Demystify Facebook & Instagram Marketing To Rock Your Online Presence!

Are you a musician, band or singer-songwriter who has been struggling to understand how to get any real traction with your social media marketing campaign? Do you have a Facebook page and an Instagram account but you just can’t seem to get any significant engagement from your fans and have no real idea how to use those platforms to expand your audience? Well, I have just the stocking stuffer for you this Christmas. Let me help you to demystify Facebook and Instagram marketing so you can rock your online presence!

It has been a long time coming but I am super stoked to FINALLY announce the availability for purchase of my Facebook & Instagram marketing guides, in PDF format, on my website now. For only CDN$9.97 (via PayPal), you will receive some very helpful and up-to-date information that will demonstrate how to effectively utilize both Facebook and Instagram for marketing and make you a pro at using them in no time!

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70 Tips For Rockin’ Your Facebook Page

If you’re having trouble decoding the mysteries of Facebook Pages, this guide is for you! Christine Bode of Scully Love Promo has created an easy-to-read, numbered list of 70 ways that you can take your Page from demo to mastered.

CLICK HERE: http://scullylovepromo.com/services/products/ and follow the simple instructions to purchase this 8 page e-book and download the digital PDF file through PayPal.

CDN $9.97

 

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If your target audience is under the age of 35, you need to be on Instagram! Find out how to use this incredible mobile phone app successfully to give more exposure to your brand and your music in Christine’s easy-to-read, point form guide. #instasick

CLICK HERE: http://scullylovepromo.com/services/products/ and follow the simple instructions to purchase this 7 page e-book and download the digital PDF file through PayPal.

CDN $9.97

(Cover images created by Donna Wood of Enovations Designs.)

You don’t have to be a musician to receive benefit from these guides. They will assist anyone who is using Facebook or Instagram for marketing purposes and just can’t figure out how to get the most out of those sites. Always remember that with social media marketing, the emphasis should be on SOCIAL and not MARKETING. Be sure to adhere to the 80/20 rule and make 80% of your posts social, offering value or entertainment to your fans, allowing them to get to know you better, and keep your promotional (hard sell) posts to 20%. Your goal is to build relationships and make friends.

It’s time to demystify Facebook and Instagram marketing and rock your online presence! YOU CAN DO IT!

Blast From the Past: My Evening With the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow

BLAST FROM THE PAST

The Sickest Thing: My Evening With the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow

Jim Rose Circus Sideshow poster

by Christine Bode
March 24, 1992

For the past month I’ve been re-reading the journals I wrote from 1992-1998 and while I’m definitely not the wild, party animal and social butterfly that I once was in my 20’s and early 30’s, I have still retained my interests in live music, the paranormal or unexplained, and the wondrous freaks of nature that once were the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow.

In March of 1992, I went to visit my best friend Jen in Vancouver as she was living there at the time. One night, Jen and my friend Vicki and I went to The Town Pump in Gastown to see the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow. We had no real idea as to what we were in for! And no, I haven’t seen American Horror Story: Freak Show yet as I’m not sure I’m up to it. The infamous Jim Rose Circus troupe was founded in Seattle by Jim Rose in the early 1990s and I’m telling you, I have never seen anything so absolutely, completely bizarre, repulsive and yet amazing in my entire life!

The Town Pump was totally packed at $10 a head which back then was a substantial cover charge, but the show was well worth it. The first thing, or should I say person, we saw was a guy named The Amazing Mr. Lifto who had 11 parts of his body pierced, including his ears, nose, tongue, nipples and penis. He lifted various heavy, heavier and heaviest objects with different parts of his anatomy. His finale was to spray shaving cream on his genitals and lift a large weight that looked somewhat like a boat anchor with his dick! He had a hole in his penis through which he’d strung some kind of wire with a hook which was then attached to the weight. When he lifted that damn thing, his poor penis stretched so far that I thought it was going to rip apart! OUCH!! We were stunned and couldn’t believe it, but that was only the beginning and the show just got more and more bizarre after that.

