Seven Steps to Getting the Most Out of Kin™

Ahead of our co-hosted festival opening party with Kin™, we introduce you to Liverpool’s foremost creative community network; showing you how to get the most out of its free services...

Kin™ is a free, independent creative and digital showcase, specifically for freelancers and businesses living and working in the Liverpool City Region. It is a one-stop resource for portfolios, company spotlights, jobs, opportunities, events and interviews. Interested? Check out these seven steps to getting the most out of it.

1. Kin™ is home to established creatives and people just starting out

Covering sectors as diverse as design to data mining, games development to aerial photography, from music management to digital music publishing and distribution — kin offers a free platform for all Liverpool creatives to connect and showcase their work. And more people are joining every week. It's easy to navigate and hosts well-designed, clear portfolios for its members.

2. You can link to your social stuff

Kin™ members are able to hook up to Twitter to post status updates, import contacts from Facebook and Linkedin, and post pictures direct from Instagram. Kin™ members can also post their latest videos and photography directly onto their portfolios.

3. Free jobs and opportunities listings

Kin™ is a perfect platform for local businesses to find creative talent. With a vetting process to ensure only the best Liverpool City Region opportunities make it onto the site, Kin™ has become one of the first ports of call for creatives on the look out for work.

4. Promoting events

Kin™ runs events and masterclasses, as well as partnering with a number of like-minded people, like Binary Festival and Creative Kitchen. Kin™ members get notified about how to attend these events before anyone else via email blasts. Plus, members can post their own top events to the Kin™ calendar, which get shouted about via Twitter (@kin2kinlpl).

5. Regular, informal get-togethers

Networking online is great, but our members tell us that there's no replacement for face-to-face meeting opportunities. So Kin™ hosts informal get-togethers called Kin Socials on a regular basis, encouraging collaboration and crossover of creative knowledge. Previous sold-out Kin Socials have explored virtual reality with Marshmallow Laser Feast and Starship Group; the nitty-gritty of the music industry with Sound City; and the cross-regional potential of Liverpool and Manchester with BLAB Talks and Twenty Twenty Two.

6. Sign up and receive latest industry news

The Kin™/Invest Liverpool bulletin is one of the best ways for Kin™ members to keep informed about news, events and funding opportunities. We won't bombard you, it's straight to the point, and totally free!

7. Learning from inspiring, creative businesses

Highlighting specialist talent and skills, the KinMeets interviews sit down with some of Liverpool City Region's best and brightest. Hear more about outstanding projects, creative processes and sage advice from those who have been there and got the t-shirt, like Liverpool Girl Geeks (pictured above), Draw and Code's Mike Snowden (top) and Well Made's Gemma Germains. You can also get a quick-look at Liverpool success stories in our Company Spotlights directory.

Laura Robertson is Editor at The Double Negative, and a freelance arts writer, based in Liverpool

Twitter: @doublenegativeL

See more of Kin™ here

Come to our Binary Festival Opening Party @ Constellations with Kin™ (free), on Tuesday 24 May from 5-8pm Constellations, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool. A Binary Festival ticket is not needed for this event, simply register on Eventbrite. (If you have already registered as a Binary Festival delegate, you already have a place at this event and don't need to register again)

Binary Festival 2016 Blog: a special media partnership between The Double Negative arts magazine, Creative Tourist culture and travel site and Binary Blog. See the Festival on 24 and 25 May 2016 in Liverpool, UK

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