Cahootify is an online portfolio which allows you to showcase your own film-making talents, as well as find people with similar talents in order to make more projects. Its a site which allows you to connect with anyone who’s looking for your talents or for someone who wants to promote themselves. One thing which will help you become more successful is keeping up a good online presence. Coinciding with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will help you look much more professional when applying for roles on the site.
Cahootify is difficult to class into our modern categorisation of webpages. Whilst it has elements of a social network like allowing anyone with internet access to connect to each other just like Facebook and Twitter, it certainly is missing many elements which help people stay connected. For instance, group chats and the ability to post whatever you like (within reason). I would argue that its more like an online community instead. This is mainly down to the fact that whilst it is a large group of people sharing what they enjoy doing, it doesn’t have as much free reign as other leading social media websites. This is why I think it makes more sense classing it as an online community, since its still a group of people who share similar interests.
One thing you can do in order to keep up your online presence is including your previous work and projects you’re making on Facebook. By posting content relevant to the projects your working on, you’ll be proving you’re passionate about your work, as well as keeping potential employers up to date with projects you’re working on and projects you’ve previously worked on.
Twitter can be an ideal platform to promote your work, one feature in particular is the “Promote” option. This feature allows you to purchase a promotion, which puts your content at the top of peoples home pages. This will mean that the content you’ve promoted will be at the very start of peoples home pages as they start Twitter up, so a lot of people will so it. You can promote one of your previous films you’ve created, include a link in the description to your Cahootify page, so that future employers can see your work.
What Cahootify does particularly well is showcase previous work what users have done, this is mainly through videos and text descriptions. Users tend to create their own YouTube videos so they can then link it back to their Cahootify page. The two services coincide with each other perfectly because it helps users prove what work they’ve done, and helps employers view what future employee’s have done in the past. This helps show how the user is adaptable to multiple different social media platforms, and in turn, makes them seem much more employable.
With the inclusion of Facebook chat, its becoming increasingly easier to find people with the same interests as you. What you can do in order to boost your online presence is join multiple Facebook group chats about film making. Doing this will not only boost your online presence because you’re making other people aware of what you’re doing, but it will also help you find potential job opportunities since you’re talking to people who are interested in the same work field.
Alongside your Cahootify page, keeping your social media sites up to date is key to producing and maintaining a professional online presence. Constantly updating your Cahootify profile with projects you’ve been working on will show potential employers that you’ve been keeping yourself busy. Also, keeping your social media profiles up to date with what you’ve been doing shows consistency. For example, you could post video updates in a vlog style on YouTube of whats been keeping you busy, and videos of the projects you’ve been working on, on Twitter and Facebook you could post status’s about what you’re going to be doing. Whilst keeping an online presence isn’t vital to success, it will definitely help show that you’re determined and passionate about what you’re doing, since you’re so willing to share it with the public.
Another idea that will gain you a lot more online presence is using a range of taxonomies in order to promote yourself and your projects. Twitter is a great example, as using hashtags in order to promote your specialty will get you recognition. If you were a film-maker for example, using hashtags such as #Film or #Photographer, will get you more attention and recognition from other film-makers and photographers. A very important hashtag to include for this instance is the Cahootify hashtag. If you include this hashtag then it will make other people aware that you’ve got Cahootify as well, and can find your profile to possibly employ you in the future.
One simple trick which will make you much more popular on social media is following back accounts which have followed you. Showing you care about your community will get you a lot more social media attention, since some well known celebrities like Michael McIntyre have been known to keep on top of following people back, which is why so many people follow him, for bragging rights that a well known celebrity is following them back. The same rules will apply for smaller accounts like personal ones, if you show you care about your community then you will gain a much larger online presence. Another feature which is on similar lines is re-tweeting people who have tagged you in posts on Twitter. Doing so will show everyone who is following you that you take time to read posts you’ve been tagged in, which will result in more people tweeting at you in order to gain your attention. Just showing to your community that you care about them is a very important part of maintaining a large social media presence.
A common mistake that people will make when it comes to social media is often at times having no social media presence is often much better than having one which is rarely updated and isn’t looked after. If people follow your profiles from Cahootify, Twitter and Facebook and see that you only post about once a month about your work, then this proves you aren’t passionate about the projects you’re working on. Where as if you don’t have any social media presence, then this could show that you’re dedicating your time and effort other places. Not keeping your social media profiles up to date will reflect poorly on the quality of your professional work as it shows a lack of commitment.
Whilst on Cahootify, adding other people who you’ve been working with could gain you more social media presence. Posting other people you’ve worked with will show others that you’re diverse, and able to work with a wide range of people. Whilst posting on social media that you’re working with other people of the same interest will also help you gain an audience, this is down to posting photographs, status updates etc. of the other person you’re collaborating with, you’ll also gain some of their audience as well. This will also show your audience that you’re willing to go the extra mile to make your content even better, this too will gain you a larger online presence.
Whilst having your own name in the film-making industry is important, one tip that you could do in order to get more of an online presence is upload your film to a video sharing channel on YouTube. By uploading your video to channels such as #Shortfilm, you’ll get credit for the video at the end of the video title, which drive internet traffic towards your channel. What this will also do is include you into an even wider film making community, and can potentially land you another role if you link them back to your Cahootify page.
Future employers can also utilise social media in order to recruit other film-makers. What they could do is log onto Facebook, find a local film making society on either Facebook, Twitter or YouTube and evaluate the quality of their film-making skills. After they’ve found an appropriate candidate for the job, all they need to do is message them on either social media platform and spark up a conversation with them about employment.
So there it is, there are some quick tips in order to gain a much larger online presence. The online world can be daunting at times, but companies like Cahootify and Facebook etc. are making it much more easier to find a community to be a part of and grow your own online audience.