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New Year, New Us — Starting...
New Year, New Us — Starting Fresh with Platform ImprovementsOur platform’s sleek new look is all about making music research and analytics simpler.Instead of waiting for 2021 to bring cool new things, we went on and created a few ourselves. Hot off the press is our freshly improved platform, now even more user- and mobile-friendly. Keep in mind, though, that the desktop version is still recommended for “serious” research work.🖱️ Everything’s Two Clicks AwayThe new “Home” structure and design are all about encouraging exploration. Once you’ve registered and signed in, you can use our completely revamped search for whatever you’re interested in — Artists and their analytics, complete Festivals overview and spotlights, or Venues and Labels. Both the refreshed menu structure and the overall design are there to take you wherever you want.If you’re a music pro, you might be interested in studying our music charts. Artist, Label and Beatport charts are therefore neatly presented in one convenient spot. Loads more industry charts will be introduced in the following weeks, providing even more valuable insights.If you’re looking to improve your career performance, be sure to check out our “Learn” section and browse through the handy guides and case studies. And since we wish to make your music research experience as tailored as it gets, we’ll soon introduce a personalized feed into the mix.🌍 Discover Music Markets WorldwideMusic tastes, trends and “signature” artists are different in each country. The all-new Country Page makes searching through them simpler.By clicking on the country you’re interested in — either on the map or in the sidebar — you’ll see its overview, music highlights and analytics. This way, you can really get to know a country through its music. Plus, once “normal” travelling is back, you’ll have a bunch of new ideas to explore and fun facts to share. For example — did you know that Progressive Metal is one of the most popular music subgenres in Chile?Speaking of subgenres …🎷 Get to Know Music Genres BetterJust how many music genres are out there? Well, check for yourself.The new “genre map” is a very convenient tool for keeping track of main music genres and subgenres. It’s also a neat entry point into discoveries. By clicking on an entity you’re interested in, you’ll open a page with a more detailed breakdown and analytics of each (sub)genre.There’s plenty more to discover, so go try it out yourself. And stay tuned for a rollout of even more cool new features very soon. Feedback is welcome as always, and we’ll be happy to hear your ideas for further improvement.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |New Year, New Us — Starting Fresh with Platform Improvements was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
21. 01. 13
2020 Is Over and We’re Spee...
We wrapped up December with a couple of treats.Happy new year, readers!🎉 It goes without saying that our hopes and plans for 2021 are quite simple: not living through another dumpster fire of a year.https://medium.com/media/cabf964bbc084a0ec8f1ad63fb45cdb4/hrefBut hey, at least the final stretch of 2020 had its bright sides! In December, nothing could dampen our festive mood — the office had a shiny tree, we got presents that may or may not have been gin-themed, and we threw our first remote Xmas party.Ugly pyjamas and all, baby.We were also shown some love from artists and media, who took an interest in our 2020 Beatport report.UK is a hotspot for drum and bass according to new reportCheck it out if you haven’t already. Our number-crunching has revealed some interesting insights into what the Beatport community loved in 2020, and that just might give you an advantage with your upcoming plans.📥 Download the report here 📥Our products and platform welcomed a couple of major updates, most notably upgrades to Beatport analytics and Genre and Country landing pages. Miha wrote all about it in his article:Finishing December With Cool Updates to RememberVasja was mighty busy too, as he held both Viberate webinars and was a panelist at Midem’s online conference. The webinar he held with UMEK was attended by 300 people, making it one of our most attended “live” events of 2020. As for Midem impressions, well, read for yourselves:Midem while snowing outside? Sure, why not.Now that we’ve “slipped into something more comfortable”, a.k.a. a promising new year, we’re motoring on with new upgrades and ideas. Stay tuned for all the details right here.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |2020 Is Over and We’re Speeding Forward was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
21. 01. 06
Holiday Vibes & Greetings
There’s a lot to remember about the year most of us would rather forget.For all the challenges it threw at us, we’re still marching on with our sanity intact (well, most of it, at least). Thanks to the creativity, commitment, and relentless innovation shown by both our team and everyone in the industry, we’re closing December in good spirits, and with a lot to be grateful for.And presents too!You’ve been an inspiration, and it’s been fantastic working with you in 2020.Here’s to many more. 🥂https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Holiday Vibes & Greetings was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 12. 25
Finishing December With Coo...
Last round of 2020 tweaks includes upgrades to Beatport analytics and Genre insightsWith the holiday season just around the corner, our “Santa’s workshop” was busy as ever. Sure, we wrapped up some presents to put under our office Christmas tree, but we also wrapped up a cool number of updates. Go check out our site and see if you notice anything different 😉More on that later. Now, here are four important new features you should know about.#1 Beatport analytics: see an Artist’s latest collab tracks and label releases, and compare their ranksBeatport analytics for Artists have been upgraded with an easier overview of each Artist’s latest releases on a specific Label and their latest collabs with other Artists. This sorting allows for a quicker overview of their productivity and networking, and easier tracking of their most recent work.That first date isn’t a glitch — once a track is available as a pre-order on Beatport, its official release date will be automatically entered into our analytics.The track overview section now also shows how the Artist’s success in entering Beatport’s Top 100 charts compares to similarly ranked Artists (look for “average % of Tracks on Top 100 Charts”). This indicator will provide an additional frame of reference to your analysis.UMEK’s example shows he’s doing quite well.#2 Beatport Label analytics display each Artist’s most recent releasesTo ensure an even quicker overview, the “Artists on the Label” section is further improved with listings of the latest tracks that each Artist has released on this Label.1605’s example shows the chronological display, as well as listing the Artists’ most recent (and upcoming) collabs.#3 New in Audience analytics: Monthly Streaming Audience City MapEach Artist can examine where in the world their Spotify listeners and YouTube views are coming from. Both the list and the map are clickable.#4 Explore Genres by their Spotify numbers and talked-about ArtistsGenre analytics got a new section: Top Countries by Spotify Monthly Listeners. This can be especially handy for evaluating and planning your marketing strategies, as you can estimate your genre’s potential in countries worldwide (as long as Spotify’s available there).And since the music industry is all about the right connections, our “Most Mentioned Artists” section of Genre analytics now also lists the top three most influential names who recently mentioned a certain Artist.It wouldn’t be a holiday season without some excitement, so we’re also going to be rolling out a major announcement soon. For now, we’re keeping things under (decorative) wraps, but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s out.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Finishing December With Cool Updates to Remember was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 12. 22
Midem while snowing outside...
We went to see if we can predict the future of music in 2021.Midem is one of our favorite music conferences. It features almost one week of keynotes, workshops, panels, and networking events — that’s all good. But the best thing? It’s held on the French Riviera in the summer! There’s no better feeling than going on a business meeting, wearing flip-flops and sunscreen, and trying to keep your sh*t together after a late hour networking afterparty the night before.https://medium.com/media/32f5882e543e7b0eaf8e829628e413fe/hrefWe had everything booked for this year’s edition: plane tickets, an entire house for the team, we even pinpointed the bakery where we would buy croissants and baguettes. But because 2020 decided we can’t have good things, we had to cancel everything.https://medium.com/media/060a9f32eeb6d7bd3fc5115802b4087a/hrefStill, the good people of Midem decided to do a week-long online networking event, hosting artists, managers, music tech companies, investors and pretty much anyone else who has ever been backstage. Viberate was invited to speak at a kind of a speed-dating panel about music metrics, along with colleagues from Chartmetric, Nielsen, and ROSTR. We all had 15-minute blocks to discuss data analytics, and the moderators randomly selected 20 people to attend our short presentation and a Q&A session.Here we are. That “Muppet show intro” meme comes to mind.Takeaway 1: everyone’s into data.It’s nice to see how the entire music analytics sector has been evolving this year and growing in influence. All of a sudden everyone and their mother is interested in looking into numbers, percentages, and graphs to make more solidThis means you, dear both readers, should be too. You can access ours HERE (pssst, there’s a 1-week free trial period on ANY account, so go wild), and if you’re releasing through Beatport, do also join a free webinar I’ll be hosting with UMEK next week to get some fresh ideas. Sign up here.Takeaway 2: online conferences kick ass.Turns out digital conferences can be even better than live ones from the educational point of view. People have less stage fright because staring at your webcam doesn’t even come close to standing on a stage of a huge amphitheater, sweating profusely and holding down your puke. (That’s what I’ve read people experience. But not me. Definitely not. No way. Well, maybe sometimes.)Still, can’t wait until I’ll go and get my vaccine shot. I will probably run straight to the airport from the doctor’s office and yes, I WILL FRIGGIN’ CLAP WHEN THE DAMN PLANE LANDS!https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Midem while snowing outside? Sure, why not. was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 12. 14
Dive Into Labels with Beatp...
Wondering how different Labels perform on Beatport? Our newest update brings the heat.Labels are a crucial part of the industry ecosystem, as they not only provide management and promotion for artists, but are sometimes also vital for track distribution. Not to mention how valuable analytical tools are to label managers and other executives looking to improve their endeavors.To complement our Beatport Charts and Artist analytics, we rolled out Beatport Label Charts and Analytics. Here’s how they can make your work easier:🕵️ Get to know each label’s releases, roster, and genre direction. Going from first impressions to more detailed analysis, you’ll see if they would be a good fit for you.📊 Monitor how productive and consistently successful a label is. See how their releases rank on Beatport charts, and how each track performs through time.👯 Research similar labels to get new ideas. Check out their releases and the ways their artists promote tracks on different channels. You might discover new collab opportunities, too.Let’s get to the details.You’ll find labels in the main navigation. Follow it and you’ll land on Label Charts.There, you can start exploring labels more closely. Filter them by their Beatport genres, their overall popularity (Viberate points), and their performance on Beatport.The performance can be examined in different timeframes: from all-time to three months, one year, or three years. This will give you an idea of the Label’s overall productivity and success rate.Get to know a label better: Who they sign, and how they performClicking on a label in Charts will open their Beatport analytics. Immediately, you’ll see the basic stats: the label’s general Beatport Charts performance, their overall Career Health, currently charting releases, and the artists they sign.A green Beatport Performance indicator means that the tracks released on the label are performing better than the tracks of similarly ranked Labels in the same genre (also listed on the right).The artists behind the top-performing tracks can be seen in the “Signature Artists” section. The names on the roster will give you a better idea of the label’s direction and authority.See the label’s productivity and general successBesides listing the releases’ current position on Beatport charts, our analytics also show the label’s performance through time. A graph with an upward trend indicates that the label is gaining traction, and a straighter line shows stable overall performance. You can also see which releases gained the most attention.Something for the managers: Track Overview and Track PerformanceThis allows for a simpler evaluation of artists on the roster and the success of each release. Visible increases in each track’s engagement provide valuable information on what determined its success — was it a specific genre, Artist, collab, or promotional tactic? Once you have data, you don’t need to rely on guesswork.… And something for the artists: Genre OverviewIf you’re an artist looking for a label to release your tracks, here’s where you can check if they fit the brief. Genre Overview will give you a sense of the label’s direction, which genre they’re the most successful in on Beatport, and how their direction has changed over time.Beatport Label Charts and analytics can bring a fresh approach to your strategies and benchmarking. If you’re interested in getting a better grip on analytics, come see how the pros do it. Namely, how no.1 Techno producer and DJ UMEK handles his Beatport releases, recognizes trends, and improves his Label’s A&R process.📅 Sign up for a free webinar on Tuesday, 22 December 📅As always, stay tuned for more updates coming up soon.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Dive Into Labels with Beatport Label Charts and Analytics was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 12. 09
Nominations, Celebrations a...
Is No-Nonsense-November a thing? Because we definitely smashed it.Shhh, can you hear it? Out in the distance? It’s the sound of millions of Christmas playlists warming up to celebrate Mariah Carey emerging from her yearly slumber.And just like Ms. Carey, we too ended November on a high note. Jokes aside, let’s see the short recap.We got nominated for Startup of the Year! 🎉Central European Startup Awards recognized us as Slovenian finalists in the category due to our status as a “high growth potential startup”.https://medium.com/media/558e9ef27cb1d2d28bf12809f8c97155/hrefPublic votes are open, so be sure to cast your vote for us. It’s what Mariah would’ve wanted (OK, OK, no more Mariah jokes, I promise).👉 Vote for us here 👈New & improved: Beatport Charts & Audience analyticsWe launched a couple of improvements to our Viberate analytics. First were the Audience analytics, an extremely useful feature for artists and label executives alike. Check it out:Recognize Your Audience and GrowThen there are Beatport Charts, a feature for all Beatport enthusiasts out there. Besides tracking performance, the charts offer a variety of discoveries. Simply browse by countries, Beatport genres, timeframes… and read a short introduction right here.Find New Talent and New Insights With Beatport ChartsDid you know “webinar” is an anagram of “wine bar”? 🍷And it’s lockdown-friendly, too! We served up a bunch of cool sessions covering all the different ways you can use Viberate analytics, and got some great feedback. A big “thank you” to everyone who attended!The show and tell that’s ready to sell.If you’re curious about all the new stuff we’ve put out, come join us for a special webinar with UMEK in which he and Vasja will share valuable tips and tricks for turning Beatport insights to your advantage.📅 Save a spot in UMEK’s webinarAnd speaking of “Fotr”…UMEK reclaims the Techno throne with the help of dataStill need proof of the benefits of analytics? UMEK has it in spades. Did you know he made one of the biggest Techno comebacks in years by using data insights?Check out the story — it also has a neat “chart race” video for all you visual types out there.How Data Helped UMEK Make One of the Biggest Techno Comebacks in Years!That wraps up November! Stick around before the holiday season as we’ll be joining Santa in bringing you awesome stuff. Yes, even if you’ve been naughty. We don’t judge.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Nominations, Celebrations and Webinar Rotations was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 12. 01
Find New Talent and New Ins...
