#engage offers several voting features where users can be presented with a list of songs that they vote up or down in order to determine what will play on the air (including Takeover, Top Song, and FaceOff). The available songs are determined by you, and there are two ways to populate one of these playlists:
- CSV Upload - You can provide a spreadsheet (as a .CSV file) of your active library with any attributes you'd like to use for separation (i.e. category, sound code, era, vocalist), which is generated from your music scheduler and uploaded to the Futuri Control Room each time you update your rotation.
- "Autopop" - The top X songs played over the last Y days (with X and Y determined by you) are made available for voting. Because this type of playlist is based on your Now Playing feed, complicated separation goals such as category, sound code, and era are not possible. However, basic artist and title separation is still possible. You may find that an "autopop" list is easier to manage, especially if your station doesn't schedule music locally. Click here for more information on "autopop" playlists.
- Configuring the export for the first time
- Running the export
- Uploading the export to the Futuri Control Room
Configuring the export for the first time
In the Library tab, choose which Filter will be used for #engage (or create a new one). If there is already a Filter for your active categories, that's probably the best one to use.
In the Interface tab, select Export and then Songs (you're probably used to using Interface > Export > Schedule, and "Songs" is next to that).
Click the green + sign in the top left corner of the Songs window and name the Format. This Format will be used every time an #engage export is generated.
Select a Folder for the file to export to. The file will later be uploaded to the Futuri Control Room, so it's easy enough just to save it to your desktop.
The Filename should probably contain the date and needs to end with the extension .csv.
Under Style, choose Delimited by and select Semi-Colon from the drop-down.
The Encoding is likely ANSI by default and can be left that way.
Under Filter, select the Filter you decided to use earlier under the Library tab.
In the Format menu on the right, you'll see another green + sign. Click that and choose the fields you'll export. These fields should include Artist, Title, ID (or whatever field your cart number/cut ID uses), Category, and Sound Code. If your automation system is Zetta, the "Automation Systems" field is required as well. If there are other significant attributes that your station uses for separation (such as Era), those fields should also be included. You should not need to adjust the Line Number or Offset of any of these fields.
Finally, Save the Export Format in GSelector so that it can be used again.
Running the export
Run the Export using the Export button. This will probably open the file in Notepad, and it will definitely save a copy in the Folder you specified above. It is not necessary to save the file that opens in Notepad (since it's already saved).
After your first export, you can just come back to Interface > Export > Songs and then select the Format and the Filter, adjust the Filename as needed, and then Export. Then, upload to the Futuri Control Room (see below).
Managing playlists in Control Room
After generating your playlist, log in to the Futuri Control Room. If you need credentials, please email Futuri VIP Support.
Once you’re logged in, perform the quick steps below:
1. Click Takeover Playlists from the #engage Playlists menu on the left.
2. Give the playlist a name.
3. Choose the file to upload.
4. Click the Upload button.
5. Change the Active status of your lists (if you want the new list to go live right now, Activate it and Deactivate any lists that shouldn’t be live right now). You can have multiple playlists active at a time, and you can also Delete old lists from here.
6. If you’re going to use different playlists at different times, select Playlist Scheduling from the menu on the left.
7. Set up “activation times” as needed, and/or swap out the list you need to replace so that the scheduling will do what it needs to do when the time comes.
8. Click Save Playlist Changes at the bottom of the page.