I heard a commercial on the radio today. It went something like this:
If you’d like to see your child in a movie or TV show, call us now. A world-famous agent will be in your area this weekend for auditions.
Really? There are companies out there using this kind of generic crap and expecting it to work.
That’s like going to see your favorite rock star in concert in your hometown, and having them shout out things like “It’s great to be here” instead of “It’s great to be here in (your hometown).”
If your favorite rock star fails to mention the city he is playing in, it is for one of two reasons:
a) He doesn’t know.
b) He doesn’t care.
Not knowing is pretty bad, but not caring is even worse.
Pearl Jam played in Halifax, Nova Scotia back in 2005. In a now-legendary local moment, Eddie Vedder asked the audience if someone could pass him a Keith’s beer. That’s like being in Boston and asking for a Sam Adams. Eddie didn’t just say “How are you doing Halifax!” like most rock stars would. He went the extra distance and grabbed onto a powerful local touchstone. His fans ate it up. And he drank it up. You can watch the audience go crazy as Eddie opens his bottle of local brew here.
Meanwhile, this moronic talent agency can’t be bothered to customize their radio commercials for each city in which they air.
Would it be so difficult to cut versions for each city? Even if they were stopping in every major city in North America, it wouldn’t take a tremendous amount of work?
Couldn’t they mention who this “world famous” talent agent is? By being generic, they alert our bullshit detectors and make us doubt that this agent really is world-famous.
It doesn’t take that much work to understand who you are speaking to, and speak to them in a way that matters.
Don’t talk to anyone in generic language about something that may or may not matter to anyone.
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