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Worldwide Digital Music Distribution

Piet Botha on iTunes

I work very closely with the Next Music Group (in South Africa) regarding worldwide digital distribution through The Orchard network (based in New York, with offices around the world) to iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Simfy and basically everywhere else including SA stores like MTN and Nokia.

Artists I have helped so far include Piet Botha, Wowo, Ann Jangle, Steve Louw & Big Sky, The Black Cat Bones, Akkedis and Jake Gunn.

Please complete the form below  to request a draft agreement, or contact Brian Currin.

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You need a website

People need to Find You and Talk To You.

Finding you is called Marketing and talking to you is called Sales.

I have now just saved you 3 years of study at University.

Yes, it is that simple.

For this you need not just a website, but a web presence … but a website is a very good place to start.

I love building websites and have been doing it since 1997.

Let me help you with yours.

See more at: http://blog.briancurrin.com/portfolio/

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The Virtual Braai

Twitter is like those newspaper headlines that you see on lampposts. Just a quick bit of news to encourage you to investigate more. Minute-by-minute information of what is happening right now.

Facebook is like a newspaper that you buy and scan through, picking out the interesting bits and throwing the rest away. Day-by-day information of what is happening in your world.

A Blog is like a magazine, that you read more thoroughly, and perhaps even keep for future reference.

A Website is like a coffee table book with lots of detailed information on a subject you are really interested in.

And all of this is so we can stand around our Virtual Braai and discuss topics that are close to our hearts.

Posted in Cape Town, Playlists, Radio, Resources, SA Music, SA Rock Digest

All Jazz Radio

All Jazz Radio

All Jazz Radio is in its test phase and broadcasting ”live” on the ‘net. One can “tune in” and hear a continuous broad mix of music being played currently online, right around the clock, 24/7. We would like you please visit our social media sites and pages on; Facebook at www.facebook.com/AllJazzRadio and @AllJazzRadioSA on Twitter.

Remember too to let all your friends, FB Friends and Twitter Followers know to go and Like the FB page, Follow the Twitter feed, subscribe to out daily newspaper, All Jazz Radio News at http://paper.li/AllJazzRadioSA/1342250877 and most importantly listen online via the web, on your smartphone and on your tablet.

All Jazz Radio, your key to listening pleasure online, join us today. 

Please bear with us, as our training program and broadcast schedule are being  finalised and will in due course be put into place. Enjoy the good music on All Jazz Radio.

All Jazz Radio, your essential music listening home, where Jazz Lovers of South Africa, Africa & The World meet to share in our common social interest and lifestyle on the World Wide Web

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SEARCHING FOR EXPOSURE? TRY SUGAR MUSIC….

Brian Currin and Stephen “Sugar” Segerman met in 1997 through the rediscovery of Rodriguez. A mutual love of music (especially the South African kind) and sharing it with others, saw them launch Sugar Music in the early-2000’s.

Sugar Music has since become the hub for many projects including SugarMan.org, The South African Rock Encyclopedia, The SA Rock Digest, SAmp3.com, Mabu Vinyl, and a number of other joint and associated music ventures.

Since 2004, Sugar Music has been supplying Channel 24 (MWeb’s entertainment portal) with MP3s by South African artists of all genres, and from all decades, for the MP3 section of their Homepage.

These MP3s are made available as free downloads by Channel 24, to help give exposure to all these artists and their music. Some tracks are full length (if requested by the artist), but most are edited to be between 70% and 75%, as long as they are longer than 2 minutes.

An image, a short blurb, and a hyperlink are included with each entry.

If you would like to take advantage of this excellent promotional opportunity, at no cost to yourself, please supply a list of songs that you are authorising for free download and which web address you would prefer each song linked to. Sugar Music will take care of the rest.

Sugar Music submits monthly reports to NORM, of all tracks supplied to Channel 24, to ensure transparency and compliance.

For more information please contact Sugar on sugar@sugarmusic.co.za or phone 021-4237635.

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Brian, My Web Guy

Brian Currin is known to many of his friends and clients as “My Web Guy” and to a number of people all over the world as “a guy who knows a bit about music“.

These people say ... Brian is My Web Guy
These people say … Brian is My Web Guy

A few of his recent and current projects include:

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A WordPress.com Website is the perfect solution for Musicians

These people say ... Brian Currin is My Web Guy
These people all say … Brian Currin is My Web Guy

WordPress.com is the perfect website solution for people who want to:

  • promote their music
  • connect with their fans
  • do their own updates
  • showcase their videos
  • showcase their photos
  • showcase their music
  • save money

Some Questions People Ask

Q. What are the benefits of WordPress.com?

A. There are many benefits, here are some of the main ones:

  • Free web hosting
  • Free web themes
  • Free Content Management System
  • Ability to include own header and background on most themes
  • Google-friendly
  • Mobile-friendly
  • YouTube, Soundcloud, Google Maps, etc can be embedded
  • Contact Form – helps reduce spam
  • Social Media feeds can be embedded
  • Blog can update Social Media platforms automatically
  • Analytical Information
  • Premium themes and upgrades available at reasonable prices

 

Q. Aren’t websites expensive?

A. They don’t have to be. Depending on your requirements, you really don’t need to break the bank. A WordPress.com website can be set up without incurring costs for web hosting, graphic design and web development. Read more.

