Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend, but now it’s back to the grind. To kick off the return of the grind, I have a brand new tool I’m excited to share with you – Presskit.to. Presskit.to (powered by Indie Ambassador) is an easy to use, very slick looking digital press kit that ships optimized for mobile. Presskit.to is currently in private beta, which means you need an invite to sign up, but CEO and co-founder Ben Maitland-Lewis has kindly offered me a limited number of invites to give out to our readers. If you like what you see here and want in on the action, hit me up on Twitter (@jloom718) and I’ll get you set up.
So what’s makes Presskit.to so awesome? Let’s take a look at 7 key features and why they’re cool.
1. Design – First and foremost, the design of Presskit.to is extremely clean, which is important for a digital press kit. It cuts straight to the point with one photo, band name, location, genre, links and tag line. The whole press kit is contained in one page, which means the user never has to click through pages to find what they want.
2. Media – You can’t have a press kit without media. Embedded in their ‘Media’ tab, Presskit.to has included audio, video, images and files. The audio and images can be downloadable so users can quickly grab what they need. Although not currently available, Ben informed me Presskit.to will soon be integrated with Soundcloud to make it easier to load your audio content.
3. Files – This is pretty cool feature I don’t see in a lot of digital press kits. In ‘Files’ bands can upload downloadable digital content for fans such as screen savers and PDF set lists, or ‘Files’ can even act as a cloud locker for important documents needed for the band and associated team members. These documents can be made private so only certain individuals can access them.
4. About – Here bands can put in their bio, band members and relevant links. A nice addition Presskit.to made was the ‘Wins’ section, where bands can list notable achievements, awards or important dates in their history.
5. Calendar – Displays all the upcoming shows or special events a band has coming up. Like with the Soundcloud integration for audio, Presskit.to is looking to integrate with an event application (i.e. Bandsintown or SongKick) so bands can more easily get their show dates posted to their Presskit.to. But Presskit.to wants bands to be able to highlight more than just shows on their Calendar, they envision bands posting more events like their recording schedule here as well.
7. Mobile Ready - One of the greatest parts about Presskit.to is that it looks awesome on mobile platforms. We all know how much mobile is growing in influence, so it’s vital that your digital press kit be viewable and useable on mobile devices.
All in all, Presskit.to is a super easy solution for bands to present their music and all related press materials. Like any press kit, it’s design is tailored to be B2B, but Presskit.to is great as a fan facing presence as well. Fans can grab songs and images they want, and then easily connect themselves to your website, Facebook, Twitter or whichever platform they prefer.
Like I said earlier, I have a limited number of invites I can give out for their private beta. If you want to be one of the lucky few to get in now, hit me up on Twitter (@jloom718) and we’ll get you set up.
How does Presskit.to stand up to your current digital press kit?
As always, I’d love your feedback. What do you think of Presskit.to? What’s your favorite digital press kit solution? Oh, and how are we liking Timeline so far? Leave me your thoughts in the comments section below.