Hello, everyone! Welcome to the third installment of our ongoing series on YouTube optimization. This will be the last installment in this series before 2014 and also one of the final Advice columns of the year. If you have any questions regarding the content of this article, or if you have a topic you would like to see address in the coming weeks, please email email@example.com and share your thoughts.
If you have been following this optimization series since its launch earlier this month then you’ll hopefully remember our coverage on metadata and the importance of profile design. This week we’re continuing our efforts to better your presence by taking a look at the importance of longterm care for your content, and why keeping tabs on the latest YouTube updates may help boost your streaming revenue.
Hello and welcome to the first-ever Artist Spotlight on the Haulix Blog. We know we usually focus on musicians in our ‘Advice’ series, but in an attempt to further investigate just how big the impact of leaks are on the industry we thought it would be best to speak directly to artists and learn about their experiences. If you know an artist that would be a great fit for this column, or if you have any questions related to the services offered by Haulix, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
You never know where you’re going to end up in life, and you certainly have no idea where the people you went to high school will find themselves five or ten years down the line. I know I never pictured myself working full time in the industry, even though it’s what I wanted more than anything, and I certainly never thought I would find myself interacting with anyone from my rural midwestern town in a professional setting if I did. Life has a funny way of catching you off guard though, and in today’s post I’m going to introduce you to someone I have personally known for almost half my life.
Josh Marunde, otherwise known as ‘Chachi,’ is the drummer for Michigan based rock outfit Pop Evil. He hails from a small town surrounded by cornfields with little-to-no outlets for creative young people outside the classroom, but thanks to a relentless drive to succeed and unmatched passion for music he has built a career for himself that currently finds his talents topping the active rock charts nationwide. It’s a position any aspiring musician hopes to one day find themselves in, and lucky for us Josh was kind enough to share some insight on how he traversed the often turbulent terrain of the music industry to reach his dreams.
If it was not clear from the paragraphs above I grew up in the same town as Josh, and to be completely honest we also attended the same college. Our professional paths never really crossed until after graduation, but we have been friends for years. When we thought about launching a series highlighting the artists who have used Haulix in the past I knew Josh had to be included, and I am honored he’s allowed us to share his story on this blog.
If you want to stay connected to Josh and learn more about life in the world of rock and roll, make sure you follow him (and the band) on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Hey there, thanks again for doing this. Before we begin, please tell everyone your name, position, and the band you’re currently involved with:
J: thanks so much for your time and this opportunity. My name is Joshua “Chachi” Marunde, or Chachi Riot. I’m the drummer of Michigan-based rock band Pop Evil.
Hello, everyone! Welcome to the first and only Publicity Spotlight of the week. We have been working on putting this piece together for the better part of the last month and are incredibly excited to finally share the results with all of you.
As a friendly reminder, we are always looking for suggestions for future blog content. Whether you know a writer who should be interviewed, a site that deserves a mention, or if you have a question you need answered, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
We have mentioned this before, but the music industry is actually a much smaller community on professionals than many may believe. Everyone knows everyone, regardless of genre or label associations, and to be perfectly honest that general sense of friendliness everyone has towards one another is one of the best parts of life in the business. Today’s spotlight happens to feature someone I feel fortunate to call a friend, and her drive to help artists succeed is only surpassed by her admiration for music.
Kelly Walsh is a publicist for Prosthetic Records, one of the best heavy labels in existence today, and she’s certainly a ‘need to know’ name in the world of rock journalism. She represents some of the greatest bands in the business today, and the reason she’s been entrusted with the continued success of their public relations is due to her own relentless determination to succeed. From her early days as an intern with Century Media Records, to where she finds herself now, Kelly has poured every ounce of herself into helping others chase their dreams of having a successful career in music and through doing so has built a strong reputation for her skills in the business world.
If you have ever had the slightest interest in life at an independent label, or what it’s like to work publicity for some of the heaviest bands on the planet, make sure you pay careful attention to what Kelly shares in the conversation below. If you want to learn more about her efforts at Prosthetic and beyond, be sure to follow her on Twitter (as well as the label). Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Please state your name, job title, and the company you currently work for:
K: My name is Kelly Walsh and I’m the publicist for Prosthetic Records. I also run the internship program here & do all of the label’s social media.
