Digital Collaborator – Job 001

My last post got an overwhemling response and I got many questions. One of the student reached out to me showing intrest in doing the role. I thought it would be great if we run an experiment along with the help of the student and see the practical implementation, challenges and learning.

I will document the whole experiment and the outcome of the exercise in the post. You can use this as a refrence guide and also ask question in the comments below. I would be happy to reply them.

Let’s begin, If you have not read my previous article, I would suggest read it to have a better understanding of what we are trying to do here. (click here to read my previous post) “The Digital Collaborator” will play the role of Digital Collaborator for this article.

Let’s go step by step for the question “What do you have to do and how can you make your side money? ” from the previous post.

  • Pick a niche – Software is the business niche I picked for “The Digital Collaborator” (you can email me at vikramshetty.cancer@gmail.com and I will guide you with next steps) for this experiement.
  • Select 1 skill – Illustration (I picked it for him)
  • Format of content – Cartoon Strips for educating customer (I picked it for him)
  • Content with business – Since in this case the business is mine www.73bit.com.
  • Contact wih Digital CreatorThis is the part where he will be working
  • Find the right fit – Now based on the previous points the right fit will be illustrator doing cartoon strips will be right fit. (In actual end to end work the digital collabrator has to figure this out on thier own)
  • Once post is live – We will wait for this in future to update with the work of “The Digital Collaborator”

The Task

To create a comic strip explaning a concept from my older posts. Here is an 2 examples. The output will be 1 single image that will be posted in LinkedIn. It will should have the link text http://www.73bit.com in the image. Like in the example below there is @garyvee. (DONOT COPY the theme from this example, it’s only for inspiration and idea, use your creativity on this brief). The message has to be positive or growth.

For 73bit Limited, we would like something similar but the topic of conversation should be based on any of the following topic

  1. Name and Shame vs Name and Fame – 498 views (read comments)
  2. Bees – 404 views
  3. Tell your friend about climate change – 1039 views
  4. Waste Management – 681 views
  5. 61 days left in 2019 – 513 views
  6. Less then 2 dollars – 770 views
  7. Co-author – 390 views (read comments)
  8. Sustainbility Community – 1068 views
  9. Analyst Carrer Advice – 225 views
  10. Individual vs Team player – 332 views

Let me explain you how to work with any one topic from above list. There is a story in each post and it conveys a message. Let’s take the 1st example from it. Name and Shame vs Name and Fame.

For the cartoon strip image. There will be 2 colleagues talking to each other. First person tells to second person “Name and Shame is a great driver of change” the second person replies “Is that ethical?” (this could be the top part or the left part). The First person asks “Do you have a better solution?” and the second person replied “How about Name and Fame?” (this could be the botton part or the right part)

I could suggest 3 types of theme to create your comic strip image

  1. Problem vs Solution
  2. Do you know vs Ahh! moment
  3. Pure humor

You can pick your creativity that sends in positive and progressive message to the audience.

How will you connect with the Digital Creator (Comic Strip Illustrator)?

Step 1 – Read this method and understand it well : https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/instagram-for-business-180-strategy-grow-business-brand/

Step 2 – Search the hashtag with following for this experiment #comicstrip #CartoonStrip #CartoonistOfinstagram #comicpanel #comicartists

Step 3 – Pick the images which you think are close to the requirement we have above as 2 examples.

Step 4 – Put a comment in it, first genuinely appreciate the work and ask “Would you be intrested in collabration?” or “Would you like to collabrate with a software business?” or “How about a collabration for more awareness to your work?”

Step 5 – Once they agree to collabrate, DM this article to them and ask them to go through The Task section. Answer any question they may have. If you don’t know the answer ask me on the email and reply back to them.

Step 6 – Once the Digital Creator understands the task. Ask them to send across a short write up on what it would look like in case I have any feedback.

Step 7 – Share the final copy with me at vikramshetty.cancer@gmail.com.

You can use the above steps for your own niche, 1 skills, format and connect the correct business. Configure the steps according to your needs.

What did “The Digital Collaborator” do and what was the outcome and timelines of this experiment?

Now it’s upto “The Digital Collaborator” to carry out this activity. I would like him to record the time spend and the dates on which he sent a message and got replies. He can use pen and paper to record it.

Let’s start with the first one image from the list“The Digital Collaborator”

Statistics to record for him for each digital creator

  1. How much time it took for searching the creator? (time in minutes)
  2. When was the first message sent? (date)
  3. How much time it took to explain the task? (time in minutes in case you did back and forth to answer any questions)
  4. When was the writeup sent to you on the final work? (date)
  5. When did the final post sent to me? (date)

Disclaimer: I am not sharing how much I am paying “The Digital Collaborator” to do this job because I think it will block your creative mind when it comes to pricing. I will ask him to write in the comments if he was happy with payment.

