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What is TMI + Is This The Future Of Story Branding?

What is TMI + Is This The Future Of Story Branding? | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
"You cannot get away with bullshit anymore," says Landor chief strategy officer Thomas Ordahl. Enter TMI.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This is a great post about issues encountered when creating authentic + transparent Core Stories and Back Stories for growing your business.


The premise of the article focuses on TMI -- as in "too much information" that is becoming the cornerstone of effective marketing today. 


Of course, as we know, producing vast amounts of content doesn't automatically generate sales. It has to be really valuable content that both educates and entertains. And well crafted stories are the foundation creating awesome content.


I like this article because it proposes a Venn diagram of transparency and romance to help us craft compelling stories. And the author, Mark Wilson, gives good examples to illustrate his point. He then poses the question, "But what about when authenticity and romance don't mix?" Think McDonalds sharing their back story of how it makes it McRibs (makes me shudder). 


Wilson makes good points, shares examples, suggests how the future of branding is going to keep changing, and the implications for us all. Enjoy the read.


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Time To Get With It: How Inside-Out Marketing is 21st Century Marketing

Time To Get With It: How Inside-Out Marketing is 21st Century Marketing | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Inside-out marketing reframes marketing theory as we know it.
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Article Link: http://bit.ly/1uceeJp 


Here's a terrific article by colleague Jim Signorelli, author of StoryBranding 2.0, that sets old-school marketing on its head, and brings us all into the 21st Century.


What is inside-out marketing? It's the opposite of "Let's push our messages out there." 


Learn more about this total reframe for marketing. Let's get with the program that guards against failure by leveraging authenticity and passion.


Don't leave home without inside-out marketing, and don't leave home without a story.


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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, November 20, 11:12 AM

To understand the power of story telling please read this article.  There is some great insights here. Thanks to Karen for sharing it initially.

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Infographic -- The Science of Storytelling Visually Explained

Infographic -- The Science of Storytelling Visually Explained | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
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Article Link: http://bit.ly/1wyWdqD 


Here is a quick of infographic about why storytelling works. It's perfect for a Friday when were trying to finish up the week and had out of the office for the weekend.


I also like that this piece is geared towards marketing and marketers. Just last night over drinks with a few women executives, a high powered agency account manager was lamenting how many of her clients just don't get the importance of storytelling. I'm sending her the link to this infographic today. Maybe this will help make a difference!


Use these statistics whenever you need to, or share this piece to make your point about how powerful storytelling is.


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Art Jones's curator insight, November 16, 10:13 AM

Finding this information in infographic format makes lots of good info available to us in one place.

Audrey's curator insight, November 19, 3:03 PM

Storytelling is very helpful in education.  Students can make up their own stories in most subjects  to enhance learning.  Why? It involves emotions, critical thinking and evaluation.  

 

Have a look at www.hotmoodle.com 

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Track Your Customer's Stories: VideoGenie Becomes Storybox

Track Your Customer's Stories: VideoGenie Becomes Storybox | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
If there’s one thing that is absolutely true about the Internet, it’s that there are a whole lot of people on it. Pretty much everyone, actually. Within that massive subset, there are a whole lot of people using just about every product under the sun. Not only are they using them, they are tweeting
Karen Dietz's insight:

Is this creepy? Is it just marketing hype or a cool tool? Is it big data run amok? Or is 'story' now the most popular word to use when marketing products? I am really not too sure what to think about this latest development.


This article is about VideoGenie, which has transformed itself into Storybox. What's that? Storybox tracks a company's customers and their interactions with that brand from all over the web, aggregates the data, and sends it back to the company who signed up for the service.


Storybox not only provides aggregated data, but it analyzes the data for 'usefulness' and how 'on message' the company's content is. This could be a very valuable tool. As they say, " Everyday, customers use their voices, pictures, videos, and words to share their experiences with products and services, creating the most trustworthy, shareable, and memorable way to learn about a brand." They wrap this all up and call it a story. 


