Stats Update: Top Cities

Good news everyone, after recently re-designing our Stats page to ensure that you can access your data quicker and easier, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve rolled out city data for Pro Unlimited account holders.

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Ever wondered how many fans are listening to your tracks for example in London, New York or Sydney? Well, now you can easily find out in your Stats by clicking the Top Cities tab next to Top Countries.

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Using these newly updated stats you can plan your latest tour based on your top cities. If you’re seeing the same city appear at the top of this section month after month then this is where you can find your truly dedicated fans.

For more information on getting the most from your SoundCloud stats take a read through these detailed SoundCheck posts.

Join us for #comedymonth

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Funny Or Die is presenting Comedy Month on SoundCloud! Head over to comedymonth.soundcloud.com to check out all the awesome comedy content they’ve helped bring together.

Throughout the month of April, Funny or Die will be creating a new weekly playlist, Comedy Central will be uploading a new piece of stand up every day and we’ll be updating the featured profiles regularly, so make sure you check back often.

Pretty cool, right? Well, you’re invited to the party, too!

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SoundCloud Stats: more detail, more speed

Some of you may have noticed changes already, but we’re excited to officially announce the launch of a completely redesigned Stats page.

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We’ve simplified the design so you can see all your stats on one page, and now you can view your top fans on SoundCloud and the countries where your tracks are popular.

Using these newly updated stats you can reach out to your top fans with SoundCloud messaging to connect and get feedback. You may find you have a fan base halfway around the world - plan your latest release or tour based on where your tracks are being played.

Dive into websites, apps, and social networks that people are listening from and use this data to understand the network you’re a part of – you could find some highly engaged blogs to work with in the future.

Have a play around with the new stats and take a read through these in-depth blog posts to help you get the most from your data.

SoundCloud @ SXSW

SoundCloud-+-SCclubhouse-+-FBHey, Austin! We’re thrilled to be back at South By Southwest for another year of making the SoundCloud community come to life at the SoundCloud Clubhouse, bringing musicians and comedians together with their fans. This is the first time the Clubhouse is an official venue and we’ve scheduled an incredible lineup of performers to celebrate.

Join us at Lustre Pearl, 97 Rainey Street, Austin, TX – March 12th, 13th, and 14th for performances from ScHoolboy QZed’s DeadRyan HemsworthTJ Miller and many more.

Full details and set times are available at sxsw.soundcloud.com

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Key Uses Of The Repost Feature: Guest Post From The EDM Network

Similar in functionality to Retweeting, reposting takes a piece of audio content from another SoundCloud user’s account, and delivers it directly to the activity feed of all your subscribed followers. Doing this gives the user the ability to expose content from another user’s account to their following, which is an invaluable social tool with many applications.

In this two-part guest post, Ethan Baer, Co-founder and Director of A&R at The EDM Network breaks down the wide range of uses that have emerged surrounding the implementation of the repost feature, and outlines the strategy that has made them one of the most influential players on SoundCloud.

Note: This is a shortened version, read the original article here.

Reposting for fans

For the vast majority of SoundCloud’s users, the repost feature offers a simple and accessible way to share their favorite music with friends. One of the most important considerations within the ‘social network’ phenomenon is the idea that each user is responsible for the curation of content on their account, as a reflection and representation of them as an individual…

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New Widget Update: Buy And Download Links

At the end of January we announced our new visual widget, we’ve since iterated on the player to bring you updated Buy Link and Download features:

As with the previous widget, a Buy or Download button will only be displayed if you have configured a link for either, with the Buy button taking precedence over Download.

To edit your Buy Link, access your track settings and scroll to the Distribution section:

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If you’re looking for creative ways to use the Buy Link, take a read through this blog post on directing your fans.

An Update On Tagging

Most SoundCloud users find music channels through search results, so optimizing your tracks for discovery is key. When you upload a new track, make sure you’ve got all your metadata working for you.

We’ve touched on tagging your sounds and the importance of metadata in previous blog posts, but to reinforce the impact that these factors have on exposing your content, we’ve pulled together another quick update.

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  • Genre Tagging
    The algorithm that classifies tracks into genres has an easier time distinguishing above all other tracks. In the simplest terms, if you use genre tags that are not in Explore then your track will not make it to Explore and when users search for a genre on soundcloud.com/search, tagging with a relevant genre will ensure your tracks are found easier as they will rank higher.

Remember: If multi-word tags are not used correctly, tags like “hip hop” get
pulled apart and the above benefits are lost.

  • Browsing Tags
    In terms of exposure via tags, when users click on one it takes them to (for example) soundcloud.com/tags/sound where they can browse tracks identified with a specific tag. This last point is also applicable for “mood tags” for example, when a user wants to break a sweat, they might go to soundcloud.com/tags/workout or similarly they’ll visit soundcloud.com/tags/chill to relax

Coming soon: Users will be able to find playlists through the /tags/… pages, so it’s important to start tagging your playlists now.

#didyouknow: Sharing Secret Links

Just a quick one this week, folks. We’ve had a lot of questions around the secret link feature recently so we decided pull together a short post on it.

Getting a Secret Link is pretty simple. All you have to do is to make your track or set private and it will automatically generate a Secret Link that you can find on your track or set page.

To send a sound to someone privately, simply go to your track or set and click the Share button above the waveform. An overlay will appear where you can then copy the link available like this:

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Ensure that the private code at the end of the link is included when you share it, otherwise the link won’t work. When someone opens your link, they will be directed to SoundCloud where they can listen to your sound without creating an account.

*Note: if you choose to send a secret link to someone, be aware of the possibility that your link could be forwarded to unintended recipients.

Sub Pop: Guess The Artist

To announce their latest signing, Sub Pop set about playing a fun game with their dedicated fans and followers. Embedded in a blog post, a 15-second clip of the first focus track off of the to-be-named-later’s Sub Pop debut album gives listeners the chance to guess the artist. Sub Pop select a random person from the winning entries and they receive a prize bundle from the artist in question.

Sub Pop’s Digital Communications Manager Sam Sawyer talks us through the idea:

“We had recently signed The Notwist, a well respected German indie/elecro/noise stalwart with an established fan base, and we wanted to do something special for the announcement. The track that we chose to pair with the announcement, “Close To The Glass”, had an interesting part sans vocals, so I selected a 15 second edit that I thought sounded cool, wrote up the idea, sent it to A&R, the band, and management pitching the idea” …

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Our New Visual Player

Today we’re excited to launch our new widget: a visually enhanced version of our classic embeddable player, with your artwork at the centre and an improved look for our iconic waveform.

We’ve amped up the playing experience by including continuous listening in the visual widget. Related tracks are showcased during pause and after finishing playback so you can explore even more music & audio straight from the visual player, wherever you find it on the web.

For Pro Unlimited users, we’ve included a way for even more of your tracks to get heard. Your Spotlight tracks will display in the player during pause and after playback instead of other related tracks. Simply click “More options” in the embed screen (you can also disable related sounds).

If you’re already using our players, the existing formats will continue to be available: you’ll see that they’re getting a waveform makeover that makes them look more similar to the visual player.

Below is an example of the new widget in action:

If you’ve got any questions, take a look at our Help Center or contact the Content Team, and as you start to play around with the new widget don’t forget about our recent Instagram integration.

COMING SOON: your social networks of choice Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Google+ will be displaying the new player, watch this space.