Dealing with potential new clients can be frustrating, but this little overview by Sacha Greif at AttackofDesign about the “Do’s and Don’ts of Contacting Designers” may help you set up your own modus operandi. Typically, what we like to do is send potential clients a questionnaire covering most of the “Do’s” in this article. Once we have that information we like to either sit down with the client or have a conference call and delve a little deeper into the answers they filled out. It seems like the time required to fill out the questionnaire weeds out the lookiloos and window shoppers, effectively saving our time and theirs.
In any event, check out this exert from Greif’s article:
I receive quite a few messages from potential clients interested in working with me. And most of them do a horrible job of making me want to work on their project. I realize it can be hard to know what to say in that first message, so here’s a quick guide to help you approach a designer.
- Do use your real name. If the email comes from “[email protected]” I’m not going to take it seriously.
- Do mention your company’s name, or any additional details that might make me want to work with you.
If you like what you see, read the full article here.