Our newest addition to Viberate analytics is a must for any Beatport enthusiast.We’ve got two updates this round. The first one: Artist charts got a facelift. The left-hand side filters are now more prominent and easily navigated, making for a friendlier browsing experience.The second upgrade is something designed specifically for the Beatport community: Beatport charts. Think Artist charts (they’re also conveniently placed next to each other in navigation, btw), but specialized for artists who release music on Beatport.📅 For a full Beatport analytics walkthrough, save your spot in our next free webinar hosted by UMEK and I.Charts make discovery and evaluation simpler.Charts are a pretty straightforward tool — the more popular an artist is, the higher they rank. But different sorting is where it gets interesting. Not every artist is consistently successful, or scores hits in one genre alone. Not to mention that each genre is usually a whole story in itself, and its popularity varies wildly from country to country.We wanted to make this kind of “detailed” discovery and evaluation much easier.Interested in the Belgian Garage Bassline Grime scene? We gotchu.Our Beatport charts bring accurate and objective rankings.Every artist’s popularity score is individually calculated based on their releases in a specific genre. The artists who chart highest are there because of their merit: they consistently release quality tracks that rank well on Beatport, and riding on a single popular track won’t bring them to the very top.Similar to Artist charts, you can sort everyone by time, country, and genre. Genres are of course labeled as Beatport defines them.If you sort by number of released tracks, you can see how many tracks each artist has released on Beatport, and evaluate their performance. For example, an artist who has released 50 tracks and charted with three is objectively doing something better than the artist who put out 1000 tracks but charted only one time.Tracks on Beatport #100 shows you how many of the artist’s tracks have made it onto Beatport’s Top 100. If you play with sorting a little, you can quickly find interesting details. Here’s a quick one: if you’re looking for recent Canadian Drum and Bass bangers, apply the country and the genre, select the last 3 months, and start exploring.You’ll also see each Artist’s Beatport rank, Country rank and other details, such as how many days they’ve charted (with all their tracks counted together) and their Track Performance Points.Track Performance Points? What’s that?Track Performance Points is Viberate’s own unique metric for measuring popularity. We calculate it for every single track’s performance on Beatport, taking into account if the track made it onto any Beatport charts, which positions it took there, and for how long it was charting.The higher the score is, the more consistent the Artist is in their releases, meaning that they’re most likely not “one-hit wonders”, but put effort into releasing quality music and keeping their fanbase engaged to ensure downloads.Here’s an example for Techno Artists in the past year — UMEK is in the lead, meaning his tracks have continuedly performed well on both Beatport Top 100 and genre-specific charts these past 12 months.Combine and compare these insights with Days on Beatport #100 Charts to get an even better idea of an Artist’s performance and how long they’ve been putting out music.If you’re interested in a specific Artist, look for them in the “Take Me to the Artist” search bar on the left.To recap, here’s what you can gain with Beatport charts:🔦 Discover breakthrough Artists. Instead of clicking through various sites, have all the data conveniently in one place.🌡️ Objectively evaluate Artists on your roster or potential new signs. If you work at a label, these stats can work hand-in-hand with your experience and intuition.🎚️ New way of benchmarking. See if your performance is hitting the goals you’ve set, and compare your stats with other Artists.📈 Get insights into Beatport genres. See how popular or represented each genre really is, and which Artists are making waves in it.More updates will be coming by the end of 2020, so be sure to check in regularly. We’ll keep you posted, and we’ll also host a couple of free webinars you can drop by. Let’s get crunching!https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Find New Talent and New Insights With Beatport Charts was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 11. 24
Recognize Your Audience and...
Take a closer look at who your followers are with Audience, the newest addition to Viberate analytics.Planning your promotion without really getting to know your audience is kind of like writing Christmas cards without knowing who you’ll send them to. It can be fun while it lasts, but lacks purpose.That’s why we’ve just introduced a new useful feature in our analytics tool: Audience analytics.Audience analytics are super helpful:🎙️ If you’re an artist: You get to know your own audience — where they come from, which cities they live in, their age and gender structure, and how many you can find on YouTube or Instagram.🔭 If you’re a label executive or event organizer. You’ll be able to see the differences in audiences for each artist on your roster or an artist you’re interested in booking, and evaluate your potential marketing efforts.Without further ado, let’s see how it works.You’ll find the new feature in the top menu bar on each Artist’s Analytics Page. If you’re a registered user with no active subscription plan, you’ll see the data only for the 50 highest-ranking artists.Each Artist’s Page will show you the basic audience structure: their age, gender, and where in the world they come from.🤳 See the Instagram, YouTube and TikTok Audiences.Each artist’s audience is divided into three channels. This can serve as an interesting first insight into how strong (or relevant) each channel is for a specific artist, as well as how their fans are distributed worldwide.🌍 Evaluate global vs. local popularity.By examining the Audience maps, you can evaluate the scale of the artist’s popularity — are they more locally relevant, or are they reaching listeners globally?🏘️ See which cities listeners come from.The “Instagram Audience Insights” section displays the cities the fans live in. This gives you useful information for planning gigs and tours or geo-targeting your promotional campaigns.📈 Spot the artists on the rise with “all-time vs. one month”.Looking more closely at the audience drill-down, you’ll notice two sets of data. The “all-time” number of fans is the absolute (total number of followers on YouTube, Instagram or TikTok), while the “one-month” set will tell you the number of new fans gained last month on the selected channel.This gives you a better picture of whether the artist is currently on the rise or has recently released something that resonates with the fans. If you’re interested in a specific country, hit the “Search Country” bar above and assess the artist’s audience data (and one-month changes) for that country alone.🎯 Know who you’re promoting to.With insights into audiences, you can fine-tune your marketing and promotional efforts. Once you know that, for example, an artist resonates more with 30-year-old women from Finland than with 18-year-old men from Australia, you can plan tours, venues and targeted social media ads much more efficiently.More updates will be coming by the end of 2020, so be sure to check in regularly. We’ll keep you posted.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Recognize Your Audience and Grow was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 11. 19
Xmas In Numbers: Jingle Bel...
Xmas in Numbers: Jingle Bells, Mariah Sells, Wham Goes All the WayA quick look into the insane numbers of two Christmas heavy-hitters. You know which ones.It’s THAT time of the year again. You know it, we know it.Christmas songs are back.So it begins.Last year, we looked into the YouTube stats of two “Christmas titans”, Wham’s “Last Christmas” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, to once and for all see which of the two classics reigns supreme and when to expect them on our airwaves again.The Clash of Christmas Titans: Who Owns the Season?As we discovered, the Christmas season well and truly begins right after Halloween, data-wise. Both songs peak on Christmas Day (obviously), with Mariah being played around 8M times, beating Wham! by a good million.In 2019, their combined views broke the 1B mark, but interestingly enough, the two videos raked in way fewer views than in 2018 or 2017. It also seems their results are quite tied at “only” 4 and 5 million views on Christmas day.What happened? New editions happened!Wham! went all in and released not one, but TWO “new-and-improved” versions in 2019, namely the “Official 4k Video” that has gotten almost 18M views since its mid-December release (1.7M views on Christmas Day 2019 alone), and an “Official Lyric Video” that has performed more modestly, with 3.5 M plays since its premiere. We’ll include the 4k reboot in our calculations.https://medium.com/media/03ada0bf553c935711cc969ceb3a9515/hrefBut wait! A week later, on 20 December 2019, Ms. Carey dropped “All I Want for Christmas Is You (Make My Wish Come True Edition)”, which to this day has already been played over 48M times: 25M in the first week and 6M on Christmas Day 2019 alone. Boom.https://medium.com/media/9f84cb405e90878026a8a4eb67fac9e7/hrefWe’ve also added these numbers to Mariah’s original video views.The updated resultAnd there you have it, the combined total. On Christmas Day 2019, the official versions (so no fan-made videos or covers) of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” were blasted over 11M times on YouTube, while “Last Christmas” again pulled in around 7M views total. That’s a lot of playlists if you ask me (and yes, mine has both tracks on it, what am I, a barbarian?!).Of course, you should know that both songs have also been streamed well over 500M times on Spotify already, so this data is only scratching the surface of the absolute behemoths they are.Once again, two things are clear: (1) Mariah Carey doesn’t write to Santa, it’s the other way around, and (2) we can’t wait to see this year’s results. After all, ANYTHING can happen in 2020.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Xmas In Numbers: Jingle Bells, Mariah Sells, Wham Goes All The Way was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 11. 10
New Projects, New Updates, ...
Oh Baby, Did October DeliverBefore we collectively threw ourselves into carving pumpkins and updating our Xmas playlists (can’t tell which is spookier), we squeezed out a couple of important updates.✂️ A tweaked platformOver 100 major improvements were made to the platform, all from the lockdown comforts of our homes. Some of them are subtle, like improved details in UI/UX, and some of them more prominent, like the redesigned Country analytics, Genre analytics and Artist pages, or new modules on our Learn with Viberate page. Best you check it out yourself.Learn with Viberate | Your go-to guide to the platform🙌 Beatport analytics finally hereTo the delight of many, we’ve finally launched the most comprehensive data analytics for artists on Beatport.With Beatport analytics, anyone who’s into Electronic music can look into the performance of any artist on Beatport, get to know more about the successful genres and chart-topping tracks, or even do a quick screening of labels behind the biggest hits.We’ve written some articles on the subject, ranging from how-to guides for labels on the lookout for new talent, to pointers for artists who want to improve their performance.Here They Are: Beatport AnalyticsWhat’s even nicer — a couple of outlets included our work in their stories. 🎉 In October, we were featured in over 50 articles that covered the intersection of data, music, and, of course, the current Covid pandemic and the ways the industry’s coping with it.Here’s us, featured in Music Ally’s Sandbox.🐣 Baby boomFor the ultimate over-achieving flex, some went the extra mile and became parents, too. Two little ladies were welcomed to our team last month, and we couldn’t be happier.🎧 Hear us outIn a move that’s best described as “who needs sleep anyway”, Vasja also scored a couple of guest spots in podcasts and interviews. Listen to him and Brian Funk talk about Viberate and how it can help artists, venues and labels make important business decisions.Vasja Veber - Co-Founder of Viberate, Analytics Tool for Musicians - Brian FunkIf you want to hear more, do pop by one of our webinars. We’re covering all the different ways you can use our analytics.👉 APPLY HERE 👈That’s it for October. Although it seems like 2020 has lasted for 85 months, we’re fully prepared for next month’s achievements. See you then!https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |New Projects, New Updates, New People was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 11. 05
Here They Are: Beatport Ana...
Better data beats more data, but we went for both with our latest update.A couple of months ago, our team did an interview with Beatport CEO Robb McDaniels, who revealed that the Covid pandemic has resulted in a 20% increase in releases through Beatport. This goes to show how valuable the platform is to Electronic artists and labels, especially with the lack of live gigs making every revenue stream much more important.To help everyone optimize their release strategies (and increase their chances of getting a sweet paycheck), we’ve just added Beatport metrics into our Viberate analytics package.It’s an absolute data lover's dream. For every artist who uses Beatport, there’s unique insights into their activities over the last 8 years: how their tracks performed, how an artist is currently doing compared to similar artists, what genres they make music in, who they collaborate with, and so on.We’re hosting regular webinars on the subject, so save the next date 👉 APPLY 👈We also calculate the artists’ “Beatport Health”, an overall assessment of their performance and rank — a metric you won’t find anywhere else.Here’s what’s in it for you:Monitor tracks’ performance through timeBesides seeing an artist’s most recent releases and chart positions, you can finally examine their (or your own) work more in-depth. You can check out their Genre (as it’s defined on Beatport), look at each track’s performance through time and determine peak positions, and even find out which labels they’re signed on.To avoid double or multiple entries and the inevitable confusion that would follow, each track exists as a singular unit — meaning no matter how many times it’s been re-released, we still count it as the original track. The score is calculated for every single track, so each entry can be objectively measured and compared both within the genre and overall.This provides interesting insights into an Artist's portfolio, as you can more readily assess their consistency in releasing new music and their popularity in the Beatport community. Even if you’re checking out your own stats, you can learn from the findings and apply them to your future release strategy.To make the analytics experience even friendlier, you can listen to track previews without ever leaving the page you’re on, and only visit Beatport if you want to buy the track.Improve your label’s A&R processSince Viberate analytics makes it relatively easy to compare artists’ work and popularity, your “creative matchmaking” can become less risky. Your intuition and experience can now be supported by relevant info, thus reducing your chances of a hit-and-miss.Quick tip: an upward trend is always a good sign.Questions like “Is this Genre a good fit?” or “Is this artist really as popular as they claim?” can now be answered thanks to our extensive drill-down. Alternatively, artists can also assess how strong a label is by discovering how well artists signed to it have performed.Let the stats do the talking — and propose networkingNot only can you compare how artists perform on Beatport - you can also explore their collabs and sort them by number, rank, and time.Again, when making choices about future collabs or other business decisions, data can be the deciding factor you need.Bonus round: Refreshed design!As if we weren’t industrious enough, we’ve also thrown in a redesign or three. Country analytics, Genre analytics, and Artist pages are now even friendlier to look at.Each Artist’s page now shows their links and ranks neatly displayed under the profile picture, while graphs and stats received a colorful facelift for easier overview.Similarly, the redesigned Genre and Country analytics will make new discoveries run even smoother, as all sections became even “lighter” and more structured. Here’s a sneak peek into the music analytics for the United Kingdom:Be sure to follow us for more product updates, or simply drop me a line right here and we can talk business.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Here They Are: Beatport Analytics was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 10. 20
3, 2, 1, We’re Live.
