The Secret Ingredient
While most of us enjoy being on set (we’re not naming any names), we understand that everyone who hasn’t been on a set has this romanticized view of production. (There is Craft Services, which is sort of like a fairy tale, right?)
Invariably, however, after spending even just a little time on set, everyone quickly wakes up from the dream and realizes that there is more business than romanticized creativity to production, and the storybook ending is more about call sheets and legal documents than anyone riding off into the sunset.
Creativity and Coffee
The same is true for creating successful fundraising spots. People picture us sitting around in an artistically decorated room (probably with a fancy pour over coffee area and some super hero artwork) developing creative ideas that will become an award-winning spot. They think creativity is the secret ingredient to fundraising success.
While creativity is important, almost anyone can dream up a crazy idea, and you can do it with a cup of regular coffee from a Mr. Coffee pot. Shocking, we know.
Then there are some that picture us as mad scientists, mixing and stirring scientifically proven influence factors until the perfect mixture has been created, and we have a potion that will cause everyone to give. They think that is the secret ingredient to our success.
While you do have to understand basic human responses and key influence factors to make a successful spot, anyone can see the science and put it to use for themselves. We don’t own the patent; they publish it online and in books for less than $15. Crazy!
So then, what is the secret ingredient?
As any veteran of the kitchen knows, you can give three different people the same recipe and one of the products is going to taste better than the others. Why? The intangibles.
The only difference isn’t in the recipe—it’s in the cook.
There is only one you!
So while almost anyone can write a book or shoot a basketball, there is only one Hemmingway and Jordan. It is those things that only you possess that make you able to do what you do.
We like to think our team at TCM is the same way. While there are plenty of companies that make commercials, the people that have come together here give us the intangibles to do the job in our own unique way.
It doesn’t make us special, just different. You and your company have your own intangibles, so go celebrate them, and make the world a better place in the process.
(Besides, all this talk about recipes and secret ingredients made us hungry. Where are those leftovers from our company lunch?)