Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Use ChatGPT to promote your music and merchandise like CDs

Independent musicians can use ChatGPT to promote CDs and merchandise.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Use ChatGPT to Prepare Informative Texts: Create engaging and informative written content about your music, CDs, and merchandise. Ensure it covers details like release dates, pricing, and the unique aspects of your products.
  • Website Integration: Place this content prominently on your website so visitors can easily access information about your music and merchandise.
  • Social Media Posts: Share posts and stories on your social media profiles about your music, CDs, and merchandise. Use catchy captions and engage with your audience.
  • Personalized Messaging: Respond to fan messages and comments with personalized messages that provide information about your products when asked.
  • Product Information: Ensure your website and social media profiles have detailed product information readily available. Include high-quality images and links for purchase.
  • Recommendations: Suggest related products when fans inquire about your music. For instance, if they ask about a particular song, recommend the CD or vinyl containing that track.
  • Online Advertising: Consider running targeted online ads on social media or other platforms to reach a wider audience and drive traffic to your website.
  • Engage Authentically: Maintain an authentic and personal tone in your interactions. Make fans feel like they're engaging with you directly, even if it's through text-based communication.

Use ChatGPT to help you write promotional material that you can get you started and give you ideas that you can use for your social media promotions. By simplifying the process and focusing on clear, engaging text-based communication, you can effectively promote your CDs and merchandise to a wider audience and connect more deeply with your fans.


Monday, August 28, 2023

Why TrepStar.com is a Great Choice for Independent Musicians and Video Publishers

If you are an independent musician or video content publisher, you know how challenging it can be to produce and distribute your physical CD, DVD, and USB flash drive merchandise and products. You want to offer your fans and customers high-quality products, but you also want to avoid the hassle and cost of inventory, shipping, and fulfillment. That’s where TrepStar.com comes in.

TrepStar is a leading on-demand CD/DVD/USB flash drive production and fulfillment company that has been serving thousands of customers for over 20 years.  TrepStar offers a range of benefits for independent musicians and publishers, such as:

  •  No upfront costs or minimum orders. You only pay for what you sell, and you can order as few or as many products as you need. You can also set your own retail prices and profit margins since TrepStar.com charges you only the cost to produce and ship the product you order.
  •  Fast and reliable production and shipping. TrepStar uses state-of-the-art equipment and processes to ensure the highest quality of your products. TrepStar also ships your products directly to your customers, usually within one business day, using various shipping options. You can track your orders online and get notified when they are shipped.
  •  Easy and flexible integration. You can use TrepStar’s online interface to create and manage your products, or you can integrate TrepStar with your own website, e-commerce platform using TrepStar’s order API. 
  •  Excellent customer service and support. TrepStar has a dedicated team of professionals who are ready to help you with any questions or issues you may have. TrepStar also provides various resources and tutorials to help you get started and optimize your experience.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here are some of the testimonials from satisfied customers who have used TrepStar for their CD/DVD/USB flash drive production and fulfillment needs:

  •  “I have used TrepStar for many years as a fulfillment company for CD duplication. I don’t normally write reviews, but their customer service and quality has been so outstanding that I wanted others to know. Whenever I needed a rush order, they got it right out. Every order was perfect. I highly recommend that you give Trepstar a try. You’ll be glad you did - Donna 
  •  “Great ongoing experience with Trepstar. I’m an FBA Amazon seller and they ship directly to Amazon for me. Excellent value, communication, and products – Joshua” 
  •  “Responsive and quality production team. I’ve been using Trepstar for a few years now for DVD production.  It’s a great way to produce, share, and sell media. TrepStar provides a great turn-key option for individuals and small business – Annpu.”
 As you can see, TrepStar is a great choice for independent musicians and publishers who want to produce and distribute their physical CD/DVD/USB flash drive merchandise and products without breaking the bank or compromising on quality. If you want to learn more about TrepStar and how it can help you grow your business, visit their website today.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Benefits of offering CDs as part of a musician's strategy:

Embrace the Timeless Charm of Physical Music with CDs! 🎶

In a world dominated by digital streaming, offering CDs might seem like a nostalgic choice, but it's a decision that brings with it a host of unique advantages. Let's explore why adding CDs to your merchandise lineup could be a brilliant move for your music career:

1.       Physical Merchandise: Audio CDs can serve as a tangible merchandise item that fans can collect. Some music enthusiasts appreciate owning physical copies of their favorite albums, especially for artists they are particularly devoted to.

