“Let’s keep in touch”: how to stay connected to former clients

first_imgWhen you were working for Client X, communication was simple! You emailed them, they emailed you; they gave you assignments, you finished on deadline. The rules were clear.Then you finished up your work with them, submitted your final invoice, and wrote a “thanks for everything” email. They, in turn, thanked you – and said, breezily, “Keep in touch!”And now here you are, hunched over your keyboard, sweating neurotically. It’s like writing to an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend that you want to reconnect with; how do you sound sane and friendly, while also expressing your interest?Savvy freelancers know that the best clients are repeat clients – and that it’s much easier to reconnect with a previous contact than it is to establish a completely new connection. But “keeping in touch” is easier to say than do; how often should you check in with old clients? How do you touch base without sounding desperate?Here are a few tips for keeping those overtures breezy, relevant, and productive:Do your researchBefore you write to Client X, snoop around Google, their website, and LinkedIn pages. Find out what their company’s been up to, and (if you can) if there’s been any staff turnover; nothing’s more awkward than asking your contact to “say hello to Bill!” if Bill was fired a year ago for verbally abusing Santa at the holiday party. If there’s been positive news, that’s an excuse to write to your client – and a good way to show that you’ve been keeping track of their work: “Congratulations on the Hoover Dam project! I wondered if you might need help plugging the leaks?”, etc.Use the excuse of special occasions (or new offers)Have you expanded your skill set since you last worked with Client X, you clever creature? Do you now do social media as well as web content, or coding as well as graphic design? That’s a great excuse for sending out a friendly little update email to your former client. Think of it this way: you’re just informing them that if they happen to need an editor who ALSO moonlights as a juggler, you can now fulfill both needs!I also like to take special occasions, especially major holidays, as an excuse to stay on a client’s radar. Nobody objects to a nice “Happy Holidays, thanks for a great year!” message. If no major holidays are forthcoming, you can also invent your own special occasion – a kind of freelance event. What’s a freelance event? Why, it’s a special deal on project pricing you are offering to select clients, for a limited time – and wouldn’t you know it, they’re on that list?* You’re just writing to let them know about it! Aren’t you considerate?*The point with this is not so much that they take advantage of your (modest) one-time deal; it’s to remind them that you exist. Don’t undercut your own prices, and make sure that you build in a deadline for clients to take advantage of any discount.Keep it shortHow many emails do you get a day? How often do you closely read the long ones?Keep it short (3-5 sentences), keep it friendly and casual, keep it germane. Again, you’re just reminding Client X that you’re alive and that your services are available. You’re not sending out a digital newsletter – that’s a whole ‘nother animal. Newsletters are perfectly viable tools with their own tricks and traps; these strategies are for personalized emails to select clients.Don’t expect a responseSometimes you’ll send a carefully-crafted, researched email into the ether… and never hear back. Sometimes you’ll get a two-word blurb in response. Sometimes you will be deafened by the silence.And sometimes, they’ll offer you a gig.Don’t wait on tenterhooks for a response (and don’t take it personally if you don’t get one at all). It’s not necessarily a rejection! The point is more to keep in long-term contact than to land a short-term project. Make sure the email you send gives Client X your most current contact information and an invitation to get in touch; the ball is now in their court.With a few tweaks, writing this kind of “how-are-you” fishing email can transform from a queasiness-inducing endeavor to a perfectly casual, painless experience! It’s smart, it’s professional, and yes – it’s relatively easy. Just keep in touch!last_img read more

TCI Against The Dominican Republic in Rugby Football

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcivsdrrugbyfootball Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 3, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks Head Brewery & Turks & Caicos Islands Rugby Football Union will be hosting their TCI against Dominican Republic rugby football match on Saturday, 6th May at the Meridian Field, Grace Bay Village (behind Chopsticks Restaurant), Providenciales.Proceeds from this event are in aid of the TCI Rugby Development Programme. All gates will open from 3.30pm, while kick off is at 4pm. The admission is free, refreshments will be on sale and entertainment will be provided by DJ Viper.#magneticmedianews#tcivsdrrugbyfootballlast_img read more

