Understanding the Ins and Outs of Spotify
Now that you are verified the fun can start! If you have not gotten verified yet please read part 1 of our Spotify series which will walk you through how to do this!
Get Your Insights
When you’re a verified artist on Spotify, you get access to Spotify for Artists. Spotify for Artists allows you to do three things.
This is how Spotify its Spotify For Artists feature – straight from the FAQs on the platform:
- Know Your Audience:
- Demographics: Learn about who your listeners are on Spotify — including their age, their gender, and what features they’re using to discover and play your music. Use your insights to refine promotion or secure new partnerships.
- Location: See detailed breakdowns of where people are listening to your music. Artists are using this data to route tours and pitch songs to local radio.
- Similar artists: See other artists your fans are listening to so you can find a perfect tourmate or collaborator — or use it to better target your marketing.
- Live listeners: Your live listeners update in real time, so you know how many people are listening to your music on Spotify.
Make Spotify Your Own
- Customize your profile picture with images of your choice
- Decide which song will be your “Artist Pick” ( this can be your favorite song of yours, a favorite song of another artist, etc)
Track Your Growth
- Playlist data: Playlists are key to reaching new listeners on Spotify. See who’s adding your music to their playlists and how that’s helping you get discovered.
- Playlist notifications: Getting added to a Spotify playlist is a moment to celebrate — so we’ll let you know when we add you to one of our 4,500 curated playlists.
Use Spotify Insights to Make Informed Marketing Decisions
Choose your which singles to promote and how to market your music overall using Spotify insights. If you know which song is performing best, you can focus your effort towards pushing the piece of music out that will reach the most fans.
Customize your Spotify Page:
Your branding is essential. A sharp looking artist homepage will make more people likely to check your music out, ultimately becoming your fans. Consistency shows that you are a serious artist.
Here are some examples of artists who used Spotify Insights to their advantage and how you can too! (information from: Spotify for Artists Blog)
Lucy Rose: Lucy is a British singer/songwriter who used Spotify insights to find out that many of her fans live in South America. By focusing on booking shows in South America as part of her tour, she was able to play to shows that were packed with crowds who loved her music.
Jake Udell: Jake Udell, founder of TH3RD BRAIN (an artist management company that represents artists like Zhu, Gallant, Krewella, and Grace Vanderwaal), used Spotify insights to recognize when Zhu and Skrillex song “Working For it” spiked in streams. He used this data to focus on marketing and booking headlining tours for Zhu.
The opportunities don’t stop here! Artists have also used Spotify insights to figure out which artists to collaborate with, which artists to tour with and to connect fans who have put their music on their playlists. There is endless potential.
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