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Jun 12, 2017

Stay Connected With Newsletters

Staying in touch with fans via email is essential to any artist's success, and that's why we are excited to announce our newsletter feature upgrade. In this blog post, we will go over what's new and how best to use new features.

Before we dive into the fun stuff, keep in mind that to send newsletters, you'll need to set up email using BandVista and your domain name. If you do not have one already, log in to your account and visit the 'Mail' option at the top of your page, selecting 'mailboxes' and then add a mailbox you want to send from. All of your email addresses will be available to send from when setting up your newsletters.

Now that you know what email address you are sending from, it's now important to know who you're sending to. Email subscribers can join your list from your site if you have the newsletter widget enabled. You may also add email addresses by pasting them in or by uploading a CSV file. Make sure when you add the email address on your own, that they are valid subscribers that are expecting to hear from you. 

When adding a CSV file, you may also add custom fields that will allow a more advanced use of your fans both in the newsletter and in future product updates. Your spreadsheet may include first name, last name, email, and physical address. You'll be prompted to match these fields to your list during upload.

Make sure when you add the email address on your own, that they are valid subscribers that are expecting to hear from you. Otherwise, you are spamming, a violation of our terms of service.

Okay, now it's time for the fun stuff! You now have four templated options when sending newsletters, so let's dive right in to what each of them does.

Free Form

The free form option is great for sending plain text email updates to your fans. Customize your emails by adding a featured header image, and if you have your full contact information uploaded to BandVista, add a personal touch by adding the {firstName} wildcard in your introduction to address each of your fans by name.

This option also allows for HTML for custom newsletters you may want to send. To do this, simply click the 'source code' icon in your editor, where you can then paste your HTML. Keep in mind; you are responsible for any third party HTML you use.

Blog

As the name suggests, this templated option allows quick and easy delivery of your latest blogs to your fans. Select the blog you would like to email, and this option will automatically insert your text and featured image from the blog post. If you don't have a featured image on the page or want share something different in an email, you can upload a new image.

Upcoming Events

Keeping fans informed on where you'll be playing is probably the most important thing you can do, and this template makes that very easy. This template pulls from your current events calendar, so make sure to send it right away or schedule it once your calendar is up to date. This template shares everything your fans need to know, though links to your events on the page are included.

Store

Releasing a new track, or a new batch of merch ready to be mailed to fans? Send the store template to share items your fans might like to purchase.


We hope you like the new upgrade. If you need help using it or any feedback for us, chat with us online in your builder or give us a call at 1-877-875-4470.

Mar 22, 2017

Your Site is Secure

Making that most important connection between artist and fan is a top priority for all of us, and your website plays a key role in that. To help earn fan trust, we are happy to provide an extra layer of security by enabling HTTPS for all current BandVista platform powered sites. So lets review why this change as made and how it benefits you.

Added Security and Trust!

The added layer of security on your website insures all information entered through it is encrypted. While your login pages and eStore payments have been secure for a long time now, offering it site wide tells users everything they enter on your site will be. Adding that s at the end helps gain their trust when they see the green lock and secure text in all modern browsers.

Improved Search Results

Major search engines like Google indicate a ranking boost for sites that are secure. While that is only a modest signal to the search engines right now, all signs point to this being a more significant factor in the future.

It's FREE with BandVista

While purchasing certificates can range from $60-$250 per year, your BandVista powered websites come with this for FREE thanks in large part to Let's Encrypt, a free service our development team worked to implement on your behalf. The Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) works hard to help create a more secure and privacy-respecting web.

Thank you for powering your website with BandVista, and we look forward to sending you more feature rich updates in this blog very soon!

Oct 31, 2016

Earn More With Tip Jar!

Cash is quickly declining as a way to pay, with even the smallest items like a cup of coffee or a soda frequently charged to a card or through a mobile device. Even vending machines have card readers these days! This trend is terrible for your tip jar with fewer fans having cash on them while enjoying your music. 
 
Now's your chance to earn more with your online Tip Jar! Adding this new feature to your site allow fans to show their support while using their payment method of choice, Paypal, credit card, check or direct from their bank account. 
 
Adding a Tip Jar to your site is easy. From the site editor, simply drag and drop the feature to any page. Add any text you like to the Tip Jar. If you already have your Store configured, no further steps are required. If not, click into the feature and configure your store by verifying your Paypal address and the currency you would like to receive. 
 
Make sure to promote your new feature on social media and at your shows! 

 

Sep 20, 2016

Welcome to the Slideshow

Welcome to the slideshow! We just released a new feature that allows you to quickly and easily add a multi-image slideshow to your website.

Adding a slideshow is a great way to keep your site looking fresh and add some visual flair. Show off each member of the band, a new album release or different shots of your live performances. It literally takes just seconds to change up the look and feel of your site.

We offer three different configurations for the slideshow feature:

 

Carousel Fade: Select this for a smooth transition from one image to the next.

Carousel Slide: Each new image quickly slides from right to left.

Page Reload: This shows a new image each time a user reloads or visits a new page.

