TikTok can be a great place to express yourself, whether you’re an at-home barista, a dancer, a singer, or a musician. However, it can be hard to know where to start if you want to promote yourself.
Creating music and posting it online requires time, energy, but mostly courage. It can be scary, especially when so many people are on TikTok trying to go viral and get noticed. It’s important not to compare yourself to others, and before you start, treat it like a business and create a plan of action.
In this article, we will go over the basics of TikTok and the types of videos on the app, how to create a plan for your content, and what factors to consider when creating and posting your music online.
TikTok is an app where anyone can create and share videos with a variety of sounds, filters, and effects. The videos are typically 15 seconds to a minute long, but can also be as long as three minutes. There are many sides to TikTok; there’s Coffee Tok, Music Tok, Mental Health Tok, Cooking Tok, Astrology Tok, and more. The videos are tailored to the content you enjoy watching and what you interact with most, so it’s not uncommon for you to be on one side of TikTok for a period of time.
Most accounts are tailored to one side of TikTok, so they maintain their audience, even if the watchers aren’t following them. If you want to be a musician or a singer on TikTok, start by watching videos of other musicians. This will help the algorithm to be in your favor when putting videos in your feed, and putting your videos in others feeds. You may consider studying other music accounts to get an idea of how to become successful in your venture.
In order to make your posts go viral, you must understand and utilize the algorithm effectively. A lot of the time, it is up to chance which videos take off. The algorithm has a mind of its own, but there are things you can do to boost your videos. Almost all videos on TikTok are accompanied by music, which was the main idea for the app when it was created. Many popular songs circulate from various artists, even years after the songs were released. For example, recently, a sped-up version of a song by ABBA called Angeleyes went viral. The song was released in 1979, before most people on TikTok were even born.
Aside from the song being in Mamma Mia 2, it is relatively unfamiliar to Gen Z, which speaks to the power of the TikTok algorithm. The song was mainly used on nostalgic videos, since the song reflects a nostalgic feeling through the lyrics and melody. After it was started by people posting videos to bring a whole generation together through reminiscing about things like old PBS shows and Wannado City, the song took off and became a viral sensation. People would put the sound over their videos just to make it take off, a common method of TikTok users.
When popular songs are attached to videos, they have a better chance of going viral because the algorithm will put them at the top of everyone's For You Page. The For You Page is the place where all the videos that TikTok thinks you’ll enjoy watching will pop up, based on hashtags, sounds, and content. The algorithm is generated and customized for each user, essentially tailoring it to what you like to watch.
TikTok uses UGC, or user-generated content. This means that it’s up to the preferences of the users on the app whether you go viral or not. Each video posted has a chance of going viral, if it’s up to the standards of the viewers, if it’s interesting, on-trend, and uses a catchy song.
After you’ve created an outline of what you hope to accomplish and how, you’re ready to start creating and promoting.
Promoting yourself on social media can be scary and you may not know where to start – but don’t get discouraged! No one who first starts on TikTok knows exactly what to do, that’s the beauty of it. All you have to do is follow the steps and keep posting your music. The speed at which information and videos are shared on the app is utterly fascinating, which bodes well for those trying to go viral. If someone sits and scrolls for 20 minutes, they could watch 20-45 videos in that time. One of those videos could be yours! All it takes is one person to like what they hear, and the algorithm will do the rest.