I recently re-watched the winning performance of Shin Lim on America’s Got Talent. What struck me is that he has the right balance of showmanship and technical skill. One without the other is insufficient; the unskilled showman is a buffoon, the skilled bland performer is boring.
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In this week’s Friday feeling some thoughts about
showmanship and technical skill
was re watching the America’s Got Talent finals were magician Shin limb did an amazing job
demonstrating sleight of hand skill and some interesting
daft pieces. And knowing a little bit about magic,
getting an idea of some of the pieces of the performance worked. And what struck me was that
compared to other magicians,
he has the right balance of
showmanship and technical skill.
And both are important in a magic act. Because a showman without technical skills can have a buffoon,
loud and boisterous, but not really fooling anybody. And a magician who is technically skilled, but has no showmanship is
kind of interesting to watch. But at the same time, a little boring, it’s like, okay, that’s cool. You can, you know,
make cards, dance and stuff like that. It’s is that blend of being able to do both? Well, that makes for a really compelling act.
And what that got me thinking about was
in the world of marketing, how
we approach it very much the
right? There’s that whole left brain, right brain, you’re either creative or your analytical. And we’ve been saying for a while, and you need to be both. But
I don’t think
I don’t feel like we’ve done a good job of emphasizing that
technical skill and creative skill in marketing are not added if they’re multiplicative, in the same way that technical skill and showmanship are multiplicative. In a magic performance,
you need to be able to do both. And the product of doing both well is many times more than having either one separately.
So when you look at something as simple as like website design, and website design is important. Having a design that’s not offensive to the eyes is a good thing.
Having a website that is intuitive, and people can find what they’re looking for really easily is important.
get to that you also needs the technical skill
I spent the last week wrestling with
my company’s website, it was on a host that was underperforming. And so
the migration of the site was painful, fixed a whole bunch of little tactical things that in the end, make a a good experience much, much better. Because the user doesn’t have to wait things are, where they’re supposed to be, and so on and so forth.
you have technical skill, and showmanship, when you have technical skill and creative skill,
what you get is
a great experience and experience
experiences as much as emotional as it is factual.
having that experience means it’s something that’s memorable. It’s something that you feel like you enjoyed, and you would do again.
And what’s interesting is that pendulum on his serious fool us when, when the same magician she and limb did his performance on that show
said something very interesting. He said,
From a technical magical perspective, if one thing breaks down, the entire performance breaks down, because it reveals the laws the performance, but in that particular person’s performance, he felt, even though there were some things that they caught, it was still perfect, because the showmanship was enough to cover them very minor technical errors. And the same thing is true in your marketing. If you create a great customer experience through that creativity, it may be enough to compensate for slight
technical errors, not glaring ones,
but slight ones in the same thing is true in reverse, a website that is functional and fast
and clean and, and delivers what the customer wants, maybe enough to compensate for the fact that it doesn’t have world class design, it may be good enough to give the customer what they want.
it’s really important to have that balance
to staff that balance to hire for that balance as best as you can.
And to to identify where
your gaps in that balance are. Now the good news is, at least for technologists, is
you can find technological ways to identify where you’re out of balance. For example, if your website has if you’re looking at things like path analysis through your website, what path do people take through your website,
if there are not nice short paths between wherever person comes in and your key pages like about us services, your your team, your company, but the pages that indicate buying interest,
then you know that there’s something from a maybe a navigational and technical but also design perspective that may be off likewise, things like exit rate on certain pages or bounce rate on certain pages, I think that would indicate the technically
there some design optimizations you could make. And the same thing is true in social media. With a amount of engagement you get the amount of commenting you get
things like that, that
that hint at the quality of your content may not be as good as it could be.
So use the technological tools to help you understand both the technology and the creative and then use things like market research and focus groups and things to help you get a complete picture of your creative side when when gauging people’s reactions. When you show them a piece of collateral or piece of content and their reaction is not a wow they’re actually like That’s nice. Then you know you have a tech they have a creative deficit. So
if you want to see a good example of this there’s another magician you Hogan who is a Korean mission it is a fivesome 2012 performance which is a winning performance but is a much more understated performance than Shin limbs performance and and when you vaccine went on America’s Got Talent. He didn’t go very far because it was not what the audience was looking for. It had supreme technical skill but it didn’t have the kind of showmanship that they were after. So watch those two performances side by side you’ll go okay there’s there’s clearly a difference between the two and aim to be
that technically proficient showman
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