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The Good, Bad, and the Ugly: A Manifesto for Storytelling + Virtual Reality

The Good, Bad, and the Ugly: A Manifesto for Storytelling + Virtual Reality | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
“I can’t wait to see the art that people make with this.” Those were the first words from my friend Ryan after spending ten minutes in virtual reality. He’d just... read more
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great piece on what to consider when creating virtual reality stories. In fact, just substitute the word "storytelling" for virtual reality or VR and you've got a fabulous best practices guide for business storytelling.

 

Written by Jason Ganz, CEO at Agora VR, he hits the nail on the head. He offers us all the best ways to think about storytelling and VR, discussing both the upsides and downsides.

 

In our go-go world, it's easy to move so fast we accidentally run over human principles and best practices. This article helps us slow down, think about what we are doing, reconnect with our purpose, get re-inspired, and continue to story on in service to others. "Gotta love that.

 

Keep this handy!

 

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

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The Hero's Journey In Trouble! Time For A New One

The Hero's Journey In Trouble! Time For A New One | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A critical post about the biggest cliche story of all time and suggestions for a new story lines towards a more united e…
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If the link doesn't work above, here's the original link to the article on Medium: https://medium.com/@floriskoot/a-new-heros-journey-cdd8ca77a7d3#.jy0ai2uv3

 

What a refreshing and thought provoking post! The author, Floris Koot, makes a convincing case for updating the hero's journey. He explains how our addiction to the current hero's journey has gotten us into a lot of trouble. Business guru Rosabeth Moss Canter, on the faculty at Harvard Business School, pointed this out many years ago. Her position is that the hero's journey in companies leads to "cowboy heros" who can't effectively lead.

 

Koot makes a similar case, although much more detailed. He then suggests an update to the hero's journey to fit our modern needs. Right on Koot!

 

I am sure this article will make people mad, who make their living off the current hero's journey. Oh well. Time for an upgrade.

 

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

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Marketing Secret: Why real-time storytelling with real-time listening works best

Marketing Secret: Why real-time storytelling with real-time listening works best | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

"To get real-time storytelling right, marketers need to rethink the storytelling process, emphasizing listening first and foremost. Many people, and in particular many marketers, have quite an idealised, romantic concept of the storytelling process."

Karen Dietz's insight:

Happy Monday! Here's what I love about this article: the author understands what real time storytelling is, and that to make it work, marketers must engage in real time listening. Why do this? To accelerate results. 

 

As the author Keith Richey points out, most marketing narratives are created in isolation back at the office. However, "...enduring narratives that are dreamed up in isolation have a hard time changing and responding to what’s happening out there amongst their audiences."

 

So true! The opportunity Richey points out is for marketers to listening and dig into real time conversations/engagement that is happening on social networks/the web and tap into the stories being told. The next step is to respond to the stories being told with ones of your own.

 

Here's what Richey misses, though: he assumes listening to stories is the same as listening to any conversation. But it is not. Story listening requires listening without an agenda (so people feel genuinely heard), and then asking reflective questions of the storyteller to understand meaning, motivation, desires, emotions, etc. Story listening on social media/the web is no different. So maximize the opportunity -- learn to deliberately story listen instead of just winging it. Watch my TEDx talk for the process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahN_FDHFWmg

 

Read all of what Richey has to say and start your story listening now, and make it a great week!

 

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Disastrous Business Storytelling And How to Fix It

Disastrous Business Storytelling And How to Fix It | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

"They're spending a ton of time, money and effort producing videos, blogs and events that no one wants to watch, read or attent. Not only are brands failing to get their messages across, they're being outright ignored."

Karen Dietz's insight:

I've taken a curation break this week while celebrating my birthday (yay!) and am now back in the game. I found this post that had me cheering. Why?

 

Because it speaks truth (most company stories are average at best), amd talks about how easy it is for organizations to kill fabulous stories that people want to hear. In addition, the author points out how it takes leadership courage plus persistence to get those stories out there.

 

Read more about what prevents great stories from being told and how to fix that. There are some great lessons here.

 

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REI's Compelling Storytelling of Customers: Inspirational + Long Form

REI's Compelling Storytelling of Customers: Inspirational + Long Form | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
To celebrate its customers' love of hiking and exploring the outdoors, REI launched Every Trail Connects, a series of three six- to eight-minute videos that tell emotional stories from three of America's hiking trails.
Karen Dietz's insight:

The outdoor retailer REI just launched a new campaign which shows storytelling done right. It's a fabulous expression of brand storytelling combined with sharing stories of customers where they are the heroes.

