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Identity Crisis – by a proud, white, Australian male

I’ve been reading with great interest the discussion around what Australia Day means to different people and the subsequent opinions of certain people when somebody stands up for what they believe in.

Of course, I’m talking about Joe Williams and the cloud of judgement or buckets of congratulations he has received in not necessarily equal measures. And I think along the way, different opinions and different points have been blurred together to confuse quite a few people, leaving us all with a bit of an “identity crisis.”

However our identity crisis is something which is quite natural. It is human nature to align oneself with beliefs and causes that affect us personally. It is engrained in the way we vote, even the way we contribute to charity or our community. Think about it. The political parties we align ourselves with are based on principles that affect us as individuals, as employees or employers, as groups whether in the minority or majority and the charities we support are usually because of a personal incident that has occurred in our lives. We have been effected by illness, by death, by an injustice.

80% of people in Australia support a charity because they or someone they know was effected by the fight for that cause. The vast majority of the remaining 20% support a charity not directly associated with them, but through donations rather than through voluntary time. It’s natural.

We as a society are also used to being involved in things that illicit emotion because we have witnessed these things before our eyes. Only we are not directly involved. We see car accidents on the news, murders, abuse, the list goes on – atrocities and tragedies that happen every day which we witness because it is put in front of us.

This is very different to being at the scene of a crime or accident where you are compelled to do something because you are physically there and you are now physically involved. Now it’s your news – not everybody else’s. But that’s natural.

And so it is natural to have an identity crisis because you are born one way and someone else is born another. No matter how hard you empathise with that person, you will never feel what they have felt. And that goes both ways. A white person cannot change their background, their history, their heritage and a black person cannot change the colour of their skin to avoid being watched a little closer by security every time they walk into a shop.

As individuals we are very different too. I for instance don’t have as much interest in the news as a lot of people. “News” for me is something that affects my family, friends – my loved ones. It’s also news if it affects the safety of the community. But if you pick up the paper from 25 years ago and hold it up to today’s paper, you will note similarities all the way through.

People who you don’t personally know going through hardship. There will be a car accident, a life tragically lost, there will be scandal or gossip and there will be sensationalised rubbish that for some reason has made it to the headlines. I choose not to read it or watch it. It’s outside of my control.

Back to my point (and I know I’m going about it the long way) – identity crisis. You’ll note that my title says “by a Proud White Australian Male”. That may represent who I am physically, but it is not something I feel I need to point out just because it represents who I am. It is very different to announcing oneself as a proud Wiradjuri man or a proud indigenous woman. Why is that? Why is it that some indigenous people have to make such an obvious statement? Why is it that some indigenous people have to sit during the National Anthem when it is “respectful” to stand? Why do some indigenous people refer to Australia Day as “Invasion Day” or “Survival Day”?

Well, unless you are indigenous you may never know. You can assume it’s because of the atrocities of our past. You can assume it’s because of the way Australia was “settled”. You can assume it’s because the National Anthem does not include an accurate reference to the way Aboriginal people feel about their country. You can assume it may be because of their present day challenges, racial abuse, daily judgement they want to announce that they are not down trodden – they are proud.

But because you are white, you may feel offended. You didn’t send a heap of convicts over on boats and murder and pillage to claim this land as your own. You didn’t physically abuse anyone who stood in your way to ensure you could own a piece of Australia. It’s not your fault babies and children were taken from black homes and justify it because of neglect or abuse at the hands of those parents, when white people who did the same were immune to this treatment because of the colour of their skin.

Just because you’re white, doesn’t mean you have to feel ashamed, or blamed or responsible. And it’s got nothing to do with what Australia Day means to you. I get that. The date’s not that important to you, it’s more what the DAY represents. Right?

We are aligned with what we feel represents us. You or your family were involved in the war. You are proud that you and your family have their piece in history as having defended this great country. You are a social worker who has witnessed firsthand atrocities that others would not be able to stomach. Abuse, neglect, death.
All of these things shape our opinions on who we are. On what we have become.

Joe Williams received one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on an individual in their life time. Citizen of the year. It is recognition of his contributions towards so many causes. Youth suicide and suicide prevention. Depression and other mental illnesses. Alcohol and drug abuse. Youth disengagement. The list goes on.

Questions have been raised.
Should Joe accept this award if he doesn’t believe in Australia Day and it’s an Australia Day award?

Should Joe be allowed to sit during the National Anthem when it is “respectful” to stand?