2.       Aesthetic and Artwork: Musicians often put a lot of effort into the album artwork, design, and packaging. Physical CDs provide a canvas for artists to showcase their visual concepts, lyrics, liner notes, and artistic vision in a way that digital formats may not.

3.       Niche Audience: Certain genres or niche markets may have a dedicated fan base that prefers physical media. Collectors, audiophiles, and fans of certain genres like classical music or limited-edition releases might still value CDs.

4.       Live Performances: Musicians often sell CDs at live concerts and performances as a way to connect with fans directly. Autographed CDs can be particularly attractive to fans attending these events.

5.       Supporting Independent Artists: Some fans see buying physical merchandise like CDs as a way to directly support independent or lesser-known artists.

6.       Souvenirs and Memorabilia: CDs can serve as souvenirs from concerts or events, allowing fans to remember a particular moment or show.

7.       Alternative Revenue Stream: While physical sales might not be as dominant as they once were, they can still contribute to an artist's revenue stream alongside digital downloads, streaming royalties, and other income sources.

8.       Promotional Tool: Sending physical CDs to radio stations, reviewers, or industry contacts can still be a part of an artist's promotional strategy to generate media coverage and airplay.

9.       Limited Editions: Musicians often release special edition CDs with bonus tracks, alternate versions, or exclusive content. These limited editions can create a sense of urgency for fans to purchase physical copies.

10. Personal Connection: For some artists, having physical copies of their work feels more personal and tangible, creating a stronger connection between the musician and their audience.

Friday, February 24, 2023

Gracenote Registration

For $29, TrepStar will submit your Audio CD information to Gracenote so your music will be recognized by iTunes and other services.

Gracenote is the largest on-line database registry for CD-Audio (music or spoken word).  Every  professional audio CD needs to be on Gracenote.

When your CD is played on any computer or devices with an internet connection, Gracenote contains the data about the track names, artist, album title and much more.  Gracenote is the primary database for music recognition technology.  This database is used by iTunes, Spotify, Google music, Amazon, Pandora, and other systems like Windows Media Player, and more.

When your CD is placed in an internet connected computer or other device designed to gather disc information, the data comes from the Gracenote database which recognizes your specific CD.

We will need some information about your CD.  

  • Artist
  • Album
  • Composer
  • Genre
  • Year
  • Track name of each track.
Send an email to help@trepstar.com and we can get you started.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Site Update

 Some of the website UI has changed to a little bit different style.  Let us know what you think by sending an email to trepstar.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Wholesale order or retail buy now buttons? How does the TrepStar billing system work?

Let's start with your business.  You sell your own CD/DVD or USB custom products.  You either have your own website and use a shopping cart like Shopify, or perhaps you just marketed your products on Amazon and sold using CreateSpace or Amazon Media on Demand (both of which are now closed).   

In any case, to use TrepStar, you'll need a way to market your product.  By marketing I mean you have your own website or facebook or instagram pages that describe the products you offer.   TrepStar is not a marketplace like Amazon so it's up to you to get customers from your social media pages to your product description pages.

From there, you either have a shopping cart or not.   