Sigh. Well sort of, and sort of not.

Level 1: We know that people share ideas, thoughts, opinions, and sometimes anecdotes on the web. A lot of this is conversation, not stories. Yet it is all called storytelling. Marketing guru Gerald Zaltman has shown how much quicker and cheaper it is to gather stories (real stories) from a small group of customers for far better insights.


Level 2: On another level, I doubt that the data provided will have a plot, relatable characters, or a story arcIt could though -- because we know that all data has a story to tell. The kicker is that it takes a human to interpret the data meaningfully and then present the information as a story -- complete with a plot, characters, and story arc. Information delivered that way is memorable, meaningful, and can inspire action.


I predict that eventually the word 'story' is going to end up on the annual list of jargon words to avoid.


But then again, story is a much cooler word to use than 'interaction', 'conversation', or 'engagement'.


I can see the day coming -- I'll put my headphones on to listen to my MusicStory collection, I'll sip my cup of StoryTea, while storying (instead of working) on my iStory (computer). When that day happens, see me screaming and running for the hills :)


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Dominique Taste's comment, November 6, 7:02 AM
Thank you for your brilliant insight. I totally agree with you about misuse of terms like story or storytelling.
Karen Dietz's comment, November 6, 4:09 PM
Thank you Dominique for your comment! Glad I am not alone :) Have a great weekend coming up.
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Leadership: Authentic Storytelling + 3 Stories To Tell

Leadership: Authentic Storytelling + 3 Stories To Tell | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Everyone loves a good story, which is an important lesson for brands. Consumers want to develop meaningful relationships and relate to brands they can trust, and storytelling is a powerful way to accomplish that. I’m often asked to tell the story behind Influence & Co. It’s simple: My co-founder and my [...]
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a quick post about how to stay authentic with your stories plus 3 types of stories you can tell.


What I like about the article most are the 3 types of stories. All 3 fall into the bucket of "Founding Stories." Founding Stories are one of the 4 types of core stories every organization needs to tell. Stories about how the organization was founded and got started are critical to share both internally and externally. They provide needed context for why and how you do what you do, and what sets you a part from others.


But Founding Stories are not all the same. There are different types of Founding Stories and here are 3 that will definitely help you tell yours. Which one of the 3 best applies to you?


I know you'll get lots of ideas from this post. And thanks to author John Hall for helping us sort these stories out.


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Biz Storytelling Rant: Some Truths Most Won't Say

Biz Storytelling Rant: Some Truths Most Won't Say | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
You are not a storyteller - Stefan Sagmeister @ FITC from FITC on Vimeo. I couldn’t help laughing when I saw this rant against misuse of the term ‘storyteller’ on B&T. The media, advertising an...
Karen Dietz's insight:

I watched the short video of Stefan Sagmeister's rant on storytelling and loved its irreverence. Many points brought a big grin to my face.


There are problems, though. By his own definition he probably doesn't qualify as a storyteller -- especially since we don't know if he's received any formal training in storytelling (written or oral). I'm not sure all graphic designers are de facto storytellers.


And then limiting storytellers to only novelists or film makers is another big mistake. But I certainly enjoyed the rest of the points Sagmeister makes!


Then we get to the author of the article Sagmeister is featured in. Journalist Brian Corrigan's viewpoint is that journalists are storytellers. Well, they are a type of storyteller. But the inverse pyramid structure they use is the direct opposite of a compelling story structure.


So what's the bottom line? Go view the video for points that most people won't make but many think. Then read the article about journalism to grab points about why storytelling is here to stay.


In any event -- have fun :)


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The Science Behind Storytelling Infographic

The Science Behind Storytelling Infographic | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Brands use social for storytelling 88 percent of the time.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's some eye-candy for us biz storytellers -- a handy infographic capturing salient content about why storytelling works and application for business.