This is a very tame video to show you just a little of what this man can do. There are other more disturbing videos available on the Internet for those who are not faint of heart.

Following Mr. Lifto was a dwarf lady named Dolly the Doll who sounded as if she was drunk, and she basically just told the audience about her days in the Circus and about the guy she married who used to carry her around on his back. This was boring in comparison to the rest of the show.

Jim Rose was the headmaster/host (his sideshow has toured with Nine Jim Rose Circus DVDInch Nails, Marilyn Manson, KoRn and Godsmack) and the first thing we saw him do was to swallow four razor blades, one at a time, and then he swallowed a string and said he was going to do some “internal juggling.” He was a great showman and drew the whole thing out quite dramatically. He pulled the string out of his mouth, very slowly, and one by one the razor blades were retracted, hanging neatly in a row on the string. Unbelievable! Jim performed little stunts throughout the show in between the other troupe members’ performances. He got out of a straightjacket, put his hand in a leg-hold trap (for raccoons) and let it snap shut on him, and laid down on a the stage floor, putting his face in a pile of broken glass. Then he had a woman step on his head while his face was embedded in the glass! YIKES!

In 1993 there was a documentary produced about The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow that you can get through Amazon. Not long after that, Jim Rose appeared on The Jon Stewart Show.

There was another guy called The Torture King/The Human Pincushion and his gig was to pierce his skin with a various assortment of pins and skewers. He had about 50 pins stuck through his torso and arms and he demonstrated how he did that (EEWWW!). Just in case some of the audience couldn’t see the stage very well there was a large video screen mounted on the wall so we wouldn’t miss anything. God, it was gross to watch! This guy stuck a pin through his voice box, one through the orbit of his eye and then he stuck a skewer from one side of his cheek, into his mouth, and out the other side of his face! GOD!! I almost lost it then! After that, he made a big show out of taking many of the pins out and he actually bled a bit. Some of the pins that were on his chest had little lights in them and for his piece de resistance, he put a fluorescent tube into his mouth, and touched an electrical generator that electrically shocked him into lighting up the tube. He was electrocuted three times! The second time, he had a neon tube in this mouth, which apparently takes more electricity to illuminate, and the third time, he wore a fluorescent “halo” on his head and held a sword and when they shocked him again, he did his “Electric Christ” impersonation!

The piano player was a young guy, about 25, who was called Slug/The Human Terrarium. First, he chewed a mouthful of broken glass and swallowed it. Then a tray full of jars and bowls was brought onto the stage and passed around the front of the audience to help verify their contents. Slug proceeded to eat four worms, (he chewed them up and stuck out his tongue so that everyone could see the mess! YUCKKKKK!!!!) two crickets, and four maggots! Jen and I thought we were going to puke at that point. I was really feeling nauseous. Apparently, that guy had complete control of his gag reflex which is more than I can say for myself. After that, he swallowed a dagger, a large screwdriver and a very large sword, in succession.

The last guy to perform was called The Tube. He could control his sneeze reflex, which he proved by sticking a string through his nose and drawing it out through his mouth. Then he took a very long piece of hollow, plastic tubing and fed it through his nasal cavity into his stomach. It was attached to a 40 oz. plastic container which he filled with beer, ketchup, chocolate syrup and Malox. He proceeded to inhale the entire concoction through his nose into his stomach. A couple of minutes later, he regurgitated the whole mess (which was now a different colour, due to the bile in his stomach) back into the container and invited a member of the audience to join him and the other troupe members on stage for a glass of “bile beer”!! One guy (I don’t know whether he was a plant or not) got up on stage and drank it! I couldn’t believe it!! GROSS!!!!!!

After seeing this freak show, nothing else we did in Vancouver could have lived up to it in comparison. I don’t have any pictures from that night but there are photos of the troupe members to be found in Google Images and I’ll leave the search to you if you care to look. Attending The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow, is by far, the sickest – and I don’t mean cool but I do mean crazy – thing I’ve ever done.

In Honour of Social Media Day: Book Me Today & Save!

