One of my favorite new freelance gigs has been with a four-person folk outfit in Portland called SnugHouse. While a relatively new band, they have doubled down on their intention to make music their career, and, as such, needed a social media push before the debut of their first, eponymous EP.
Working with Nikhil Dasgupta, their lead singer, we created two videos to accompany songs off this album, as well as an album cover that resonated with their pared-back acoustic sound.
Two days ago, they dropped the announcement of their EP, and within 48 hours had accrued more than 2,100 impressions and 100 engagements through either likes or shares, on a budget of, wait for it… $20. They also saw 11% growth in their overall followers during that same time period.
That’s pretty impressive for just the first touchpoint in this mini-campaign. I’ll be excited to see what the next steps bring.
This summer has been… inconsistent. Between bursts of heat, thunderstorms, torrential rain, and more, it has been nearly impossible to predict what the weather will do on any given day. For me, that means less hiking, fewer day trips, and a bit of a gloom that won’t seem to go away.
The photos above are of the same spot, taken twelve hours apart, and seem to be a good example of how the state has been treating us over the last month and a half.
Non-profits will always be near and dear to my heart. I cut my teeth doing work with these organizations, who gave a young, inexperienced, eager videographer the opportunity to get his hands dirty, make some impressions, and try out techniques that may not have flown with agencies and corporations.
Whenever I get the opportunity to tie my work back to non-profits, I invariably say yes.
The stories are so easy to tell. They are stories of hope, of success, of grit and determination. They are stories of underdogs and overcoming tremendous odds. The are stories that always, always work. They hit hard, have true emotional roots, and have to the power to substantially improve lives.
Last week, I went out to Cow Island with WEX to film their work for Rippleffect, a fantastic local non-profit, which I attended nearly fifteen years ago, that brings kayaking and outdoor, experiential learning to students in Maine. It was a blast to spend a gorgeous day with a group of passionate people helping strengthen a program that I strongly believe in.
Check out their site, consider sending your kids, and maybe even donate!
Apropos of the political situation around healthcare, it’s about damn time someone explained the proliferation of acronyms: HSA, HRA, COBRA, it’s all a little daunting. Back in April, I worked with WEX’s Health line of business to record interviews with industry experts to explain some of these new healthcare trends.
Check out this, the second episode, wherein HRAs are explained.