Mission: Top Request Countdowns

OKAY footsoldiers. let’s do this. Request “The Sound” on:

Q101 (Chicago) Request Link ; Text: 99161
KPNT (St. Louis): Request Link ; Text: 48258
91x (San Diego): (email christy@91x.com, subject line: Really Big Countdown Submission)

^Each link has their own respective “top requested” shows at night, so we want “The Sound” to impact each of these. Chicago and San Diego are two of the top markets in the country, so we want to really make them notice “The Sound.” Let’s do it! If we all just make one request for each, I think we can do it!

COMMENT BELOW each day to report back what you’ve done. 🙂

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Promotion Plans for “The Sound” Release Week!

It’s here, Footsoldiers! “The Sound” is officially impacting to rock radio this week, and we want to create as much buzz and mayhem as possible to attract attention from our friends, and hopefully enough mania to catch the eyes of some rock radio stations, as the song is going up for adds. So here’s what we’ll be doing:

1. Twitter

@reply to your local radio stations at least once this week, politely asking them to play the new Switchfoot song, “The Sound.” Be creative with how you request the song. Refer to this list for all the Alternative stations with Twitter pages that are being targeted! (If none of your towns are listed, choose the station closest to you)

2.  Wallpapers

(Grab your online materials here)

– Post the new “The Sound” wallpapers on your desktop. Bonus points if your computer is regularly seen by those around you!

– Post the banners on your Myspace, message board signatures, and anywhere else you can. Codes below:


<a href=”https://sffootsoldiers.wordpress.com/the-sound-request-page/&#8221; target=”_blank”><img src=”http://flash.atlrec.com/switchfoot/extras/switchfoot_requestbanner_300x250.jpg&#8221; border=”0″ alt=”Photobucket”></a>

Message Board Signatures:


Send us screencaps to sffootsoldiers@gmail.com !

4. Profile pic blitz

– Use “The Sound” banner or the single artwork as your Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace profile pictures for the next month at least. We need everyone of you to do this in order for it to be successful.

Send us a screencap at sffootsoldiers@gmail.com

5. Radio Request

– Head over to “The Sound” request page we’ve set up on this site. There, you will find request links for stations that gave “Mess of Me” support. On this page, you’ll find a list of “priority” stations. Request at these following stations at least once a day:

WKQX Q101 (Chicago)

WARQ (Columbia)

KFMA (Tucson)

KCXX (Riverside)

KBZT (San Diego)

WWDC (Washington, DC)

WBRU (Providence)

^We will add more. Let us know if you hear “The Sound” on your local station!

6. Radio Polls

And lastly, we need everyone to flood the following polls and vote for “The Sound.” We can dominate these easily, with a concerted effort! Let’s do this, footsoldiers!

91x (San Diego) Christy Taylor’s REALLY BIG Countdown

The Christian Rock 20 Poll.

RadioU’s Top Ten Most Wanted. We still have the top spot! Well done! Let’s keep it that way!

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Rate the Music Thursdays

Another important thing we need you all to work on, is to sign up for and fill out Ratethemusic.com’s polls every Thursday. (We need help with coming up with a more clever names for these Thursdays, so if you have ideas, let us know!) This is important in determining what listeners want to hear on the radio.

“Mess of Me” is currently up for the ALTERNATIVE poll. So when you’re first signing up, be sure to indicate that the “alternative” format is your favorite musical style (even if you don’t really like it. That’s the only way we can poll for “Mess of Me”). We need “Mess of Me” to “research” well on the alternative format, and here is where we can make the Footsoldiers’ presence felt!

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Sign up for an account on Ratethemusic.com. (make sure you leave the www. out of the URL) Be sure to indicate that your favorite music style is “Alternative”
2. There will be a list of songs that you flip through and rate on three scales: how familiar you are with the song, how much you like it, and whether or not you’re tired of hearing it on the radio. Once you reach “Mess of Me,” be sure to say you are familiar with the song, love it, and are not tired of hearing it on the radio!
3. Finish the survey; repeat every Thursday!

As soon as you complete this mission, say so below!

NOTE/REMINDER: There is a new survey every week, so be sure to check back on the website every Thursday!

Job and Jeanna

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VOTE for “Mess of Me” on Fuse TV’s No. 1 Countdown

UPDATE: “Mess of Me” debuted at No. 2 behind Adam Lambert on the Countdown (Viewer’s Choice). GREAT WORK! Let’s get it to No. 1 for next week!

