A marketing director is on the line at 7PM with the good news.
You’ve won the pitch for a project and they want the campaign up and running. Ideally tomorrow.
After a 102-day search process the marketing director is in a rush.
The next minute isn’t soon enough.
There’s no time to re-assess the work together. No proper de-brief.
You wonder, where’s the breathing space for questions.
At 7pm it’s impossible to research creative ideas further, beyond asking the cleaners.
But sadly, they’ve tidied away the coffee cups, hoovered the carpet and gone.
By the way, asking the cleaners is never a bad idea.
If they’re unsure about your work you may want to think again.
Should you have brought up more questions in the pitch process?
You did of course, but in taking the brief you were at arms length.
More to that, the marketing director did the talking — you were reduced to scribbling notes.
Steve Jobs had a comment about that sort of thing. He said, “If you open your ears instead of your mouth you make more money”.
As part of the pitch process, you sent in 16 questions.
More than a few came back with a one-word answer.
Nobody would be quick to call that ideal.
The next morning … it’s ring-ring again.
But this time it’s you calling the marketing director with the good news.
You’ve been working since he rang and you have further ideas.
The kind of thinking that makes more of the brief.
So at noon a celebratory drink with the client turns into another presentation.
A beer together becomes a starting point, not a finish line.
More of that could be a good thing.
It could warm up the relationship between agencies and clients.