News, Updates & Other Good Stuff

27
Sep
0

Moving Beyond Search: The New Integrated Pitch and Request System

buyer-landing

New Landing Page on all SourceAudio Buyer Sites

Opening Up New Opportunities for Everyone on the Platform

Powerful music search is a baseline requirement for all of us which is why we're proud of the metadata and SonicSearch technologies that power the SourceAudio platform. Search plays a critical role on both the buy and sell sides of our music licensing and content production businesses. But, there are additional ways we can connect buyers and sellers on our platform that don't rely purely upon search and discovery. We are proud to announce the new Pitch & Request System integrated into ever single SourceAudio site.

Everyone in our space is familiar with sending or receiving music requests which initiates usually a phone or email exchange, a music search, and then a music pitch. SourceAudio's new Pitch & Request System replicates this real-world experience, but we make it faster, easier, and we open up both buyers and sellers to an ocean of new opportunities.

Here's How It Works:

Buyers on the SourceAudio platform - entertainment marketing companies, production companies, ad agencies, and more - have a new landing page that presents them with two simple options: Search or Get Pitched. When "Search" is selected they simply enter their SourceAudio site as usual and begin their search on their own. When "Get Pitched" is selected they are taken to the new Pitch Request form you can see right here:

 

The New Pitch Request Form On All SourceAudio Buyer Sites

The New Pitch Request Form On All SourceAudio Buyer Sites

Music Buyers will describe their music needs in this simple form. The following information will be collected:

  • Request/Project Title
  • Max budget
  • Description of their music needs + musical references like YouTube links if they have any available
  • Documents such as briefs can be uploaded and attached to the request submission as well
  • Buyers can then hand-pick the publishers they wish to receive this request, or they can easily submit it to every single publisher/seller on the network

What Music Sellers Can Expect

When a new music request has been posted it will go out via email to every publisher/seller included by the buyer in the Pitch Request form. Sellers will simply follow the link in the email to visit the Request Detail Page where they can see all of the parameters and needs for the request. Here is what an example Pitch Detail Page looks like:

Review the Pitch Request and Respond Quickly With Playlists, Albums or Tracks

Review the Pitch Request and Respond Quickly With Playlists, Albums or Tracks

Responding to requests and pitching tracks couldn't be easier. At the bottom of the Pitch Detail Page is the Music Pitch Form. To respond to this request with your music pitch, simply paste one of the following links from your own SourceAudio site into the form:

  • A single track
  • A playlist
  • An album

Add a short comment at the bottom of the form, click the "Submit My Pitch" button, and you're done. The buyer will instantly receive an email including your music pitch link, your comments, and then of course your contact info should they wish to contact you about your music and their project.

Final Thought

This new Pitch and Request System launch is Phase 1 of 2 for what we have planned. Phase 2, set to launch in November, will include a new Pitch Request Center located at SourceAudio.com. Anyone in need of music - a SourceAudio network or non-member - can fill out a general Pitch Request Form and music publishers/sellers on the platform will have the opportunity to pitch music for these new opportunities as well. It will open up a ton of new opportunities for everyone on the network.

So, post your requests, submit your pitches and discover new opportunities to connect with other members of the SourceAudio network! Best of luck to everyone!

1
Jul
0

New Feature Available: Live Chat With Your Customers!

Help your clients in real-time as they search for music on your site

Help your clients in real-time as they search for music on your site

 

Help your clients find what they're looking for faster.

SourceAudio is now proud to offer Live Chat to all sites on the network. Olark, a leader in online Live Chat services, is now tightly integrated into all SourceAudio sites. With this new chat feature you can see when users are on your site and quickly answer their questions, help them with their searches, or even pitch music to them in real-time. Open up new opportunities and create happy clients by having instant, live access to users who are on your site looking for that perfect track or package for their project.

Begin using Live Chat in 3 simple steps:

1. In your Admin Panel, go to the newly added "Add-Ons" section on the left side of your page. In this new section you'll see a tab that says "Chat With Customers" -- click on that tab.

2. Click on the Olark image to sign up for a new account  ( or just click here to get started now ) - you will be taken to Olark's site to complete this step. Select your Olark plan, complete your registration process, and then look for your "Site ID" number. You can find your Site ID within your Olark.com account settings. One quick note here: You don't need to copy and paste any code into your site. We have handled that part and all we need is your Site ID and your Live Chat module will instantly appear.

3. Go back to your Live Chat page in the Admin Panel on your SourceAudio site and paste your Site ID number into the Site ID field at the bottom of the page. Click "Finish", refresh the page,  and voila, you now have Live Chat enabled on your site!

