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May
06

Win $500+ Worth Of Prizes With Hex Loops Beat Battle Contest

Win $500+ Worth Of Prizes With Hex Loops Beat Battle Contest

Our Friends Hex Loops are running a Beat Battle Contest where you can win $500+ worth of prizes, including 3 months FREE Platinum membership to myFlashStore! Simply click the link below to check it out, enter your beat and all the prizes could be yours!

 

http://hexloops.com/hip-hop-beat-contest

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Apr
29

Pro Producer Series: Episode Three: OSYM

Pro Producer Series: Episode Three: OSYM

He's always "competing with [him]self to bring [him] to the next level". In Episode Three of our Pro Producer Series, see what an old soul in a young man brings to the game. Huge thanks to OSYM for chatting with us!

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Apr
25

The #topbeat RoundUp 25/04/16

The #topbeat RoundUp 25/04/16

Damn, this first instrumental is nice. Yondo's "Thnkn" is overflowing with class and good vibes. What else could you want from the first beat in the RoundUp? This beat just doesn't get old, no matter how much you listen to it, and if you're like me, you'll listen to it a lot

 

Now for something epic from Adrian Adonis, with "Via, Veritas, Vita". His last #topbeat was pretty epic, and this one raises the bar even further. I look forward to seeing Adrian Adonis trying to outdo this with the next one! (Which I'm sure there will be)

 

It's been a while since we've had a dancehall #topbeat, but ProdbyLTTB's "Complicated" was worth the wait. This already sounds like it could be a hit, and it doesn't even have vocals over it (although I'm sure there will be soon, as someone is bound to snap this up)

 

Our penultimate beat comes from Michael Olutu (a.k.a Snowbeats) with "Solo". It begins sounding like it came out of space with some cool sounds thrown into the mix, and the mysterious, chilled vibe continues throughout and will keep you engaged right to the very last second. A great first entry from this #topnewcomer!

 

Let's all hope that Nero Beats' "Last Beat" isn't actually his last beat, otherwise we'll all be missing out. (I'm sure it's not his last). You gotta love the old-timey horns in this instrumental, adding some real feeling to a nice, laid back beat. Great way end the RoundUp

 

Yondo takes the featured spot on Soundcloud, as well as entering the Youtube Most Popular playlist, accompanied by ProdbyLTTB. ProdbyLttb also makes it onto the Soundcloud Most Popular playlist with Nero Beats! 

 

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Apr
19

Pro Producer Series: Episode Two: Tone Jonez

Pro Producer Series: Episode Two: Tone Jonez

Husband, Father, Producer - We interview Tone Jonez and find out how he does it all. From being inspired by a worm to being a true family man, this top producer is a top man and true inspiration!

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The #topbeat RoundUp 18/04/16

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Apr
11

The #topbeat RoundUp 11/04/16

The #topbeat RoundUp 11/04/16

Red Rum Beats has been in the Top Newcomer Chart for a very long time now and has more than earned this #topbeat. "Stay Down" is just a taste of what's on offer, and who knows, next time Red Rum could be chosen from the Top Selling Producer's chart!

 

Now it's time to tap into your inner chill with ProdbyCecil's "Ice Cream". It doesn't get more peaceful than this - if you're feeling particularly serene then this is most definitely the beat for you

 

Now it's time to kick it up a notch. The next #topbeat is called "Tragic" but I can assure you the only tragedy will be if you don't listen to this beat by Filthy Rich. This beat will get you pumped and ready to take on anything!

 

If you haven't heard a KeanuBeats instrumental before, now is the time to do so. And we've got the perfect one to get you started. "Ambition" is my personal favourite, and after going through his catalogue of beats, I'm sure there are a few more gems in there just waiting to be heard

 

Eric Cadien aka KDN Beats is showing who "Run The City" with this #topbeat. Relatively new to the charts, Eric Cadien is showing he's got the skills to mix with the myFlashStore veterans 

 

KeanuBeats owns the featured spot on Soundcloud this week with his stand-out beat

Prodbycecil is the only producer to make it into the Soundcloud Most Popular playlist, whilst Filthy Rich and KeanuBeats join him on our Youtube Most Popular playlist this week

 

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Apr
05

Pro Producer Series: Episode One: Curtiss King

Pro Producer Series: Episode One: Curtiss King

In the first of our Pro Producer Series we interview Curtiss King and find out what makes him tick. Starting out in his grandma's basement, to being flown all over the US, Curtiss King has certainly made a success of himself by selling beats online. And we had a chat with the man himself..

