JO on the Cath Vincent Show

by John Oszajca on July 22, 2015

I recently had the pleasure of appearing on Season 2, Episode 9, of the Cath Vincent Show. A local New Zealand talk show geared towards entrepreneurs and the arts.

Cath and I have a quick chat about making music, making money, and making it happen.

I’m the first interview up and our talk lasts less than 10 minutes. But I thought it worth the share.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Hope you dig it!


Facebook Lead Ads – Game Changer?

by John Oszajca on June 29, 2015

Facebook Lead Ads

Facebook has just announced a new feature within their ad network that may just be a game changer for musicians like us. That is to say, musicians who understand that their success will directly correlate to the size of their mailing list.

The new feature allows advertisers (that’s you) to run ads with a “native lead capture flow” built into the ads themselves. There will be no need to click away to a third party site, or fill out any cumbersome forms (a real issue for mobile users). Just two clicks and you’ll have a new fan on your mailing list.

One can only imagine that this will also result in an increase in lead quality, as the email addresses passed on by Facebook will be the user’s Facebook address rather than some throwaway email address which many consumers dedicate to promotional content and newsletters.

Facebook’s ads will be able to auto-fill any of these pieces of information:

  • Full Name
  • Email
  • Street Address
  • Phone
  • Zip
  • City
  • State
  • Country
  • Company Name
  • Job Title

The feature has only been released to a small number of businesses while they go through a final round of beta testing. However development has been moving fast and it would seem likely that the feature will become more widely available soon. How soon is anyone’s guess.

A few legitimate points of concern…

1. Conversions Rates: Typically copy (the words you use on a landing page) is a major contributor to conversions. So with infinitely less digital real estate to work with, will a native lead capture form be as effective as taking people off site to your own landing page? It’s hard to say, and it’s something that will certainly require some testing. However, it’s hard to imagine that there won’t at least be some scenarios where the simpler process results in higher conversion rates, especially for more established acts who’s fan base will already be somewhat engaged.

2. Privacy: Certainly any feature that passes private information raises a number of privacy concerns. In an effort to protect users Facebook won’t just hand over the info the moment someone clicks on a subscribe button. Instead, users will have an opportunity to review the information that is being passed on and make edits before finalizing the submission. Additionally, users will see a privacy policy within the ad, and advertisers will be prohibited from selling the information to any third party.

3: Cost: If these ads do in fact lead to an increase in conversions they will be in high demand and it stands to reason that the price will go up. However if your conversion rate goes up your acquisition costs will go down. So presumably it will be a positive trade off that ultimately increases your bottom line. But only time will tell.

It’s too soon to say what impact this new feature will have on musicians. However with every new indie artist success story one thing becomes clear… the money is in the mailing list. So at the very least, this will be one more tool in your music marketing toolbox.

What do you think?

Is this a game changer for musicians, or will conversions suffer without the benefit of a more traditional squeeze page? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.


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