Want to become a player on Dribbble?

A year ago I wrote an article called: “Effective Ways to Engage Audience on Dribbble”. Where I shared a few tips how to make your designs more visible on Dribbble and how to attract more people to your profile. Today, I’m coming back with a new article about the Dribbble invitation process.

There are different types of Dribbblers who invite people. Some of them take it very seriously, and some of them just don’t care. Personally, I’m always looking for designs that I would like to find on Dribbble. But with each invitation, it gets harder and harder to find new Dribbblers. I’m not sure whether my expectations are getting higher or the quality of design getting lower?

I just did my fifth Dribbble invitation giveaway and noticed the same tends repeating over again and again. I want to share my experience and maybe help someone out there to avoid the common mistakes designers do.

Created by Zivile Zickute

DON’T act like an automated spammer

When you send an email asking for Dribbble invitation, do not add a bunch of different CC’s. It’s quite annoying to receive emails that are none of your business from people you never contacted or become the one who accidentally replies to all the tagged people.

If you are not taking the time to send an individual email, why anyone should care to send you the invitation? I understand that you can easily get frustrated with participating in many giveaways. Believe me, I have been there too. But please respect the time of other people too.

Also, make sure you follow the instructions. Sometimes in one giveaway, one can receive over 80 emails from people who want’s to be a part of Dribbble community. It gets so hard to go through all the emails when people do not follow instructions or spams your email with the CC’s.

Created by Zivile Zickute

DON’T ever try my Google translate level Chinese

All my and most of the other Dribbblers invitation giveaways are in English. So what’s up with the emails in Chinese? I’m sorry not to be that smart… but I cant read or understand Chinese.

Work hard play hard!

If you are not receiving an invitation, maybe your work is not yet that good. Using the same methods or designs that didn’t work for you in the past, will not help you to achieve what you want in the future either. And this applies to most of the challenges in your life. Change the strategy and improve yourself. Stay up to date in the design industry. Create new projects. Practice practice practice and get back to the playground with a fresh wind!

A few more tips to increase your chances to be invited:

- If you wish to be drafted, be sure to check the box making yourself as a Prospect in your account settings. Yes, it’s not enough just to sign up to Dribbble. No one will be able to draft you if there is no draft button on your profile.

- Fill out your profile. At least basics: add an avatar, skills and a link to your portfolio. Sometimes I rather search Prospects then organize a public giveaway.

Created by Zivile Zickute

Remember! You have 30 days to accept the invite or it will be canceled.

Thanks for reading! Share your experience with Dribbble invitations in the comments below. I want to hear your opinion. Can you relate to any of this?

Please do not feel offended by this article. It’s only for education purpose. I’m not here to offend anyone.

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