Additional customization and configuration options are available in your Olark.com account settings. Please refer to Olark's site and support team if you have questions about your account, settings, configuration options, customization capabilities etc.

Enjoy your new Live Chat feature and stay tuned for more great stuff coming very soon!

 

22
May
0

Sonic Search Upgrade: Isolate & Search Within Song Segments to Get Even Better Results

Isolate a section of your song that you're specifically looking for

Isolate a section of your seed track and re-initiate Sonic Search on that specific segment only

Sonic Search Just Got Even Better

We know that when you're using music to search for music you're not really looking for an end-to-end match of a full-length 3-minute song. You've got a specific section, verse, build, rise or other identifiable section of the song in mind that you're looking to find similar results for. Sonic Search can only be as good as the information it is provided during the search process so we've added the ability for you to provide us with more information that will help Sonic Search deliver you even better results. As of this morning you can now identify and isolate specific song segments when running a Sonic Search so that we better understand exactly what you're looking for and with that additional detail we can provide you with even better results.

Here's How It Works

  1. Initiate a Sonic Search as you normally would by uploading a MP3 or pasting in a YouTube / Sound Cloud URL into your main search field at the top of your site.
  2. After the seed track is analyzed you'll be directed to the search results page where your seed track will be sitting at the very top of the list. Look for the new little arrow grabbers at the front and back of your seed track's waveform & timeline. Use the grabbers to slide over the waveform and isolate a start point and end point of the specific section you're looking for. When you've isolated the section you'd like to find similar results for, click the big "GO" button on the right and sit back, relax and wait for your new results.

We try to keep everything very simple and intuitive so that's really all there is to it. We hope you enjoy this new upgrade to Sonic Search. Enjoy!

 

 

11
Apr
0

Now Live: Album, Artist, Composer, Label & Catalog Search Results

Now you and your users can easily search for tracks, albums, artists and composers

Now you and your clients can easily search for tracks, albums, artists, composers, labels and catalogs

 

The next time you run a typical keyword/metadata search on your SourceAudio site you'll notice some new tabs in the black bar above the tracks on your search results page. In addition to returning relevant track results, we're now returning Albums, Artists, Composers, Labels and Catalog results for you.

Here's how it works:

Run a keyword/metadata search just like you've always done and you'll be taken to the track results page by default - this hasn't changed. If your search term is related to the name/title, description, or album code (for albums only) of Albums, Artists, Composers, Labels and Catalogs on your site, you'll see new tabs appear for each those content items. If one or more of these new tabs do not appear on a specific search it means that no related items were found for those corresponding content types.

Now you've got the most powerful music search tools available anywhere at your fingertips. From Sonic Search, to Find-As-You-Type, to this new Content Type extension of the search results page, we're confident that you and your clients have all the tools you need to quickly discover what you're looking for!

 

4
Apr
0

New Feature: Find-As-You-Type Search Recommendations

Start typing and your site will begin recommending related search terms and exact matches for you

Start typing and your site will begin recommending related search terms and exact matches for you

 

We are dedicated to constantly improving both our technology and user experience around search because we know that more powerful, accurate, and fast search results are critical for both buyers and sellers. With that in mind, we have just launched our new find-as-you-type search recommendation feature that's now available on every site on the SourceAudio network.

Here's how it works:

Start typing in your main search field at the top of your site. Search by keyword, name, title, or any other field in your metadata. You'll notice that instantly you begin seeing recommended results that correspond to the letters you've typed in, even if your words are incomplete. To select one of the recommended results simply click on it with your mouse or use your keyboard to arrow down to the item you want to select and  hit "Enter". What happens next is great; you'll bypass the standard search results page and go straight to the page for the Album, Artist, Composer, Label, or Track you selected, making searching for and finding exact matches faster and easier than ever before.

You don't want to use one of the recommended results? That's fine too, just keep typing your keywords and run your search like you always have and you'll be taken to the standard search results page you're all accustomed to by now.

One last thing: As always we provide the tools to turn features like this on or off so if you wish to opt out of this feature, just go into Edit Site Settings > Search and you can toggle it on or off right there.

What's Next?

As you know we're never finished with improving the platform and its features so in the near future you'll see what we call "faceted search" become available on all sites. What this means in simple terms is that you'll be able to run a keyword search, see the tracks that are related to your query, but in addition to this you'll also be able to see the Albums, Labels, Artists, and Composers that are relevant and related to your search terms as well. It's a natural extension of our current search user experience and it's coming soon!

 

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