“Social media marketing (SMM) refers to the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social media sites. SMM programs usually center on efforts to create content that attracts attention and encourages readers to share it with their social networks.”
Everyone knows that SMM is the modern way to capture the attention of a large audience, but is it effective? Does it actually increase exposure? Does it reduce marketing expenses? Where is the proof?
An article posted Pam Dyer, “The Top Benefits of Social Media Marketing,” refers to a 2013 Social Media Marketing Industry Report that surveyed more than 3,000 marketers to uncover the “who, what. where, when and why” of social media. This survey uncovered the following key points:
- 89% of respondents said that social media marketing has generated more business exposure
- 64% saw lead generation increase by using social media 6 hours or less per day
- 69% of marketers use social media to gather marketplace intelligence
- 62% of marketers using social media for 2+ years reported a rise in search engine rankings
- 62% of businesses with 10 employees or less reported that social media has reduced marketing expenses
The remainder of this post will look at the success of Boyce Avenue, an American rock band made up of three brothers who release original music and covers of popular and classic songs on YouTube, and how they have effectively utilized SMM to establish a world-wide fan base and independent label.
Boyce Avenue Uses SMM to Kill the Record Deal!
With over four million subscribers and one billion hits on YouTube, Boyce Avenue is the most viewed independent band on the globe. But how is this success possible without a chart-topper or single note of radio play?
In 2007, Boyce Avenue began posting covers and orignial music on YouTube. At this time, the video sharing website had only been operational for two years. Daniel, the oldest of the three members, says that “their individual skills and continued efforts to reach out to fans on YouTube led to their early success.”
In 2010, Boyce Avenue signed to Universal Republic Records, but this partnershiop was not long-lived. With Universal they were no longer allowed to post as many videos to their YouTube page, one of their biggest avenues for international success. By 2011, the band reverted back to their self-managed label, 3 Peace Records.
“When we went back to the fans and went back to the basics everything flourished,” Daniel explains. “Ever since then we’ve never looked back. We are very happy as an independent band and we really believe in social media and the power of the people.”
Boyce Avenue is widley recognizied for cover-collaborations. Some of the bands they have recorded with include: Savannah Outen, Beatrice Miller, Fifth Harmony, Tiffany Alvord, Megan and Liz, Tyler Ward and Alex Goot.
An article titled, “Social Media + Targeted Marketing = The World’s Biggest Cover Band,” gives the band credit for their ability to capitvate a world-wide audience and looks to the following three factors for this success:
- Posted videos of what a lot of people searching for
- Built-up a long tail of content that’s continuously being updated
- Building their tours around YouTube’s Analytics
“Boyce Avenue are real social media marketing stars that show the way to create and market content to an ever growing audience and then turn that into a revenue generation business while building your brand socially with minimal marketing costs, all at the same time.”
With over one billion views and 4 million subscribers, it may be safe to say “RIP record deal!”
Wikipedia: Social media marketing
Social Media Examiner: Social Media Marketing Industry Report
Nicholas Pescod: Social media drives Boyce Avenue to new heights
Lessons for Others:
-When using SMM do not follow traditional marketing rules. These are innovative times and reaching your audience should be done in a creative manner!
-If done correctly, SMM can increase your audience, get your message heard, and reduce traditional marketing costs!
Submitted by: Nicole Schmidt – SMBP Student, University of Waterloo.
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