More than a passing hobby for me, but less than a real job? I don’t bother to keep track of the hours since I view it as more of a creative release than work, but the benefits of passive income for a freelance designer is causing me to further develop the business. It is nice to give new life to some of my older material too, rather than just have it sit around on a hard drive.
Congratulations! I’d love it if you would log some of your sales data and share it with us. Always nice to see how being featured benefits the author
check this thread: http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/how-to-write-a-corporate-track-that-sells/119090?page=1
Thanks for posting Matthew’s article again! I found this once and lost it. Glad to have to back in my hands.
I compose things that I enjoy or challenge me in some way, and if it happens to be marketable in the end, then it is icing on the cake. This is certainly a hobbyist composer’s point of view, and I haven’t decided to quit my day job, but every attempt teaches my something valuable for the next session.
I guess it begs to ask the question… “What do you consider AJ music?”. Lord save me if the only thing on here was corporate motivational.
Not too long ago, I was looking for some advice with regard to this as well. stumbled upon a great article by our very own FrontiersoundFX. He perfectly outlines how marketing should be done, and it makes perfect sense! Check it out
Thanks for the shout out. Always nice to hear that my articles are helpful to others out there. I like the point made by PurpleFogSound. Sometimes making tweets and Facebook messages is just about producing content with you name on it to help boost search ratings. I think it is only useful as a direct sales tool once you develop a following that will buy from you again and again.
single sale buyers = good
returning customers = better
I’ve done a great deal of sound design for theatre, and I had a business manager give me his insight on ticket sales by saying, “Some audience members you have to win over their patronage every production. Other audience members have already been won over and would pay to watch me shave.”
I want to promote Mexikus. I’m sure many people have heard his killer “Transformation Rise Impact” sound since it has been a top seller for a while now, but take a listen through some of his other material. Great talent and a passion for quality.
Wonderful ideas from everyone. I have a website and blog up and running, and I’ve seen an increase in traffic as a result of my efforts. I can’t say what has been converted to sales or not as a result of my work through. I have no referrals in AJ yet, but my promotion multifaceted, and thus, not specifically geared towards directing people into my Envato portfolio.
AlumoAudio makes a great point:
“Also legitimate followers soon tire of constant “check out my great AudioJungle item…blah blah blah”, and just result in an unfollow, so be aware of that and consider tweeting interesting and engaging content if you do focus on Twitter.”
I do my best to produce legitimate and interesting content on my blog, and avoid blasting spam at the people with whom I’ve earned their readership. Improving sales is a hopeful side product, but my goal is to use my brain and provide worthwhile content. I feel like that has to pay off in the end.
I put the links to my AJ related blog posts in my profile:
I wonder what the record is for largest number of replies.