Do you have a dream? A personal ambition, or a fantastic idea but just lack the support from others? Cahootify could be the saving grace to all of your problems.
What is Cahootify?
Cahootify is an online based recruitment scheme for your own, or someone else’s BIG idea. As a relatively new concept Cahootify (V2) was only founded a few months ago and is constantly growing with new members.
Cahootify provides experience on all levels. Students and professionals now have the opportunity to either share their skills on a project of someone else’s or offer an chance for others to get on board with theirs. The website is super easy to use and navigate with a huge number of features to make the experience so much easier. Underneath a members name is a sequence of green and gray bubbles with words in them. The green ones are skills of the member they have demonstrated previously on a project, for example; photographer. The gray ones are those which the member hasn’t yet demonstrated. The website also lists members in order of activeness putting those most active at the top and those less active at the bottom. Once someone applies for the role, the project manager or leader decides who should have it.
Linkedin VS Cahootify.
We have all heard of Linkedin and perhaps think Cahootify is a bit of a rip off? Wrong. Cahootify, rather than focussing on selling a person wants to sell the project itself. It was specifically designed for creating and helping others in projects rather than assist in someone’s career. Plus, if you’re reading this and under 30, chances are you hate Linkedin anyway. It probably doesn’t do what you want it do and you don’t get chance to showcase the skills you have on current projects. Cahootify offers the luxury of making yourself better at the same time of advertising yourself. Cahootify plan on expanding their client base by mainly targeting universities and the future workforce, this is where they saw a gap in the market at the majority of students, like myself aren’t on Linkedin. They also are acting as peoples PR’s. By ringing someone uo and asking if they want them to create an account for those who are simply too busy. They are also crediting people online for example within someone’s work so they notice that Cahootify is out there.
Film making on #Cahootify
If you think you have a great idea for a short film but don’t have the skills, or time to complete every position the Cahootify is, if not the only place to go. Posting your idea as a tile with a list of the positions needed will allow follow Cahooters to join in the fun. You can recruit anybody from camera staff, to editors, to scriptwriters so there really is no reason for failure. Once your piece is complete marketing it on Cahootify is easy. All you do is upload the film to Vimmeo or YouTube then copy and paste in the link into the project portfolio. Tap, tap, boom as they say. As with anything, some people are better than others, and on Cahootify this is recognised not only by what is on somebody’s profile, but also how many points they have. The more points they have the more recognised they are, the more recognised they are the more recognition your project gets, the more recognition your project gets the easier the positions fill up…Simple.
Finding the right team for the job is vital. This is more likely to happen if you create a good online presence. This can be done in a number of ways however the most important thing someone can do is, ensure you keep ALL your social media current and up to date. Google says ‘no presence is better than outdated presence’. Creating good online presence is also done by focusing on a particular subject. Doing this will create you your own ‘niche’ audience who actually want to be reading what you have to say rather than something they don’t. Online presence and success can be measured on websites like Klout and TweetReach.
Once you have produced your masterpiece you need to market it and show it to the world. We can do this through all social media. If your short film is over 30 seconds long, a good idea would be to create a teaser trailer and use the ‘pinned post’ taxonomy of Twitter. If this is less than 30 seconds long, the video will then play automatically. We also have to take advantage of the hashtag when using Twitter and Instagram. Using the right hashtag will connect you with other filmmakers and allow you to recognise each other. A great way of finding the correct hashtag is using Hashtagify.me this allows you to search for a term which then brings up the most popular hashtags. Within Facebook we can constantly put out unlimited status’ directing them to where we want them to go. Either to see our work or to another platform, including Blogs. On Facebook we can also upload video’s or photos which again can show interest in a subject but also just turn people’s heads a little. Promoting ourselves or our products on blogs is a great way of marketing your work. Keeping your blog up to date gives a chance to tell your fans what you’re currently working on. This could be done by telling them or through a blog calendar similar to mine. We can also follow other blogs and bloggers in the same subject area. This is a great way of getting other film makers to recognise you exist and are interested in the same hobbies as them. You can also get film makers badges which show you are part of the online film making community. Another key factor to not only gaining recognition but also trust is to get on sites such as IMDB and Wikipedia. You can do this by completing a submission form
The future of Cahootify.
Cahootify is currently targeting universities and colleges up and down the country (including mine) to attract the future workforce in the media industry to sign up. It wants to offer universities ‘hubs’ where private projects can be uploaded for just
the university students. This will come as a cost to the university but will also act as a server for backing up a students work, win win. ‘We charge not to share, than to share’
In the near future Cahootify has a whole range of additional features it wants to introduce. Cahootify says it will always be a ‘Freemium Service’ this means that the core aspects will always be free however some of the features being introduced will cost. For example; the ability to manage a project through a group chat, creating lists of favourites (people and projects) and ability to upload directly to the website rather than through another site.
Features I would like to see added to Cahootify inculde –
- The ability to share straight to other platforms (Twitter, YouTube etc.)
- A list of recommended users depending on your projects genre (Comedy, Horror etc.)
- The ability to reject someone from all other projects
- The ability to add feedback to someone’s profile, similar to eBay.
I believe adding these features could create an easier, and more structured place to work and create the enviroment people feel comfortable in.