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FanBridge recently released a new integration with audio streaming service, SoundCloud, and we couldn’t be more excited that this feature in particular is available to all FanBridge clients. For years, the relationship between email and SoundCloud content has been wrought with workarounds, hacks, and mistakes. But now, we’ve finally built a better way!  Here are 5 reasons why we’re so excited for this tool:

1. The track/playlist in your email is tailor made for email.

SoundCloud players are easily found and shared on websites and blogs through the embed option. Unfortunately, that same code is not email friendly at all. The solution FanBridge created takes out all the buttons and comments that can not be used in email while still keeping the familiar sound wave look your subscribers have come to recognize.email_v_web

2. FanBridge pulls in your synced tracks and playlists.

If you’ve connected your SoundCloud account to FanBridge, you know that you get high level stats every week on your SoundCloud account’s growth. But now, that connection gets you even more. We save your account’s history of published tracks and playlists so you can add SoundCloud content to your email in just three clicks. Seriously. Just three:

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3. You can easily highlight tracks and playlists from other SoundCloud accounts.

Want to share someone else’s remix of one of your song? Or maybe you were a guest on a podcast? Simply copy and paste the URL of that track/playlist to include in your email. It doesn’t have to be published on your own account to be in your newsletter.

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4. FanBridge automatically creates a size appropriate version of any SoundCloud content.

Whether its the top featured item in your campaign or just off to the side, we made sure that no matter where your SoundCloud content is in your email, it looks clean and professional. That’s why both single tracks as well as playlists adjust the look to best fit the space it is in.

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5. SoundCloud content is great for your readers.

There are so many things one can find on SoundCloud: all types of music, podcasts and radio shows, remixes and exclusives. And just like with video content in email, a click shows consumption. When you check your email analytics, you’ll know that those click throughs will translate to streams.

This type of integration can only be found on FanBridge’s Template Tool. Start crafting your newsletter that looks – and sounds – just right.

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We hear you, FanBridgers, and now your audience will be able to hear you even louder than before! The much-requested SoundCloud integration has come to FanBridge.  Using the FanBridge Template Tool, you can send an email-friendly SoundCloud audio player with just a few clicks!

 

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Our SoundCloud player module can be adjusted to many different sizes for an extremely customizable and clean-looking campaign.  Additionally, the tool is responsive to SoundCloud playlists, so you can share more content with less effort.

 

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Sync your SoundCloud account to FanBridge to add your original material or simply paste the link to the content you wish to share.  We strive to create excellent, cutting-edge tools for our users to build their audience and connect with fans, and we couldn’t be more excited to share this with you!

Ready to send LOUDER emails?  Get started on your next campaign with the Template Tool!

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FanBridger St. Vincent has had quite a ride recently, and we’ve been so excited to see every exhilarating step in her journey as an artist.  After her self-titled album ended up on several best-of 2014 lists, her GRAMMY win on Sunday speaks volume to her skill as a musician and entertainer.

We’re equally excited that the St. Vincent that rakes in critical acclaim is the same St. Vincent that delights in her fans and has invited them along for the ride. Fresh from her GRAMMY win, she sent a beautiful letter to her fans, which is why she’s our February FanBridger of the Month.

Read her full letter below:

 

 

“in 2007, i signed to beggars banquet records. i was living in dallas, texas in my childhood bedroom at the time, which i had fashioned into a makeshift studio in order to record some of what would end up being my debut album “marry me.”

the first days of touring my own songs and as “st. vincent” are very vivid. in early 2007, in anticipation of the release of my record, my (much beloved) agent put me on the road as solo support for jolie holland and midlake. he saw potential in me, but rightfully, thought i needed to get my live act together. get comfortable playing for people. get road-tested. like most of the rest of my career, it was a trial by earth, wind, and fire.

i was performing solo; just my voice, a guitar through an array of effects pedals, a “stomp board” — a homemade device i made out of a piece of plywood and a contact microphone that i ran through a bass EQ pedal, and a keyboard. i thought the keyboard looked unmysterious on it’s own, so i designed a lighted wooden enclosure to go around it. my brother-in-law helped me build it in his garage. it weighed a gazillion pounds and gave me splinters to carry, and i don’t think anyone was under any illusion that there was anything but a keyboard inside it. neither the first nor the last in a series of hilariously ill-fated ideas.

january 2007, i borrowed my father’s station wagon and drove 12 hours from dallas to frozen lincoln, nebraska to open for jolie holland (what a voice) at a half-full 150 capacity carpeted club. i believe the compensation was $250/gig but it could have been as much as $500 — more $ than i’d ever seen for a gig for sure and guaranteed, no less! in my memory, this midwestern jolie tour dovetailed right into opening the midlake tour. they were out in support of their excellent record, “the trials of van occupanther” and were the sweetest good texas boys you could ever hope to meet. the drummer of midlake, mackenzie smith, would later prove to be a great collaborator, playing on actor, strange mercy, and st. vincent.

on this tour, i’d enlisted my dear friend, jamil, to come and sell merch and help do the long drives. we’d just played a show in detroit and while we’d been inside, a blizzard had swept through and covered the stationwagon in snow and ice. it was treacherous. jamil, who always had some incredible hustle going, hired a homeless man named larry to dig the stationwagon out of the snow. (in college, he had a gold lexus, stripped it of the good parts, and resold it. when i asked if he was sad to see it go, he said, “girl, they think they bought a lexus but they bought a corolla.”) i’ll never forget driving out of bombed out-detroit, apocalyptic at 1 AM. interstate 94 tense and quiet, jamil trying to make sure we didn’t crash or stall on the icy road.
i have eaten years of veggie subway sandwiches on highways 10-90, stayed at a super 8 motel behind a kansas federal prison, peed in cups in dressing rooms when there was no bathroom, gotten eaten alive by bedbugs at a cincinnati days inn. i would not trade a single highway or city or moment or person i met for anything. i have loved it all.

i’m very grateful to have received this grammy. thank you to my producer john congleton, thank you family, thank you friends, thank you to all the incredible musicians involved, thank you managers and agents and publishers and labels and publicists and everyone who works hard at their jobs. and thank you guys. thanks for everything.”

Congratulations, St. Vincent, and here’s to more successes!

Get in on the action and subscribe to St. Vincent’s email list here.

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