Social Media
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The Hidden Cost of Client Approvals

Published
January 29, 2024

In the world of content creation, client approvals are a common practice, especially for organizations bound by legal and bureaucratic constraints such as HIPAA, NDAs, and financial regulations. While these approvals are essential for compliance and brand consistency, they come with hidden costs that can impact both the client and the quality of the content.

1. Increased Production Costs

Firstly, let's talk about the financial aspect. The content approval process often involves several layers of review, which can be time-consuming. This delay not only extends the production timeline but also incurs additional costs. For clients, particularly those with tight budgets, this prolonged procedure means more hours billed, or higher retainer rates. The back-and-forth of revisions and approvals can quickly eat into a client's budget, making content production a more expensive endeavor than initially planned.

2. Software Expenses

Another cost that often goes unnoticed is the investment in content approval & scheduling software. These tools are essential for planning, organizing, and automating the posting of content across various platforms. While they offer convenience and efficiency, they also add an extra expense to the client's budget. From monthly subscriptions to training staff on how to use these tools effectively, the costs can add up, impacting the overall budget allocated for content marketing.

3. Impact on Content Effectiveness

The most significant cost, however, lies in the quality and effectiveness of the content itself. Content that is posted directly through a platform often enjoys better organic reach and engagement compared to content uploaded via scheduling tools. This difference is attributed to the algorithms of social media platforms, which tend to favor content that appears more spontaneous and authentic.

When content goes through a lengthy approval process, it can lose its timeliness and relevance. In a world where trends change in the blink of an eye, content that takes days or weeks to get approved may no longer resonate with the audience once it's finally posted. This delay can lead to missed opportunities, especially in scenarios where capitalizing on real-time trends or events could have yielded significant engagement and reach.

Furthermore, excessive revisions and alterations requested by clients can sometimes strip away the originality and creativity of the content. Content creators often have a deep understanding of what works on social media; too much client interference can lead to content that feels forced or inauthentic, thus reducing its effectiveness.

Navigating the Challenge

So, how do we navigate these challenges? The key lies in striking a balance between necessary approvals and maintaining the integrity and effectiveness of the content. Clients and content creators need to work collaboratively, establishing clear guidelines and understanding each other's constraints and expectations.

For clients, it's essential to trust the expertise of content creators while ensuring that the content aligns with their brand values and legal requirements. For creators, understanding the client's perspective and providing timely, high-quality content that requires minimal revisions can help streamline the approval process.

While content approvals are necessary for certain clients, it's crucial to understand the hidden costs involved. By acknowledging these challenges and working collaboratively, clients and content creators can produce effective content that meets compliance standards without compromising on quality and engagement.

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