Hello and welcome to another exciting week of music industry insight and advice here on the official blog of Haulix. Christmas is fast-approaching, but here at Haulix we are showing no signs of slowing in our efforts to bring you the best blog content and music distribution services available anywhere online. We have new content planned every week day until the end of the year, and yes that even includes the day when Ol’ Saint Nick will come scurrying down your chimney. If you have any suggestions for future articles on this blog, or if you have a question you would like us to tackle in the weeks ahead, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook, which we update regularly. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
We know there is no way for us to give each and every reader of this blog a gift for the holidays, but we have been working around the clock to compile the best content we possibly could to help keep you both informed and entertained while staying warm indoors. Today’s piece is the second-ever guest advice column written by an artist, and in my opinion it’s one of the best pieces we have ever run.
Whether he’s working with bands through SwitchBitch Records or melting faces in venues around the country with his own musical endeavors, Michael Abiuso lives music 24/7. When winter began to approach I knew we would eventually want to run an advice column geared towards preparations for seasonal touring, and Michael was the first person that came to mind to help create the piece. Fortunately for me, he agreed to help after only a few requests (and friendly nudges over social media). You can read his fantastic insight, below:
Winter Tour Survival
Hey kittens, Mike Abiuso of The Venetia Fair and SwitchBitch Records/Studios here. I was somehow invited back but this time to speak about touring in the winter. Don’t ask me how, either James has a man crush on me, or you guys get a kick out of mocking my poor writing capabilities. Either way I’m happy to be here.
Hello and welcome to the final blog update of the week. We have released a lot of great content this week, as well as some minor updates to our software, and in this post we’re going to take a quick look back at everything that has happened in recent days.
If have any questions or comments about the content on this blog, or if you would like to learn more about the secure music distribution services offered by Haulix, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
I feel like we say this every other week, but since the early hours of Monday morning the Haulix team has been working hard to offer the best content and services available online. We know a few of you had snags with uploading early on, but those problems have since been resolved. We also made strides on our long-awaited mobile platform. That said, we’re still not to a point where we feel comfortable sharing screens from that effort, but we promise to have more information available on its release in the near future.
On the blog end of things, we are currently in a hurry to get interviews and guest pieces arranged for the impending ‘holiday break’ many professionals take around Christmas. We will be posting through Santa’s special week, so make sure you check back on a regular bases for new updates.
When I walked into my office this morning there was the faintest signs of snow beginning to fall outside. A quick look at the local weather forecast tells me there is a lot more of the white stuff on the way this weekend, which means I’ll have little-to-no excuse to not spend my time writing away future blog updates. For now, however, here is a series of links to everything posted in the last few days. From interviews to advice, fitness to YouTube, it’s all here and it’s all completely free. Enjoy:
That pretty much wraps it up for us this week. Be safe and have fun this weekend, but remember to stop back by on Monday for another new feature.
Hello and welcome to the final Advice column of the week! We have had a lot of fun on the blog this week, and we’re excited to cap things off with the second installment of our ongoing series on YouTube optimization. If you have an idea for a future installment of this column, or if you have any questions you would like to see tackled in the weeks ahead, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts.
If you stopped by this blog last week there is a decent chance you caught the debut of our new series on YouTube optimization. That column, which can be found here, covers the basics of metadata and how proper tagging can benefit your ranking in search results. This week we’re looking at profile (know as your ‘channel’) design, and how following a few simple tips can make a wealth of difference in your overall engagement. To do this, we reached out to our good friends at Digital Tour Bus, and once again they were kind enough to collaborate on this piece.
Before we dive in, I wanted to inform you that this series will be continuing for at least another two weeks (until the end of 2013). We are tentatively planning a 2014 installment after the next wave of updates rolls out. Make sure you are following us on Twitter and Facebook to ensure you never miss another post.
Setting Up Your Channel For Success
YouTube is a game that is constantly changing.