Why should Joe be able to “grand stand” when the point of the award is about recognition and acknowledging achievement?

First of all I want to say that I don’t know a lot about my own history let alone that of other people. From a young age I was concerned with learning from the past but not dwelling on it, planning for the future but not counting on it and appreciating the present by being in it. I know I have Scottish and English blood but apart from knowing a little about my grandparents, that’s where I cease to know any more.

I don’t know how my family arrived in this country and as weird as it may sound I don’t particularly care. What I do know is that my family has suffered abuse. That some of my family were tortured and murdered. I know that relatives of mine have been killed in accidents and some who have died of cancer, even some who have suffered at the hands of domestic abuse. But they are personal stories locked in my family’s vault and none of it has to do with race, religion or background. It’s just some seriously interesting and challenging stuff that sometimes gets mentioned at family gatherings.

But if one of my loved ones was murdered today and the killer was let to walk free because of a judicial technicality – you would see me on the news screaming from the roof tops.

If one of my children was stolen and abused and the authorities didn’t do enough to bring justice to our lives – I would be on the front page of every newspaper in Australia. I would be grandstanding my arse off to right a wrong.

That’s what happens when we feel affected by something directly.

The question now is how do we move forward?

If Australia Day had a date change, the Aussie flag was re-designed and the National Anthem was re-imagined – what would happen?

If our history was told in a more accurate way to our kids and to those of us who know about “settlement”, Aboriginal dream time, White Australia Policy, the stolen generation Flora and Fauna Act but that’s about it – then what?

Where to from here?

Acknowledgement of our past can occur and then what?

These are more important questions.

The very fact that people like Joe and Stan Grant have got people talking about these issues is a step in the right direction. We need change – but what change do we need? What change will benefit the wider community?

What will get 50% of indigenous youth out of our judicial system?

What will allow indigenous people to be educated and employed on equal benefits to non-indigenous?

When will things be so equal that we no longer need to have “Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander” boxes to tick on any government forms?

When will we get to the stage that regardless of your background you can be a proud Australian Citizen?

If Joe Williams didn’t sit during the National Anthem it wouldn’t have been a conversation. It’s hard to tell people that you stood for the anthem but wished you hadn’t because it didn’t feel right. Doing something like that elicits a response. It raises questions that need answering.

Personally I think if you ever feel offended by something or if you ever feel disrespected you have chosen to react that way. I don’t care if a black person, white person, male or female sits during a song that represents our anthem. That’s their choice. It doesn’t affect me one bit.

We need to move forward in this country. We cannot do it by being divisive.

Do I think some of Joe’s remarks are divisive? I’m afraid so.

Do I think he wants to be divisive to get his point across? No I don’t.

Education is one thing, mutual respect is a completely different kettle of fish. Until we realise that it doesn’t need to affect us directly for us to make a change we will never make a change. We will instead just choose to blame or to feel offended.

We all need to take a holistic approach to any tensions we sense as a community and not take them personally.

What needs to happen?

We need leaders who we have elected to office to stand up and tell us what is going to happen. These are the people who should be thinking about the big picture not the political picture. These are the people who need to make tough decisions that won’t make everybody happy but are right.

We celebrate Australia Day because who we can be as a people, not who we once were. We celebrate Australia Day because it is a community day not a day about just us. About just me. About just you. We are one people because we are Australian regardless of our heritage as tainted or violated as it may have been.

You are Australian because you have citizenship.

You are Australian because you live here.

We are one people.

2015 – T20 Big Bash Cricket Auction

Over 70 players, only 14 spots per team and only 4 teams included. Two must be from out of town, two must be under 18 and no team can have more than five players from any one club. Watch the action of the auction, courtesy of a live stream broadcast at www.waggawagga.tv

Adam Drummond is your host and auctioneer at The William Farrer Hotel.

My New Show on waggawagg.tv

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The Adam Drummond Show – PLAY

On this week’s episode I say something really inappropriate during an interview with Tim “Rosso” Ross and musician Kit Warhurst.  Yes, it’s embarrassing and yes Rosso takes full advantage of the situation.

We also find out whether these “Man About the House” mates know each other as much as they think they do (wait til you see their horrendous scores in my little game show “I’m Your Mate, I Swear”.)

And finally I introduce you to a recurring character in the Adam Drummond Show.  A sweet, little, old lady called Mavis.  A chicken farmer with racy memories of her youth.

