How to Prepare for SXSW using and not using Fiverr

SXSW is known to be the hub for Geeeeks! Not just the Geeks in Tech but the Geeks in Music and the Geeks in Film. There are geeks everywhere! And you know what that means…. Everyone is aiming to gain some sort of attention and will go to all ends of the earth to get it accomplished. Think of Lewis and Gilbert from the Revenge of the Nerds movie leading their “fellow” frat nerds in the final event of the Greek Games for Homecoming by going all out with their tech driven musical performance.

I admit, I am guilty of having the urge to come up with  awesome campaigns that people will remember me by and gain a large amoutn of “ ATTENTION!” especially since this will be my first time going to SXSW and going to Austin!! I’m excited! Can you tell??!However, I decided to do my SXSW personal branding project simple and do it Fiverr-style!!

For those of you who do not know what Fiverr is, it is a nifty website that acts as a online marketplace where you can outsource a certain project/gig for only $5 and do some freelancing work yourself for $5! I know, I know the first thing that comes to mind is “What’s the catch?” or “That’s to good to be true!” Well it is true and the catch(es) are you have to pay for the gig in advance but you can always cancel the order if you are not satisfied with the final product or if the seller does not deliever on time. Oh, it takes some searching and sniffing for sellers with a large amount of positive feedback, which is can be used as leverage to determine whether your project will be of good quality. I could go on and on about it, but you get the gist.

How to Prepare for SXSW using Fiverr

 1) Business Card Designs

I know we are in the digital age, but the business card has not become obsolete. Not yet at least and if you put in your creative juices together, people will definitely remember you when he/she refers back to them. The creative marketing genius, Mars Dorian put a great tutorial together about business cards and I used it as inspiration for my business cards. Thanks Mars!

After thorough research, I hired pixelzombie and here is the final product:

Not too shabby huh?! I think it’s really effin’ awesome and I only paid 5 bucks! Thanks pixelzombie!

2) Photoshopping Social Media Profiles

I’m a novice at photoshop and currently in self-teach mode. I had a few ideas to change up my facebook profile up a bit but didn’t have the time to do a DIY. My friend, Abraham concocted the original photo  and then I hired Zagart to  slice it up for my profile pic. I wanted to do something that was a dedication to South-by and I am very pleased with how it came out!

You can can take another step forward and use fiverr to customize both your twitter and youtube backgrounds! I am currently in the process of having my youtube channel customized fiverr-style!

How to Prepare for SXSW not using Fiverr

 1) Leverage the heck out of Online Video

I had the original idea to stream some video live while I am at South-by but like I said earlier, I am going the simplistic route. With that said I will be making a couple of videos while I am there, including one tonite about additional tips to prepare for SXSW not using fiverr. The only way to enjoy them is to ”Like” of my facebook page because they will be posted exclusively there!

2) Get Your Geek on!

Be sure to get an idea as to who is going to be there including your friends! A great way to do so  is to create a Twitter List!

On to You….

  • Are you going to SXSW? If so, we should meet up! Hit me on Twitter: @MoniqueOJohnson
  • How are you preparing for SXSW?
  • What do you use fiverr for?

Be sure to “like” the ATS fan page to watch exclusive videos of SXSW 2011 and to see the first one tonight!

Photo Credit: Screencrave

10 thoughts on “How to Prepare for SXSW using and not using Fiverr

  1. Hey Monique – I’m so jealous that you’re at SXSW! Fiverr is great isn’t it? I use it almost everyday. Over the past three months since I discovered it, I think I’ve spent close to $300. That’s a lot of Fiverrs! Looking forward to hearing all about SXSW. Enjoy!

    1. Hey Trever! Don’t be jealous! We will switch places in June when you are at WDS! Wow $300 is a lot but hey Fiverr sure does get the job done. I’ll be sure to tell you about Austin and South-by when I get back! In the meantime, start preparing for June :)

    1. Thanks Jennie! I’m sure you can definitely come up with something. Please let me know if you have any questions about it!

  2. I’d love to go to SXSW, but not this year. I do look forward to seeing a post or two from you on your time there. As for fiverr, I’ve used it a couple times and both time the work has been pretty good.

    Have a great trip!

    1. Hey Seth! I hope to see you at SXSW next year!! Stay tuned for the posts and I hope to see mroe of ya here! Cheers!

  3. Hi Monique, those business cards look great! Whenever I see a pimped up social media profile, such as a Youtube page or Twitter, I always assume they spent a couple of hundred dollars on the designs (or at least are an expert in customisation), but for five bucks, that’s great value. I’m going to try out this service, thanks for giving me some ideas!

    1. Hey Tom! Thanks! I am really pleased about how they came out!! Pimping out your Youtube and Twitter can cost you a pretty penny but as you can see there is always a way to get around it :) Let me know how it goes!

  4. It’s amazing how the little touches like unique business cards and cool social media profiles really put together your business look and make you seem really on your game. I’m totally going to go check out that service site. Thanks!

  5. First time visitor here! I recently just started using Fiverr. It’s pretty amazing what you can get for $5. The business card you got made looks great! Simple and to the point.

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