03 May 2010

Jon Reiss' TOTBO Tip of the Day 11 - Developing Organizational Relationships

by guest columnist Jon Reiss.  Follow him on Twitter.

Last week I spoke about connecting with audience, creating a dynamic website and bloggin.  Today’s tip is how to create relationships between your film organizations that should be interested in your film. This is an especially useful strategy for documentaries that naturally have a wide range of potential issue-oriented sites to connect to. But with a little outside-the-box thinking you can probably find relevant sites for your narrative film as well.


Ways to create a relationship with other sites/organizations:
1. Blog about their sites and link to them.
2. Request that they link back to you.
3. Send them your film and ask them to blog about the film and/or review it. (This also helps your search engine rankings — search engines will improve the rankings of sites that other sites not only link to but also write about.)
4. Go one step further: Create an affiliate relationship with those sites or organizations.
5. Use this relationship to generate community screenings.

My workshops start this week in London and next week in Amsterdam.  Check out the TOTBO site for more information.  Sign up for London HERE.   Comment here or on my blog, or @Jon_Reiss on twitter, or on the TOTBO Facebook page.  Check out the book here.  I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Named one of “10 Digital Directors to Watch” by Daily Variety, Jon Reiss is a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has produced and directed three feature films, most recently Bomb It (Tribeca 2007) about graffiti, street art and the battle over visual public space throughout the world. Jon is the author of Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution in the Digital Era. For more information go to http://jonreiss.com/blog  or follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Jon_Reiss.

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