How to get playlist followers on Spotify

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How to get playlist followers on Spotify

meahtenoha
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Many Spotify users have come to the Community asking how to get more Spotify followers--both on your profile and your playlists. 

 

We've gone to some of our top users in the Community and asked them how they became successful curators. Below is a summary of their top tips. 

 

1. Be Original

 

When you have a new idea for a playlist, have a quick search on Spotify to see if it has already been covered. A great way to find good topics is to be reactive--everything in the news can be an inspiration for a playlist. 

 

"Target a 'niche' rather than 'mainstrea'" topic," said Gerard (aka @Soundofus). "It will make you different from the masses."

 

Once you've found a unique theme, collect a list of around 100 to 200 songs with a max of two songs by the same artist. Keep in mind it takes some time to craft a strong playlist around a good theme. Carlos (aka @Sanik007) said his mood playlists tend to gain the most followers.

 

"[Mood playlists] are an incredible chance to do something different than the others, so another chance to be original. In my case, I have a lot of mood playlists. One of the reasons why they have a great number of followers is the fact that I mix genres, styles, music decades. I completely agree with curating short playlists with no more than one song by an artist. Great curators always meet this standard."

 

 

2. Have A Strong Title

 

The playlist title has to match the theme or mood of your playlist. Titles to avoid are generic ones such as "The Best Playlist ever...", "The Greatest X", "The Best Party..."

 

These titles say nothing about the music the listener will find when they hit play. It's better to be more specific such as "Indie Folk Sunday Morning", "Rock Inspired By Metallica", "Throwback 90s Party".

 

"I love titles" Spotify playlist curator Sophia told the team "A great title will can bring people to your playlist. And if the music is good they'll stay!"

 

 

3. Update Your Playlists. 

 

Update your playlists frequently to keep the music fresh. It's a good idea to include your new additions at the top of the playlist as well. Most curators we spoke to agreed that songs should be added a few at a time--not renewing all songs at once. Of course this depends on the theme. If it's the 'Best Indie tracks of the last 30 days" then renewing them all once a month makes perfect sense.

  

 

4. Promote Your Playlists

 

A great place to promote your curated playlist is the Spotify Community Playlist Exchange. It's best if you include a description for your playlists so users know what theme/ mood inspired you. 

 

You can also create your own website or blog dedicated to promoting your playlists. Of course you can also promote it across social media channels such as Tumblr, Twitter, or Facebook. And remember, it takes work and time to create a fan base. Don't be discouraged if it's a slow start. 

 

"Twitter is another good option to promote your playlist," said Carlos. If you include undiscovered bands/artists in your playlists, Twitter could be a great platform to connect with them. They usually appreciate your consideration and maybe they will RT you, so your playlist will arrive also to their followers."

 

Jonathan (aka @Gidyin) also encourages promoting unknown artists. "I have devised promoting artists with monthly listeners in the region of 0-2000. I have always been a bit of a music hunter and love finding an artist on here that is not very well known. If I find an artist in this bracket I now add them to one of my more popular playlists and move the track near the start. This has two benefits, it raises the awareness of the emerging artist which they love and gives you an opportunity to feature on their discovered on page. Extra exposure is always good.

 

5. Follow Other Great Playlists

To gain followers you should also be a follower yourself. Seek out new bands, get to know playlists that have lots of followers, and study what it takes to be a curator.

 

"Constantly follow playlists like yours," said Spotify playlist curator Sean. "Find what's trending."

 

Have fun. Enjoy the music. Be original. 

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LegPuppy
Roadie

@FloodHounds  thanks. We are already following you guys, really like your sound.

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deThalion
Casual Listener

Hey guys! Working hard on quite few playlists (mostly indie/rock/rap/hip-hop/beats). So just have a few seconds to discover me on Spotify. Much love! 

 

You can find me by username: deThalion

ottic
Newbie

Please check out regular music updates with handpicked new released tracks on my "antibiOTTICs presents" playlists on Spotify. I'm thankful for every follower. 

 

You can also subscribe to the latest additions to these playlists via the antibiOTTICs Facebook Messenger Bot: http://m.me/antibiottics

 

Thanks for your attention. 

