Resources & Tools Of The Trade
I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always refer back to when you need to research resources to promote your film. I'll be adding to this list over time, so please feel free to check back in regularly!
Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links to products that will earn me a small commission. These are all things that I have experience with that I am recommending because they are helpful and are companies that I trust, not because of the commissions that I may earn from you using these products.
Blogs & Websites
WordPress: The #1 Blog Publishing Platform. Free and easily customizable with wonderful support.
WordPress Plugins: Download plugins, widgets, or customizable elements for your WordPress blog.
WooThemes: The ultimate resource for premium looking WordPress themes.
Bluehost: All of my websites are hosted using Bluehost. Easy to use, 1-click automatic WordPress installation, and excellent customer service.
EZS3 S3 is the Amazon Simple Storage Service and EzS3 is an easy tool to upload your videos to the S3 servers. Reliable internet storage, which is great for putting large files like video trailers, so you don't create bandwidth problems on your own website.
Product Distribution & Shopping Carts
E-Junkie The shopping cart many filmmakers use to sell their DVD's. It's compatible with Paypal, works like a charm, and is very low price to use. Comes with a decent affiliate program for your products.
Paypal.com: Paypal is just ok for selling your own products through them, but you'll need an account anyways to configure with and accept payments from eJunkie.
Create Space: Amazon-owned on-demand publishing and fulfillment of DVD's.
Email Subscriptions & Marketing
Aweber: The internet's most powerful email opt-in service and email marketing/broadcasting tool. This is what I use to build my email list and what you should use to build yours so you can stay in direct contact with your audience.
Analytics & Testing Results
Google Analytics: Google's free website tracking and analytical tool. A must have for any filmmaker who wants to track the effectiveness of marketing campaigns on their film's website.
Elance: Hired service for just about anything you can think of.
Guru Dot Com: Another outsourcing service that is highly recommended
99Designs: This is a unique website that you can use if you need a logo design. It's in a contest format. You submit the description of what you want, and designers will compete against each other to win money.