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.
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.