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Story and Brand Is a Way of Being: 5 Secrets To Engage Consumers via Karen Dietz

Story and Brand Is a Way of Being: 5 Secrets To Engage Consumers via Karen Dietz | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
This new class of shoppers cares about style, status, and doing right by the planet. Here's how to reach them.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 26, 11:10 AM

This article by Mitch Baranowski and Raphael Bemporad is all about the extent of aspirational consumers and how to reach them. This has huge implications for both branding and storytelling -- because they are the largest consumer segment globally.


What is the biggest implication? Branding is not a tool for marketing. Storytelling is not a tool for branding. Instead, both are ways of being. As the authors say, "What’s new here is that Aspirationals don’t want flat, empty statements conveyed in slick ad campaigns. They want brands to embody a deeper purpose." The authors provide links to research plus provide examples.


Storytelling is the way to communicate deeper purpose, vision, values, and beliefs. Story is the way these come alive. Story is the way companies embody them -- it's the ability to walk your talk.


That being said, the 5 ways offered here to engage aspirational consumers all involve storytelling -- your stories give them something to believe in, build a shared story they want to belong to, you can share their stories as a way to amplify their voices plus give them social status, and the body of stories forms a platform for action. 


So get your story on and connect better with this increasingly powerful consumer segment that is only going to grow.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Halima Ozimova's curator insight, May 26, 8:20 PM

насчет образовательных продуктов / услуг?!

Mercedes Jahn's curator insight, May 27, 3:49 PM

Tips day..

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6 Things Making Stories Go Viral--Will they Amaze or Infuriate You?

6 Things Making Stories Go Viral--Will they Amaze or Infuriate You? | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

"When Jonah Berger was a graduate student at Stanford, in the early aughts, he would make a habit of reading page A2 of the Wall Street Journal, which included a list of the five most-read and the five most-shared articles of the day. “I’d go down to the library and surreptitiously cut out that page,” he recalls. “I noticed that what was read and what was shared was often different, and I wondered why that would be.” What was it about a piece of content—an article, a picture, a video—that took it from simply interesting to interesting and shareable? What pushes someone not only to read a story but to pass it on?"


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APIntd's curator insight, March 10, 1:42 PM

Une (petite) leçon à garder en tête pour la diffusion d'information

Jody MacPherson's curator insight, March 10, 2:36 PM

I think this sums up social media quite nicely:

"The irony, of course, is that the more data we mine, and the closer we come to determining a precise calculus of sharing, the less likely it will be for what we know to remain true. "


Welcome to reality. 

Atul's curator insight, March 27, 3:54 AM

Good Read

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How To Leverage the Science of Relationships to Gain True Influence

How To Leverage the Science of Relationships to Gain True Influence | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
If you define influence by the size of your Klout score, you can stop reading this right now. If you believe influence is driven by the creation of a re

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Caroline Price's comment, July 16, 2013 2:59 AM
yes...some people are worthy of respect; others less so...
Therese Matthys's comment, July 16, 2013 9:34 AM
Caroline - so true!
Philippe Trebaul's comment, September 9, 2013 8:48 AM
You're all totally true. I really agree with you. I would add that "followers" are (normally, except for fake profiles...) persons. And persons MUST be respected. I agree too with you, Sigrid, concerning the fact that influence could be better mesured by interactions. Thx a lot for your reactions. It's very kind from you! Have a great week. Best regards :) Philippe
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How to Really Understand Someone Else's Point of View

How to Really Understand Someone Else's Point of View | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
It's a necessary prerequisite for persuasion. (Good post on how to understand another's point of view.

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SooJin-Stella Lee's comment, April 30, 2013 4:08 AM
Thank you ^^ I definitely need these sort of information. And I learend lots of things from your strategies to do well in scoop.it.
Karen Dietz's comment, April 30, 2013 8:47 AM
My pleasure Soo-Jin. Keep up the good work!
Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, May 2, 2013 1:24 PM

Put yourself in the other person's shoes.

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Tell Me a Story -- 8 Tips for Powerful Narratives That Drive Social Impact

Tell Me a Story -- 8 Tips for Powerful Narratives That Drive Social Impact | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

Recently, everywhere I go, people ask me how to tell a more effective story. Advocates, colleagues, and clients observe that the organizations that achieve policy goals, get transformative grants, or seize the market’s interest are the ones that 1) have the resources to disseminate their story, and 2) just tell the better story. I would argue that the real winners are the organizations that actually manage to tell a story at all.


What a great article by Eric Friedenwald-Fishman for Stanford Social Innovation Review.


I like that he immediately identifies that many organizations, when they think they are telling a story, actually are not. So so true.


I also like that he mentions that organizations who do manage to tell a story well, also spend the resources needed to disseminate it. Too many businesses forget this essential piece.


The 8 tips he shares that create a powerful story that moves people to action are solid. What is unique is his tip The Power of the People -- where he advocates "Amplifying the voices of the people most affected by an issue increases the story’s authenticity and relevance. Including quotes, testimonials, eyewitness accounts, and personal narrative makes the story more interesting."  This point is often unrecognized in org story circles.


