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23
Jul
09

Super Bowl Not So “Super” for Fed-Ex

Arguably, Fed-Ex is one of the most recognizable brands out there. Their name is synonymous with overnight delivery – most people say “I’ll fed-ex that to ya,” they don’t say “I’ll UPS that to ya.”. And now, with what seems as the same sudden and quick pace in which they treat their deliveries, they have made some changes in how they are treating their television advertising dollars. Every year for the last twenty years, Fed-Ex has advertised on television during the biggest game of the professional football season – the super bowl. You could almost set your watch to it. Matter of fact, they have even had their tv spots rated “most memorable” and won several awards during that time. Well, not this year, my friend. Fed-Ex has decided that the Super Bowl isn’t so Super – at least for the money versus exposure….especially when they think they can get the same exposure through online video. Next Monday, Fed-Ex will introduce to the internet world the first online video in its new advertising campaign. They will have five three-minute short films featuring Fred Willard. Yes, the funny man that you recognize, but not from anything you can remember. Obviously, they hope to hit the elusive viral video gold mine.

The videos will appear on a dedicated YouTube channel, and on FedEx’s own Web site. Steve Pacheco, director of advertising at FedEx, said, “we’re still very involved in television…but digital advertising and communication is taking a bigger role in the overall plan, because we try to scale our media plan to be where our customers are.” (Source: N Y Times) But will that involvement include a future spot at the Super Bowl, doubtful considering the $3M price tag for a 30-second, one-time airing. The amount of advertising they can do online for that same amount is probably astronomical in relation. With a big brand like FedEx dipping it’s toes into the shallow end of the online video pool, does this mean other’s will follow? Overnight delivery is their bread and butter, but the results of their foray into online video advertising surely will not be determined as quickly.

14
Jul
09

Optimus Prime or Ed Asner?

I had been anticipating seeing the Tranformers sequel like a teenage boy anticipating his first car, minus the acne. So this past weekend, I grabbed my five year old son and headed to the cineplex. He too, had been anxiously awaiting the fist-pumping, shape-shifting, metal-on-metal, explosion-filled spectacle. Truth be told, I was really there for Megan Fox.
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 The movie was good, not life altering, but as advertised. After we finished watching Transformers, we snuck into “Up,” the latest Pixar creation, to attempt to bring the testosterone levels back down to an acceptable level to drive home. “Up” was a good movie as well. All in all, nice day at the movie theater, two movies – neither of which were the normal dismal experience.

So, later that night I asked my five year old son which movie he liked better and to my surprise – he went with “Up.” I asked him why and he said it had a better ‘series.’ So, I had to clarify what ‘series’ meant and after a little sleuthing on my end, what he meant was the ‘story.’

There’s a lesson here, folks. If a five-year old boy, who lives for the wham-boom-pow in everything, sees more value in a good story than the glitz; what does that mean for you? Well, I’ll tell you, wrap your product, brand or service around a story and you’ll win every time. Tell a story – a good one – engage your audience and watch the results. Hopefully, you’ll be as surprised as I was to my son’s choice in film. Even Megan Fox couldn’t sway him.

08
Apr
09

Baby deer filmed on St. Johns river

So, today while filing some footage for our tv show, how to do Florida, I almost stepped on a baby deer. Chad quickly gave me the the camera and we started making some good, impromptu television. I am actually still out on the river right now writing this post on my iPhone. I will share more including pics and video of Chad holding the fawn in his arms when I get back. Pretty cool stuff!

20
Jan
09

Filming RED ONE, Motion Control TV Spot

Recently, the Crawford Group filmed a 30 second tv spot using the RED ONE camera and a motion control rig. We used this setup to create a special fx shot that achieves a unique look and feel. The skinny of it is this – certain characters in the spot are moving in slow motion while others are sped up. Differing the speed of movement of the actors and the pacing of the camera moves (up front) really sets the spot apart from others and draws the viewer in. Stacked in a block of high-paced commercials, it should perform well. Check it out.

Everyone did a great job to make the project a success – the client, agency, motion control rig, special fx supervisor, and the crew – they all really collaborated, worked hard, and successfully pulled off my vision for the spot.

Big props to the post-production department for pulling this off under crazy, crazy deadlines. You guys rock!

Leave comments, let me know what you think.

19
Jan
09

Advertise on TV, Google-style!

Google does it again. If you like Google AdWords, and who doesn’t? They are now applying that same technology to traditional television advertising. Google is now offering an easy way for companies big and small to advertise on National TV. In simple terms, you can now use the basic functions that make AdWords so attractive to marketers – bidding on ad space, keyword driven, CPMs, data analytics – but for television and online video distribution. Now there is a low cost entry into advertising on television AND you get to almost instantly now how effective it is. Now, all you need is a tv spot and I know exactly where you can get one of those! Is this something you think you could use?

06
Jan
09

More HD production – Behind The Scenes – Day 2

Shooting Day 2 for Security First. We got to flood a room to recreate a water damaged home. Ah, the fun things you can do producing television. Reminded me of the time when I was 6 and left the bath running. Sorry Mom!




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