 

What is even more intriguing is the position REI took about creating these videos: they focused on long-form storytelling instead of quickie snapshots. Each video is about 5-6 minutes long, and I couldn't stop watching them.

 

As the company says, if you've got good content and compelling stories that focus on people's passion, your audience will invest more time in you as a company. In other words, they will read your long form stories, and watch your long form videos.

 

Story on REI!

 

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

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Storytelling, Empathy, and Generosity: Latest Brain Research

Storytelling, Empathy, and Generosity: Latest Brain Research | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Science proves the obvious: If you can put yourself in someone else's shoes, you're more likely to want to help them.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a fascinating article exploring the link between empathy and generosity.

 

Now we've know for awhile that storytelling builds empathy between people, and that building storytelling skills means you are building your empathy muscles.

 

What we haven't yet linked through hard neorscience research was the effect of empathy on generosity to others. Now we have that research and the results.

 

Turns out the link is significant. This article shares the research and findings. Frankly, I'm glad I wasn't a test subject (you'll know why when you read the article).

 

As the researchers state, we now know what areas in the brain are involved in empathy and generosity -- and what happens in the brain when people are stingy. 

 

Read the article to find out more. Story on!

 

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

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6 Inspiring Comback Stories: Converse, Old Spice + More

6 Inspiring Comback Stories: Converse, Old Spice + More | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Check out 6 inspiring stories about brands that made successful comebacks after nearly burning out.

Karen Dietz's insight:

It's Friday and time for some fun. I ran across this article today on 6 companies with inspiring comeback stories. Perfect for weekend reading!

 

It just goes to show that we all have setbacks, and it's possible to overcome the odds. Enjoy and go get 'em!

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Getting Conversions: The Science of Storytelling & Memory

Getting Conversions: The Science of Storytelling & Memory | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Have you ever heard of the “significant objects” project? As a literary & anthropological experiment, Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn wanted to see if they
Karen Dietz's insight:

OK, hands down I love the Men's Wearhouse commercials and that's where I've taken my husband Tim to shop.

 

Now here is an article that explains how they got me there.

 

It's a long and detailed read -- perfect for the weekend. It goes step-by-step into the mechanics of how great storytelling can lead to higher conversions on your website. Important stuff to know!

 

The article also tackles memory formation and learning, and why good storytelling facilitates both. All the points are backed up with scientific research links -- so it's also a good article to keep handy as a shorthand of scholarly works on storytelling.

 

Happy reading, and then using this material to convert sales, whether on your website or elsewhere.

 

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

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Os Ishmael's curator insight, March 18, 7:35 PM

OK, hands down I love the Men's Wearhouse commercials and that's where I've taken my husband Tim to shop.

 

Now here is an article that explains how they got me there.

 

It's a long and detailed read -- perfect for the weekend. It goes step-by-step into the mechanics of how great storytelling can lead to higher conversions on your website. Important stuff to know!

 

The article also tackles memory formation and learning, and why good storytelling facilitates both. All the points are backed up with scientific research links -- so it's also a good article to keep handy as a shorthand of scholarly works on storytelling.

 

Happy reading, and then using this material to convert sales, whether on your website or elsewhere.

 

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

massimo facchinetti's curator insight, March 19, 2:56 AM

OK, hands down I love the Men's Wearhouse commercials and that's where I've taken my husband Tim to shop.


 


 


 


Now here is an article that explains how they got me there.


 


 


 


It's a long and detailed read -- perfect for the weekend. It goes step-by-step into the mechanics of how great storytelling can lead to higher conversions on your website. Important stuff to know!


 


 


 


The article also tackles memory formation and learning, and why good storytelling facilitates both. All the points are backed up with scientific research links -- so it's also a good article to keep handy as a shorthand of scholarly works on storytelling.


 


 


 


Happy reading, and then using this material to convert sales, whether on your website or elsewhere.


 


 


 


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

Ricard Lloria's curator insight, March 19, 10:08 AM

OK, hands down I love the Men's Wearhouse commercials and that's where I've taken my husband Tim to shop.

 

Now here is an article that explains how they got me there.

 

It's a long and detailed read -- perfect for the weekend. It goes step-by-step into the mechanics of how great storytelling can lead to higher conversions on your website. Important stuff to know!

 

The article also tackles memory formation and learning, and why good storytelling facilitates both. All the points are backed up with scientific research links -- so it's also a good article to keep handy as a shorthand of scholarly works on storytelling.