Hello, everyone! We told you this month would be littered with new ideas, and this afternoon we’re beyond excited to present another brand new column for your reading pleasure. The past few months our blog has mainly focused on the journalists and publicists who directly engage with Haulix on a regular basis, but what about all the artists whose releases are shared on our service? Starting today, they too have their own place to call home on the Haulix blog. From interviews to advice columns, artists are going to play an increasingly large role in our content moving forward, and we’re always open to new suggestions. If you have an idea for a future column or article, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Josh “Chachi” Marunde has been playing the drums for a long time, but it wasn’t until earlier this year he was announced as an official member of chart-topping eOne rock act Pop Evil. Since then, Josh and his bandmates have been touring the world in support of their latest album, Onyx, and when their final tour date wraps later this month they will have performed well over 100 shows during the course of 2013. With a schedule like that it is easy to understand how personal health and fitness could be overlooked in light of other priorities, but Josh has made a commitment to do whatever he can to keep himself in shape while out on the road. We asked him how he keeps it together when he never knows what challenges he’ll face the next day, and fortunately for us he was kind enough to provide an in-depth blog about staying fit on tour. You can read his thoughts and advice below.
I like to think I am a fan of all genres of music, but there is something about great rock and roll that simply takes the cake. Pop Evil are an incredible band making great music for the right reasons and we’re beyond thankful that they were willing to help us launch our artist-lead advice series. If you want to find out more about their touring efforts, make sure visit their official website. Any questions and/or comments can be left at the end of this post.
It’s not the 60’s anymore. People, more than ever, are making a conscious effort to get healthy, stay healthy, and live longer, fuller lives. I’m embrace and advocate this movement. Being healthy and feeling great is imperative to my attitude, my life longevity and my day-to-day performance.
Hello, everyone. Welcome to the second and final Blogger Spotlight column of the week! We thought about holding this piece until closer to Christmas, but after learning the full story behind the site in question we simply could not wait to share it. If you have a recommendation for a site or writer you feel would be a great addition to this series, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts.
It’s hard to turn on the news these days without seeing something about the city of Detroit flashing on the scrolling ticker. Between corrupt politicians and ever-mounting debt the place once known as Motor City USA has undoubtedly seen far better days. Still, amidst the abandoned buildings and empty lots resides a growing coalition of young minds dedicated to seeing their city thrive once more, and today we’re telling one like-minded group’s story.
A theme that runs throughout every single interview we have featured up to this point is a universal desire to share great music with the world. Each of the writers and professionals highlighted started their career with that goal in mind, and over time each has found success in their own way through pursuing that same dream. It’s as if the only way to make it in music is to be as selfless as possible, doing whatever you can to help the people around you to succeed. People notice when others act this way, and it doesn’t take six months of interviews to understand being liked can get you places in life. Today’s writer shares this same passion, but their efforts to give back goes beyond anything we have highlighted up to this point.
Motor City Ragers is a collective of writers from the greater Detroit area who know their beloved city is overdue for an evolution. They believe in Detroit’s power to rise to prominence once more, and each day they do their part to promote the area’s future by sharing the talent that thrives within the city limits with the rest of the world. From music news and reviews, to sports and beyond, the finest Detroit has to offer can be found on the pages of Motor City Ragers alongside the likes of every pop culture influencer you can name, and in the paragraphs below you’ll learn how it all came to be.
If you would like stay up to date with everything going on in the world of Motor City Ragers, make sure you bookmark and frequent their website. Additional questions and comments can added at the end of this post.
H: For the record, please tell us your name, job title, and the publication(s) you currently write for:
N: Hello Haulix readers! Before I get to the questions, I have to say thank you to Haulix and James for giving us this opportunity. We’ve spent a lot of time and effort building our brand from the ground-up over the last few years, and we truly appreciate and cherish every chance we get to share our story with new audiences.
With that being said, my name is Nick Camilleri, and I’m one of the founders of MCR (Motor City Ragers). I really can’t give you a more specific job title because MCR isn’t just a blog or publication. MCR is one brand with many different elements. Not only do we run a blog that focuses on the Detroit music scene, but we also have a CD duplication and screen printing business, we manage artists, we’re working on our own independent record label with in-house distribution and publishing, we’ll be launching a clothing line in the near future, and we also have our own nonprofit organization among many other things. As one of the founders, I’m responsible for bringing our overall vision to fruition.
