Why every brand should connect with obsessed music fans
If there are 115 rainbow emojis, seven palm trees, and five holes in the fence, what day of the week should the #Swifties expect a new album from their favorite artist?
Are those emojis social media clues, or just coincidences? #Swifties like @tanya1992x have theories—so many theories. And when the release moment arrives, word spreads fast.
EIGHTEEN SONGS. AUGUST 23RD. EIGHTEEN SONGS. AUGUST 23RD. EIGHTEEN SONGS. AUGUST 23RD. EIGHTEEN SONGS. AUGUST 23RD. EIGHTEEN SONGS. AUGUST 23RD.— tanya 💕✨ LOVER (@tanya1992x) June 13, 2019
On Twitter, people are more than fans. They’re stans—a term of endearment that mashes up stalker and fan—who come together to geek out about their favorite boy bands, K-pop groups and pop divas. They’re the ones who pick the #SongOfTheSummer—the tune that defines this particular year and season, now and always. And they’re highly influential—according to a Twitter-commissioned study, 42 percent of the platform's music listeners say their friends look to them for advice on what to listen to.
Stans shape what we stream and anoint breakthrough artists
Stans are the first to encourage their followers to try something new, or stream an artist’s newest song until it’s crushing the charts. And since 45 percent of Twitter music listeners say that they could afford to spend more money on music than they currently do, these recs carry weight.
They’re the #Beliebers. The #Arianators. The #BeyHive. The #LittleMonsters. The #Smilers, #Sheerios and #Selenanators. The #BTSArmy.
What are the stans talking about?
Stans go deep. While 48 percent of music listeners on Twitter follow and stay informed about musicians, the most active fans divide into subgroups devoted to one particular artist.
They come together on #NewMusicFriday to live-tweet their first impressions of a new album. They spark the conversation: when a single will drop, the name of the next one, which cities will be included in an upcoming tour.
They debate red carpet looks, award show performances, underdog wins and unexpected snubs.
And if that celebrity is involved in some kind of beef, the stan armies are known for taking things into their own hands. They’re quick to comment on drama—and quicker to rally the army to defend anyone who dares drag their idol. But there’s also a lot of love.
Savvy artists reciprocate the feels. Brazilian rapper Thaide (@thaideoficial) is known for updating his fans minute by minute, letting fans know where they can come meet him in person. Hip-hop artist Blackbear (@iamblackbear) is in constant conversation with people on Twitter. He tweets deeply personal thoughts and direct messages his followers to chat.
Other artists are more coy. They drop Easter eggs about songs, shows and videos. The #Swifties in particular live for it. They share theories and dissect clues. They retweet other stans and share custom merch. When one #Swiftie stan gets invited to a secret session or meetup, they all feel invited. The sense of community runs deep.
Why do the stans matter?
Stan Twitter leans into new, authentic content and recommendations. They’re influencing the airwaves and shaping what we all listen to. For brands, that attitude makes them the perfect audience to engage early on in a campaign.
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