How Are You Sending Media To Your Clients?
One of the biggest challenges that Absolute Vision Media (formerly Absolute Vision Productions) encountered in our early days was finding fail-safe ways to get our content to our clients. Because we’re a local Chicago company, it was vital that we kept to our core values of customer service and reliability. Thankfully, after years of research and trials, we’ve developed a system that works as quickly and efficiently as we do. Here are our thoughts on five popular methods for file distribution.
The frontrunner right now across our industry is Dropbox, and for good reason. The incredible reliability of the top cloud service has taken the headache out of shared storage. From the company side, operation couldn’t be simpler (especially on a Mac), and for collaborative projects, there’s no reason not to take advantage of a free account. That being said, compared to other services Dropbox takes longer to set up and send, requires your client to have their own account, and the interface doesn’t have the fool-proof simplicity that some clients may need.
There is a certain appeal for small companies and freelancers regarding Mediafire, Megaupload, and its competitors – free (or mostly free) services that offer big file uploads. We’re not keen on this for two key reasons; you don’t have control over your ads, and the occasional download limiter/counter hassle takes away the professionalism that you should be known for. There are better ways to send files.
Depending on the client, having an FTP server available through your website is a very viable option. Especially if you have a web hosting package (for instance, through GoDaddy), you can set up a backend with ease. Personally, we find this better for our content-heavy projects, in particular sending files in excess of 100 MB. Because much of our content is larger files, especially for video and media, we’ve found it necessary to at least have FTP as a backup. Always put in more time than you need, too – FTP glitches are just common enough to throw you at a critical moment.
We’ve put a lot of time and thought into email attachments. The bottom line is, in a world where you can move a half gigabyte of data in an average day, tiny file caps and overzealous spam filters have made attachments obsolete as a distribution medium. The only real benefit to opting for email is access via smartphones and other devices that may not be able to handle a download link.
But at Absolute, our weapon of choice has been our steadfast Yousendit premium account. We like Yousendit for a number of reasons – it’s fast, incredibly reliable, white-listed on as many spam catchers as we’ve encountered, and contains good tracking services. Most of all, it’s about as simple and intuitive to use as a service can be – select the recipient, enter a subject, attach the file, and hit send. You can even opt up for an enterprise account for comprehensive branding, something we always support.
Absolute Vision Productions is a Chicago-based media and production company. Whether a 200 KB email attachment or 500 MB final video, we offer national-level experience with local connections and know-how. To learn more, visit our homepage at www.AbsoluteVisionMedia.com, email us at info@AbsoluteVisionMedia.com, or call us at 630-620-0000.