Hello and welcome to another exciting week of music industry insight and advice here on the official blog of Haulix. We’re kicking things off with the story of a Canadian whose passion for new music lead to the creation of one of our favorite new sites for music discovery. If you have a recommendation of a site or writer we should highlight in the weeks ahead, please email email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
As with the early days of any new venture, the birth of this blog required dozens, if not hundreds of emails being sent in hopes of setting up coverage. This is an effort that is ongoing, and as far as I can tell will probably never leave my daily routine. Every now and then however, roles are reversed and its websites who come to us looking to highlight the efforts of Haulix. This gives us the opportunity to share our journey with the world, and once in a while it also allows us to connect with writers and site whom we may have otherwise never met. Such is the case with today’s writer, and they are someone we are proud to now call a friend.
Amandah Opoku is the type of person whose content you hope to be reading when you stumble across a new music blog. She didn’t start a site to compete with whatever popular music site she read regularly, nor did she have any intentions of making her efforts more than a hobby, but she knew deep down she had a passion for sharing her love of music with the world. She wrote about the groups and artists that interested her, regardless of whether or not they were the latest buzz on the blogosphere, and over time she began to realize there were others in the universe who shared her views on music. That lead her to consciously decide to evolve her efforts towards offering more diverse content, including news, and she now finds herself leading one of the most exciting young sites on the net.
Offering a little bit of everything catchy with a hearty amount of editorial content on the side, UMusicians is a one-of-a-kind online destination for curious music fans. Lead by Opoku, the site offers everything from review and news, to fan submitted content, unsigned spotlights, editorials, and beyond. It’s a young publication, but it’s growing at an alarming rate, and after reading Amandah’s story it’s easy to understand why.
If you want to stay updated on everything Amandah is working on be sure to bookmark and frequent UMusicians. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: For the record, please state your name, job title, and the publication you currently represent:
A: My name’s Amandah Opoku and I am the founder of UMusicians.
Greetings, everyone! If you’re reading this when it’s released then you’ve survived another week in the office and only have a few short hours to go until the weekend arrives. If you’re reading this at any other time just disregard the last sentence.
We’ve had a fantastic first week of December and hope the same can be said for all of you. From progress on new projects, to content on our blog, things have been moving very quickly in recent days. The aim of this column is to update you on everything new, and this week we have something big to share:
The power of managing email activity lists
Every time you send an email using our state-of-the-art messaging system we track that content and relay the journey it took to you. This means every message that was delivered, opened, bounced, or dropped is recorded, and that data is then made available for you to use as you see fit. We can even tell you if people unsubscribe to your messaging!
All of that email tracking information can be managed from your Invitation Activity screen. (The link only works if you currently have an account with Haulix)
Emails can bounce and/or otherwise not reach their intended destination for a number of reasons. For example, the person you are trying to reach may not have any space available in their inbox, or they may have changed their address without telling you. If an email does Bounce or the contact Unsubscribes, Haulix will obey those results and not send to that contact anymore. You don’t have to do a thing.
Everyone manages contacts in their own way, but it is highly recommended that you review and clean out your contact list on a regular bassi. Periodically visit your Invitation Activity screen and examine when/if your content is being received. If there are invalid email address-related bounces or drops, then remove that contact from your list. To do that, click the pink row to expand it:
Next, click the “delete contact permanently” link.
Please note: If this was an Unsubscribe or a Bounce and you would like to give the contact another chance to receive invitations, then you would click the “delete from _____ list” link.
Outside of this advancement, we’re continuing to move forward with our planned mobile platform. We’ll have more news on that development sometime in the weeks ahead.
On the blog end of things, content is an addiction. We released a number of lengthy interviews this week, as well as the first in a multi-part series on proper YouTube optimization. You can find a quick guide to the week’s posts below:
That pretty much wraps up life at Haulix HQ for the week. If you have any questions about services, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook
Have a great weekend!