound like they've been ripped right out an old arcade machine or computer game

 

Like a Siren's song luring you in, the hypnotic "AstralProjection" by DocCityBeats will truly put you under a spell. I can listen to this over and over again and enjoy just as much as the first time I heard it

 

 

DocCityBeats and K Swisha share the featured spot on Soundcloud, as both have done a great job with their beats

K Swisha is the only producer to make it onto the Soundcloud Most Popular playlist this week. He also made it onto the Youtube Most Popular playlist, joined by DocCityBeats and Ishiki Music, so congrats to them and everyone else this week!

 

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Jan
26

The #topbeat RoundUp 25/01/16

The #topbeat RoundUp 25/01/16

#topnewcomer Snack Beats kicks off the RoundUp with the grimey "10pm in LA". Snack Beats has been with us a very short time and is already sending out bangers like this. I see a bright future ahead for this producer

 

From one of our newest #topnewcomers to one of the longest standing ones, it's SunnyOnTheBeat with his beat "Back Up". With some nice piano work, and the most chilled vibe this week, this one is for you if you're looking for some relaxation

 

The next #topbeat comes from Curtiss King. Those of you who know him know that I need not say anything else really. For those of you who don't, "Poison" is just a taster of the sort of professional, high quality beats Curtiss King delivers consistently and if you're looking to be inspired, go check out his catalogue of beats 

 

Back with another #topnewcomer, this time it's Tre Richmond with "Electro". I took me a while to choose this one, as I liked so many of his beats. Here are some of my personal favourites that I recommend you try out: Burn, Outlands, Forever and Dusk Till Dawn

 

And we finish with one of our top selling producers of last week - Pablo Producions, with his beat "Better". This is an ominous sounding instrumental with a real dark vibe to it. Just the thing you need to work out those demons

 

 

I'm happy to see a proven veteran and a newcomer sharing the space, as Tre Richmond and Curtiss King share the featured spot this week on Soundcloud

 

Curtiss King is the only producer to make it onto the Soundcloud Most Popular playlist, whilst Snack Beats and SunnyOnTheBeat both made it onto the Youtube Most Popular playlist this week

 

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Jan
19

How Do You Know Which Advice To Follow?

How Do You Know Which Advice To Follow?

I wanted to give your brains a rest this week (as well as mine) and talk about something I've thought about since I first started learning about marketing - What advice should you follow?

With so much information out there - some of it useful, some of it not - how do you decide what to follow and what to ignore? Simple. Try them out, see what works for you then pick and choose the bits you need. It’s important to come across naturally when communicating to your audience, and if you try to follow every little thing you hear that will not happen

For example, many people/websites will tell you using exclamation marks will help get attention and clicks to your posts. However, that doesn’t mean use one for every single post just because you heard it’s useful. You don’t want to send out a tweet like this:

Uploaded a new beat! So much fire!! Click to listen!

That reeks of desperation, trying to make something seem exciting and click worthy that just… isn’t. 

#Same #goes #for #hashtags. 

I see so many posts that I can’t even read because they’re littered with hashtags and links I just give up trying to decode their encrypted message and that’s a potential customer that has just seen a post and ignored it. But every marketer will tell you to use hashtags in your tweets, because it does help. It's knowing how many to use that not everyone will tell you

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Jan
18

The #topbeat RoundUp 18/01/16

The #topbeat RoundUp 18/01/16

We've got an awesome #topbeat to begin the RoundUp with, as Bravo Beats gives us "Game 6". There are so many little things going on in this instrumental that you can have it turned down real low and enjoy it's intricacies just as much as if you blaze it out full volume and let the bass tear you apart. Give it a try and see what I mean...

 

I'm a fan of alternative music, so I'm happy to see a Psychedelic Rock beat on show. Purps Beats shows us how to change it up and introduce new ideas into beat selling with this instrumental "HaveYourWay". Oh, and it's super chilled, so check it out if you're feeling mellow

 

Now it's time to pick things up with xXx Productionz' first (and probably not last) #topbeat - "Did It Again". This beat has got some serious bounce to it, bringing a somewhat upbeat vibe to the table whilst getting down 'n' dirty at the same time. Nice..

 

AyJayBeats drops an epic beat on us with the #topbeat "Triumph". Another producer putting a spin on what a rap beat should sound like, it's once again refreshing to hear something like this come through and pleasure to have in the RoundUp

 

 

The featured spot on Soundcloud goes to xXx Productionz with that bouncy instrumental, and it's also the only beat to make it onto the Soundcloud Most Popular playlist as well as the Youtube Most Popular

 

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Jan
11

The #topbeat RoundUp 11/01/16

The #topbeat RoundUp 11/01/16

And so the first #topbeat of 2016 goes to Uness Beatz. "Dilong" uses an interesting blend of instruments and sounds to create this worldly beat that stands out in an industry full of similar soundsIf you're after something unique then this could be the beat for you. 