All in all, I like how Eric languages these tips -- many will be familiar to you, but hearing them in a new way always opens our minds to new insights or ideas.


In the end, the author asks how to put these tips to good use. He offers 4 questions to get us started that again, are different than what you typically read.


Enjoy this piece!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 


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Who Do You Want Your Customers to Become? A better biz story

Who Do You Want Your Customers to Become? A better biz story | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
Right answers to wrong questions virtually guarantee failure. Innovators betting on "out of the box" thinking or "faster, better, cheaper" innovation paradigms for success all too frequently find themselves — and their customers — disappointed.


Hey folks -- this is a pivotal article about biz storytelling. Why??


Because it addresses the most neglected aspect of effective business storytelling -- the story about the future that you and your customers/clients are creating together.


What I love about this article is its twist -- the level of biz storytelling these days is mostly focused on how to authentically share stories about your products/services, people, or founding to capture the hearts and minds of propsects and build loyal customers. That is OK as far as it goes.


But there could be more. Way more.


Instead of asking, "What do our customers want [and how do I share a story about that]?" how about asking, "What do our customers want to become [and what is the story I can share about that]?" What a fundamentally different -- and better -- question!


Org story advice for crafting 'Future Stories' is typically "Write a newspaper article about your company 5 years from now & the awards you are receivng" or some such version of that. Not bad. But there could be more -- way more.


When we start asking ourselves the questions posed in this article, whole new worlds start opening up. 'Future stories' are really about the future we are creating together with our customers/clients -- it is the call to be part of something bigger than ourselves.


Go read this article -- quickly! You will be glad you did because it will get you to fundamentally shift how you think about and share about your business, and the stories you tell about it.


And if you need a really great example of a company doing this, then check out this latest Nike video. 

http://www.cbssports.com/olympics/blog/eye-on-olympics/19654085/video-nikes-new-olympics-ad-greatness-is-for-all-of-us 


And if you want to review a written form of this, then check out my Manifesto on my website. The Manifesto is still a work in progress, but you will get the idea. http://www.juststoryit.com/FutureStory 


Enjoy this short article -- its insights, questions, and a different kind of conversation we can have about business storytelling.


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How to Create and Grow Your Influence on a Global Social Web | Jeffbullas's Blog

How to Create and Grow Your Influence on a Global Social Web | Jeffbullas's Blog | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
We are living in a world where influence is migrating from offline to online.

 

The ability to influence is also moving from local to global. Its reach is also transitioning to mobile devices.

 

Reputation and influence can now be gained faster and reach further than in any other time in history.

 

One definition of Influence is “the capacity to have an effect on the character, development or behavior of someone or something”

 

To be truly successful you must have the ability and power to influence.

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/IW8qye


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John van den Brink's comment, April 27, 2012 1:38 PM
Martin, thank you for this one!
Martin Gysler's comment, April 27, 2012 1:52 PM
You're welcome John. Indeed, Jeff Bullas blog is full with very interesting stuff.
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Seeds of Powerful Stories: 30 Powerful Quotes on Failure

Seeds of Powerful Stories: 30 Powerful Quotes on Failure | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
Whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to building our dreams. Here are 30 quotes that will hopefully inspire you to look at failure differently.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 15, 4:31 PM

What is one of the most powerful leadership/business stories you can share? Yep -- stories of failures, mistakes, and disasters.


Yet they rarely get told in our perfectionist society. Oh to admit we screwed up! Yet sharing stories of your failures humanizes you like no other story. On hearing a mistake story, every listener will say to themselves, "Whew, if he/she can admit to screwing up, so can I." or "Wow, it's not fatal if I make a mistake -- and I'll also learn something valuable in the process."


So take heart -- use these quotes to build your confidence and start sharing a few of your failure stories. They are a good shot in the arm. And thank you to author Ekaterina Walter for putting these quotes together to share with us all.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Abdou Sani Boukari's curator insight, April 16, 11:57 AM

The easiest thing to do is " to find fault with others". The most difficult is “give thanks always for all things.”

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Get more motivational quotes here http://www.thequotes.net/

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What is Influence Marketing and Why is it So Important to Your Business

What is Influence Marketing and Why is it So Important to Your Business | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
The reason people say, "it's not what you know, it's who you know" is that human relationships are essential for getting things done. P

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janlgordon's comment, November 15, 2013 12:41 PM
John van den Brink, Thank you!
Kimberley Vico's curator insight, November 27, 2013 3:39 PM

Your definition to Influence Marketing...!

internetdoctor's curator insight, March 7, 6:35 AM

This is a bit of an over-simplification when it comes to influencers and marketing.  Identification of the influencer is an extremely difficult task, but getting the influencer to influence for you and your business...ahhh...that may friends is the "Holy Grail".  

