News, Updates & Other Good Stuff

28
Jun
0

NEW: Flexible, Fully-Customizable Home Page Layouts

Drag and drop home page elements to create your own perfect home page layout!

Drag and drop home page elements to create your own perfect home page layout!

 

» A New Home Page to Enhance Your Marketing and Promotional Activities

Our team knows that promotional capabilities are critical when it comes to making a fantastic impression on your current and prospective clients. You all have great content, reels, placements, and music that you need to promote so everyone can understand how great you really are. We took this into consideration when creating the new enhancements we just made to the home page experience available within every SourceAudio site. Now you can hand-pick from a wide variety of modules to include on your home page - in the page locations of your own choosing - so that your best foot is always forward when clients come through the front door of your site. Here's a snapshot of those modules you can add to your home page at anytime:

  • Promotional Carousel
  • Featured Tracks
  • Featured Albums
  • Featured Playlists
  • Features Artists
  • Featured Composers
  • Featured Catalogs
  • Featured Labels
  • Blog
  • Social Network Widgets
  • Text Blocks

Our "Text Block" module provides you with infinite flexibility to customize your home page and include elements of any kind. Some of the items you can include in Text Blocks are:

  • Embedded videos
  • Embedded images
  • Embedded social widgets
  • Custom-formatted promotional elements
  • And anything else you can do with your common WYSIWYG editor

 

» Infinite Layouts Supported

We know you all have your own ideas on how to best present your content and promotional elements so we've taken a drag & drop approach to the home page builder tool that allows you to create literally any layout you desire. Whether you like full-width modules stacked down the page or side-by-side modules that take up less real estate, the decisions are all up to you. For an example of the new full-width home page in action, check out SourceAudio's demo site "Sandbox" right here:

Preview Sandbox »

» Here's How It Works

To access the new "Home Page Maker" tool, simply visit your Admin Panel and navigate to the "Home & Custom Pages" section on the left. When you land in the new Home Page Maker you'll see an interactive module layout image representing what your home page looks like today. If you don't use a home page today this area will be blank, but you can easily add and edit modules by using any of these actions below.

  • To add a new module to your home page just grab the module type icon to the right and drag it into your home page layout on the left. Drag it around to position it as you like and let it go when it's in its desired location.
  • To remove a module from your home page just grab it in your home page layout and drag it back out over to the right into the module selection area.
  • To edit the content within a module just mouse over the module in your home page layout, click the little settings icon in the upper-right, and an overlay will appear. Make your changes and additions within the overlay and save them when you're finished.
  • To publish the updates on your updated home page just click the big "Save" icon in the upper right of the Home Page Maker tool and you're set!

That's it! We try to keep things as simple as possible in regards to usability so we encourage you to give this new tool a shot. Dig in, customize your layout, feature your music, add reels/videos/images as needed, and set up your home page in the way you feel best represents your music, business and brand. Have fun with this new tool and you'll hear from us again soon!

 

22
May
0

SourceAudio + Shazam: Make Your Music Discoverable in the World’s Largest Music ID App

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» NEW: SourceAudio Makes It Simple For You to Include Your Catalog In Shazam

We are very excited to announce our new partnership with Shazam. For those of you who don't use it on a regular basis, Shazam is a mobile app that recognizes music and TV around you. It is the best way to discover, explore and share the music and TV you love. Over 450 million Shazam users have "tagged" over 12 billion songs and counting. It's an amazing app, available now in the Apple and Android stores and we encourage you to download it today. You'll love it.

If you host music on SourceAudio you can now easily and instantly deliver your catalog and metadata to Shazam, making your music discoverable by the hundreds of millions of users tagging and learning more about the songs they hear everyday. There's no cost to you to at all for you to be included in their system.

» How It Works

1. Visit the "Programs & Opportunities" section of your Admin Panel. Review the Shazam Music Submission Agreement and sign it electronically by following the simple steps we lay out for you.

2. Once you've signed the agreement we will deliver it to Shazam. One of our friends on their team will countersign the agreement, return it to us, and we'll deliver the executed copy back to you.

3. Once the agreement is in place you're all done. We will deliver your music and metadata to our partners on the tech team at Shazam and you'll be in their system in no time at all.

» What Do Users See When One They Tag One of My Songs?

Anyone watching a show, commercial, trailer, YouTube video, or any other media that is playing your song can "tag" your song to learn more about what it's called, who performed it, and where they might be able to get their hands on it. Using a fingerprinting technology, Shazam can quickly display your song's title, the artist, the album name and the album's artwork. If you have ISRC codes in your metadata Shazam can display links to purchase your music at iTunes and Amazon. Pretty powerful stuff.

We encourage you to give it a shot. Make your music and brand discoverable by hundreds of millions of users on Shazam today!

12
May
0

NEW: All Languages & Characters Now Supported on All SourceAudio Sites

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» Administer, Manage, and Present Your Site in Any Language

Do you need a version of your site to appear in a specific language? Do you have 3rd party agents or partners in foreign territories who need to present your music and metadata in their local language? If you answered "yes" to either of those questions, this new powerful & flexible platform enhancement will solve all of your foreign and local language issues. As of today all SourceAudio sites can be fully customized to display ALL languages and characters. This isn't just a typical translation tool we've all seen before that misses many of the language nuances that translators can't catch. This new tool empowers you to take full control and customize your site to meet your specific foreign language needs.