Keep this around for presentations, blog posts, etc. As a piece of storytelling shorthand, it could be useful.


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Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, July 19, 8:37 PM

Storytelling is also a powerful leadership tool we can use to really connect with our staff. 

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What Companies Often Miss In Their Storytelling

What Companies Often Miss In Their Storytelling | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Every business needs storytelling skills, but there's a key component many companies forget in telling their brand story.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a cool article! The post, written by Clay Hausmann, focuses on finding your story voice through the type of innovation your company provides. This generates your story genre that should be connecting all of your stories together.


Hey -- every business offers an innovation of some kind to the marketplace. As Hausmann says, this could be technical excellence, tribal strength, or self expression. He actually lists 6 to choose from, and gives examples to make his points.


His 6 genre categories are a great way to think about the stories you have to share and the voice to use. I think it simplifies how to tell our stories. I definitely hope this article helps you sort out your particular brand of storytelling!


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How Storytelling Can Increase Any Business

Every entrepreuner has a story to tell. Get some insights on how to use storytelling techniques to tell your story!
Karen Dietz's insight:

This is a great SlideShare piece by Lusko advocating that any business -- whether you are a startup or an established brand -- can use storytelling to grow.


I like the points made here about the kinds of stories you can tell, along with the list of customer personas that make your story crafting easier.


I just wish they had described the archetypes more! But never fear -- just Google the archetype and you'll have  wealth of information. Or use Carol Pearson's book The Hero And The Outlaw for a complete explanation (I have no financial ties to Carol).


So grab this piece and hone your stories!


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Janet Vasil's curator insight, July 1, 7:31 AM

Good slideshare with actionable advise for better business storytelling...in video and everywhere!. 

Barbara Ganley's curator insight, July 7, 8:12 AM

Useful to nonprofits, too

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Brand Storytelling @ Cannes This Year: Don't Miss These Insights

Brand Storytelling @ Cannes This Year: Don't Miss These Insights | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
With the prestigious 2014 Cannes Lions festivities coming to a close, it’s almost sinful not to blog about a major theme during this year’s “Oscars of the Advertising industry” event… Brand Storytelling. The importance of brand storytelling in this year’s Cannes Lions was highlighted by another Chipotle story-styled campaign win. This time, the company won the [...]
Karen Dietz's insight:

My colleague Omar Kattan, an expert in brand storytelling, did all of us a great favor. He put together quotes and video clips of top advertising and business folks at the Cannes Film Festival on the importance of storytelling.


Wow! Who knew brand storytelling was such a hot topic there this year.


I love the material shared here. Not only are the big-whigs firmly behind storytelling, their comments are insightful. One of my favorite is from Miles Young, chief executive at ad agency Ogilvy and Mather: "Narrative techniques are critical as a component of creativity and were not give a lot of attention before." Right on Miles!


There are 5 other quotes and video clips of interviews that Kattan shares with us. Many thanks Omar for putting this collection of gems together for us!


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Omar Kattan - New Age AdMan's curator insight, June 29, 2:47 AM

Thanks for the re-scoop Karen and glad you found it useful. Yes, also glad that the big whigs are getting on the band wagon and placing more importance on the art of storytelling.

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

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

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.


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Halima Ozimova's curator insight, May 26, 11:20 PM

насчет образовательных продуктов / услуг?!

Mercedes Jahn's curator insight, May 27, 6:49 PM

Tips day..

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Getting our Heads On Straight: Brand As Verb Principles (via stories)

80% of leaders say their brands offer a superior customer experience. Only 8% of customers agree. Meanwhile, marketers are tortured by the fact that the numb...
Karen Dietz's insight:

I'm heading to Portland, OR soon for a conference of PR and branding professionals and the theme is Story. As I'm thinking about the conference, I found this SlideShare program and thing it's really great -- because it's all about how to think better about branding and its link to customer experiences that then generate stories.


