Business development managers seeking to drive online advertising sales for smaller clients will be aware that, despite the latter’s tight budgets, they’d need to splash out big-time if they wanted video advertising: big, expensive agencies tend to handle that kind of content placement. But rising New York boutique advertising start-up LNC Productions is proving that those days are history.
LNC’s 23-year-old co-founders David Levy (now creative director) and Eddie Nuvakhov (now production manager and CEO) hatched the idea of forming a new video company when they met a couple of years ago over a Shabbat meal. By 2013, they’d built LNC Productions.
Small but savvy
The more questing business development manager may be asking how a small creative boutique can compete with the big beasts in the video advertising jungle. Levy explains it deftly: “It is because of the relative ease of Internet distribution. It levels the playing field for the companies that don’t have the budget to buy TV ads.”
Both agree that TV simply lacks the level of interactivity offered by mobile and online platforms, which can see content go viral with no additional cost. And they’re making headway: having only founded LNC Productions at the start of 2013, they’d made close to $100,000 in revenue by year’s end. And the company has more than $130,000 worth of signed deals in the bag for this year already.
But the other question curious business development managers might now be posing is what the fees are? Fashion company Yosi Samra paid just $12,000 for its slot; that compares with $50,000 charged by bigger agencies.
Low cost excellence
LNC can charge such modest fees because technological innovations have set production costs tumbling: very adequate cameras and equipment can now be purchased from start-up manufacturers for a fraction of the earlier cost, while low-cost cloud computing has made internet collaboration and back-up storage for huge data reserves a walk in the park. And smaller companies can now afford a slice of the online video action.
As Nuvakhov put it: “We saw this gap in the market and started the company, regardless of the inherent risks and difficulty. We saw that for many businesses an increased importance was attached to their online presence, with video as now an essential requirement for public relations success.”