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Is Your Voice Over Business Ready For The Holidays? [Video]

Nobody is going to make you put your Christmas Tree up yet. You don’t have to decorate or start baking or begin shopping. It’s too early for that, I think we can all agree.

However, if you haven’t started thinking about the holiday season from a voice over perspective, you could be missing out on a lot of opportunities to connect with clients and find new work.

You may not be ready for the holidays yet, and nobody is going to make you put up your #Christmas Tree. However, it’s…

Posted by Marc Scott Voice Over on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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Christmas Vacation

The holiday season is upon us and Christmas is just a couple weeks away now.

Got your shopping done yet? Yeah, me neither.

Taking a look at the calendar this year perhaps you’ve noticed, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Year’s Day all fall right smack dab in the middle of the week.

When the holidays fall like that many companies offer extended holidays to their employees.

Christmas Vacation

christmas-2014Have you asked your boss about their plans for you yet?

Yes, that means, have you considered what you’re doing for Christmas holidays?

I know some VO’s who are shutting down on December 23rd and not opening up again until January 6th. If you’re in a position with your business to be able to take the extended leave, more power to you! I hope you enjoy it as you’ve certainly earned it. 🙂

I know some other VO’s who will work straight through.

If you haven’t thought about it yet, now would be a good time to determine exactly when your studio will be opened and closed over the holiday season and offer a courtesy heads up to your regular clients that may come calling.

On a related note, if you’ve got ongoing projects that will extend through Christmas, it might be a good idea to confirm now with your clients when they’ll be open and closed over the holiday season so there’s no confusion.

Whatever your plans are for the Christmas season, it’s my prayer that you are surrounded by the ones you love.

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Happy Thanksgiving: 5 Things I’m Thankful For

My American friends will think I’m confused. But my Canadian friends know better. Besides, why wait until November for a turkey dinner when you can celebrate in October and have it a month earlier instead?!

Now my American friends are jealous. Turkey and a long weekend… in October. Oh yeah. That’s how us Canadian roll! Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving: 5 Things I’m Thankful For

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Tis The Season For Christmas Cards

I know what you’re thinking. “Shut up, Marc. It’s the first week of October! Can we at least get through Halloween first? Or thanksgiving?”

That’s fine. Hurl your frustrations. I can take them.

Meanwhile, I was in a K-Mart in Niagara Falls, NY this weekend. Their entire Christmas display, trees and all, was already set up!

Start Now

christmas cards for clientsThe reason I mention Christmas cards this early in October is because now is the time to start, if you’re creating you own for your business.

Whether you send a card to your clients just to wish them a happy holiday, or send a marketing piece of some form or fashion, waiting much longer to get the ball rolling could be the difference between the pieces arriving in time for Christmas or after the holidays are over.

Timeline For Success

Think about it. If you create your piece now, how long will it take to get it produced? Will your printer need a week? Two weeks? The service I use is a lot cheaper if I take a two week delivery date.

If you don’t design the piece yourself, you’ll also need to factor in time for the actual design. What does that add to your timeline? Another week? Maybe two?

My Christmas card, which I self designed, will go to the printer early this week. That means I should have my finished product sometime close to the end of October.

I’ve got close to 200 of these Christmas cards which I will hand write a note on. That right there is another big time commitment. Especially if you write as slow as I do!! By the time my cards are ready to go into the mail, it’s going to be well into November.

Add another week or two weeks for mail delivery, depending on where the card is heading to, and my clients should have their cards early in December.

Perfect timing!

It’s Not Too Early

I know a lot of you don’t want to think about Christmas yet, and that’s fair. It does seem like it comes earlier and earlier every year. Just remember, I’m not asking you to put your tree up. You don’t even have to start buying gifts yet.

This is just a friendly reminder that if you’re creating custom pieces for direct mail delivery, it’s definitely not too early to get started on the process. In fact, if you wait too much longer, it could end up being too late!

QUESTION: Do you send Christmas cards to your voice over clients?

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A Demo For All Seasons

Show of hands… who was ready for September?

Yeah. None of us. That’s what I thought. Is it just me, or did summer come and go exceptionally fast? That sounds so cliche, but seriously. Blink. Of. An.Eye!

Now that we’re into September it’s time to start thinking about what lies ahead. Specifically, a few major holidays. Continue reading A Demo For All Seasons