Getting Started with Marquee

Timothy "timmhotep" Cornwall / November 22, 2021
These in-app recommendations are the best way to get the right listeners to focus on your new release on Spotify. Learn how the tool works, why it works, and how you can book your own campaigns.

Dropping new music is all about making the right listeners aware of your latest release at the right time. Artists and their teams use everything from billboards and digital banners to ads on social media in the hopes of turning the folks who see those ads into listeners and, ultimately, fans. But ad campaigns like these can be imprecise in their targeting, inconsistent in their results, and unclear when it comes to their impact on listening. Sure, buying an ad on a social media platform can increase your music’s visibility, but with every step a potential listener has to take to get from that platform to Spotify comes the risk of losing them to the process.

Artists and their teams wanted new and better ways to engage and develop audiences for their new releases on Spotify, so we developed Marquee to be a powerful promotional tool that serves both the artist and the listener. Marquee, unlike other paid marketing tools, allows artists to target listeners based on their listening history rather than broad demographics or interests. It also reaches listeners right when they're deciding what to listen to rather than when they're scrolling a feed. Finally, Marquee’s reporting measures the impact on music listening and fan engagement.

Got questions about Marquee? We’ve got answers for you.

What exactly is Marquee? How does it work?

If you’re a Spotify user, you’ve probably seen a notification recommending new music from an artist you’re interested in appear when you open the mobile app — that’s Marquee. This campaign tool grabs listeners’ attention and guides them from the app’s Home screen, directly to your new album, EP, or single. To be specific, Marquee is a full-screen, sponsored recommendation of your new release to Spotify Free and Premium listeners who have shown interest in your music and have the potential to listen to more of it. Marquee raises awareness about your new release and deepens your connection with an audience who is primed to become more highly engaged listeners and big fans.

Why should I use Marquee (and not some other digital marketing tool)?

Marquee is the best way to get the right listeners to focus on your new music on Spotify, because it reaches them at the right time.

With Marquee you can target your reachable audience, i.e. a tailored group of your listeners and followers generated by Spotify who have shown interest in your music through actions like streams or follows. Through these actions your reachable audience demonstrates the potential to stream even more of your music. This group is more focused than your Spotify monthly listener count and it only includes people from the country you’re targeting. We select them for your campaign because they are likely to enjoy your recommendation, helping you get even more effective results. If you have the audience to support it, you can also target segments of your reachable audience based on the way they engage with your music — recently interested, casual, or lapsed listeners.

And, speaking of the right time, unlike other digital music marketing tools where you reach people when browsing websites or social media feeds, Marquee allows you to promote your music to Free and Premium Spotify listeners the moment they open the app while they’re choosing what to stream. It’s minimally intrusive, helpful to the interested listener, and virtually frictionless.

How do the budgets work?

Budgets for Marquee campaigns start at $250, and campaigns run until you spend your budget or seven days after your campaign starts, whichever comes first. Since Marquee is priced on a cost-per-click basis, we spend your budget only when people actually click on the Marquee.

Also, to maximize the value of your spend, Marquee filters out people who have already intentionally streamed from the new release. During the campaign, you’ll only reach people who haven’t actively listened yet.

When is the best time to start a Marquee campaign?

Marquees can start at any time within the first three weeks of your release. Choose a start date that best aligns with your campaign goals. If you want the greatest and quickest impact, start the campaign on release day and coordinate your promotional efforts. You will likely see higher engagement (e.g., conversion rate, streams per listener). If you want a delayed boost, start your campaign after release day. Since we remove people who’ve already actively streamed the release from your campaign targeting, you’ll only reach people who haven’t listened yet.

What results can I expect?

After your Marquee ends, Spotify will report to you how people who saw the campaign engaged with your promoted release, including listens, saves, or playlist adds. Marquee can inspire longer-term engagement: Listeners who see a Marquee are more than 2x as likely to save a track or add it to their personal playlists for future listening than if they hadn’t seen the Marquee. And, their engagement isn’t limited to the new release — Marquee builds a halo effect for your entire body of work. People who see a Marquee and stream the promoted release are 3x more likely to stream the artist’s other releases. As you're evaluating results, remember that Marquee helps you reach the right listeners and make them even more engaged. That means you’ll drive depth of results versus breadth.

OK, I’m sold. How do I run a Marquee campaign?

If you’re interested in using Marquee to target audiences in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand, submit your information here to book a campaign through a Spotify representative. In the U.S., we’re gradually rolling out a new self-serve buying experience in Spotify for Artists, so you can manage Marquee campaigns directly from your dashboard. It’s available to artists with more than 15,000 streams in the U.S. over the last 28 days, and teams with U.S. billing information.

If you’ve ticked these requirements off, ask an admin on your team to follow these easy steps to book your campaign up to 18 days after your release date.

  1. Log in to artists.spotify.com on desktop.
  2. Click the three dots in the top left.
  3. Select “Your teams”, then the team you want to set a billing country for (if you’re on multiple teams).
  4. Go to “Billing.”
  5. Under “Billing information,” add an email, billing country, and U.S. credit card.
  6. If you have an eligible release, within 24 hours you'll start to see a new “Campaigns” tab where you can create a Marquee directly from your Spotify for Artists dashboard. If you don't have an eligible release, you won't get fast access to the "Campaigns" tab; we’ll add you over the coming months.

If you want to learn more about how using Marquee has helped artists’ promo campaigns, check out our case studies with girl in red, Jackboy, Mt. Joy, Kaskade, and Lecrae.

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Timothy "timmhotep" Cornwall / November 22, 2021
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