Dreams do come true says Hina Khan while posing with Priyanka Chopra

first_imgDiana Penty, Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, Hina Khan, Huma QureshiInstagramHina Khan is currently living her dream with her stunning debut at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. From making head turns at the red carpet in a sparkling gown by Lebanese designer, Ziad Nakad to launching the poster of her first film Lines in a chic green outfit at the festival’s India Pavilion, the Kasautii Zindagii Kay actress has undoutedly made the entire TV fraternity proud with her stint. And after enjoying a blissful time at the festival, Hina was seen hanging out with Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, Diana Penty and Huma Qureshi and having loads of fun together at the Chopard party last night.Taking her excitement to Instagram, Hina Khan wrote while sharing the group picture, “I have a lot to post, lot to write but for now all I can say is dreams do come true.”Along with Hina Khan, Diana Penty also made a sparkling debut with at the Cannes Film Festival as part of an association with vodka brand Grey Goose. For her look, Diana chose a ravishing mini golden tassle dress by Greek fashion designer Celia Kritharioti paired with embellished sheer golden knee-length heeled boots by the same designer. Hina Khan at Cannes Film Festival 2019ReutersFor the uninitiated, Jitesh Pillai’s shocking comment on Hina Khan’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival has become the talking point in the industry. “Cannes has suddenly become Chandivali Studios kya?” the magazine editor had posted in his Instagram story.Replying to the editor’s comment on her, Hina had earlier tweeted, “I was persistent, I am constant and I will be efficient again and again and again. Don’t know where I belong, don’t know if I have to, as the place doesn’t define me. Because as always I will work my a** off and I will make my own place. My promise, a proud outsider from my Chandivali Studios.”After facing massive flak, the magazine editor apologised to Hina for his comment saying that his comment was misconstrued and wished her continued success. Hina accepted his apology and even thanked him for his good wishes.Catch up with all the latest updates on Indian Beauties at the Cannes 2019.last_img read more

Round House Theatre to Debut Reinvented Nutcracker

first_imgRound House Theatre continues its 2014/15 season with “The Nutcracker.”Round House Theatre continues its 2014/15 season with a magical, fresh new take on a beloved classic – “The Nutcracker,” a holiday musical created by Tommy Rapley, Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, and Kevin O’Donnell. Directed by the award-winning Joe Calarco, “The Nutcracker” makes its area premiere at Round House Theatre, located at 4545 East-West Highway from Nov. 26 to Dec. 28, 2014. Performances are Tuesdaythrough Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays offer the best availability.There’s a special holiday performance on Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. (There are no performances on Nov. 27, Dec. 2, 24, and 25.) Tickets range in price from $10 to $45 and may be purchased by calling 240.644.1100, by ordering online at www.RoundHouseTheatre.org, or in person at the boxoffice.last_img read more