As I've pointed out before, story has impacted branding in huge ways. But it takes awhile for old mind-sets to fully make the change. Me included! So it's always helpful to have a few reminders around like this piece.


All the principles here can be actualized using stories. That's good news! And the examples shared here are good too.


Happy branding!


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Morgan Newall's curator insight, April 21, 6:07 AM
Why a Verb? Because nobody got time for you if you aint doing nuttin!
Wendy Flanagan's curator insight, May 8, 12:39 PM

Great stuff on branding.

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Creating New Stories: How Brands Can Achieve Real People Impact

Creating New Stories: How Brands Can Achieve Real People Impact | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Instead of flash in the pan campaigns, what if big companies enabled all citizens to make lasting change?
Karen Dietz's insight:

There's a big difference between telling a story and living a story. Some marketers and those in branding are still grappling with this distinction. But this article can help understand this dynamic and how to move forward.


The post by Sebastian Buck and Brian Hardwick for Fast Company discusses how marketing is changing. Telling a brand story is only the first step. What marketing and brand storytelling actually live a story they are setting in motion new stories to be told that can bring incredible change.


But everyone needs to get their heads wrapped around working differently in order to have new stories being told about a business. It's all about going for a co-created experience that makes a difference in the world.


The authors talk about how having a big shared goal + creativity + connectivity = a big impact.


It's a short article, but carries great insights for us about how storytelling is continuing to change marketing and branding (IMHO).


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What is Story Theory? How to Use It to Create Awesome Brand Affinity

Presentation given to University of Chicago Alums re: Story Theory and its Application To Marketing
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a great piece colleague Jim Signorelli put together about how story theory works better as an approach in branding than giving a list of essential story elements or simple story structures.


Right on Jim! It won't take readers long to go through this SlideShare piece and reap the benefits. Of course I love Doug Lipmans story dynamics chart on slide 18, the Identification Filter (oops Jim, there's a typo here!) on slide 20, and the motive chart on slide 27.


The definition of story beginning on slide 37 is OK and goes beyond what most people produce. I'm biased though. I like what Peggy Van Pelt from Disney and I came up with oh so many moons ago -- "a story is an act of communication providing packets of sensory material and an emotional narrative arc allowing listeners to quickly and easily internalize it, understand it, and create meaning from it."


I like this definition because it focuses not on what a story is, but on what it does. What's the lesson here? There is no 1 right definition. Be aware of the variety of existing story definitions and use the one that fits your objectives at that particular time.


OK -- enough said. Enjoy the insights in Jim's post and keep the light for storytelling well lit and tended!


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Tina Stock's curator insight, November 25, 5:56 PM

good reference material AND highlights a big issue - what is your archetype?

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Got Story? It's The Most Important Thing You'll Do For Your Biz

Got Story? It's The Most Important Thing You'll Do For Your Biz | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Start selling stories, not products or solutions, and you'll connect to your consumer on a deeper level.
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Article Link: http://bit.ly/1EELXl2 


This post has some really great points about the importance of storytelling for business. And the author makes some other points about the neuroscience of storytelling that are not as well recognized -- like improved social skills and learning how to be in situations that haven't happened yet. Or that listeners to stories become more open to new ideas.


The author then links all of the information about storytelling to how this generates more business for any company.  Yeah!


A few simple rules are then shared to keep in mind when telling stories. The only one I caution against is the last one--make sure your stories have a happy ending. I'd substitute that with "make sure your stories have a resolution". If we think of endings in that way, we won't get stuck in always creating ' happy ever after' all the time and will actually have all kinds of different endings available to you along with more creativity. 


The video about how Coco Chanel got started --  a founding or origin story -- is good up to a certain point. After a while the transition phrase "once upon a time" becomes annoying. I almost stopped listening. The story is also conveyed as a series of events that sort of creates a story. The combination of the two makes for an okay story, but not one that's really awesome. What a shame.


So grab these insights, watch the video, and ask yourself how you would better tell the Coco Chanel story. There are lots of lessons here.


