dmitri on 20 Feb, 2012 06:10 PM
Thank you for writing and for trying out the service. I do indeed want
to win you back! If we cannot add value for you, why should you pay for
the service? We want users who are fanatical about the value we offer
and WANT to pay for it.
The reason you haven't found any testimonials online is we are just
getting started. And we are tweaking the service and the model based on
I'm not sure which guy you Googled, but I am the founder of StoryAmp,
and I have one full time guy working with me: Garrett Baker. I've been
in the music industry for fourteen years, first working for a prominent
distributor out of Portland, OR and then starting my own PR company:
www.rockpaperscissors.biz, which has placed hundreds of artists on NPR,
NY Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, Pitchfork, Wall St. Journal, Leno,
Letterman, etc. I've been running rps for 12 years and have a staff of
six there. I watched the emergence of digital retail followed by digital
distribution (a.k.a. aggregators) as the answer to shifts in the musical
landscape and wondered what the PR equivalent would be. I developed
another company: www.FlipSwitchPR.com to see if there was a market for a
more automated version of music PR and whether journalists would be
responsive to a "lighter touch" version of publicity. Garrett has
managed the clients and press send outs from the beginning coming on
three years. So I have basically been grooming him to be a great
customer service rep as StoryAmp unfolds. We found that they were so we
teamed up with www.SproutBox.com to build a more fully automated
platform for labels and artists. You've seen the functionality and look
of StoryAmp, but are wondering: does it work? Does anyone care?
We're playing a little game of chicken and egg. We need to build up
traction on both the artist and the press side. The good news is that we
are migrating journalists over from FlipSwitch to our new system. So we
started off with 4200+ journalists in the system and are adding more
every day. Once they are there they can tweak their preferences helping
us to better customize what music they get (based on their genres,
concert cities, and lead time). We expect their level of engagement will
deepen as we increase the quality and quantity of music in our system.
The other good news is that we are just building partnerships with some
of the largest digital music platforms. The system works best for
journalists when more musicians and labels use it.
You can be a part of that by continuing to use the system, as an early
adopter. But I understand if your risk tolerance is more suited to
waiting to see success stories. Send me a link to your music and tour
schedule and maybe I can offer you something.
As for the 404 error, thank you for bringing that to my attention. I
will take a look and see if I can re-create that and get it fixed right
away. If you can specify what you clicked to get to that point, that
could help, though i will look regardless.
And I will certainly check our back-end system and make sure your
account is canceled as you have requested.
As for customer service, would you say that this discussion board is not
responsive enough? I personally get an email every time someone submits
a question here. How was my response time? Do you feel that I responded
in a way that was accountable.
Thanks again and I look forward to working with you again in th future!
on 20 Feb, 2012 09:45 PM
Thank you for this note, it means a lot. In fact, I might re-up, but a
couple of things eat at me. One, the cost of doing a dispatch is very
and I'm not sure I'm ready to spend that kind of cash on an untested
service that is vague about who it reaches and why an email from
Storyamp would be
more likely to be opened than one from me (I know I don't have the
list, but still). Further, I don't think blanketing journalists is a
great strategy, much better would
be individual bloggers who have serious cred in the music biz, much
more so that old line media. For example, when I read about Ariel
Publicity, they really hit hard on
the importance of blogs. Where do you stand on this?
dmitri on 20 Feb, 2012 10:14 PM
We are working on ways to clarify recipients to artist/label users
without giving up the "buffered anonymity" that we give to our
journalist friends. My experience is that journalists WANT to know
about and discover as much music within their genres of interest, so
this will not be perceived as blanketing, so much as about creating a
format that is journalist friendly (targeted by the things that matter
to them, within the time frames they need, and with the info in a
uniform format for quick access to the assets they need). I'm sure you
can envision that a lot of independent artists target the wrong
journalists (in terms of genre or city), forget to include important
things (an easy way to listen to audio, release or concert details,
hi-res JPGs for print, etc.), are way too late in pitching the press.
As for blogs, yes, they can be useful for certain artists/genres. We
have blogs in our lists, though they are not the sole emphasis. We
still believe that press of all formats have a role to play in
building fan awareness. There was a moment in time where some people
thought it was all about blogs and podcasts. But it has become clear
that those are just two of many formats that are sustaining or
emerging. We're more focused on the discovery and curatorial process
of journalists. And the tastemakers in traditional media will be the
tastemakers in future forms of media. Writing about music is the same
in print or digital form. And having a repertoire of musical criticism
is an asset that applies across formats.
I suspect that our service will work better for serious touring
artists in its initial phase. Concert press HAS to be kept aware of
everything coming to town and we give them a quick way to ingest the
information and music, make a decision, and take action. Later it will
become a more useful tool for releases. I understand you not being
ready to spend more money to take this gamble with us yet. We'll be
here for you when you are ready.
I see that this post was from Feb 2012, and I read a post about
cancelling their account in January 2012. It is July 2012, and why
is it that I'm still seeing the 404 page about cancelling the
If there are more charges after this date, after downgrading,
because I find no use of it, it will be found the hard way, because
I will be putting a stop on any reoccuring payments after today. I
simply can't pay it, and I don't think it's working for me.
Thanks and I hope you can understand. Please really get on the
case of fixing that 404 page, because I don't want others to think
it's a scam site or anything. But then again, I don't think it
should take 1/2 a year to fix that.
Hi Jade, Since this is the second post you have made to our
support site, please note that I responded to your other post
already as well as sending you a personal email letting you know
what I need to fix the problem you are having. I look forward to
your reply there.
Hello this is not a complaint but a note from a journalist. In
doing my due diligence about the StoryAmp service I of course
checked the help&support link.
I understand my response is untimely however hopefully it will
be read in the future by subscribers wondering if this service is
I am the executive editor of The Hype Magazine and a featured
contributor for Yahoo! Voices as well as an A&E writer for
several other global outlets. StoryAmp as I see it allows me to
control the type of material I receive and this means that instead
of your pitch email going into a spam or trash folder, it comes to
a central location that I as the journalist have opted-in to.
Benefit to me the journalist is that I can assign YOUR story to
one of my writers after I have reviewed the pitch here on
StoryAmp...since I am the editorial authority for my outlets, you
are benefitting by NOT getting my assistant or some general email
box that may or may not get cleaned out for weeks. Nor do you as
the artist get dropped into a box that never gets checked at
So far, I am happy with the process set up by StoryAmp to
provide me with COMPLETE information the first time, it eases my
work flow process which means I am in a better mood when reviewing
material...take that for what it's worth.
dmitri on 23 Dec, 2012 01:26 PM
Hi Jeff and Jade,
I was reading through old support tickets and wanted to make
sure you both knew that:
A. We have lowered the fees for Dispatches significantly from
when we first launched. It is now $30/month for unlimited tour
Fancy Listings. ANd it is a flat fee of $250 per genre for
album/release Fancy Listings. Also, you can use a free version of
the service for one-line listings that go out to the press.