As many of you already know, Switchfoot’s “Mess of Me” video has been added to Fuse TV’s No. 1 countdown. Rotation begins Monday, February 8, which means that it’s possible we can finally see this video on TV. What we need to do, for now and the foreseeable future, is to vote for “Mess of Me” HERE.

You can vote over and over again. Just click the orange button that says “Vote Again,” and you can vote until you drop. We can do this footsoldiers! You are just as big a part of Switchfoot’s success as anybody. We can do this!

DISCUSSION: What are some ways you’ve been helping to make the voting process more fun, efficient, etc ? (I put the link as my homepage). Comment below!

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Mission 2: Lala: Make Switchfoot a top Artist!

WELL DONE FOOTSOLDIERS. We got “Mess of Me” to be the No. 1 most played song on LALA.com.

UPDATE (10:56 AM PST February 6, 2010)

“Mess of Me” is now in the Top 3 songs on ALL of LALA!

Also, Switchfoot is the No. 3 artist on Alternative and is No. 16 overall. Well done footsoldiers! ~high fives~ all around. Let’s keep this going!

UPDATE (2:17 PM PST February 3, 2010)

Switchfoot has reached the Top 10 on Lala’s Alternative Artists chart! Woo, we are killing this!

UPDATE (12:44 PM February 3, 2010)

We are now at 13,327, good for No. 1 on Lala.com’s Alternative chart!! GOAL #2 DEMOLISHED! Great work soldiers! Let’s keep it going. (It’s also the 7th most listened to song on all of lala!)

UPDATE (11:34 AM)

“Mess of Me” is the No. 23 most listened to song on ALL of lala. GOOD WORK! Let’s pass Ke$ha next!


Lala.com is a relatively new website that has a unique music listening model. It’s subscription-based, but also supports mp3 downloads just like iTunes. The idea is that users can purchase “web songs” for 10 cents each, buy mp3 downloads (like iTunes), or they can upload their entire iTunes library to lala for listening on the web.

What we need the Footsoldiers to do is to make Switchfoot a top artist on lala! If we do a phenomenal job, we could possibly get “Mess of Me” charting on Billboard’s lala chart. So here’s what we need to do!

1. Sign up for a lala.com account. it’s quick and easy, and takes no more than 10 seconds.

2. From this point, there are a few options.
a. If you have “Hello Hurricane” ripped to your iTunes library, continue to step step 3.
b. If you set up a Wallet on Lala.com, make sure to add “Mess of Me”         and skip forward to step 6

3. Download the lala mover here: http://www.lala.com/#musicmover/uploader

4. Move your entire iTunes library to lala.com using the Lala Mover.

5. Once that process is complete, you should have all your songs in your Collection. Now, you are free to play your songs for an unlimited amount of plays.

6. Queue “Mess of Me” to play over and over again. A “listen” is only counted if you play the song all the way through. You can queue the song to play up to 3000 times at once.

7. Leave the songs playing all day, or as long as you can. One thing I do is open multiple windows of lala, and play “Mess of Me” on each window. That multiplies the rapidity of our plays increase!

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES (in order of priority)

1. Switchfoot is currently the 66th most played artist on all of Lala.com right now. Let’s get them into the Top 20 by Friday!

2. “Mess of Me” is currently the No. 3 most listened to Alternative song on all of Lala. Let’s get it to No. 1 on Alternative. (Make sure you are playing the [Deluxe] “Mess of Me”)

3. If we are doing a really good job, let’s go for a Billboard chart placement! We will need around 11,000+ listens for “Mess of Me” to get into consideration. I think we can get there! What happens after that is, we will hope that people seeing how high the song got, will add/purchase the track. Even if not, that’s some great exposure! We can so do this guys and girls!

COMMENT BELOW letting us know what you”re up to, what you’ve done, or how many times you’ve played the song.


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Welcome to the new Footsoldiers HQ!

We’re very excited about making this the official location for Footsoldiers around the world to come and report on what they’ve been doing to promote Switchfoot! Here we will also have missions and other goodies that you wouldn’t want to miss! Stay tuned for your next mission!

– The Footsoldiers Staff

P.S. I know it looks plain for now, but we’re workin’ on it. 🙂

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