Teacher recruitment row Another student killed in Islampur clash

first_imgDarjeeling: Another student succumbed to bullet injuries in the wee hours of Friday in the unrest that had taken place over the recruitment of teachers in a school in Islampur in North Dinajpur.The Superintendent of Police, North Dinajpur, on Friday declared that police had not resorted to firing in the incident and it was the outsiders who had mingled with the students, pelted stones, hurled bombs and even fired. Seven persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTapash Burman (20 years) succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours of Friday morning in North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. He was a former student of Daribhit High School and was studying in third year at Islampur College.Incidentally, the students of Daribhit School were protesting against the appointment of Sanskrit and Urdu teachers in the school, demanding other subject teachers to be appointed instead. On Thursday, when the two teachers arrived at the school premises, the students started protesting. A large police contingent arrived to quell the clashes that took place. In the clashes, both the protestors and students suffered injuries. One Rajesh Sarkar (19), a former student of the school and first year student at Islampur College, died on Thursday evening from an alleged bullet injury. As the news of Burman’s death surfaced, locals vandalized the school building and even torched furniture inside the school building. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe BJP called for a 12-day bandh in Raigunj, the district head quarters. The bandh evoked mixed responses. The BJP supporters vandalized four state government buses and two bikes. There was heavy police and RAF deployment. The Chief Minister, who is on a business tour of Europe, has been keeping a close tab on the situation and even had a telephonic conversation with the District Magistrate. Sumit Kumar, Superintendent of Police, North Dinajpur talking to media persons on Friday evening stated: “The police had not resorted to firing on Thursday.” He stated that there was tension in school since the past few days over the recruitment of teachers. “On Thursday too, the students were agitating and even gheraoed the school when a police team had arrived to bring out a teacher who had suddenly fallen ill. When the police were escorting the teacher, they were attacked. Outsiders had infiltrated in the student group and started pelting stones, hurling bombs and even firing. It was a well-chalked out plan,” stated the SP. He further stated that 14 personnel were injured and a constable, Parimal Adhikari, had even sustained bullet injuries and is admitted to Islampur Hospital. The seven persons arrested are being interrogated. “When the police were attacked we used minimum force and non lethal weapons,” claimed Kumar. Majority of the arrested owe allegiance to the BJP party. The parents of the deceased have demanded that the culprits be brought to book.State Education minister Partha Chatterjee, who is heading the group of ministers in absence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, blamed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha for fomenting trouble that led to the violence.”We are certain that RSS had a role in Thursday’s trouble,” Chatterjee said. He blamed the district inspector of schools Rabindra Kumar Mondal, who had first informed students that Urdu teachers would not be recruited but later went ahead with the appointments keeping the administration in dark. “We have put him under immediate suspension,” he added.The minister reiterated that the guilty would not be spared. “It seems that the entire incident was pre-planned. The role of the headmaster of the school is also being examined,” he maintained.last_img read more

100year journey of Jamshedpur comes alive on wheels

first_imgKolkata: Decked up with pictorial depictions of Tata Steel’s journey over the last 100 years, the Steel Express chugged off from Tatanagar station for Howrah on Tuesday, marking the year-long centenary celebration of Jamshedpur’s formation.The Steel Express that runs between Tatanagar and Howrah, will exhibit the legacy, culture and journey milestones under the theme ‘Jamshedpur on Rails’, a Tata Steel official said. “This is aimed at helping citizens and railway commuters understand and appreciate the role and significance of Jamshedpur city in the larger fabric of India’s history, and its role in nation building,” the official said.The city, originally a village called Sakchi, was renamed as Jamshedpur by Lord Chelmsford (Viceroy of India between 1916-21) in 1919 in the honour of Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, founder of the Tata group. In the same year, the railway station was also rechristened as Tatanagar. “By connecting two of the most important cities in eastern India, the Steel Express is indeed a lifeline for both citizens and businesses like Tata Steel,” he said. The train started its maiden journey on April 1, 1970. “In many ways, this train is an integral part of Jamshedpur. We are delighted to share the story of Jamshedpur through this uniquely branded Steel Express,” the official said.last_img read more

