Written on: 19/06/2013 by MeganLandry (1 review written)
Beat100.com offers really good opportunities to have your music heard. It's a social space.
Ideally it would be great to have the the Beat views reflected in the YouTube views. I got over 4,000 YT views directly from being with Beat100 ... but my Beat views are upwards of 50,000 ... too bad for me they don't ALL count on YT :). It's a mystery how this is recorded.
I won top prize once for $400 for my song 'Dancing with the Dark' and second prize once for $200 for my song 'Crooked Lullaby'.
Truth be told though ... honestly ... IT ISN'T ABOUT THE MUSIC. It's about how many friends you can get to vote for you and how many votes4votes you can muster with the other players. It's a game. It's fun. You meet people from all around the world. You can post videos, mp3s and photos. It's worth the time.
There is room for Beat to improve an already interesting space.
They need to ditch their new "buy votes" scheme. There are other ways to make money that doesn't cheapen the game.
Beat crew should look into ways of making it about the music as you climb the charts. One idea: once in the top 5 ... the voting structure should change. Right now everyone just votes down the line (vote4vote, though not 'said' is an underlying expectation). Voters should only be able to put ONE vote in on the top three ... choose who they think is best between 1, 2 and 3. The bonus for an artist to make it to the top? People will more than likely listen to your song in order to 'chose'. Having lots of friends will still end up playing a role in winning ... but in reality ... music is about popularity ... how much is your music loved!! How well can you market yourself. Once the chart roles over and the top three are 'selected' they should not be bumped out of that top spot. The money round will be about the music!
This then makes position 4 and 5 work harder to build up supporters. They also know that spot #4 gets 100 votes and spot #5 gets 50 gift votes but they no longer have to 'hold back' so not to get into the "third" position which is how everyone is playing ... get your maximum 41 days, get it the top three.
Also the love medal should be EARNED based on the number of likes and not 'awarded' randomly as Beat crew do now. For example my song Crooked Lullaby had over 400 viewer likes and the winning video which had received a 250 votes value love medal from the Beat crew only had a bit over 100. Opening this up as "earned" will give more interactivity for the players, and again, make it about the music. The idea is that the likes will hit milestones and gather earned votes. For example for the first '100 likes' the artist gets '50 votes', for the next '100 likes' it's '100 votes' and when they get '500 likes' it's 350 votes. A people's choice type of earned award that makes it fun for the players too ... best part ... you can only "like" it once LoL.
Then there's the dreaded 'mute' thingy ... twice as i was gaining popularity i got MUTED!! Argh, babysitting and so obvious that i was actually lynched by the competion, yuk. I truly did not break the rules of spamming ... if a player can get 30 friends to vote for them ... they can get a few to complain against you. Presently the comments are very stale, and boring ... [voted + happy face] ... no personality and doesn't encourage intelligent conversation. Yes, there needs to be some ground rules but it should not be a competitor tactic for winning the round.
And this is my last suggestion :). A common complaint from players is that Beat is too time consuming ... EXHAUSTING. If players were limited to let's say 250 votes per day they would use them more strategically. There would be a ticker tape on your page showing you how many votes you've used or have left. Those people who vote exesively would be limited, those who don't vote a lot will potentially be encouraged to use up their 'bank'. Like currency votes can add up but by the end of the 7 days ... the vote bank goes back to zero ... use it or loose it :)