How Strict should You impose in a Pre-Show Photo Ban

I recently attended a show. A crew member told the audience not to post photos of the show until 1 month later. However, they were very loose in imposing photo and video taking. The show host and crew openly encouraged photo opp and posed with fans.

Two whole weeks later, the show host and manager went berserk and rudely demanding people to immediately take down photos posted in Facebook, and even threatening unimposable legal action. I think the organizers were at fault in being too loose during the show – it sends an opposite message. They were simply too naive to think that fans would not post per-show photos in their Facebook. Monkey see, monkey do!

So now some fans are so fed up and pissed. They may likely boycott the show, and not post any photos after the approved date. There are still no pre-show publicity or trailers so they seem very inexperienced and unsophisticated. We should really offer them the benefit of doubt as they are obviously new in the industry.

There’s a Chinese saying that goes like “originally you are already looking good but you thought that you want to look even better by doing something. In the end because of your rude and bad behavior you now appear to be ugly and looked like you scratched your own face.”

It’s a shame really as Craig Santy and I actually have some Producers in Los Angeles who want to consider this show host for a movie part in a comedy, and we have some clients who could use this show host in their big annual conventions. But, obviously he kind of shot himself in the foot.

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Now there many degrees of strictness in pre-show photo posting. The strictest will be the final episode of a Reality TV show when the winner is chosen but the winner, contenders, and audience had pledged to keep secret of the end results such as in the final episode of Survivor or The Apprentice.

In these ultra stict shows there are camera police who would stand in front of the audience but still behind the cameras to point at culprits and shame them in public. Or they usually ban all cameras and smartphones on the set. Period.

Then there are shows which are less strict and the organizers actually want the audience to blog or post photos so they hope that it goes viral. At Chaen-Santy Media we are involved in both official and unofficial “publicity leaks” which bring enormous PRE-show buzz – but of course without any video clip of the show itself. Some “leaked” pre-show photos are very effective in generating traction, publicity, and most importantly viral curiosity for the fans to wait eagerly for the show release.

It’s common practice to have 2-3 “publicity leaks” something similar to Jimmie Kimmel’s pre-Release Date parody on the first meeting between Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne which was also in the Movie Trailer.

There are many wacky creative Pre-show & Post-show Publicity Stunt Magic that Chaen-Santy Media and our Orange Army Social Influencers are famous for.


Published on 5 May 2016.
Updated on 15 May 2016 (12:25 am)


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Robert Chaen

Global CEO-Founder of ChangeU and Movsha Movers & Shakers, Hero-CEO Whisperer, Writer, The #1 Alpha Change Expert, Father of Asian FireWalking Robert Chaen is an International Keynote Speaker, writer, researcher, and corp games designer. He is famously known to be the “Hero-CEO Whisperer”, 1-on1 coaching with many CEOs and Celebrities for corporate strategies, staff & office political issues, personal branding, and even public figure OSHA safety drilling called Drager Defense. He has transformed CEOs and managers in Coca-Cola China, TVB Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airport Services, VADS, TM, Public Bank, Auditor General's Office Maldives, etc. He is the prolific creator and online Author of innovative management tools such as DragonCEO, Diamond Leader, Papillon Personal Effectiveness, OSHA Drager Defense, KPI Bank, etc. He is also the Founder of Movsha, an international networking with monthly mingles with MOVers & SHAkers, Angels, Entrepreneurs, CEOs, Celebrities, HR-PR-CSR, HODs, and the Most Influential IDEA people. ​Chaen is widely considered as one of the top International Platform Keynote Speakers for Resorts World Genting Senior Management Conference (Manila), 7-Eleven HK, Samsung, Coca-Cola China Mini-MBA @Tsing Hua University, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Jockey Club, The Story Conference where he interviewed Datuk Kamarudin (Chairman of AirAsia) and Siti Nurhaliza. He has been widely featured in TVB, AWSJ, CNBC, SCMP, The Star, and Sin Chew. As “The Father of Asian FireWalking”, he coached TVB celebrities (Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin) to walk on 650°C fire; and raised HK$68M in the world’s 1st and only live TV Charity FireWalk (TVB Tung Wah Charity Show), before Tony Robbins even came to Asia. If Robert can get you to walk on 650⁰C fire, he can inspire you to be THE BEST. He champions CN-HK-EU-US Tycoons to be philanthropic, and to be angel investors to support the next generation of Jack Mas, Steve Jobs, Richard Bransons, Steven Spielbergs, or Barrack Obamas. With some slick motivational speakers with fake doctorates out there, graduates often describe Robert to be "the most credible, empowering, truthful Coach" who believe in his graduates to believe in themselves. ​However, clients have described Robert as "The #1 Cool Badass Alpha Change Expert". He has the coolest first class stature, rapport and trust from clients. He will not hesitate to tell the badass truth ever so gently because clients are paying him big bucks to reveal the truth, find solutions, persuade the hostile HODs, and align cross-teams within the organization. Originally based in Hong Kong for 20+ years, he had worked with top Branding/Ad agencies at J Walter Thompson and Leo Burnett, and was a certified FranklinCovey (7 Habits) in USA, and NLP MasterCoach (USA). His warmth is known to soften the most hardened, resistant sceptics. He will inspire your team to Go for Top 1, or to be a Dragon CEO. With boundless energies, Robert owns 15+ successful business Joint-Ventures, and created unique products under his global VC network called Chaen's Angels VC. He is deeply passionate about ChangeUTH Youth CSR, Science-Based Medicine (vs. quackery), short films and Reality TV. Touched by a personal tragedy through the loss of his HK-born Portuguese wife, co-coach and business partner, Brenda José of 18 years, Robert explores the many ways in which the spirit world is communicating with the living with real scientific studies and evidence. He gives inspiring conferences on The Secret Afterlife.

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