STREET TEAM fan initiatives thread

STREET TEAM fan initiatives thread

This thread is for the positive discussion of the man and his music and of what we do to support him, and for the celebration of his (and sometimes our) accomplishments.

Primary objective: Promote him and his music so more people will hear his music and have the opportunity to become fans. We know how great he is. The trick is to get his music heard by more people so they have the opportunity to realize how great he is.

SOME SUPPORT GUIDELINES
Let your 'voice' be heard! Your opinion is just as valid as that of any other music fan. People in the industry are looking for indications as to the popularity of an artist. Radio stations want to play music that people want to hear. Web Sites want to post articles about artists that people are interested in reading about. Streaming services want to know what music to recommend to their users based on the listener's other preferences. Let's help them recognize that we are interested!
STREAMING. We listen to his music all the time. But if we never use a streaming service like Spotify TBTB are not seeing that interest! These streaming services are a great way for us to listen to other music we like without having to purchase it and for us to find new music we might not have discovered otherwise. Likewise these services are a great way for others to discover David's music. The more we use them and include Cook music among the songs we play, the more opportunities for others to be introduced to his music.
SCROBBLING. Scrobbling is probably the EASIEST thing we can do to support him. Just set it up and your music you play will immediately be counted in the last.FM statistics. This data is used by people in the industry as an indicator of interest in an artist. It is also a tool for other listeners to discover new music. The more we play his music the more likely it is that others will notice our profiles and try out his music or have his music recommended to them by last.FM based on other artists they listen to.
FB LIKES/COMMENTS/TWEETING If we read a positive article and we like it but do not "FB like it," or post a comment, or tweet it, how can the site measure how many readers liked the article? This can be particularly important for local radio station sites which carry articles since there are fewer fans that will find the article on that site or be following that particular FB or twitter account.
SEARCHES. We are a very effective community in that we feel we can count on any new information about him quickly being posted here or at other sites where we regularly go for Cook information. But if we just rely on other fans to post links and we never search for information ourselves then TPTB do not accurately see that interest. The site hosting an article measures the hits. But that interest will not be indicated in internet search statistics that are visible to anyone in the industry. It is also important that we search for information about him on our local radio sites and read articles there so our local entertainment outlets can see that interest.
REQUESTING. Our local stations get song requests all the time. Some of those request should be from us! Most stations now have text numbers for sending them requests. Most stations also have twitter accounts and FaceBook pages we can follow.

Do not think your contribution does not matter if your are not a power spinner/voter/requester!
The power spinners/voters/requesters are awesome! Street Teams supports any fan contributing as much as they want to whichever initiatives they prefer. But an objective of Street Teams is to get more people involved! All of our contributions are important. Also in many cases the number of different listeners or IP addresses is also tracked. Sites like last.FM and youtube keep stats on the number of different listeners are playing a song as well as how much it is being played. Any web site can easily track the number of different IP addresses that is giving them hits so while power voters might give him a win in a poll (which is awesome) the site can also be counting how many different IP addresses registered at least one vote.

The golden rule when commenting is to BE POSITIVE.
I come at this recommendation from the standpoint of a fan who has more than once posted something non-positive in reaction to another poster and then almost immediately regretted it. We should keep in mind that our artist is a particularly gracious and diplomatic man who seems to never say anything negative publicly about another. When commenting as Cook fans it is always best to keep that in mind.
Some guidelines for effective comments:
* We almost never can go wrong with honest positive comments about him, his music, and why we like him. (Unless perhaps if we end up spamming an article with too many similar comments or are otherwise going a bit OTT in our praise of him.)
* Reactions to perceived negative or unfair comments should be avoided or should take the form of an alternative POSITIVE comment. We should keep in mind that our real 'audience' is fair minded readers of the site we are on. Most bloggers or commenters that ruffle our feathers are doing it to aggravate us and are not going to be swayed if we debate them directly. If they are open minded then they have the same opportunity as any other reader to be swayed by our alternate, positive, supportive posts. As an example: If someone posts "all his music sounds the same," then instead of debating that poster we can take it as an opportunity to instead post a different comment about how we like how diverse his music is and give examples. In that way other readers might see our positive and helpful comment and be prompted to check out some of that music for themselves.
* If there are to be any comments about voting or the hit count for a video, they should be positive comments about the song/video/artist. Unless it truly is a site only for (Idol) fans then most comments about the fan communities will just turn off anyone who is just checking out the music and is not interested in fan wars. We should consider our 'audience' is anyone reading who is open to gaining a positive impression of him and his music.
* Don't mention another artist unless it is to make a POSITIVE comment about them.

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RELATED THREADS
Radio Requesting:
http://www.davidcookofficial.com/us/content/more-thati-that-how-request-...

