This guide provides actionable strategies for artists, label managers, and artist managers to maximize the benefits of Songbird for music analysis, audience engagement, and strategic decision-making.

Each playbook is designed to offer insights and practical steps to enhance streaming performance, optimize marketing efforts, and achieve sustainable growth.

Artist Playbook: Best Practices for Growing Your Streams


To incrementally improve music releases, leading to a significant increase in streaming numbers over a three-month period by focusing on tracks with the highest growth potential.



  • Demos and Refinement: Employ Songbird’s Pre-Release Prediction model to evaluate your demo’s streaming potential. This helps in pinpointing tracks with the highest growth prospects.

  • Understand Your Audience: Utilize Songbird’s audio analysis to identify sub-genres and corresponding audiences, enhancing target marketing strategies.

  • Benchmarking: Compare your music against similar artists or sub-genres using Songbird’s analytics. This aids in setting realistic performance targets.

  • Marketing Strategy: Craft a detailed pre-release marketing plan based on insights from Songbird, adapting your strategy based on real-time data and feedback.


  • Initial Trajectory Analysis: Use Songbird’s Post-Release Prediction model right after release to get an early understanding of the track’s performance trajectory.

  • Four-Week Increment Forecasts: Regularly check Songbird’s forecasts for streaming predictions, adjusting your marketing efforts accordingly.

  • Adaptive Marketing Actions: Make informed decisions on marketing spend based on post-release data, continuously refining your strategy with Songbird’s insights.

Key Takeaways

  • Focus on high-potential tracks as identified by Songbird.
  • Use Songbird’s analytics and prediction models for data-driven decision-making.
  • Regularly adjust marketing and promotional strategies based on ongoing analysis.

Label Manager Playbook 1: Strategic ROI Optimization for New Releases


Maximize streaming revenues while minimizing marketing expenses by selecting tracks and artists with the highest potential for quick ROI.


  • Talent Discovery: Use Songbird to identify artists likely to achieve high growth.

  • Track Selection: Apply the Pre-Release Prediction model to choose tracks with strong streaming potential.

  • Marketing Strategy: Develop and implement marketing strategies based on audience insights from Songbird, focusing on cost-effective digital channels.

  • Performance Analysis: After release, evaluate the effectiveness of marketing strategies and the track’s performance, adjusting tactics based on Songbird’s real-time data.

Key Takeaways

  • Prioritize marketing efforts on tracks identified by Songbird as having high growth potential.
  • Leverage Songbird’s analytics for strategic marketing and track selection decisions.

Label Manager Playbook 2: Data-Driven Artist Development and Release Planning


Support artist growth and plan strategic releases based on comprehensive, data-driven insights to ensure long-term sustainability and profitability.


  • Artist Analysis: Analyze signed artists’ performance with Songbird’s Analytics to identify opportunities for growth.

  • Audience Alignment: Match artists’ branding and music with identified audience preferences using Songbird’s insights.

  • Strategic Releases: Schedule releases strategically, taking advantage of Songbird’s market analysis to identify optimal timing.

  • Engagement Strategies: Craft tailored marketing and social media strategies based on target audience insights provided by Songbird.

Key Takeaways

  • Use Songbird’s comprehensive data analysis tools for informed artist development and release planning.
  • Continuously refine strategies based on Songbird’s performance analytics and market insights.

Label Manager Playbook 3: Cost-Effective Marketing for Catalog Optimization


Enhance the streaming performance and revenue of existing music catalogs with minimal additional marketing expenditure.


  • Catalog Review: Identify underperforming tracks with potential for growth using Songbird’s Analytics.

  • Targeted Marketing: Develop and implement marketing strategies based on audience insights from Songbird, focusing on cost-effective channels.

  • Engagement Monitoring: Track the effectiveness of marketing initiatives and adjust strategies based on real-time data from Songbird.

Key Takeaways

  • Optimize marketing spend by focusing on tracks with latent potential as identified by Songbird.
  • Employ Songbird’s detailed analytics for strategic decision-making and marketing optimization.

By following these playbooks, users can leverage Songbird to its fullest potential, ensuring data-driven decisions that promote growth, engagement, and sustainability in the competitive music industry.