 

01 | Chill Wave | Trip Hop | Ambient

https://open.spotify.com/user/1121758299/playlist/48xPld165xyD9z7LuhvW5p


02 | Dance Pop | Catchy Club Tunes

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03 | Deep House | Funky House

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04 | Drum & Bass | Jungle | Breaks

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05 | Dubstep | Elektro | EDM

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06 | Electro Swing | Groovy Retro Jazz

https://open.spotify.com/user/1121758299/playlist/400TLQVVYQjsAWwAge98fx


07 | Electronica | IDM | Dark Techno | Experimental | Psychedelic Electronica

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08 | Funk | Disco | Classic Soul | Acid Jazz

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09 | Hip Hop | Rap

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10 | Indie Folk | Singer-Songwriter

https://open.spotify.com/user/1121758299/playlist/0EZRWaEhxle0A4biSG7twZ


11 | Indie Rock | Indie Pop

https://open.spotify.com/user/1121758299/playlist/4D9Rzxc4b4pLIxo0Mh69OJ


12 | Indietronics

https://open.spotify.com/user/1121758299/playlist/25B80QIMG6OUdiJATHTvsE


13 | Metal | Metalcore | Hardcore

https://open.spotify.com/user/1121758299/playlist/2ABycI6HG1F83I7Kc2mXLV


14 | Modern Classical | Jazz | Avantgarde

https://open.spotify.com/user/1121758299/playlist/3klvOG9xSo7Osf459xBnL2


15 | New Wave | Dark Wave | Synth Wave

https://open.spotify.com/user/1121758299/playlist/1udgakxBSFlHHZoTArNLU2


16 | Psychedelic Rock | Progressive Rock | Post Rock

https://open.spotify.com/user/1121758299/playlist/2fuc1LkFEAEugJ2rXXFQEc


17 | Reggae | Dancehall | Dub | Ska

https://open.spotify.com/user/1121758299/playlist/7DvzVezM7QfsRgkycGJ3su


18 | Rock | Alternative | Punk

https://open.spotify.com/user/1121758299/playlist/5DDmPeivxFP7yAq0qu3VYu


19 | Trash | Bad Taste | Fun

https://open.spotify.com/user/1121758299/playlist/7tPGwz74rRNdjC0qb54TB2


20 | World Beats | Ethno Music

https://open.spotify.com/user/1121758299/playlist/6UkXj9dE989GIfAodkPvfK

 

garganrecords
Music Fan

RobertovNL
Roadie

EilerWessel
Community Legend

I just wish there were more incentives for us to create and maintain quality playlists, and get new followers - and keeping them. Right now, there are very limited options for interaction with followers, and for us to find eachother, fellow musicgenre lovers, or keep updated on what our followers are following for, or what they are following. Sad really.

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tmbrhncrs
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Very true, having removed notifications on 3rd party playlists and limiting the messaging system has made the space for indie curators less attractive than earlier on.



Check out (and follow) our curated playlists here

––Tambourhinoceros, a Copenhagen-based indie label

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DonSolare
Roadie
- curators should have access to stats such as
. Who are the playlist's followers
. Which track is doing best
. Which track is allways skipped .
. How long, in minutes, listeners use my playlist

In other words, a comparable system as fan insights, but for tastemaker, not artists
Juan María

Masellaro
Regular
I WANT THAT!!!!! Lol lol

Masellaro
Regular
I WANT THAT!!!!! Lol lol

LegPuppy
Roadie

Hi DonSolare

 

How did u get the follow button to work on your post? 

 

Thanks

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DonSolare
Roadie

Hi @LegPuppy

I see your signature without problems

JM

EilerWessel
Community Legend

@LegPuppy,

 

did you have a look at this link?

Or here?

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LegPuppy
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thanks @EilerWessel

 

success! can everyone help me get to 250, I will follow back

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EilerWessel
Community Legend

Consider it done, @LegPuppy 🙂

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LegPuppy
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@EilerWessel  done, followed you back.

 

Come on guys, lets spread the follow love and and I''l return the follow love

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garganrecords
Music Fan

how can I insert the Follow Logo here on this site ???

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garganrecords
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garganrecords
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retinowl
Newbie
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Follow me and enjoy of music
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JurgenKruijt
Newbie

If you like all sorts of non-top 40 dance music, i've made a uniqe playlist for you guys, check it out if you like sorts of house, trance and techno. Enjoy!

 

Link: https://open.spotify.com/user/jurgen.kruijt/playlist/122aG2PPhmTxEsqraNnYLc 

 

PS: It gets weekly updated

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