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How Social Media Impacts SEO and Site Ranking: infographic

How Social Media Impacts SEO and Site Ranking: infographic | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

Search engine optimization has not been dependent on a minimal number of factors for a long time now, such as number of times a keyword appeared on a page, and it continues to become a more complex web of on and off-page factors every month. One of the more recent factors that has had an impact on search ranking is social media.


This infographic breaks down ways that social media influences the visibility of your website in search results, including:

 

Social media can help search engines find and index your content faster Likes, shares, retweets, etc. indicates to search engine that content is new and interesting, often leading to a temporary increase in rankingsYour content will increase in search results for people connected to youIncreases domain authority and the number of inbound links to your website


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Jayne Courts's comment, May 22, 2013 12:54 AM
Venkatesh - if I am able I give my site as much media support as I can. As a social media trainer I need to 'try out' media before I can teach others to use it and give an insight into which is useful and which is not. So I tend to put my site and what I am doing out on the various social media platforms at least twice a day - I don't over emphasise my site because that can be counter productive (people switch off if all they see from you is self-promotion) and so it is keeping your presence alive but not switching off potential clients by constant ME, ME, ME. I perform both SEO services and social media training for others (see - just a bit of self promotion LOL)
Michelle Gilstrap's curator insight, May 22, 2013 9:18 AM

SEO and Social Media why it works and how it helps your ranking. Excellent infograpic.

Stephanie Smetana's curator insight, July 9, 2013 4:17 PM

This infographic is a great way to depict many of the articles I've previously pointed out that cover SEO and social media. It is almost easier to explain the relationship in an image format, especially for those who don't have a background in SEO.

 

There are many other factors that go into how much social media truly affects SEO, so there is more to be explained after this. But this is a great introductory image. It also emphasizes the speed with which social media makes an impact.

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10 Tips to Help You Make an Impact with Your Story - Giving Voice to Your Story

10 Tips to Help You Make an Impact with Your Story - Giving Voice to Your Story | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

"To truly give voice to your story in a way that feels right for yourself and your business, you need the following ingredients which if you’ll notice, these tips can also be adapted to help you live a more fulfilling and happier life:"


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 19, 2012 12:21 PM

I LOVE this list -- because it is totally different than what you might expect from yet another article with a storytelling list!


Here the author Dorit Sasson focuses on YOUR relationship with the story you want to tell -- and how to get emotionally clear about it before you ever tell it.


Now why in the heck is this important? Because stories are all about conveying emotion and engaging emotions along the way to delivering a key message and meaning.


But if you are not clear about your emotional connection to the story, chances are you will flop when sharing it. You won't connect to your audience. 


So go grab this list. Check off what you can. Work on what you need to. Get way better at storytelling.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

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What's the Real Truth About Social Scoring and Peer Influence?

What's the Real Truth About Social Scoring and Peer Influence? | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Geoff Livingston.  In today's online world social scoring systems like the new Klout matter, unfortunately. For example, some jobs are tied to scores now


 What's The real truth?  


When real researchers parse influence: they found true influence comes from those who are closest to us in our on and offline social networks, our peers".


As the old adage goes, "You are who you hang out with".


**Peer pressure influences us more than a person with a high Klout score. It's when peers start discussing an idean en masse that they feel safe in discussion that often leads to action.


What about the influencer, the big time blogger you ask?


**they may be communication channel for ideas, and their take on those ideas can sway loyalisst fans who serve as peers.


**Generally, their writings serve as a credibility point for readers, just like Consumer Reports and nothing more


**True meaningful interactions beyond social platitudes don't scale after a certain point.


**Dunbar's theory which states that an individual can only sustain stable social relationships with a community of approximately 150 people.


**Applied, it’s not that a person can’t have more friends than 150, but the more relationships someone maintains they become increasingly superficial.


We choose to be Influenced


**By choosing our friends, we're also choosing to be influenced by their ideas, beliefs and behavior systems. Often their ideals are close to or similar to ours before we spend time together


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Read article and see video here: [http://bit.ly/NW7OMt]


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Karin Sebelin's comment, August 21, 2012 7:21 PM
".......but the more relationships someone maintains they become increasingly superficial."

Interesting to think about - thank you!
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35 Smart Social Media Business & Consumer Insights from @BrianSolis

35 Smart Social Media Business & Consumer Insights from @BrianSolis | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
Engage or Die 1. Our opportunity with social media is to do something more meaningful than just marketing. 2. Social media is not here to save you.


I counted at least 12 of these 35 tips about storytelling or story elements in the quick scan I did. There are probably even more if I studied them closely.


So here is another reality check this week :). Read these 35 insights and see how you rank. 


All are important. Som eof the onese about stories/story elements are : co-creation (#34), context (#31), bridging (#24), people (#18), and community (#9).


How many more can you find? Are there more than the 12 I found? Let me know!


Have fun. Get better :)


Read the full article here: http://www.toprankblog.com/2011/06/social-business-smarts-brian-solis/ 


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