All of September was dedicated to the tool that promises to change the music biz: Viberate analytics.The world of music will never be the same again! Here’s why: after literal years of careful development, our flagship product has finally come to life.A lot of energy, sweat and occasional tears has gone into Viberate analytics, but it was totally worth it. As you can imagine, the moment when Miha pressed the “deploy” button was kind of a big deal for all of us.Extra photo proof: both the finger and the key were safely disinfected beforehand.From now on, every single artist on this planet has the opportunity to track everything that matters when building one’s music career: chart positions, music channels, connections and more. Staying afloat in the streaming and digital-media-dominated era is crucial, and we’re here to do our part.At this point, we have to say a big thanks to our beta testers. They’ve helped us to not only fine-tune the product, but also provided great ideas for additional features, such as genre and country analytics. Here’s how our CEO put it:You talked. We listened.Here’s How You Can Research Music Genre Trends and Country Tastes“It’s a fantastic platform,” says EDM.comWe were also happy to see our announcement get noticed by the media, as the story made several front pages. For a quick coffee-break read, check out how the electronic powerhouse EDM.com pinned down our analytics tool.Learn with usBecause good things come in threes, we also rolled out two new features. The first one is Learn with Viberate, a new section on the platform where you can find tutorials, videos, guides, articles and even webinars that will help you get around the analytics magic. Viberate Insider, on the other hand, offers ideas and tips on how to use the gained insights for boosting your career.👉 Give them both a go. 👈Launching Viberate analytics may be a major milestone for us, but it’s just the beginning of something that we firmly believe will eventually grow into a complete ecosystem for the music industry. And now that you’re in the game with our Viberate analytics, stay tuned for the first major addition that will be officially launched in the coming days: Beatport analytics.And the beat goes on, on and on.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |3, 2, 1, We’re Live. was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 10. 08
Here’s How You Can Research...
Our analytics come armed with new & unique features. Let’s see what’s in it for the pros.One thing that Covid-19 will never take away is our confidence that live events are coming back soon…ish. But definitely bigger and better than ever! While waiting for this next chapter, we can all use the time to prep strategies and keep our online fans happy while doing so.How? Well, by letting the data do most of the talking.Ever wondered how many artists make the same genre of music as you? Or made a bet with your buddies on where in the world a certain genre is the most popular? You aren’t alone, as revealed by our many talks with music pros during our beta-testing phase. So we pooled our efforts and included two new unique features: genre and country analytics.You’ll find them conveniently positioned next to each Artist’s basic info. Here’s what they’re all about.Genre analytics: see what’s happening inside a Genre worldwideMusic genres and audience tastes can differ wildly. That’s why this feature is designed to help music professionals get a better sense of the current trends in a specific genre, as well as get a relevant framework to compare their stats in.Genre analytics provide these interesting insights:#1 How many Artists and Festivals does each Genre have?By seeing how many Artists make music in a certain genre, music pros can get a better sense of where their career is at the moment, and what kind of market potential they could be talking about.Users can also see who the most connected Artists are, which social media and music channels they use, and draw inspiration from those findings.Similarly, the “signature” Festivals can be discovered. Those are the ones with the strongest lineup acts in the Genre. Also featured are Festivals with the most mentions by Artists on Twitter and Instagram.#2 Who are the Top Rising Artists in a specific Genre?Here’s where it gets interesting. We show currently rising Artists sorted by their Viberate Popularity (our own metric, calculated from overall online performance), and highlight the top 4 rising ones — the Artists who’ve risen the most in the last 30 days.By digging deeper, users can identify the reasons behind the Top Rising Artists’ growth to get valuable ideas for content or channel use.While organizers, label managers, A&Rs and pros can spot emerging talent to work with more effortlessly, Artists can check each other out and plan interesting collabs.#3 What are a Genre’s Top Countries and Cities?To help music pros plan performances and promotion campaigns better, valuable insights into Top Countries are also included. Top Countries show where the most Genre-themed Events and Festivals take place. The bigger the capacities, the stronger the rank. Each country on the list also shows the top 3 cities, which makes identifying potential markets even easier.#4 How does Subgenre popularity vary across online channels?Where there’s Genres, there’s Subgenres — and Artists can perform in a variety of them. Users can check and compare each Subgenre’s popularity on different channels to identify the one with a bigger audience. Different sorting can be applied, meaning that, for example, users can discover that Heavy Metal is currently more popular on Spotify, while Alternative Metal performs better on YouTube.Findings like that are not just interesting conversation starters, but also relevant for promotional purposes, since Artists and labels can assess where they can potentially get more attention.#5 What are the fanbase specifics?With this section, users can learn about average fanbase growth, that is, what the average number of fans gained on different social and streaming platforms is. We calculate it based on the top 3,000 Artists in the Genre.We calculate the average engagement similarly.Once an average is established, users can compare the channels better and gain ideas by looking at the Artists with the biggest engagement and/or growth. When planning a release, gig, tour or any kind of promotional activity, music pros can determine the stronger channels to focus their efforts on.Country analytics: discover a country through its music tastesStill with us so far? Great 😊 We’re approaching the finishing line — just let us swing by the Country analytics real quick.Here’s what they provide the answers to:#1 How many Artists come from a specific country, and how many Venues, Events, and Festivals does the country have?Similar to Genre analytics, users can see the country’s Artists on the rise, and get a feeling about each country’s music market. Seeing which popular Artists perform in a certain country is an interesting indicator. Users can check if the acts are mostly local, regional, or international, and get a sense of the type of music and performers that are the most sought after in that market.#2 What’s the Events scene like in a specific country?Organizers are going to love this section. Besides showing how many detected Events take place in a country, it also provides a relatively simple overview of the types of Events. These are sorted according to Genre and Venue size (clubs, halls, and other types), so anyone can assess if the local audience would welcome, say, an intimate Hip Hop club Event more than another stadium Rock banger. Besides learning how common Events of a certain Genre are, users can further explore the Live Performance City Map to pinpoint where the most opportunities for live gigs are.#3 What’s the most popular Genre in… well, anywhere?Our data shows each country’s trending Genres in the past 12 months, as well as the most popular Subgenres according to the Festival and Event data. Music pros can look for periods when “activity” blows up, compare it to other Genres, and discover if and how seasons affect Event and Festival activity in their genre. Combined with insights into popular and/or rising artists, these findings can help shape future negotiations and gig opportunities.#4 What is a country listening to?Several sections show which tracks and genres have been dominating a country’s music charts. Users can browse Deezer, Shazam, YouTube and Spotify charts to see which tracks got the most plays, views and streams, and evaluate what their massive popularity means for the market.By exploring music charts and specific channels, organizers and other pros can soon determine which acts have higher popularity potential — local or international — and make data-driven plans for Event lineups or the Festival season.Pretty neat, right? There’s even more you can do with Viberate analytics, so do check out our handy how-tos in Viberate Insider, or hit us up for any specific requests. We’re here to make some serious changes in the biz.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Here’s How You Can Research Music Genre Trends and Country Tastes was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 09. 21
You talked. We listened.
Some things in the music biz kept repeating. We decided to do something about it.It’s funny how some things never change. We’ve been in the music biz for around two decades now (some of us even longer), we’ve seen trends and media come and go, and yet we keep hearing the same issues when talking to music pros. Most often, the reasons someone’s career in music comes to a halt isn’t a lack of passion or of available channels to put your tracks on — the real villains in the story are lack of time and of available resources.https://medium.com/media/4fbe5b22f89ee2f307c0109243871e6b/hrefLet’s face it: a music career is hard work. Take Scott for example. He’s your typical pro, leading an ambitious triple-shift life. Once he decided to pursue a full-time music career, he’s been signed to record labels and is producing, teaching, engineering sound, creating music, doing PR, marketing and running social media campaigns at the same time. “It’s not easy. Getting recognized in niche genres like Techno can be a real struggle,” he explained in our talk, noting that while he knows his way around stats, he lacks the time to handle them properly. Or as he put it: “I just don’t have the time to go to multiple websites, look up data, make screen-captures and compare them.”It’s a story we’ve heard a thousand times. So we decided to do something about it. Miha already covered the basics a while ago.Viberate Analytics: The 5 Best Things You’re in ForViberate analytics are ready to launchTo help everyone keep up with the neck-snapping pace of the music industry, we’ve created a tool that helps keep track of important channels and metrics, translate data into clear insights, and replace soul-crushing numbers with understandable visuals.Every aspect is designed with music pros in mind. Scott was one of our beta testers, and with their ideas and inputs, we were able to pinpoint the most important features, as well as introduce new unique additions:🎼 Genre analytics. With this feature, you’ll see how many artists make music in the same genre, and compare your own popularity rank within the genre to get a better sense of where your career is at the moment. You can also identify the countries with the most opportunities for artists like you.Here, sneak a peek.🗺️ Country analytics. By analysing and comparing different countries, you’ll discover how developed each music market is, and how well you are performing in your local market and overall. By clicking on Top Rising Artists, you can also explore what has made them more popular.Comparing stats in one place and digging into trends is, of course, just scratching the surface. We’ll get into the details in our upcoming blogs and articles, but for now, let’s focus on the exciting stuff.What’s coming in the futureIn the next editions of our analytics, you’ll enjoy: 🖼️ design adjustments for an even smoother overview 🧐 more aggregated pages, and, perhaps most eagerly awaited: 🎛️ Beatport charts and analytics. These babies will help artists, labels, A&Rs, social media managers and pretty much any music pro out there get a fresh perspective on their work.Look, we believe that everyone deserves the chance to do what they love. We’ve been lucky enough to have been working in music and tech for so long. Now, we want to help others achieve their dreams, figure out new opportunities, discover new talent (or get discovered themselves) … to just do their thing and grow their careers.Data’s here to do the job — and if there was ever a perfect time for the music industry to become more agile, it’s 2020.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |You talked. We listened. was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 09. 14
August was Special
Usually, August is all about drinking cold beers and cocktails with little umbrellas and slices of lime while chilling on the beach. This one, though…Much like the majority of 2020, this August was… well… special.https://medium.com/media/efb315806bcf95956126e8d9bc292544/hrefI reeeeeally wanted to use a more appropriate term, but our editor Sara said we need to avoid being potty mouths in our corporate blog. WTF, right?Anyway, it was special in a way that the Slovenian government put two of our favorite summer destinations, Croatia and Spain, on a so-called red list, meaning if you visit them, you need to self-quarantine for two long weeks. And because no one wants their neighbors to deliver food, toilet paper and booze to them for that long, we decided to switch our focus to launching more neat stuff.We love our beta testers more than Forrest loved Jenny…Together with a couple of hundred beta testers (✨ thank you, you’re the best ✨), we tested the living crap (sorry, Sara) out of our analytics tool, and now it’s ready to be launched in a couple of days. With comprehensive analytics features for half a million artists, it will be the perfect post-pandemic tool for everyone who hasn’t given up during the event ban.Speaking of the event ban — during quarantine, playlists went from being a thing to being *the* thing. Miha went into details here:How Playlists Reshaped the Music Industry… and we adore our contributors more than Bubba adored shrimp.However, the biggest change came in the form of a completely new contributor dashboard. If our analytics platform is the brain, contributors are the muscles. The completely overhauled My Contribution section is now much more intuitive, offering tasks, detailed personal analytics, tips, achievement overview, and more. We also added new entity and combo badges with totally badass names.Telling people at your high school reunion that you’ve upgraded to an “Immortal” on Viberate does have that nice ring to it, doesn’t it? If you’re a contributor yourself, you might want to check out a detailed description of the upgrades here:Contributor Dashboard: Shaping a More Community-Centred WorkflowSeptember will be one of our biggest months so far. Let’s start it by gifting you:We’re giving away a 20% discount for the first year on any of Viberate’s analytics packages to the first 10 readers who send an email to: email@example.com with “Special August” in the subject line. 🔥 Fire away! 🔥https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |August was Special was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 09. 04
How Playlists Reshaped the ...