Hit the Facebook or Twitter buttons at the bottom of the episode to share with friends!  Hope you enjoy.

Who Are My Target Clients?

I was recently speaking with someone in the automotive industry who said something really profound about their business.  He said, “I’m not worried about reaching my existing clients, as they already know where to find us.  I’m worried that my existing clients’ kids won’t know how to find us.”  He went on to explain that for decades (family business handed down by dad and probably even granddad) his customers had what is commonly referred to as “generational loyalty”.  The notion that a service or product is used by all family members because that’s where mum and dad go, and that’s where their mum and dad went and so on.

Simply put he said: “that’s gone.”

Nowadays some offspring in the Gen X, Y and the iGen will not use a product or service just BECAUSE their parents used that product or service.

“I want to tap into the next Gen,” he continued.  “How do we build loyalty with a market we have never before been in touch with?”

Of course this kind of enlightened thinking in business is music to my ears because for the last 12 months I’ve been in the very competitive social media space, and it’s not the first time I’ve heard this exact sentiment from dozens of other businesses from completely different industries.  Accountants, solicitors, banks, real estate agents, hair dressers, mechanics, café owners, publicans…the list goes on.  And the reason it’s music to my ears is because we have just created a platform that allows that very market to be tapped into.  And not in a talking at you kind of way, but a talking to you,  kind of way – through video stories.

Video stories are the way of the future when it comes to promoting a brand to the masses.  Narrative driven videos that can explain not so much why you’re the best at what you do, but what you can do for your customers.

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I recently did a presentation in front of the medical profession in the beautiful Mansion Hotel and Spa in Werribee just outside of Melbourne (think Downton Abbey on steroids) all about imagery and video in their practice, and the three steps I highlighted as being the most critical were:

  1. Concept
  2. Production
  3. Distribution

The primary point however was the good old “WIIFM” mentality.  Right at the start of this process, within the concept stage, the question has to be raised, “have we addressed the WIIFM?”  WIIFM stands for “what’s in it for me?”  This is what we ask ourselves as consumers every time we take out our wallet or click play on a video.  What do we get out of it?  How will it improve my life?  Does it solve my problem?

So going back to the gentleman in the automotive industry, his question has become, “what’s in it for the next generation?”

Here’s what the next generation want:

  • Speed of delivery
  • Convenience and accessibility (usually via the internet)
  • Someone they can Trust
  • Value for money
  • Respect (without judgement)

Here’s what you need from the next generation:

  • To be found

If they don’t know where you are or what you do (for them) then you better hope that “generational loyalty” is strong – because guess what…the next gen are one day going to be THE gen who purchase and remain loyal.  “It’s a marathon, not a sprint” as John McGrath once told a room full of people I was in way back in my first year in real estate and that statement remains true for all aspects of business.  Start your video marketing now, in front of the target market of tomorrow and establish relationships of trust for the long term.

Adam Drummond is an actor, presenter, speaker and CEO of waggawagga.tv

15th May 2015 – Launch of waggawagga.tv 

6:30pm gates open at MTC Wagga and general public are FREE with access to bar and food to purchase on the night.  Entertainment all night by Groove Factorie and you will have the chance to meet John Wood from Blue Heelers, Rosso from TV and Radio, Ben from BB12 plus loads more local and national celebrities on the red carpet premiere.

If you would like to know more about what waggawagga.tv is and how it may benefit your business through either advertising or by appearing in the business directory, simply email info@waggawagga.tv or call 02 6971 7771.  One on one demonstrations of the site are still available if you would like to see it with your own eyes.

How does it all work?

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Well, it’s been 6 months in development, three weeks since I started live demonstrations to local businesses and a little over two weeks from our launch, and we are now inundated with questions about what it’s all about.

So, I’ll try my hardest to explain the whole purpose of waggawagga.tv.  This year, we are completely re-launching waggawagga.tv into a LIVE 24/7 online entertainment and information portal.  You will be able to log onto our website anywhere in the world and find our 24/7 channel streaming shows, interviews, sport, and productions on local Wagga Wagga businesses.

What’s more, visitors to our city will be able to log onto waggawagga.tv and access our library of video-on-demand productions, plus a directory that promotes retail, hospitality, service industries, arts, sport and a whole lot more!

We are giving the business people of Wagga Wagga the chance to become part of something very special.  Something that has not been done before within a regional city – or even in metropolitan areas.  The ability to both advertise their business directly to their target market – the people of Wagga Wagga – and be a central part of a brand new way of communicating Wagga’s unique voices, characters and culture to the world via the power of the web!

