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  1. 1. Commonly Made Mistakes 05.20.11Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  2. 2. ELIZABETH KIEHNER @KIEHNERWednesday, May 25, 2011
  3. 3. A good producer can produce interactive even with no experience if they have the right people on the project.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  4. 4. THE ESSENTIAL DO: CHANGE YOUR MENTALITY Develop a custom mindset. You are inventing on the fly and your tools and technology are constantly changing.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  5. 5. Not linear. Not finite.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  6. 6. This is not build it and they will come. Think about syndication.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  7. 7. New vocabulary: Platform, program, system vs. campaign. Replace pre-pro meetings with Plan of Attack meetings. Replace Deadlines with Milestones.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  8. 8. The broadcast producer is not always the lead producer.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  9. 9. Uncover what is motivating launch dates. Be very iterative. Meet often.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  10. 10. DO’S AND DON’TS Actually more Do’s and One Don’t • Do: impeccable documentation. • Do: build early prototypes for complex projects. • Do: ask does design lead or development lead?Do: Be happy when vendors ask a lot of questions. Most of them should ask more. • Do: shadow someone for your first couple projects. • Do: break down walls and collaborate. • Don’t: hire one or two digital gurus and expect your problems to be solved.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  11. 11. WE’RE NOT DONE YET Don’t: Treat your interactive timeline like your broadcast one •Ifyou plan any sort of integration between your TV campaign and your website, be aware this could make timing longer. Invite your interactive shop to attend the shoot for print or broadcast, or they may need to have their own shoot. •Do not pass a timeline to your interactive shop that has things like “shoot,” and “prepro” on it and don’t forget Quality Assurance (QA) testing.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  12. 12. MORE DO’S AND DON’TS Do: Be aware of scope creep This is one of the most common pitfalls of an interactive project. It’s vitally important that both parties understand exactly what is included in the scope so always create a SOW document. Spell out your deliverables and assumptions. If you have a specific budget allocated for the project – an exact dollar amount you can’t go over, be honest about this with your vendor, and let them take the reigns on what can and can’t be accomplished and how to break it down.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  13. 13. MORE DO’S AND DON’TS Don’t be slack at delivering assets to your vendor. This is the primary killer of good projects. It is amazing how often timelines are completely blown before they get off the ground because we can’t get copy from an agency, or they never send over a CAD file. If there’s one place you want to expend the bulk of your energy as a producer, here you go. Deliver a production checklist or inventory list in an organized manner.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  14. 14. MORE DO’S AND DON’TS Don’t be a control freak. There are some types of calls that a producer can skip, but if you’re not of that persuasion, it’s recommended to remember that your role is a facilitator. Listen in to the call, answer questions about things you know about, and let them work it out. Ask for a summary in email at the end. Do not try and relay technical information from one party to another.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  15. 15. MORE DO’S AND DON’TS Don’t pretend to understand the technology if you don’t. A producer pretending they grasp complex technical processes that he doesn’t is a dangerous thing.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  16. 16. MORE DO’S AND DON’TS Don’t try to make a viral. There has to be a compelling reason for the user to send around a link or a site. That useful equates to something really amazing or on the pulse of pop culture in a way that hits a vein that sets your project on fire.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  17. 17. MORE DO’S AND DON’TS Don’t Get Lost in Translation. It is vitally important that if a site is even potentially destined for translation into another language that this is known up front. Translation preparation is very easy to do on a site as it’s being built. Retrofitting a site to make it ready for translation later, however, is a time-consuming and expensive process.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  18. 18. MORE DO’S AND DON’TS Don’t Hide Behind ASAP. ASAP is good for initial conversations, but who doesn’t need work produced ASAP these days. Be the rational voice of reason.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  19. 19. Working With Vendors 05.20.11Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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  21. 21. WORKING WITH VENDORS Bidding and running RFPs • Interactive production companies are often involved in concept development. • Bidding on brief vs. bidding on treatment. • Post launch hours needed for testing, fixing bugs that pop up, and site traffic reporting. •Extra producer costs to document and properly archive source files, specs, and admin data.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  22. 22. make images bleed if possibleWednesday, May 25, 2011
