Frequently Asked Questions

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Reach out to our

Clients

What is Publicist?

Publicist is an online platform that connects a global network of premium communications & marketing talent with top brands, by project, on demand. The Publicist platform is changing the way independent consultants and brands connect, communicate and transact, built for brands and agencies looking to hire talent with no long-term commitments. By combining a premium sourcing platform with a system to manage talent, onboarding, and payment, Publicist streamlines the way companies, communications and marketing talent work together.

Publicist seeks out and fully vets the most respected, awarded, and hardest working communications professionals so that companies do not have to. Companies can log on to Publicist and list projects. Then, Publicists talent will pitch a proposal that companies can either accept and hire the expert or decline and keep looking. Streamlining the workflow, project scope, milestones, communications and payments are all captured within the Publicist platform.

What projects can be done on Publicist?

Companies can post any type of communications or marketing project to the Publicist platform and be connected with expert talent that have over 300+ skills, across various industries to fulfill any type of project need. Publicist’s talent will represent your brand, assisting you on any communications, marketing, content creation, strategy, messaging or social need you may have. Start by browsing examples of live projects. Projects can be short-term or long term ranging from hours to months.

For a complete list of all our support skills, refer to our glossary page here

What if I am interested in the Publicist service and do not exactly know what I need?

Don’t worry! Email Publicist today, and through our personalized support service, we can help you define the scope for your next project and hire expert talent that best fit your unique needs.

How do I get started with Publicist?

Enhance the voice of your brand through hiring top communications & marketing, on-demand, by project. 1. Create a Client user profile. 2. Log on to the Publicist platform to post projects that you are looking to collaborate with experts on 3. Review pitches from our already vetted talent pool to find the right match for your project. Get matched with talent in as short as 24-48 hours.

How do I post and fill a project?

Once your profile is active, from your dashboard, you can create a project post. In each post you can include specifics such as project scope, specific skills required, your budget, and more. Once posted, Publicist experts can view your project and pitch to be considered to collaborate on the project with you. You can also search for talent on the platform and invite Publicist experts to pitch for your project.

You will receive a notification each time expert talent pitch to work on your project. Before making a hiring decision and adding a new member to your team, you can communicate with respective talent directly through the messaging or video functions within the platform. After you have selected an expert to work with, you can hire them and commence the project, leveraging the platform for the entire project lifecycle.

Am I in control of selecting the talent I want to work with?

Absolutely! Based on your own criteria, you can invite expert talent to pitch for your project or select from talent that has already pitched for your project. Review talent’s bio, resume and proposal pitch to determine who you want to add to your team. Leveraging the chat or video function on the platform, you can speak with talent to ask follow up questions and to agree on deliverables, price and the timeline for the engagement.

Is it free to post a project on Publicist?

Yes! It is completely free to post your project on Publicist. You will only pay for a project, once you have selected talent, set pricing and decided to move forward with the engagement.

What if I do not know how much to charge for each project?

We’ve created a budget calculator to make it easy for your to model our your your budget. To generate an estimate of your budget, simply follow the prompts in the budget calculator. Once you’ve answered all the questions about your project, the calculator will share a budget estimate with you that you can include in your project post.

How does payment work?

Never invoice again. Publicist uses Stripe to make it simple and safe to pay for your projects directly through the Publicist platform. For each project, half of the total payment is paid out to talent upfront when the project begins, and the second half of the budget is paid to talent when the project is complete. Publicist charges a 20% fee of the proposed rate for each project . Publicist takes 10% upfront and 10% when the project is complete.

How do I set up my Stripe account to send payments?

You can setup your Stripe payment profile through your Publicist Dashboard. Once Stripe is setup, all payments will be initiated, transferred and released within the platform.

Talent

How do I join the community as talent?

To join Publicist’s expert talent pool, you will need to:

  1. Sign up to Publicist and create a talent user profile. We’ve made it easy for you to register your profile. In order for companies to better understand how you can add value to their team, include your work history, previous employers, key initiatives or project highlights, and your top skills (up to 15).
  2. Have your profile fully vetted and approved by the Publicist team.
  3. Log into your talent portal once your profile has been approved.

Once you are accepted into the Publicist community, you can search and pitch project proposals to join as the newest member of a company’s team.

How do I create a profile?