VH1 Voting:
http://www.davidcookofficial.com/us/content/vh1-voting-thread-lets-get-b...

Useful Links including requesting, streaming, voting links:
http://www.davidcookofficial.com/us/content/resource-useful-links-info-r...

General streaming and voting:
http://www.davidcookofficial.com/us/content/general-streaming-voting-thr...

Yes thread:
http://www.davidcookofficial.com/us/content/do-you-feel-sick-or-nervous-...

Comments (144)

I use Tumblr too but mostly just to re-blog lol! I will try to start posting more pics etc on there!! Thanks MayaWolf!

Thanks maybee for responding to my little PSA. Happy to revive the thread. I think Tumblr is something primarily used by the high school and college-aged crowds, (though not exclusively), and I think a lot of its users have just forgotten about David from their younger days. They need a little refresher, which is why I think it'd be good for his fans to have a stronger presence there. The other day, I saw a stray post someone had made about "whatever happened to David Cook," and thankfully someone speedily responded with an appropriate update. I'm sure a lot of people have that same thought every once in a while without sharing it with the internet, and that's where a few photos, GIFs, or video links casually showing up could go a long way.

MayaWolf thanks for reviving the thread!

Tumblr is a great subject to bring up. I am sorry to say I am not on it yet. But you are right that I should be. I know people who are on it all the time and they really like it. It is yet another current social media outlet that we can leverage.

Hello! I haven't posted here in a long while, but I've been actively lurking, going to David's shows, and talking about him to anyone that will listen. I'm thrilled with the new single, and I'm dying for the new album. Anyway, I made a discovery a few months ago, and I wanted to run it by the regulars here. My discovery? Tumblr.

If you aren't familiar with Tumblr, it's a very popular social networking site that allows users to have their own microblogs. It's a very easy way to share photos, artwork, videos, music, random thoughts... Basically, anything you can think of! Once you log in, the homepage is something called your "dashboard," which shows all the posts made by the blogs you've followed. Most people on Tumblr tend to share things pertaining to their favorite movies, tv shows, musicians, and celebrities, but there are blogs pertaining to everything and anything. It's a bit of a difficult website to explain, but definitely worth checking out.

I'm bringing this up because I joined Tumblr a few months ago, and I've noticed that there aren't many people actively sharing Dave-related content. I think this is an incredible opportunity to reach new ears. I reblog a lot of things pertaining to my favorite TV shows, which has allowed me to accrue a slew of "followers". These are all strangers that generally like the same things I do and want to see the things I share. I'm sure many of them aren't aware of David, but every now and then I post something about him. I've seen a lot of talk here about streaming David's music along with the other bands you typically listen to, so that he gets included in the appropriate suggestion algorithms. This is the same idea. Look at the things you already enjoy, share the stuff you like, and mix David in every once in a while. It's a way to get his name, his face, his music, out into the general onsciousness without much extra work.

I'm certainly not telling anyone they have to join Tumblr. I just think it's an untapped resource, and something people might want to consider. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them! Oh, and fair warning, the website is very addictive.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 23:15
mainedcfan:
"The Last Song I'll Write For You" is in HitPredictor's Hidden Song Contest! Listen, rate & let them know if/when you hear it in the jukebox by Friday 6/15, 3 pm EST! http://www.hitpredictor.com/

Thanks mainedcfan. I've been going thru HitPredictor while voting at http://www.q102.com/pages/ultimate_fan/
I have not yet heard The Last Song I'll Write for You.

ETA: I heard The Last Song I'll Write for You! It really is a great song. I don't know if everyone hears the songs in the same order. For me it was almost at the end of the database. There were only about 3-4 more songs after it, including Carrie's new song, before I was told I had rated everything.

follia - That link goes to the announcement for Cebu. There's a separate page for the Manila one, with the opportunity also to click "going" or "interested" and/or make a comment. This one has even less comments....hope some people will go to it and click and comment...again encouraging folks to check it out if they can based on your experience of his concerts:

http://www.last.fm/event/3303880+David+Cook+Life+in+Manila

"The Last Song I'll Write For You" is in HitPredictor's Hidden Song Contest! Listen, rate & let them know if/when you hear it in the jukebox by Friday 6/15, 3 pm EST! http://www.hitpredictor.com/

Just got this link in my David Cook Google Alerts.

http://www.last.fm/event/3303884+David+Cook

It is an announcement of David's concerts in Manilla and Cebu.

It asks people to indicate interest, make comments, and say whether they plan to go. Very few comments there so far.