I will update this post after we are done with the experiment. If you want to become “The Digital Collaborator” email me at vikramshetty.cancer@gmail.com


Annexure

Other ideas that came during the conversation. Including them below as side notes of this experiment

This is one of the collabration I personally did using the above method along with Artist Mehna – It was viewed and reached more than 1500 in all platforms(LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter). In LinkedIn alone it was 700+

Example of a good illustration:

Digital Collaborator

Digital Collaborator is a person who facilities collaboration between graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, videographers, copywriters (digital creator) with small businesses or consultants

– It’s my definition about this role

I am really not sure if there is something that exists, but when you are in the business where you keep looking for new ways fill in the gap and create business development opportunities. You can come up with these ideas.

When you see something working and more people can use the framework why not share this with rest of the world.

I got inspired by youtubers, technical nomads, Instagram influencers, remote work and growth of internet. I never knew these roles and work will start popping up here and there.

Problem statement 1: Small businesses and consultants have to constantly create content which is time-consuming, expensive and most importantly creative.

Problem statement 2: Digital creators have to keep getting more awareness on thier work and keep finding new paid gigs.

There has been a surge of a concept called free collaboration that many think could get you some big paid work.

This is how it could work for you the digital creator

  • You connect with small business or consultants who are most likely your future customers (Your tribe)
  • You offer them your service for free, it should take you around 1-2 hours to do
  • Asking in return to tag you or put your handle/email/phone in your digital work
  • You do a dozen of such free collaboration per month
  • If your work is really good people will contact you
  • The cumulative reach of your work in your space will be more than you can do individually

How do you know if as a digital creator this is a good 12-24 hours of your time spent?

The short answer is you don’t. The long answer is if you have Instagram/Facebook/LinkedIn account and your view per post is around 100 to 300. It’s better to collaborate with your future client and start building a relationship. You learn about thier pain points what is a good stats for them in terms of awareness, likes and share. You also connect with the people who take care about the business social media marketing. You add up some body of work in your portfolio which is used by businesses.

Yes, I know there are few people who hate doing free work. This is not for everyone. This is the for those who have big ambitions and are ready to sacrifice today for the brighter tomorrow. If you have paid work that you are happy with this is not for you. But, if you want to go to next level or big league this free work can be a leap. You can experiment with work that no one is doing in your industry.

What’s in it for the business?

You are in the year 2020. I don’t need to explain you the importance of social media in the todays business world. If you are NOT in the online world even if you are in offline business. It’s difficult to get new leads which means less new business. Content Marketing is the one which could help you in long term. If you are the one who is vocal and have ideas why customers should buy from you. The digital transformation of your idea could be very useful in telling your story.

When the only costs you pay little money to the digital collaborator to post a graphic, photo, text or video on your social media page. It’s worth the experiment. The reason it’s worth is because you don’t have to spend hours finding digital creator for free collaboration. Yes, you can also ask someone from your team but I am sure you hired them for some specific business work. A seasoned digital collaborator could have good contacts that bring you up to the speed.

Hello Digital Collaborator, if you are still reading. Congratulations!!!

Why should you be a Digital Collaborator?

  • You will make good connection in the area of your interest
  • You will learn more about content marketing in practice without learning any digital skills. (You can choose to learn it later)
  • You will get a chance to connect with small business owners and consultants. It could give you some break.
  • You can create your own content after sometime documenting your experiences
  • You can turn this into a full fledged scalable business model. Email me at vikramshetty.cancer@gmail.com for learning how to do that.

Who according to me is a good candidate for becoming a digital collaborator?

  • College Students with free couple of hours per day
  • Someone starting thier career and exploring options
  • Home makers
  • Retired people
  • Anyone looking for some extra money

What do you have to do and how can you make your side money?

  • Pick a niche in your career. Pick something you love either on the digital creator side or business side. This is very important for the long term gain
  • Select 1 skills of digital creator that you believe will work for the business. Is it photography, graphic design, illustration, blog writing, video etc
  • Search for as many examples in the format of the skill that do well so you can write an article like this to explain your Framework of the digital content.
  • Content with 100 businesses (preferrably on LinkedIn, use the LinkedIn Opportunity section an change it according to your strategy) and send them this article to explain what you have reached out for. Once connected Send your personal article explaining why you have chosen that business and what kind of content they could do. Once they agree decide on how much they will pay for the say 10 free collaboration.
  • Reach out to 250 digital creator via Instagram (using this method) or blog post and pick the post that you think is relatable with the free collaboration. To begin with they should have less than 500 followers and 100 to 300 likes or views. Put a comment explaining in detail what you liked about that content. Ask a question Would you like to collaborate?
  • Find the right fit and communicate the requirements between the digital creators and businesses over the email.
  • Once the post is live send your invoice to the business. Calculate the time you spend to connect with 100 businesses + 250 digital creators along with the total money earned.
  • If you are happy with the work and money continue it.

