[Interview] Meet Tell.ie, the best new Link-In-Bio / Portfolio and the last you’ll ever need

[Interview] Meet Tell.ie, the best new Link-In-Bio / Portfolio and the last you’ll ever need

By now, most of us should be quite used to bio and content link aggregators like Linktr.ee or Linkfire – but what each of these platforms lacks is personalization. or even a character that makes them interesting once you ‘re done it with your original goal. Enter Tell.ie – your content and your business in one place. The best link in the bio / website / portfolio + the best way to deposit new content, merchandise, tickets and NFTs.

What does Tell.ie do differently and why should you use it on other similar platforms? In their About Me section:

Tellie allows every designer to build a house for your creativity in minutes. It gives the power of a website with the ease of a link in bio tool. With Tellie’s new design, your work stands out on mobile and desktop. Tell stories across formats and platforms, combining video, audio, text, images, GIFs, shops, links and more, creating connections never possible before. At Tellie, we don’t prioritize unnecessary clicks. We help you build long term relationships directly with your fans.

Your EDM spoke with Jack Bogdan, Product Manager, and Joe Simek, who runs Tell.ie’s Marketing, to find out what their platform does so well and why it’s so important.

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Why do creators have a growing need to have all of their content in one easily accessible place?

Artists have been forced into a digital diaspora, where they must exist everywhere but own nothing anywhere. Fans quickly switch between artists on different social networks, DSPs, and more. When you post only on these platforms, you can lose part of your art and your identity – you become a commodity, putting your work in a box that looks like everyone’s box.

Being able to bring your world together in a place that resembles you is important for several reasons. You can tell a richer story in different mediums (music, video, galleries, writing, etc.) and connect with fans on a deeper level that reflects who you are as an artist. You can feature fans who might know you by the way to get to know you better and get to know your work better. Ultimately, this increases the likelihood that those fans will support you over and over again throughout your creative journey.

We believe personal artist sites are going to be more important than ever in the next web age.

What goes through the mind of a consumer / fan / user when they see a list of links like intr.ee versus an ecosystem like tell.ie?

Many link list style products are pure routing tools. The solution is to get you from point A to point B as quickly as possible. There are a lot of creators with over 20 links, and it can be overwhelming for their fans. It’s hard to tell a story or make a connection in a list of buttons, so what happens is fans click a button and then go and do something else while they’re rerouted. . What link lists don’t want you to know is that they have a high click-through rate (or “CTR”) but an extremely high bounce rate. The fan ultimately never gets to where you’re trying to send them. Tellie gives you the creative tools and the ability to embed these destinations into your own site so fans don’t have to click on them to interact with your world.

Was there a specific catalyst, a time, when you thought tell.ie was needed?

Tellie was born out of the thesis that there was a lack of tools to foster a stronger bond between creators and fans on the creators’ terms. We’ve done a lot of R&D around the format and ways to create an accessible platform for creators to tell deeper stories, bond, and get paid without it seeming transactional.

Many of our early artists gave us feedback that kept coming back to the same themes: a lack of ownership, painful website updates, a thirst for experiences better than link lists.

We are in that unique opportunity for independent creatives where the technology for holding the keys begins to be decentralized and distributed in a way that puts the power directly into the hands of artists and their fans.

Has there ever been any concern that the (almost) endless customization could be overwhelming for users and visitors compared to the relative simplicity of tools like linktr.ee or DSP aggregators?

Every design decision was rooted in the primary goal of ease of use and creating smart constraints and defaults. Tiles are incredibly easy to create and edit, often by pasting a link or dragging and dropping an image. Smart defaults are really important. Tellie should provide the inspiration to set you up for success. For example, when you add thumbnails, we automatically organize them on your page in an optimized automatic layout so you don’t have to immediately focus on where everything is. Soon we will be adding inspiring layouts from which you can start and modify to achieve different goals, like filing an EP or showing a portfolio of work.

How, if anything, has your gaming and modding experience influenced the design and experience of tell.ie?