It might be a good idea for those fans planning to go to indicate that on the site. Others might want to encourage readers to go based on there own concert experiences.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 11:49
brandyrosebuenafe:
Someone in the numbers thread suggested a while back that it was important to be a "good radio listener" (or words to that effect), and so I've been a little more active on my local radio station KWYE/Y101 in Fresno, CA. I joined their text club, commented on some pictures of David from his show in Clovis last month, and looked at their DJ bios. By doing that I learned that one of the DJs runs a blog highlighting indie music, called My Indie Nation. I sent her an email suggesting that she check out David's new song, and she sent me the following response:
Hey Brandy!
So happy you enjoyed the show. David is an amazing talent. I will check
into his new track. Thanks so much for listening to Y101. We love our
listeners!
Cheers,
Nicole
So that's exciting! And I wonder how many other of our local DJs run blogs or websites about unsigned artists? Maybe bringing The Last Song I'll Write for You to their attention would be a good use of our time Smiling

brandyrosebuenafe that is a great story! Nicely done!

Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 13:52
pweller7:
Putting @thedavidcook flyers in the magazines at the dr's office! #killingtime http://twitpic.com/9rzl5s // GREAT IDEA!!!

pweller I love this idea! I can do this. And it will just look like something that came with the magazine Smiling
This reminds me of a story. I have a friend who had a book published. The chain bookstores would not carry it in the stores because he is really unknown. You had to order it online. I considered smuggling a copy into a Borders and leaving it on an appropriate shelf. I ended up deciding not to do it thinking some employee would just notice it and throw it out. But, who knows? Maybe a customer or two would have at least leafed thru it and maybe someone would have tried to buy it. What could it have hurt, really? This is a much more practical idea since it is just a flyer. Smiling

Someone in the numbers thread suggested a while back that it was important to be a "good radio listener" (or words to that effect), and so I've been a little more active on my local radio station KWYE/Y101 in Fresno, CA. I joined their text club, commented on some pictures of David from his show in Clovis last month, and looked at their DJ bios. By doing that I learned that one of the DJs runs a blog highlighting indie music, called My Indie Nation. I sent her an email suggesting that she check out David's new song, and she sent me the following response:

Hey Brandy!

So happy you enjoyed the show. David is an amazing talent. I will check
into his new track. Thanks so much for listening to Y101. We love our
listeners!

Cheers,
Nicole

So that's exciting! And I wonder how many other of our local DJs run blogs or websites about unsigned artists? Maybe bringing The Last Song I'll Write for You to their attention would be a good use of our time Smiling

Putting @thedavidcook flyers in the magazines at the dr's office! #killingtime http://twitpic.com/9rzl5s // GREAT IDEA!!!

David is being interviewed by a lot of radio stations this week! I am loving how happy he sounds and that he is talking about working on a third album. We need to try to not only follow links that are posted here, but to search for them ourselves. It is particularly important that we search our local stations so they see those searches plus not every interview is going to get found if there are not many of us looking for them! (By all means follow a link for expediency. I am NO suggesting any miss out because they did not have time to find the data themselves! But we should ALSO search ourselves.) FB like it, tweet it, comment if you are so inspired.
When searching from a general search engine I find it helps to include 'radio' in the search to find radio web sites with Cook articles.

So far I have found information this week at:
WBMX 104.1, WPLJ 95.5, Y98, Q104. NOW 102.9 in talking to him this morning.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 07:46
luckyduck:
maybeplum,
When I look at the artist page for Dave on last.fm under tracks, I see TLS at 333 and #6 just right after TOML. Am I looking in the wrong place?

LuckyDuck I know what you are referring to with that 333 number. That number stayed at 333 for a week and now it is at 390. I have spent a lot of time collecting last fm data for Cook and some others. I think that these track numbers that we see under his profile are the number of unique listeners for the time period. So 333 different users those first few days. Then 390 for the next week. I think. Then if you click on the individual track that says 536 listeners which I presume is the total current number of different listens since it was first published.

Thanks, maybeplum. I'll try to be patient....really hoping it does go to radio.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 02:23
mainedcfan:
Has there been any word as to whether TLS is going to be released to radio? How will we know when to start requesting from radio & Mediabase?

mainedcfan we look to some of the folks in CJT to tell us if it goes for 'adds' to a radio format. I believe some here regularly check the mediabase site for that information.

Cook fans are so amazing! He trended for 2 hours yesterday? Really?! That is no small feat. And he trended in other countries as well. Very well done!

Has there been any word as to whether TLS is going to be released to radio? How will we know when to start requesting from radio & Mediabase?

