Why Obama’s Youtube channel sucks
- Stop making it look scripted. I know Barack has a lot more important stuff to do than learn lines each week for a 5-minute Youtube video, so I think he should just ax the script and teleprompters altogether. He should make a rough outline of what he wants to talk about, film a few different takes, and upload the best one. He’s a great speaker, with or without a script, so this shouldn’t be an issue. Which leads me to my next overlapping point…
- Loosen up on the formalities. Youtube viewers are very used to raw videos, so don’t be afraid of imperfections. He shouldn’t always be surrounded by the American flag and scholarly books. Film some of the updates out on the deck, or backstage at a conference, or even in the limo. Right now, it’s visually bland and mediocre. Make the videos feel more natural and less staged.
- Interact with your viewers. Put a few interns in charge of filtering through the thousands of insane/moronic/racist comments and messages, then give Obama 2-3 good questions to answer each week for the videocast. Have the interns write personal messages back to those selected viewers, saying their question will be addressed in next week’s video. Now it’s a dialogue that people are emotionally invested in, and the message spreads. “Obama picked my question! Check out this video!”
After witnessing such a brilliant online marketing campaign during the elections, I’m honestly surprised to find myself criticizing Obama’s Youtube channel. But here we are.
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