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It's time for our 2nd annual Year-End Lessons Learned post. 2008 was a great year for Common Craft. While we published a number of videos that we're very proud of, 2008 was all about building a foundation for the future of our business. Going into 2009, we're feeling confident that we have a solid foundation in place - and now is our time to put more videos into the world. Here are a few things we learned: Overall Business: Build Foundations. Think hard about long term opportunities... Continue Reading
Marshall at ReadWriteWeb, posted a story today about Common Craft that was actually published a few months back, but has been reposted at a "redux." It's one of my favorite bits of press and called "How Common Craft Stopped Doing Client Work, in Plain English." I don't know of any other blog post that tells our story better. Since the original story was posted in September, we've created a resource that helps organizations in need of custom videos find producers who can help. It's called... Continue Reading
I've been a Twitter user for just over 2 years now and I'm still trying to figure out how to use it well. A couple of weeks ago, We created an @commoncraft account that's focused on our business and looks behind-the-scenes. Now that I have an established account (@leelefever) and one that's just getting started, I've been thinking a lot about what's possible with Twitter. Some thoughts: (If you're new to Twitter, watch our video Twitter in Plain English ) To Follow or Not to Follow I... Continue Reading
If you don't like yardwork, you have a choice. You can hire gardeners or you can plant things that don't require much care. This is my way of saying that we all have a choice in how we grow. Because we want Common Craft to stay small, we look at new opportunities in terms of yardwork and ask ourselves - is this going to require gardeners in the future? If so, then maybe we should look for opportunities that are more likely to take care of themselves and allow us to focus on what really... Continue Reading
Yesterday I had a great talk/interview with Jeff DeCagna of Principled Innovation for his P.I. Podcast. We talked about the Common Craft story, but also about "Being Lightweight", based on the recent series of posts. Big thanks to Jeff for the invitation. Have a listen on Jeff's site.
For the last few months, we've been "foundation building." For us, this means taking the time to focus on the business behind Common Craft and how we communicate our business to you. Our goal is clarity - if we are clear about the exact business that we run, then we're more able to illustrate our value to potential customers. It's hard work and something we're excited to see come to fruition. Now that it's in place, we can really focus on videos. The elements of the foundation: Licenses -... Continue Reading
We are blown away with the response to the recent post "What Videos Should We Make?" Not just the quantity (over 50 comments and lots of email), but the quality. It's exciting to see suggestions that have opened up new ideas and ones that fit with a couple of the themes that have been top-of-mind. As I've told Sachi recently, it feels a little like we're at the edge of a pool, preparing to jump in. We're confident that we're on the right track, but the content of our future videos will... Continue Reading
Our big transition is almost complete and we need your help. The new Store is up, we're finishing up the last custom projects and now is the time to plan what videos we'll offer in the Store over the next year. We have lots of ideas, but we really want to know what you think. We want to make videos that: Help professionals and educators increase awareness and create change at work Have a positive impact on the Web A good example of this is our video "Wikis in Plain English", which is part... Continue Reading
This evening we've taken the wraps off the new CommonCraft.com and we'd love your feedback and help. The biggest change is the new and improved video Store, which is fashioned after the shopping experience on sites like NetFlix. As I've said before, we see the Store as the centerpiece of our future business and we're so excited to have a foundation on which we can build. To go with the new Store, we've made a video (below) that explains the way our video licensing works. "Common Craft... Continue Reading
This is the third in a series of posts about Being Lightweight. The first two were about Working with Clients and Tools We Use.We are lucky to have a product that people like. Our challenge is to experiment and find the best ways to build a business around this product. To be successful we need the business to be profitable, but also work within the life we want to live.We see this process as "business design" and as this series outlines, being lightweight is a big priority. Below are a... Continue Reading
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