A brief dive into why playlists matter for today’s musician and how some of the artists are using them to their advantage.My favorite part about launching a new tool or service has always been talking to the first testers. By discussing various improvement ideas, we inevitably touch on the subject of their lives and professional experience, which always brings valuable insights into what’s really important to them.While testing our upcoming analytics tool, many of those interviews included talking about playlists and all the different ways the artists or labels approach them. What repeatedly came up was obvious: streaming is an important source of revenue, especially now, when live events are off the table.That sent me digging through the stats to see just how much money we’re talking about, and ask the artists for some tips on getting a track onto a playlist.I also found this meme. Is this relatable?Playlists and streaming = new cash flowsFirst things first: wow. The music industry landscape has changed A LOT in the last 20 years. There were decades when musicians and their teams could make a decent living off album sales, since physical formats were king. In 1999, CD sales were peaking with $15B, accounting for 88% percent of the recorded music revenue that year, according to RIIA.Fast forward to 2019, and the situation is quite different: the revenues are fragmented throughout numerous formats, and the industry revenue is half the size it was 20 years ago at $13,1B. The majority of traffic — and therefore, the revenue — happens on the streaming platforms. Paid subscriptions bring in almost $7B (a little over half of the total industry revenue) and ad-supported, on-demand streaming comes in a remote second with $1B. Fun fact: in 2019, CD sales were still more profitable than album downloads, which come in at a meagre $645M.What a difference 20 years make.While streaming revenue is nowhere near replacing album sales yet, we can see why standing out on streaming platforms is important to musicians. A stable income from streaming isn’t something that an up-and-coming artist can realistically count on, but they can benefit from being featured on a playlist in other ways. Even a spot on a modestly followed one can bring significant exposure, meaning more listeners, more PR, and subsequently, new opportunities and more fans on their social channels.Playlists shape how artists make musicIn some ways, the growing importance of playlists has started to shape new ways of how artists make, launch, and promote their music. For one, some artists have stopped releasing full albums altogether, instead putting out singular songs in shorter intervals, as that keeps the fans engaged more easily and makes sense economically.Some artists even go as far as to think how they can optimize their playlist performance by writing “playlist-perfect” tracks. That includes writing shorter songs, avoiding long intros/outros to reduce skipping, inventing new genres, and also paying attention to cover art.What can artists do to get playlisted?There are ways to increase streaming chances without compromising one’s artistic vision. Artists can use analytics to strategically “growth hack” their streaming performance. That means monitoring which playlists they appear on (and how they rank), what are those playlists’ themes, how many followers they have, and, of course, finding out if there is any cause-and-effect between, say, playlists appearance bringing more Instagram followers.While developing our tools to include playlists in the near future, we’ve collected some top tips and ideas by artists on how they’re approaching the situation today.In the not-recommended section: paying for playlist placement. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually hurts you in the long run.Still, keep in mind that there’s a big difference between reaching millions of streams and growing a loyal fanbase. Depending solely on playlists isn’t the most reliable growth strategy. There are “playlist superstars” out there who we bet couldn’t bring 30 people to their local gig.Well, OK, that doesn’t matter right now with the lockdowns and all, but live shows are bound to come back, so it pays to think long term and grow your fanbase across different channels, and with different approaches. We’ll be there to support you along the way.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |How Playlists Reshaped the Music Industry was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 08. 28
Contributor Dashboard: Shap...
Order and creativity go hand in hand, so we created a proper tool for the job. Here’s a short walkthrough.We heard you like putting things in order, so we put in order a tool that puts in order all the order-making data you put in. OK, forget the attempts at jokes: we are seriously extatic to announce the launch of our new contributor dashboard.In the last couple of months, we listened to a lot of constructive feedback from the community. You guys told us how much you care about tracking your progress, getting to know other contributors, and getting fresh ideas on how you can help more, and do more.Thus, the dashboard was created.https://medium.com/media/7c36aad983a80709faf84a035610914c/hrefFrom now on, you and anyone in the community can simply click on “My Contribution” on their Viberate profile, and access a single point of reference for all your contribution-related work. It’s designed to help you track your progress in a clean, visual fashion, assist you in getting better as you go, and connect you to the everyday goings-on in the community.Let’s go through the highlights:Clear onboarding with focused tasksWhen you click on “My Contribution”, you’ll immediately access your dashboard and see your current stats. First-time contributors will be offered introductory tasks to help them take their first contribution steps more confidently. They will learn the ropes by adding links and media to existing entities in our database, and adding entirely new entities, such as events nearby, or new artists on the block.Focused tasks will also be there for more experienced editors, along with other useful features.Tasks, tips, and resourcesPutting the entire music industry’s info in order is not an easy job. Since we don’t want you to feel lost or out of ideas while doing it, your dashboard includes tasks and daily tips. By learning those, your chances of denied entries will be way lower.Simple tasks such as adding missing media, links or other important details to our existing entities will improve our database further, and bring you points. Don’t worry — task supply never runs out, so go ahead and click “Get tasks” to get new ones once you’re done, or simply if you want different ones.Oh and p.s.: tasks will also keep growing in variety and complexity. You can expect festivals to appear in them soon — and hopefully, in real life, too! #fingerscrossedIf tasks help you get the hang of things, and tips help you get better, the articles will help you get inspired. We’ll take special care to always display most relevant content, ranging from contributors’ stories to how-tos. For all the technical stuff, there’s always the Contribution Guide.New & redesigned badges: streak, accuracy, insightsYou can show off your achievements and learn more about other contributors just by looking at their badges. Those were redesigned to be even more simple, fun, and visually engaging.The new badges display your monthly accuracy instead of overall performance, so don’t worry if your stats seem lower than usual. To keep an easier overview of your stats, streak badges were also introduced: now, you can measure your daily/weekly/monthly success, and proudly showcase your hard work.Community and personal overviewBy overseeing chart positions, and latest entries from all over the world, you’ll easily be on top of what’s going on in the community, and get new ideas from other people’s adds and edits. Having all your own stats neatly sorted is just the cherry on top.Updated points systemWhen you were checking out your own contribution log and achievements, you probably noticed the point records, and prompts. You should know that with the latest upgrade, the same type of data will result in same amount of points. That’s good news for you, since you’ll get more points for same kind of entries.There you have it! Hope you’ll have a great time exploring the dashboard yourself, and get as much new insights as needed. We’ll be happy to hear what you think, so hit us up on our community Discord channel and let’s see what more this baby can do.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Contributor Dashboard: Shaping a More Community-Centred Workflow was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 08. 19
Viberate vs. Summer: The St...
They say that the path to enlightenment starts with knowing oneself. Naturally, we focused on the funny stuff first and inspected our summer habits.Let’s get the obvious question out of the way: we already established that our physiques are nowhere near “beach body ready” (whatever that is) in our previous round of tell-all stats.Viberate in Numbers: How Are We Handling the Distancing?But there’s plenty other summery things to be asked, like, do we spend our holidays doing hardcore sporting, or are we normal? Do we prefer mojitos or lemonade? Did any of us shave for this?Let’s dive in.🏊 Beach, pleaseSummer equals seaside vacationing for most of us — 74%. In general, we seem to think summer should be spent doing as little as possible, though 32% of us are office Olympians who swear by hiking, biking and other displays of sporting prowess, heat be damned.Before you even ask: yeah, we also rock totally sizzling summer fits.💀 Hang the DJNext topic of interest: beach etiquette. When it comes to tolerating other people’s playlists blasting out of portable loudspeakers, the verdict is clear: over 58% of us shudder at the mere idea. Shockingly enough, almost 13% would welcome this free party option, and three people even admitted to taking on the role of “beach maestro” themselves. The editorial team suspects these to be clear cases of heatstroke.Moving on with beach-related stuff: we’re somewhat split between entering cold water head-first and getting it over with, and taking our sweet time. Interestingly, the “calculated” approach is more significant in the marketing department, so it seems that strategic thinking does reflect in more areas than just the job.🚙 Have Love Will TravelTogether, we’ve conquered more than a whopping 14,000 km on this year’s summer travels. The average road trip was around 500 km, placing the majority of us on nearby bodies of saltwater.How awesome are those destinations? That might be just half of the story, as more than 35% of us never share a vacation selfie. Not one poolside photo, not a single sunset moment, nada.📻 Tunes time!As always, we couldn’t end the survey without digging through our favorite summer bangers and creating a playlist. And as always, it’s ridiculously eclectic, as if you didn’t expect that already.Here it is in all its gloryIs there a tidbit about us you’d love to hear about? Get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Viberate vs. Summer: The Stats Are In was originally published in Viberate on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 08. 14
Beating the Heat with Cool ...
Our festival data made headlines, and we sat down with the man behind ‘’the home of Electronic music”.With every month comes an upgrade to our platform, and July was no exception. We alternated between taking our well-deserved holiday breaks and applying some cool data to various work areas, and even snatched a quick 1:1 with the CEO of Beatport to shed some light on the coronavirus mess.Beatport CEO: ‘’Our DJ community was nothing short of amazing’’Beatport is the world’s largest Electronic music store for DJs, and our founder UMEK has dominated the Techno charts there for years.Sitting down with Beatport CEO Robb McDaniels, he acknowledged the negative aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic, but was quick to point out that music ‘’became one of the key ways to soothe people’s souls’’, ultimately leading to an increase in the number of releases, registrations, page views, and playlists created.You’ll find the full interview in our Viberate Insider section, where you can also access tons of other interesting pieces with tips and tricks for aspiring artists.Beatport CEO: "We Came Into 2020 With an Audacious Plan"Viberate data in the IMS Business Report 2020July also saw a highly anticipated review of the Electronic scene. Kevin Watson, a data analyst with a passion for EDM music, crunched the numbers on festival cancellations, artists’ revenue, the impact of live-streaming platforms, and much more. The cool thing? He used our Sick Festivals data in his webinar.Look, ma, we’re famous!Viberate PRO beta: So far, so greatWhile we’re very proud to be a reliable source of data in the music world, we also want to make sure that users can get data from a platform that is as user-friendly as possible. From now on, new filters are available for entities in either list, grid, or map views. Additionally, the platform design is now even more sleek and eye-catching.As you may know, we’ve already beta-launched our PRO version and are receiving valuable feedback on a daily basis. The beta-testers are generally excited about the possibilities, but we’re currently working even harder to really turn it into the best in class.https://medium.com/media/1bd71567bfb816d922ec468063c39917/hrefViberate PRO is another project that simply would not have been possible without the hard work of our contributors, who not only take extraordinary care in entering huge amounts of data, but are also keen on sharing their music findings. One of them is Ruben, the latest star of our ‘’Spotted’’ series, who suggests giving a listen to these five female Colombian DJs.We're Pool-Party-Ready with This Selection of Colombian DJsIf Colombian DJs are not the first choice for your summer party, go to our platform and discover artists from other genres or countries. The possibilities are endless!https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Beating the Heat with Cool Data was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 08. 06
Does the Industry Still Nee...
