Postcards from LAX: More Notes from the Demand Studios Creator Conference

Lunch at the Demand Studios Offices

Lunch at the Demand Studios Offices

I’m sitting at LAX right now with roughly an hour left to wait before I fly. As I go through my email I’m blown away by how many Demand Studios contributors and community members are eager for news from this week’s Creator Conference. At first I wondered if it would seem too spammy to blog about the details of this very unique event. However, in the past I’ve blogged from The BlogWorld and New Media Expo and South by Southwest. It seems only fitting I cover the Demand Studios event as well.

I’m not going to go into too much detail now as the laptop is getting hot on my legs and I’m going to have to hunt down a rest room soon. I’ll throw out some bullets to answer some of the questions sent.

The Demand Studios Creator Conference included:

  • Details of the inner workings of Demand Studios. We learned about the sites they own and their partner sites. We met editors, managers and Vice Presidents. We learned of their growth and their future plans.
  • Breakout sessions with Demand Studios editors. We discussed the writing process with them and offered suggestions for making the experience more user friendly and beneficial to their writers.
  • Breakout sessions with the Product Development team: Again we offered our thoughts for making the process easier for all involved.

The conference lasted two days and when we weren’t watching presentations  given by editors and other members of the team, we were put in situations where we had access to the folks who make Demand tick. Whether at meal time, party time or walking to the john, we talked about Demand and how to best serve the needs of the contributors.

Demand Studios Contributors on the shuttle bus - we're returning to our hotel after the Mixer.

Demand Studios Contributors on the shuttle bus - we're returning to our hotel after the Mixer.

That the Demand Studios team took so much time out of their schedules to meet with their writers and editors and discuss the Demand Studios experience spoke volumes to me. They know the key to their success is their community’s happiness. Instead of lowering rates like other content sites, they’re looking for ways to pay more and offer more benefits. One thing that came up often is how they hope their writers will move on to bigger things and will do everything they can to make that happen.

We also had some fun. We enjoyed a nice dinner and a mixer to meet up with some Demand Studios contributors from Los Angeles. The music was loud, the beer was cold and we probably stayed out later than we should have, but a good time was had by all.

In addition to receiving a positive response to my attendance at the Demand Studios Creator Conference, I’ve also received some negative attention. I’d like these writers to know your concerns are  being heard. I’ve discussed all of your concerns with members of the Demand Studios team including pay, hiring writers outside of the U.S., the D.S. editors and more. They’re all very approachable and open to suggestion.

In closing, I’d like to say once again that this was a very positive experience and I’m so honored to have been a part of it.

Comments

  1. Thank you for the image and for coverage of the final event that I missed…in order to catch my flight. Meeting you and all of our new friends is an experience I will not forget.

    The Creator Conference was a fantastic opportunity to witness the brains and the personalities behind the mega-force that is Demand Studios and to catch a glimpse into the future of internet media modeling.

    As far as the one-time-only application rule for DS, the best advice I can give anyone is to put their best foot forward the first time.

    Sometimes, online applications bring out the “get ‘er done” attitude in all of us. They’re almost too simple to garner much effort.

    At this point, if you’ve applied once and been rejected, I think a direct email to Demand Studios with your reason for wanting to reapply and a link to some of your better online samples might make the hiring team take a second look.

    • Glenda,

      Meeting you was one of the highlights of my time spent at the Creator’s Conference. I enjoyed our talks and I only wish we had more time together. I know this is the beginning of a long, beautiful friendship.

      Thanks also for your comments regarding the rejected applications. I discussed this with some of the DS editors and they’re going to think more about how to handle specific cases.

  2. Glenda I agree with Deb it was a pleasure meeting both of you at the conference. It’s always nice to hear the viewpoints of other writers and to share experiences, tips and other stories.

  3. It was so great to meet you! You’re website is awesome, I’ll be stopping by more :)

    • Likewise, Melynda. I enjoyed our chats so much. Please keep in touch – and I hope you’ll comment here more often! Your sense of humor is infections and we can all benefit from your good cheer.

  4. Thanks Deb for bringing up my comment about D.S. possibly considering hiring writers from outside the U.S. I really do appreciate it; I’m sorry if it came across in a negative way when I posted it. That really was not my intention. I just see all of the wonderful feedback online about D.S. and have checked back on their site numerous times to see if that particular policy has changed because I would love the chance to apply to write for them.

    Again, I hope I didn’t offend. I love this site and all of the great leads I have found here. Thanks again!

  5. Any word on when their rates might improve?

    • Star, this is one of those issues that I believe a lot of writers grapple with when it comes to Demand Studios. The rates if you learn how to streamline your research process can be $30-$45 dollars an hour. I typically write my how-to-guides in 20-30 minutes a piece. I’m going to be creating a webinar for Demand Studios later this week (probably Thursday or Friday) that will explain a simple process users can take to write more efficiently.

      BTW, it won’t apply to all topics. But lets be honest being paid $15 to answer a simple question such as “How To Take Prozac” or “How To Delete A .EXE File” is better than the pay at most sites. For example Conjecture would pay $10 for the same type of computer article, while Linkbrokers you might get $5.

      I’m a big believer that it’s all about the streamlined ability to create the type of articles Demand Studios requires.

      As a write that brings in well over $30 an hour writing “cheap articles” of $15 or less in some cases I believe it all comes down to the approach each writer takes.

      Sure I’m not going to write an expose on the Genocides in Africa for $15 but Demand Studios isn’t asking us to. Yes some articles are extremely winded, but you can always ignore those choices.

      Just my two cents.

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