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Publicity vs Advertising: Boosting Your Position in the Music Industry 🚀

Artists need their names in everybody’s mouths. The problem is the mouths have nothing to say about you. They are talking about everybody else.

The quick fix artists think they need is advertising. With an advertising plan, you may become discouraged that you’re not good enough talent-wise, and that is why you have to advertise. But is it publicity that you need or advertisement?

I can’t tell you how many times artists say they are going to run ads or they ran them and had some success. However, they always seem to continue to struggle. It’s because they don’t understand publicity and how to create and use it.

Publicity vs Advertising

Publicity is the art of getting people to talk about you. Advertising, on the other hand, is about reinforcing your message and cementing your position in the market. In the grand scheme of things, publicity is the offense, advertising is the defense.

What Are Forms of Publicity?

  • Influencer videos and collaborations

  • Blog or news articles

  • Podcast interviews

  • Radio interviews

What Are Forms of Advertising?

  • Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Facebook ads

  • Radio campaigns

  • Banner ads

  • Music video ads

  • Playlisting

Using Advertising to Reinforce Publicity

Publicity should be your initial goal. It's about conveying your message and purpose to the masses. Once you've established yourself as the hottest new artist on the scene - you've scaled your first mountain. But beware, other competitors will soon try to encroach on your territory. This is when you'll need to start advertising to maintain your position while climbing to the next peak.

How Much Should I Spend on Ads?

Your budget for ads should be proportional to the reinforcement your brand needs in the market.

Do I Need a PR Agent?

Only if you’re trying to push a certain story out to the media about you or your art. Or if your image has been tarnished and it needs to be cleaned up.

Get to Work and Build a Publicity Strategy

It's time to construct a publicity strategy based on the resources you have to amplify your message.

  • Influencer videos and collaborations

  • Blog or news articles

  • Podcast interviews

  • Radio interviews

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  1. Understanding the Balance: Mastering the art of balancing publicity and advertising ensures your message reaches and resonates with a broader audience.

  2. Effective Messaging: Crafting a compelling narrative that captivates your audience.

  3. Competitive Advantage: Staying ahead of competitors by effectively utilizing both publicity and advertising strategies.

  4. Increased Audience Engagement: Higher levels of engagement and interaction from fans and potential listeners.

  5. Brand Consistency: Maintaining a consistent and authentic brand image across all platforms.

  6. Cost Efficiency: Using resources efficiently by focusing on the most impactful strategies.


  1. Mismanagement: Inefficient use of resources leading to wasted efforts and money.

  2. Inconsistent Branding: Sending mixed messages that confuse your audience and weaken your brand.

  3. Ignoring Feedback: Failing to listen to and incorporate feedback from your audience, resulting in missed opportunities for improvement.


At the beginning of your journey, you may feel overwhelmed and confused, with so many paths to fame and not enough guidance. But once you master the difference between advertising and publicity, you'll evolve into a strategic artist. You'll no longer be a mere player in the industry, but a game-changer, one who understands how to pull the right strings to amplify your reach and secure your place in the market. Remember, transformation is an ongoing process. Keep learning, keep growing, and keep soaring.

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In the music industry, understanding the nuances between publicity and advertising is key to boosting your position effectively. Publicity involves leveraging media coverage, interviews, and reviews to build credibility and visibility organically, while advertising entails paid promotions to target specific audiences. Both strategies are essential for artists seeking to expand their reach and influence in a competitive landscape.

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