 

Happy reading, and then using this material to convert sales, whether on your website or elsewhere.

 

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

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Why Anthony Bourdain Is Bullish on the Future of Long-Form Digital Storytelling

Why Anthony Bourdain Is Bullish on the Future of Long-Form Digital Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef turned TV show host, believes there's untapped potential with digital media to dive deeper into food and travel stories.  During a South by Southwest Interactive keynote moderated by Nathan Thornburgh, chief editor and publisher at Roads & Kingdoms, Bourdain talked about why he's increasingly in
Karen Dietz's insight:

Hot off the presses from SXSW, Anthony Bourdain talks about the endurance and popularity of long form storytelling. Once again, long form storytelling and its advantages are making the news.

 

Bourdain talks about why he's increasingly interested in finding new ways to tell travel stories through interactive channels, and what viewers are really craving, especially with travel stories.

 

But his points apply to any business, really. Do the deep dive -- tell deeper, longer stories.

 

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

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Melanie Hundley's curator insight, March 17, 1:55 PM

Hot off the presses from SXSW, Anthony Bourdain talks about the endurance and popularity of long form storytelling. Once again, long form storytelling and its advantages are making the news.

 

Bourdain talks about why he's increasingly interested in finding new ways to tell travel stories through interactive channels, and what viewers are really craving, especially with travel stories.

 

But his points apply to any business, really. Do the deep dive -- tell deeper, longer stories.

 

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

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New Project Swaps Google Ads w/ Short Stories

New Project Swaps Google Ads w/ Short Stories | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Matchbook is calling for authors to submit 70-character stories to subvert those hyper-personalized ads in your search sidebar.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Ah -- here's a new development in business storytelling that gives us a glimpse of what the future holds for us!


Matchbook is looking to subvert ads that show up in the Google sidebar by replacing those with stories that act as ads. Wow -- so interesting.


Better yet -- you can submit your story (70 words max) with a chance of getting published. And receive $10 if it is. Check out their website for the rules: http://www.matchbooklitmag.com/guidelines.html


Sounds like fun. Now this will test your skills, too, because the story is so short. But I bet you can do it!


If you come up with one, share it.


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Latest Research: 5 Data-Based Storytelling Trends

Latest Research: 5 Data-Based Storytelling Trends | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Brand Management - Get the scoop on what makes for compelling brand stories, and check out new data on referrals, social media, and sponsored content.

Karen Dietz's insight:
  • Got issues/questions with data storytelling? 
  • Not sure why to do it?
  • Afraid of revealing too much info?
  • Confused about how to do it?


Then this post is for you. Written by Ioana Pelehatai  for MarketingProfs, the author tackles the resistance to data storytelling, what the research tells us about the effectiveness of data storytelling, and the sweet spot between data and emotion.


She repeatedly says throughout the post how most people/marketers/companies are ineffective in their efforts to merge data with storytelling. I agree wholeheartedly. 


I disagree when Pelehatai suggests getting help from sociologists or trained statisticians. Hello......how about getting help from trained business storytellers??!! 


In my book written with Lori Silverman, Business Storytelling For Dummies ,we devote an entire chapter on how to do data storytelling well (Chapter 8). Plus I've curated several great articles on how to improve data storytelling skills.


Dig in here for the latest research and Pelehatai's take on data storytelling. Let's beef up our skills and get better at this in 2016!


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5 Storytelling Techniques For Business Liftoff

5 Storytelling Techniques For Business Liftoff | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Cross-posted from Ishmael’s Corner By Lou Hoffman Storytelling is the new “black” when it comes to business communications. To understand the plight of storytelling, consider READ MORE...
Karen Dietz's insight:

Colleague Lou Hoffman, who specializes in the PR and corporate communications world, has written a great post about the actual practice of using storytelling in the real world.


Hoffman puts the frequency of telling actual stories in business communications at only about 10% -- and he suggests that number is high. That's why he and his company use the framework of storytelling techniques in corporate communications so storytelling can be applied in a more meaningful way in business.


Makes sense to me. And it probably will to you, too. This a great way to put all the storytelling hype into perspective, and Hoffman offers concrete examples of how 5 techniques can assist your business. 


Have a great week and story on!


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Story Impact: The Most (and Least) Empathetic Companies

Story Impact: The Most (and Least) Empathetic Companies | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Corporate empathy leads to high performance.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Over the years I've curated numerous articles on how storytelling builds empathy, and the necessity for doing so in business and leadership success.


