Give Your Audience Access To Your Creative Process

By Cheval John

Today’s post is a case study of former ABBA member, Anni-Frid Lyngstad’s, “Frida”, solo album, “Something Going On” and what we as entrepreneurs can learn.

ABBA was on top of the charts consistently during their time together (Agnetha Faltskog was married to Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson was married to Frida prior to the group forming of course).

Many were drawn to their acapella sound.

The success of the band led to the strain on their marriages.

Frida wanted to do a solo English album which would have a different sound from ABBA.

So she choose Phil Collins, who is a drummer as well, to produce her first solo english album.

She listened to Collins’ first solo album “Face Value” for eight months.

The record label, Polar Music, sent out messages to major publishers around the world about Frida’s solo project.

In an overwhelming answer, they got 500 songs.

They then listened to all of them and choose the eleven songs for her album.

Collins and the session players flew into Stockholm and recorded the album tracks.

They added the trumpets from Earth, Wind and Fire’s Phenix Horns to some of the tracks.

They also added the orchestra sound recorded at Air Studios in London, England.

It took them a month and a half to put the album together.

As a result, “Something Going On” was a huge hit worldwide.

The single,”I Know There’s Something Going On” hit number one in Switzerland, Belgium, Costa Rica and France.

It was also number fourteen on the Billboard 100 and became one of the best selling singles in the United States in 1983.

Before the advent of social media, publicists would book musicians on major media leading up to the launch of their album because those outlets have the largest audience.

What made Frida’s success different?

She gave Sveriges Television (SVT), a national Swedish broadcaster, access to the making from start to finish of the album, “Something Going On.”

SVT edited the recordings to make it into a one-hour television special.

It is safe to say Frida understood her audience very well.

She knew it was history in the making because she was venturing into the unknown from her association with ABBA.

That is why it is important to showcase the behind the scenes of your business and share the “secrets” to your success.

It is not like someone will go and knock you out of business due to sharing your secrets.

Your audience will appreciate you because of your willingness to take them on your journey to success with your business.

They will even go out of their way to share your finished product with their friends and family.

For example, you can allow your listeners to see the entire recording process of your podcast via live streaming.

In the same manner of television shows which records in front of a live studio audience, you can be that business or person which live streams your recordings to your audience.

You can let them know in advance that this live stream recording will last about 30 minutes while encouraging them to leave comments.

Once the live stream part of the recording is over, you can answer their questions as part of the post-production show.

If your podcast is interview based, this can allow your audience exclusive access to ask your guest questions in the comments section during the post-production.

This strategy can help you boost your podcast which is part of your business.

With third party applications like Blue Jeans Network, Zoom, and Crowdcast.io, you can simulcast your podcast recordings to either facebook live, periscope or YouTube Live.

So go out and allow your audience access to your creative process in the same manner as Frida did 35 years ago.

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About Cheval John

Cheval John is the Founder and CEO of Vallano Media, LLC, a marketing agency that helps businesses to use social media correctly to build a loyal following and become more profitable.

Cheval is also the host of an online radio show/podcast called, “What’s The Word?”

He is the author of two books including the Amazon Best-Seller, “8 Lessons Every Podcaster Needs To Learn.”

He has spoken at Social Media Week Lima in Ohio and at Social Media Day Houston 2017 about topics around live streaming and podcasting.

Cheval has been featured in media outlets like Ebony Magazine and was named a Houston Top 25 Social Media Power Influencer in 2016 and 2017.

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