  23. 23. make images bleed if possibleWednesday, May 25, 2011
  24. 24. WORKING WITH VENDORS Let’s talk contracts next. • Always get an NDA signed. • Dont expect vendors to start work without a contract. • Include a termination or kill fee. • Liability: open source code, stock photos, music license, etc... • Be clear about what you are asking for such as: • Source code, project files, 3D models, etc.. • All agencies should have a standard contract for digital projects. • Run all contracts through chief legal council or business affairs.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  25. 25. WORKING WITH VENDORS Common questions they might ask you. • What is the design process?  Who are the team members, roles and responsibilities? • What design assets are already created?  What elements will need to be created? • Will we be tweaking designs given or build the site as is? • Can we get access to the servers? • When will we see media buy and banner specs? • Most shops have contracts that limit the number of revisions that are included in the bid and SOW.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  26. 26. SOW EXAMPLE SOW EXAMPLE SOW EXAMPLE 1.1. The Project The Project 1. The title ofof the project is COMPANY ABC’s Phase Site Development (the “Project”). The title the project is COMPANY ABC’s Phase 1 1 Site Development (the “Project”). The Project The title of the project is COMPANY ABC’s Phase 1 Site Development (the “Project”). Description: Description: • Description: • Goals Goals • GoalsSite embodies COMPANY ABC Point ofof Difference o o Site embodies COMPANY ABC Point Difference o o Site embodies new ways ofof listening, thinking, feeling (dialogical vs. forced o Site embodies COMPANYlistening, thinking, feeling (dialogical vs. forced Site embodies new ways ABC Point of Difference o answer) Site embodies new ways of listening, thinking, feeling (dialogical vs. forced answer) answer) • • Creative Strategies - Site is is designed with several engagement tools that Creative Strategies - Site designed with several engagement tools that • Creative Strategies - Site the target audiences o o Have relevance toto is target audiences Have relevance the designed with several engagement tools that o Allow for interactivity the target audiences o o Have relevance to Allow for interactivity o o Encourage interactivitycome back o Allow for users toto Encourage users come back o Encourage users to come back • • Site Build Strategies (Phased) Site Build Strategies (Phased) • Siteo Phase One - Targeted Launch includes must haves plus some initial ‘listening’ o Build Strategies (Phased) Phase One - Targeted Launch includes must haves plus some initial ‘listening’ o and ‘sharing’ engagements Phase One - Targeted Launch includes must haves plus some initial ‘listening’ and ‘sharing’ engagements and ‘sharing’ engagements 2.2. Vendors (the “Vendors”) Vendors (the “Vendors”) 2. Vendors (the “Vendors”) a.a. TBDTBD a. TBD 3.3. Definitions for terms herein Definitions for terms herein 3. Definitions “Machine” metaphor for terms herein a.a. “Machine” metaphor a. “Machine” metaphorABC is the machine with soul i. i. COMPANY ABC is the machine with soul COMPANY ii. i. The act ofof the machinemachine withthrough visual depiction ii. COMPANY ABC is the comes alive soul visual depiction The act the machine comes alive through ii. The act of the machine comes alive through visual depiction 4.4. Scope ofof Work (SOW) Services/Materials toto be Created Scope Work (SOW) - - Services/Materials be Created 4. Scope of Work (SOW) - Services/Materials to be Created (a) A A content management system will be built using GNU General Public License (a) content management system will be built using a a GNU General Public License (a) A content management system will be built using a GNU General Public License application. 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(b) The services and materials below are included inin Phase ofof this project (b) The services and materials below are included Phase 1 1 this project (b) The Machine & & Human Metaphor Site included in Phase 1 of this project i. i. services and materials below are Machine Human Metaphor Site i. MachineDesign Exploratory ofof the machine and human metaphor A.A. & Human Metaphor Site machine and human metaphor Design Exploratory the A. Design Exploratory of the with 1 revisionhuman chosen direction 1.1. 3 design directions machinerevision of the chosen direction 3 design directions with 1 and of the metaphor B.B.Flash 1. Intro/Animation Flash 3 design directions with 1 revision of the chosen direction Intro/Animation B. Flash Intro/Animation human 1.1. Machine into human Machine into 2.1. Based off 4(b)iA 2. Machine into human Based off 4(b)iA 2. Based off 4(b)iA ii. ii. COMPANY ABC Blog COMPANY ABC Blog ii. COMPANY ABC Blog by Unit and user generated content) A.A.Blog (posts by Unit 7 7 and user generated content) Blog (posts A. Blog (posts by for users touser generated content) type(s) toto be 1.1. Ability for usersandupload content – content type(s) be Ability Unit 7 to upload content – content 1. determined users to upload content – content type(s) to be Ability for determined determined syndication available (RSS, Atom, etc.) 2.2. All manners ofof syndication available (RSS, Atom, etc.) All mannersWednesday, May 25, 2011 2. All manners of syndication available (RSS, Atom, etc.)
