This is just a thought. I recently tried to contact a voice over professional to ask her/him permission for something. I looked around her/his website but couldn’t find a way to contact him/her except via a contact form.
There is nothing strange about that… people hate to list their emails because they don’t want to get spammed so they use a contact form so that their email addresses are hidden. I do it myself on my website but since some people seem to dislike using the form system I decided to list my email but as a jpg image file so that the email harvesting bots (I always think of them as looking like the over-tentacled robots from the matrix.)
Anyway I fill out the form. I tell him/her I am only seeking permission for something or other and I send it off.
Nothing… no reply for a couple of days. then… Lo & Behold I am suddenly subscribed to that person’s email marketing list. I never asked to be subscribed and I figured maybe it was a mistake. I delete it. A few days later… still no reply to my question and I receive another email through their client newsletter system.
Thankfully there was an unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email so I unsubscribed.
It’s been a few weeks now… almost a month… and that person has still not replied…
I believe that self marketing is a must in our industry… but has this person gone to far?
What do you do to market yourself… do you send out a newsletter to all the people you’ve done work with reminding them that you exist? and if so what do you put in it? your new clients… the latest projects… links to audio snippets?
Do you go too far… or not far enough?
Your thoughts please!