It’s the economy, stupid video version

A bunch of folks have been asking me to consider a video version of the blog. I tried it before but found it too cheesy. But the good folks over at iCommunications said they would dress me up like Anderson Cooper.

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0 Responses to It’s the economy, stupid video version

  1. nbt says:

    Much more interesting then the Speech to the Throne….zzzzzzz.

  2. Trevor says:

    good job on the video

  3. David Campbell says:

    I am looking for feedback. If this format makes sense, I may continue doing it. I am thinking of moving it a little more Rick Mercer – maybe a bit of a rant or two. Maybe a little more regional in focus. Who knows?

  4. mikel says:

    There's no doubt that you've got an excellent speaking voice and the whole thing looks very professional.

    First, the obvious, like your audio podcast, you need to set up your RSS feed. All your audio podcasts are pretty much gone.

    Second, no doubt you noticed yourself doing the 'uh' and 'um' a fair bit, but experience usually takes care of that. A good technique I was taught was to simply try to 'say nothing' in places where your thoughts aren't flowing. A fraction of a second of silence is better than an 'umm'.

    Finally, I didn't watch all the podcast, but the first two stories were well publicized in both the Irving press and CBC, so was essentially "here's the story and here's what I think…". Without the data from the blog there is really no reason why viewers wouldn't be thinking "who is this guy and why the *&^% do I care whether he thinks we should be throwing more money into failed companies?"

    The video podcast is an interesting idea, the problem is marketing. Who is your target audience, how are you trying to 'get at them'. I know of several prominent audio podcasts who stopped doing video simply because it was so time consuming and hardly anybody downloaded them. I would have suggested an RSS feed for the audio podcast, and as that got established, expanding into video.

    Do you really think it adds more value having you saying the words in front of a picture? Personally I don't, but that's just me. Even the audio was often repetitive of the blog, and the blogs are usually not long-its not like you have an audience of illiterates you need to contact.

    You have one central theme and line that you repeat, so I think instead of a podcast, take your best statistics and do a short (or long) documentary. Then just keep 'advertising' that, while doing the audio podcasts.

    The video podcast is 'neat', and very well done, but whether its worth the time and effort, I don't know. If you are trying to break into broadcasting then its not a bad use of time. If you are going to continue, then like your audio podcasts (and you can simply extract the audio from that and use it as an audio podcast), get that RSS feed up there and get out there and advertise the 'show'. I think some interviews would be very interesting, by all means make it a full fledged show. I'm sure in marketing you learned that you need to differentiate your 'product' from the pack…is it just you reflecting on the news of the day, or can it be more than that? But like I said, I didn't see all of it, and I know I'm critical, but just trying to be helpful.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Good job on the video.

    Does Mikel EVER say anything positive?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Good job.

    Since your goal is to elevate the profile of ED in NB, it is important to utilze all forms of media.

    Looking forward to your rant.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have been picking on Mikel lately, but I agree with him on this one. I think that you did a good job on the video, but I didn’t watch the whole thing. I had already read the posts and didn’t find value in seeing everything again. But I find quite interesting the idea of the short interviews.