They Watch You

People Watching People

Thrillumentary is a Made Up Word

The term “Thrillumentary” was originated as a way to describe a new genre of entertainment which was a combination of a documentation of real life crime, with the idea of a thriller. The category is now called “True Crime” and it is very popular. Both descriptions were originated as a part of a process to reach an audience.

People Watching People is Big Business

Entertainment companies will go through a lot to find a niche audience. And are willing to do anything they need to, to get those spectators. But Thrillumentary and True Crime are not the only ones tapping into a digital audience that will be receptive to their offer because because they like thrilumentaries and true crime.

Are You Aware of How Much of Yourself You are Giving Away to Mega Corps?

In fact, there are many businesses, from small to big corporations, that pursue and purchase specific audiences, that you may be a part of, without even knowing it. You and extremely private things are being sold to, again and again, to the highest bidder. This process involves much private information about you and the target demographic your unwittingly are a part of.

What is the “Method How” that They Use to Get Information About You?

Former magician, filmmaker and marketer Yianni Stamas focuses on the topic on his site today having a “Method How” to do something. But the use of the “Method How” to do something that he talks about is as applies to magic tricks. But the “Method How” we are bring up is wondering how big business get all that information about you so they can track you and offer you things to buy. That is quite a magic trick.

How do the Big Corporations Get all that Information About You?

But what is the secret? How do they get much of that info about you? The answer is quite simple, “you.” You give it to them. You give it up freely for joining a social media site, search engine and other web locations connected to the big brands.

Every Day they Control Much of What You See Online

Yes, you are being sold every day to thousands and thousands of corporations, even to small businesses. Who you are and who you are sold to, along with other individuals generates collectively billions and billions of dollars. And many of the companies you are sold to are buying a bundle that contains your info as well as others. This frequently occurs through the purchase of a search or social ad.

You Are Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

This means the antitheses of the claims that big business is interested in helping you keep your privacy, that your privacy is very important to them. And of course when you are in the process of signing off on agreements with search engines and social media, If you are like many people, you do not adequately look at the fine print. Your information is the price you pay for getting an email on a search engine, or to join a social media platform. And once they have your private information that you have given in the trade, big corporations sell your information to the highest advertising bidder.

Are You Comfortable with This?

An audience is an important part of many kinds of businesses in a variety different industries. You are a product. You are bought and sold. Is this okay with you? Is signing away your privacy okay with you? Do you think, “Well everyone is doing it so it must be okay?”

Using Strategies Learned from the Thrillumentary Process, there is a New Venture that Could Lead to Unique Promotional Methods


How the Blog Thrillumentary Got Us Thinking About Less Expensive Ways to Promote Yourself and Your Business

New Venture Can’t Talk About Unless it is a Go

We are currently putting together an educational product that may never see the light of day. This is because we are in a development phase of putting together a game plan for a venture that is semi top secret at this very moment. In reality, there is really no point to getting into what the about and how it can be used online until it goes live if that even happens.

A Promoting Issue You May Have Too

Our thinking is this. Social Media and Search Engine ads have skyrocketed through the roof. And when you add to that, that this approach does not always work, it can be eye opening.

The Problem

Many business people just like you are looking for a solution to this problem. The out of pocket pricing is just too steep. They wonder if it is possible to not always have to resort to ads?

Discovering Processes

Our answer is “yes” and here is why. Over the years we have done Thrillumentary experiments in one form or the other. Each experiment had its own filmmaking discovery process.

Quality Music Produced with Bare Bones

In one incarnation, an entire album’s worth of songs of a high level of quality were done for a small fraction of what they would have cost to produce in any other context. This got us thinking. If we are able to do song recordings for low or no cost, could businesses have a similar low or no cost approach to promoting their businesses?

Facing Challenges

The answer is a resounding “yes.” And hence we started creating an eventual digital online education product entitled “Campaigns without Ads.” Again, we are still not sure we feel that we are ready to launch this and other digital products. But, that said, this could be useful for helping small businesses owners who are experiencing major challenges due to COVID and other current issues.

It is Important to Support Small Businesses Regardless of Your Community

Keep your eyes on this blog, as well as others from the Blog Coalition of 59 or so blogs. If you are a small business owner, we will not forget you!

To Make Art or Not to Make Art?

Call To Action

Filmmaking, including the “Thrillumentary” style, can be a great tool for marketing and there is no reason to feel bad about using it. I know I, in my previous life as a filmmaker, would have feelings of guilt whenever I would use the medium to generate responses in an audience, especially if the result intended was to make those watching purchase a product or service.

Evil Media?

I know the concept of the “evils of advertising” doesn’t resonate with all of you reading this. In my case I had this belief for a long time because my hippie parents told me so. Especially my my mother who, before remotes, had a volume on and off plug in device built for our TV. She She also had made a box-like structure that the television would sit in, with curtains that could be closed so between viewings we would not think about media.

Action of Various Kinds

And now all these years later I am ironically a media marketer, not so much of social media, but of the creative mediums that come together for the purpose of entertaining an audience culminating in a call to action to buy something or take some kind of action of various kinds.

All in Good Taste?

My former hippie parents ultimately changed their tune. My father before he passed away, encouraged me to become a used car salesman while my PHD mother, who is still living, likes the idea of using media to to prompt someone to do something. Such as getting more students for the spiritual classes she teaches. All in good taste of course.

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