 

Young Kico's "My Medicine" is next up. I'm not quite sure where to go with this one, as it sounds like it could be a love song, but also has a somewhat sinister side to it.. Either way I like this beat, hence it's title as a #topbeat!

 

One of my personal favourites this week - Freek Van Workum's "These Snakes" carries on the chilled vibe that is this week's #topbeat RoundUp. This instrumental could've been pulled straight out of a dream and is the perfect way to chill if you've had a long day

 

Top selling producer King Corn Beatzz gives us the next #topbeat with "GameTime". This is one of our most popular beats this week, and I also chose it as one of our featured tracks.. No surprise to hear that King Corn is a top seller on myFlashStore!

 

The hook in "No Chill" had me instantly hooked (pun intended) on this #topbeat from Mach Keys, of Express Your Soul. It's got a style to it that means you can listen to it over and over again without getting bored. That's what I did anyway..

 

 

It was a good week for this week's #topbeats, as Young Kico, Freek Van Workum and Uness Beatz all made it onto the Youtube  Most Popular playlist.

Freek Van Workum also made it onto the Soundcloud Most Popular playlist, accompanied by King Corn Beatzz. These are also our two featured beats this week on Soundcloud so congrats to them and everyone else this week!

 

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Jan
06

Using Inbound Marketing To Sell Beats

Using Inbound Marketing To Sell Beats

Depending on how much research you've done into marketing you may have heard the term Inbound Marketing. If that's the case then you may have also wondered what it is and why it's different to traditional marketing

Put simply, inbound marketing is everything you do that attracts visitors to you without invading their space, saying “hey, come visit my site”. It’s non-interruptive, which you may've guessed, means you don't interrupt their day just to advertise to them. So compare this to traditional marketing, which involves things like TV/radio ads, banner ads, email blasts, anything that involves you actively seeking out the customer - it is interruptive, as you’re intruding  on their day-to-day activities

Inbound has been a natural evolution of marketing, as people grow more and more annoyed with advertising, and a lot less likely to pay attention to it. People want to be able to find what they want, when they want - not to have it pushed on them when they're not looking for it. Check out the screenshot below from this post if you don't believe me

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Jan
04

The #topbeat RoundUp 04/01/16

The #topbeat RoundUp 04/01/16

I hope you all enjoyed your holidays, now it's time to get back on the grind and make some #topbeats! To get you in the mood, here's our RoundUp of last week beats

And we begin with mjNichols' "Payday". With his 2nd #topbeat to date, mjNichols has shown he's here to stay. Constantly in the charts and constantly a top selling producer, this beat is just a taster of what mjNichols has in his arsenal of beats

 

Next it was the turn of a #topnewcomer, in the form of Syndrome. "My Crew" has an ominous feel to it, without being overbearing. It's the right amount of darkness mixed with straight up Hip Hop vibes, which gives us a great #topbeat

 

Phat Crispy Productions' "Twerk Nation" is the perfect instrumental to get you in the party mood. Or if you're already there, this beat will take you to the next level. It's a high quality beat and makes me feel like i'm in the middle of a club everytime I hear it!

 

 

mjNichols is clearing house this week, as he takes the featured spot on our Soundcloud channel, and is the only beat to enter both our Most Popular playlist on Soundcloud and Youtube!

 

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Dec
29

Converting Leads Into Paying Customers

Converting Leads Into Paying Customers

So you know how to get traffic to your site - using your SEO, paid advertising, email marketing, etc. But how do you convert that traffic into paying customers? When it comes to online sales most websites typically convert at around 2-3%. This number will vary depending on who you talk to/where you do your research but even with varying numbers it will be somewhere between 1-5%

I’m telling you this so that when you have everything in place you don’t start worrying when you’re seeing your leads convert at 2%

And this is not as low as it seems. If you have 10,000 people visit your site and 2% convert to sales, that’s 200 sales. If you’re leasing your beats for $20 that’s $4000 for converting only 2% of your visitors. That conversion rate doesn’t seem so bad now does it?

And if you’re making use of your analytics you’ll be able to find ways to raise your conversion by 0.5%-1.5%, increasing your profits dramatically. This is why analytics, testing and measuring comes up constantly in my blogs, and why it is so important in marketing. If you can use these three things to increase your conversion by only 0.5%, that will equal an extra $1000 in your pocket (0.5% of 10,000 visitors = 50 sales. 50 x $20 = $1000). Still with me? Good

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