MISTAKE 1. DON‘T BOTHER TO IDENTIFY THE AUDIENCE FOR YOUR VIDEO PRODUCTION (OR TO CONSTANTLY KEEP IT IN MIND)
Video productions, like any kind of communications program, has certain principles that must be followed. This is the first and foremost rule: know your audience. It is universally recognized as fundamental to creating an effective program. Yet it is amazing how often it gets violated. This rule is certainly not unique to video or multimedia programming. In all forms of audio and visual communication, it is imperative to develop a precise definition of the target audience – and remember it.
Market research firms and departments spend billions of dollars annually to determine who will receive a message so that proper product placement, advertising and promotions can be done. And it can be money well spent.
Yet we often see companies approaching their video productions with a “Ready, Fire, Aim” approach. They use a shotgun when a rifle is called for. They try to appeal to several audiences with the hope that the program will serve multiple purposes. Remember, when you try to appeal to everybody, you appeal to nobody.
While the same basic video production can sometimes be used for different audiences, it is recommended that different variations or versions be developed for those different groups. It’s a simple matter to re-edit or re-narrate portions of a video production. However, efficiency demands that this is planned from the beginning of the project.
So remember to plan the project with your audience in mind.
Know what their level of expertise or experience is with the topic. This will avoid the problem of shooting too low (e.g. wasting their time showing or telling them something they know) or too high (losing them because you assume a level of expertise they haven’t yet attained).