Idea: Digital Content marketing with physical cards

I had a coworker who’s main passion is being a music producer. He works with a group out of his home studio and produces music for the artists that seek him out. 

At the time, he pointed me out to a service that allowed him to add his track to several different music streaming services. (Distrokid)

Now this allowed him to have the content available on commonly consumed platforms, but he would still need to spread the word out through other means. I’m sure his crew knows how to get the word out on their latest track but this is what I thought of…

A business card. 

Wait. Come back! Head me out.

Treat it like you are selling a burned CD of a album you just cut together.  Like any good hustle, the thing you are giving to someone is often shows only a fraction of what you have and also says you have more.

So, here’s the idea of marketing a digital audio track with physical business cards.

Using Vistaprint, Moo, or other business card printing services, you can make a business card that looks similar to this.

Marketing digital content on a business card template
  • “Track Art / Album image” to help person recognize the track on digital libraries.
  • “Track Name” to help search for it.
  • “Artist Name” to lead them to more online content.
  • “Genre of Music / Hashtags” to understand what type of content it is before diving in.
  • “Track URL” to allow the person to directly go to the website that has the track. If you have it on multiple websites and platforms, you can set up your own website page that list all the links to the other music streaming platforms. Services like SmartURL.it will create a landing page that will allow the person to select the platform or website.
  • “Streaming platform name(s)” just to give the person a heads up on where it’s available.
  • “Artist website” you website to find more content or additional information.
  • “Blurb” just a small flavor text that give additional information of what you are about or what the track is about.

Putting all this information on a business card means it will cost less to spread the word and you can leave the cards out in select areas.

Plus they are also good for physically archiving your content.

Now this idea was made for digital music but you can also do this with video content, podcasts, written stories, and indie video games. 

Think about it like this, this is a business card that focuses on the singular content you want to advertise. So these business cards will lead people to the individual content and not just the general profile of you.

I know I will be using this for the big project content. Mainly because it will also give me a visible item that represents my efforts. 

(First posted on Patreon 1/17/2020)

Rant: Thank you, internet. The world is going to hell, now.

The world has always been allowed to be complicated. If I was the type of person who was told that eveyone should be following a consitent set of rules, I would totally believe that the world is going to hell thanks to the internet.

Yes, the world is changing. Yes, it will be at a different pace. Yes, there still is a chance that shit will hit the fan. No, the creation of the internet is not at fault. The creation of the internet just allows more documentation of injustices and privilege than what was allowed to pass through more news filters than in previous centuries.

I am trying to explain that the issue we all see today are not all new issues, the majority of these issues were just filtered out when it came to how important they were to share with other news outlets. Localized cognitive bias are at the heart of the issues that are overlooked, brushed over, maginalized, or inflated depending on the social structure of a area that a person grows up in. It is just like how a region handles economics (and they are also tied to economic) but with information and social connections.

Now before the internet, every town, village, city, state, and so forth passed along information depending on how important it was to share that information. Basic stuff. Cultural holidays, types of crime, world events, tourism events, and such had limited time space and printing budgets, news outlets could not air everything. So news members had to filter out what information stands out from the norm and what normal information should stand out. This gave cretain information a value depend on who gave it value.

And becasue most of the news at that time was made up of certain types of people with certain types of investments in a cultural ideal, you can see that a lot of moments that could have be put in the news was not seen as valuable news.

Thanks to the internets, the price of sharing information has dropped significately to the point that even folks who are labled marginalized and suppressed can affort to share their information. The world isn’t going to hell, the information about the world is just more accessable thanks to cheaper ways to share information.

Hundreds of years of local cultures, local court systems built on community ideals, and reported crimes were built on the ideas of the world around them through a filter. Now we see how different areas of the country have developed their own perspective of what the world should’ve been allowed to do.

It’s not the internet’s fault that we are finally seeing reports of injustices and business practices. They were typically covered up by groups who see this as normal practices. It’s our localized developed ideas about what a community should look like that make people assume the world is going to hell.

Is this a essay to argue that we should do away with everything? Hell no. If you think this essay is about that, than you just feel suppressed for not being able to do something guilt-free.

If you think this is about making every part of the country(or world) have the same rules? NOPE-TO-THE-HELL. You clearly don’t understand the complicated histories of each part of a country that had to adapt to costs of economic trade and resources. Although, we do need to put more regulation on making the medical industry and police force serve the public instead of overlooking manslaughter based on assuptions. Two-thirds of that Bullshit still exists to systematically maginallize and ostrize people of color with the intent to stop them from engaging in any other communities. So much so that the (Prefix)-American cultures has adapted standards to be anxeity-inducing aggressive towards one and another in order being perfect representations of stereotypes. (Which ****ing help support the lies about a person’s race & sex being a indication of limited behavior.)