Once you sign up for Publicist, you will be prompted to create a talent profile. Your profile should include a photo, your bio, your work history, key initiative or project highlights, your top skills (up to 15), your location, and your hourly rate. Once your profile is completed, a request will be automatically routed to the Publicist team for review.

How long does it take to for my profile to be vetted and for me to be added the Publicist talent community?

Once you sign-up on the Publicist platform and fully complete your profile, your application and profile will be reviewed, approved or denied within 48 to 72 hours. If you have any questions on the sign-up process or have any issues completing your profile, please reach out to the Publicist support team.

I was not accepted into the Publicist community. Can I try to join again?

Yes, of course! In the event that your profile was denied by the Publicist team, we encourage you to apply again in a few months when you have a stronger work portfolio. If you have any questions on how to strengthen your candidacy to be accepted into the Publicist community, reach out to the Publicist team.

How do I pitch for projects?

Once your profile has been approved by the Publicist team, you can log into Publicist and start searching for projects through your Dashboard. When you find a project that you are interested in, you can view project details and submit a proposal. Your proposal pitch should include your resume, a cover letter and a description of why you should be hired for the project. Check out the How to Submit a Proposal Guide for additional guidance. Leveraging the chat or video function on the platform, you can speak with brands to ask follow up questions and to agree on deliverables, project rate and the timeline for the engagement.

Is it free to pitch on a project on Publicist?

Yes! It is completely free to pitch for a project on Publicist. You are not charged to pitch for any projects. If you project proposal is selected, you should communicate directly with the brand to determine the project rate, start date and pay date.

Yes! It is completely free to pitch for a project on Publicist. You are not charged to pitch for any projects. If you project proposal is selected, you should communicate directly with the brand to determine the project rate, start date and pay date.

Publicist uses Stripe to make it simple and safe to pay receive payment for your projects. Publicist adds a 20% fee to the proposed project rate, paid by the brand. Publicist does not charge a fee on payments received by talent. Once your profile is approved, you can set up your Stripe Connect profile through your Publicist dashboard.

How do I get paid?

Never invoice again! Once you have been selected by a company and agree on the project rate, you will get paid half of your project agreed payment amount when the project starts. Upon successful completion of the project, you will be paid the remaining balance of the total payment amount. Once the project is closed, funds are immediately transferred to your Stripe Connect account and are usually available within a few business days.

How do I set up my Stripe account receive payments?

You can setup your Stripe payment profile through your Publicist Dashboard. Once Stripe is setup, all payments will be initiated, transferred and released within the platform.

What happens if the are any issues with project deliverables?

If the client or talent wants to dispute either the first or second half of the project, you can do so through the dispute resolution system. Publicist gives 24 hours for either party to view the dispute and come to an agreement on next steps. If an agreement is not reached during this time, Publicist will get engaged in the dispute resolution process and work with each party to determine next steps.

Publicist Overview

What is Publicist?

Publicist is an online platform that connects a global network of premium communications & marketing talent with top brands, by project, on demand. The Publicist platform is changing the way independent consultants and brands connect, communicate and transact, built for brands and agencies looking to hire talent with no long-term commitments. By combining a premium sourcing platform with a system to manage talent, onboarding, and payment, Publicist streamlines the way companies, communications and marketing talent work together.

Publicist seeks out and fully vets the most respected, awarded, and hardest working communications professionals so that companies do not have to. Companies can log on to Publicist and list projects. Then, Publicists talent will pitch a proposal that companies can either accept and hire the expert or decline and keep looking. Streamlining the workflow, project scope, milestones, communications and payments are all captured within the Publicist platform.

What projects can be done on Publicist?

Companies can post any type of communications or marketing project to the Publicist platform and be connected with expert talent that have over 300+ skills, across various industries to fulfill any type of project need. Publicist’s talent will represent your brand, assisting you on any communications, marketing, content creation, strategy, messaging or social need you may have. Start by browsing examples of live projects. Projects can be short-term or long term ranging from hours to months.

For a complete list of all our support skills, refer to our glossary page here

What is the best device to access Publicist on?

For the best user experience, you should access Publicist with your desktop or laptop. You can search for projects, view proposals and view messages with a mobile device. Note that you should always set up your profile online using a desktop or laptop.

How do I reset my password?

When you login to your account, you will find a prompt to reset your password. From here, you will receive an email prompting you to reset your password.