  27. 27. iii. Streaming Video A. A page with an embedded application that loads VitalStream hosted and managed media from the VitalStream servers 1. VitalStream a. Toolset is accessible through MediaConsole, a web- based application that automates the complex process of managing and delivering media over the internet. This system provides a simple point-and-click interface to manage, monitor and report on the effectiveness of media assets at all times. b. MediaConsole provides all the tools necessary to securely host and reliably deliver rich media content. MediaConsole is a single, easy-to-navigate system that comes with a set of asset management, monitoring and detailed reporting tools. Through MediaConsole content can be uploaded to the VitalStream network and packaged for delivery. MediaConsole supports multiple content delivery formats including Flash, Windows Media, QuickTime and Real as well as multiple delivery methods including OnDemand, Live and Download services. c. MediaConsole reporting features enable content owners to better understand the viewing/listening habits of their audience and quickly make adjustments to online media strategies. Through historical and real-time reporting, MediaConsole offers an array of standard reporting options that provide valuable insights into network conditions, viewer statistics and demographics. iv. Listening Engagement [Diverse Ears] A. Sound Off/Sound On: A world without listening 1. Sound is off. User can guess situation. 2. Sound comes on. The visual story is different. The goal is to embody the importance of listening. B. Deliverable: Design 10 Sound Off/Sound On creative concepts. 1. All chosen concepts to be built out in Flash/HTML, regardless of whether they will be immediately implemented on the site or rolled out at a later date. 2. Implementation of various concepts on site TBD. 3. Sound Off/Sound On area must link back to blog page (this offers the user a discussion and reaction forum). v. Company Content A. Deliverable: Company Content will consist of a maximum of 40 hybrid Flash/HTML pages. Basic integration of metatags included. Data capture (such as surveys or emails) to be included in various locations (TBD) throughout. Company Content sections include: 1. Our Story a. Who we are b. Our offer c. Press/News 2. Our Work/Case Studies 3. Our Clients a. Client List b. Client TestimonialsWednesday, May 25, 2011
  28. 28. (c) QA i. Vendor and COMPANY ABC collectively A. QA to be performed by Vendor working closely with COMPANY ABC (d) Hosting and Analytics i. Hosting company chosen by Vendor and will provide sufficient bandwidth to accommodate the Content Management System and streaming audio ii. Traffic analytics provided by Hostway A. Benchmark overall Web site success daily/weekly/monthly/yearly B. Assess the effectiveness of advertising/marketing campaigns C. Perform search engine optimization D. Evaluate link arrangements E. Locate and resolve errors F. Monitor your traffic and bandwidth G. Do comparative and historical data analysis H. Hostway Web Analytics Reporting Features: 1. Accessible through SiteControl 2. Intuitive, in-depth reports 3. Flexible date range functionality—you specify the exact time period for your reports 4. Search Function Finds What Youre After. Reports feature a search capability to narrow the report down to just what youre looking for. 5. Export Data Easily. Want to put a particular reports information into an Excel® spreadsheet? Hostway Web Analytics Export Data function allows you to do just that. 6. View Reports by Any Parameter. Most reports allow you to view the data by several different parameters, such as Sessions, Pageviews, Hits, Bytes, etc. 7. Dig Deeper. Hostway Web Analytics best-in-class path analysis allows you to easily see which true paths (including the Back button!) visitors used. 8. Multilingual functionality—view reports in 10 languages, switchable on-the-fly 9. Performance leader: Fast loading reports, fast log processing, 10. Available on both Linux Advantage and Windows Advantage servers. 5. Materials to be provided to Vendor by Client; (a) Client will deliver the materials below (collectively, the “Client Materials”) to Vendor : i. Clearer definitions of the metaphor ii. Assets (style guide, color type treatments, etc.) iii. Site content A. Section 4(a)v defined herein (b) Client Approvals i. Timely response to requests for information/reviews A. Any changes to deliverables after sign off can incur additional charges. B. Late response to reviews can result in delayed or accelerated schedule. C. Any change to schedule or failure to provide timely delivery of requested materials or feedback can result in extension of deadlines and budgetary increase to be determined at the time of missed delivery. D. Accelerated schedules and scope increases can incur overage fees including weekend work and rush work. E. Any overage will be communicated to the client in the form of an overageWednesday, May 25, 2011
