edition 67 february 19 2007
defining production savings
Many of the requests we get regarding production issues are marketers asking P3 to benchmark the costs of a project because they believe their agency is overcharging them. However, in many of these cases, the project has gone from a molehill to a mountain in size and cost, and the budget has been decimated. In this edition of the P3 e-news we discuss how defining your requirements up front can save you money. In the P3 e-news: – defining savings – P3TV workshops – they’re back – understanding print – prices and processes – music and marketing

saving by defining your requirements up front


No matter if it is TV, cinema, radio, online, print or digital, we invariably notice that budget over-runs, blowouts and increases are caused by changes in the specification of the task during or after the production process rather than in the concept or pre-production stage.

increasing options in media, regions and durations

While this has been an issue for as long as advertising itself, it has recently been exacerbated by the increased number of media channels, the regionalisation and globalisation of markets and advertising, and the fast pace of change in business and marketing, making more and more executions more short-term and disposable.

The increasing time and resource pressure on marketers and their agencies has lead to an increasing number of shortcuts to meet these deadlines, which further impacts this increased complexity.

time pressures appear to overcome the need for cost consciousness

Of course, cost reduction is no reason to sacrifice creative impact or effectiveness. Just as poor planning and lack of due diligence is no reason to pay more than is required.

But in the pressure to deliver outcomes, often due diligence is overlooked or discounted. This means that instead of looking for the most cost effective way of delivering the outcome, often only the most expedient and invariably the most expensive production process is used.

the need to clearly articulate all your needs and requirements

The best solution is to develop and implement guidelines for campaigns prior to commencing the process. We have found that often in the heat and pace of campaign development, many considerations are overlooked in the shortcuts to meet the deadline and deliver the outcome.

Our recommended guidelines include:

1.  Defining all the media channels to be used for the campaign both short and longer term. This is not just the initial media but also possible longer term uses so that rights can be negotiated up front and paid if and when required.

2.  Defining the media execution required up front in terms of size, duration and number, and have this estimated up front. Invariably the production cost of additional executions after the fact is more expensive than having these produced at the time.

hold your agency to the defined requirements agreed up front

Once these parameters are established on each and every project, the agency and other creative and production providers must then be engaged to competitively quote and fix the cost and timeline of delivery. Too many times oversights in the production process lead to cost blow outs that are paid for by the advertiser and not the suppliers.

To find out more on how you can control and reduce your production costs without reducing the impact of the creative, contact P3 in Melbourne 03 9682 6800 or Sydney 02 9279 4997 or by email on people@p3.com.au

P3TV workshops – they’re back

2007 P3TV Production Workshops for Advertisers are planned in the coming months, for Melbourne and Sydney. These half day workshops fill fast and cover all aspects of the television production process from briefing your agency to approving a rough cut to despatching final dubs. Booking forms will be posted soon, so make sure we have your correct postal address by emailing georgia@p3.com.au

understanding print – prices and processes  

  While many advertisers expend energy focusing on negotiating their print costs, extensive studies show that putting ink on paper contributes less than 20% of total print costs – and more than 80% is consumed by design, artwork, warehousing, storage, transportation, distribution and the largest single component – WASTAGE. To fully understand the prices and processes, and how to get better value from your print budget, contact Craig Petersen, the senior consultant at P3Print, on 03 9682 6800 or email print@p3.com.au  
music and marketing  

Top 10 ways to make the most of music in your marketing – our latest top 10 is out. Email georgia@p3.com.au with your postal address for your copy or to order any of the series, including: TV production, agency remuneration, media buying, print production, direct marketing, deceptive advertising and misleading statements.    

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