As brand storytellers we’re trying to engage consumers and convince them to buy our products. Yes, that’s the bottom line goal. The challenge (and most often, failure) of brand storytelling is that we rely on flash, but not on resonance .
Instagram has released a video showcasing how brands can use carousel ads for storytelling on the platform. It’s a fascinating insight into how leading creatives work, and how they approach Instagram for advertising purposes.
The human attention span is supposedly getting shorter. Shorter, even, than that of a goldfish. Marketers are looking for ways to capture their audience’s attention as quickly as eight seconds (a goldfish can concentrate for nine seconds). The answer to this dilemma might be visual storytelling.
Transmedia storytelling is a process that requires a team of people, specialized skillsets and a great communication plan. With the help of our rich media producer, I've created a fun infographic that shows how the SAS Best Practices team works together to tell our stories. It's our village.
Storytelling is as old as humankind. Perhaps the first glimpse of it is seen in ancient hieroglyphics, stories depicted as pictures on walls. Fast forward to today and what would a campfire be without friends sitting around telling stories? We like stories because we can relate to them, w e see ourselves or people we know in them. It shows us that we aren’t all as different as we may appear.
Do you know what makes someone a great storyteller? I believe we all have the ability to deliver inspiring, thought-provoking stories, but without this one key technique, you may not accomplish what you set out to do.
Creative story telling is important in an effective direct response marketing campaign. If you're doing a direct mail piece, you want to lead with a conversational opening piece, move gently into a heart-grabbing story, tie- in some proof with more stories, benefits and things that motivate people to buy, and then you close with a call to action and the direct response you want the prospective client to take.
In February this year, New York-based DJ Thomas Rodriguez was told his dog, Poh, had a terminal condition. Rodriguez then took Poh on a seven week journey across America so he could see as much of the world as possible before his time came to an end. Poh's journey underlines the power of social media as a storytelling platform, and the importance of understanding the true strength of the medium - connection.
Storytelling is one of the things that we enjoyed the most when we were children. Our favorite stories took us to different places, let us experience new things and taught us about the people and world outside of our own homes and towns. A lot of people today, even adults, are hungry for good stories. Stories of hope, success, kindness and doing the impossible are some of the most common topics of stories that go viral on social media. Facebook has become the prime platform for people to share their own stories, as well as to share stories from others, that they think their friends will be able to relate to, will find humorous or inspirational, or just provide a nice break from the day-to-day of life.
What happens when you get lost in a city filled with brands and the only one you’re looking for is the one you can’t find? Do you give up? Why is the find so important? Obviously it’s more than brand recognition. A brand's story is what creates advocacy and solidifies loyalty.