Whether charts still matter in the age of streaming and social media, is a question we often get. The short answer: for expression, no, but for career, absolutely.You can love them or hate them, but here’s the thing about charts: it’s a system that people understand. Charts are designed to take in huge amounts of info, filter it through an assortment of gatekeepers, and put out a list of what people respond to right now.This is why the chart feature is one of the more exciting ones in our upcoming Viberate PRO since it sparked the most engaging debates with our beta-testers. That’s why this time around, our rapid-fire Q&A will serve more as an overview of the 4 most interesting questions raised and debated.🤷 Charts: who needs them?Sure, some people will always see charts as an affront to their music tastes and as an enemy of “real” musicians who didn’t “sell-out”, but in reality, there’s nothing personal about charts. Quite the opposite — charts are supposed to reflect the industry’s reality, whatever that reality might be.And here lies the opportunity: pretty much anyone can benefit from charts by examining the reality of the given situation, be it for business, research or, purely curiosity-related purposes.🙌🏿 Why do audiences need charts?In theory, the current golden age of streaming allows anyone to stumble upon any track and genre imaginable, and have their pick. But in reality, not everyone has the time, desire, or frankly, “memory space” big enough to constantly hunt for new music and process it.https://medium.com/media/d4dbdc1b2323d274abf7a56ba353cddb/hrefNor is it humanly possible for any media or tastemakers to give every single artist out there an equal or fair amount of attention. That’s why we’ve designed our charts to cover both popularity points and “the next level stuff”: people can get a general awareness of what’s currently popular (and pen down talking points for their next trip to the office watercooler), while the more invested fans, pros or media can go deeper and explore by similarity, channels, countries, even subgenres.The more you narrow down your search, the more interesting charts can become.By doing that, savvy pros can spot new trends and rising acts, and book or sign them while they are — for lack of a better word — more commercially affordable, and expand the audiences further. On the other side, musicians too can be aware of their own success and plan their next moves strategically.🤸 Do musicians even care about their chart position?The fact that a lot of prominent artists actively invite fans to “bring their new track to #1”, and some of them later go to media with accusations of foul play, is a sign that the official charts still matter quite a lot — not just for industry executives, but to artists too. The business/career aspect is pretty straightforward: once you have a certain chart spot, you’re going to get more exposure, more bookings, more leverage for negotiation.But the personal aspect is not to be neglected. A lot of our beta-testers went to charts to see how they stand online and were positively surprised as to how they compare to their peers or their heroes. Competitiveness is a good motivator, business- or creative-wise.It’s kept UMEK going for over two decades now.🥀 Don’t music charts promote “monoculture”?Good news: a 2019 study discovered that the diversity of music charts has in fact doubled, or even tripled throughout the years, meaning that a significantly more albums make it to the top 100 in a year than they did 50 years ago. The downside: if the 1980s albums needed four to six weeks to gradually reach the top slot, nowadays an album either starts off as #1 or never gets there. Still, there’s plenty of wiggle room, since “overall #1” is not the only position worth pursuing.https://medium.com/media/8bb239aa3b5342172ec6a1c20bcc2fa4/hrefIn this light, the importance of comprehensive music charts that offer solid business insights has never been more important.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Does the Industry Still Need Music Charts? was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 07. 30
Nothing Stops the Music
With social distancing still in place, are there any music events going on? Our community says: HELLS YES! Let’s dive into their June discoveries.OverviewIn June, a little over 6200 new events were added to the database, which means that your party planning can get quite busy — in theory, at least. The majority of these events were added for the United States and are of the Rock persuasion. Interestingly enough, every fifth added event was in the Country genre, so if you’re into riding waves OR riding horses, your odds of finding a cool event are not bad at all :)Although we were expecting more outdoor events, almost half of the newly added ones will take place in a hall.Go check out the events near you and find your perfect match. If you need some new jams to go with your browsing, check out the selection made by fellow enthusiast Ruben.We're Pool-Party-Ready with This Selection of Colombian DJsContributor SpotlightRemember the maestros we spotlighted the last time? They also smashed it in June — while both Astrid 👑 and vALEn ESKEREEEEE ♫ made it to Top 5, the May chart-topper Xoel López 🌳 managed to double his points, boasting 324690 points in first place. Respect!https://medium.com/media/9a1e4c63d29f283c42ac478ae9349010/hrefA very special shoutout also goes to Ricardiño, Deivid Di Natale and Carolina Semprum, who entered the Top 10 chart, and we’re waving a big “welcome to Top 10–20” to first-timers Luis Segura and VortexOfficial.Legends walk among us as well — in June, two enthusiasts stepped up their game and gained the coveted “Legendary” badges. Here’s how they made it.Oh yeah, they *rocked*.What’s New & in the PipelineWe were super busy with the Viberate PRO beta launch and we’re already receiving some great feedback from artists and other beta testers. All this wouldn’t be possible without your hard work. The fact that our community never stops entering insane amounts of fresh data is proving invaluable to many musicians out there. Thank you!https://medium.com/media/c75e97cce18cb86702060fe78620eb80/hrefTo make things even cooler: the brand new Contribution Dashboard is coming up next month, so keep your eyes open for polished-up stats, new badges, and more suggested tasks.Tips & TricksCircling back to the events we talked about in the intro: here’s how you can show some love to them and be more efficient at the same time.No double entries. Before you add a new event to the database, make sure to check if the event is already listed. But don’t use the search box. Instead, inspect both the Viberate page of the venue that will hold the event and the performing artists’ pages.Tickets info. This section is not mandatory, but it holds important information and references for people. If possible, enter the ticket info in the add form. For example, you can find ticket links on Facebook event pages and homepages.Who’s Who at Viberate?This time around, let’s give a collective hi-five to Damjan, our Artist Team Lead, better known to his friends and colleagues as Bizzy. As “resident OCD guy”, Bizzy is responsible for the accuracy of our Artist pages, which means leading, managing and mentoring contributor teams, and diligently watching over charts and data on a daily basis.Attention to detail is one thing, but Bizzy mostly believes in the big picture. “If you don’t back your project with a strong, long-lasting concept — a philosophy, even — don’t bother doing it.”Music has been a big part of Bizzy’s life way before he started DJ-ing in 1989 (yep, we’ve got ourselves a pioneer here). “Even as a kid, I somehow always ended up in charge of playing music at school dances and parties. Which sometimes meant I’d be leaping out of the shower towards my cassette recorder if the radio station happened to play something cool that I’d be using later,” he recalls.He went on to be involved in just about any pioneering Slovenian Electronic project, produced several projects (do check out Dataminions, Ouroborots, Rotor, Temponauta, Helga Neuer, etc. on Bizzy’s Soundcloud), and toured the world with both UMEK and Laibach, because sure, why not.When asked which events he’s looking forward to the most lately, Bizzy delivers the perfect punchline: “You know what, none. I’ve done over 2500 events in my career, travelling the distance to the Moon and back like five times, so nowadays I honestly appreciate some peace and quiet :D”What to say — our guy knows what he’s about. We hope you get some well-deserved R&R as well, and if you’re interested in legendary tales of an artist’s life on the road, be sure to ping Bizzy on our Discord channel.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Nothing Stops the Music was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 07. 22
The Price of Coronavirus on...
We measured the pandemic’s economic impact on festivals worldwide and collected our findings in an exclusive report.Surely every one of us has at some point found themselves in a never-ending, rain-soaked line to a festival port-a-potty, disappointing beer in hand, thinking: “This is it, this is the absolute worst it can get.” But then 2020 happened, proving that things indeed CAN get much, much worse — for the entire festival scene.https://medium.com/media/d412798c7c621a15ae002c78394ed648/hrefBecause even though every music festival has its less-than-ideal moment, we can all agree that having no festivals to go to is absolutely devastating. And it’s not just the FOMO we’re talking about — the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people is in serious risk.The coronavirus pandemic will cost the music industry billions.Take the UK, for example. In June 2020, over 500 UK venues signed a letter to the government calling for a $60M+ cash injection designed to save the local music industry. As these letters and reports show, a staggering 93% of festival businesses run the risk of being completely wiped out without such support.Bear in mind — the UK is just one of the markets. The global effects are equally chilling.Our Viberate Report has the details.To get a better picture of the economic impact of coronavirus on the festival season from the beginning of the epidemic until 22 April 2020, our data science team collected and exported our entire festival database, following set parameters: festival name, country (festival location), size (sorting festivals in five different size classes, based on the number of visitors), and date (time of festival duration).Here’s a taste of some of the stats.Sampling methods were then used, gathering available data on the average ticket price and the average number of visitors, while additional statistical methods were employed to eliminate anomalies and level out the data. The result: an exclusive report you can download for free.Download Viberate Report 👉 right here 👈What’s next for music festivals?It’s worth pointing out that our report in no way offers a go-to template for creating music festivals in the future, nor does it advocate a hurried re-opening of venues or festival gates until experts can agree on the correct safety measures and propose the best way forward.What the report does provide, however, are valuable insights into the scope of the Covid-19 pandemic on the worldwide festival scene, which we hope can additionally highlight the music professionals’ efforts and concerns, and offer them concrete talking points. We also have the products and the know-how that could help overcome the crisis, so to anyone interested: hit us up.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |The Price of Coronavirus on the Festival Season: We Have the Report was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 07. 16
It’s Getting Hot!
Peek behind the curtains to see the facelifts, highlights and other dazzling things we’ve put out in June.Summer’s here! And with it, the latest results of our hard work. While some of them do cover the #beachbody category, this blog’s going to be more focused on flexing the creative muscles. Sorry! 😊Check out our new homepage!We’ve grown a lot in the past months, so it’s only natural we’ve revamped our landing site.Would you look at this beaut!The new layout communicates more directly how Viberate can help music professionals and what other cool features are there to be explored. Which brings us to the next bit:A whole bunch of platform updates.Besides the homepage, other tweaks and improvements have been made to the platform. The most important ones include:A refreshed genre voting system that gives more power to the artists. Artists now have a bigger say in their main genre definition, which consequently affects which genre chart they’ll be ranking in.The About Us and Insights pages have also been spruced up. Anything you’ve ever wanted to know about our team or the interesting new research they’ve come up with is now neatly collected and displayed.Various search & onboarding improvements have been made to optimize a user’s first platform experience. Pretty much everyone from artists to contributors can now navigate even more smoothly and discover new stuff.PRO testing & full-on tutorial mode.While beta testing the upcoming Viberate PRO tool, we’re also smashing out tutorials based on feedback and webinar FAQs, covering both contributors’ and professionals’ needs. Have a taste in one of the articles.Viberate PRO Webinar: Walking You Through the Cases by ViberateTesting the waters. Literally.You didn’t think we’d mention “beach bodies” and not deliver a single vacation shot, did you? Here’s a couple of snaps from our much-deserved vacations. Due to the pandemic-related restrictions we’re keeping it as local as we can and enjoying every minute of it.We’re also getting pretty good at taking “hotdogs-or-legs” shots.… and that covers June! Hit the beach if you can — if not, hit us up with your ideas.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |It’s Getting Hot! was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 07. 09
Why Data Matters in the Mus...
In our first edition of rapid-fire Q&As, we cover the most frequently asked data questions: how does music data science work, why do we need it, and can it predict the future?Technology has been impacting the music industry for decades. We’re not just talking auto-tune, the decline of CDs, and the possibility to carry years’ worth of music in your pocket. We’re talking massive amounts of data piling up from streaming services, social media, radios, marketing efforts, sales, royalty detection, events, etc. Still, a business collecting a massive pile of data is too often similar to a dog chasing a car: a useless pursuit if you don’t know what to do with it.Enter: our music data science. As we get a lot of questions about it, we’ve designed this series of rapid-fire Q&As. First up, we’re covering the basics: how can music data, and the science behind it, help the music industry? Helping us navigate is our senior data scientist Rok Bavec.Find someone in your life that looks at you the way Rok looks at data.🎨 Music is creative, so why should it need science?Working with data might sound like a snoozefest, but it’s really all about creative problem-solving. Imagine having a kickass studio setup: wouldn’t it be a smart move to learn about its “boring” technicalities that don’t compromise your art, but push it to the next level instead?It’s our job to see how we can help you gain such “support” skills. For example: what we’ve put into Viberate PRO is a system of pointers that can help your music reach more people and hit the right audience. By “hacking” the promotional part (seeing what works online, what other artists put up, how your channels can be improved, etc.), you can make sure your creative efforts are appreciated by the right people at the right time and grow with your findings.📈 Data science = analysis, charts and graphs, right?While analytics play a big part, it’s really an ongoing activity. The smart questions in data science aren’t “which tools to use”, “which formulas to apply” and “which college degree is best for it”. They’re asking: “what’s the end goal and what’s the best way we can get there?” For example, one of Viberate’s recent efforts was creating a system that calculates up-to-date music charts on a daily basis. But the magic of data science isn’t in “creative maths”. The main goal was designing these charts to ensure that they cover the many different topics people might be interested in (like genre specifics, who’s on the rise, etc.), and predicting these interests in the first place.Understanding the human factor and building on domain knowledge is what separates great projects — and businesses— from good ones. Having a diverse team of experts is priceless, because everyone can volunteer a unique point of view — and it’s being flexible and open to multidisciplinary inputs that produces the best results.🔮 Can you predict an artist’s future?The term “predictive analytics” gets banged around in marketing a lot these days and sure, it’s always a good idea to increase your competitive advantage by backing up your instincts with information. But again: the biggest leaps in any industry come from the human factor, and that often means doing the unpredictable.Looking at data and charts is one thing. It’s important to have your own perspective while looking. The savviest artists we know create their own future: they keep asking questions, they try to get to know the audience, to notice patterns and be creative when applying them. Those are the ones who avoid fitting in the mold by simply copying whatever their successful peers are doing, but instead try to see what they are *not* doing and break through the noise.What we can predict, though, is that there’s going to be loads more data to comb through. And with it, more questions to answer. Hit us up with your own if you have them.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Why Data Matters in the Music Industry was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 07. 06
Contributor Spotlight: Ladi...
This round of number-crunching, notable stats and community research focuses on women.OverviewOur community is made up of almost 20% women, and according to the data, they handle an absolutely kickass amount of entries (more on that in the next chapter).In May 2020, the ladies mostly edited or added to the Artist profiles (almost 97% of all their entries), which is understandable — because of the Covid-19 situation, events and festivals are sadly pretty much non-existent.The top 10 countries most contributed to by our women contributors in May were the United States (in the lead with 33%), United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Australia, and, for the first time in our “top 10” list, Ecuador.And what about preferred genres? We’ve assembled a list of the top 5 genres that the women of our community contribute to the most. From the looks of it, it’s a close tie between Pop and Electronic, with Rock following closely behind.Contributor SpotlightA big round of applause goes to Xoel López ☔, who got to the very top of the charts in May and scored an incredible 173.380 points. Good work!Two women also made the Top 10, namely Astrid 👑 at #2 and vALEn ESKEREEEEE ♫ at #9. To see how many adds and edits these two Venezuelan hotshots entered to earn the coveted “Legendary” and “Hero” badges, respectively, check out the chart below.And if you haven’t brushed up on your knowledge of the Czech music scene yet, be sure to read the latest “Spotted” edition, in which Ondrej lets us peek into his music-lover lifestyle.How Many Czech Bands Can You Name?What’s New & in the PipelineRoll out the party banners and crack open the champagne, it’s time to party! The guest of honor: our brand new contributor landing site, up and running after a couple of facelifts! Between you and me: it’s gorgeous. Look it up.A totally new feature that’s also up: select how you want to contribute. In our efforts to make the contribution process easier, we’ve broken down the initial steps into two simple prompts: “Add new” and “Edit existing”. The idea is pretty straightforward: since there’s so many entries to the platform already, no one should have to stress about coming up with new stuff all the time — we also have to make sure the existing data is as up-to-date as possible.With focused tasks and engagement tweaks, even first-time contributors will be more encouraged to share their knowledge, find new ideas, and provide info on all things music.Tips & TricksBesides setting up our Discord community channel, last month’s most popular trick was apparently taking care of the artists’ profile pictures. To recap:Add the artists’ pictures. Many artists are missing a profile picture, especially those from countries less represented on the music map. You can easily score extra points by browsing the linked social channels and adding a nice pic.Update the artists’ pictures. Good-looking profiles stand out from the rest, so we encourage you to regularly assist the artists with the best possible content. Especially check out the more “indie” artists and update their pics with the latest stuff they’ve put on their socials.Who’s Who at Viberate?This time around, we’d like to turn the tables around a bit and introduce a member of our community: our mentor Sandra Crespo. Sandra started contributing to Viberate in 2017 thanks to a tip she received from a fellow contributor, and naturally grew into the mentor role thanks to her passion, clear communication skills, and openness to guide newcomers by sharing her experience. And she has that in spades.“I’ve added and edited thousands of profiles, and each time I saw my contribution on the site, it felt AMAZING! It’s so cool to be part of this community.”When asked about what inspired her to join, Sandra explains: “I remember when I read an article about Viberate, what caught my attention was that it represents a different way of participating in music. I’m not a musician, I’m not an artist, but I LOVE music. So when I saw that I could contribute and add my favorite artists, I didn’t think twice about joining Viberate — and learning that I have the opportunity to become a mentor was even better news.”“The platform has definitely enriched my music taste and added a couple of must-visit places to my bucket list,” adds Sandra. While these days she mostly listens to Jaguar Jonze, the concert she’d most like to attend as soon as possible is Alanis Morissette. “I know she’s not trending right now, but her music will always be special to me😊”And what is the “secret sauce” that makes a good mentor? Sandra has no doubt: “Passion. If you’re passionate about what you do, you’ll inevitably be good at it, because you’ll always strive to be better. And Viberate is my passion. Here we have a really ambitious, unique project that’s giving every musician on the planet an equal opportunity to get into the spotlight and meet and learn from other people along the way. There’s no other platform like it.”If you’d like to chat to Sandra or any other community members, do hop on our Discord channel and drop us a line, folks — because this wraps up May 2020.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Contributor Spotlight: Ladies Step Forward was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 06. 17
The Team Is Back Together a...
