5 Ways To Use LinkedIn To Get More Clients

5 Ways To Use LinkedIn To Get More Clients

Use LinkedIn To Help Your Business

LinkedIn

Photo courtesy of filmmaker @Tijjani_ Shehu_ Instagram.

A lot of people think LinkedIn is just for traditional job seekers, but LinkedIn does wonders for freelancers and entrepreneurs as well. If you’ve found this article and you’re a writer, photographer, videographer, camera person, gaffer or other crew member, here are 5 ways LinkedIn helps you attract more customers. 

  1. Post an update to your news stream showing your work. This could be a link to an article, a photo that you’ve taken, or a short clip of a video that you’ve shot. Each time you post, it’s a reminder of the kind of work you’re doing. Think of it as your personal commercial. 
  2.  Send “Can I help you?” messages. Most people are unfamiliar with a “Can I help you” message, but allow me to break it down. Those kind of messages go something like this, “Hi Bill Jones. We’ve been connected for a while. I recently did a photoshoot with zebras in the safari. I don’t know if you’re interested in that kind of thing. But let me know if I can help you in any way with your photography needs.”
  3. Join groups in your interest area. If you are a videographer, join videographer groups. People post gigs in those groups. When you see the gigs posted, respond.
  4. Join your alumni networks. Many college graduates want to support their fellow alums. So, join your alumni network and share a post of what you’re doing. You’d be surprised, but someone will reach out and say, “Hey, I need someone doing exactly what you do.”
  5. Network with people who hire people doing what you do. Say for example you’re a writer and you see a person who you’re connected with who works at a publishing company. When you first met them, they may not have worked at that publishing company. Reach out to them with an email and let them know that you’re a writer and you’re taking on new clients and new projects.

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These tips are super easy and don’t take a lot of time. Social media can be overwhelming. But, we must use social media to our benefit. LinkedIn provides an excellent on-ramp to get more customers. 

Inspiration for Black Creatives on Pinterest

Inspiration for Black Creatives on Pinterest

African American Images for Inspiration and Motivation

Are you ever looking for sources of inspiration to keep going as a writer, filmmaker, or simply African American grinding? Well, Black TV Film Crew began curating inspiring and motivating images on Pinterest a couple of months ago. The goal of our Pinterest page is to remind people of color that we’ve come so far. And, we still have so much important work to do. 

Our images are viewed by 6k people monthly.  They show people such as Phylicia Rashad, Flo Jo, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Oprah Winfrey, and LeBron James. We have an assortment of Black Comedians, Black Actresses, Black Actors, Black Directors, and Black Writers. And for all you people who want to go back to Wakanda, we have a curation of images from the Black Panther Movie. Yep, that means Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Coogler, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright and the rest of the warriors.

 

When I need to be reminded of how far black people have come in America, I look at images of people like Lena Horne, Ruby Dee, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey. They climbed mountains people didn’t even think they could see.

Yasmin Shiraz

Writer / Director / Producer, Still Eye Rise Media

Inspiration, Matthew A. Cherry

The link to this profile of Matthew A. Cherry appears in our Black Directors page on Pinterest.

To further promote our members we have curated images of our crew members as well. So, you’ll see our fabulousness right next to the well-known celebrities. And, if you’re looking for Black Photographers, Black Vloggers, Black Illustrators and other people who are doing creative things while Black, the Black TV Film Crew Pinterest page has you covered. 

If you’re anything like me, you’ll also appreciate our images that contain Gifts for Black Writers, Quotes from African Americans, Pro Black Tee Shirts, and Black Animated Short Films. We’re constantly adding more images to keep the motivation and inspiration alive for black folks creating art and who are in the entertainment business. 

We’re not sure if our members are on Pinterest, but if you are, please hop over to the Black TV Film Crew page and follow us. I’m sure some of our 33 boards are guaranteed to inspire you and remind you as to why you became a black creative in the first place.