  29. 29. proposal. Work requests contained in an overage proposal require client approval prior to any production being performed. (c) In addition, timely Client comments and approvals will be needed as follows: i. legal approvals; ii. approval of visual elements; and, iii. review and approval of content. 6. Estimate (a) Vendor Estimate is a separate Project Order document i. Bid # 13214 7. Schedule (a) Vendor anticipates the following general schedule for the Project (b) All Client feedback must be in the form of single consolidated list (c) Changes to schedule or late response to reviews will result in a schedule change and scoped out separately as an overage (d) Revisions not considered within the SOW will be scoped out separately as an overage 8. Additional Terms (a) The attached Estimate (Bid# 13214) is subject to revision based on Vendor’s further understanding of the scope of the Project as subsequently presented by Client. (b) Work on the Project is entirely contingent upon the parties entering into a formal Engagement Agreement, which agreement sets out the terms of ownership of all intellectual property created by Vendor for use by Client, and all licenses in connection therewith, as well as payment of Vendor’s fees. (c) The parties expressly acknowledge that this estimate, and all discussions in connection therewith, constitute Confidential. (d) Payment: a. A deposit equal to 25% of the total fee agreed upon is required prior to work commencing. b. A payment equal to 50% of the total due at project midpoint. c. Balance payment including any overages is due upon project completion. d. All invoices not paid within 30 days of project completion will be charged interest on a daily basis at the rate of 2.0% per month. (e) Vendor, Inc. (Vendor) will make Its best efforts to provide goods, materials and services, as agreed for the price agreed upon as set forth in the box marked Grand Total (Total Fee). Any requests for additional goods, materials or services beyond those listed in this Project Order will require the Contracting Clients written approval or an additional Project Order. All rates are based upon a 8-hour day unless specified otherwise. (f) Cancellation a. In the event the contracting client cancels any portion of the work outlined in this Statement of Work the contracting client agrees to pay for all costs incurred by Vendor. b. Vendor withholds the right to determine the percentage of work completed. We look forward to working with you! VENDOR, Inc. (“VENDOR”) by an authorized signer Print NameWednesday, May 25, 2011
  30. 30. SOFT LAUNCH Another mentality change. • Soft launches are good. Launches where 2 million people are hitting ‘refresh’ waiting for your site to go live are incredibly nerve-wracking experiences for you and your vendor. •Also, never launch on a Friday.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  31. 31. SHOOTING DIGITAL CONTENT Questions to ask your production company early on. •If you are shooting with a file-based camera (P2, RED, Phantom, Viper, D20) have you budgeted for transcoding? • Have you budgeted for backing up the files in triplicate? • Will the production company backup the media files in case of corruption? • What is the plan for archiving the original digital footage? • How many hours of footage do you intend to shoot? • How will you handle sound? Record in camera? Separate recording device? •Do you understand formats, codecs and so forth.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  32. 32. CLIENT PRESENTATIONS Things to keep in mind at the agency and especially with your account people. • Is your client savvy at reviewing digital work? • Do they have a firewall? • Is your client international with old equipment or using an old browser? • Mac vs. PC. 90% of the world is on windows. Try using: • Chrome vs. IE6. Asia using IE6.Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  33. 33. THANKS!Wednesday, May 25, 2011