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Would You Like Your Music To Go Viral With The Push Of A Button?

by John Oszajca on February 6, 2012

In last week’s rant I talked about social media and many of the wrong, or at least ineffective, ways many musicians are using it. I also promised to teach you about a a NEW social media strategy that I’ve been using that is getting some pretty amazing results. To learn what it is, how it works, and how you can get in on it…

Click the play button below and I’ll explain it. The player is locked, but as soon as you scroll over it you’ll get instructions on how to unlock it. It Takes 4 point 7 seconds :-)

Get on the Waiting List for Viral Music Player here.

If you have any questions about the Viral Music Player please leave them below and I’ll make sure to come through and answer them before it goes live.

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IKSLIM February 12, 2012 at 3:26 am

I purchased one.
Nice app, thank you. Woks fine, transparent support…

But, your player advertise your domain more then my stuff  Every click goes via announce about your domain name. In this case it supposed to be FREE.

I assume purchased version has to be free of your domain advertisements. But you still can advertise your domain aggressively in a FreeEdition…

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Scott James February 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Hi Ikslim,

Where are you seeing this? We do not add our domain name to any of your shares or tweets that come from Viral Music Player. The shares and tweets will be populated with the content that you choose.

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IKSLIM February 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Well Scott.
First of all, thank you for support: I can see you’ve changed the player URL setup, so now it is short (but was almost 500 symbols long).

As far as I purchased the app, the only annoying stuff to me now, regarding your domain aggressive adv:
[img]http://ikslim.com/2/viralplayer/vp-add1.gif[/img]

[img]http://ikslim.com/2/viralplayer/vp-add2.gif[/img]

[img]http://ikslim.com/2/viralplayer/vp-add3.gif[/img]

[img]http://ikslim.com/2/viralplayer/vp-add4.gif[/img]

[img]http://ikslim.com/2/viralplayer/vp-add5.gif[/img]

[img]http://ikslim.com/2/viralplayer/vp-add6.gif[/img]

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Scott James February 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Hi Ikslim,

The first image contains the information that YOU would choose. That would have your own thumbnail image, caption, title and description, not ours unless you wanted to make one for us. :) The other ones are for the small link that Facebook automatically inserts for any application that creates a wall post and the last one is just our three letter link on the player. I think it’s a bit of a stretch to call that aggressive advertisement. :)

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A.S. Swanski February 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Hi John/Scott,
Asking someone to Share before (s)he has listened, is a little spammy to my taste (personally I never respond to such requests unless I already know the person it comes from), but I like the option of Listen then Share, so I’ve decided to give it a try.
So far I’ve noticed two weaknesses:
- The problem with Wordpress.com that only displays an ugly link and if you click, a tiny player in a huge new window or tab. Many artists, including me, use Wordpress for their site and a smooth integration would make a more professional impression.
- It seems that once you’ve created a new player you can’t change the settings anymore. When I was testing a player I had created, I wanted to change something but the only thing I could do was set the whole thing up again. Maybe I overlooked something. If not, it would be great if the settings for players you made were saved so you can edit them later.
Hope you can resolve these issues. Apart from that, I see potential in this thing.

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John Oszajca February 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Hi A.S,

The idea with the “share to listen” is that when you have a decent relationship with your list, they are usually happy to share in order to get something for free. Spam is delivering unsolicited messaged. This is a simple value proposition. Testing has yielded some really great results with this strategy so far, but certainly the listen for free/share to download option is there for anyone who feels this is to forward of an approach.

The free version of Wordpress.com does not accept html (with a few exceptions). They don’t even allow email opt in forms. So unfortunately if you want to use it on a free Wordpress.com site you will only be able to do so with a link. We have no control over this. However it can be pasted into any wordpress.org blog.

Re: Creating players, the settings become hard wired but you can create an unlimited number of players as long as it’s all for the same artist. So in short, just create a new player. Only takes about 2 minutes and the fields remember previous entries so if you type the first letter into each field you should see your previous entries.

Hope that helps.

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Oona February 8, 2012 at 6:48 am

Does this player work on a WordPress.com vs WordPress.org sites? I’ve noticed WordPress.com is pretty picky about which widgets it will accept, even if they are embedded into the body of the page in html.

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Scott James February 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Hi Oona, if you drop in a Viral Music Player code on wordpress.com then it will appear as a link which goes to a working player. I set one up as a test. Check it out: http://ihelpmusicians.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/test/ Thanks!

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Mika February 7, 2012 at 9:10 am

Hi

Can this post top a fan page or just a FB personal profile? – it ought to do either/both.

Mika

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Scott James February 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Hi Mika, when someone hits the share button on the player it will post through their personal account. If you click on the down arrow in the top right corner of your profile page you’ll see the option to use Facebook under any of your ‘page’ profiles. If a user were to be using facebook under one of their page profiles and clicked on the share button then it would ask them to revert back to their personal profile. It’s just the way that Facebook has it set up. ‘pages’ can’t share, only profiles. Does that answer your question?

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Allen February 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Very cool, John. Looking forward to checkin’ out the working demos as well. All the best.

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Scott James February 7, 2012 at 3:20 am

Hey Allen, in case you missed it in the Facebook comments you can check out the demos here: http://viralmusicplayer.com/test Thanks!

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Scott James February 7, 2012 at 5:43 am
Richard Lee February 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Great idea! Curious, how do you ‘self host’ the songs? We run our website on our own server but I’m not sure how to do that part.

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Scott James February 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Hey Richard, glad you like it! You just need to enter in a url when you create your player, so as long as you can upload your music on your server then all you need to do is put in the URL. Does that answer your question?

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Richard Lee February 6, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Yep, thanks!

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Kris Eades February 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I was only waiting to get on the list and I’m having issues

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John Oszajca February 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Hey Kris, let me know what issues you’re having and I’ll get that sorted for you.

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Rick Stone February 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

VERY cool idea. I’m not sure about making somebody “share” before they listen (that kind of annoyed me as a user, and if I wasn’t already a fan of your stuff, I most probably would have just left the page). But what I DO think is a great idea is to let somebody listen, and then if they want to download the track it would be the right time to require them to share the player on their page. If it can do that, I’ll be one of your first customers for this!

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John Oszajca February 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Hi Rick,

Your in luck. It CAN do that. There was a lot of info packed into a short audio. You might have missed it. The reality is that making people share first simply gets a higher conversion rate because curiosity is strong. However, we knew many people would have reservations about this and so we created different options. One option is just a regular player with a download link. Pressing the download link releases the share pop up.

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Rick Stone February 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Okay, count me in. Let me know when it’s available. I’ll probably just want to host it on my own server.

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mike February 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Does this work for videos?

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John Oszajca February 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Hi Mike,

No, this is an audio player. However a video version is in the works for the future.

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