Facebook is still one of the huge social media outlets. There are so many ways in which you can use Facebook for to create fans and sell more music and merchandise. In this article I will address a few ways you can accomplish this.
First off there are many groups and pages where you can talk about your music and begin to promote it, you can create events to promote shows, and you can even embed your music and your videos through plugs in. But here’s the question most musicians want to know, how can I make money from Facebook? There are few different plugins that will allow you to sell your music through Facebook.
BandCamp is one of the more popular options for Facebook. The service is still high ranking among DIY artists and musicians and for good reason too. It has constantly been rated one of the best and the easiest to work with. BandCamp is free to sign up, and the revenue you make is run through PayPal. It allows the artist to not only sell music, but to sell merchandise as well. It also allows fans to name their price for music, the history of the app shows that fans will pay good money for music.
Nimbit is another app that allows artists to sell and promote music, tickets and merchandise through Facebook. The tickets sales are run through eTicket, and there is a tab on the page that allows everything you are selling to be shown at once. So it makes it much easier for any fans to see the goodies you are selling. The basic plan is free, but if you want to actually sell anything on Facebook it runs a charge of $129 a year/$12.95 a month.
ShopTab is a good service for Facebook. It allows you a little more flexibility if you are marketing internationally, since it is currently available in 30 different currencies. It allows you more ability to nitpick the feed of products, since you will be able to put them into different categories and edit the information regarding the products in a data feed. The service runs about $10 a month for up to 500 products, and there are options for upgrades.
CdBaby offers a plug in for Facebook as well. It is highly ranked, along with BandCamp, and is one of the more widely used services. If you are a member of CdBaby the Facebook apps come free with the existing services you use. There is one specifically for Facebook, which allows you to sell your MP3s and the physical copies of your music directly to the fan. You are able to cut out some of the service fees that you would have to pay if you used iTunes, since by signing with CdBaby you are already paying a service fee out of the monthly fee you are currently being charged.
These are just a sampling of the seemingly endless applications and plugins that can be used to help musicians sell their music though social media. It’s always best to try and see what works best with your current marketing plan and your budget.