Now we have the results of a recent study documenting the business results of increasing empathy. Yahoo!


Some of the names on the list -- and their ranking -- may surprise you. Like Coca-Cola. Or Nike. Who's at the bottom? Abercrombie & Fitch are next to the bottom. You can see last year's index here:

https://hbr.org/2015/01/corporate-empathy-is-not-an-oxymoron


I really like that the methodology Lady Geek used is explained (somewhat) and I tried to find out more. As far as I can tell, it looks solid -- and extensive. Since HBR is publishing the study, I'm going to rely on them.


What does this study mean to us? Get your stories on and build those empathy skills for bigger bottom line results!


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What Makes Stories Go Viral: The Emotional Combinations Formula

What Makes Stories Go Viral: The Emotional Combinations Formula | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A study of 65,000 articles.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Want your content to go viral? Then you've got to read this post.

 

Written by Kerry JonesKelsey Libert, and Kristin Tynski for Harvard Business Review (HBR), this article discusses recent research that nails the formula for creating viral content. The formula parallels with storytelling elements that make for great stories.

 

Yay! As the authors say, "Marketers wanting to increase viral potential can create the ideal configuration of arousal and dominance for reaching a massive audience by incorporating the right emotional combinations into their content."

 

They not only share the research around the formula, they also provide links to great examples to back up their points.

 

Grab this and use it now!

 

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Brand Storytelling: Fiction Isn't Just for Networks Anymore

Brand Storytelling: Fiction Isn't Just for Networks Anymore | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
To get people hooked, you need to tell a great story. Look to engage your core audience through a new medium, like how GE utilized podcasts. Create an engaging storyline that has nothing to do with your services, but still provides entertainment value to millions of people around the world.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This article, written by Adam Fridman, focuses on some innovative storytelling that GE is doing these days.

 

As the author says, "Branded content is ripe for innovation, and that's what GE did with their hit podcast, The Message. Instead of broadcasting reviews about their products and services, General Electric created a science-fiction eight-part series that has garnered over four million downloads since launching. We've seen brands sponsor blog posts and videos across the Internet, but this fictional podcast series is the first of its kind."

 

Read about the results in this quick post, and learn how you can do the same as GE.

 

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

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Selling With Stories: Will Barron interview With Karen Dietz

Full show notes: http://Salesman.Red/107 Karen Dietz joins Will on this episode of the Salesman Podcast to explain the power of story telling in sales. -
Karen Dietz's insight:

Hey everyone,

 

A couple of months ago I was interviewed by sales guru Will Barron over in the UK about increasing sales through storytelling. The interview was published today so I'm thrilled to share it with you.

 

The video is 35 minutes long, and is also available on iTunes for download: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/salesman-podcast-learn-how/id1007344621

 

We had a great time and Will is a terrific interviewer. Enjoy the show and hope you get some great tips :)

 

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Elizabeth Bowden's curator insight, April 26, 2:22 PM
Business stories are used to move people to action. Hollywood stories are only entertaining.
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4 Types Of Startup Stories To Win Investors

4 Types Of Startup Stories To Win Investors | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Investment decisions are supposed to be based on rational analysis. But don't discount the power of a compelling narrative to engage a funder emotionally.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Just yesterday I finished putting together a storytelling program for startups to create their pitch deck. Lots of specific stories are needed in order to create a winning pitch to venture capitalists.

 

Then today this post pops up on my screen. Talk about serendipity! What I like about the article are the 4 story types that a startup can take. Each startup story is unique, yet typically falls into one of these 4 story types.

 

What I don't like about the article is that the original title is "4 Keys To Crafting A Winning Startup Story". It sounds like you are going to get tips for crafting your startup story. The article isn't about that, but it does lay out the 4 types very well.

 

If your are struggling with your startup story, this post will definitely help you. Which story type fits you best?

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 19, 6:18 PM

Packaging your #funding request is not just about numbers. You're dealing with humans who have emotions. Tell a great #story.

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Marketing Success: The Power Of Storytelling

Marketing Success: The Power Of Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Storytelling is more than just our most fundamental communication method - it also has several psychological superpowers when it comes to your marketing.
Karen Dietz's insight:

At first I thought this article was just going to be the same-old-same-old stuff on why storytelling is important in marketing. Yawn. Been there. Done that.

 

But as I scanned the post I said, "Hey, I love the visuals! And the points made are different than I expected. Yay!"

 

So here it is. I particularly like the points about Value and Memory. Really nice.

 

Enjoy this article.