This is very important. There is some buzz about David now with the new single and his career news. We can HELP by posting POSITIVE comments about him and The Last Song I'll Write For You and help promote the single. i.e. honest comments about how we love the single, are excited for the direction he is going in, etc. Please don't be defensive in posts, that is not the effective way to get across that people should be excited about this song.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 07:46
luckyduck: I was looking at the Track info for it. When I click on the song name it gave me a page where in top right corner it listed total spins to date and number of listeners. As a caution, last.FM stats are kinda wonky. I can't say that the cut-off date/time was for the info they posted.

maybeplum,
When I look at the artist page for Dave on last.fm under tracks, I see TLS at 333 and #6 just right after TOML. Am I looking in the wrong place?

You can't stream tls on spotify unless you are just using spotify to play a local file already on your computer. Song not yet released there. Dont know about mog etc. Obvs d is interested in maximizing sales early on vs free streams right off the bat.

Last.FM has its first statistics for TLS. So far there are 164 listeners. We can do better than that!

NEMO You ask a loaded question. Personally, I would not suggest we do anything coordinated related to radio requests now. It is not being sent to radio so there are only a small number of stations that might even consider playing it. But this is not to say we should not continue to discuss or that any individual should not do what they feel comfortable with. I am just giving my personal opinion about any coordinated efforts. NOT annoying people in the industry is always of primary concern.
FOLLOWING radio stations and DJs is a very positive thing to do! Always. If people at a station or other media outlet realize they have Cook fans following them then that is nothing but a positive thing. (Again with the usual caveat that we are POSITIVE, supportive, not pestering, etc.) Just retweeting anything they post that mentions DC gives them instant feedback that there is interest in such information. I suggest we all follow our local stations and any other entertainment outlets we can think of.

I have made a list of radio stations that are ALREADY currently playing David Cook music, based on them turning up on David's YES.COM channel here: http://www.yes.com/#David_Cook

I'm not including TOML, just LO, CBTM, and the occasional TLG/other. Most of the stations are Adult Contemporary, with a few Hot Adult Contemporary. I've looked up their twitter accounts and was thinking of starting to tweet them thanking them for playing David Cook and requesting TLS. Does anyone want to weigh in on this idea - is this dumb, harmful? Maybe a small benefit?

If anyone thinks this might be a good strategy to add to what is already happening, I'll post the list of radio stations and twitter handles.
Thanks for the advice!
NEMO
EBA!
("Everything Will Be All Right," This Is Not The Last Time, tm David Cook)

I am bringing this over from the DwoP thread. In the future it might be easier to find it here.
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Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 20:38
FoolsApril64:
*psst* Help promote David Cook's THE LAST SONG I'LL WRITE FOR YOU w/banners & badges http://t.co/pjO6hyY4 (w/thx2 MsDarcy)

The BillBoard chart week ends Sunday night. So any more sales we can generate today will be critical to help him get onto a chart this week. The song only came out on Thursday so it is at a great disadvantage competing with songs that had a full week of sales.
There are also streaming charts and streaming statistics for new songs! We need as many fans as possible to use streaming services like Spotify or Rdio or MOG.
eilonwy thank you for the playlist example. I was pleasantly surprised I had several of the same songs in mine.
Everyone who has been streaming other youtube versions of TLS should switch to the AI video. That is the video that is visible to people in the industry and to the most potential new fans! We do not have a VEVO video so this is the next best thing. At a minimum it will be recommended to others viewing any of last week's AI clips.
pweller7 glad you got the playlist working! As a recap for everyone:
* To create a playlist in youtube you need to create an account. Since youtube is now connected to google it unfortunately will want you connected to a google account.
* Once you sign in with an account on youtube, there is a button in the top right corner for you to manage your account including maintaining playlists and choosing playlists to stream.
* If you are signed into youtube then as you play any video there is a button under it to "Add to" where you can add it to one of your existing playlists or create a new playlist to add it to.

poppetawoppet good idea! Any help we can get from fans that are part of any other fan groups is great! I am sure there is more we can do!

To start getting Youtube to associate the TLS American Idol video with other popular artists -- rather than solely with Idol -- so people searching other artists are more likely to see it, don't forget the fun of building (and playing) Youtube playlists!

I'd done one earlier in the day with indie artists, then got my head properly in the game and realized it makes more sense to associate TLS with songs that are likely to get lots of hits. So this playlist is built from the top 40 for the Alternative Rock radio format. Good company, right?

I think we need to stream this but I don't know how to set it up to do so like ladynsearch did way below for FITM. Can anyone make a like for this and I will stream it> Thanks!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80vCvyLBEMo&feature=youtu.be

Nevermind! I got it! streaming!

long time lurker and infrequent commenter:

if ever we do decide to form a formal street team, we could always consult @littlepawns and ask for their help. I know that they've sort of joined forces with other fan groups to help promote things (and trend things) so technically it would be adding in an extra bit of help

The most important thing right now is sales of The Last Song I'll Write For You. It is not just about us buying it and gifting it, which is very important, but about there being buzz about it that will prompt more casual fans to buy it as well. It is great that there has been so much twitter chatter about it for the past few days. It is a real benefit that so many of his fans regularly use twitter. It is also really helpful that The Voice had its finale this week so fans going to buy those recordings might also notice TLS and pick that up too.