Q. What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

A. Basically a WordPress.com website is ideal for people who want to get on with focussing on running their business.

WordPress.org is great if you are happy to pay for web hosting and pay a web developer for their time.  Read more.

Posted in Online Marketing, Tourism, Wordpress.com Website

Sharky Holiday Home

WordPress.com is perfect if you need to embed a Google Map.

It is also great for creating Contact Forms, where all the information you require is sent to you via email without revealing your email address.

Sharky Holiday Home
Sharky Holiday Home
Sharky Holiday Home
Sharky Holiday Home
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Why you should be using WordPress.com for creating a Web Presence

and the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

The Yoga Factor
The Yoga Factor

The quick version:

People need to Find You and Talk To You.

Finding you is called Marketing and talking to you is called Sales.

I have now just saved you 3 years of study at University.

Yes, it is that simple.

A WordPress.com website is the perfect tool for marketing and sales without breaking the bank, especially if you are passionate about your business and would like to get involved with your own online promotion.

I love WordPress.com because you can have a website where ordinary people can update their content without paying for web hosting, graphic design and web development.

Not that those things are wrong, of course, but you can always build up towards having them as your business and brand grows.

Some examples in action:

 

The long version:

WordPress.com is a hosting platform that utilizes the same WordPress software that anyone can download from WordPress.org.

With WordPress.com, the hosting and managing of the software is taken care of for you.

With the freestanding WordPress.org software, you need to install it on your own server or a 3rd party hosting provider.

WordPress.com Benefits

  • It’s free and much easier to set up
  • Everything is taken care of: setup, upgrades, spam, backups, security, etc.
  • Your website / blog is on hundreds of servers, so it’s highly unlikely it will go down due to traffic
  • Your content is backed up automatically
  • You get extra traffic from the WordPress.com community
  • Your dashboard is secure (SSL) making it even safer to log in on shared networks

WordPress.com Cons

  • Provides 170+ themes (and adding more every day), but you cannot upload a custom theme
  • You can’t modify the PHP code behind your blog
  • You can’t upload plugins

If you are a web developer, or you are happy to pay a web developer for their time, here are the benefits of WordPress.org:

WordPress.org (self-hosted) Benefits

  • Ability to upload themes
  • Ability to upload plugins
  • Great community
  • Complete control to change code if you’re technically minded

However, for me, the Cons far out-weigh the Benefits:

WordPress.org (self-hosted) Cons

  • You need a good web host, which can get expensive.
  • Requires more technical knowledge to set up and run
  • You’re responsible for stopping spam
  • You have to handle backups
  • You must upgrade the software when a new version comes out
  • If you get a huge spike in traffic your site will probably go down unless you have a robust hosting setup

Why I love WordPress.com

For no charge, WordPress.com provides web hosting, unlimited database storage with redundancy and backups, automatic software upgrades, community support forums, multi-lingual administration and themes, real-time traffic stats, comment tracking, blog and post rankings and other features not available anywhere else. These features will always be free for blogs started on WordPress.com.

WordPress.com offers paid upgrades as a way to provide premium features without forcing people to host their website / blogs elsewhere. These upgrades are optional.

  • Currently over 170 themes to choose from, some are Premium, but most are Free.
  • Integrated Statistics on where your visitors are coming from, and a whole lot more.
  • Excellent support available from fellow users (on Forums) and WordPress staff.
  • Robust server back ups.
  • Multiple users, great for clubs, communities, bands and so on.
  • Mobile-friendly

Resources for this article:

WordPress.com, WordPress, and WordPress.org

The Features You’ll Love

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Using WordPress.com to create a Mobile Presence

Wordpress. com Mobile Themes
WordPress.com Mobile Themes

It is becoming more and more important to optimize your website for mobile.

The Smartphone is transforming communication and publishing.

490 million smartphones sold in 2011. – Jeff Bullas

When a visitor browses to your WordPress.com blog website using a mobile device, WordPress.com will show special themes designed to work on small screens focusing on fast load times.

Some WordPress.com themes are mobile-ready, also called “responsive width”, that adapt themselves to the device of the user.

However all WordPress.com themes are already mobile-friendly by default. The Minileven theme (a modification of Twenty Eleven) is displayed on modern mobile devices.

Users using older mobile devices  will see a version of the WordPress Mobile Edition theme.

WordPress.com also provides a special theme called Onswipe for the iPad.

So by using WordPress.com your website is already mobile-ready without you having to do anything.

Just another great reason why you should be using WordPress.com for building your Web Presence.

Sources:

WordPress.com Mobile Themes

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

3 Steps To Success With Digital Marketing – Jeff Bullas

See also:

Why you should be using WordPress.com for creating a Web Presence – Brian Currin