Discovery Mode

Meet your next fans

Discovery Mode is a marketing tool designed to help you find new listeners when it matters to you most.

Discovery Mode is in early testing

Discovery is core to any artist’s career. That’s why we’ve been developing Discovery Mode to help make building a fanbase more accessible. Discovery Mode is still in a pilot phase, but it’s helping artists solve some of their key challenges. To date, hundreds of artists and a diverse set of labels and distributors have tried out Discovery Mode to help us make it the best possible when we roll it out more widely. And they keep coming back for more – 97% of participants in our pilot program continue to use Discovery Mode month after month. Here’s what some early partners are saying:

BEN PATTERSONBEN PATTERSON

Discovery Mode helps introduce the music of our global artist roster to more engaged listeners and future fans across borders. Our clients are enthusiastic with the results and have included Discovery Mode in their release strategy. As part of a well-rounded digital campaign, deploying Discovery Mode has helped create impactful growth for our artists across total streams, monthly listeners, and followers and demonstrated growth outside of Spotify's own platform as well.

BEN PATTERSONBEN PATTERSON

COO, DOWNTOWN MUSIC SERVICES

Believe supports Spotify Discovery Mode, as it is highly innovative and beneficial for independent artists. The program’s democratizing power will enable a wider community of artists to benefit from promoting their music. Discovery Mode is helping artists cross borders, especially ones from territories that historically haven’t had equal access to the global music industry stage. And, in these early tests, we’re already witnessing how the program is helping talented Believe and TuneCore artists from all over the world gain significant exposure to new listeners.

DENIS LADEGAILLERIEDENIS LADEGAILLERIE

CEO, Believe

Discovery Mode has proven to be a great way to widen Hunter [Hayes]’s reach as his sound continues to evolve. I’m always looking for ways to connect Hunter’s music to new fans, and this platform exposes his music to hundreds of thousands of new listeners, and has contributed significantly to overall audience growth and engagement.

VALERIE SIZEMOREVALERIE SIZEMORE

MANAGER, HUNTER HAYES

At TuneCore, we believe there’s never been a better time for independent artists worldwide. We’re seeing a paradigm shift where an artist’s success is no longer tied to radio or traditional mainstream media; artists are in the driver’s seat. That means marketing tools also need to evolve to better fit artists’ needs for the digital era. Discovery Mode will not only benefit artists who may not have the budget to hire outside agencies and fund media placement, but it also maximizes the reach of the music, based on the merit of the music - not because a gatekeeper said so. If the music’s good, Discovery Mode will help artists find new fans.

ANDREEA GLEESONANDREEA GLEESON

CEO, TUNECORE

When we’re trying to reach new audiences in the current music market we’re always looking for ways we can see a measurable impact on our artists’ audiences. This is especially hard to accomplish after the all important first week promotion. When added to our overall marketing campaigns, Discovery Mode is one of the most cost effective ways that we’ve seen to build an audience and bring meaningful financial results for our independent artists.

JEREMY GRUBERJEREMY GRUBER

HEAD OF DIGITAL, FRIENDS AT WORK

Discovery Mode is a groundbreaking music marketing tool because it doesn't require any upfront budget. Discovery Mode makes it possible for independent artists at every level to reach new fans in a whole new way.

PHILIP KAPLANPHILIP KAPLAN

CEO, DISTROKID

For me, Discovery Mode is a game changer. It enhances the standard ways my music is presented and discovered on Spotify, and the results were absolutely amazing! I reached new listeners on Spotify, gained a lot of new followers on social media, and even saw increases in streams on my songs and ticket sales that were mind blowing. 100% worth it.

SAM RIGGSSAM RIGGS

ARTIST

As an independent artist, knowing where to put your money to market your music is hard. So is coming up with enough funding. Spotify fixes this issue with this new feature. It helps me reach highly targeted people and turn them into lifelong fans. The results speak for themselves and I would highly recommend it to anyone searching for creative ways to reach new fans without a big record label budget!

RYAN OAKESRYAN OAKES

ARTIST

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Your tracks, prioritized for discovery

Discovery Mode is a marketing tool that helps your music get heard when audiences are most open to discovery.

Artists and labels identify songs that are a priority for them, and our system will add that signal to the algorithms that determine personalized listening sessions.

But it only works if fans love it too. When a listener isn’t engaging with a song, we take that as a sign that it’s not resonating and pull back on recommending it to similar listeners. It’s all about harmony.

Drive long-term connections and surface your next fans

Get a say in personalized discovery

Today, 33% of all discoveries on Spotify happen via personalized recommendations in algorithmic contexts. With Discovery Mode, artists and their teams can signal which tracks are most important to them within two personalized contexts, Radio & Autoplay.

Build your fanbase where people listen

Discovery Mode can help drive longer-term fanbase growth. Statistical modeling shows that, on average, artists see +50% in saves, +44% in user playlist adds, and +37% in follows during the first month of Discovery Mode.

You're in control

With data at your fingertips, you're always in the driver's seat. Measure progress towards your goals to determine whether you turn Discovery Mode on or off for every song.

Enabling artists to define their priorities

Spotify drives 16 billion artist discoveries every month — meaning 16 billion times a month, fans listen to an artist they have never heard before on Spotify. The personalized recommendations on Spotify take in thousands of signals, but to date they’re not influenced by the voices who are otherwise the star of the show.

We believe our personalized recommendations should also be informed by artists — their priorities and what they have to say about their music. With Discovery Mode, they can turn it on when it’s working. Turn it off when it’s not. The control is in their hands, always.

Because after all, no-one knows what matters to an artist more than them. Here are some examples from our early testing of how Discovery Mode can help artists reach their goals:

Turn it on when prepping for a new release

Discovery Mode works alongside your new release roll out strategy. Use it to remind fans of your best tracks ahead of time, and then drive attention to other parts of your catalog when your new release hits fever pitch.

Turn it on when building on a moment

Song going viral? Trending like never before? Switch on Discovery Mode to expand the reach of your music in the moment. Culture moves at light speed, and Discovery Mode is made for you to make quick decisions.

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Turn it on when reinvigorating your fans

For artists with a legacy, Discovery Mode can help songs in an extensive catalog get another moment in the sun. Whether in support of a reunion tour or a new compilation, your music has the chance to be rediscovered.

Turn it on when celebrating a milestone

When celebrating big moments in your career, encourage your fans to return to the songs that made everything possible. Simply select the songs you’d like to prioritize to reconnect with longtime fans and draw in new ones.

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Built for songs of every scale

Discovery Mode is a different type of marketing tool. There's no upfront cost.

A UNIVERSAL TOOL

Discovery Mode is a different type of marketing tool: There’s no upfront cost. This gives artists at any stage of their career, anywhere in the world, the opportunity to participate. It’s universal. Here's how payment works:

HOW IT WORKS

When an artist turns on Discovery Mode for a song, Spotify charges a commission on streams of that song in areas of the platform where Discovery Mode is active. All other streams of the same song in other areas of the platform are commission-free.

NO UPFRONT COST

The commision is a percentage of revenue generated on those select streams. This marketing cost is deducted from future Spotify statements, so no upfront cash budgets are required.

INSPIRE DISCOVERY

In testing, we’ve found that Discovery Mode can inspire further, commission-free exploration of an artist’s catalog. During the first month that a track is opted-in to Discovery Mode, streams within Radio & Autoplay often lead to downstream, organic streams in other areas of Spotify as well.

STAY TUNED

Discovery Mode is still in a limited testing stage at this time, but we hope to share more information soon.

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