Is Momblogging The New Radio?
Momblogging is one of the fastest growing categories in social media. Here is some data I got from a friend who just completed a study on momblogging:
- Mom blogs are growing like wildfire. Moms primarily blog as a "family journal". Just like every family has a physical home, there is a growing feeling that every family should have a "home page".
- Mom blogs are incredibly social. They love to link to each other, display each other's "buttons", and participate in and hold contests.
- Mom blogs are very visually oriented. They love big bright headers. 4 of the top 6 Mom blogs have a photography theme.
- Mom blogs love to review and giveaway products. If they find a great product, they want to help other moms by sharing this product with them.
- The vast majority of mom blogs use Blogger because it is simple and free. Among the top 50 mom blogs 50% use Blogger and 50% use Wordpress.
- The top 50 Mom blogs generate about 30 M Pageviews / month. The real strength of Mom blogs lies in the long tail. There are hundreds of thousands of mom blogs that generate > 10k Pageviews / month.
If you want to see some momblogs, here are some popular ones:
My Charming Kids
c jane enjoy it
Bring The Rain
The Pioneer Woman
But how does all of this have anything to do with radio? Well, radio used to be the way a new musician was introduced to the world. And in many cases, it still is. But the innovators in the music business have adopted online media as the new way to break artists and we have quite a few success stories to point to including The Jonas Brothers and the Arctic Monkeys.
The person who initially broke The Jonas Brothers on MySpace using viral videos is my friend Steve Greenberg who runs the innovative record label S-Curve Records. In the spirit of full disclosure, the Gotham Gal and I are small personal investors in S-Curve.
And now Steve has set his sights on the mom bloggers to introduce the world to Diane Birch, a wonderful singer songwriter who I think of as Carol King meets Norah Jones and Joss Stone. In fact, Diane's first record, Bible Belt, which was released today, features the same production team as Joss' initial record.
Here's a track from Bible Belt called Fire Escape that is available for free at RCRDLBL:
Diane Birch - Fire Escape
This spring Steve was at the tech part of SXSW and met a bunch of mombloggers. He realized that Diane's music was perfect for this community and so he called Diane and told her to get on a plane and fly down to Austin. They did a lunch for the mombloggers and Diane played her songs for them. It was love at first sight and sound.
And so as part of the launch of Bible Belt, Diane and S-Curve have teamed up with the mombloggers to get the word out about Diane and Bible Belt and also raise money for charity. They've created a series of widgets that mombloggers can run on their blogs introducing their readers to Diane's music and linking to Amazon and iTunes so people can purchase the record. And each momblogger will select one of several charities to get $1 per record sold. That's most of S-Curve's profit on the record which is priced at $6.99 for digital download. Here is the widget in case you want to run it on your blog.
I love so many things about this story. I love that Steve and S-Curve continue to look for novel ways to leverage social media to launch new artists. I love that they've connected so deeply with the momblogging community and are leveraging them to get the word out. I love that they've incorporated good and needy causes into the campaign. And I love that Diane's music is going to get heard far and wide as a result.