Dyann thank you for your post! I sent you a PM. Some of us have talked before about having regional focus. One of the main issues we have here is concern of going OTT and turning off individuals in the industry. As much as we want to support and promote any outlet that supports him, any postings here about individual local outlets runs the risk of too many non-local fans contacting them. Communications between fans focused in different regions would be very helpful.

Any ideas are really welcome. For instance every time I look at his last.FM stats I can not help but think that good as those numbers are, they could be 2-3 times that if more of us had jumped onto that bandwagon years earlier than we did. There just was not enough discussion of it.

Now that David is no longer with RCA, it's just my feeling that we need to start some REAL street team work. Divide the US into regions/areas, with leaders in each region and managers in sub-regions. I live in the Pittsburgh, PA area, and I am willing to lead a Western PA/Eastern OH/upper WV team. It seems like we need a true coordinated effort to get the David Cook Street Team up and running. I have some info from other bands I follow (especially Goo Goo Dolls), but I certainly don't pretend to have all the answers.

We really need to do what we can now, and WORK HARD for David so that he can get another label to back him. If anyone else is interested in doing this, feel free to message me on here or follow me at twitter (Acoustic3Gal) or at www.facebook.com/davidluvr. Thanks!

The Last Song I'll Write For You has been out since yesterday. So far we have no indication that it has been released to radio. But there is still so much we can do right now!

First and foremost is (of course) to purchase it for ourselves and others and encourage others to do the same.

It is also extremely important and helpful for us to play it thru our favorite streaming service! And also to have those plays scrobbled to last.FM for maximum exposure!

I am going to bump the scrobbling thread. This is a GREAT time to finally set that up if you have not done that yet.

We also should keep searching for new articles on him and his music. If positive articles have an option to FB like it or tweet it or comment, do so! And we must not forget to search local media outlets like radio stations for any new articles. So far I have not seen any 'local' articles. They are often difficult to find since they do not get a lot of hits. We often find them just by going directly to the site and searching within it.

This is a good time for twitter usage. I don't think we have a thread here about twitter, or at least not one that has been used in a long time. If you do not have a twitter account the basics is just to create a Twitter profile and name and you connect that to an email address. Twitter is probably THE most public outlet we use. So you should be careful to consider not only what personal information you supply to twitter when signing up but also what personal information is connected to whatever email you use. i.e.if you do not have a 'fan' email account you might want to create a new email address that you also use for this purpose.

Once on twitter If you start following @thedavidcook and ‏ @FoolsApril64, you can then look at who else is following them for some easy suggestions on who else to follow.

pweller thanks for the thread bump!
Now that there is a NEW SONG out, I am finally going to overhaul the OP and make it more general with no references to specific songs or albums. I found it very difficult to try to fit everything in without being too wordy.

I am removing most of what was previously in the OP just to make it a shorter OP. So it does not get completely lost, below are 2 sections of the OP that I am removing tonight:
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Every single radio spin is important! Every radio spin gets David Cook's music to some number of listeners. Many spins also count toward chart position calculations for the given format a single is currently being pushed to. There are hundreds of stations out there. We need hundreds or thousands of fans to be paying attention to their local stations, requesting responsibly, commenting on any David related stories their stations post on their web sites, etc. Single sales drive radio play. But radio play drives sales. Every spin increases the chances a listener will buy the single, will start requesting the song themselves, or will otherwise start supporting David Cook and his music.
Please feel free to PM me if you are looking for Radio Stations to listen to. I can let you know what stations in your area are of the correct format and if they have been playing his latest single. Or, I can suggest stations you can adopt and regularly stream online.

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BACKGROUND

After David Cook first knocked my socks off back in 2008, I invited a friend to watch Idol with me the following week. I had no idea how the show worked. She frequently voted and she was there to show me how to vote after the show. About 20 minutes into the voting window, she was 'done' and ready to go. She had managed by phone to register one vote for David and one for Jason. She thought that was pretty good. One or two votes was about the most she had ever done. WTH!

As soon as she left I got into the David Cook forum at AI.com to find out how I could vote as much as humanly possible for this artist who had so earned my appreciation. Those fans were focused! (*waves happily to any of them that are reading this post*) It took no time at all for a neophyte like me to find the information I needed to support this artist, to learn how to vote and vote effectively, and to find encouragement to do so.

