Blasko and I just did a podcast where we brainstormed how to help the band, The Silver Comet, fund 40+ dates on the Warped Tour. Afterwards, I had some more ideas and tricks they could use to help them out. Here’s my additional brainstorm and helping them out with their tour.
I did it. I took the plunge. I bought a tablet. Not the iPad, though. I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab. I bought it for this post, in fact.
Why would I do such a thing? Well, I’ve been kicking around the idea of making the merch table mobile. I’m not saying replace the merch table entirely, but to expand on it by making each band member a walking merch stand.
I was inspired after reading Michael Brandvold’s 2000 Things to get 20,000 Fans. The latest article was “Press The Flesh” meaning to actively network and talk with people right after a show. But there are two conflicting things, working the room and working the merch table.
In an ideal world, everyone would flock to the band’s merch table right after the show ended. In reality, for smaller bands, everyone immediately flocks to the bar or outside for a smoke. Also, some clubs or house shows don’t have a place to set up a merch stand.
The solution? Be your own merch table. Combine networking and merch sales. This is where the Samsung Galaxy Tab comes into play.