 

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Website Storytelling: 3 Essential Stories You Need to Attract Customers

Website Storytelling: 3 Essential Stories You Need to Attract Customers | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Sell your product or service using the most personal story you've got.

Karen Dietz's insight:

Love this -- it's short, sweet, and to the point. And the author, Judy Carter, has a great way of writing -- pithy and visual. It's a good combo.

 

Her points are valid. Add these 3 stories to your website and you'll be way ahead of the game. She's got good examples to share.

 

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

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Bobby Dillard's curator insight, March 28, 8:01 PM

Love this -- it's short, sweet, and to the point. And the author, Judy Carter, has a great way of writing -- pithy and visual. It's a good combo.

 

Her points are valid. Add these 3 stories to your website and you'll be way ahead of the game. She's got good examples to share.

 

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

Constance Jones Collier's curator insight, March 28, 8:37 PM

Love this -- it's short, sweet, and to the point. And the author, Judy Carter, has a great way of writing -- pithy and visual. It's a good combo.

 

Her points are valid. Add these 3 stories to your website and you'll be way ahead of the game. She's got good examples to share.

 

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

SENAME Interactive's curator insight, March 28, 11:57 PM

Love this -- it's short, sweet, and to the point. And the author, Judy Carter, has a great way of writing -- pithy and visual. It's a good combo.

 

Her points are valid. Add these 3 stories to your website and you'll be way ahead of the game. She's got good examples to share.

 

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

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Creating WOW! Experiences That Generate Stories

Creating WOW! Experiences That Generate Stories | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
The little girl was horrified when she realized the implications of what just happened.

She had just lost her tooth by the pool on vacation.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This post, written by biz story colleague David Lee, shares exactly how the Ritz Carlton creates amazing customer experiences that generate word of mouth stories for them.

 

Lee shares the story of a family and the extra mile the Ritz Carlton staff took to make a little girl's day.

 

It's a great story. When I asked David how the staff became aware of the little girl's situation, he said a staff member overheard how worried the girl was about the Tooth Fairy finding her.

 

What does this mean? It means that Ritz Carlton staff are constantly on the lookout for situations where they can create a WOW! experience that customers will keep telling stories about.

 

You can do this too. Thanks for the example David!

 

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

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John van den Brink's curator insight, March 24, 3:14 PM

This post, written by biz story colleague David Lee, shares exactly how the Ritz Carlton creates amazing customer experiences that generate word of mouth stories for them.

 

Lee shares the story of a family and the extra mile the Ritz Carlton staff took to make a little girl's day.

 

It's a great story. When I asked David how the staff became aware of the little girl's situation, he said a staff member overheard how worried the girl was about the Tooth Fairy finding her.

 

What does this mean? It means that Ritz Carlton staff are constantly on the lookout for situations where they can create a WOW! experience that customers will keep telling stories about.

 

You can do this too. Thanks for the example David!

 

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

Ricard Lloria's curator insight, March 25, 5:41 AM

This post, written by biz story colleague David Lee, shares exactly how the Ritz Carlton creates amazing customer experiences that generate word of mouth stories for them.

 

Lee shares the story of a family and the extra mile the Ritz Carlton staff took to make a little girl's day.

 

It's a great story. When I asked David how the staff became aware of the little girl's situation, he said a staff member overheard how worried the girl was about the Tooth Fairy finding her.

 

What does this mean? It means that Ritz Carlton staff are constantly on the lookout for situations where they can create a WOW! experience that customers will keep telling stories about.

 

You can do this too. Thanks for the example David!

 

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

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Patagonia: What's Been Learned From Mixing Storytelling + Activism

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Campaigns and Advocacy Director Hans Cole talks about the new doc Jumbo Wild, how the New Localism strategy is evolving, and more.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a fascinating article on specific storytelling strategies Patagonia has been using in its marketing and activism that is really paying off.

 

They are focusing on strategies like "New Localism" and internal nimbleness. And really leveraging the stories of their Ambassadors (i.e., not company stories).

 

This is great stuff and they are really on a roll. There are lessons here for all of us. What insights from the article can you adopt for your business to accelerate your success?

 

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

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Telling Prospects You're Great Without Sounding Like Donald Trump: 4 Storytelling Ways

Telling Prospects You're Great Without Sounding Like Donald Trump: 4 Storytelling Ways | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Inspiring confidence in your ability is fundamental to entrepreneurial success but narcissism is seldom the way to do it.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This post for Entrepreneur Magazine by author Kimanzi Constable shares 4 very effective ways to focus your stories so you don't sound like a braggart, or arrogant. 

