For Web Designers, Social Media offers potential and the ability to not only organically market yourself as a skilled designer, but additionally as a personality also by way of status updates, biographical information and as a voice of opinion.
If strategically thought, using Social Bookmarking and Networking websites can help build a pathways to create relationships with potential clients and build up yourself as a brand, not only for your particular style of design, but additionally as an authority in the web design industry.
As an example, at Creare we regularly keep active Twitter & Facebook Profiles, our staff research and comment on industry blogs and we also publish weekly Web Design Videos on all aspects of Web Design.
Since beginning our Social Media campaign, we’ve seen both our visitor count and conversions increase in the long-term, in addition to the success of our first viral marketing campaign via The SEO Song.
If you’re interested in utilising Social Media, there are many useful community and networking websites which are specifically targeted towards Web Designers, which can function as a great starting point to begin your journey in marketing yourself, and your website design skills.
Virb is a social community that caters towards Designers, Photographers and all types of artists. Because of it’s easy-to-use, adaptable interface (Virb Profiles allow you to define custom CSS Stylesheets), it’s no surprise that it has built a solid reputation.
If you’re familiar with Digg, the popular Social Bookmarking website, DesignMoo follows essentially the same principle but targeted specifically at designers and news on the design industry. It’s a great place to distribute your own website design articles and blogs.
Before the goldrush of Social Media websites, DeviantArt was offering designers the opportunity to showcase their Portfolios online. Today, DeviantArt is home to one of the largest online communities of artists, designers and visual artists.
PixelGroovy is a user-submitted directory of the best Web Design tutorials. It’s listings are determined by votes and nominations from its members, with the most authoritative showcased via the homepage.