NEW FEATURE: Hide your Presskit from Search Engines
Search engines are a powerful and easy tool to help connect your fans with your Presskit. However, if your Presskit contains information that is not ready to be released, like an upcoming album or tour, having your ‘kit show up in Google searches would not be ideal. With this in mind, we’ve now made it possible for you to hide your Presskit from search engines.
How To: Hiding a New PresskitIf you are creating a brand new Presskit, you can prevent your Presskit from showing up in search engines by going to your Presskit’s Settings in the control panel and checking the box that says, “Hide from Search Engines”.
How To: Hiding an Existing PresskitIf you have an existing Presskit that has already been indexed by Google or Bing you’ll want to check the same “Hide from Search Engines” check box and then send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can manually remove your URL from both search engines.
#GraySteel, So Hot Right Now. #GraySteel.
After over a year of listening to feedback from our wonderful Presskit.to community and discovering how they are using their ‘kits, we have released our newest theme, Gray Steel. To celebrate this and to show how versatile it is, we’ll be featuring a Presskit each week that we feel is repping Gray Steel to the fullest.
We’d love to get the entire Presskit community to try out Gray Steel because we genuinely believe that it is the best way to display and promote your creative endeavors. Gray Steel comes with a boatload of new features, including the Media Spotlight to showcase your most recent music video, sizzle reel, headshot, audio tracks, and more. We’ve also included the ability to customize your background and add images to Wins. And of course, your Presskit looks good anywhere: computers, smartphones, or tablets, and is embeddable anywhere, such as your website or Facebook page.
The Weekly Feature
We want to see how you’ve built your Presskit to best showcase your project. So in order to be picked for our weekly feature, let us know you made the switch by tweeting at us with your ‘kits URL and the hashtag #GraySteel. We’ve already featured four awesome Presskits and are getting ready for our first SUPER feature. Check ‘em out here!
The Monthly “SUPER” Feature
Once a month, we’ll choose from our weekly Gray Steel features to pick an ultimate winner who will receive 3 free months of service for their Presskit, a 30-minute consultation with our co-founder, CEO, and industry expert, Ben Maitland-Lewis, and a full-blown feature on our blog including a full interview.
Getting Gray Steel
Gray Steel is really, really, really, ridiculously good looking, and it’s easy to make the switch! Our newest theme is included with any SOLO, INDIE, or PRO plan, and is only $5 with the Starter plan. Just log into your account, click the manage button on your Presskit and then select the Gray Steel theme in the Design page.
It’s Easy to be Featured
- Load up your Presskit with awesome content, wins, and events
- Set Gray Steel as the theme
- Tweet at us with #GRAYSTEEL!
Tweet at us (@Presskitto) when you make the switch to show off your new ‘kit and get a chance to be picked for our features!Tweet your #GraySteel Presskit!
Recent Updates to Our Plans & Pricing
We hope you had an awesome holiday and New Year! You’ve probably noticed that things have been a bit quiet around the Presskit.to camp over the last two months. That’s only because we’ve been catching up on some final updates before we were ready to formally announce a few exciting bits of news!
First off, if you visited the blog within the last month or so you may recall our blog post announcing the soft launch of our brand new Presskit theme, Gray Steel. Well, we’re very excited to OFFICIALLY announce that Gray Steel is available to everyone!! You can read more on the Gray Steel page and the blog post, but if you’re on the Classic, SOLO, INDIE, PRO or PREMIER plan you can now switch your Presskits over to the brand new, shiny, beautiful, mobile-friendly, super embeddable, Gray Steel theme. You might even catch a glimpse of our friend Derek Zoolander while you’re at it!
In that same blog post we also mentioned that we were changing up our pricing plans slightly. The shuffle came when we launched our new business networks, which we refer to as Presskit.to for Business.
I wanted to take this opportunity to outline the changes in a bit more detail and reassure you that we’re committed to making Presskit.to as affordable as possible while providing real value so that we can charge enough to stay in business! Our guarantee to you is that we will always have our free Starter plan and that we will never raise the price of the plan that you are currently subscribed to. Basically, as long as you stay subscribed to your current plan you will not pay more if we increase the price of that plan level. You’ll be grandfathered into the original price that you signed up for.
On that note, below we’ve put together some additional info on the new plans and pricing as well as links to the complete feature descriptions.
Presskit.to for Creators: Perfect for individual artists with 1 to 3 projects.
We’ve introduced two new plans under the new Presskit.to for Creators category. These are the SOLO and INDIE plans. We listened to your feedback and we now offer one full-featured Presskit so you can get the most of Presskit.to without needing to sign up for an account that allows you to build multiple Presskits. Our new INDIE allows you to create 3 full-featured Presskits and unlocks access to our growing partner network and our Presskit101 service, which we’re currently in the process of revamping. More info on Presskit101 to follow!
The free Starter plan will always be available so you can try out Presskit.to to see if it’s right for you. We also offer a 30-day free trial on all of our paid plans. Just as a note though, Gray Steel isn’t available on the normal Starter plan. To unlock Gray Steel you can either upgrade to SOLO or INDIE or purchase a license for a one time $5 fee which allows you to use Gray Steel with your Starter plan. More info on the one-time fee can be found at the bottom of the Gray Steel page.
Presskit.to for Business: Designed for teams.We’re also extremely excited about our new Presskit.to for Business plans which we launched with Caroline Music last fall. We currently have two pre-set options for entertainment companies, agencies, and labels. We’re here to work with you to build whatever plan you need to help you manage all of the media, information and assets for your clients so we’re happy to create a custom plan to fit the needs of your company. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please feel free to email us at email@example.com!
With Presskit.to for Business, companies can build as many electronic press kits as they need, and:
- Organize Presskits in our new Business Networks built specifically for teams
- Assign access and permissions to multiple administrators
- Collaboratively collect, review, and approve talent assets
- Create standardized EPKs with custom branding options
- Easily share clients’ Presskits with the media, retail & venue bookers
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. SAY WHAT?! A fully-functional Presskit embedded into a blog post? Hot damn. That’s kinda cool…
Switching your Presskit to Gray Steel
As we roll out the new theme it will be included with all Classic or paid plans (SOLO, INDIE, PRO, PREMIER, etc.) but we’re also offering it to Starter users for a limited time for a one-time purchase of $5 because we really think everyone should use it!
Exciting New Features
Along with releasing Gray Steel, we snuck in a few new features that have been some of our most requested yet. You can read more about them and watch quick little videos on the Gray Steel page, but we’re excited to give you personalized background images for each of your Presskits, "Wimages", which allow you to accompany your Wins with press clippings and related artwork, and most importantly a new Media Spotlight section so you can easily call attention to your newest or most important song (or playlist), video or image. We’ve also added a ton of new link icons for services that you’ve requested.
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!