nDash has always been an idea-driven platform. By pitching content ideas, writers in our community have been able to proactively get a foot in the door with some of the world’s leading brands. Conversely, brands receiving those ideas have been able to find uniquely qualified writers and fill their editorial calendars with a diverse range of topics. This concept of open pitching is one of the things that has made nDash unique in this space.
Recently, however, as these ideas have built up in the queue, it became clear to us that some ideas, no matter how intriguing, were not going to be a fit with a particular brand. So in an effort to help writers get more opportunities — and for brands to have a greater sense of urgency — we’ve decided to put an expiration date on the exclusiveness of direct content ideas.
Here’s what it means for both writers and brand users.
“It would be great to get some closure on the ideas I’ve sent. Even a simple ‘yes or no’ would be really helpful.”
We’re paraphrasing here, but this has been one of the most common items of feedback we’ve gotten in recent months. If you’re a freelance writer pitching a brand (outside of the nDash platform), you rarely get any type of response. We think you should. So now, once you’ve sent an idea to a company (in the nDash platform), they have 30 days to take action. Here’s what’ll happen:
- If the brand accepts your pitch, then there’s no change. You’ll get an email notification, and the assignment will go into your In-Progress tab.
- If the brand comments on your pitch, then there’s also no change. You’ll see their message and can respond in the pitch message thread.
- If the brand saves your pitch, you’ll now get a notification (platform). This is to let you know that a brand is interested in moving forward but not quite ready to pull the trigger.
- If a brand declines your pitch, you’ll also now get a notification (email and platform). This is to let you know that they’ve passed on the idea or not taken any action within 30 days and that you’re now free to pitch it elsewhere. More on this in a second.
As you’ll see, all of this pitch status is now easy to view and understand within the updated Ideas tab of your writer account, which breaks your pitches down into 3 categories:
- In Review: Direct pitches to companies that have either not been accepted yet, or that have been saved or commented on.
- Expired: Ideas that have been declined by brands or that have passed the 30-day exclusivity mark.
- Industry: Ideas you’ve submitted to categories that are viewable by all company users in the nDash platform.
Last thing to note: As a writer, you may “take back” your idea at any time, which you can do with the delete button.
What To Do With Expired Ideas?
You’ve put a lot of thought and creativity into your ideas, so we don’t want them going to waste. If it’s not a fit for that brand, it might be for another. So when your ideas have expired, we now give you to option to re-submit them to other brands or to entire industries. Just click the “re-submit” icon to make your decision.
It might seem small, but we’re very excited about this platform enhancement and confident that it’ll lead to more writing opportunities for our community.
Less has changed with regard to ideas on the brand/company side of the platform. You’re still able to request and receive content ideas from our community, but those ideas are no longer exclusive to your brand indefinitely. You’ll now have 30 days to take action before that idea is available to other companies in nDash. This can include:
- Accepting the idea
- Saving the idea
- Commenting on the idea
Note that while these last two actions remove the expiration date, writers do have the ability to take these ideas back at any time.
Final Thoughts on Content Ideas Expiring
Ideation is a huge part of a successful content strategy. We want to help make sure those ideas are on brand and on point for both writers and companies. We think this enhancement is a great step in that direction. Check it out by logging into nDash.
Questions? Let us know in the comment section.