By Greg Paull, Co-founder and Principal, R3
Imagine an ad shot in four hours and approved in five working days, starring your spouse, your four children, and your dog. The set? The laundry room in your own home. All filmed on an iPhone. If this idea were presented to a client a few years ago, it would have been regarded a joke. But this is no April Fools. Check out Snuggles “Laundry Room” by TBWA/Chiat/Day New York.
doesn’t WFE (work for everyone)
With the current health crisis forcing social distancing and work from home measures, marketers and agencies have little choice but to evolve their ways of working in order to create pandemic-appropriate communications. Though many large advertisers are postponing campaigns, according to the WFA, 79% are still creating new ones in response to COVID-19 and finding ways to work around the usual creative production process.
… more than £50 million in annual revenue, who made up 22% of the survey’s respondents, are most concerned about how remote working will impact various forms of team collaboration…
Common obstacles include:
- No access to studios, crews and talent which prevents photo and video shoots.
- Limitations of working with existing assets and recuts of existing work.
- Lack of time for thoughtful creativity, with increased pressure to deliver quick and agile work.
- Pressure for fast turnaround, even though teams are working from home.
A recent study by eConsultancy revealed that marketers with more
than £50 million in annual revenue, who made up 22% of the survey’s
respondents, are most concerned about how remote working will impact various
forms of team collaboration.
While working remotely can put pressure on both marketers and
agencies, creative teams in agencies who are used to brainstorming sessions and
working as copy-art pairings may find the new approach most challenging. While
Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype and other such telecommuting platforms have been
instrumental in helping people work remotely, the shift for creative teams who
are used to ‘war room’ ways of working will experience a steep learning curve.
FIVE NEW WAYS OF WORKING
Since agencies do not have months to conceptualize, execute and
shoot campaigns, they can no longer rely on thinking outside the box. Many are
breaking the box entirely and finding unique ways to create communication
materials. None of these shifts will be short-term as we move forward, and all
marketers and agencies should take a second look at contracts and agreements to
ensure that they are aligned for the future.
Technology will take a bigger seat
has always been time-consuming, expensive and complex. AI and Facial Mapping
technology allows for dynamic changes and facilitates accurate language,
versioning/dubbing, and personalizing actors’ messages to camera. Imagine
filming talent once and changing the voice over on demand. Automation tools in
the workflow also allow for efficient input from remote stakeholders in the
production process. So say goodbye to the chaos of on-set logistics and hello
to computer-generated imagery, virtual sets, artificial intelligence, and
dynamic video engines for asset production.
Timeliness requires efficient processes
Expect fast-tracking content without extensive testing and vetting procedures. Creating work in real-time means clients will need to be part of the process, instead of the more common practice of work being sent back and forth for feedback and approvals. There will also be new partnerships and platforms developed that allows brands to create and manage campaigns themselves.
… Automation tools in the workflow also allow for efficient input from remote stakeholders in the production process. So say goodbye to the chaos of on-set logistics and hello to computer-generated imagery, virtual sets, artificial intelligence, and dynamic video engines for asset production…
3. Demand for low-budget alternatives
advertising investment falling worldwide, marketers are going to be looking for
budget alternatives. Remote production will create opportunities for fresh
ideas. We might see an increase in the use of typography, animation, and
graphic design. Sound design, which tends to be overlooked, is another form of
media that can be better leveraged.
location, more contribution
talent is located will become less important than what they can contribute.
after the travel sector opens up, people will commute less than before.
Agencies need to source ideas and production from where they think the best
pockets of talent exist regardless of physical space. There will be more
openness and need to work with talent from every corner of the globe.
influencers into content producers
are reaching out to influencers to create marketing assets even though agencies
have been setting up remote working facilities and creative work continues to
be developed despite constraints. This development is significant as it
suggests that marketers are beginning to look at partners outside the agency
ecosystem to create communications that meet demands of increased content
consumption and an ever-advancing news cycle.
Greg Paull is principal and co-founder of R3 Worldwide, a global independent consultancy focused on driving transformation for marketers and their agencies. www.rthree.com
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