*screams*

Look, I got somewhat off topic. The internet is doing the thing that it has always marketed as a service, helping people connect with like minded people. Knowing you aren’t alone is the best thing to feel when you are in a community that doesn’t see you as a resource. And it seems for hundreds of years a lot of people have been overlooked and suppressed in seeing there are other innocent people like them.

Now the internet is making information about other cities cheaper to distribute and with less editorial oversight (for now). Which means that the news that was not deemed important for specific news outlets in the passed can get passed those walls of normalized assumptions. And it turns out that a lot of areas of the country still have injustice because they have a cultural history of it and/or their justice system was built to interpret those incidences as allowed actions. Citizens are now able to compare how one county handles incidences against how another county’s handlings of incidences. BUT this is something that can play into the hands of those that think about strangers as stereotypes instead of as innocent people, also.

The world is not going to hell, we just don’t know how to improve everything on their own individual area’s pace. Our primal instincts scream at us that a ideal community should look, engage, feel, and smell a certain way; and that specific primal instinct is the cause of peoples’ suffering.

The world has long been allowed to be complicated. The most idotic thing we have been doing about that realization is to be a dick to innocent people. And if you want to argue that an idea of a stranger based on looks is they are not innocent before even knowing anything about them, then you just don’t want to feel guilty for what you would want to do to them if given a chance.

Frakblot – Sunglasses

Frakblot – Pillars

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Why do some students do not continue studies after graduation school?

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Anonymous on Ask.FM asked

Why do some students do not continue studies after graduating school?

From their observations of their surroundings, any further education beyond getting a job is more of a cost burden than a benefit.

Now, I am a high school drop out who tries to make a free creative & educational worksheet call “FreePlasticity”.
http://blog.freeplasticity.org
(I need to start making sheet again.)
So my opinions on this don’t come from any institute or academic funded research.

The majority of the workforce in the US doesn’t really rely on the education taught beyond grade 9. And with automation & computers, it actually reinforce the idea that any education beyond grade 9 is more of a hassle than a benefit in the US.

Before computers, it was the influence of parents & elders that showed how much education will help you later in life. So that means when more parents display a good amount of intelligence but still have shitty jobs, what good is the college education they force onto you?

The snow ball effect of this bad rap is when only good jobs require some sort of college attendance. Meaning that intelligent people given a shitty situation are most likely shunned from further education because of the costs of college tuitions. This also makes good paying jobs easier for those who can afford it and that see college as just another check box to mark off.

The motto of my side project FreePlasticity is “Education succeeds when knowledge is in practice”. When someone sees their surroundings as something that doesn’t grow from further education, it harms not only themselves but also their community because is cuts out educational influence & job resources that could of been brought into the community. Above all it also broadcasts the self-fullfilling lie that education is a privilege.

https://ask.fm/Mighterbump/answer/146863848102

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Waking up with a(game controller hotkey mapping) idea:

I’m going to be using the PlayStation controller for the explanation of this, but it could be made for xbox also.

This idea is to help map out custom hotkey bar.

Basic layout of first page

Button “L1” basically opens the first page of Hotkey menu bar (or wheel).

From here the first four spaces are connected to the action-button-pad. Mapped out clockwise from the top.

Basically,

  • L1 + triangle = Hotkey-1
  • L1 + Circle = 2
  • L1 + X = 3
  • L1 + square = 4

Now adding another shoulder button while pressing L1 allows access to different 4 spaces on the 16 space bar (or wheel).

This gives quick access to 16 spaces, of which, the player can customize.

BUT WAIT! THERE IS MORE.

Adding the directional-pad buttons to L1 opens up different hotkey pages.

So beyond the first page of just L1, pressing Up, Right, Down, or Left before any other buttons adds 4 more pages for 64 more spaces to customize.

This makes 80 spaces total to add a spell, potion, action, switch a weapon, activate a spaceship sequence, and such to a hotkey space.

Plus…while I’m thinking about the UI of a controller… pressing L1 + (Directional-pad), could access the hotkey space with R3 joystick in place of pressing the additional shoulder-button + action-button.

All this for an idea to make a expandable customizable hotkeys to a gaming controller.

This would be awesome for hooking up the game controller to PC games.

.@Twitter’s Underused DM potential idea:

Creating the API to expand for making “Buttons” in DMs of twitter would create a simplier & smoother experience of passing digital transactions, all the while placing a layer of security on said transactions.

An conceptual view of connection

Source code wise, each button on the receiving-end would be just a authorization/verification code to the third-party’s website.
While I had a general concept of the UX, I simplified the imagined layout of how a person would create a DM button.

Concept of how the Button would look on a mobile phone

While services like Paypal(★) would need both parties to have an account, services like Dropbox would be just like a private/invited-guest URL link.

Even eCommerce services could be able to create private sale codes.

(★ expanded idea: a service that holds a monetary-claiming transaction on a secure page for a period of time. Thinking USD$1 fee per-transaction. gives back transaction amount if unclaimed by deadline.)