From finishing up on our latest product to launching our spicy company video, May was all about celebrating the power of teamwork.Those who laugh together, stay together.To celebrate the return to our offices after lockdown and do the all-important catching-up, we kicked things off with a summer teambuilding. Because the best Friday feels often happen on a Monday, we did just that: prolonged the weekend to make the transition as smooth as possible.While on the topic of “smooth”: when it came to teambuilding exercises, our talents and demeanor probably brought new meaning to the word. Thanks to many Karaoke performances, dancing (or at least attempts at it), new idea pitches, and loads of various nonsense packed into a single Monday, we went home reassured that we’re all still completely bonkers.Reunited, and it feels so good.Mo’ claims, mo’ updates.We welcomed a new surge in notable profile claims on our platform, and introduced a couple of updates. Most notably, the platform now allows sign-ins with a Google account, transitions in search options are even smoother, and we’ve also improved a couple of Contribution features and notifications. Next on the task list are a couple of other “facelifts”, so June will be busy as ever.Oh, and did we mention that we made another “most promising startup” list? Here we are in the good company of nine other Slovenian companies.10 most promising Slovenian startups to watch in 2020Beta testing of Viberate PRO is about to begin.There were updates aplenty, but perhaps the most anticipated one was… drumroll… the beta version of our new analytics tool becoming ready for testing. In just two weeks, we’ve received more than 1000 applications for Viberate PRO beta testers, with interested users ranging from artists and organizers, to managers and media. UMEK, too, made sure to spread the word about it.This initial feedback is what excites us the most, as it proves that people are ready to welcome serious changes in the music biz.Here’s a sneak peek into some of the features the new tool will bring.Viberate PRO: The 5 Best Things You’re in ForCheck out our team video!Not to brag too much, but our long-awaited company video has turned out awesomely. If you haven’t read all about our story yet, click on the video below and have a peek at our lovely office and the people in it.https://medium.com/media/4624afcae0670819a4c4eefb84e0fa57/hrefThat wraps up May and sets June off to a great start. Stay tuned for more!https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |The Team Is Back Together and Work Has Never Been Better was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 06. 09
Viberate PRO: The 5 Best Th...
Here’s why Viberate PRO analytics might change the way artists and other music pros take their next career steps.In the music industry, as well as in any other, having a well-planned strategy is winning half the battle. To help artists, managers, event organizers, label owners and other music pros make informed, data-driven decisions, we’ve created Viberate PRO.Viberate PRO is an upcoming analytics tool, designed to give music pros relevant insights — starting with insights into the music data of over 100,000 artists worldwide. Its goal is to become the go-to decision-making tool for industry players, as its data and functionalities will help professionals make less risky decisions, and assist in outlining artists’ game plans for growing their careers.With beta trials kicking off shortly, took this time to give you an exclusive look into 5 of Viberate PRO’s most promising features.#1 Unique charts that go beyond Superstar namesThere’s more to charts than seeing the same famous names over and over.Wondering which, say, Australian Tech House acts were the most popular on SoundCloud in the last month? Simply refine your search with the help of filters. You can narrow down your results by “Country”, “Genre”, and “Subgenre”, sort the chart by popularity and channel parameters (Instagram likes, Shazams, SoundCloud plays, Deezer fans etc.), and arrange it according to the desired timeline: last 30 days, last 3 months, last year, or all-time.The charts can offer insights that are more locally relevant, and allow for in-depth research of an artist’s impact on their (sub)genre.You will notice that PRO charts display unique rankings: Viberate popularity. This is the PRO charts’ default sorting and shows how an artist is performing both online and offline (as objectively as it gets). No other platform has a system like this in place — but let’s leave explaining the details to one of the next blogs.#2 Get insights into artists’ career healthMonitoring performance across streaming and social networks is only the beginning. Viberate PRO also includes another original indicator, “career health”.“Career health” is designed to overview an artist’s performance on their social media and streaming channels, and the “weight” of their network connections. The premise is simple: the more regularly you engage your fans, the more consistent your track plays are, and the more notable industry names follow you, the healthier and better your career is.To make the resulting picture more relevant, an artist’s career health is only compared with similar artists in the (sub)genre. This means that, say, UMEK’s monthly performance will not be compared to that of Slayer or Marshmello, but rather Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, and other Techno artists with chart positions similar to UMEK’s.#3 Learn about artists’ fanbases and possibilities to grow themAssessing artists by the number of social media followers is a thing of the past. What a successful artist needs is an engaged fanbase, as engagement can potentially be translated into ticket and album sales.Viberate PRO not only gives a quick (and graphic) overlook of how an artist’s fanbase is distributed throughout their social media and streaming channels, but also how well-engaged these fans are, and what content they react to the most.This allows for several interesting insights: artists and managers can analyse and compare their own and other artists’ content to get new ideas, while event organizers, labels and other pros can see how influential certain artists are. Proving your fanbase is engaged, involved and potentially eager to come see you play live just might become a tipping point for your future bookings.#4 See where in the world the artists are being listened to, and what gigs they playSure, with the internet, the entire world is a stage — but when it comes to finding the perfect match for your local gig, insights into audience and local relevance are more than valuable. This is why we also included audience maps and overviews, allowing users to research which artists are popular in a certain country and where an artist’s YouTube and Spotify listeners come from.What’s more, Viberate PRO also makes planning these gigs a little easier, as it displays an overview of an artist’s previous detected gigs, so the info on the average venue sizes and event types they can handle is also already there. Before you ask, yes, we also covered the “portfolio” part by including a list of each artist’s most notable detected events played.#5 Get new collab ideas by exploring Network respectBesides checking out artists’ stats and network for content ideas, their connections can also spark ideas for new collaborations. Viberate PRO makes combing through the follower network easier, as it sorts out and highlights the most influential and relevant artist names, tells you who follows whom, and displays which social media channels these connections are happening on.https://medium.com/media/c59a49fb1677aeed2ea185423587459b/hrefAs a strong, star-studded professional network is usually a sign of peer respectability, new rising stars can also be discovered this way. Of course, this is just scratching the surface. There’s heaps of data and ideas waiting to be explored, hopefully making the long-awaited return of live music events a bit smoother for everyone.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Viberate PRO: The 5 Best Things You’re in For was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 06. 04
Who is Viberate?
Meet the people with the passion, and the team with the plan.It started with a simple “F#!& it, let’s do this!” And here we are, five years later, a bunch of talented, dedicated and crazy enthusiasts, building the world’s greatest live music platform, and spreading our passion with the help of a growing worldwide community.We do the work because we love it. We care for music and the people who make it happen. This is why we’re building both the platform and our data-powered services, and this is why we’re putting extra work into gathering insightful stories and tips from the experts in the field. We want to take out the complicated stuff and make it easier for the artists, organizers, and other music pros to focus on the job they love.Because it’s their jobs that make the world better. They create the tracks, the videos, and above all, the concerts and sets that we have no problem staying up for until 3 AM and discuss in detail over lunch the next day. It’s what connects us. And it’s time we made music connections better for the industry as well. Live gigs are slowly returning, bands will resume touring, and the least we can do is help the right people match up and create the best possible live experience.That’s our spark and our mission. And here’s our story in the video.https://medium.com/media/4624afcae0670819a4c4eefb84e0fa57/hrefAlways going forward, we’re on our path to shaking things up globally. Are you with us?https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Who is Viberate? was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 06. 01
Navigate the Industry Like ...
Fresh out of the oven & here for your taste-test: our new analytics tool.Look, you don’t have to be an undercover robot to enjoy numbers and charts (or at least that’s what we’ve been told). Being well-informed is simply a smart strategy for anything in life. While listening to hot gossip at album launch parties is a sure-fire way to learn a thing or two about the industry, real data is still a more reliable source of info.Now, imagine having access to the info of over 100,000 musicians. We’re not talking their home address, of course, but info on their streaming performance, their Instagram likes, popularity charts, the whole online shebang. Done imagining? Because now you can try it out for real.Enter: Viberate PROAfter months of tinkering, we’re ready for the beta tryouts. Viberate PRO has been designed to bring data-based insights to all the musicians, organizers and their teams out there, and to assist them in making smart business decisions.What artists gain with Viberate PROWith insights into fanbases and audiences, artists and their teams can easily monitor performance across different channels, understand their markets better, and manage their careers with solid info. Additional cool features are in the pipeline, but more on that later.What’s in it for the organizers?Organizers can gain insights into artists’ chart positions and popularity, and compare them to other similar artists more easily. Like a cool wingman for the organizer’s intuition, Viberate PRO will help them score the best match for an upcoming gig.https://medium.com/media/52dec426e85063fdb750b66b06fdc61b/hrefGet in our beta roster!If you’d like to be the first to take the new Viberate PRO out for a spin, go apply for early access. We’ll make it worth your while.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Navigate the Industry Like a Pro was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 05. 14
Contributor Insights: The W...
We’re not a fashion mag, but we do have some hot takes. Dive into the second overview of our contributor community.You don’t need us to tell you how, um, interesting March and April turned out to be. What we can tell you, though, is that our community saw quite a bit of progress and continues to be overwhelmingly positive. Let’s take a closer look.OverviewIf creating order and mapping the music world were among your New Year’s resolutions, you aren’t alone. Since the beginning of the year, more than 2500 new contributors have joined our ranks. Good to have you, guys!Looking at the countries you contribute to the most, the United States is the most covered so far, followed by a couple of European countries, Canada, and Latin and South America. The map below shows the 20 countries with the most contributions and can give you new ideas on where in the world to explore next, add new findings, and earn some sweet points.Contributor SpotlightDid you notice that some contributors like to communicate with each other by changing their nicknames? We think that’s pretty creative. Especially since these “renamers” are a couple in real life. Talk about #couplegoals, huh?A special shout-out goes to Be Yourself, a newcomer from Venezuela who joined our community mid-March and has already made her way to the very top. She finished second in April with 255453 points. Good going!This round’s top contributors with the Godlike Badge, OneOffFan Inc. and Andresqui👽, come from different sides of the world. Their editing specialty seems to be Events, but making Artist profiles shine is not that far behind. Check out their stats below.What’s New & in the PipelineYou guys seem to like the new Task feature in your overview section and are showering the selected profiles with extra attention. Thank you! The feature will be evolving regularly and you’ll be the first to know about any new perks.In the meantime, start moving those champagne bottles towards the fridge, as the freshly revamped and updated Contribution landing page is coming up soon, so celebrations will be in order.Tips & TricksIn case you missed our last newsletter (be sure to sign up below if you’re not receiving it yet!), here’s this month’s hottest tip: social presence is crucial, so be sure to consider this when you’re adding or editing links:1/ Active profile.All links must be active and must display content. Social platforms must show activity in the last 3 years. Example: The artist is currently performing/making/posting music.2/ Accurate data.Make sure that the links you’re adding belong to the artist or venue. Example: In case of bands, only add band links, not band members’ links.Who’s Who at Viberate?This time around, say hi to our “resident music geek”, genre scientist Nik, who’s been honing our genre and subgenre system and has been overseeing the accuracy of your edits since the very beginning.Even though he’s an audio engineer and a hobby DJ (btw, his biggest fan at one time was an 80-year-old gentleman who came to his every afternoon nu-jazz set), Nik believes he’s learnt the most about genres and music through everyday experience. “When I work on our database, I’m always listening to the artists I’m adding or editing. If I stumble upon an artist or track I really like, or a sound I’ve never heard before, I then spend literal days in my off-time digging through entire discographies.”“I like fusion and experiments in music, especially tracks that are hard to define genre-wise. Lately, I jam to Moses Sumney’s ‘Cut Me’.”In his words, invention in music is always exciting, but baffling at certain points. “The most interesting new genre for me is Brazilian ‘Funk Carioca’. Every part of the track sounds offbeat, but like magic, it works when put together. And the most bizarre new subgenre I’ve come across is ‘Post-Teen Pop’. So… it’s just ‘adult pop’? I don’t think every small difference should merit the creation of a new (sub)genre. But that’s just me.”And just like that, our overview is done & dusted! Make sure you keep an eye on your inbox for our newsletter, and make “extra sure” to continue being awesome.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Contributor Insights: The Who’s Who of Spring 2020 was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 05. 13
New Milestones, New Service...
