Hello again, and welcome to my blog all about how to create a professional online identity through Cahootify, if you don’t know what Cahootify is then stick around, because by the end of this post you should have all you need to know to be an expert…
In this Blog we’re going to cover what it is, who it’s for, how to use it, and why to use it, along with combining it to your social media presence, and if you don’t think that social media can be useful in a professional sense then you should definitely stick around, Facebook isn’t just for posting selfies and posts all about your drunken regrets.
So… What is Cahootify?
Good question, the technical answer is that it’s a media based platform that acts as a means to an end of either finding work or creating work around the topic of film. A.K.A. an online portfolio platform for production. The non technical answer is basically if you need a job or need to hire someone in the media or film industry, Cahootify is where you want to be looking.
The website is free to sign up to and has no subscription charges or anything like that, it allows payments to be chosen between users for work, so there aren’t any strict rules or high finders fee prices that they enforce, it’s done in a way where payment is tailored to suit the parties involved as they decide what happens. Their website describes it the best as they say “In return for someone joining your project, Cahootify allows you to offer whatever you wish – be that cash, profit-share points, expenses, “love and learning” or chocolate. We call that flexiconomic.” So essentially you work it out between yourselves, how fair is that?
Despite already having a solid set up, they have many more plans to further their business, and here is the list of features that they plan on introducing to Cahootify in the near future:
- Organise and categorise your list of saved profiles.
- Share a project with paid-up members only (and therefore also be able to view such projects).
- Limit who can see a project to particular individuals or categories of people from your list.
- Create a hub of selected associates who can communicate and share projects privately with each other.
- Share the management of a company profile.
- Share the management of a project in progress through light touch communal discussion and simple task assignment.
- Take advantage of a contractual framework that looks after things like profit-share points between team members.
- Crowdfund your projects (maybe).
Cahootify Logo below
All of these features considered, Cahootify fills the gap in the market for job seekers and staff seekers for the film and media industry. It consists of profiles or accounts that can either be made professional for the hirer or personal for those getting hired, and it’s very easy to navigate.
There are a few main uses for Cahootify, you can use it to create a project, use it to form new groups for your projects, and use it to find work in the media and film industry. Through all of these features you’re able to show off and promote your work, recommend people you’ve worked with before, post incomplete projects to try and attract people to join your team and other useful things to try and boost your chances of success.
Who would use Cahootify?
Well here is who Cahootify said would be using their website… “Cahootify is for people who are committed, engaged and up for making stuff happen. People who know what it takes to build a career in the industry, are prepared to get on with it, and are seeking others to work with who match their commitment and professionalism.” This is them saying anyone who wants to be involved with film or media and can be bothered to put the effort in, Cahootify is for them. It could be argued that YouTube already has the whole ‘creating a video and getting it online’ thing sorted, but Cahootify has been made unique as, although YouTube and other media platforms exist, non are set up in this sort of way, the rest all allow uploads of finished products, where as Cahootify is for the stage before finishing, when you need someone else to come and work with you on your piece. It consists of people working on their projects that hire, and people that look for projects to be hired by, both sides of the spectrum brought together in one convenient place.
A professional online identity…
This is the part where you find out that your social media accounts have to change a lot in order to become ‘professional’… you can’t have a timeline full of inappropriate content, otherwise you won’t be taken seriously (or professionally). But don’t worry, it doesn’t take long to make your accounts look hireable and sleek. The key to being successful on social media platforms really comes down to a handful of basics, if you manage to get these locked down then you should be away… Share-ability, relevance and updates. Think about it, of you’re making relevant things that people like and can share on a regular basis then what can go wrong? And if you’re updates on social media can relate or even promote your Cahootify profile (or any other beneficial content!) then you’ll be ticking a lot of boxes; promoting yourself in a professional manner, linking people to your profile, getting your recognition and chances of being hired raised, and more.
If you look at the way Cahootify is set up you’ll be able to see that it’s professional anywhere you look, be that on their websites home page, their twitter page or their Facebook page. On all of these pages they have the same logo, and you you can contact them on all of these platforms, there is consistency in their brand, again leading to a professional image. Everything and everyone has a brand, make sure to sell your individual brand as someone that is active(online wise), consistent, reachable, shareable likeable, relatable and all the good “ables” that there are, as that’s what’s going to give you your best starting point.
Keeping on the theme of social media and using it professionally, there are many ways that you can promote yourself through social media. Through the use of taxonomies and folksonomies. For example, Facebook has suggested pages, group chats, events on peoples personal calendar that you can arrange and many more useful features. Twitter has retweet and favourite (but they’ve made it heart now for some bizarre reason) and hashtags, these are all ways of spreading your online content to different parts of the digital world… Even Cahootify has hashtags, designed to inform the viewer of the experience of the user, as a green hashtag means experienced, and a grey hashtag means inexperienced, which is quite a clever feature, as you are more aware of what you’re getting when you hire someone from Cahootify’s website.
So that should be all you need to know about Cahootify and how to set yourself up online, if you’ve enjoyed this blog and want to read more of my content then just click HERE, thanks for reading, until next time, see ya.