 

The video example below shows the 'Carousel Fade' setting, which is the most popular choice so far. Try each of them to see what works best for you!

To try your own slideshow:

 

1) Login to your account and click the change image option from your site editor, or navigate there by clicking design at the top and selecting the header images option.

2) Drag and drop new images or add to slider galleries from your existing media library. Create new galleries for later use, inserting them into the page when you are ready, and easily discard old galleries with the quick click of the remove button.

 

We'll be adding more to this feature in coming weeks and would love to hear your feedback on how we might improve this for your experience! Shoot us an email or give us a call if you have questions or comments.

 

 

Aug 02, 2016

5 Ways to Have an Unforgettable Show

One of the best ways to really set yourself apart from other bands and make a lasting impression on fans is by putting on a live show that is unforgettable. Providing a great show can make up for a multitude of shortcomings as well. If you don’t have to best vocals or best guitar solos around, a killer live performance can make up for that. Here are a few ways to bring your shows up to the next level:

 

Special Guests

Do you know anyone that performs in another local band, or just another artist that is popular locally. Consider bringing them on stage for a song or two as a special treat for the crowd. This simple act accomplishes a few different things. First, it makes that particular show special and unique from your other shows that the same crowd might have seen. Second, it makes people in the crowd feel like they are almost getting to attend two shows for the price of one! Lastly, it’s just fun for everyone to have some surprises tucked up your sleeve. No one likes going into a show knowing exactly what to expect.

 

Giveaways

Everyone loves free stuff. There is no exception to this rule. It could be anything t-shirts, posters, albums, picks, buttons; the possibilities are endless. You can do the giveaway in various different ways as well. You can have giveaways for the first or hundredth (or both) person at the show, random raffles, or simply make it all rain on the crowd during your show. Any way you do it, giveaways are sure to be a hit with everyone at the show.

 

Photo Booth

Having an area set up for photos is a really fun idea. Just pick a spot in the back to set up a backdrop and camera. You can have a laptop, tablet, or phone set up next to it to set up the timer that the show goers can operate themselves. Afterwards, you can have a mobile photo printer set up, or have an option display to have the photo emailed to the fans. It’s as simple as that. Bonus: Have a box of props set up at the photo booth for people to use in their photos. You can use anything from hats and signs to scarves and mustaches!   

 

Take Yourself Seriously

On a serious note, it is important that you take the show and yourself seriously during your performance. You need to make sure that you go into the show having had plenty of practice and rehearsal time. Everything should be tuned, set up, and ready when you get on stage ready to give it all. Play every show like your band’s future depends on it, and really focus on giving the crowd a show that they will walk away from and talk about for a long time.

 

Have Fun

Having said all that, make sure that you are having fun on stage. People can tell if you are not really into the set, and it’s going to set the mood for everyone there. Play up all your strengths and make sure to interact well with the crowd. Get them to participate and join in on the fun. After all that is why everyone is there in the first place: to hear some great music and have a good time!

May 04, 2016

Best of BandVista: Showcase Your Website

 

We love watching artists build industry level websites using our tools, and we want to help more of you do just that. So, if you are ready to take your online presence to the next level, now's the time to partner with our team as we search for the "Best of BandVista".

Best of BandVista site selections will have the opportunity to be showcased on BandVista.com and social media, earning you a little extra traffic for that much-improved website! Final selections will be made on Tuesday, May 31st, though we may share your site before that time if selected!

Think you already have the best site on our platform? Email support@bandvista.com with the subject "Best of BandVista" and a link to your website in the body.

Need some tips on what we are looking for? Here are five of the most important things to consider as you build. 

 

The Perfect Design 

With more than 100 designs available and more coming each month, BandVista offers a design that fits your needs now, and will continue to keep you in style well into the future. Since you can change easily and for free, try them all on for size! 

Adding a great featured image of you or your band is a must. Professional images are great if you have photographer lined up, but today’s phones work just fine. Having a clear, high res image has never been easier. Also, consider using one of our filters to make the image look better or to pair it with the design.

Login to try a new design

 

Let's Hear It

Adding tracks to your website is easily done by visiting your audio file manager where you can upload, or simply add your SoundCloud ID. From there, off to build your playlist and enable your audio player where your visitors will now have hours of listening pleasure. 

Login to add audio files

 

Time to Sell

Ready to start selling? We thought so. Setting up a store is easy to do, and you keep 100% of the profit. Sell downloadable music by the playlist or individual track, or mail hard copy CD's and merchandise. Add your Paypal email and build your catalog in minutes. 

Login to configure your store

 

Share Your Schedule

Arguably the most important feature for any performing band is the events calendar. Let fans know where they can catch you when playing public events or when you are booked up for private events. 

Login to add events

 

Connect with Social Media

There are so many platforms to keep up with! From Facebook to Instagram and everything in between, now's your chance to tie them all together by adding ready-made social icons with your corresponding links. 

 Login to add icons

 

Your fellow musicians are here to help with anything you need, so email or call us for assistance building a great presence for your band.

 

 

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