Two weeks after its launch there are more than 100 members of the ExhibitFiles. While some members have added extensive information about themselves, other profiles are nearly blank. With the addition of new features in profiles (some added in just the last week!) I thought it might worthwhile to explain these more in depth. We’ll likely summarize these in an e-mail to members but for those of you who read blog, here goes.
Once you’ve joined and have logged in, you can edit your profile and update your thumbnail. We’ve developed a custom “thumbnailer” application in Flash that makes this easy. Just select “Upload a new image and create a custom thumbnail” and the image will be loaded into the program. You can then re-size and re-position the highlight square to make a selection.
In your profile, you can add links to “Recent publications & presentations.” It’s there that you can also select the option to “Accept Members Email Messages” allowing other ExhibitFiles members to contact you through e-mail. As you may already know, it’s also through your profile that you view and edit “drafts” of case studies and reviews.
As you browse the ExhibitFiles site, and view published case studies, reviews, and other member’s profiles, you can add them to your “Favorites” or “Contacts.” It is our hope that profiles will become a resource in their own right. As other visitors view your profile, they can see your contacts and favorites, and this becomes yet another way to discover reviews, case studies, and other members profiles.
Finally, if you have a profile you might want to try “Googling” yourself. I did and I was surprised to find my ExhibitFiles profile on page one. Our “pretty URLs” which include full names (www.exhibitfiles.org/jim_spadaccini), proper title tags, and the fact that the ExhibitFiles blog has been around a year helps with Google ranking. Having a case study or review published also helps–since there is a link from multiple pages on the ExhibitFiles site to the profile. As you can imagine, the case studies and reviews which have the same “Google-ready” qualities, are well ranked too.
As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.