I recently had a very good thing happen to me. If you are a subscriber to Red Dog News (subscribe on the right) you may have already read this. For the last eight-years I have been publishing Red Dog News (the newsletter) I have been extremely fortunate to have as affiliates a few companies that have never failed to come through for me. They have supplied me with contest prizes, gift certificates, product samples, and much more. You can go to the “Sponsors” tab above and see who they are.
My contact at Red River Photo Paper (Drew Hendrix) recently emailed me to request a few of my images (example, left). He wants to use them as displays printed on a variety of Red River photo paper whenever they attending photography events. That was definitely a plus for me. How long do you think it took to reply, “What sizes do you need?”
It also serves to illustrate how the company you keep makes a difference in your life. If I only had Red River as an affiliate without emailing Drew every once-in-a-while, maintaining contact, he may never have asked to use my images. We hear so much about content when it comes to web sites, emails, etc. You can be sure that content doesn’t really make a difference if no one is there to “listen” to what you want to say. If you only contact people when you want something from them, they may soon tire of your contacts.
As you can probably guess, I could write much more about this topic, but the message here is simply that one should stay in contact with the people around them, especially those of like mind. you never know when you might get “the call.”