I had found a home Smiling
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Now I feel like we have a number of helpful threads to follow here to know how to support TLG (and TLM and David), but there is no central thread for general discussion of the ways to promote The Last Goodbye, and to help point us to these other threads we might want to follow. So here it is.

Thinking this thread should be bumped up in anticipation of TLSIWWFY!

We have been talking about this poll in the Streaming thread. But I am going to bring it here too:
http://www.q102.com/pages/ai-brackets/index.html

This is a "who is your favorite Idol contestant" poll. It is a brackets poll where each week we battle with one other contestant and if we win we go against someone else who won the week.
This is for a radio station so it is important that Cook does well! For this week we have been JUST UNDER 50% in our bracket almost all week! We get above 50% every now and then but can't sustain it! We need all the help we can get! This is within our reach! This week's contest will end Sunday evening 4/15.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 21:25
karenc3:
Something interesting, it seems like on the HAC stations around where I live, I'm hearing TOML a lot the past couple of weeks. I've actually seen others say the same thing from different areas, too. The other thing is it seems like on the Mediabase request forms, the only song listed is TOML. Isn't it good if we keep requesting it, and some of the other songs, even the older ones like TOML and LO? It would keep him on the radio. And although I do like TOML, I know that it isn't a favorite, but I still think it's good it's getting airplay in advance of the new single. Just a thought.

karenc3 I agree that it is a good idea to keep requesting his songs on stations that might play them! Airplay is airplay. It reminds listeners of him and it reminds PDs and DJs of him! We want stations to think of themselves as stations that "play David Cook."

Something interesting, it seems like on the HAC stations around where I live, I'm hearing TOML a lot the past couple of weeks. I've actually seen others say the same thing from different areas, too. The other thing is it seems like on the Mediabase request forms, the only song listed is TOML. Isn't it good if we keep requesting it, and some of the other songs, even the older ones like TOML and LO? It would keep him on the radio. And although I do like TOML, I know that it isn't a favorite, but I still think it's good it's getting airplay in advance of the new single. Just a thought.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 23:27
luckyduck:
This is interesting, I was just over at Last.fm and I clicked on David's artist's page. 9 new news items have been linked there on the news tab.

luckyduck Thanks for bringing over that information! I must say, it is clear he and his management are working to see to it that he stays in the public eye. In recent weeks we have had such goodies as:

* One-off shows such as last weekend's Food and Wine festival, the Texas Rodeo, and the Night of Hope benefit.

* The 2-minute interview from the Food and Wine festival, where he revealed that he will sing a new song on Idol on May 10th! This interview got picked up by MANY radio station sites, too, helping to keep is name out there. If you search for "david cook new material" you will find many sites have that clip up!

* The release of This Quiet Night to iTunes and Amazon.

* Him DJ'ing of The Weekend Top 30 this past weekend. Here's the link to the clips someone put together for that show! It really went well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXZRFEvIWVw&feature=youtu.be&a

* His Star Spangled Banner performance from Friday. Here's one of the links for that: http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20409549&c_id...

And most of these items create an opportunity for us to give a site some hits, FB like articles and comments that are positive toward him, and to stream new content! Smiling

This is interesting, I was just over at Last.fm and I clicked on David's artist's page. 9 new news items have been linked there on the news tab.
David Cook posted a news item ‘David Joins Night of Hope Benefit’. 4 hours ago
David Cook posted a news item ‘David Cook To Host WT30 on 4/7 & 4/8!’. 4 hours ago
David Cook posted a news item ‘This Quiet Night EP' Available Everywhere!’. 4 hours ago
David Cook posted a news item ‘David Cook In The LA Marathon’. 4 hours ago
David Cook posted a news item ‘Watch David on KCAL9’. 4 hours ago
David Cook posted a news item ‘David Talks about the LA Marathon and Fundraising in Honor of his Brother’. 4 hours ago
David Cook posted a news item ‘David Cook calls in to Scott McKenzie and The Morning MIX’. 4 hours ago
David Cook posted a news item ‘Win a Chance to Get a Valentine from David!’. 4 hours ago
David Cook posted a news item ‘David Joins Jon Bon Jovi!’. 4 hours ago

I imagine it's not really Dave but his management team. I started posting shouts there. Each shout is tallied for the The Next Big Sound stats. Makes me wonder if something is going on (or about to happen)

We have a new single coming in a few weeks!
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh. So much to do! So little time! Just for starters:
* A number of radio stations have an article up with a link to the 105.1 2-minute interview! We should all check our local station sites and let them see there is interest in new Cook music! (An FB like and even a comment would be particularly helpful.) We should also pay attention to Cook news at any other entertainment sites we go to and make POSITIVE comments Smiling
* We should make sure we are all set with some sort of streaming service we use for our own music spins, and that it scrobbles to last.FM. No reason not to let our own music preferences be counted!
* Twitter can be very useful at a time like this! If we make sure we are following various entertainment outlets and especially our own radio stations, then we can respond to and/or retweet anything related to the new song. Let them know we are interested!

