Project Management Meets Creative Direction

 Avoid the content publication trap of “just publish something!” 

At this exact moment, my videographer is four feet away from me, editing a project for a shoot I directed Monday and will be posted tomorrow morning. At this point, we’ve spent a solid day in post-production, doing as we always do, silently cursing ourselves for every time on Monday we said, “We’ll fix it in post.”

The biggest takeaway I have for creative direction as I apply it to my work is “Begin with the end in mind“. Once you have your vision of the perfect execution, work backwards to determine all of the steps you need to take to make this vision a reality.

Another thing I was dealing with today was planning for a major event taking place the week of March 16. My stakeholders know they want a strong digital effort, but they wanted to ask how I would do it before we finalized what we would be producing. I stopped them and re-started the conversation from a different angle:  Let’s figure out the end result first; then I’ll find a way to get us there.

Put another way: “What will success look like when we’re finished?”

As part of a grad school reading, I took a look at this Readability article from 2011. The layout of the Samuel L. Jackson feature on Esquire’s website is made without an end goal in mind- beyond simply the end goal of, “just get the content out there”. Thankfully, web designers are starting to rebel at this fallacy of content management and production. The goal is not just to get the information posted. It is not enough just to get the content out there and draw clicks. The goal now is to provide an experienceJG Initial Mark_15x15

Joe Gura is a marketing communications strategist, and has a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn or follow Joe on Twitter: @joegura

About joegura

I’m a technology marketer with a deep track record for success running B2B and B2C global campaigns and initiatives across large enterprises. With expertise that spans all facets of traditional marketing, I specialize in optimizing and connecting companies and customers via next-generation tactics such as digital, social, and content marketing.
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