Friday, March 16, 2012

You have a Friend Request...

"Would you add or accept a client as a friend on Facebook?"

How sick do you think I freakin' am?!!  Haha!

Ok, let's not knock Facebook here.  I've gotten lots of clients from social networking.  Friends, Friends of Friends, Family or Acquaintances of Friends and Neighbors and Countrymen.  Great business source, if you ask me.  And I'm a grateful, contented cow for that.

But what if the situation was reversed?  You have a live client, you've worked once or twice, and then suddenly --there it is-- a Friend Request on your feed.  Do you Accept?  Do you Ignore?  Do you Not Now?

Depends on your relationship with your client, of course.  If you know her personally, then it shouldn't be any problem.  'Shouldn't' being the operative word.  Now, if you don't know this character outside of the fact that she gives confusing project briefs and delayed checks, then please do the math.

Some clients, however, can be so darn friendly that they lure you into accepting their friendship.  Here is when danger may lurk.  You can never tell when a nice person you've met a few hours ago can snap and go full-throttle stalker on you when push comes to shove on a certain project deadline.
You log on.  Post a nice "Watching The Walking Dead tonight with fresh buttered popcorn... YUM!'  And the first comment you get is from your new friend, saying, "Your concept paper deadline with me is tomorrow and you have the nerve to waste time on FB and TV???!!!"  Dayam!
And so, from then on, you hide your posts from her.  And that's when you get a PM (or worse a note on your Timeline) that reads:  "Why can't I see your posts?  Am I on Hide?!  Y U NO SHAAAAARE???!!!"

I exaggerate, of course.  Not all clients are like that.  But my point is this:  Sometimes (and most times), the professional and the personal should not mix.  It helps keep a better working relationship, and builds a stronger friendship.

Always remember, Facebook isn't JUST Facebook.  It IS personal.  And unless you really know the person you're talking to, then you should know how to handle your privacy like a pro.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Black Swan Rants and Raves

Whuuut??  You haven't heard of Black Swan Rants?!  What advertising rock have you been living under?!  Everyone inside and outside of the industry --as long as advertising flows in their very veins-- MUST know about this site.  Why, it speaks the very language you couldn't possibly utter under management.  It speaks the Facebook status update you've always wanted to post without earning scrutiny.  It speaks... your very soul.

Frustration.  Sarcasm.  Le bitchin'.  Black Swan Rants understands how you feel --and beats you to it before you beat someone up.  So you end up just laughing at yourself.  Better and funnier than a stressball, if you ask me.

Check out what the Black Swan has to say day in and day out.  Better yet, say it yourself without jeopardizing your career.  Black Swan Rants is willing to accept and publish your own advertising rant (anonymously) as long as it's not as bad as that headline requirement you wrote minutes before reading this post.  Hehe...

Disclaimer:  Natalie Portman was not harmed in the making of this site... promise.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Bat, the Challenge, and the Application Form

Short and sweet, let me lay you down the deal, Mr. Dark Knight, sir.  I know you've been through a lot and you've been cruising Gotham all by your lonesome for quite a while now.  So.  I think it's time you got yourself a sidekick.

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No, not THAT sidekick.  I meant me, RaketChick.  'My sidekick, RaketChick.' just goes down a lot smoother, doesn't it?  Plus, there's no need to 'wonder' about me because we're kinda made of the same stuff.  Sorta.

1.  We're both vigilantes. Without the aid of a parachute, we dive into the action whether invited (by the bat signal) or uninvited. You, snagging the hero worship; me, bagging the business pitch.  You're driven by a need to save the day.  Me, I'm driven by a need for financial survival.

2.  We're both fans of utility belts.  Yours, filled with combat gadgets.  Mine, stuffed with strategies, concepts, and 'winging it' prowess.  Our weapons are as unique, patented, and sharp as we are.  We wouldn't have it any other way.

3.  We're both dark and troubled and constantly battling inner demons.
Uhm, ok, maybe you are.  But I can do the emo thing!  I'm from Advertising's Creative Department, after all.  Black is my thing.  Just gimme a minute.

4.  We're both doing this for the greater good.  You do it to keep the peace in Gotham.  I do it to help keep quality work in the industry afloat.   Yesss... amazing how I said that without blinking.
And even with all the risks and rants involved, we both love what we do.  What we do is what we live for.  In fact, you love it so much, you don't even ask to get paid for being a superhero!  Well, understandably --you being a philantrophist/playboy/pop culture icon and all.

Oooh... wait, that's where we differ.  As soon as you get me as a sidekick, I will require a contractual arrangement with a beefy monthly salary and health benefits in black and white.  And I want my own mini bat cave with 24/7 wi-fi.  And I'm calling it Raketcave, if you don't mind.  Just so we're not confused with file names.  My own batmobile can follow after 6 months.
(Sorry, I'm a freelancer.  I can't help myself.) 

No pressure, but think about it.  Why stop at being The Dark Knight Reborn when you can be The Dark Knight RaketChicked!
(Eep, I just nuked my chances of cutting a dynamic duo comic book deal, huh?)

*All awesome Batman artworks here are by the powerful hands of David Finch.  The man, the legend, will grace Fullybooked BHS in a bevvy of Batman events that will make you positively batty.  Action starts this Sunday, March 11, 2012.  Hook yourself up here to know more.

*Update :(

*Update 2! :)  See you guys this weekend!