While the worldwide lockdown continues, our online lives are as busy as ever. In April, we launched a service that helps musicians track their online performance, and even calculated some stats about ourselves.But that’s not all that happened in the past month. Here’s the longer list:Viberate among the best European startupsWe were proud and delighted to see our name on Seedtable’s recent list of “European tech startups to watch in 2020”. Being in the company of other renowned names, such as SoundCloud, N26 and of course Eligma, is always a good sign we’re doing something right.121 Best European Startups to Watch in 2020 | SeedtableFastStats — music industry stats monitoring made simpleTo help artists stay on top of their online presence (which is now as important as ever), we’ve created FastStats. Like the name suggests, it’s a service designed for easy cross-channel monitoring of fan and follower growth, which brings Viberate data together in an easy-to-use dashboard.With FastStats, we hope to help artists and their teams better manage their time and efforts and get back to securing gigs as soon as possible. Of course, the service is free and can be used on mobile or desktop.Read more about it in Miha’s recent blog:Introducing FastStats, Easy Social & Streaming Monitoring for MusiciansOver 100 editorial articles publishedAnother important milestone in terms of content is publishing 100 articles on our platform. Over the course of the past few months, our editorial team was tireless at researching, interviewing and creating, all to bring interesting, in-depth insights and valuable first-hand advice to our users.Here’s the celebrated 100th article: an interview with IDMA-nominated Trance artist Alessandra Roncone, in which she discusses her career and also gives some pointers to up-and-coming DJs and producers.Alessandra Roncone: Don't Expect Only the Optimal OutcomeOur own isolation statsLast but not least, we decided to have some fun while crunching numbers and updating the platform, so we did an internal survey of our home office habits and decisions during distancing.Here’s a taste of the stats.What came out was a fun and quirky dive into our everyday life, which covered almost everything from our style choices to binging on “Tiger King”. Plus, we also put together a go-to playlist. See for yourself:Viberate in Numbers: How Are We Handling the Distancing?April was busy, but we promise May will bring even more good stuff, which will be revealed right here. Stay tuned.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |New Milestones, New Service and All Those Stats was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 05. 07
Introducing FastStats, Easy...
Building and growing a fanbase is essential if you want to be a successful musician. To help artists stay on top of their online performance, we’ve created FastStats.A strong social media presence, combined with efficient promotion of tracks on streaming services, is one of the most valuable assets an artist can have today. The second most valuable asset is time — and figuring out what the fans want can take up a lot of it.Stay on top of fans and followers with one convenient toolTo help artists better manage their time and efforts, we’ve introduced FastStats. It’s a free and simple service that brings our Viberate data together and allows artists and their managers to easily monitor the artist’s performance across 7 channels.Easily switch between weekly or monthly view.With FastStats, you can dig into Spotify listeners, Instagram likes, YouTube views, Shazams and more. Like the name suggests, the service allows fast insights into fanbase dynamics and follower growth.How to use FastStatsIf you’re a musician, your profile is probably already on the Viberate platform. Simply log in and find your social media and streaming accounts already connected in the dashboard. You can add any missing or additional channels and our team will review all the entries for confirmation. You can start tracking your stats immediately via desktop or mobile.Networking is essentialNetworking in the music industry is a must. You can monitor your existing and new artist connections in FastStats as well and see which channels work in your favour.Share your dashboard with your teamShare the load by sharing the board. You can invite and add up to 5 people to your dashboard, allowing your manager, agent, social media creator or other trusted team members to tap into the numbers and see what your fans respond to.We’re staying proactive so you can be active and follow your vision more easily. Check out FastStats now and remain steadily on track.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Introducing FastStats, Easy Social & Streaming Monitoring for Musicians was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 04. 30
Viberate in Numbers: How Ar...
The time must come for every music data company to turn its analytical eye on itself. We present: our isolation stats.It’s now week 7 of our home office life, and in between crunching numbers, Zoom marathons and deadline sprints, we decided to sniff out (OK, not literally) some interesting stats about ourselves as well. As always, our marketing team went for the dirty details. Are we eating too much? When was the last time anyone’s worn jeans? And of course — what are we jamming to?Here’s what we found out:👙 RIP Beach BodiesWe’re bound to get heavier, as we’re eating way more.On the other hand, a good percent of us have discovered a passion for jogging, working out, and generally putting tracksuits to their intended purpose, so statistically, the office chairs need not fear our return.🎸 Rocking AroundSpeaking of heavy stuff: when it comes to music, our developers and data/support team seem to currently enjoy heavier riffs, especially Iron Maiden. The majority of jokers can be found in the product department, and by “jokers” we mean people who swear they can’t get enough of “Never Gonna Give You Up” or “10 Hours of Celestial White Noise”. They probably get along great with whomever it is in the marketing department who jams to “Tibetan flute music”, though.The majority of us have watched at least one music livestream or an artist’s online performance. If there’s a set worthy of an extra shoutout, it’s UMEK’s ReConnect set we’ve already written about.🧘 Netflix & ChillAlong with the Zoom marathons, we love series marathons as well. Still, when it comes to “Tiger King”, only half of us have seen it.Did the panic-buying of toilet paper and any of the bonkers conspiracy theories affect us? Doesn’t look like it, as we’re still reportedly very chill…at least when we’re not trolling our Facebook friends.🧨 Last but Not Least: Our Playlist!You didn’t think we were just going to casually mention our (weird) jams without giving you a taste, did you? When we surveyed our music tastes, several team members volunteered their go-to isolation songs, so behold: our weird and wonderful Viberate Isolation Tracks Playlist.Will it bring extra cheer to your day? We hope so. Like we like to say: “Issa vibe!”https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Viberate in Numbers: How Are We Handling the Distancing? was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 04. 28
Add, Cred and Edit: How We ...
Coming up with new ideas all the time is pretty much one of the commandments of modern business. But is that really all that it takes to succeed? Our project is proving otherwise.Sure, some motivation is always welcomed, and agility can help you get ahead, but when it comes down to it, constant pressure to create is usually just that: pressure.You’ve probably experienced a form of it during this lockdown period, too: on social media, for example, where a barrage of posts is telling you to take action. Pick up a new hobby, impress with today’s challenge, get out of your comfort zone… as though the current circumstances don’t already call for being more comfortable and OK with whatever you’re doing.Pressure doesn’t always create diamonds, and that insight inspired our improved contribution features.The challengeOnce you register on Viberate, you’re prompted to start adding artists, venues, events and festivals around you, or the up-and-coming artists you like. Sure, no biggie. But what happens after you’ve added every new entity you can think of?https://medium.com/media/c8aa587c6bba923dc42daf2c0530bcc4/hrefWhen we discussed upgrading and improving the contribution experience with our community, we found that some contributors simply get stuck after a while. Like many creative thinkers will tell you, encouraging people to re-examine and explore existing ideas will lead to generating new ones more easily. In gaming terms, sometimes it’s having “quests” that’s the best part.The hackWith help from our support team, we introduced Tasks. Now, each contributor can open their “My Contribution” section and receive sets of 3 profiles that need editing and updating. Finding and fixing outdated links is our first priority, as the Artist profiles are all about up-to-date and verified content. And since there’s well over 1.5 million profiles on the platform, you can imagine that the “supply” doesn’t run out quickly.Tasks can be found in each contributor’s “My Contribution” section.Soon, these task suggestions will also be modified to fit a contributor’s music taste even better, which we hope will also help their never-ending music discovery.The benefitsHaving a strong community that tirelessly pieces together the worldwide music puzzle (over 6,500 edits in March alone!) is a rare privilege. Besides rewarding their valuable time and effort with badges and goodies, it’s these seemingly simple features that truly work wonders for engagement and satisfaction. After all, being skilled in editing also brings you points and extra “cred”, so focusing your energy into perfecting existing stuff is just as important and valuable as chasing new things all the time.Kind of how it works with everything in life, isn’t it?https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Add, Cred and Edit: How We Improved Engagement with Focused Tasks was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 04. 20
And the IDMA goes to…
And the IDMA Goes to…That should be the beginning of an exciting evening, in the pool area of Faena District’s Generator hotel during this year’s Winter Music Conference in Miami. Shorts, flip-flops, and the first mojito of many that night. The standard Miami vibe we in the music industry look forward to throughout the year.But then someone decided it would be a great idea to eat some bat sashimi, so instead of getting a head start on sunburns, we’re now stuck at home, watching Tiger King (which, by the way, is the best thing that has happened during the quarantine, if not this whole crappy year).https://medium.com/media/2bf266b4c987f918d619e44a0cb2bc7f/hrefPierced gay redneck tiger tamers aside, the winners of the International Dance Music Awards were announced recently, and we congratulate them.Here’s how we picked the nominees.The IDMA committee sent over the artist-based categories (genre- and gender-specific), and the first thing to do was to filter and group the artists that belonged in each of them. That narrowed the selection down to a little over 100 thousand artists, but that was the easy part. The hard part was ranking them according to their online popularity.Step one: ranking.Simply counting likes and followers wouldn’t yield good results, so we first needed to reduce various key performance indicators (KPIs), such as Twitter and Instagram followers, Facebook likes, and YouTube subscribers, to a single, synthetic KPI. Picture stuffing apples, oranges, strawberries, melons, and broccoli into one basket, and somehow turning them all into carrots.https://medium.com/media/26bed38936759959c498640f4a1afbf1/hrefStep two: examining fans, gigs, and networks.To pick the five nominees in each category, we then looked into how big their fanbase on all those channels was in the beginning of 2019, and how it grew month-by-month. This gave us a good foundation for determining an artist’s popularity, based on what they had accrued through the years and on how dynamic their growth had been throughout 2019.But wait, the statistical acrobatics don’t end there! To spice it all up, we added data from events, and for the final touch, threw in a pinch of peer network analysis. Here, we looked at the profiles of each artist’s followers and singled out the musicians. The stronger the profile of your followers (meaning the more famous your follower artist is), the bigger the chances of getting nominated.Step three: picking the 5 best acts in 16 categories.The final result was a highly relevant list of crème-de-la-crème Electronic music artists. We threw the nominees to the voters, much like Carole Baskin threw her husband to the tigers, and you can check the winners here.For all the Electronic trends and insights we picked up in the process (and designed smashingly, may I add), be sure to check out this IQ Mag article.2019 Under the Microscope: Who was on top in electronic music? | IQ MagazineAnd for that extra kick of motivation, check out what advice IDMA nominees have on tackling the Covid-19 crisis.Tackle Covid-19 Like an IDMA Nomineehttps://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |And the IDMA goes to… was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 04. 09
Keeping Our Distance — but ...
Keeping Our Distance — but Not From Our GoalsWhat a year March was, huh? It’s times like these that really put your ability to think on your feet to the test. Luckily for us, we’re a tech startup, so we know how to shuffle fast: we set up home offices, pushed forward, and even put together a festival monitoring service, practically overnight.Online fun timeMaintaining the social distance didn’t stop us from having fun in our team meetings. Here’s a glimpse into our virtual sessions — and thereby our minds. While some of us transformed our workstations into space stations, others went to paradise beaches, or simply went gaga. The gamers got ready for their evening sessions, and a select few kept in mind their traditional weekly after-work meetup at the nearby gas station. Now that’s team spirit!You know, business as usual.Fans ReConnect with UMEKMeanwhile, our co-founder DJ UMEK was also hard at work. Joining the music industry’s initiatives to move live gigs online during the pandemic, he dropped two Techno sets from his home studio, one via Kurzschluss Clubbing’s “Party from Home” stream, and one via Beatport’s “ReConnect” Global Livestream. While we lol’d at the viewers’ comments both times (“Hey, this is ideal for us older ravers — we can party AND have someone watch over the kids.” or “Guys, keep hitting your light switch for that strobe effect!”), we also couldn’t help but admire the poster on his wall. When the eyes of the global community are on you, use the ad space wisely!Check out UMEK’s ReConnect set HERE.Staying on top of COVID-19 like only we canAs Vasja explained in this Blockchain Alliance Europe article, Viberate can’t really create a cure for the coronavirus — but we can create a service that utilizes data to everyone’s advantage. As soon as large music festivals like Ultra and Coachella announced their cancellations, we hacked together Sick Festivals to assist festival-goers with their plans, and to alert both the public and the media about the enormous revenue loss the industry is bound to suffer.Spreading the word, not the virus.For more on the subject, check out Matej’s recent blog post.Live Music Industry Hit Hard by Coronavirus: Our New Service Monitors the ImpactSick Festivals soon gained traction, and was also mentioned in this in-depth Forbes article about the fallout musicians are facing right now.The Heartbreaking Cost For Musicians As COVID-19 Stops The MusicWhat else is new?The “canceled/postponed” filters and tags you see on the Sick Festivals site have, of course, also been added to our Viberate platform, which also saw a couple of tweaks. Most notably, we improved the contributor section and updated the “Hot Right Now” section with a new design for Spotify tracks.Although our Zoom shenanigans may suggest otherwise, we’re as hard at work as ever. It’s impossible for anyone to accurately predict what the following months will bring, but we promise we’ll do everything in our power to help bring the situation back to normal as fast as possible. New specialized products and services are already in the works, and we’ll roll them out as soon as all this is over.Stay safe and keep your spirits up. 2020 won’t get the best of us if we all give our best.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Keeping Our Distance — but Not From Our Goals was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 04. 02
Live Music Industry Hit Har...
