“It doesn’t matter if it’s not great quality. Just get a Flip camera and start shooting.”
I wasn’t all too comfortable with this philosophy a few years ago when I started hearing it. I’m definitely not comfortable with it anymore.
Because prospect expectations are dramatically increasing. Look at the most popular amateur YouTube
channels. They’re all shot in HD. You know why you mock every local TV commercial that comes on the
air? Because they’re not. Well that, and they’re full of crazy old men yelling about 0.9% car financing
specials with exploding starbursts.
But, that’s the point. Bad is laughable. And sometimes we excuse our bad video as ‘authentic’. But at
what point does it become ‘authentically bad’? At what point is trying, and doing something poorly,
actually a detriment to your brand? Worse than doing nothing?
Because we’re under constant pressure (perhaps from ourselves) to be doing everything. Having our
school’s presence everywhere.
But, perhaps we shouldn’t be doing stuff we’re not committed to doing great?
If you’re not committed to doing video great, don’t buy a camera. If you’re not committed to doing
Pinterest great, don’t open the account. If your grad assistant is in charge of your Facebook page, but
isn’t empowered to take action on complaints you receive, don’t be there.
Discuss opportunities with your team. Determine the talents and availability in your office that match
these opportunities. Decide what you’re going to do great. And be great at it.