WaggaWagga.TV will have a 24/7 running channel known as a “play out” system and will showcase original, replayed and live content via Livestream Australia as the portal.

This means viewers will be watching something streamed every time they log onto the site and it can be of a variety of things such as local productions of entertainment, live events, sports and commentary from around Wagga and the country, replayed content that has already been broadcast on the site, advertisements of local businesses, organisations and events.

Local businesses have the opportunity to be found within the site via a directory that comes in three options;

  1. Free directory with lead photo, listing of business name, logo, phone number, address and website plus opening hours
  2. Photo gallery with listing of above, plus, 5 x photos, description of your business and features of your business highlighted – $19.95/month ($10 per month extra for priority placement.)
  3. Video gallery with listing of above, plus up to 5 videos of any length showcasing what the business has to offer, live social links to your social media pages plus up to 5 x attachments or external link buttons.  These could be used to put up menus if you’re a restaurant, brochures of your products or services or a live link to your pay-wall or shopping cart if your website supports purchasing online. $39.95/month ($15 per month extra for priority placement.)  Visitors to the site will be able to search via industry pages, or through a quick search box on the site.  If they choose to search via pages or by any other manual means, the video listings will appear at the top of each page with the largest thumbnails, followed by the photo gallery listings and then finally the FREE business listings.  Priority listings appear above these.

Here is the video explaining the Directory with our local hosts.

CLICK HERE: Directory Video with Hosts

WaggaWagga.TV has joined forces with a new and exciting production company, “Clean Slate Media” and together they will produce the following content for the platform;

-        “The Adam Drummond Show” which will include celebrity interviews, comedy sketches, local commentary and more in a variety style format for the online market

-        “The 5 O’Clock Wave” – previously an explicit, comedy podcast, on the new platform it will be re-born with regular hosts, Adam Drummond, Matt Olsen and Jamie Way with guests and funny anecdotes but with the same local commentary and viewpoints

-        “Unleash the Geek” featuring reviews and news on all things “geek” such as gaming updates, film and TV, entertainment and more, hosted by Liam Campbell a Wagga High student and Brenna Temple, a loveable Canadian lass who is new to Wagga Wagga

-        “Brenna Obviously” – speaking of Brenna Temple, she will also be hosting her own special show all about the quirky things happening in our city from an outsider’s point of view.  It captures Wagga beautifully but also features the honest perspective of the equally quirky and vivacious Canadian local, Brenna

-        “Upload” where locals have the opportunity to send in things from around Wagga they have filmed and then our production team will edit, tidy up and format as part of a show

-         “What’s Up Wagga?” is a Vox Pop style show hosted by well-known local identities who take to the streets and ask all sorts of questions that are relevant to our area – hosts will include Grant Luhrs and Sarah Wentworth-Perry

-        “Your House” and other format shows – these will be a mixture of genres including; Entertainment, lifestyle, business, sport, children’s content and more as we build our program content.  Your House will be not only walks through unique Wagga properties, but also styling tips for inside and outside your own home as hosted by award winning blogger Katrina Chambers, known to a lot of Australians as a contestant on The Block a few years ago

-        “Sweet Shorts” is hosted by well-known local and National sports champion, Joe Williams and showcases the amazing talent we have in our region via short films made by locals – they are AMAZING!

We also have some programs in development with hosts such as Sarah Burnell following local stories and Ashley Shaw with a program all about music called “Gigs”, as well as shows all about the great outdoors such as motor shows, shows about fishing and camping and even pushing the boundaries of fitness with sporting challenges involving one of our best known local athletes.   Stay tuned.

So, yes, we have lots going on and it is all thanks to Grant Harper of Livestream Australia (wait until you see how your sport or business can be featured on our platform using Grant’s livestreaming capabilities – it will blow your mind) and Matt Olsen from Clean Slate Media who produces 95% of all our content and is the first point of call for you if you need a video made for your business and you don’t already have one.

Remember the 15th May starting at 6.30pm – FREE to the general public who have access to their own bar, food and band or if you are looking to splash out and join the red carpet line up for $99 + booking fee, you will be guided along the red carpet with the celebrities at 7pm and have included in your ticket price food, drink and Jarryn Phegan as entertainment all in the member’s lounge.  We had sold out of these tickets but I’ve got permission to open up to another 50 people, so be quick if you want the VIP treatment by clicking here.  Or for ALL the information about the night, click here.