 

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Apr
04

The #topbeat RoundUp 04/04/16

The #topbeat RoundUp 04/04/16

The first #topbeat of the RoundUp comes straight out of the top 100, and is Jacob Lethal's 2nd time being chosen, with "Used To". We don't call these guys Top Sellers for no reason - this is our most played beat on Soundcloud this week, and with this level of quality, I'm not surprised

 

Next up is the super smooth "Run From Me" by Cito on the Beat. The only bad thing about this beat is that it has to end. If this went on forever I would listen to it forever. No Joke

 

We're turning the heat back up now, with Jay Anthony Beatz' "Danger". With a somewhat mysterious feel to it, this instrumental will keep you engaged from start to finish, with every second of it as entertaining as the last. One of my personal favourites

 

And the heat just keeps on coming this week, as we end with top newcomer Simes Branxons' heavy hitter - "Phoenix". As a newcomer to the newcomer chart, I didn't know what to expect from Simes, but this definitely exceeds my expectations. Well worth a #topbeat

 

The featured spot on Soundcloud is shared by Jay Anthony Beatz and Cito on the Beat this week, with great entries from both

Jacob Lethal is the only producer to enter the Soundcloud Most Popular playlist this week. And it's that man again, this time joined by Cito on the Beat, joining the Youtube Most Popular playlist this week

 

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Mar
21

The #topbeat RoundUp 22/03/16

The #topbeat RoundUp 22/03/16

Trap Mafia Beatz have been near/at the top Top Newcomer chart for a very long time now, and recent weeks have seen them enter the Top Selling Producers chart as well. So it's no surprised they're awarded the first #topbeat of the RoundUp with the chilled "Ran Off"

 

Our second entry comes from another top newcomer - Kmakehitz, with "The Deja Vu". This was an easy decision for a #topbeat, as I'm sure you'll agree, it grabs your attention straight away and doesn't let go until the very end. Great beat

 

This next #topbeat is mesmerising, hypnotising, captivating, and everything in between. Feel yourself drift away to the chilled, spacey sounds of "Sun Up", by JRHitmaker - also the most popular beat from this week 

 

All of Corona Production's beats sound like hits, however, only one could be chosen for the #topbeat. And it was the head-noddingly-good "No Problem", produced by Dedov that 'got the nod', but I recommend you check out the full catalogue for more hits like this

 

Vizzy Venus is back in the charts, and back with a banger, with the #topbeat "Kintsukuroi". This beat has drama written all over it, and would serve you well if you've got some serious lyrics to lay down

 

 

The featured spot on Soundcloud this week goes to Kmakehitz with The Deja Vu

Vizzy Venus & JRHitmaker both made it into the Soundcloud Most Popular playlist, with JRHitmaker also making it into the Youtube Most Popular playlist, accompanied by Kmakehitz

 

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Mar
17

How to Use Google Analytics With myFlashStore

How to Use Google Analytics With myFlashStore

If you've been reading up on the latest updates you'll know that you can now use Google Analytics to track the performance of your myFlashStore music stores. This is a great way to keep an eye on your marketing efforts, and find out what does and doesn't work for you

I'm not going to go into the basics of setting up your Google Analytics account, or integrating it with myFlashStore, as we have this in our FAQ. So if you're unfamiliar with Google Analytics, or unsure how to set it up, please read the FAQ here

A great tool to use with your Analytics is Google's URL Builder. With this you can create tracking links that you use only in specific places and identify exactly where your sales are coming from. These will track exactly who clicks what links and what actions they perform on your website, including sales, music plays plays etc.