Everyone Hates Their Cable Provider Apparently

first_img 4 min read Most of us couldn’t imagine life without our cable or satellite TV, high-speed Internet access and wireless communications. They’ve become basic utilities, and we pay handsomely for them. Yet, we aren’t very satisfied with the service we get.According to the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), customer satisfaction with subscription TV (cable, satellite and fiber optic service) and Internet service providers continues to decline.Satisfaction with pay TV fell 4.4 percent, to an ACSI score of 65 (on a 100-point scale), while ISPs—which include many of the same companies—dropped 3.1 percent to 63. These are the lowest scores of all 43 industries tracked by ACSI.”Customers question the value proposition of both, as consumers pay for more than they need in terms of subscription TV, and get less than they want in terms of Internet speeds and reliability,” said Claes Fornell, ACSI chairman and founder.The survey finds that customers are much more dissatisfied with cable TV than with fiber-optic and satellite service. Dish Network (67), the lowest-scoring satellite TV company, still rates higher than the best cable company, Cox Communications (63). Comcast (parent company of CNBC) (60) and Time Warner Cable (56) have the most dissatisfied customers.ACSI Managing Director David VanAmburg noted that for the last decade or so, the price of these communications services has been rising much faster than inflation. Some households, especially people living in an apartment, now pay more for TV and Internet service each month than they do for gas and electric. Another complaint: When there is a service issue, the customer service experience is not very good.”These are not companies that do a very good job of providing good call center customer care or good face-to-face customer care,” VanAmburg said.Wireless service and a new cell phone favoriteAmericans aren’t exactly thrilled with their wireless providers, but customer satisfaction is holding steady at 72 out of 100. Customers are much happier with their cellphone service than they were five years ago.”It’s definitely an improving service, although it’s still one of the least satisfying,” VanAmburg said.Verizon’s ACSI score went up 3 percent to 75, which helped separate it from the other major wireless companies. T-Mobile went up 1 percent (69), while Sprint (down 4 percent) and AT&T Mobility (down 3 percent) both scored 68.What makes customers unhappy?Consumers don’t like long-term contracts with early termination fees, even though that’s why they get a huge discount on the price of the phone. And signal reliability is still an issue. Wireless companies have spent billions to build-out and improve their networks, but there are still dead spots and dropped calls.A growing issue is bandwidth: providing the capacity to handle all the things our more powerful smartphones let us do, like stream a movie or watch live TV.”Wireless carriers are constantly playing catch-up to try to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for more data and more streaming,” VanAmburg explained.Satisfaction with the cellphone itself is up for a second-straight year, now at a new all-time high of 78. This is largely due to the steady switch to smartphones, which get very high customer satisfaction scores.And the favorite smartphones are now made by Samsung. With an ACSI score of 81 (up 7 percent from last year), Samsung beats Apple in overall customer satisfaction for the first time in this survey. Apple dropped for the second year in a row, down 2 percent to 79. Motorola Mobility and Nokia (now Microsoft) are both close behind at 77.”Samsung has gone from an up-and-comer to top-of-the-heap on the strength of its smartphone portfolio,” he said. “Apple’s magic isn’t gone, but the luster has dulled on its older models.”You’ll find the full report on the telecommunications industry on theAmerican Customer Service Index website. This story originally appeared on CNBC Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals May 20, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more

How This Video Game Company Is Helping People Hear Better

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 28, 2015 Register Now » 3 min read Turtle Beach Corporation, the market leader in console video game headsets, has over the years developed audio technology that enables gamers to hear soft video game sounds such as footsteps around the corner and gun reloads off in the distance.And now the company is doing more with that technology than just helping gamers get higher scores.In the spring of 2013, Turtle Beach was introduced to Parametric Sound, the company that had developed the early HyperSound directional audio technology. Juergen Stark, CEO of Turtle Beach, says what began as a meeting about a retail gaming soundbar soon veered into the discovery that this technology could benefit people with hearing loss. (Turtle Beach merged with Parametric Sound in 2014.)Now, Turtle Beach is getting ready to launch its new HyperSound Clear speaker system, which uses HyperSound technology to send a narrow beam of audio directly to the viewer with hearing loss. While he or she is hearing the sound extremely loudly through the HyperSound Clear emitters, others in the room hear audio from the TV at a normal volume. This eliminates the need for closed captioning and allows people with different hearing levels to watch TV at the same time comfortably.Rather than being sold directly to consumers, hearing healthcare providers—including Audiology Management Group, American Hearing Aid Associates, Amplified Resource Group, AuDConnex, and Fuel Medical Group—will offer HyperSound Clear to hearing centers and their patients later this year. The price hasn’t been finalized yet, but it’s expected to be around $1,500, which is less expensive than the $2,000 – $10,000 cost of hearing aids.Approximately 360 million people around the world suffer from hearing loss, and the reported global hearing aid market is approximately $5 to $6 billion. Rodney Schutt, SVP and general manager of HyperSound business at Turtle Beach, says the problem today is that just 20% to 25% of adults that are prescribed hearing aids actually wear them.“Given that approximately 80% of adults with hearing loss are in the mild to moderate range, and considering many of them initially complain about struggling to hear the TV, we believe there’s a significant global opportunity to offer HyperSound Clear as a first-of-its-kind directed audio solution,” Schutt says.Joost van Dreunen, CEO of SuperData Research, believes there certainly is a viable business case to be made for providing audio speakers for people who are hard of hearing, because we’re on the brink of a demographic shift toward “silver gamers.”“Now that gaming is a mainstream form of entertainment, the games market follows the dynamic of the population at large, which is aging,” Van Dreunen says. “We’ve already seen the success of catering to this audience with innovative content like, for instance, brain games. Accessories specifically tailored to people who suffer the ailments of old age is a logical extension of this larger trend.”last_img read more