Music festivals are increasingly among those affected by Covid-19. To help everyone stay on top of things, we’ve created Sickfestivals.com, where anyone can easily track which festivals have been canceled, which ones postponed, and what that means for the industry.It started as a local outbreak, but was soon felt as global unease. The music industry wasn’t exempt in dealing with the aftermath of the pandemic prevention measures. If you were wondering just how fast the situation changed, simply ask our colleague DJ UMEK, who experienced the switch in a matter of hours: “I played on the Resistance stage at Ultra in Melbourne and Sydney, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. When I landed back home and turned my phone back on, most of my upcoming gigs had already disappeared from my calendar. That was when I realized how serious this outbreak had become.”Because things got so serious so fast, we quickly put together Sickfestivals.com. As it’s up to all of us to do whatever we can to manage the damage, we’ve created a comprehensive list of festivals that have been officially canceled or postponed. Sourced from around 5000 festivals in our Viberate database, the list is reliably updated daily with those affected, and will be upgraded further with other relevant stats.If your festival is not on the list, check out Viberate.com. It’s either unaffected, or no changes have been announced yet.With our current version, visitors can sort the festivals alphabetically, according to their online popularity, or according to the public reaction to the regretful news, expressed by the “Saddy McSadface” emoji. We’re not making light of the situation — we hope these public “tears of support” will show the hard-working organizers that the world appreciates their concerns.Why did we do it?All these cancellations and rearranged dates put unimaginable economic and psychological strain on not only the performing artists, event organizers, and the teams involved, but also on anyone with flights, hotels, and festival tickets already booked and paid for months in advance. Sure, we’re mostly home-bound these days, but that doesn’t mean we should waste hours searching for the latest info in order to get our bookings refunded in time.Moreover, with a comprehensive list, it’ll be easier to monitor just how huge the impact on the industry will be.What do the cancellations mean for the industry?The anticipated fallout goes far beyond worrying whether we’ll be allowed to party at the seaside this summer or not. As the production costs of a mega-sized festival easily exceed $100M, we’re talking billions of dollars out the window.We’ll keep monitoring the stats closely on our website.Here’s what we know so far:- Over 300 music festivals have already been affected (for updated numbers, check Sickfestivals), 48 of them in the US alone.- At least 1.3M people will be unable to attend their favorite festival. We’re talking visitors to the 20 most popular music festivals on our platform, so we expect the final number to be much, much higher.- At least $5.5B in total revenue is expected be lost by all festival stakeholders. By that we mean the aggregated economic effect on festival organizers, vendors, and the teams involved. This calculation was made at the time of writing, so it is expected to increase as things develop.The situation seems dire, to say the least. The good news is: the music industry is coping and adapting as always. Thanks to their always-hectic schedules, festival professionals are quick to think on their feet and react, and artists who’ve lost their upcoming gigs are creatively turning to online services to keep in touch with their fans, which now seems more valuable than ever.To try and soften the impact of this situation, Viberate is already implementing new solutions for industry professionals out there, and we’ll update you on them as soon as possible. Together, we can come out stronger.Stay tuned, but most of all — stay safe and stay home.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Live Music Industry Hit Hard by Coronavirus: Our New Service Monitors the Impact was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 03. 24
In the Spotlight: Viberate ...
From winning the coveted Godlike Contributor Badge and promotions, to strengthening the music industry during times of global challenges — now is our time to shine.As the music industry faces unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, our mission of helping artists, venues, events and festivals thrive is more important than ever. This ongoing music revolution would not be possible without you, our global community of hero contributors.https://medium.com/media/09e68e2afeae42baf7318c0062e945f2/hrefThis is the first in a series of columns in which we’ll keep you up to date with contributor achievements, present interesting developments, and provide tips on becoming an even more successful contributor. Let’s go, shall we?OverviewAs the number of contributors grows, so does the network. This year alone, more than 31,000 new and confirmed data points landed in our database, and the added artists will soon be measured in millions.The majority of contributions are in the Rock genre (24%), followed by Pop (15%) and Electronic (12%). See your most popular entries below.You guys Rock!Contributor SpotlightIn September 2019, we implemented a system with four different types of badges that let anyone see who the superstar contributors are. This system is fair and allows every “newbie” to climb all the way up to the holy grail of badges, the Godlike Contributor Badge. When you get it, it means that you’re pretty much the best in (music) class.Two contributors, 2☼2☼ (edit: now known as (◔ ͜ʖ◔)👍) and Matjaž f, have gone all in and won the badge already. So far, and at the time of writing this column, they’ve earned more than 31,000 and 61,000 points respectively in March alone, with our sun-loving user adding and editing artists, while Matjaž’s specialty are events. Check out their favorite genres and some other facts below. Thank you, guys, you’re absolutely crushing it!All in a day’s work 💪Turn badge collection into pro status.The higher the points, the better the badges, and the better the chance for you to become one of our pro contributors and turn your hobby into a full-time job. For tips and tricks, follow in the footsteps of Camilo Bernheim, one of our 50 professionals.https://www.viberate.com/article/five-reasons-why-music-contributors-are-the-heroes-behind-the-scenesAlso, have you read about Alan from Slovenia, who can tell the genre of a band just by looking at the logo? Alan is the star of our new column called “Spotted”, where we introduce our most dedicated contributors and highlight their work, which never goes unnoticed.Spotted: A Bit of Punk, Some Metalcore, and Good Old RockWhat’s New and in the Pipeline?We’ve just introduced an upgraded version of our contributors charts, which is now the same as the Artist List view page. This means that now, every single contributor is listed, not just the top 10.We’ve also modified the rewards system for our top contributors. Just like before, the top 20 contributors are rewarded, but the potential rewards for the top 3 places have increased in value, as you can see in the detailed table below.Coming up soon — a new feature in your profile’s overview section. With it, you’ll be prompted to undertake tasks, in other words, you’ll see which IDs need editing. We’ll focus on artists and venues first, meaning you’ll have the chance to get new entities to edit simply by clicking a button.Tips & TricksWhile we want to make sure that different parts of the globe get a fair share of our attention, there will always be countries and cities that need some extra love.In this first round, please apply your best editing skills to add new venues from Sacramento, California, Anaheim, California, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Who’s Who at Viberate?Last but not least, we’re sure you’d like to know more about who takes care of you on our end. First up to say “hi” is Jožica, our invaluable core team member and contributor point of contact.‘’I never treat anyone as a number, but rather as an interesting individual,’’ Jožica says.“Joži” has been with us for over two years now, and she gets to correspond with many contributors, especially the ones who make it to the top 20. ‘’Thanks to contributors, I’ve expanded my music taste, as they always suggest new artists from different genres. They also make our work much easier, as they know our site quite well, so sometimes they’re the first to notice a bug and contact us.’’Being a huge Pearl Jam fan, Jožica hopes to attend their concert in Budapest in July: ‘’Almost a decade ago, I saw them in Prague, which was the best concert of my life. So far, it hasn’t been canceled, so I hope it will remain on the calendar!’’… and that’s a wrap for our first post. Until next time, continue being awesome!https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |In the Spotlight: Viberate Contributors was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 03. 17
Eventim Makes It Cheaper fo...
Unless you specialize in organizing festivals exclusively for the Amish, you’ve probably thought about having your own mobile app. Let’s leave the posters and brochures to the boomers and talk real business.Our platform currently features around 5,000 festivals of all shapes and sizes, all neatly marked on the world map and presented with very comprehensive profiles. Visitors can find everything that matters on the profiles: venue information, ticket links, amenities, nearby accommodation, highlights, and, most importantly, the lineup.There’s lots of gems under the hood.All the info in one place: the festivalgoer’s pocket.All that information is easily pushed into a mobile app. If you have a festival, all you have to do is claim or create your profile on Viberate (your festival’s profile is most likely already there), fill out any missing information, and start talking app with us. Normally, an app for iOS and Android made from scratch would cost anywhere from €30k upwards. Not with us. We charge an annual subscription at a fraction of that cost, and the content you need is basically already all there. But it gets better!Our new partnership is good news for the entire Adriatic region.https://medium.com/media/2faa734a0253b66296489539157c2a33/hrefWe’ve just partnered up with Eventim in the Adriatic region, and together, we bring festival-owners even closer to a mobile app: Eventim will cover 50% of the subscription cost for the first year for festivals that will sell tickets through their system. Cool, right?To check out other app highlights, head to my previous blog post:Every Music Festival Needs an App — and Here’s WhyInterested already? Drop us a line and we’ll get back to you.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |Eventim Makes It Cheaper for Festivals to Get a Tailor-made App was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 03. 11
New Partnerships and Other ...
Despite February being the shortest month, we managed to squeeze in more than enough developments to make this monthly report as interesting as possible. Here’s what we’ve been itching to tell you.Good news for regional festival ownersWe’re proud to announce our partnership with Eventim, the leading ticket provider in the Adriatic region. Together, we are making exciting Festival Apps deals (and other opportunities) for festival owners, aiming to make the scene more digitalized, and the live music experiences even better. We’ll reveal all the juicy details soon.We nominated the hottest Electronic acts of 2019For the second year in a row, the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) trusted us to select the nominees for the artist-based categories. We picked the top 5 artists in each category, based on their online popularity and growth in the past year. We’re not talking basic likes and follower numbers, but KPIs such as fanbase growth, peer support, and gigs performed. The winners, selected by public vote, will be announced at the Winter Music Conference, where our Vasja will also hold a panel with prominent industry names.Read more about it in his latest blog post:See You in MiamiTune into podcastsNot only did we gain quite a bit of traction in the media world with the way we crunched the numbers for IDMA, we also attracted the attention of a couple of awesome podcasts. Vasja, our nr. 1 speaker, explains what Viberate does today, how we keep artists’ profiles up-to-date, and reveals plans to make our platform the world’s biggest marketplace for underrepresented artists to be discovered by promoters.180 - The IMDb of the Music Industry - with Vasja Veber of ViberateHundreds of new claims to fameThroughout February, we were happy to see the number of newly claimed profiles climb into the hundreds, among them legendary names such as Techno king Carl Cox, Drum and Bass stalwarts Black Sun Empire, metal heavyweights The Black Dahlia Murder, and funk-metal iconoclasts Living Colour.As one of our objectives is helping artists grow and connect, we asked some of these freshly joined artists about career advice they’d like to share. Our editorial team thus covered Sound & Shape’s rock ’n’ roll life on the road, Mike Williams’ thoughts on social media, KOAN Sound’s views on creativity, and more.Exclusive Interview: "The New Decapitated Will Be a Tribute to the Old Gods"Mike Williams: "Send Your Tracks to the Artists, not Labels"Djibril Cissé: From Football Star to Rising DJKOAN Sound: To Create a Masterpiece, Switch Reason OffMuch more lies in store for us this month and the rest of the year, so be sure to stay tuned, while we continue to rock ’n’ roll!https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/href| Viberate.com |Instagram| Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit |New Partnerships and Other Good News was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 03. 04
See You in Miami
When we started Viberate, we said we’ll have our own award show someday. Now we have one. Well, almost.Here’s our co-founder UMEK with the IDMA for Best Techno Artist he snatched a couple of years ago.For the second year in a row, we were in charge of selecting the nominees for the artist-based categories at the International Dance Music Awards. We picked the top 5 artists in each category, based on their online popularity and growth in the past year. We went well beyond just counting likes and followers, because anyone can buy those.The nominees were selected with the help of five main KPIs:· Fanbase (actually counting likes and followers)· Fan growth· Engagement (a real audience is an engaged audience)· Network (peer support)· Events (every gig counts)The result is a highly relevant list of the hottest artists of 2019. However, the winners will be decided by a public vote. You can cast yours here. We have a pretty good idea of who actually gained the most in the past year, and it will be interesting to see if we’ll get the same result by voting.To top it off, we’ll be hosting a panel at Winter Music Conference on March 18th (mainstage, baby!), where I’ll be moderating a discussion on using data to improve the chances of a breakthrough in the music industry. The panel will feature Emily Blake from Rolling Stone, Arabian Prince (N.W.A.), Andre Glanz from Napster, and Deniz Koyu (KO:YU).Save the date 📅If you’re there and want to connect, drop us a line and we’ll schedule a meeting. There may or may not be cocktails on those meetings, it’s Miami after all.https://medium.com/media/7c1d0381dcc5a9ce08824baf3417e55c/hrefSee You in Miami was originally published in Viberate blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
20. 02. 27