I gotta go for now. Please anyone feel free to discuss and support items here or to send me a PM with any questions/comments if you would rather dot that!

I have been working on an update to the OP to replace references to specific objects that change over time and to instead list general guidelines for activities and concerns which are ongoing. I am finding the task quite daunting. There are so many different items to cover from voting to commenting to streaming to tweeting and many more.
So instead I will first start discussions within this thread for each of the items. I can then later update the OP having had the benefit of those discussions.

Please feel free to PM me if you have input you do not feel comfortable posting.

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GUIDELINES
1) Please evaluate your privacy concerns. Many of the activities promoted in this thread entail the use of social media. Whenever we create a user account/profile with one site there is some degree of personal profile questions that will be asked. Most of the information is optional and some can be set to be non-public. Also, any of these new accounts will connect to some other account such as an email address. That email address will in turn have personal profile information which we previously supplied when opening that account. Increasingly, instead of connecting new accounts/profiles to an existing email address, sites will suggest or require we connect the new profile to one of our other social media accounts, such as Facebook or Twitter, which are often connected to even more previously supplied information than an email account is.
It is a good idea to evaluate, from time to time, what information we have supplied and if we want to change or hide any of it now it is getting connected to more and more entertainment sites.
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The above guideline is very timely to discuss/consider. In a few days Google, which owns youtube among many other often used applications, is making major changes to their (so-called)privacy policy for all their apps. It is not clear exactly what the impact will be, but it is clear they are reducing privacy protections, are moving toward more "transparency," and increasing the amount of information supplied by us which they will be shared between their various products that we use.
So now would not be a bad time to review what personal information we have supplied to the different user profiles we have created.

It's been a while since I have posted an update on countdowns and syndicated programs. Here's a summary for Fade Into Me

Perez Hilton - The Fab 30.
Perez was a very good supporter of Fade Into Me. He started playing Fade Into Me in Nov 2011. Due to the Holidays there were a couple weeks where there was no TheFab30 countdown show. Other than those weeks The Fab30 played Fade Into Me every week until the weekend it fell out of the top 40! Perez always played it as a "wanna be" which is appropriate since he only plays a Top 30. As a "wanna be" it still got played in its entirety every show.
Perez also played The Last Goodbye for at least a couple weeks when it was on the chart. Unfortunately I am not sure exactly how many weeks he played TLG. Perez's countdown list is not published so I have to actually catch the whole show or get a direct report from someone else, to know if he has played a Cook song. For TLG I know he played it on more than one week, but I am not sure for how many.

Rick Dees Top 40.
Rick Dees played Fade Into Me as a "sure shot" song the weekend before his countdown started its Holiday/Year End break for 2011. As a "sure shot" it was played in its entirety at the start of the show. He then had special programming for 4-5 weekends! By the time the show returned to a regular weekend countdown in late January, Fade Into Me was about to fall off the (top 40) chart and not surprisingly was not in the countdown's Top 40. We have to remember that these HAC Top 40 countdown shows include recurrent songs that are still getting a lot of radio play. So a song has to be closer to 30 or even higher on the non-recurrent published charts for it to make it onto a radio program's Top 40.
Rick Dees also famously played TLG as a "sure shot" the weekend before taking 2 weeks off around the 4th of July, 2011. TLG was then played as a regular countdown song for several weeks after he returned from that break.
IMO Dees has always been a good supporter of David. Starting with the last album cycle he often has something very positive to say when introducing a Cook song on his countdown.

Billy Bush and other syndicated shows.
What we have seen with Billy Bush and other syndicated multi-hour non-countdown shows, is that stations can swap out individual songs during the program and play a different song or some additional commercials. For instance, NH station WERZ played The Last Goodbye regularly while Providence station WSNE never played it. These two stations play a lot of the same low-profile syndicated programs throughout the week. By low-profile I mean the DJs are not really 'personalities' and just introduce songs and are not obviously syndicated DJs. But their program is broadcast simultaneously on multiple stations. WERZ would sometimes play TLG during a show that was simultaneously playing on WSNE, while WSNE would instead play commercials or some older song.
I believe that Billy Bush played FIM since FIM stations that played his program would regularly play FIM during his program. But as far as we know we never picked up a random spin from some station because of his show. So it is possible those FIM stations were swapping in FIM in place of something else he played.