Mashable Social Media Day

According to Mashable (www.mashable.com – @mashable), one of the leading tech & social media experts online today, it’s Social Media Day or if you’re on Twitter – #SMDay (trending now).

http://mashable.com/2015/06/30/happy-social-media-day-2015/ – Read all about it here.

I’m enough of a social media geek to play along so in honour of it being Social Media Day, I’m offering – TODAY ONLY – last year’s rates to any new clients who need assistance with their social media management or marketing. I specialize in working with musicians, authors & artists and you can read more about my services here.

Have you simply had enough of the stress & annoyance of being forced to participate in social media marketing to get anywhere with your music careers? How many of you just don’t care or worry about it?

Here’s “19 ways social media has ruined our lives” from METRO magazine:

(*Warning: This article MIGHT make you laugh!)

http://metro.co.uk/2015/06/30/19-ways-social-media-has-ruined-our-lives-5267360/

Now, don’t you feel just a little better?

Why You Should Use ManageFlitter To Help You Manage Your Twitter Account

ManageFlitter My favourite tool for managing Twitter accounts is ManageFlitter. It helps us to figure out who we’re following on Twitter that is either inactive or not following us back and it allows us to unfollow up to 100 people per day with the free version of the service.

A commercial version of ManageFlitter was launched in February 2011 by a company called Melon Media in Sydney, Australia, whose chief executive officer is Kevin Garber.

I love this tool because it’s so easy to use and the free version is sufficient for the bulk of ManageFlitter users. You simply go to www.manageflitter.com and sign in using your Twitter account. Be sure you’re signed in to Twitter first so that you can allow ManageFlitter access by authorizing them to pull in your data. You click the red Start button and ManageFlitter pulls in all the people you’re following on Twitter. Then you go to the Manage tab if it doesn’t direct you there automatically, which it often does. From there you can see in the left column, tabs for who is Not Following Back, who has No Profile Image (I don’t follow accounts without a profile image), which accounts are Non-English and who is Inactive. Generally, I click on Inactive first and if someone hasn’t tweeted in a month, I unfollow them. Then I go to Not Following Back and unfollow those accounts held by people who aren’t following me back.

My strategy is to work regularly on searching (using keywords or #hashtags) for people or organizations on Twitter that I’m interested in or who my clients would be interested in and then put them into Lists via keywords to later help filter their feed and find those people more easily so they can talk to them. I will also follow people recommended to me through shoutouts and hashtags like #FF (Follow Friday) or #MM (Music Monday), etc.

Once a month I use ManageFlitter to see who I’ve followed who is inactive or not following back and I unfollow them because let’s face it, they won’t be of any benefit to me. You can always choose to continue to follow a certain amount of Twitter accounts held by those who won’t follow you back because they’re celebrities, news sources or leading specialists in their field because you value the content of their tweets, but I think you should keep those to a minimum in order to keep your ratio of following to followers more even and therefore more appealing to others.

ManageFlitter’s Account Search feature is also excellent for defining who you’re looking for on Twitter and it will pull in a list of people you might want to follow based on the parameters of your search. Click the Refine tab to get the whole form and fill in what’s relevant to you. It always tends to pull in those who have heaps of followers first. As you know, sometimes those people won’t be the ones to follow you back. Always look for their ratio of followers to following to make your decision before you follow someone and make sure they tweet regularly. You can follow people directly from ManageFlitter too.

ManageFlitter also has a Power Post feature under the Engagement tab that enables you to preschedule your tweets to go out at peak times throughout the day. You can use Tweroid to help you to determine what times are best for you to tweet to reach your optimum audience. You can connect your Facebook account and LinkedIn account as well so that you can preschedule posts for them.  You can program in a Recurring tweet as well. I’m not sure how many tweets you can preschedule at once with the free version but you can probably do quite a few. You can ask ManageFlitter questions using their Support form under the Dashboard tab.

There are many additional features you can get including Analytics if you pay to upgrade your account but I find that for my clients’ purposes as well as their budgets that the free version is fine.

All you really need to help manage your Twitter account is ManageFlitter. Check out their blog for more great tips.