A List of 20 Fan Engagement Activities Indie Musicians Can Do On Their Social Media Pages
Posted on 1 June, 2016 by Team Wishberry
- Ask questions. Random questions - what plans for the weekend, when was the last time they took a vacation, fill in the blanks.
How many of you are fans of my music and also buy CDs/Boxsets?— Sahil Makhija (@TheDemonstealer) September 9, 2015
- Answer questions. Get on Quora and share your knowledge about music.
- Get on Reddit and do an Ask Me Anything (AMA) with fans.
- Make personalized interactions, especially on your fans’ special occasions. Once a week, ask for all your fans who are celebrating their birthdays during the week. Shoot a quick and short video to wish them!
- Tell stories. Talk about your music tours, jam sessions or even a day in your musical life.
- Have a photo caption contest. Share an interesting or funny picture of yourself and test the creative side of your fans.
- Have an album art/poster contest.
- Do a fun activity or a have a crazy conversation with a fellow artist. Fans love seeing artists bond with each other online!
- Host an offline event- a secret gig for the first 50 people to give you their email ids (maintain this database)!
- Every now and then, give your most ardent and loyal fans exclusive gifts like free demos or a dedication.
- Use apps like Meerkat and Periscope to create engaging real time videos. Make the most of this during sound checks, practice sessions and behind the scenes madness.
- Lip sync popular songs on your dubsmash app and share the videos with fans.
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- Crowdsource lyrics for your new tune.
- On that note, crowdsource a whole harmony. Hum or play a tune and post it online. Then ask your fans to take it forward by adding their own melody to it- it could be anything, them humming or beatboxing! Then compile this whole thing together and share it- it’s an amazing way to mobilize your fans and keep more and more people coming to your page. Here’s how Joseph Gordon Lewitt did it with Hitrecord.
- Post gifs or Flipagram videos of your day- whether you’re on downtime, vacation or on tour. Ask your fans to share snippets of what they’re doing.
- Have feedback sessions- ask fans what they want you to work on next. Then get on it and share it with them.
- Post a cover of your favourite track. Or better yet, ask your fans for suggestions on whose music they want you to cover!
- Plan a Snapchat gig hunt, share clues with your fans as to where you are heading in the form of snaps, and plan a surprise for the fans that show up.
- Have impromptu weekend jam sessions with fans. Post on Facebook saying that you’ll be at this café at this time, the first 5 people to respond get to jam with you.