I grew up with creative tools. I hacked Photoshop, Illustrator, and 3DS Max when I was 12 and started tinkering with game engines. I have lived in PhpBB forums and exchanged .WMV and .MOV tutorial files before YouTube. The internet was much smaller and so much fun!

The web itself was a creative platform. Each child learned HTML and CSS to personalize their Myspace pages. When smartphones took off and apps became de facto, there was a fun but brief period of skeuomorphism (mostly driven by Apple), but soon everything became flat and square to accommodate the responsive design.

Tellie is definitely scratching a personal itch to return to a world where the web was fun in a format anyone can take and play, but with modern functionality. We have a lot more fun things to cook!

What can tell.ie do that other similar platforms can’t?

Tellie was entirely designed around modularity and composability. We’ve created a unique combination of mix and match utilities, design tools, and storytelling capabilities that don’t exist anywhere else. We’re also planning to do things you can’t do on another website, like “repost” pages from other sites or even embed your entire website elsewhere as easily as embedding a YouTube video. Why settle for promoting just your clip when you can embed your clip, your backstage, your DSP streams, and your store?

We’re also extremely excited to start bringing creators into the Web3 space where they can directly take ownership of fan relationships and find new tools to monetize their back catalog, creative thinking, and more. Again.

Our way of thinking is simple: we want to give artists an outlet for their work where they can express their creative output and earn enough money to act, write, paint, etc. There is this concept which has been around the world for a few years with “1000 true fans”. Ideally, this can be true for many creative people, but even in a world where you have 25 fans willing to support your creative endeavors, we want people to have that outlet so that you can justify continuing to create.

What will tell.ie be able to do in the future as it continues to expand?

There are a bunch of interesting topics here, but I’ll pick two: the economics of property and new ways to view your world.

We believe the future of artist and fan relationships is going to happen with the collections / smart contracts owned by the creators. We’re going to create the tools that allow artists to create these digital primitives and use them to manage access to their content library, shows, products, etc. Fans not only get access to exclusive experiences but also have a digital status symbol that they can show off to other fans. We will allow you to own a new age fan club that exists outside of any platform, including Tellie. We’ll prepare artists for success to take advantage of all the amazing new tools and platforms as the space begins to mature.

When you design a tool around modularity, suddenly you have all of these building blocks that you can tweak or tweak. We’re exploring the website equivalent of a Snapchat filter to set the tone for a version or story in a more expressive way. We’re also excited to be experimenting next year with virtual worlds fans can explore, dynamically built around your pages, that run in any web browser. You will be able to turn your website and link in the bio into a virtual gallery or performance space without additional work.

What creative experiences do you see users having with tell.ie?

Today we see a lot of musicians using Tellie to create a new page for each single or album release, or traditional graphic designers and artists creating portfolios, or using Tellie to file an NFT.

I have always been fascinated by the digital equivalent of a physical LP. There is something truly magical about buying a record and delving into the lyrics, the backstage, the album cover and the artistic collaboration, the B sides and the demos, a little glimpse into the creative process. A lot of that stuff is on artist laptops or phones these days, and I’d love to see artists raise the curtain with Tellie and create experiences for fans that reveal a bit of the truth of their process. creative.

What’s Tellie’s biggest selling point for EDM musicians?

EDM musicians were among our most passionate early users, as EDM artists tend to have an interesting range of multidisciplinary interests. Tellie is basically about blending existing things into something new. EDM covers not only music, but also the construction and performance of the world and the open space that you transport yourself to. As an EDM musician, you can bring your visuals, music, merch, and more together in an experience that will wow DSPs or traditional websites.

Which site do you share the most with your friends and what makes it special?

One of my favorite creators on Tellie is O’Plérou – a musician, traditional artist, digital artist and designer from Marrakech. What’s great about O’Plérou is that he uses him as a way for people to explore all aspects of his creative life: his music, his art, even his friends! He also has his own Creator Token which he uses to deliver exclusive content to his followers.

Harry D. Gonzalez