Announcing An All New Presskit Theme: Gray Steel!
To our amazing Presskit.to users!
It has been a little over a year since we released Presskit.to into public beta and we couldn’t be happier with how far we’ve come in such a short time. With your help, we have grown to over 4,000 creative users who are building & distributing Presskits to promote their initiatives. We’re also working with some really top level names in the industry, from chart-topping artists like Karmin, to fine arts institutions like Berklee College of Music and label service legends Caroline Distribution (UMG). My team and I have heard some incredible success stories of how our ‘kits have helped users get professional representation, press or blog coverage, sponsorships, gigs, jobs, scholarships and new customers, and it’s an honor to have played a role in these developments.
One of the coolest things we’ve discovered is that musicians aren’t the only creators using Presskit.to; Actors, comedians, producers, directors, authors, voice-over artists, public speakers, app developers, and even street performing contortionists are building ‘kits to promote their creative talents. I’ve already been a professional carnie, musician, tour manager, marketing director, label exec., session player, and now - an aspiring tech entrepreneur. It makes perfect sense for us to create a tool that caters to the greater Creator community, which is why I’m extremely excited to announce our new theme that we’re calling “Gray Steel”. It’s a little more gray than blue, but it’s still really, really, really ridiculously good looking.
Doug, our fearless CTO and our Dev Wizard, Mr. Steve Callan have been working their butts off on this new look and functionality after numerous discussions we had with musicians, actors, directors, and publicists looking to have a “Media Spotlight” section at the top of each ‘kit. This addition allows actors to put their reel front & center without making people go to the videos section of the media tab to view it, or for musicians to highlight a new track or video.
Introducing Gray SteelGray Steel brings many slick layout changes to the Presskit that you can see first hand on Gentlemen Hall’s Presskit embedded below. WHAT?! A fully-functional Presskit embedded into a blog post? Hot damn.
Gray Steel Theme RSVP
Changes to our Subscription Plans: Presskit.to for Creators & Business
We also recently announced our Presskit.to for Business product category for entertainment companies, agencies, and labels, to help them manage the mess of having too much media to organize & distribute. This is a major step forward for us as a company and we’re pleased to be launching the product with our friends at Caroline Music.
With this evolution we’re adjusting our subscription plans a little. You’ll notice two categories now: Creators and Business. For Creators, the Starter plan will continue to be free, but we’ve introduced two new plans called SOLO & INDIE. SOLO is $2/mo. and allows you to create a full-featured Presskit for $2/mo. INDIE allows you to create three full-featured Presskits for $5/mo. and gives you a slew of other perks like access to our Partner Network and Presskit101. The existing PRO plan that we’ve had since we launched public beta last year is moving into the Business category featuring all of the same awesome features as it did before, plus the new Gray Steel theme and personalized backgrounds. The new price for PRO is $20/mo. for new users.
As early adopters, existing PRO users will keep their PRO features and won’t be charged a penny more even though the price is going up for new users. :) More info regarding these changes will be posted on the blog and help site, but if you have questions in the meantime please reach out to our awesome support team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshed Homepage and Logo
You’ll also see that we decided it was high time to give our homepage and logo a facelift. As much as I liked the script look and found it a little bit of a hat tip to the old days, we wanted something bolder and more defined. We hope you like it!
Thank you all for being with us as we continue to grow and develop tools to help advance your career. We care deeply about helping artists of all disciplines find ways to build sustainable careers in the arts, and we couldn’t do it without you and your feedback. Please let us know what you think of our service and request the new theme when you have a second. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Make it happen!
Say Hi to SoundCloud Sets, Albums, the Pk Partner Network & more!
Wait, where’d summer go? We’ve had our heads down since May and it looks like we missed a beach day or two… On the bright side, we’ve made some exciting progress and continue to improve Presskit.to on the reg.
Over the last few weeks we’ve quietly released some improvements that definitely deserve some excitement! On the heels of our Facebook app and Songkick integration, this release makes it much easier to manage the media in your Presskits. We’ve also been busy laying the foundation of our Partner Network which we announced yesterday.
Before we get into the nitty gritty, I want to publicly welcome the amazing Steve Callan who officially joined our team back in May. He’s been involved with Presskit.to since the beginning, but we’re extremely excited to now have him on board in a greater capacity.
What’s new in Presskit.to v1.3…
+ Add SoundCloud Sets to Your Presskits
This has been one of our most requested updates. You can now add entire SoundCloud sets to your Presskit! Just head over to your Presskit’s control panel, click the Connect with SoundCloud button and you’ll be able to add any of the sets that you’ve previously created on SoundCloud.