The Deception in Advertising

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I think that as a society we have become really apprehensive about where we spend our money when it comes to promoting our business.  I’ll never forget a quote I read on The Wagga Business Chamber’s Facebook page once:

“The trouble with small businesses is that they think like a small business” – and being a small business operator it strikes me how true that statement is.  I’m constantly challenged by the stress associated with deciding where the best ROI will be when promoting our business (and when I was a consultant it was even harder!)

So as a business community, we are really quick to put the hand up and say “no, not for me” before even knowing what something is.  I do it all the time with telemarketers.  No sooner have they said “Hi Mr Drummond, I want to share with you a way to make thousands of dollars more per year” than they hear the sound of a reversing bus on the line.  “No, not for me.”

And hence my title of today’s blog post.  “The Deception in Advertising”.  The deception is that advertising in different mediums is NOT for everyone, as much as those in advertising would like to believe.  I’m now in advertising and I’d love to shout from the roof tops that what we are offering is for every single business – but that’s not true.  For starters we are online and not everyone is online.  We are also locally based and not everyone cares about what is happening in someone else’s town.

Beyond those obvious issues though are far more tangible ones.  Advertising on waggawagga.tv is not for the following business people:

-        We already make enough money so there is no need to promote ourselves

-        We are extremely comfortable with our current advertising budget and don’t see a need to reinvent the wheel

-        We have more customers than we can poke a stick at, so don’t need any more coming into our space

-        We are not believers in the fact that consumers make decisions online when surfing the web (not convinced of online advertising)

-        We don’t know if people would log on to watch local content just because there is local content on there – we are sceptical as to whether or not they will come back

-        Our target market is over 55’s only and we don’t think they will log onto social media sites or watch local content online

Pretty much anyone who has these sentiments (even one or more) may not be suitable for what we are offering.  It may seem strange for me to bring these points up, but I’m a massive believer in creating conversations around objections before they become objections.  In my real estate days I even had a term for it as scribbled down at a national real estate conference in 2004 when Michael Sheargold referred to it as “framing” the situation.  What’s the point of sweeping legitimate concerns under the carpet in the hope that people won’t think about those legitimate concerns?

So far we have had an amazing amount of support from both small and large businesses keen to give this new medium a shot.  Here is a sample of what a lot of them are saying:

-        We are targeting a younger demographic and the shows you are producing and are planning to produce will speak to that demographic

-        We like the idea that we have time to tell a story in an engaging way through the medium of video and it won’t cost us a bucket load

-        We like to be associated with new and exciting ventures that benefit our city

-        If it isn’t where people are right now, it’s only a matter of time and we love what you are producing (even though technically we haven’t even seen it yet!)

-        “Mate, it’s that inexpensive at the moment – what am I even risking?”

-        We’ve got to try new things because if nothing changes nothing changes, and we need things to change

So there is the balance to this little blog.  Yes, we won’t be for everyone and it would be naïve to think otherwise, but yes, we will appeal to others who are cutting edge and want to be in a space they currently have little control over.  (The biggest common element I’ve discovered over a two week period speaking to over 60 business people is that most of them either have a video or know that a video would help their business promotion, but nearly no one had a suitable place to HOUSE the video.)

If there is deception in advertising, it is quite often just thinking that one shoe fits all, when clearly everyone has different sized feet.  Choose the shoe that promotes you the best…well…you know what I mean.

Adam Drummond is an actor, presenter, speaker and CEO of waggawagga.tv

If you would like to know more about what waggawagga.tv is and how it may benefit your business through either advertising or by appearing in the business directory, simply email info@waggawagga.tv or call 02 6971 7771.  One on one demonstrations of the site are still available if you would like to see it with your own eyes.

“Seriously, mate – just tell me what the #@*% it is…”

Don’t have time to read all of this?  Click for the audio version.

The steepest bloody learning curve of my life, is what it is!  But this particular enlightenment “tell me what the #@*% it is…” came straight after one of my presentations to local businesses wanting to know more about waggawagga.tv.  And believe it or not, it wasn’t said in a nasty way – quite the opposite – it was encouraging!

“Adam,” this particular person who I admire said after seeing my demo, “that was 98% a great demonstration of what your product is – it’s new, it’s exciting, it solves a lot of problems for businesses locally, and the presentation was terrific…but I just want to give you advice on the 2% that can be improved ever so slightly, if I may?”

