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Take this Marketing Idea – The Buy One, Give One Album



Take this Marketing Idea – The Buy One, Give One Album

A Guest Post by Think Like A Label


I have always been fascinated by the buy one, give one model of doing business. As far as I know, it was pioneered by Tom’s Shoes and it’s brilliantly simple. When you buy a pair of Tom’s shoes for yourself, another pair is given to someone in need. It works because people like doing nice things for people, especially if they don’t have to make any additional effort.

So I was thinking recently how this model might apply to music. While it’s no secret that I think emerging artists should not charge for their music, I had an idea for those who are either not ready for that idea or who are already selling enough that they don’t have to give anything away. It’s simple – the “Buy One, Give One” album.

It could work a little something like this:

1. A Fan visits your website and elects to buy a copy of the album (physical or digital)

2. During the purchase process, the fan can select a friend (or friends) who will also receive a copy of the album (in digital format)

3. When the purchase is made, the fan who made the purchase can download the album. A gift notification email is sent to the fan’s friends, where they can follow a link to download the album (on the download page, you could allow them to opt in to your newsletter, follow you on Twitter, FB, etc)

4. You send a thank you to the fan who made the purchase

Few reasons why this could be cool:

- You are capturing the email address of both the fan who made the purchase and the fan(s) who are receiving a copy of the album.

- You’ll know which fans are hardcore enough that they want to share your music. Knowing who your super fans are is incredibly valuable.

- A new potential fan will be given the opportunity to listen to you for free, while removing the stigma associated with free music

- A recommendation from a friend is an incredibly powerful promotional outlet

A Variation:

Upselling – Instead of giving another “copy” away for free, allow the fan to add another copy of the album to send to a friend for a reduced price. For example, “want to send a friend a digital copy of this album for an additional $2?” – This might be a great way to make a few extra bucks where you might not have before.

Are there any direct to fan platforms out there that offer these types of purchase options?

As always, all I ask is that if you take this idea, you let me know so I can see it in action.




Think Like A Label is a music resource for independent musicians and music industry professionals who want to succeed in the music business. Think Like a Label includes diverse content formats like video blogs, ebooks, and exclusive interviews in music industry professionals and musicians.





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