More Social Media Etiquette When Approaching Entertainment Industry Contacts
A while back, I wrote a blog on “Social Media Etiquette When Approaching Entertainment Business Contacts” http://wp.me/pu8Se-4 and I can see I need to expand upon that topic. For those of you in the entertainment industry looking for the person to help you get your big break, you need to understand what you should and should not do when approaching them. It will only help your chances in getting the help you need and increase the odds of success in an industry where “making it” is very slim.
First off, don’t spam people with your links of any kind. That is the fastest way to getting no one to pay attention to you. If you use twitter, do not have an auto DM set up with your links for people to check you out. Develop relationships first; if you are interesting to them they will check you out. Otherwise, you are just another spammer.
Secondly, don’t send the same message to a hundred different industry people on your open time line for us all to see. That is another sure way to make sure no one pays attention to you. Don’t be so lazy and don’t be so insulting to our intelligence.
Thirdly, if we do check you out, we will check your account first before watching your video or visiting your web page. If you act unprofessional, use horrible language, do nothing but hit on other people then we know how professional you really are by that alone. Do not engage in any type of unprofessionalism, slander, libel, or any other thing that detracts from your true goal. Nothing says unprofessional faster than your behavior online. Stay clean, focused and use appropriate language and marketing. This goes for industry professionals as well.
Fourthly, don’t ask them to RT your music for you when they have a list of their own clients they are trying to promote. That isn’t fair to their clients, and usually they won’t anyway unless it’s a personal friend. Please remember, our DM boxes are filled with requests all day long from people asking us to “check them out” or “do you have any advice,” all this on top of our already overfilled days of work. Our jobs as managers, agents, PR — or whatever role we fill — is to get OUR clients form of entertainment out there, not anybody elses.
Lastly, make sure you know what they do before you contact them asking for representation. Look at their list of services. If they don’t say they are a talent agent, then don’t ask them to be yours. You can’t get everything from the title of a company. Do your research and make sure you don’t waste anyone’s time.