Posts Tagged ‘Self-Promoting’

Creatively Connect @ Creative Connects

October 13, 2010 Comments off

An event I attend regularly is Creative Connects.  What is Creative Connects you ask?  Well, it is “a free social event hosted by The BOSS Group for creative, marketing and interactive professionals.”  Creative Connects is throughout the U.S. with events in:

  • D.C. Metro Area
  • Philadelphia
  • Boston
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Dallas
  • Northern New Jersey (basically Newark)

About every three months, Creative Connects events are hosted in synchronicity in their respective locations at the exact same time.  I ventured out to my first back in May with my coworker Lori (of Lorikeet Media).  We had a pretty good time and got to mingle with other creative professionals, hand out some business cards, and eat some tasty finger foods.  The best part is that it’s free to attend (along with free food).

They also always have special guests at every event who have some sort of creative professional background.  For example, at the last event Jason Ferrera, Creative Director of was in attendance and representatives from CDIA Boston University.  I’m especially looking forward to next month’s event since I’m actively seeking any business development individuals/opportunities.  The individuals in attendance are also eager for freelance work, so this is right up my alley.  The demographic is usually 21-34, so its great for generation Y and X.  I’ll follow-up with a post on when I actually attend the event, so keep an eye out for it.


Smashing Magazine: Mecca for Creative Professionals

October 12, 2010 Comments off

For creative professionals and the like, a great website/blog to go to for inspiration/motivation/latest news is Smashing Magazine which was referred by my coworker Lori of Lorikeet Media.  A lot of the website focuses mainly on  information for web designers and graphic artists, but there is also useful information for marketing professionals and newbie entrepreneurs as well.  A post that I found extremely useful is one called, “Breaking Down Doors: Promoting Yourself to Dream Clients.”  I know as a budding entrepreneur I wanted to find out ways to reach out to clients or find out ways to adjust strategy when I hit a bump in the road.  This entry tells you how to do all that and more.  I especially like the perspective entries are written in.  Always encouraging and light-hearted.  

Another feature of the website I MUST look at every month are the Desktop Wallpaper Calendars they feature every 1st from designers who submit their work.  The wallpaper calendars are amazing looking  which are free for download and can also be downloaded without the calendar as well.

I visit this site religiously and I definitely encourage anyone looking to a get a “For Dumbies” approach to creative/marketing news and trends should also follow Smashing Magazine.  Additionally, if you also follow the Smashing Network, there are other good reads, such as free and awesome WordPress themes you can look through to use on your blog.  I know I’m trying to decide which one I want at the moment.  Look for a possible new look to RAWR! in the near future 🙂