Channels are avenues directly to your consumer. Where does your consumer spend his attention points?
Identify your target channels with these questions:
1) Where do messages that resonate with him/her come from?
2) Does he/she have a cause that he/she cares more about than the music they listen to?
3) Which channels are emotionally based channels? These will be more likely to allow your music to become a part of it as compared to channels that are necessary and intrinsic.
Once you identify these channels, HAVE SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE to the bigger picture. Your consumer cares about this channel, loves this channel, and actively engages with this channel. Do not replace the channel, simply merge with the channel. Add value to the channel. This will gain your consumer's trust and, provided you are true to the tenants and values of the channel, their love.
An example of this: The Matt Enik Independent We Stand Summer 2013 Tour. This is a summer tour designed by Red Dog Music Group to carry a young country act to consumers. The channel is the preservation of small, local businesses. Red Dog partnered with Independent We Stand, a trusted small business advocacy group through STIHL, Inc and are using Matt's performances to highlight local businesses. Fairs, festivals, high schools, and minor league baseballs teams have all bought into Matt and his performance because of their shared desire to support local businesses. Matt is trusted by the recipients of the content Independent We Stand's channel distributes and, through association, the small business movement channel.
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