Share Sounds to Google+

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We launched a Google+ Sign-In integration back in May, making it possible for you to sign in to SoundCloud using your Google account, and earlier this month we souped up our integration.

Share any SoundCloud URL to your Google+ circles and the widget will appear, automatically in the post. (You’ll need to make sure to enable the widget when you post your sounds so they can be shared this way.) That also means that sounds can be played within Google+: no need to open up a new tab.

To help you optimize your exposure and increase engagement across Google+ and SoundCloud we pulled together this blog post with a few key pointers on best practices and why the integration is so important. Take a quick read through that, and then check out examples of SoundCloud use on Google+ from artists like Pearl JamSnoop Lion and Armin Van Buuren.

Social Focus: Twitter

We’re working with the folks over at Twitter to improve the experience of hearing sounds within your Twitter feed.  Our latest collaboration was an update for our cards integration.

To highlight the importance and usefulness of sharing your sounds regularly on Twitter, we’ve pulled together a bit of information to help you use it to create a richer experience for your fans.

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Let’s have a quick recap of sharing. To make it automatic, you need to connect your Twitter account with your SoundCloud account. Head to your ‘Connections’ settings in your SoundCloud account where you’ll see a list of supported social networks. Connect your Twitter account here, and each new upload will automatically be tweeted out…

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Social Focus: Tumblr

Noticing an increased number of SoundCloud widgets popping up over on Tumblr? Both Tumblr and SoundCloud are focused on giving creators tools to reach their audiences, and their audiences the ability to engage with and share the content. We’re here to explain how to take advantage of that.

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Tumblr recently made the exciting announcement that SoundCloud sets are now supported in Tumblr audio posts, and back in March, we worked together with the popular blogging platform to replace their custom widget with our official widget inside audio posts on the web (mobile and desktop). This gives the creator better attribution as well as providing the fan with an improved listening experience…

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Integrations: Re-Introducing Songkick

We’re extremely proud of our slick integration with Songkick. This match-made-in-heaven means that artists with Songkick accounts can get their listings on their SoundCloud profile in just a few easy steps.

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Next time you stumble across a new artist, you can easily see if they’re on tour and click through to Songkick to buy tickets, and for all you artists out there, it’s really easy to display the dates – just find your artist page on Songkick, grab the URL and pop it in to the Advanced Settings section on SoundCloud. You can easily edit your upcoming tour dates with Songkick’s handy Tourbox tool.

For more info on profile features check out our Profile 101.

Social Focus: Sharing To Facebook

Recently, we touched on how you can use the sound description section to let fans and followers know more about your sounds, or more about you as an artist, from production notes to tour dates.

Any text you enter in your sound’s description will be replicated on Facebook when you share your sound, so be sure to include any relevant information, whether it’s details about the recording process, upcoming tour dates, or a link to buy your track.

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Make like J Cole and add the release date of your new record into your sound or set description, add in store links to personally let fans know when and where they can purchase your music, or include your upcoming tour dates to let fans know where they can catch you.

Align your social strategy by sharing these sounds to Facebook, allowing your fans to both stream your sounds, and view this information in your sound description. This way, your social channels can complement each other, creating effective call-to-actions for your fans

For more information on our Facebook integration, peep this.

Thinglink: Create Your Own Musical Map

Last week we highlighted Decca’s use of SoundCloud within an interactive map using Thinglink and as a great follow up to that post, we found that Thinglink have put together a neat collection of examples of interactive maps such as world maps and event guides, from which we’re taking this very inspiring snippet:

“Maps can also speak. They can be sound and video players. You can tell a story inside and share the culture of a country.”

Take a look at this interactive map of Colombia from Soundway Records as a fantastic example of using SoundCloud within a map:

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Pin Your Sounds!

We recently announced our integration with Pinterest which means that now you can start pinning your sounds! Atlantic Records UK have gone all out when it comes pinning sounds in their recent campaigns for Plan B and Marina and The Diamonds.

If you have any great examples of pinning your sounds in an artist campaign please get in touch by clicking the ‘Send us a message’ button to the right, as we would love to see what you have been up to! If you want to learn how to pin your sounds why not get started with our Pinterest Integration 101.