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Storytelling Builds Empathy: Airbnb Tells Emotional Reunification Story

Storytelling Builds Empathy: Airbnb Tells Emotional Reunification Story | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Airbnb launched a beautifully animated commercial video that tells the true story of two former border guards who were reunited through the lodging website. The ad tells the story of Jorg and Kai who were reunited after Jorg’s daughter booked him a trip [...]
Karen Dietz's insight:

I agree with everything colleague Omar Kattan says in this blog post, particularly his ending statement about empathy and business results.


And I applaud AirBnB (I am a loyal customer) for going after stories. I love the graphics of the video, too.


But I am going to point out a few areas for improvement for the story. Why? Because I want all companies to excel in crafting/sharing stories. Yet what I experience most often is just OK. That means $$ and opportunities are left on the table.


My comments are not about AirBnB -- but about most of the business stories I see around the web these days.


So let's take a teaching moment here. These are 4  ways this story could be waaaaayyyy better with some basic story crafting skills:

  1. Give names to characters. Research shows again and again that nameless faceless characters don't create empathy in the listener. Audiences have a harder time connecting to stories when names are absent. Give us names here of the guards -- Jorge and Kai -- and the daughter.
  2. Why does the former guard carry a piece of the wall with him??? Why is this a barrier for him in life? What trauma happened?? Is the main character's experience psychological or does he actually physically carry a piece of the wall around with him? I can guess, but it's hard to know. What we are given are concepts/platitudes, not a concrete motivation that moves the story along. This is a classic storytelling mistake. The story would have been much better if we had known something like, "Even after the wall came down, Jorg just couldn't let go of the depressing horrors he'd seen of people trying to escape the East or be reunited with loved ones after decades of isolation." That's too wordy, but you get the idea.
  3. There's a huge part of the story missing: how did the daughter actually find Kai?  How was the problem of finding Kai solved? Inquiring minds want to know. And how does AirBnB fit in? There's some real storytelling meat here that we never get.
  4. And finally, why was Jorg different after meeting Kai? Was it friendship and forgiveness that healed Jorg? Or something else? And what was life like afterwards? A big transformation happened that the audience missed out on because no details are provided.


Adding these pieces would only have taken another minute or so. Don't leave home without named characters, motivation, problem resolution steps, and more details about the transformation.


Thanks for listening and go craft awesome stories!


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The Story Of Oreo: How An Old Cookie Reinvented Itself

The Story Of Oreo: How An Old Cookie Reinvented Itself | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
In 2013, Oreo changed its image, and maybe changed advertising, with a real-time marketing coup.
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Article Link: http://bit.ly/1zpAOHs 


This is a long read to enjoy over the weekend. It's the fascinating story about how the marketers in charge of the Oreo cookie transformed themselves from boring bureaucratic old school to hip modern and savvy branders.


The story is full of intrigue and contains many lessons in why organizations, marketing, new ideas, and storytelling fails. And in the end, the group was victorious.


Plus here's another take-away: when I run across companies who say "We tried storytelling and it just didn't work," it's usually all the dynamics cited in this article that are the real reasons why. 


Enjoy this article while eating a few Oreos  -- I know you will get a lot out of both.


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What causes most videos to miss the mark: a big storytelling problem

What causes most videos to miss the mark: a big storytelling problem | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
When I commissioned a video of the prayer vigil, I got back a bunch of comments about how great the prayer vigil was. Arrgh! That was all wrong.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This post and experience shared here comes from the world of religion. And it's a great story about the problems with most videos organizations produce. Mainly that they are NOT stories!!


I so appreciate the insights author Len Wilson shares with us. And his fix for the problem. 


And here's my particular caution: don't turn your video over to a video team and expect a story. Many of them don't know how to tell a story. Personal experience speaks. Make sure you know the story you want to tell FIRST. Then make sure they do it.