Elon Musk Is Serious About Digging a Tunnel to Avoid Traffic

first_imgJanuary 25, 2017 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag Billionaire CEOs — they’re just like us: They get frustrated when stuck in traffic.So fed up was Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk that, in December, he tweeted plans to “build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging” to avoid congestion.I am actually going to do this— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016While many interpreted the heat-of-the-moment comments as just another playful tweet, Musk today said he’s making “progress on the tunnel front,” and plans to start digging “in a month or so.”Exciting progress on the tunnel front. Plan to start digging in a month or so.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2017The underpass will ostensibly start just outside the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, according to a follow-up message from the inventor. It will run below Crenshaw Avenue and Interstate 105, ending near the Los Angeles International Airport.According to Google Maps, it should take no more than 15 minutes to drive from 1 Rocket Road to LAX. But factor in the city’s renowned gridlock, and there’s no telling how long the trip could take. For someone like Musk — who likely frequents the airport for regular visits to and from Silicon Valley’s Tesla HQ — that uncertainty is not an option.When pressed on Twitter by a fan asking if he is “seriously serious” about building an underground channel, Musk responds with a simple “Yup.” He even includes “Tunnels” as an interest in his social network biography — between Tesla, SpaceX and OpenAI.Neither Musk nor SpaceX immediately responded to a request for comment.The news comes two days after Musk attended President Donald Trump’s meeting on manufacturing, joined by executives from Lockheed Martin, Whirlpool, Under Armour and Johnson & Johnson.Backed by an administration advocating “buy American and hire American,” Tesla’s Gigafactory battery manufacturing plant in Nevada is expected to achieve full capacity by 2018, creating thousands of new jobs in the country. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Apple Google Amazon Microsoft Sued Over Massive Music Piracy

first_img 2 min read Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 20, 2019 Visit any of the major digital music stores and you’ll find unauthorized copies of songs for sale and streaming. The stores know this is happening, but don’t seem to care. That’s the claim being made in a lawsuit filed by the estate of well-known composer Harold Arlen.As Forbes reports, the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. district court of California with a very long list of defendants including Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Pandora, along with the music distributors they work with. It accuses the companies of selling over 6,000 unauthorized recordings of songs Harold Arlen composed and that this counts as “massive music piracy operations in the digital music stores and streaming services.” The lawsuit goes on to claim that the defendants have “joined with notorious music pirates to sell and stream thousands of pirated recordings.”The piracy takes the form of recordings offered using alternative record labels at a cheaper price than the authorized copies. In some cases the cover art has been doctored to remove the legitimate record label logo.The lawsuit seeks to stop any and all copyright infringement by the digital music stores as well as seeking damaged for the infringements that have already occurred under the federal copyright statute. The total amount being sought is in the region of $4.5 million.On its own, losing this case would hardly be felt by the likes of cash-rich Apple, Google, and Microsoft. But in context, this is just one composer and over 6,000 songs. What happens if the Arlen estate wins and all the other composers out there start filing similar lawsuits? They’d likely win and all would want massive payouts. With that in mind, I predict a strong defense against the lawsuit while the digital music stores quickly review the legitimacy of all the songs they sell followed by the quiet removal of any that are of questionable origin. This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more