Not sure what a set is? No problem! Click the ‘Learn more’ link below to check out our new SoundCloud tutorial that covers everything you need to know.
+ Create Albums For Your Images
Create specific albums for press photos, live shots, album artwork, and press clippings. We let you choose the name & thumbnail and you can organize them however you like.
This feature is currently available for Classic & PRO users.
+ Import Images from a URL Learn more
Adding images to your Presskit is now as easy as copying & pasting a URL. Whether you host your hi-res images on flickr or a clumsy FTP (yuck…), you can now paste the URL into your Presskit, give your image a title & description and we’ll handle it from there. Your image is then transferred over to our secure media server and will be preserved in full resolution for future downloads.
+ Download Images from Thumbnail or Image Viewer
We’ve made it much easier to download images from your Presskit with a dedicated download button on the thumbnail and inside the image viewer. Just click the button and the app will start the download process. The functionality works a little differently depending on the device you’re using but we’ve outlined the process below.
- Clicking ‘Download’ on your computer will prompt you to choose the folder where you want to save the image.
- Clicking ‘Download’ on your phone will open the full-size image in a new window where you can then press and hold until you’re prompted to save the image or copy it to your clipboard.
+ Download a PDF Bio, One Sheet, or Resumé From Your Bio
It’s now extremely easy for people to download a PDF version of your bio, one sheet or resumé right from the Biography section of your Presskit. Just upload a PDF file in the Files section and check the “Allow download from Bio” box.
This feature is currently available for Classic & PRO users.
+ More Calendar Updates Learn more
We’ve made a few improvements to the calendar UI. In addition to a new event address section you can now select the type of event you’re adding in order to clearly show what kind of event it is.
+ Chat with a real, live Pk team member from ANYWHERE
We’ve had live chat on the homepage for quite a while, but now you can ask us questions from anywhere on the site, including the dashboard and our new help docs. Whether you have a question about a feature, need to report a bug, or just want to say hey, we’re only a click away now. Our team should always be online from 9am to 6pm Eastern, Monday through Friday but you’ll probably catch us online more often than not.
We’ve also been adding a bunch of tutorials and quick tips to the control panel. Keep your eyes peeled for the (?) and Learn more links while editing your Presskit.
+ Presskit.to Changelog in your Dashboard
We’ve made it easier to follow along with updates to Presskit.to. Just click the ‘What’s New?’ link at the bottom of the dashboard to stay up-to-date with all of our feature releases, updates and bug fixes.
+ Misc. Bug Fixes & Improvements
- The header navigation links on Presskits are now working again.
- We’ve fixed the private content notification in the audio section of your Presskit.
- We’ve fixed the private content notification in the audio section of your Presskit.
- We’ve fixed an issue where logged in users couldn’t request access to private content on a Presskit.
- Additional UI improvements in the control panel
As always, we love feedback. We have a pretty good idea of what features are needed to make Presskit.to the standard in press kit and portfolio management for creative professionals, but your input is the most important part. If there’s a feature you can’t live without or an update to a current feature that you’ve been thinking about, please let us know on our community board or hit us up on chat.
Until next time!Chris
The Pk Partner Network Featuring EmuBands!
Building a sustainable career in the music & entertainment industry means collaborating with a lot of great people, partnering with like-minded companies, brands, and opportunities to elevate your efforts, and finding ways to save money while doing so.
This hits close to home for all of us at Presskit.to, so we decided to reach out to some friends to launch the Pk Partner Network! This is just the beginning of what will grow into a thriving network of offerings that add additional value and awareness around your projects.
All of our partners are hand-picked to make sure we’re offering legitimate opportunities that aren’t taking advantage of artists. That’s why we’re so happy to announce our first official service partner, EmuBands!
About the EmuBands Partnership
EmuBands, based in Glasgow, Scotland, provides independent labels and bands with a simple-to-use, affordable digital music distribution service. For a one-time fee they’ll service your audio and video releases to pretty much every major digital retailer, like iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Rdio and many others. Say goodbye to per-sale fees and recurring annual fees! They offer a tremendous service to artists for distributing their music, and are offering all Presskit.to PRO & Classic users a 15% discount on the distribution fee!!
Likewise, all EmuBands customers can get a 15% discount on a Presskit.to PRO account. Click the button below to learn more & to get your discount code. If you have any questions about the deal or anything else be sure to send an email to email@example.com!
New Features! Facebook App & Songkick Integration
A couple of weeks ago, we laid the foundation for a ton of sweet new features with the introduction of Presskit.to v1.1. This week we’re rolling out the red carpet for round one of those new features and we’re inviting you, our most excellent Presskit.to users, to come check them out!