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I am working on an updated OP for this thread, as FIM is not currently being promoted to radio. (But please continue to request it and any other Cook songs that your station plays!) I will attempt to make the objectives generic enough that the wording will not need to be changed for each new single or album. Because, lets face it, while we need to focus on any specific promo opportunities as they arise, we really want people to become fans of him and his entire body of work! The true objective is to continually promote David and his music.

This will be that last week for http://www.kiss108.com/pages/ultimate-idol/?3

It looks like it will be a battle of The Davids, lol. So it might be a grueling battle indeed this week.
IMO anything connected to a radio station is important. It shows them first hand that there is current, avid, fan support.

This will be that last week for http://www.kiss108.com/pages/ultimate-idol/?3

It looks like it will be a battle of The Davids, lol. So it might be a grueling battle indeed this week.
IMO anything connected to a radio station is important. It shows them first hand that there is current, avid, fan support.

incipit that 50/50 question is very interesting. I suppose they could go by the exact vote count, but it would be tricky since we can not see the vote counts.

For this kiss 108 poll all you need to do is refresh/reload and vote again. It regularly blocks you out of voting, but usually only for a few minutes. Most of the time you should be able to vote.
This is a week-long vote that is ending this evening. We are currently at 49.81%

Maybeplum, I had some time this afternoon - and put in quite a few votes. It was interesting - the other three brackets closed down at least four different times - DCvsCU never did, til after 3PM ET. And the % only moved two places up - and down again.

I don't like this intermittant 'shut down the voting' the station does - it's like a thumb on the scale. On Saturday, every time I thought I would vote, it wasn't possible. If I had realized the way they operate, I never would have started. But I started, so I'll finish.

I'll go back and add some more votes later - but I'm also curious - I wonder, what will the station do if it's 50/50 when the poll closes tonight?

We won the play987 contest that ended last Monday evening.
The station never played FIM as the winner and by all reports never mentioned the contest winner on the air.

What's up with that? Apparently the station was so certain FIM would not win the contest they had not even thought thru what they would do if it won. Why would TPTB at an HAC station in Jan of 2012 think that way? Why were they so certain his fans had moved on? If they had thought to put FIM into a contest when it first came out, maybe they would have picked it up for regular play. But apparently it did not even occur to them that there might be so much support for a new Cook song.

I think David and his team see now that they need to keep his name out there regularly even between album cycles. There must be a strong expectation among people in the industry that Idols will be forgotten after their debut albums even if those albums did well.

We need to keep our visibility up too. Sites should notice hits when they post articles about him or videos to stream or polls that he is in. Insiders looking at Next Big Sound statistics should see the steady continued interest in him that we see here, on twitter, and at other related fan sites.

This poll is really close. We are less than 1/2 a percent behind right now. The voting has been steady and heavy for days, but the poll ends tonight and we are out of the lead now.

http://www.kiss108.com/pages/ultimate-idol/

He is neck and neck in the Kiss 108 poll this morning http://www.kiss108.com/pages/ultimate-idol/

A lot of sites have Idol articles this week. Everyone should check their stations for new articles.

WTIC in CT has a detailed write-up that features Cook prominently: http://965tic.radio.com/2012/01/09/pop-quiz-whos-your-favorite-american-...

Comment Sections on Public Sites

I think this thread is as good a place as any to have a discussion regarding how best to comment on non-fan sites.

I come at this issue from the stand point of someone who has posted many comments which I almost immediately regretted. For me, I often see red when reading the (to me) unfair or untrue comments of others and I quickly react. I long ago came to realize the negative impact of posting these honest reactions, having watched many a thread or comments section degenerate into a tedious fan war where posters on both sides are all just being honestly defensive of their side. During this album cycle I have still occasionally had moments where I slipped in a seemingly mild reaction to something only to immediately regret it as having been unnecessary and potentially damaging if someone else decides to escalate in reaction to me. So I am still a work in progress myself.

The specific item we need to keep in mind is that the audience for any comments sections is the general public and industry sources connected to the site where we are commenting. The audience is not our own community or AI fans.
The purpose of the comments should be to help promote him, to prompt others to have a positive view of David and his music, and maybe for them to see that he has many loyal fans who love his music.

So they should follow along the lines of:
* Positive comments about his music and why we like it.
* Positive comments about him.
* Positive comments about the site, the blogger, etc. for the opportunity to discuss and/or listen to his music.
* Reaction to perceived negative or unfair comments should be to post an alternative positive, and often more specific, comment.
* Negative comments about other artists or their work or comparisons to other artists are almost never a good idea. (Unless perhaps if it is a music discussion site where artist comparisons are the norm. Even then caution should be used.)
* If there are to be any comments about voting they should be positive comments about the song/video/artist with an encouragement to others to therefore vote for it too.
* If there are to be any comments about hit count they should be positive comments related to the video or artist.

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