Insights provides powerful tools that allow you to generate and filter SoundExchange reports.
In this article we are going to cover:
Insights creates reports with detailed information about what sound recordings were performed on your stations and streams. This generated report data is in the format required by SoundExchange as of the time of publishing this article.
Once you click on SoundExchange from the left-hand menu, you have two options: Generate and Filters.
Generate creates a report, listing tracks for a specific station according to the date range and daypart. Once the report matches your expectations, it can be exported to a CSV file.
The Filters function allows you to exclude some items from your SoundExchange reports. The most common examples of items which do not need to be included in these reports are station IDs and jingles as well as any talk shows, weather or news segments. Creating filters is done on a per station basis, and you are currently unable to add filters for your entire organization or for all managed stations at once.
Filter patterns can include the exact track metadata titles of the files you wish to exclude. Filter patterns use regular expression syntax, and we've provided some examples below. This pattern-matching works for both track titles and artist names. Optionally, you may choose to filter out all files that include a certain word or snippet in their name.
Keep in mind that Filters are case-sensitive!
The following example will exclude all tracks that have the exact name “News Report”:
To exclude all tracks that contain “News Report” in their name, this can be done as follows:
The regular expression pattern for filtering out tracks that include a certain snippet is:
This pattern will not exclude tracks containing Word1 or Word2 in their name, but rather exclude all tracks containing these two words in a sequence.
If it's needed to only filter through track titles, the following snippet should be added:
^ - .*News Report.*
Only for artist, the next snippet will be used:
.*News Report.* - ^
We recommend against using filters that are too generic, such as simply “News” or “Midnight”. Although rare, music tracks that include these words as part of their song title or artist name do exist. If the filter is too generic, it might end up excluding tracks that actually do need to be reported to SoundExchange.
After creating the filter and generating the new Sound Exchange report for your station(s), if the targeted tracks appear on a full red background, as seen in the image below, this means the filter is working properly.
When exporting the SoundExchange report to a CSV file, these tracks will not appear at all, which is basically the entire purpose of applying these filters.
This feature allows for creating reports and then sending them to an e-mail address. This makes it so that you don't have to to wait for report generation to complete.
The Email reports screen can be used to get also detailed reports for station and podcast stats. Reports can be filtered by date, time, station, country, state, city, platform, or device. Other filters can be set by the amount of TLH, total and active sessions, ATSL, bounce rate, and unique users.
Another benefit of this feature is the ability to be able to choose a specific Transmission Category which is the single-letter code that describes your service as defined by SoundExchange. Has also the ability to generate reports from multiple stations.
Note: The "Transmission Category" drop-down is an experimental feature and will be further developed in coming months.
Additional Tools - Dayparts, Blackouts
Further down the sidebar is the Tools menu. Currently, we provide interfaces to configure both Dayparts and Blackouts.
These can be used to get reports for a custom time or certain days of the week. You can do this easily by selecting days of the week and a specific time frame. We'll have a tutorial on this aspect in the near future!