What do you need to be a Digital Collaborator?

  • Mobile Phone
  • Internet connection
  • 1-3 hours per day
  • Social media user
  • Not afraid of hearing No

How much time do you need for one collabration (Rough Estimate)?

  • Connecting with creators- 1 to 5 minute
  • Connecting with businesses – 1 to 5 minutes
  • Understanding & documenting business requirement – Around 15-30 minutes
  • Explaining it to creators by sending the email – 1 to 2 minutes
  • Total time – 18 to 42 minutes

Guesstimate the time for this experiment

  • Total time for connecting with 250 creators – 4 to 21 hours
  • Total time for connecting with 100 businesses – 1.5 to 8 hours
  • Assuming 10% conversion from businesses so requirement time – 2.5 to 5 hours
  • Total time – 8 hours to 34 hours
  • Average of 2 hours per day will end up into 4 days to 17 days

I hope you find this post useful. I hope this narrows the gap and create some business opportunities to Digital creators, small businesses and digital collaborators. If you have any further questions do not hesitate to ask me at vikramshetty.cancer@gmail.com

If you that this job role is legit, leave a comment or like this post.

It would me a world to me if you can share this article with one person who needs to make some side money and has in them to what it takes to be a Digital Collaborator. They will thank you for sharing it with them.

Blueprint for More Work in 2020

This article is mashup of multiple ideas for an artist, freelancer, or solopreneur. This is a suggestion given to a dancer (you can make this relavent to your work). There are couple of platform which are taken as example in this article, because I heard a lot about them.

Disclaimer: This is a one person thoughts, I am not a social media expert or a sales person.

The Happy Path

  • Create more content
  • Get more collaboration
  • Create network and connections
  • Get some work (Free)
  • Get paid

The Salesman Path

  • Decide what you want to do? (Corporate events or Being a teacher in studio or paided shoot)
  • Target the customer list very niche accurately. (Like Corporate HR or Event management or dance studio)
  • Connect (DM) with them via prop channel like Instagram, Facebook, I think LinkedIn and Twitter could be powerful too.
  • Pitch a personalized message and not a generic one. Like I see your event company have recently done this kind of work. I am so and so and i have done similar work in past with examples
  • Measure your sales number. Total messages per week -> Total reply per week -> Total positive reply -> Total jobs/work (Keep biweekly follow up with all positive reply with the ongoing work you do)

Content is the Centerpiece 

You will have to publish content on social media. It’s the fact of your line of work in 2020 is content.

You will have to figure out to create 100 content per week.

Some ideas for creating 100 content per week:

  • Selfie style video answering questions students don’t ask but should ask (same for corporate)
  • Any thing you did unique that day in practice (learning video selfie style)
  • Your daily struggle for finding work, again a selfie style video talking about the challenges (being vulnerable)
  • Photos on random neighborhood.
  • Practice video
  • Photoshoot collaboration (find people near your residence where you can walk to some place, use Instagram feature of location search. Female photographer in case you are uncomfortable) Guide to do that by Gary https://youtu.be/vcEvDpYhM3U
  • Create text quotes and message using Canva (download the free app and use the free templates)
  • I think you should come up with 200/250 types, strategy for content

Volume Startegy by Gary Vaynerchuk

Here are few ideas in different context you can pick what you can do for your work. Convert writing into video or pictures with caption writing

LinkedIn Opportunity (One of my crazy idea)

This could turn out to be more profitable and comfortable work you may end up doing.

  • LinkedIn is currently like Facebook in 2012 every post is working
  • Target: Company HR and Employee engagement professionals within company for any semi classical/classical Corporate Shows.
  • Medium #1 Create selfie style video to explain how connecting to artist directly could be more beneficial for them. Not only in terms of cost but also to create innovative shows around Indian art and classical dance.
  • Medium #2 Search for the relevant designation on LinkedIn –> Send a custom connection request mentioning that you have something free to offer –> Once connected tell them you will be ready to do a show for free only they have to take care of travel and food.
  • Create a 5-7 choreographed dance to offer them that they can pick from. (Do what you already know and have done)
  • If you can think of some creative performance then this could be a viral opportunity. More people will come to know.

You send 3000 invitation in LinkedIn so play it out fully nothing to stop you there. However pick the person wisely and target company with size 50 to 100. Bi-product of this work is all the travel and traffic time to your make productive by creating selfie style video about the work you are going to do. You can answer the below questions for each act.

  • What all ideas you have?
  • What you manage to implement?
  • What went wrong?
  • What did you learned and how will you do it differently?
  • What questions normally you get asked?
  • How do you reply?  

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