Spotify Playlist Promotion: Debunking Common Myths For Artists

Spotify playlist promotion (photo: John Tekeridis)

photo: John Tekeridis

Spotify playlist promotion can be both a blessing and a curse for music artists.

The following comes from OmariMC, a proud partner of DMN committed to boosting artist careers through smart, organic playlist placement and broader promotional and educational services.

On one hand, artists know that getting on playlists and gaining real streams on Spotify is certainly one piece of the puzzle for growing their music career.

On the other hand, with the rise in popularity of playlisting has come a new headache: finding out which playlists are genuine and who is actually willing to feature your music.

Playlist Promo Services

If you’re a musician, then you’re probably used to seeing a gazillion ads from music promotion services pop up on social media.

They all talk a big game, but who can actually deliver?

They throw around the words genuine, real, and organic, but too many artists have found the opposite to be true after trying out the services.

We decided to do some digging on a more popular and trusted service to see what are the real pros and cons to playlisting for artists.

Omari Music Promotion

One of the companies you’ve likely seen ads from is Omari MC.

They’ve run campaigns for over 10,000 artists even though they don’t promote any explicit content.

Seeing the numbers they achieve while only promoting clean content intrigued us to dive further into the business.

They specialize in Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Instagram and Facebook promotion campaigns for musicians across nearly every genre.

Unlike ads from others though, they’re usually pretty educational in their approach instead of only telling artists to ‘buy promotion now’ or ‘increase your streams’.

They actually give out educational material (ebook, audiobook, and social media ads for musicians course) with every promotion package purchase on their site at www.omarimc.com/promotion.

Seeing as many marketing gurus charge hundreds of dollars for their courses, it’s a nice added bonus that Omari gives away as a bundle package starting as low as $77.

The Biggest Difference With Omari

One of the biggest differences with Omari Music Promotion is they don’t hype up their services to unrealistic levels.

They don’t tell you you’re going to get famous and they don’t accept every song that’s submitted to them.

Rather, it’s refreshing to know you’re actually talking to a team of humans. They have a live chat on their website and even a phone number to call in with questions.

Oddly, one of the best things about them is they’ll often redirect artists to the proper promotion avenue for their desired goals.

A common myth artists have is that Spotify playlist promotion is the end all be all for their career.

If an artist could just land themselves on a big Spotify playlist then their career would be set! Right?

Not so much according to Omari.

According to their CEO:

“You never want to put all your eggs in one basket while advertising your music business. As a music artist, you in and of yourself are a brand. You don’t see other brands ONLY advertising on one platform. Your music marketing budget breakdown should typically look something like this:

    • 40% of marketing budget to IG (a little kickback to FB depending on your goals). A chunk of this budget should be spent remarketing your products/services (merch, session work, etc. to the people who have already shown interest in you)
    • 20-25% of marketing budget to YouTube/Google (you can do some remarketing here as well)
    • 20-25% of marketing budget to Spotify Playlisting
    • The remaining budget towards testing on Apple Music or other platforms

We take a more holistic approach at Omari instead of being a one trick pony that only sells Spotify promotion to artists.

You need to have your OWN products and services available for fans to buy through your website (merch, songwriting, session work, private consultations and meetings, sync licensing opportunities, etc.)

A good music promotion company focuses on the artist as a whole. This is why we bundle our educational material when artists purchase promotion. We know they want their stats to go up, but what they need equally as much is the business knowledge to turn their passion into profit.”

Why Playlisting Alone Isn’t Enough

When it comes to actually making a living as an artist many people are left clueless.

This is because they don’t have a comprehensive business strategy. A business operates off a number of different revenue streams. Here’s one example:

100,000 streams on Spotify equals roughly $437.

One t-shirt sale of your merch can sell for $20.

What’s easier to do; get 100,000 people to listen to your song or get only 20 people to buy a t-shirt?

When you live and die by depending on how much Spotify is going to pay out per stream, you’ll be left without much of a music career.

More Details On The Free Advanced Social Media Ads Course For Musicians

If you wanted to taking a deep dive into a comprehensive business strategy for your music career, then grab the social media ads for musicians course that’s included with the purchase of any promo package at  www.omarimc.com/promotion

Overall, we’ve found that Omari Music Promotion is far more in tune with what it will take for music artists to start creating viable businesses and careers instead of only focusing on gaining more streams.

6 Responses

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    Dmn is trash

    This article is literally SEO to search for “Spotify promotion.” Getting paid to push paid placement.
    Trash

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    Eu

    This article is about payola on Spotify, which is (at least in theory) not accepted by Spotify … Not that Spotify cares about, since there are lots of playlist owners asking for money to place a song; they could be easily found by Spotify but Spotify don’t care about that …

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    Dewey

    Payola was a term made up for radio DJs who would play songs on the stations that already had contracts with certain labels to play songs. The DJ worked for the station… it’s an outdated term that artists apply to influencers when in reality, all of it is simply marketing.

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    Eric

    Omari has a proven track record of taking money and not delivering results except for fake plays from bots. To publish an article featuring and promoting Omari makes DMN extremely suspect and it’s gonna take a lot for me to trust anything from this outlet ever again.