IMTR: How To Game The Immitter To Work For You And Your music


How does the Immitter algorithm work?

How does Immitter provide digital marketing to new artists and bands?

What is the best strategy to take advantage of Immitter’s digital marketing services?


Normally a company wouldn’t tell you how to game their algorithm for world domination but we at Immitter know, knowing how to play the game is only half the battle.  The other half is, well…plain old elbow grease.

IMMITTERs algorithm is fairly straight forward and it goes a little something like this…Each song submitted to the IMMITTER can collect 1 point per day, per computer.  In plain english:

Users can stream songs daily, in unlimited amounts, but regardless of how many times your song is streamed during that day, your play count will only increase by one for each unique listener.

I like to look at it as, each fan can only add one point to your songs per day and 7 total points through the week.  A true fan should get you 5 to 7 points per week.  Get it?

OKOK.  Now that you know the value of streams and how fans can impact those streams lets do a little pop quiz.

You have just uploaded your first song to the IMMITTER and within no time you get a little fan-traction.

Fan A streams your new song 10 times on Monday and 3 times on Wednesday and 100 times throughout the weekend (Saturday and Sunday).

Fan B streams your new song once on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and lastly, Sunday.

Which Fan added the most “points” to your new song during that week, Fan A or Fan B?

If you answered Fan B then you’re Bad Ass!

Fan A might’ve streamed your new release an exponential amount of times in comparison to Fan B, but fan A was only able to add 4 points to your new song while Fan B was able to add 7 points.

IMMITTER is all about consistency, “What have you done for me lately?” is your new mantra.  Are fans coming back to listen to your songs daily?  If they are, those are your true fans.

Each week our team combs through the TOP50 most streamed songs with a fine tooth comb and selects the TOP most songs to be added to our digital distribution campaigns. Our digital distribution channels currently consist of organic Twitter, paid Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube advertising.

Once your song is selected you will receive an email to notify you of the good news, and to possibly ask you for additional information and creatives to help assist us in our digital marketing efforts.

So for starters…as a rule of thumb; Drive enough traffic to your songs to rank in our WEEKLY TOP50 charts.  There you’ll have a good chance of being selected for FREE digital marketing campaigns the following week.

Let’s talk a little bit about strategy, shall we.

Let’s imagine there’s a new Gospel artist that goes by the name Holy John. Holy John just released his first gospel record and is excited about getting more people to discover The Word of John!

His friends tell him about a really cool website called IMMITTER that helps new emerging artists amplify their digital distribution and create even greater fan awareness online.  Holy John decides that he’ll give IMMITTER a shot and uploads his first-hit-single.

Now that Holy John has uploaded his new song to the IMMITTER, he should:

A) Execute a small social marketing plan to guarantee a consistent increase in daily streams.

B ) Relax and wait for the streams to roll in.

C) Post his new song link on his website and tell his friends to check it out!

If you guessed A then you’re well on your wAy!

Holy John needs to make sure that he is planning for success and taking the necessary steps to make sure that he is fully involved in driving daily targeted traffic to his new release.

Got it?  Okay, moving on.

For this next part I will make up a new term, lets call it “Link Kill”.

Link Kill is the opposite of what you want to do as a new emerging digital artist / band.  Every time you post a new link online, your goal should be to give it life by consistently targeting and distributing that link to as many new people as possible.

Holy John should create a small marketing plan that involves a combination of adding his new album link to his official website, tweeting his new link out daily to his ‘holy fans’, creating timely and relevant posts on Facebook that include the link to his newest release and reaching out to his mailing list to ask subscribers for first born children.

The last thing you ever want to do as a new emerging digital artist or band is kill a new-born, wide-eyed, fresh-faced, chubby-cheeked link.  Don’t be irresponsible, no-one asked you to bring that link into this world.

Advisory : Please do not ask for first born children, it’s just a metaphor and YOU WILL end up behind bars. 

Lets take a second to compare how competing websites such as Reverbnation, Soundcloud or Bandcamp get things done.

A typical day on these sites consist of spending all day and all night driving new listeners to your music, after a while you start to notice your music is getting a really good reaction and to your surprise, you wake up one morning and you’re on the charts; things are on the up!  Then a week goes by, and then another week and yet another week and…NOTHING HAPPENS!!!  Sure you might’ve got some basic streams and a download or two but for the most part, forward momentum seems to have ground to a halt.  Landing on those charts are meaningless.

IMMITTER takes chart ranking a step further by recognizing rising artists and rewarding them with paid digital marketing and distribution to their favorite social networks.  There’s a certain degree of confidence and accomplishment that comes with scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed and stumbling across an advertising campaign targeted around you and your music.

Gaming the IMMITTER is fun, its fair and has a whole lot of upside.  We invite all new artists to game the crap out of the IMMITTER algorithm, because chances are, if you’re only doing an average job of driving traffic to your music, you’ll be 100% further than the competition.  90 percent of success in this game is just showing up.

Let’s hit it out the park, together !