Don't waste your time making worthless videos. Follow Len's advice here and you'll come out way ahead in the business game.


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Art Jones's curator insight, August 13, 12:27 PM

Every good story is about a changed life!

Janet Vasil's curator insight, August 14, 8:15 AM
Excellent article about video storytelling. A good producer should start by discussing the story you want to tell - what do you want viewers to think, feel or do from watching your video? What's the overarching message you're trying to convey? Then the discussion should turn to deciding the content of the interviews and the visual components and how they'll support the story you want to tell. Pre-production planning should generally take twice as long as the shoot itself. Just because someone has the technical skills to shoot and edit video does not mean they know how to tell a compelling story with video.
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Employee Testimonials? Ways To Stop Being Forgettable

Employee Testimonials? Ways To Stop Being Forgettable | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Karen Dietz's insight:

My colleague David Lee sent his recent blog post and once again we are presented with another terrific application for business storytelling -- employee testimonials.


The problem with most employee testimonials however is that they suck. Yet if you follow David's advice they won't.


As David says, having an employee tell a story is much more powerful than heartfelt platitudes. And David gives us an example so we can experience what he means and really get it.


BTW -- this same principle goes for customer testimonials. So there are actually two applications for you in this post. Next time you go after an employee or customer testimonial, read this article again before you get started.


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The Power of Story Branding: Which country does the world most good?

It's an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worl...
Karen Dietz's insight:

Simon Anholt recently delivered this TED talk and it is a doozy on several fronts.


What caught my attention when watching this is the point Simon makes about a nation's brand story -- i.e. reputation -- and its effect on economic prosperity plus being able to make a difference in the world.


If this is true for nations, it also holds true for business. Which is one reason why companies embracing doing good in the world as a fundamental way of doing business are gaining more customers in the marketplace. This is beyond simply attaching your company to a social cause.


This is a terrific talk and you will be surprised at which countries do the most good in the world. Simon indicates that these countries consciously create their story. People are attracted to that story, which they in turn tell. At least that seems to be part of the dynamic Simon talks about.


Maybe I'm reading too much into this -- or maybe not. In the end, if you wanted your country to be in the top 10, what parts of your country's story needs to change? What kind of story do you want to be a part of?


If this was a business list, what would need to happen to have your company be in the top 10? What kind of story (stories) would it need to be embodying and sharing?


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Content Marketing: Are You At The Mature Storytelling Stage?

Content Marketing: Are You At The Mature Storytelling Stage? | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
An important part of developing skills and expertise is to understand where you fall on a continuum of what’s possible and then take action to evolve and
Karen Dietz's insight:

If your business isn't using content marketing -- it should! Content marketing is when you write articles, create videos, put together SlideShares, podcasts, etc. about your business, your customers, your products and services to share with the marketplace. Content marketing builds authority, credibility, engagement, and grows the bottom line. 


And if you are not sharing stories in the content you create, you are way behind the times -- and your content is probably a dud.


What I really like about this article is that top content expert Lee Odden has put together a maturity model for all of us creating content. The model helps us know where we are in the content creation cycle.


If you are already at the storytelling stage -- then woo hoo! You are advanced. If not, you are somewhere in the stasis-to-production-to-utility phase. In these phases a business is either just getting started with creating content and is focused on broadcasting their brand, or you are providing useful information and getting social shares.


But storytelling is a mature phase -- where you have brand leadership because through sharing stories the company is creating experiences for audiences that connect to their emotional and intellectual needs at the same time.


There is a lot more to understand in Odden's model so dig into this article and figure out where you are + what you need to do next.


