Catalog Presentation

Catalog Presentation

The quality of your catalog as a whole can be evaluated through the consideration of some key area guidelines. These guidelines are by no means definitive or all inclusive, but we have identified these areas as essential components of a professional appearance.

Catalog Depth

The more beats that you have uploaded to your catalog, the more beats that we can help you sell. But more than that, a complete catalog sends the message that you are professional and committed to the cause, and not just a hobbyist. Some producers only upload a few beats and then leave it at that for various reasons. If you have a lot of music available for licensing, it's worth the effort to get it all cataloged on Beat Brokerz. We understand that you might have more than just a few beats under your belt, but there is not much we can do about the fact that making more money generally requires making more effort. Even so, we've managed to relieve the burden quite a bit with our beat import features available in your seller account.

Beat Presentation

The completeness of the details you provide for every beat play a bigger role than you might think.

Image Selection

The images you associate with your beats gives them individual identity and also conveys a lot of information related to your beat in just a glance. Hence the old adage, "a picture is worth a thousand words". One common mistake we hate to see is when producers don't put in an effort in to pick an appropriate graphic for each of their beats; and instead use a generic graphic for every beat in their catalog. Artists browsing your catalog cannot glean any useful contextual information about your beats by glancing at the images, and visually your catalog just looks boring. And the last thing you want a potential buyer to think when they hit your catalog is that your music is boring.

Beyond selecting a unique and descriptive image for your beat, it's important that you attach a high quality (high resolution) image so that it can look good at different sizes. All beat images on Beat Brokerz are displayed at a 1:1 ratio (square), and we recommend you upload images that are a minimum of 250 pixels wide and 250 pixels tall. Following this guideline is yet another detail which can either help your music to stand out as professional, or fall into the background as amateur.

Beat Title

Naming beats is an underestimated form of art. A good beat title can help sell a beat, while a poor beat title can do absolutely nothing for your music, or even worse, make it seem like an after school project. While we cannot give you the intuition to master this art, we can at least provide you with a few tips on what makes a good beat title and what makes a poor one.

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Beat Description

The description you give to each of your beats is yet another underestimated sales tool for your music. A beat description will give your music extra character and identity. Many producers, including seasoned ones, elect to skip the effort of writing some sort of individual beat description for each of their beats, but this is a mistake.

An example of a poor beat description is leaving contact details on how to contact you for more information. This does not help an artist to settle on "owning" your beat and therefore does not help you sell it. It is simply a space filler. Is your music just a space filler too, or does it actually mean something?

Your beats are like your babies. You created them and you have poured your heart and soul into them. At least, that's what a beat description should convey to the artist. A short paragraph, a short story, a short essay, or a small book, it's up to you; but the idea is to give some depth and character to your music. Describe what you accomplished with this beat, or what inspired you to create it, or just any reason why it's special.

When you provide a thoughtful description to your beats, artists will remember it and it will make them feel smart if they can share it. An artists music is personal to them, and if they know that the music is personal to you also, it can help them connect to the beat and the song will have a complete back-story. Taking the time to write a thoughtful and beat specific description takes extra time, but who do you know that's successful and put in a minimum effort?

Beat Classification

This should go without saying, but a complete classification of your music makes it much more attractive than a missing or incomplete classification. Classification of your music includes indicating the proper genres, instrumentation, mood selection, effects tags, and free tags. The more information that you provide, the more ways that artists will be able to find it and the more "substantial" the music will feel when viewed.