Being the sponge I am for more knowledge and never telling a dairy cow not to provide milk (I thought of that analogy whilst typing, feel free to use it where you see fit) I simply said – “please fill me in, I need all the help I can get.”

“Well,” he continued, “it took about two or three minutes for you to describe your product.  I would highly recommend you tell your audience within the first two to three seconds.  Do you think you can do that?”

You’ll notice he didn’t actually swear.  But he was saying, “I’ve come to find out more, I’m there for 45 to 60 minutes – I want to know why I’m there straight away.”  And that makes sense.

“Of course I can.  Thanks for the tip” and I’ve been saying what the product is within two to three seconds ever since.  I can’t thank this bloke enough for his encouraging advice, and I won’t say who he is, but he knows who I’m referring to…after all I’m directly quoting him about three days after he said these words…and again disclaimer…I’ve never heard this bloke swear…ever…That’s my paraphrasing to grab attention in the heading.

This is NOW how I start my presentations:

“We are an online media and short-form entertainment platform, promoting local business through advertising opportunities and providing a major business directory for locals and tourists.”

There…I guess you could also call that our Mission Statement.  We want to create an audience interested in specifically local entertainment and information content and in doing so, grow the audience for local businesses who promote themselves on our new media site.

Probably one of the most important distinctions between what we will be providing and what other media outlets provide, is the short-form and online nature of our content.  We will have a 24/7 broadcast operating in the site that we expect most people will not sit down to and digest in 30 minutes or a couple of hours like traditional TV or radio, or even like online streaming services such as STAN and Netflix.  Our platform slips into the social media market, the YouTube audiences and those doing a bit of web surfing.  They’ll flick through online channels such as Facebook, Twitter, watch a video on YouTube, check out the scores from the weekend sports and then come to waggwagga.tv to find out what’s on locally.

And another distinction I want to make very clear to businesses everywhere…your advertising budget should suit your target market, your reach and your frequency.  In other words the audience for local terrestrial TV, radio and print does not go away just because there are more tangible options now available online.  It’s really important to maintain your brand’s exposure over as many mediums as possible.  If anything, the trick is to choose when and how often it appears.

I can even speak from experience having just booked my first ever air time with STAR FM locally.  Even though yes, we are another media outlet, and yes we will be asking for advertising to create a revenue stream, we still need to market ourselves, and radio has a great local audience.  It may be a different demographic to those attending a local retirement expo, but it’s the audience we are after.

People still pick up a magazine or read the local paper, so it depends on who you are wanting to reach and how often you want to reach them.

I guess the other problem we are helping to solve for local businesses, is we are giving them a place to present their business in a video format.  Many people I’ve met have already made fantastic videos that showcase their offerings but the strategy around exposure has been a bit hit and miss.  After being on your website for six months, or your Facebook page and YouTube account – or even the Vimeo account of your production company, the views start to drop off dramatically.  Here we are giving you an affordable place to house your productions, whether they be through our video directory listing or our broadcast system.

And finally, you have time to breathe.  Not just now because you’ve managed to read all of this, but in the way you promote yourself on our platform.  Because of the nature of online broadcast, we can give businesses the space to tell a real story about themselves or their customers.  Our promotions can be 1, 2 or even 3 minutes in duration and tell a great story that customers will be interested in.  In fact we want audiences to feel these promotions are part of the content itself rather than an interruption to the content.  Narrative driven video promotions are the way of the future and now as a business you have a place to tell your many unique stories.

I hope you can join us on this exciting journey, a first of its kind in Australia (as far as anyone can tell) and beginning right here in good old Wagga Wagga.  Come and join us on May 15th at the MTC Wagga for our official launch as we make the site live and start entertaining locals in a completely new format with familiar faces, favourite local destinations and a true Wagga flavour.  Sponsors can contact me for packs that promote you before the night, on the night and after the night by emailing info@waggawagga.tv   General public are completely free and will have access to a bar and food as well as entertainment by Groove Factorie.  VIP tickets to the Members Lounge at the MTC are available for $99 plus booking fee with drink, food, celebrity meet and greets and entertainment provided all night in the ticket price.  Book your VIP ticket here or for more information about the platform, to make an enquiry about being involved or for more information about launch night, click here.

Holy Moly – This is Happening!

