Krannaken’s Top 10 Ideas to Rock Your Offline Music Promotion Today

There are plenty of offline music promotion strategies that you can implement to build your music following. This post highlights some of the out-of-the-box you will be able to utilize. If you can also think of any that we haven’t covered, please leave them in the comments area below.

One thing you can be certain of is that your offline music promotion will cost more money than online music promotion. The reason for this is because you have to actually physically spend money on physical items – namely CDs, vinyl and merch.

However, at the same time, your offline music promotion could also bring in more money than your online promotion. This is because people will see and hear the benefit of actually supporting your music so they will be more likely to spend money.

One thing that you will not be able to do so easily offline, as you do online is to get as many ears behind your music. The internet gives us an unfathomable reach if we know what we are doing. However, this is going to be covered at a later date. It is still also an important part of your music marketing strategy.

What ideas can I bring you for offline music promotion? Let’s jump in!…

1 An Unusual In-Store Music Marketing Strategy

When I was a boy, I would often go to the local Woolworths in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, UK. While we were there, my brother (who was always very mischevous) would mix up the vinyl. He would take a record from one sleeve and swap it with a record from another sleeve. Therefore, people would buy a Cliff Richard record and when they got it home, they would find an Iron Maiden record in it.

That kind of record store has long gone. Whether or not, my brother has affected the industry, would be an interesting story. However, the reason I am telling you this is because you can add your record in another sleeve in a shop with a similar record. If your music is trance, such as ours, and you were similar to Deadmau5 – not like ours – you could add your record in with that record and this would help you to spread your music.

You may be interested to know that in the genres covered by electronic dance music, there is a resurgence of vinyl being played. It is particularly popular with EDM DJs. You will find many DJ’s in clubs who favor the record over any other format.

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2 Advertise in Local or National Newspapers and Magazines

Advertising your music in magazines and newspapers doesn’t have to cost the earth. One thing you can do is to write to the letters page. You don’t have to directly promote your music. The trick is to write something even more useful.

For instance, you could be commenting on how different aspects of a track can have medical or psychological benefits on listeners and use your music as an example.

Please note that your letter will just find the waste paper basket if you are promoting your music for any other reason than for its connections with a recently published article.

3 Create Merchandise is one of the Best Offline Music Promotion Strategies

Creating merchandise does not only have to be about selling it to fans. However, it is great when fans do purchase your clothing. This is because you are being paid a profit for advertising your own music. Furthermore, this is the best kind of advertising because it is viral (word of mouth). Therefore, friends and relatives of your fans will b exposed to your advertising. The fact that your fan is wearing your advertising is an extra boost because people buy from recommended brands. This is especially true when it is friends and family who are recommending your brand.

You don’t only have to sell your merch to fans, friends or family. You can also purchase it to wear yourself. If someone is promoting a music artist or a band, I always look them up on Spotify.

Some places to design, print and sell or buy merchandise include CafePress and Teespring.

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4 Get a Wholesale Load of Blank CDs and Hand Them out Outside Events Venues – Especially When Similar Artists are Playing

You can pick up bulk lots of blank CD’s for a few quid for around 20-30 disks. However, if you want to look more professional you can go through Kunaki. They are based in New York so if you are in America they will arrive quickly. However, if you are in Europe or anywhere else in the world, you can be waiting for a few weeks. This largely depends not only on your geographic location but also on the time of year. At Christmas and other religious festivals, you may be waiting longer.

If you want to use Kunaki, you can pick CD’s up starting from around $1 each (70p) plus postage.

About the Author
David Verney is a graduate from the University of West London, husband, father, Christian and Tottenham Hotspur fan. He started during his final year at University. The initial idea was just somewhere to put his ideas on the subject of music marketing. However, it has been going strong since then and (at the time of writing) this website is just over 3 years old. Ideas don't dry up because the industry is always changing. New websites with new features are being launched all the time. Therefore, Writer's Block does not feature. I hope you enjoy the blog. Please hit one of the banners and claim your free copy of The Complete Guide to Music Marketing. I plan to update my book with new content every year.

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