One important point of clarification: Sites can only be managed and displayed in one language. This new enhancement is not a dynamic, geo-location-based language presentation feature; this is a tool that allows you or your partners to manage and control stand-alone, distinct SourceAudio sites in any foreign language which is the only way to ensure that your site and language always display perfectly.

» Metadata, Navigation Elements, & More -- It's All Supported

Using the new foreign language enhancement is as easy as managing your site and metadata English, with just one slight workflow modification needed when it comes to your metadata. Here's how it works:

Site Elements: To change the text/language on your site elements like field names, site organization labels etc. just go into the "Terminology" section within the Appearance tab under Edit Site Settings in your Admin Panel. Type in the foreign language equivalent to all of the terms displayed, click "Save Changes", and you're set.

Metadata: To import your metadata in a foreign language via spreadsheet, save your .csv in "UTF-8" format (easily done in Excel, Google Spreadsheets etc.) and import it as you would import any other spreadsheet on your site. To edit your metadata on individual tracks or by using the rules tool, simply use the in-page editing tools as you normally would in English.

» Questions About Foreign Language Support & Possibilities?

We'd love to hear your questions about our new foreign language enhancements and the international opportunities it can open up for you. Contact us anytime and one of our team members will get back to you right away.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

7
Jan
0

New: Add Comments to Tracks at Specific Points Within Their Timelines

Leave comments for your users & clients to see at specific points in your track's timelines.

Leave comments for your users & clients to see at specific points in your track timelines

Help Your Clients Find What They're Looking for Faster

We're really excited about this new feature and we're happy to get it into your hands today. Admins can now post and pin comments to specific points within a track's timeline so that your users and clients can quickly identify and jump to the key spots in the song you'd like them to hear. You can leave as many comments on a single song as you'd like and you can edit or delete past comments at any time. Comments are visible to all site users and they display on both the track details page and the waveform line listing view of track list pages (see above and below). Any Admin who has comment capabilities enabled (see Admin-role-access post) can post , edit and delete comments on your site.

 

Comments also appear in the waveform view of track list pages.

Comments also appear in the waveform view of track list pages.

How Do I Post, Edit and Delete Comments?

To post a new comment: Go to the track details page of the song you'd like to comment on by clicking on the track's title. Just above the waveform on the right you'll notice the new comment form field, the "at" field,  and a "Post Comment" button. Simply type your comment into the new field, indicate the point in the timeline (at mm:ss) that you'd like the comment to appear, click "Post Comment" and you're done. Once the comment is posted you and your users will notice a new small marker appearing in the timeline where you placed the comment. As the song plays past the comment marker a new comment bubble overlay will appear to reveal your notes and comments to your users.

To edit or delete a comment: When the comment bubble appears you'll notice two links on the bottom left of the module -- Edit Comment & Delete Comment. Click on each of these and follow the prompts to edit or remove an existing comment.

We hope you get a lot of great use out of this new comments feature. Go comment away!

 

6
Jan
0

New Feature: Create and Manage Admin-Level Access Roles Within Your Site

Allow access to specific tools for each type of user on your site

Allow access to specific tools for each type of user on your site

All Admins Are Not Always Equal

Companies and teams have members and role players that need varying levels of access to the systems they interact with on a regular basis. Until now, all SourceAudio sites came with one level of Administrator Access: Full access to everything. We're happy to announce the launch of our new "Admin Roles" tool that allows you to create your own admin-level roles, define the tools & settings each role can access, and then apply that role to individual users.

Here's a quick example of the new tool in action: Say you have a sales team that needs access to user stats, creating & managing users, and publishing and tracking playlists but you don't want them to be able to edit or delete music from the site. With this new Admin Roles tool you can hide the upload tool and the ability to edit or remove tracks completely from all salespersons on your site. You never have to worry about someone touching something they shouldn't touch ever again!

Admin-Level Controls

Access to the following tools & features can now be granted or restricted from any admin user on your site:

  • Change Site Settings including Access, Layout, Appearance etc.
  • Edit Home Page/Custom Pages
  • Edit Metadata and Add/Remove Tracks
  • Feature Content/Publish Playlists
  • Manage Other Admin Users
  • Manage Buyers, Syndication, & Requests
  • Manage Licensing (for those with online licensing turned on)
  • Create & Manage Users
  • Send and Embed tracks & Manage Comments

How To Use This New Tool

Setting up new roles and applying them to users is simple. To get started go to Admin Panel > Manage Users > Admin Roles and follow these steps:

1. Click the "Create Admin Role" button and you will see the "Select Role Options" area appear.

2. Name your new admin role. Something simple like "Salesperson" that can be applied to each of your salespeople who, for example, don't need upload access, site setting access, etc. would make sense.

3. Check the box next to each admin tool & feature that you would like to enable for this new role. Save the new admin role at the bottom when you're done making these selections.

4. To apply this new role to a user, go to the Edit Users tab also within the Manage Users section of the Admin Panel. Look up the user you wish to edit, click on their name, scroll down to the "Admin Permissions" drop-down, and select the Admin Role you wish to apply to this user. Click "Save Changes" at the bottom and you're all done!

Enjoy this great new feature and stay tuned for more exciting stuff coming at you very soon!

 

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