Friday, 10 November 2017

Royalty-Free Images

Royalty-free images

Does not mean FREE images, there can still be FEES to be paid. 

Royalty-free, or RF, refers to the right to use copyright material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use, per each copy, volume or some time period of use or sales.

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Royalty free commonly means that you are required to pay a one-time fee for the right to use an image (or other copyright protected work), according to terms & conditions published by the stock library. Royalty free usually means that there are no on-going license fees due for further use. It doesn’t mean that the image is free of copyright or indeed FREE!

Even free to use, or creative commons licenses, can have terms and conditions attached to them. The majority, specify ‘personal use’ which does not include commercial use. Nor the right to modify adapt or change the image or design. Only terms and conditions that explicitly allow for free commercial use are free to use for a business or any organisation that expects to profit from the use. This also includes not for profit or charities unless specifically stated in the Terms & Conditions

The best advice is read the stock libraries licence and terms and conditions before you use any of their material. Check specifically to see if they offer legal protection should some dispute arise and that you have specific permission to use the image commercially.

Always remember that you do not hold an exclusive licence to use royalty free images hundreds, even thousand businesses in your area could be using same images for their businesses. If you are looking for exclusivity, look elsewhere, or better still commission your own bespoke images.

Please note: this is only a summary, that one or more copyrights, licences or exclusions can exist on a single image. Always check the terms and conditions of the licence before use.

Gavin Bryan-Tansley
VidFX+ Advertising.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Advertising reaches the customers that your marketing can not.
Gavin at Vid-FX+Advertising.

All advertising and marketing starts with having a good idea, writing it down, then taking it from there...

So, what next, how far do you take it? 

No matter how good the idea. What you choose to do with it, could tell potential customers a lot more about your business, than you intend.

Whether you do it yourself with a home or in-house production. Get a friend,  student or intern to help. Or contract a commercial agency. Defines the value you place on your brand and your customers. Yet the cash value of each is remarkably not dissimilar. What it says about your business is!
1. You are marking time. You really don't want to grow your business much further.
2. You are still unsure and lack the confidence to invest in your business.
3. You are confident about your business. You are looking to grow and take on more business. You are prepared to put your risk your money behind your business.

Your advertising and marketing can say a lot about your business. Just make sure that you are sending the right message.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Brand Advertising - New Rules

A new code of advertising practice ruling on brand advertising is now coming into force.

Previously, ‘Brand advertising’ has been independent of the products or services you sell. The nature of the product or service you sell will now be taken into account when you advertise the 'Brand.'
For instance. There are strict rules on advertising foods with high fat, salt or sugar content (HFSS). Before it had been possible to promote the Store or Band alone. From today, ‘Band advertising' will fall under the same rules as the product/service the band sells.
So, if your brand is XYZ’s and you are known for the famous 'XYZ Burger'. You will now have to follow the rules on HFSS advertising on all your adverts. But, if your main activity is elsewhere, not associated with an HFSS product. That the majority of your sales are from other services. Then the old rules may still apply.
We now wait on precedent being set, to see just how this is to be applied in practice.

Gavin. Vid-FX+ Advertising.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing

On the 9th March 2017, the United Kingdoms Code of Advertising Practice. Published new guidance from the Advertising Standards Authority about recognising marketing communications. 
That is rules on how affiliate marketing must identifiable as an advert. 
Affiliates, need to ensure that consumers know that what they’re looking at is advertising. That means making sure it’s clear BEFORE consumers engage with it. Often, the context alone will make this clear. But sometimes the content might need to make it obvious that it is an advert.
This is often the case in social media, Vlogs, Blogs, news sites and voucher sites etc. Businesses, or individuals, who create content or websites that give an impression of independence. Must take extra steps to highlight content that is advertising for a third party. 
This new guidance, provides some suggestions, tailored to different platforms. Giving affiliate marketers some inspiration, but the key principles to bear in mind are;
  • Where a piece of content wholly relates to affiliated products. It needs to be clear that the whole piece is advertising. Thus it may be necessary to use an identifier (such as ‘Advert’ or similar) in the title;
  • If only some of the links and content to affiliated products. It is those aspects, that must be identifiable as advertising. By for example, labelling the relevant links/sections;
The guidance is also to remind businesses. That allowing their affiliates free rain over the content and targeting of ads. Does not absolve them of the responsibility for ensuring that marketing communications. That they reap the benefits from, must follow the advertising rules.
If you are an affiliate marketer. Or a brand that uses affiliate marketing. You can get up to speed with the new guidance shown here.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

To swear or not to swear, that is the question.

Over the last few months, I have seen many articles advocating the use of swearing in advertising. While swearing, can be a powerful tool. It is not something that I would advocate using without seeking professional advice. Particularly if the general public could access the advert.
Where guidelines on this issue can be rather vague, established precedent is more specific. You cannot swear where children, vulnerable and impressionable adults, can see it. Nor in a context that may cause alarm or offence. 
Should you choose to use swearing, make sure that you have considered the context in which it's used. The product or service it is in relation to. As well as the chosen medium, its reach and the audience who will viewing it. Then estimate what the potential damage to your business could be. As well as the possible public reactions.
Even though some humorous use of swearing has used before. Other attempts have fallen foul of the regulators. For instance. French Connection used 'FCUK' as a high profile brand identity in the 1990’s. While they also used FCHK and FCUS, it was the FCUK logo that gained worldwide popularity. Yet, this popularity did not extend into the 21st century. While swearing maybe used as bit of a joke. Advertising for the ‘UNT mug’ fell flat on its face. (Google images for the ‘UNT mug’ to see why.)
“But it's only on my social media." 
"It's only for limited circulation."
"Who’s going to notice?”
These are some of the excuses I have heard.  None of these justify poor and inappropriate choices of words in your advertising.
If you are convinced that this is the route for you. There are some items to consider.
1. The UK Code of Advertising Practice, covers web-based media. This including websites, social media and online video. 
You are just as liable for an obscure web ad on your site, as for a national TV advertising campaign.
2. You are still liable, even if someone else shares your material. 
If you get your advert right, people will want to share it. Will your advert be compliant with the obscenity laws of other English speaking countries? Could it cause offence to other races or cultures? 
3. It takes only one complaint to have an advert taken down. 
That's right, just one single complaint. You had better be sure of your audience.
Why are you making an advert if no one is going to notice? The whole point of advertising is to attract attention, to get noticed. Hiding an advert where only a select few can see it is a waste of time, money and resources. 
Would I recommend that a client uses swearing in an advert?
Generally no. It mostly fails to achieve its objective. Currently too many are attempting to use this technique inappropriately. Which means the conditions that would make such an advert outstanding; do not exist at this time. Swearing no longer has the impact to gain the notoriety that is required for it to succeed. You will only be seen as copying a trend, not as the trendsetter.
Have I ever used such techniques? Yes. But that was in different time and a different place. When there was no Internet and values were different.
I would suggest that the pundits advocating the use of swearing in advertising. Are not the ones who will suffer the consequences if things go wrong.
Gavin Bryan-Tansley - Vid-FX+ Advertising

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