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Music Advice: The Importance of 'Thank You'

There should be a Thank You list. I don’t care if you have the sharpest memory. I still insist you keep a thank you list where you write down the names and of every person who helped you. Write down their names, their contributions, and their contact info. If it’s a very busy day for you and pulling out the list is a hassle, then assign it to someone else. For example, if you’re shooting your film, then give the list to your production manager or production assistant. You might want to categorize them according to how big or small their contributions are (major contributions, small help, etc) to make those major sponsors feel extra special. As much as you want to, you cannot send all of them “Thank You” flowers and chocolates so note the few people who deserve to receive big thank-yous. Show appreciation thru simple, occasional updates. E-mail everyone who helped you with short but sweet updates of your project. “Hey, we’re now going to Unified Manufacturing to have our CDs duplicated. Cannot wait to show you our album. Again, many thanks! See you in the CD release party! I’ll send you invites later this week;-)”.  You may also send this as a text message to the very important people. It’s more personal. They’ll feel the warmth. Personally hand them your tokens. Do not just e-mail them a long letter of appreciation. Make a hand-written letter and snail mail it to their doorstep. For those very important sponsors, thank them with flowers, chocolates, or a bottle of champagne. It’s old-fashioned and too formal but it’s a tried and tested way to make people feel special. Of course you could come up with your own tokens if flowers and chocolates is not your style. What’s important is that you hand them something that clearly says “thank you. We owe you a lot!” Acknowledge them onstage. Thank them onstage whenever you have the chance. Use your list. You should also thank them online (e-mails, facebook, your website). Put their names on your CD/DVD booklet. Make sure you thank everyone. Then give each of them a CD/DVD. Yeah I know it’s tough to remember each of them but just do your best.  Do your best in thanking people because people love helping when their efforts are recognized. And they will have second thoughts helping you on your next project if their efforts are not acknowledged. Image from: Natalie Dee ____________________________________________________________________ Unified Manufacturing is an L.A. -based one-stop-shop that offers very affordable CD/DVD/USB replication, custom printing, promotional products, warehousing and fulfillment and many more. If you need an Instant Quote on a project and you want FREE SHIPPING, simply CLICK HERE.]]>

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