Ernie HalterAirbnb Hosting Expert | Recording Artist

Are you a frustrated short-term rental host? Is your listing getting buried and struggling to attract bookings? I can help. As a musician and data nerd with a deep understanding of social media algorithms, I have the expertise to boost the visibility of your listing and drive more bookings your way.

I've used these very tactics to help our listings achieve 80%+ occupancy without having to steeply discount rates, as well as help others to do the same.

In the age of oversaturated Airbnb markets and ever-changing algorithms, it's essential to grasp the intricacies of SEO and algorithmic dynamics. By leveraging my knowledge and experience, we can get your listing back on top, where it belongs.

With a proven track record in the music industry, including hundreds of thousands of engaged social media followers, 8 albums, and over 40 million streams, I know how to generate buzz and capture attention. My creative approach has led to successful six-figure crowdfunding campaigns and collaborations with notable artists such as Neil Young, Lady A, Brett Young, The Zac Brown Band, and more.

Don't let your listing go unnoticed. The world revolves around algorithms, and they can either make or break your visibility. Let's work together to ensure your listing gets the attention and revenue it deserves.

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I've been in the business as an independent artist for over 10 years. I've recorded 7 albums and have more than 10 million streams on Spotify. I've also done a lot of house shows and still do.

I believe the platform you'll need:

But your fundraising success will be determined by your existing network (mailing list, social media, direct word of mouth). So if your fanbase is still developing I also recommend

Let me know if you have any questions and I'd be happy to schedule a call.

Ernie Halter

The answer is simple. The execution is difficult.

1. Have OUTSTANDING songs that MOVE people. Songs that make people who hear you want to tell other people. It doesn't matter how much "growth hacking" mojo you've got. If your songs and craft isn't there, it's like trying to start a fire with wet matches.

2. See step 1 again.

Once you're at a point where people who hear your music (not friends, and not family) want to share it with other people, your job is to perform in front of as many people as you can and to give new fans tools to make sharing your music easier.

Performing opportunities are everywhere, Some obvious and some hidden. There's YouTube,, Ustream, but the best performances are live, because it's harder and harder for someone who doesn't know you to stumble upon your music online. Find gigs. Create gigs. When Van Halen was struggling to get heard, they became their own concert promoters. They paid for a deposit on venue, booked a well-known headliner, sold tickets, and put themselves as the opening band.

Anytime you're performing, have a mailing list so you can stay in touch with fans who want to hear from you.

Make sure your website is professional looking, easy to navigate, and has plenty of audio and video samples. Look into sites like that offer free music in exchange for email addresses.

I have over 10,000 Facebook likes, over 6 million YouTube and Spotify plays, and nearly 500,000 Twitter followers, (and not the kind you pay for), and you know what that means? Nothing. It goes back to the old adage that quality > quantity. The only numbers that matter to me are the fans that are actively engaged and sharing what I'm doing. That's the only thing worth paying attention to. The rest is just buzz words and bullshit.

Good luck.

Ernie Halter

More times than not this would involve cowriting with the artist themselves. You could also hire a reputable song plugger to pitch your catalog. However this comes at a price. Getting signed to a publishing deal that has relationships with artists and labels is another way to go but like anything worth having is very competitive. I live in Nashville and the city is full of people trying to do this exact thing -- most of them of been at it for years. The last and most important ingredient of course is to write exceptionally good songs. :) Best of luck.

For crowdfunding I think Kickstarter is the best way to go. It seems to be the most well-known, and doesn't hide the dollar goal amount like some other platforms. I think transparency is key in gaining trust.

Setting a reasonably low goal amount is a good practice because it helps build momentum. I used Kickstarter for my last endeavor, a unique song-a-week project that raised $35,000. That's 400% of my $8,500 goal, which was fully funded in the first 12 hours. Having the goal amount visible helps people feel connected to a tangible goal and feel like partners.

The best way to get the word out is through an existing community of "fans". Obviously having a unique and remarkable product is crucial. Give your fans a something that they can tell their friends about in a few words.

People don't buy WHAT you're doing, they buy WHY you do it. Be passionate about the reason you're starting the project, give people a chance to resonate with you and your company.

Note: I'm not a business person. I'm a musician who's learned enough about business to keep doing what I love. I'm also a music fan, which helps me always keep my audience in mind. I think this is extremely important. What do they want? What will they feel connected to?

Do your homework. I researched hundreds of successful campaigns before starting mine and felt it was time well spent.

Offer creative rewards. The more creative and unique the rewards, the more likely people are to get involved and spread the word.

As far as hiring experts, I don't think that's necessary but do agree that seeking advice from those who've been successful crowd-funders will go a long way.

I would love to talk more with you about your project and brainstorm some out-of-the-box strategies to help effectively connect with your audience and get them passionate about your campaign!

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