You know that moment when you wake up at 2.38am, eyes wide open and a mind filled with “to-do” lists not yet written?  It’s hard to get back to sleep isn’t it?  It’s in moments like these, as you stare at your poorly propped digital clock on the sock drawer, that you realise – “bugger me…this is really happening.”

I’m having more and more of these moments.  But only because it IS actually starting to happen.  On May 15th 2015 at exactly 9pm, something had wanna bloody happen or I’ll be standing there like I did in year 2 when Mrs Hartley my school principal was filling in for Miss Irwin and I told her I’d made a mistake in my exercise book so she was going to cane me!  I was so scared I did a little wee in my light grey school shorts in front of my entire class.  (I didn’t end up getting the cane because that was seen as punishment in itself! – That and wearing size 15 shorts from the spares room with no undies on all day).

So if nothing goes on that BIG screen come the 15th May, I’ll be doing a little wee in front of a huge crowd of onlookers.  They’ll probably call me Drum-wee for the rest of my life…or call out something like “Urine a spot of bother, mate”.  No wonder I wake up at 2.38am.

However, I KNOW that won’t happen because I’ve surrounded myself with awesome people who know what they’re doing.  I think it was my mate Jeremy Hutchings (a successful business coach here in Wagga Wagga and beyond) who said “Adam, it’s all about the first 15%.  If you get the first 15% right the remaining 85% will fall into place.”  And surrounding yourself with the right people is in that first 15%.

Here are some people who have been amazing in the background of this little journey.

Grant Harper from Livestream Australia and the Streaming Guys – Legend.

Matt Olsen from Clean Slate Media – Superman.

Samantha Brunskill from Brunslea Park Estate – Inspiration.

Tim “Rosso” Ross from Tim “Rosso” Ross – Mentor.

Melinda Drummond from next to the poorly propped digital clock – My rock.

There are many, many others who help out and lend a hand and pick me up and show support, but I wanted to acknowledge these people because I’ve lent on them the most.

My buddy Rosso, said “anything you need, dude – I’m there.”  So he invited Matt and I to his latest tour of “Man About the House” which he performs with his best mate, musician Kit Warhurst and let us film an interview with him and Kit.  Then he says he’ll come to the launch and meet some people.  It’s stuff like that, that makes it real.

It was a great weekend in Sydney filming with Rosso and Kit – when you see the interview you’ll know why some people call me a dickhead, but I think it’s with affection.

And I’ve got some other people lined up to join Rosso as a VIP guest so if you want to find out more get in touch and save the bloody date – 15th May 2015.  Come and watch me wee myself – from excitement – not because there isn’t anything on the BIG screen.

“What do you mean it’s free? Nothing’s for free.”

As we prepare to press play on our new media platform and with the introduction of STAN in February and the launch of the Aussie version of Netflix later this month, people have been asking how much it will cost to subscribe to waggawagga.tv when it launches on May 15th.

Here is the definite answer:  FREE.

Our platform will have an array of locally produced shows and livestreaming of events but you as an audience won’t have to pay to view it.  It is just as easy as logging onto our site (don’t try it now – it will be LIVE on 15th May at 9pm exactly) and watching the broadcast of whatever is on then – or alternatively you can surf through our library of on-demand content – again for free.

The platform will be possible due to advertising opportunities for businesses who would like their story seen before local audiences.  The number of people already queuing up to be involved from a promotional perspective has been overwhelming and quite humbling.  So many businesses have shown their support by already asking for productions to be made for them so they can place their content in our promo spots throughout our new media site.

They have also wanted to be involved within our local business directory, so by the time we launch we will already have so many contributors from our business sector.

If you would like to know more about the platform before we launch just email info@waggawagga.tv or call us on 0269 71 7771.

We are also doing demonstrations between Tuesday the 7th April and Friday 17th April so you can book a time to watch our demo during that time too.  (Limited seats though so be quick.)

Also, save the date for a very exciting night on the waggawagga.tv calendar – Friday 15th May as mentioned is our LIVE launch.  We will have some VIP celebrity guests and plenty of entertainment plus it will be livestreamed until the countdown to the 9pm opening.

Tickets will be available for the after-party for $65 per head or you can sponsor the event for anywhere between $750 up to $10,000 so something to suit all budgets – and yes – you will be heavily promoted as a thank you for your support.

See you soon Wagga, but just wanted to clear up – NO COST for viewers of waggawagga.tv – NO SUBSCRIPTION and yet plenty of entertainment!