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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So True! NetAppVoice: Telling A Story In Your Marketing Is Vital

So True! NetAppVoice: Telling A Story In Your Marketing Is Vital | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
What do a $17 billion UK retailer, a Grammy award winning singer, and a shoe store have in common? The answer is narrative. Narratives are meaningful, remarkable storylines that contextualize your values and create "hero moments." They establish a sense of your identity. Here's how to find yours...
Karen Dietz's insight:

By now we do know this to be true. And as the author Rich Karlgaard states, the narrative you share about your business:

  1. shapes how you sound in social media
  2. promotes customer/staff advocacy (or not)
  3. affects the way the business will develop
  4. connects more effectively with customers (or not)

This all depends on whether the stories you share about your company are effective or not.


The post has 3 tips to help you craft an effective marketing narrative (based on several kinds of stories). And I really like the examples shared to get us all thinking.


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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The New World of Marketing and Storytelling

The New World of Marketing and Storytelling | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A new model is needed for our increasingly non-linear world.
Karen Dietz's insight:

There are 2 basic ways these days to approach storytelling in marketing and sales:

  1. Sharing stories generates deeper relationships, which builds more advocacy sales (long term thinking)
  2. Sharing a story generates a sale (transactional storytelling), which is more short-term thinking. Relationships be damned.


This article argues for more of #1 -- deeper relationships to build deeper longer-lasting affinity. And the authors give all the reasons why based on how buying decisions and the customer journey has radically changed over the last few years.


It's a mind-bender for sure. As the authors Mark Boncheck and Cara France state, "Marketers who think that advocacy comes after purchase are missing the new world of social influence." Today's purchase path is non-linear and multi-dimensional. Treating marketing and sales as a linear".


"I tell you a story, you buy my product/service" will only take you so far and it's a short journey. Yet it takes awhile to get our heads wrapped around the changes in buyer decision-making and its implications for marketing and sales. 


Let's all get smarter about better ways to connect with audiences with stories that build wider advocacy, long term loyalty, and huge fans. Read this article to help shift your thinking.

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malek's curator insight, June 11, 9:22 AM

Customers now are often actively engaged with the brand — and their friends and peers — after they have bought the product or service using social media and the Web.

Euridice Hollis "Neal's Yard Independent Consultant"'s curator insight, June 13, 3:58 PM

I been learning about this and is all about connecting with people!

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How to Find + Tell Awesome Customer Stories

How to Find + Tell Awesome Customer Stories | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Want to grow your business? Then share your customer stories.
Karen Dietz's insight:

I just wrote this blog for Curatti.com that was posted today and it's all about how to find and tell your customer's stories.


The post is a compendium of the best articles I've found on the topic plus one blog post I wrote myself.


There are lots of good resources for you to investigate. I include articles on who the real hero of the story is, how to gather stories, how to listen for customer stories, and how to turn your customer stories into tons of repurpose-able content. Each article has more resources or examples to check out.


After reviewing this material everyone should be able to gather and tell their customer stories in powerful ways.


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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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, May 23, 2:28 AM

Great collection of articles by Karen!  You will find many ways to go about collecting and sharing your customer stories.

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Fast Food for the Mind: Stories or Tweets?

Fast Food for the Mind: Stories or Tweets? | Just Story It Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Through social media interactions via online venues like Facebook and Twitter, our society today is overrun in the same way with “fast food for the mind.” Just as our bodies can tolerate only so much unhealthy food, our minds equally have a certain cognitive bandwidth. But instead of spending our bandwidth on deeper thoughts, we often sacrifice it for the instant gratification and distraction of the mind offered by myriad online venues.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here is a quick but powerful piece to get you thinking today. It's not a heavey message, it simply calls into question some of our social media habits, and helps put storytelling -- business and personal -- into a different light.


For many years in my work I've talke about the difference between junk food stories and healthful stories. The author, Souvik Choudhury makes the distinction here between fast food stories and wholesome stories. Love it love it.


Go read the article and figure out which ones you want to be telling most of the time (hey -- an occassional fast food story is fun too!).


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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Theophilus's curator insight, April 11, 8:37 AM

A necessary skill to have in this fast-paced world.

Ali Anani's curator insight, May 2, 12:55 AM

Food for thought, but what food?