Strategy: The power of exclusivity as a revenue stream


  • What is music exclusivity?
  • Why is music exclusivity the new digital wave of the future?
  • How can an emerging musician use exclusivity to build buzz and make money online?


The new music industry can be exhausting for a new artist or band. Consumers are being blasted with new musicians, trying to get their new music, in the face of new fans, every single day.  This often leads to new emerging digital artists and bands feeling the pressure to release all of their recorded material all at once, you know like how Netflix does it.  But is this the best strategy for an emerging digital artist or band?  Exclusivity makes sure that whatever music you put out is part of a larger digital brand strategy.

Let’s take a look at a fictional alternative rock band called RockYou.  RockYou, just recorded their first 7 song LP, and they’re extremely proud of their final product.  Since their guitarist Erik is the “technology guy” in the band, RockYou appoints him to get their new LP in front of the faces of some new fans.

Lets take a look at what type of release strategy would work best.

A.  Uploading the entire 7 song LP on Youtube, Soundcloud, Reverbnation and

B.  Uploading the 7 song LP to just one social music website

C.  Releasing 1 song per week from the new 7 song LP on Youtube, Soundcloud, Reverbnation and Immitter

If you guessed C.  You were “C”orrect.

By holding back from releasing the entire LP at once, Erik helped his band extend the life cycle of their newest LP from one week to 7 weeks across 4 music websites.  Not only are avid fans waiting eagerly to see what RockYou is cooking in the kitchen for next week, but RockYou can now market fresh new material to new fans over a longer time period without the risk of their LP becoming stale and played out – That’s the power of exclusivity.

In the past the traditional label system used exclusivity as their main sales weapon.  You remember it, don’t cha?  Promote the crap out of the single to the masses and get the most curious fans to purchase the CD in exchange for experiencing the rest of the album.  That was a brave world for consumers because most people just wanted the single they heard on the radio, only true fans really cared to experience the album cuts.  And then, Napster came along and unbundled the album allowing fans to pick and choose the songs they wanted for FREE!  Yikes.  Fans 1, record labels 0, artists -1.  Ever since that fateful day, artists and bands have struggled to make money digitally recording music, lets call it the great unbundling.

But alas, all is not lost.  At a time where everything is available for free, exclusives are refreshing because they bring the mystery back to the music.  When everybody and their mama’s music is available for free online the fandom game isn’t as fun anymore.  The corporations know; Apple, Spotify and now Amazon are jumping on the exclusive band wagon. Fans who subscribe exclusively to these music streaming services get a chance at having the “worlds” recorded music at their fingertips.  The only problem is, as an emerging artist, the payments from these services are so small you’ve virtually been cut right out of the revenue, ah-gain.

As important as it is to be on all streaming platforms, it’s equally important to create your own exclusivity for your own music brand.  Websites like Bandcamp and Immitter have exclusivity tools that allow emerging artists to become their own self-sustaining Spotify and Apple music while keeping a large portion of the subscription revenue for themselves.

Todays digital musicians are seen more as brands as opposed to real people.  A brand is basically a business with products that a lot of people recognize.  Fan subscription tools now allow your most loyal fans to subscribe directly to your brand (for a small recurring fee) in exchange for exclusive access to your brands history of recorded music.

Lets take a look at another example

Sam is a part of a goth girl group called, Vampgelica.  To date Vampgelica has released 3 LPs containing 10 songs each.  Vampgelica decides to use an exclusive fan subscription tool to lock 5 songs from each LP that are exclusive to the Vampiress nation.  15 songs are now freely available (for free download and stream only) to new fans, who are just ready to sink their teeth in, while die hard fans and supporters would…

A.  Feel like a bloody-mess if they were left out in the sun without access to the additional 15 Vampgelica songs.

B.  Forget about the exclusive songs that they do not have access to and instead watch re-runs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

If you chose A, you were right!

Super fans, as we call them, want 24 hour access to your brand at all times (why do you think gossip magazines are still so popular?).

In the digital era it is completely possible to charge a small fee to your super-ist fans for the privilege of accessing your entire discography, as well as uninhibited access to any of your future releases.  As a developing artist or band, your fan subscription revenue now goes directly to your bank account as opposed to making the corporations even richer.  Super fans 1, Artists 1, Corporations 0.

Now that you know why it’s important to embrace exclusivity, lets review some basic guidelines that can help you build a successful exclusivity campaign.

Avoid bundling digital releases

Your goal as a digital distributor (yes you are that too) is to spread the buzz of your newly released EP or LP over the course of a couple weeks, maybe even months.  Don’t be the flash in the pan, make your fans crave for more.

Offer your super fans an exclusive club to belong to

Whether you are using exclusive mailing lists, exclusive fan only shows and digital performances or exclusive fan subscription tools, making sure that your superfans feel like they are getting an experience unbeknownst to outsiders is something that they’ll appreciate, heck, they’ll even pay you for it.


Reply to this post right now and let us know ways that you’ve used exclusivity as buzz or a revenue stream.  Even if it’s small, we want to hear about it.

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