Got a band with all the drive to do everything yourself, but none of the web know-how? Tired of just having social network pages but no official standalone band site?
Music marketing platform ReverbNation is partnering with software provider BandZoogle to launch an “easy yet robust” Site Builder for creating web sites that automatically integrate with content loaded onto ReverbNation’s media/widget platform.
Songs, videos, shows, ticket inks and more entered on ReverbNation.com are instantly updated on the artist’s site, with the Fan Reach email service, on widgets and across ReverbNation’s other viral and social marketing tools. Artists will able to use their own url when Site Builder, which is currently in private beta, goes public sometime in July at a cost of about $20 per month.
“It’s critical for Artists to have their own ‘home’ where they can develop fan relationships, grow their brand, and conduct business directly with their fans,” says ReverbNation Co-Founder Lou Plaia. “Site Builder is another step in creating a true, turnkey solution for the DIY artist. Soon we will be adding a comprehensive direct-to-fan store that will allow Artists to sell merchandise, music, ringtones, and tickets to their fans through all of their fan touch points online.”
The sample pages actually look pretty slick and not as cookie-cutterish as you’d expect. The service is in private beta now, but should be of help to bands just getting started when it launches.