Spotify Playlists Vs. Social Media Ads Promotion: Debunking Common Myths About Pros & Cons

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There are some huge myths floating around about promoting your music on Spotify that need to be cleared up 🤦🏽‍♂️...

The bad thing about these myths is that if you’re not as experienced with the subject, you could be fooled into thinking they’re true. This would be harmful to your long term growth as a musician because you were misinformed about where to put your marketing budget.

Playlist Promotion Vs. Social Media Ads

There are two main types of Spotify promotion most artists use: playlisting and social media. 

As a company who’s run more campaigns than most others (over 10,000), spent more dough on marketing than others (over half a million) and actually offers BOTH services to artists, there is a unique advantage and experience we can offer.

Let’s take a deep dive into the pros, cons, misconceptions, and truths about each of these marketing methods.

Where The Myths Stem From

There are people selling courses online teaching artists to spend money on social media to send traffic over to Spotify. This in and of itself is not a bad strategy, but there is key information that is being left out of their reasoning behind selling these courses (which btw, we give out our social media ads course INCLUDED when you purchase any promotion package at www.omarimc.com/promotion)

The Social Media Ads Course We Give Out INCLUDED With Promo Purchases

We've spent over $557,000 on ads in the music business, and we give out our social media ads for musicians course INCLUDED when you buy any promo package at all at www.omarimc.com/promotion ($297 value). Packages start as low as $77

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Pros & Cons Of Spotify Playlisting

Here are some of the key pros and cons most artists need to recognize about Spotify promo:

Pros Of Spotify Playlisting

  1. Playlisting typically yields lower cost per stream than sending over traffic from social media
  2. The streaming metrics stay on Spotify vs. metrics staying on social media

Cons Of Spotify Playlisting

  1. Typically a lower save rate than sending traffic from social media because the people who clicked on your ad were already interested in your song vs. serving the song to people for the first time on playlists
  2. Have to be knowledgeable about finding good playlists to get featured on (pro and con)

How We Vet Playlist Curators For Our Network

Here are some factors we look for to determine good playlists:

  1. SEO (Is the title one that is search friendly and could get followers based off how many people search for it)
  2. Are the lists running ads to gain listeners 
  3. The location of the listeners on the list
  4. The amount of followers each list on the profile has (typically MORE variation per list is good)
  5. The follower graph of the list
  6. Number of listeners per follower

Pros & Cons Of Social Media Ads For Spotify Streams

Pros Of Sending Traffic To Spotify From Social Media

  1. Higher save rate because the people who clicked on your ad were already interested in your song
  2. Can simultaneously build social media audience and Spotify listeners
  3. Can choose the primary location you’re trying to get listeners from

Cons Of Sending Traffic To Spotify From Social Media

  1. Typically more expensive to get Spotify streams (anytime you’re trying to send traffic from one platform to another, it’s typically going to be more expensive than native advertising on that platform)
  2. Can be difficult to truly optimize ads as a novice marketer

Common Misconceptions About Both

  1. You will usually see streams and saves as your metrics of success with Spotify playlisting. Followers are extra gravy on the biscuit, but nothing really happens when a fan follows you on Spotify. It is more beneficial to have that follower on social media. 
  2. When your music is removed from any advertising (playlists or social media) your streams will start to slow down. Unless you were placed on enough algorithm playlists to sustain your monthly listeners (unlikely), your streams will slow down. 

How You Should Allocate Your Music Marketing Budget

The question then becomes not which one to pick over the other entirely, but how much allocation of budget goes toward each one. That may look like this:

  • 40% of marketing budget to IG (a little kickback to FB depending on your goals) 
  • 20-25% of marketing budget to to YouTube/Google
  • 20-25% of marketing budget to to Spotify Playlisting
  • The remaining budget towards testing on Apple Music or TikTok

You never want to build all your audience in one place, but you do want to allocate resources properly based on the pros and cons of each platform. 

Why We Know All This & What You Can Do Next

Again, we ACTUALLY do all these services, not just talk about them. Which means we have the experience (not the opinion) of what is going on when you do each of them. 

Whether you want to learn more, or just want us to market for you, we have both options at www.omarimc.com/promotion

When your song is ready to go, it's time to start promoting it to potential fans! Omari has the best organic promotion services money can buy. With packages for Apple Music, Spotify, Social Media, and YouTube, we will get your music the traffic and attention it deserves! Click below for more information.

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