Without Further Ado…
Like MySpace profiles of yore, Facebook Pages have become the first line of contact with the professional industry. That’s why we’re extremely excited to announce our new Presskit.to Facebook app! Now, with just 2-clicks, you can add a Presskit tab to your Facebook Page.
This means your entire Presskit will be at the fingertips of each and every industry professional who’s looking to learn more about your project, without even leaving Facebook.
Just a few reasons why we’re so stoked:
- Venue bookers, promoters, journalist and prospective team members can now find all of the necessary info they need about you and/or your project.
- We don’t just show a degraded version of your website profile like other Facebook apps.
- Every update you make to your Presskit will automatically show up on your Facebook Page’s Presskit tab.
- We make sure your project is front and center. We don’t put tacky Presskit.to marketing and branding messages on your tab like other EPK or band profile Facebook apps.
To get started check out the quick tutorial below, then head over to your Presskit’s Share & Embed page and click the blue “Install on Facebook” button!
You certainly know the headaches that come along with touring. “Sleeping” on strangers’ floors, slim jims & combos for every meal and the grumpy, tone-deaf sound guy. But if there’s one thing that every road warrior detests, it’s the mind-numbing task of entering all of those tour dates.
Not even your manager’s highly motivated intern gets a rise out of that chore, which is why we’re brimming with joy to announce our one-click Songkick sync!
A few things to note!
- You only have to enter your Artist ID once and we’ll check for new events every day, automatically pulling them into your calendar.
- We also give you the ability to edit your Songkick dates in case there are any typos in the event details.
- You still have complete control over entering dates manually if your event isn’t on Songkick.
Watch below to see how easy syncing is & never overwork your perfectly calloused fingers again!
Today’s Downtime & ANOTHER Presskit.to Update!
Just before 11am this morning Presskit.to experienced some unexpected downtime. Our team was able to quickly identify the issue and resolve the problem. The underlying issue was related to a DNS error with our host and as of 1:00pm everything was operational again.
Outside of making sure our community members (YOU!) are smiling, our main objective is to keep the site online. We feel that these two things sort of go hand in hand, though, so we thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience that today’s downtime caused. Please reach out to our community team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any question or concerns.
On a lighter, much happier note, as of the time that the site came back online, we released another update in addition to the one we announced earlier today.
Drum roll please……….
We’re excited to announce that in addition to being able to reorder your Presskit’s videos and files, you can now reorder your project members, contacts, links and photos. To choose the order, all you need to do is click an item’s row and drag it to the position of your liking. Refresh your Presskit and voila!
Embeddable Presskits, Refreshed Control Panel, Improved Stats & MORE!
After a lot of hard work and an obscene amount of caffeine, we’re excited to announce the first of several product updates coming your way. Quietly launched this past Friday, this release includes some really cool stuff as well as a bunch of improvements under the hood that set us up for much bigger updates and new features arriving later this summer.
To start things off, we completely overhauled the control panel to make editing and sharing your Presskit much easier. We also added a new feature that makes it super easy to embed your ‘kit directly on your website or really anywhere that supports HTML. You can read about all of the updates below.
As always, thank you for your continued support as we work toward our goal of providing an awesome web app which allows artists and their teams to communicate more effectively and ultimately, do more business. We’re listening to you.
[7/12/2013] v1.1 public beta
Control Panel Navigation: Refreshed the nav making it easier to build, manage & share your Presskit.
- Clearly marked buttons for View Presskit & Settings located right below your cover photo.
- Manage your Project Members, Contacts, and Media (Audio, Video, Images & Files) with a single click from the sidebar. No need to go digging through other pages anymore!
- The Share page is now called Share & Embed.
Embeddable Presskits: Embed your Presskit on any website that supports HTML.
- Embed your Presskit directly on your website’s Press page or create a Press tab on Facebook.
- People can stay on your site while having full access to the contents of your ‘kit.
- All future updates that you make to your Presskit will automatically show up on your embedded Presksits.
Activity page: We made a few adjustments to the activity page.
- Our new Daily Views graph allows you to learn more about the traffic to your Presskit and whether your efforts are seeing a return.
- We’ve rebuilt our view counter so now selfies won’t inflate your view totals. You may notice that your lifetime view count is a little lower than before, but it’s a much more accurate because it doesn’t include your own views.
- New share buttons make it really easy to send your Presskit to contacts and groups on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.
Calendar: We took an entirely new approach to our calendar.
- You can now manage your calendar in the list view as you did before, or in an all new calendar view.
- The Create Event form now supports the time of your event which will come in handy for a future update that we’re very excited about.
