1st law of content: It's con. Not cun.
2nd law of content: There is going to be no more than 5% overlap between the actual idea and the final execution.
3rd law of content: The brief will always include an un-achievable. Eg: We want to make a 3 minute creative to go viral on Instagram.
4th law of content: Everyone you show a video to will immediately have a better idea on what the video should have been on, even though you're only asking for feedback.
5th law of content: Every idea is a shit idea until it goes viral when it's proved that it was always their idea.
6th law of content: No content will pass the test unless 70% of it is the client's logo.
Post this, I threw it open to the crowd, so here are the curated additions to the list:
7th law of content: The client will always want the Red Bull space jump in a Maruti 800 budget.
7th law corollary: Whatever needs a CD, can and will be done by an intern (preferably for free).
8th law of content: The 'quirkiness' of the final concept will be inversely proportional to the number of times the words 'edgy' and 'innovative' were said during the briefing.
9th law of content: No hashtag = No approval (even for a print ad)
10th law of content: If the CEO didn't see it on his FB feed, it didn't work.
You got any more?
(The author is Senior Manager, Digital Marketing, at Kellogg's India. Views expressed are personal).