UMTA WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION

Feeling lost and confused in the world of web and social media?  Want to build your student base and communicate with your existing students online but not sure where to start?  This page was created to help you.  Browse through the information we’ve provided and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to CONTACT US  or leave a comment at the bottom of this page and we’ll be happy to help.

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BENEFITS OF A WEBSITE AND/OR SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Search engine visibility – Grow your student base!
  • Better communication with your students and their parents via instant updates and/or an email newsletter
  • Business viability and professional appearance
  • Accept credit card payments
  • Calendar with schedule/lesson changes/recital dates/etc.
  • Ability to share lesson moments with parents
  • Give students the ability to share with their friends and family (motivates them to be more engaged in lessons and practice)
  • Sign up new students directly online

 

BASIC SEARCH ENGINE VISIBILITY STEPS

1) Get or create a website

2) Create social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) – Scroll down for directions

3) List your business with Google Places – Scroll down for directions

4) Write at least 1 blog post or news update (If applicable to your site)

5) Send email to students/parents/friends/family with links to website and social media profiles

6) Continue to blog and/or add news updates to your website

7)Interact via social media and online forums

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WHICH WEBSITE OPTION IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Free Drag & Drop Site Builder
(Wix, Moonfruit, Weebly)

Free Blog-based Website
(Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress)

Paid Self-hosted Website
(i.e. Manwaringmusic.com)

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WHICH IS WHICH?   SOCIAL MEDIA BASIC USES

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USEFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES

FREE DRAG & DROP WEBSITE BUILDERS

Wix –  My preferred free website builder.  Easy to use and websites look beautiful!  Wix also has a “premium” option, which costs a monthly fee and allows you to accept online credit card payments.  Your website will contain an advertisement across the bottom for Wix.

Moonfruit

Weebly

FREE BLOG-BASED WEBSITES

Blogger – If you’re looking for a user-friendly place to start, this is my recommendation.  This is a simple blogging platform created by Google.

Tumblr–  This blogging platform is gaining popularity and integrates easily with mobile devices, making it easy to post photos or videos on-the-fly.

WordPress.com–  A simpler, free version of WordPress.org (a paid platform that most blogging professionals use).

PAID WEBSITE OPTIONS

Wix Premium–  As mentioned above, the paid premium option of Wix allows for accepting credit card payments.  The premium option also removes the Wix advertisement across the bottom, creating a more professional feel.

Squarespace–  Template-based website builder

Hire a website designer–  Don’t want to tackle building a website yourself?  I am able to build a fully custom website for you with custom graphics and features like an integrated teaching schedule, newsletter or blog, credit card payment processing, student sign-up forms and more!  Go to Manwaringmusic.com to see and example.  CLICK HERE TO GET A QUOTE

FINDING THINGS TO SHARE VIA FACEBOOK & SOCIAL MEDIA

Pinterest – <— Click the link for an example of something to search to find links on Pinterest.  To find organized lists of links, make sure you’re searching “Boards”.  In the example, I’ve searched “Music Theory Games” however, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

StumbleUpon – When you sign up for a free account, StumbleUpon asks you about your interests, then allows you to “stumble” through random websites which match those interests.  To find information to share with your students, you can set StumbleUpon to only search music related websites until you find something you like.

HOW TO GET NOTICED ONLINE

Click here to list your studio as a business with Google–  Think of this as a free online yellow pages listing (Yes, FREE!).  This will help you show up in searches when someone types something like “Piano lessons in Murray Utah” in their search bar.  IF YOU WANT MORE STUDENTS, YOU NEED TO DO THIS!  Nervous?  Don’t be.  It’s easy!  Just watch the video below to see how to do it yourself.

Click here to create a Facebook Page for your studio – If you’re not sure where to start in the world of social media, this is it!  Facebook is easy to use and will be the network that your students and/or parents will be most likely to follow and interact with you on.  Just watch the video below to see how to do this!

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