Published August 22, 2012 by Gregg Schieve
Typically, this time of year can be a little slow for us here at Tweedee Productions. I blame it on vacations. You know, projects don't get started, approvals take longer, and you get the dreaded "out of office" email response from the person you need a critical decision from. I say no more August vacations! (Except for mine of course, which I just returned from and had a lovely time, thank you.) For me, my client-related workload has been a little light of late, which has given me some time to work on the business side of my duties.
I am constantly assessing and evaluating our business. I ask myself tough questions like, are our prices in line with the market? Are we working efficiently? How can we improve our service? Are our clients satisfied with our work? That last one is the biggie, cuz without clients, we'd be nothing more than a video production drop-in shelter. This week I observed our team handle a potentially sticky client related issue beautifully.
At the end of last week we received a call from a client we had delivered a project to several weeks ago. Apparently, there were some "discrepancies" with some of the content. (I read of this problem in an email on Friday afternoon while I was still on vacation. Just before I looked at my email I thought, "looks like we had a good week at the office - no major problems".) A meeting was arranged with the client first thing Monday morning by Steve Donovan, our senior editor. He arranged for our business development guy, Mac Chorlton to attend the meeting as well.
The project in question consisted of a series of hour-long Power Point presentations with a presenter on camera in front of a group of people. We edited in the Power Point slides later in post production. A DVD master was produced with about nine segments on it and delivered it to the client for approval. Once approved, they shipped the master off to the duplicator. But...a funny thing happened to some of the Power Point slides when they were imported into our editing system. Apparently, since the slides were produced with an older version of Power Point, some of formating changed when they were imported, thus changing their meaning which was not good considering the highly technical nature of the presentations. Since we have limited knowledge of this client's industry, we didn't recognize the discrepancies. This was something that definitely needed to be fixed.
So how did Steve and Mac handle it? Well, like the pros they are! They both listened to the client and figured out what went wrong and how to fix it. Steve surmised that the cause of the problem was the importation of the old Power Point slides. He requested that the client make PDF files of all the slides. Mac realized that the client was not in the mood to pay any more for this project so he wisely did not go down that road. Bottom line? Nobody's fault, a few hours to fix, let's get this done and move on. The client's happy and we will do more work for them. Nice job, guys.
Yes, running a business can be stressful even during slow months. If I could only stay off the email during vacations!