27 May 2006 MichaelCrawford   » (Master)


The crowd loved me at the Tulip Festival Open Mic.

There were about two hundred people in the audience. It was the biggest crowd I have ever performed for.

As an experiment I passed out a handbill offerring my music downloads:

(I printed my logo in monochrome because I was out of color ink, and Nova Scotia outlaws Sunday shopping!)

I passed out about five hundred copies, starting late in the morning, but I am dismayed to find that the effect on my website's traffic is barely visible in my log files. I get a "clickthru rate" of just a few percent. However the boost in my traffic was still visible last night, five days later, so maybe it will continue for a while.

I'm going to give it another try though. Sometime this week I'm going to pass them out on Spring Garden Road, a busy shopping district in Halifax. If log file analysis shows it to be worth my effort, I can lower the cost of printing them by having a commercial printer print and cut them for me, as long as I have a large number printed.

Many of the people who took my handbill didn't seem to be the sort who had ever downloaded music before, but who liked the idea of getting piano music for free. I think it would help if I wrote a page with basic instructions for how to download and play a music file, and where to get Free players.

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