- This update also paves the way for our Songkick integration which is launching very soon!
Media: This round of updates saw minor adjustments to the media section, but more are slated to launch soon!
- You can now reorder Images & Files without re-uploading or deleting anything. Just click & drag them into the order that you need and you’re good to go!
Re-order Project Members, Links & Contacts:
- You can also now reorder your Project Members, Links, & Contacts. WOOHOO!
Boutique Services: We launched our new services page. Read the announcement here!
Get Your Song on the ALL NEW Presskit.to Radio!
In celebration of South By Southwest 2013, Presskit.to and Backbone Networks have teamed up to create a pop up radio station that will stream curated tunes 24/7 throughout the month of March. We’ll be broadcasting the live stream of three awesome SXSW showcases as well as insightful interviews with music and tech entrepreneurs while we’re down in Austin.
And we want our awesome users to be a part of it!
[Webinar] Advanced Tips: Landing A Job Using Presskit.to & The Berklee LA Opps Board
A lot has happened since Presskit.to teamed up with the Berklee Center in LA to create a solution for connecting alumni (like you!) with amazing opportunities in the music industry. Most recently, we launched the Berklee LA Opps Board, which means Justine is ready to take your Presskit submissions for some amazing jobs & internships in the LA area.
We can’t stress enough how important it is for you to complete your Presskit(s) because Justine can not submit incomplete Presskits to potential employers.
Our very own Ben Maitland-Lewis, CEO of Presskit.to and Berklee Alumni ‘05 has been hosting a series of weekly webinars throughout the month of February on topics ranging from “Creating A Kick Ass Career Presskit” to “Mastering the Berklee LA Job Board.” If you missed them, no need to fret, because this week we’re wrapping up the series with an “Advanced Tips: Landing A Job Using Presskit.to & the Berklee LA Opps Board” and Justine Taormino will joining Ben to answer any questions you might have. So, check webinar details below, RSVP, and start jotting down those questions.
Advanced Tips: Landing A Job using Presskit.to & the Berklee LA Opps Board
**This webinar is free and open to Berklee Alumni only**
Because your success is our success, the Presskit.to team is committed to helping you get your Presskit(s) complete and looking & sounding its best. Head over to the Presskit101 page to meet some of our team members and check out our Presskits. Then, click to connect with one of us - send us your Presskit link via email and you’ll get real feedback from a real person - the person you choose.
We’re really excited to hear from you and to check out your Presskit(s)! So, don’t be shy… be prepared.
Webinar: Mastering The Berklee LA Opps Board
CONTEST: Win a Pair of Lift Passes to Wachusett Mtn. w/ VIP Reception!
Friends in the Northeast!
Saturday, Feb 2nd - Polar Beverages annual #OrsonOlympics is back and Presskit.to is giving away two pairs of lift passes to Wachusett Mountain and access to their VIP cocktail reception w/ a performance by Boston’s Air Traffic Controller.
We’ll contact the two lucky winners on Thursday night!!
26 Angels Video Tribute
Today marks the one month anniversary of a tragic and horrific incident in Newtown, CT. in which a troubled gunman wreaked havoc at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 children and 6 adults. The incident shook not only the quiet Connecticut community, but the entire nation, bringing issues like gun control and mental health to the forefront.
This tragic incident has, however, brought together a slew of people across the nation who have stepped up to help in any way they can. For some this means volunteering locally to help victims’ families, donating time for those grieving to ease the pain. Others help by donating gifts, charms, and kind gestures to those who have lost so much. And for a few, like Director Ben Proulx and Singer/Songwriter Justin Cohen, the gift they could contribute was art shared through music and cinema.
The two directed and produced the “26 Angels Video Tribute”, a video made to heighten awareness for a campaign that will raise money to build the Newtown Memorial Park and the Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids. All of the money raised will be going towards these causes. I am proud to have co-produced the video, and am now managing much of the fundraising and partnership efforts for the campaign.
Everything came together very quickly, with the video being shot on December 26th and released on New Year’s Day. We made the Presskit.to/26angels page to get everything up and running quickly, then setup an IndieGoGo page to start collecting donations.
We will soon be partnering with the Wish Upon A Hero Foundation to further collect donations after the IndieGoGo campaign has expired, and are partnering with a few local individuals to produce the Light The Sky festival in June marking the 6-month anniversary of the shooting (more details will be released as they become available).
It’s a privilege to have Presskit.to be involved in something so great. We wish all of the families and friends affected in Newtown our very best and most sincere condolences.
