Ariel’s Top 7 Facebook Apps for Musicians
Do you have a fanpage but still not sure how to make it pop?
Here are six Apps that will set you on the right path, help you to stand out from the pack and keep your fans engaged and interested in you on a consistent basis.
1) Involver – http://involver.com
The people at Involver are masters of fan page branding. They offer two applications from their gallery free of charge (they have some wonderfully tiered packages, but those will cost you). I would recommend installing the Twitter and YouTube applications on your page, but there are other great ones as well. Your fans will then be able to see you last 5 tweets and last 6 YouTube videos right from your Facebook fan page.
*Check out the free app gallery here: http://involver.com/gallery.html
2) iLike Music Tab – http://tinyurl.com/FacebookiLikeApp
One of the premiere music applications for fan pages. One great feature that iLike exclusively provides is the ability to load a large, MySpace-esqe banner. It is somewhat difficult to currently brand yourself visually on facebook (without spending a lot of $), but this is a good start.
This app plays music, shows your Twitter feed, has links to purchase songs, etc. In order to create on one these you need an iLike account: http://ilike.com
3) ReverbNation – My Band – http://tinyurl.com/FacebookMyBand
There is a lot of overlap between My Band and iLike. The main functions that separate My Band are the merchandise options (fans can buy merch right from this tab), and the newsletter/street team sign up box.
*If you do not have a newsletter management service or widgets that you currently using throughout your web presence, I would start to get acclimated with ReverbNation, and use My Band on your FB Fan page.
If you are already using a newsletter management service and have your widget situation covered, iLike is the way to go because of the beautiful branding opportunity with the large horizontal image.
4) Poll Daddy Polls – http://tinyurl.com/facebookpolldaddy
Poll Daddy Polls feature both private polls that only your friends can see, and public ones that you can share with all of your fans. This is a great way to poll your fan base and see what they really want!
5) Selective Tweets – http://tinyurl.com/SelectiveTweet
Update your Facebook Status from Twitter but only for the tweets you choose. This is a great tool for musicians who want to save time but still want to be selective.
Just end each tweet with #fb when you also want to update your Facebook Fan Page status.
*It doesn’t work if your tweets are protected.
6) Twitter/Facebook synch – http://tinyurl.com/TwitterTweetFB
*For personal pages, not fan pages
Many people ask me about this, so I wanted to include it. This links your tweets with the status updates on your personal profiles, not your fan pages.
7) Nimbit MyStore – http://www.nimbit.com/products/nimbitmystore