 

Sounding arrogant or like you are bragging is the #1 concern of all storytellers -- even me after all these years.

 

All 4 ways Constable offers us are right on. This is a quick read that makes tons of sense, and will help you be more confident in your storytelling, no matter what.

 

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

 

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oconnorandkelly's curator insight, March 7, 12:52 PM

This post for Entrepreneur Magazine by author Kimanzi Constable shares 4 very effective ways to focus your stories so you don't sound like a braggart, or arrogant. 

 

Sounding arrogant or like you are bragging is the #1 concern of all storytellers -- even me after all these years.

 

All 4 ways Constable offers us are right on. This is a quick read that makes tons of sense, and will help you be more confident in your storytelling, no matter what.

 

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

 

malek's curator insight, March 7, 7:37 PM

This post for Entrepreneur Magazine by author Kimanzi Constable shares 4 very effective ways to focus your stories so you don't sound like a braggart, or arrogant. 

 

Sounding arrogant or like you are bragging is the #1 concern of all storytellers -- even me after all these years.

 

All 4 ways Constable offers us are right on. This is a quick read that makes tons of sense, and will help you be more confident in your storytelling, no matter what.

 

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

 

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Telling Your Story: 5 Ways To Add Compelling Visuals to Your Content

Telling Your Story: 5 Ways To Add Compelling Visuals to Your Content | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Do you remember when great content marketing meant your copy was properly optimized for search engines so your customers could find you when searching? Tod
Karen Dietz's insight:

In this post you will find 5 solid ideas and tips for adding visuals to your storytelling and content. Written by Ashley Zeckman, a Director at TopRank Online Marketing, the article includes great examples for each idea/tip. 


We know visual storytelling is becoming even more critical than ever. Visuals increase traffic and shares. And engagement. So if you are looking for new ideas for how to tell your story with more visuals, you will enjoy this post.


Some of these ideas/tips you might not have thought of, which is why I like them. I know you will find at least one -- if not more -- to use in  your business.


Story on!


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

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15 Storytelling Techniques Everyone Should Know

15 Storytelling Techniques Everyone Should Know | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Storytelling techniques any marketer can use to tell a brand story.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This is a good post that covers lots of ground. I like that the author, Mydee Lasquite, starts out by emphasizing the need to prepare your story before doing anything else. What does she mean by preparation? Understanding your motivations, along with knowing a lot about your audience.


Lasquite continues with a through list. She's writing for content marketers (aren't we all one of those?) but anyone can benefit from her advice. When she gets to archetypes, however, of the 5 listed only 1 is an archetype. The rest are plot lines/story types. The best resource for using archetypes in marketing/branding is Margaret Mark and Carol Pearson's book "The Outlaw and the Hero: Building Extraordinary Brands Through The Power of Archetypes".


Scroll through the Lasquite's list and pick up some tips in each. Since it's the end of the year, it's a perfect time to read this and start honing/upgrading your stories for 2016.


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

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5 Types of Storied Content Marketing for 2016

5 Types of Storied Content Marketing for 2016 | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

In this brave new world of content marketing overload, the brands who will succeed in 2016 are the ones who tell the most interesting stories using the most innovative formats. These 5 types of content can help you connect with your audience in new ways that keep them engaged.

 

What other content types would you add to the list to try in 2016? Tell me in the comments before you go. For even more content marketing tips, check out our Brand Storytelling & Technology interactive experience....


Via Jeff Domansky, Andrea Rossi
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great list! All 5 ideas are fabulous ways to tell your stories in 2016. 


Live streaming video is on the list and my only caution is that you'll have to stay conscious and work hard to actually share stories on these platforms. But it's do-able! For example, on Blab it's easy to have a conversation that's all thoughts and opinions. To be really engaging and impactful -- share stories to convey your thinking! Otherwise we're just pontificating.


OK -- 'nuff said. Check out the list and and the links. Then add these 5 story options into your content marketing publishing plan for 2016. You'll be glad you did!


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

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 4, 2015 1:11 AM

Find out which up-and-coming content types you should be testing in 2016 for your content program.

2DiFore Marketing Solutions's curator insight, December 23, 2015 7:50 AM

It's almost here, it's almost here.......2016! As you wind down for the Christmas holiday break take a moment to read through this quick article on how to make your brand stand out in 2016. 


We wish a wonderful Christmas and a very prosperous New Year!


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Art Jones's curator insight, December 23, 2015 4:40 PM

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