I’ve been all over Google+ lately, and I recently finished an article How To Create Events On Google+, via Google Calendar, on that platform. At best it’s a hack until Google releases an API that can be used. Shortly after that post went up I ran across ReverbNation, which provide two very slick Facebook apps, one for bands, one for venues.
The new app, can be seen in action over on Brooklyn venue The Knitting Factory’s Page. It’s simpler than the band app, but includes a lot of features that make venue/promoter content more shareable and interactive. Best of all it’s free and looks slick.
What’s offered out of the box?
- Add and display show schedule
- Sell tickets to shows
- Sync shows to Facebook events (Coming Soon)
- Sync show schedule with ReverbNation venue page
- Grow your mailing list
- Friends can share upcoming music with their friends (viral)
- Include links to your homepage
- Play music from upcoming bands
- Track how your shows are spreading (who’s listening? who’s sharing? which artists?) to measure your popularity (Coming Soon)
So once setup the app can show schedule’s, playable tracks from artists who will be performing, links to get tickets, the option to share it to a user’s wall, etc. It might be a bit manual right now but they’ve said that a later version of the app will integrate Facebook Events – making it a one stop setup.
Themes and venues can all be customized and if you have a ReverbNation page, information like address, location on a map, etc. shows up automagically. Also cool is they are planning on rolling out access to stats on user engagement. In other words you’ll be able to see how many times people have shared it to their friends on Facebook, how far the reach goes, and page traffic stats.