For example, you could see that Steve came to your website from a particular tweet, email, advert, etc. You can see that he played a few beats before choosing one to add to his cart, and then proceeded to purchase that beat. He even liked it so much that he shared it straight from your music store. All of these things can be seen in your Google Analytics data, and I'll show you how to see this data in a minute

Here's how you create the tracking links:

1. Copy and paste the url you are sending people to (e.g. www.mywebsite.com) into the ‘Website URL’ section

2. Next up is the Campaign Source. This is where the link will be placed e.g. newsletter, website, blog, etc.

3. Then input the Medium. This defines the type of campaign holding the link e.g. email, blog post, social site, etc.

4. Finally enter the name of your campaign. This can be anything you want, but make it relevant so that you can identify it. e.g. New Upload Newsletter

Then you’ll be left with a link that looks like this: www.mywebsite.com?utm_source=new%20upload%20newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Upload%20Emails


Here’s another example: www.mywebsite.com?utm_source=www.twitter.com&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Twitter%20Beat%20Promo

You can see that this link will be placed on Twitter - this can be seen in source=www.twitter.com (it will be shortened using a service like bit.ly, yourls.org, etc).

It is a social campaign, which you can see in medium=Social

And you can identify it in your analytics by finding ‘Twitter Beat Promo’, which you can see in campaign=Twitter%20Beat%20Promo

You can then use this link in your call to action. So you'll create a link in your newsletter - e.g. "Click Here to hear this new beat", and the link they click will be your tracking link, made specifically for that email. So when someone clicks the link in your email to visit your store, you can see that they came from your "New Upload Newsletter" which you send out with new uploads

 

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To view the results of your campaign (link clicks, beat plays, conversions, etc.) you need to head over to Google Analytics (analytics.google.com) and click the Reporting tab at the top of the page. Then, using the selections on the left hand side, head to Acquisition > Campaigns > All Campaigns. Alternatively you can search for the word ‘campaign’ in the top left hand corner and click one of the results here

Once here, you can see all your campaigns and all the different fields of data that accompany them, including Sessions (visits), Average Session Duration, Transactions and much more. You can also go into the campaigns to see how each medium is performing and compare the usefulness of each medium

For example, you can have a 'New Beat Upload' Campaign, which you'll see in Acquisition > Campaigns > All Campaigns. But you can then click into that and see how your email marketing compares to social marketing, just within the 'New Beat Upload' Campaign. This is where your tracking links become really useful in helping you work out what is/isn't working, and how to improve certain areas

 

Tracking your visitors actions

On the left-hand side of your Reporting screen, you'll see an option called Behaviour. In Behaviour > Events you can keep an eye on your visitor's behaviour (hence the name) and see what they are doing when using your store. You can keep an eye on your beat plays, shares, how many times each beats are added to the basket + more. The last one is useful seeing how often people get to the last step then bail before making a purchase. This is called an Abandoned Cart and is very common in online retail.

Conversion tracking

The next (and maybe most important) feature you want to look at is conversions tracking. This is found in Conversions > Ecommerce > Overview. Here you can keep an eye on your conversion rates, best selling products + more. You can even see when people are purchasing, which will help you know when is the best day/time to send out your emails, tweets, etc. for a better chance at converting visitors to paying customers

So why is all this useful?

Well, with the amount of things you can see with Google analytics, you can determine exactly how your visitors are acting. You can see how you are influencing their actions - whether on purpose or not. For example, maybe 90% of your visitors from your New Upload Newsletter are visiting your store, checking out some beats and not buying anything. Compared to visitors coming from Twitter who are maybe converting at 30%. This allows you to see into things you couldn't see without analytics, and figure out why one thing works over another

If you're reading thinking "That sounds like a lot of effort just for a few stats" or something along those lines, you really need to give this a go. You will not believe how much this helps your marketing efforts. I say this because without analytics, you have no idea where your sales are coming from, and where you are wasting your time. You might be sending out emails everyday, thinking they're getting you sales, when actually you're just wasting your time, and your sales are coming from other advertising

Analytics is FREE to use, doesn't require any professional help, and could save/earn you a lot of money, so if you haven't already, go and set up your account

*Google Analytics is available to Gold & Platinum members only

 

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