Wholesale order method: If you do have a cart already (like Shopify or any of these for example ) you are going to be accepting money from your customer.   In this case, you want TrepStar to receive your order data into what we call our Wholesale order system.  We charge you our low wholesale price to manufacture and ship your CD/DVD or USB product on demand at order time and ship to your customer address.  You can also login to TrepStar, click the order button, and order any product you want to send to any retailer you have.  This is called drop shipping.  Many of our customers "drop ship" dozens or hundreds of items to FBA (fulfillment by Amazon) or any other retailer they may have.   If you don't have retailers, that's OK.  What you are doing is simply getting your individual customer order data into the TrepStar order system when an order occurs from your site shopping cart.  We have ways of automating that process so you don't have to type in each customer name and address.  In this model, you have a shopping cart that collects money from your customer.  You pay TrepStar only after you submit orders to our system.  Order go on hold until you pay TrepStar.  To pay TrepStar, you login, and click our "Pay Bill" button.  You can pay just what you owe, or pay extra to "fund" your account for future orders.  If you expect to spend $100 per week for example, you can pay your bill plus an extra $100 which will mean you only have to pay a bill once per week.  You can pay more if you want to avoid lots of payments.  We prefer large payments to avoid all the transaction charges we incur every time we take an online payment.

Retail order method: If you do NOT have a cart already and don't want to spend the $50 to $100 per month to have a cart, you can use our retail order buy now buttons.   You still need to have your own website where you describe your products to your customers.  Your pages will have our buy now buttons.  From there, the customer clicks on the buy now button which brings them to a purchase page hosted by TrepStar.  The TrepStar retail buy now buttons shopping cart receives the customer order, collects the address info and payment.  TrepStar then produces and ships those products directly to the customer at order time.  We pay you the net proceeds every few weeks.  Please read this over if you would like to consider this method.  We charge a low monthly fee to use our sytem and we only charge that fee if you have sales (unlike every other shopping cart).  We don't even ask for a credit card.  We only get paid if you sell product.   Our cost to you is basically the same as if you used our wholesale system.   You set a retail price and we charge the customer extra for shipping and handling.   There is an example near the bottom of this page

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Why doesn't TrepStar offer dual layer 8.5GB DVDs?

TrepStar does not offer dual layer DVDs (DVD-9 8.5GB). Even the best blank dual layer media (as of this writing 10/14/21) often fails during the burn of dual layer discs. 

Our research shows that up to 20% of the burns are bad, and a fair percentage of DVD players are incompatible with even the best burned dual layer discs. This is why we do not offer them. It would cause too many support issues and costs for us, as well as refund requests from your customers. 

We suggest you re-author your DVD into two discs, or use compression software to fit your larger source DVD onto the single layer DVD-5 (4.7GB) DVDs that we offer. 

You might want to consider purchasing 1Click DVD Copy PRO. We do not receive any affiliate commission or money from 1Click. We've worked with them before and we trust their software and their company.

Another option is to re-author your DVD and set the video bitrate so it will fit on a single layer DVD-5 (4.7GB).

For example, the free DVDStyler DVD authoring software lets you change the video bitrate. By changing the video bitrate you can put more than 126 minutes but quality will go down. 

In the DVDStyler help section  you can read "On one single layer DVD (4.7 GB) can be stored up to 126 minutes of video in good quality (Video bitrate ? 4.5 MB/s). If you selected 'Auto' as video quality in new-project dialog, it is also possible to put more than 126 minutes but quality of video will be automatically reduced."

Most likely, regardless of which DVD authoring software you use, there should be a way to adjust the video bitrate such that it will fit to a single layer DVD.  Otherwise, you'll have to split the discs up into two single layer DVDs.

TrepStar does not offer bluray either.  There is too much data.  Uploading, downloading and storing 25GB files is not something we find economically viable.

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TrepStar.com cdDVDfulfillment FAQ Help and Search

FAQ Help & Search
We produce your CD/DVD/USB Flash drive at order time.
These "On Demand", "Just in Time", "one off", "short run", CDs or DVDs or USB thumb drive products will be mailed directly to your customers (normally the next business day), in any quantity, and shipped to anywhere in the world with a USPS address.