Presskit.to Receives $10k Northeastern University IDEA Gap Fund
My team and I have for the last several months been a part of IDEA at Northeastern University, a venture accelerator program designed to support entrepreneurial endeavors in the Northeastern community. Along the way, we’ve met so many incredible people, from those obligated to be our guiding lights like our coach Ben Preston and mentor Greg Dalle-Molle to those who lent advice and knowledge out of pure kindness, like Dan Gregory, Bob Lentz, Chris Wolfel, Matt Saitta, and everyone else who played a role throughout the process. Thanks to their remarkable efforts and the hard work of my team, I am stoked to announce that Presskit.to has received $10k in grant funding from the NEU IDEA Program!
I’m confident that this funding is only the beginning of where our NEU IDEA experience will take us, and can’t wait to make the most of this tremendous opportunity we’ve been given. We owe a big thank you to everyone involved along the way, and are so excited to carry this momentum into the new year, for music and its future development!
Make it happen!
It’s Aliiiiiiive! Presskit.to public beta that is!
It’s PB Launch Day at Presskit.to (and we don’t mean we’re starting an all out Peanut Butter war in the cafeteria, although that sounds like a most triumphant time.) It’s PUBLIC BETA - What you’ve all been waiting for.
It’s been an incredible journey getting to this point and we couldn’t be more excited to see what happens next. It’s an extremely proud moment for the entire Indie Ambassador team - and we’re happy that you’re a part of it!
We are all musicians and young industry guys (and gals) who are actively involved in the new music landscape. Building Presskit.to alongside our peers in the field has been an awesome experience and it’s something that won’t ever change. This is only the beginning of what our team is capable of and how much we want to contribute to music & it’s future development.
There’s a ton more to do with the site and we have some big things planned, but we’re honored to have you involved from the very start. It’s your musical career; we’re just here to help you communicate your work to the pros in style.
So - we’re raising a glass to you dear musician, maverick of creativity, for working towards your dreams no matter how big or daunting. We all contribute to this industry, and today, we hope to have made it just a little bit brighter..
Make it happen!
Ben! & team Indie Ambassador
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Epic Deal-ers! Get Started Here!
Hey there! If you’re here, chances are you purchased the EPIC DEAL from The Musicians Guide!
CONGRATULATIONS & thanks for checking out Presskit.to!
This whopper of a deal gets you access to 3 free months of our Presskit.to PRO plan, where you can make up to 10 Presskits for your various creative projects! With a PRO plan you can showcase all the media, information, and Wins you want into these mobile-ready portfolios. We also let you make stuff private so sharing your sensitive media and files is super easy.
We suggest that you put only your best foot forward! We’re dedicated to strengthening the communication between artists, industry professionals, and writers of all kinds, so it’s important to showcase only your most relevant and up-to-date information and media in your Presskit. Leave the rest for your website and social media channels.
There are three quick steps outlined below to get you started, but we also invite you to watch our brand new welcome video to learn more about Presskit.to and how it can work for you. If you have any question please reach out to us! We’re here to help and are committed to music & it’s future development.
Founding Alchemist | CEO
1.) Select the Presskit.to Pro plan
2.) Create your first Presskit
3.) Enter your billing info and the unique coupon code from the Presskit.to PDF that you received in the Epic Deal download.
How it Works
Signing up for a PRO account as part of the Epic Deal will lock in our limited time intro pricing of $1.99/mo for life before we raise the price in the coming weeks. This means if you sign up using your Epic Deal code while the limited time pricing of $1.99/mo is in place, after your 3 free months are up, you’ll be grandfathered in at the discounted rate for the life of your account! Cool huh? Get going!
Note: You are also more than welcome to downgrade to our Starter plan before the end of your 3 month trial and you will not be charged at all.
Since we initially published this blog post we have increased the price of the Pro plan to $4.99/mo. All other terms of the special are the same meaning that you will never pay more than $4.99/mo for the Pro plan if you sign up now and you will not be charged at all for three months.
Presskit.to and The Musicians Guide Epic Deal!
In celebration of Presskit.to launching into public beta on September 4th, we’ve decided to participate in a 100-hour long EPIC DEAL going live on September 1st that gives everyone who participates early access to our system and a whole bunch of other goodies.
Our new friend Marcus Taylor of The Musicians Guide has gathered together some of the industry’s top players to offer up a $1,250 package of services, products, and consulting for only $69.
Every musician can benefit from this package. Even Derek Sivers, founder of CDBaby says, “This is a great deal.” We’re thrilled to have Presskit.to involved in this package and have offered up 3 free months of our PresskitPRO account (10 mobile portfolios with public/private sharing) to those who participate.
Check out the EPIC deal here and spread the word!