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Story Branding and Archetypes podcast

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Jim Signorelli approaches story using a tried and true process. After gathering the back story and the facts, they conduct an archetypal analysis asking the team to individually choose the archetype that best represents their brand.
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Biz story guru Annette Simmons interviews Jim Signorelli, author of Story Branding, about how to use archetypes to build both stories and brands. This is powerful stuff and you won't want to miss this podcast.


The podcast is also available on iTunes and you might want to subscribe to The Story Factor channel. Annette keeps hitting home runs here :))


Jim uses the archetypes developed by Carol Pearson. I do too so I can attest to their validity. 


As you listen to the podcast, ask yourself "What archetype best typifies my business?" It's a sure path to figuring out your brand.


Have fun with this one -- it's a great start to 2014. Cheers!


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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Apple, Victoria's Secret And IKEA All Fall Into The Same Brand Archetype

Apple, Victoria's Secret And IKEA All Fall Into The Same Brand Archetype | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
What do the Apple, Victoria's Secret and IKEA brands have in common? They're all from the same archetype.

 

The brand are "Creators," according to a case study from marketing firm Added Value.

 

It's all about how consumers are able to use the brands to create their own identities. Creator brands allow people to "tap into their potential and re-invent themselves — their minds, personalities, environments, bodies, ambitions, and dreams," according to the report.


OK -- I curated this piece because it show how specific archetypes are reflected in organizations. It is a very brief article and starts to get us thinking about how this information can be used in marketing, branding, and advertising. But make sure to click through to Added Value http://www.added-value.com/culturaltraction/index.html and poke around their site for more info, case studies, and their tool.


But here is what I find disturbing about this short post and the Added Value website -- nowhere does anyone mention that these archetypes originally came from Carol Pearson's and Margaret Mark's book The Hero and The Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes (2001) http://www.amazon.com/The-Hero-Outlaw-Extraordinary-Archetypes/dp/0071364153/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337476690&sr=1-1 


Enjoy poking around the websites, but go read the book!! It contains a wealth of fabulous information and how-to tips you can use immediately for articulating your brand and targeting your communications (I'm not affiliated in any way with the authors).


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What does your brand stand for? [infographic]

What does your brand stand for? [infographic] | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A brand is like the lead character of its own story.  And like any story character, brands  have values and beliefs that become associated with them through their actions.  The challenge for marketers is to characterize their brands first before...


Here's a terrific infographic from colleague Jim Signorelli that will help you create a persona for your business. Once you have a persona, it becomes much easier to target your storytelling and marketing/branding efforts. And connect more forcefully with customers.


There are 2 ways of finding your persona:

  1. Examine all of your stories and determine their common characteristics. Then look at Jim's infographic to refine and finalize those qualities. Create your persona based on your discoveries.
  2. Examine this infographic to determine which character/characters you think you/your business embodies most. Check it against your stories. Build your persona from there.

What is a persona? It is a descriptive profile of a typical customer that includes a character type/archetype, demographic info, and as much flesh and bones information you can collect to create a bit of a story about this customer -- their likes, dislikes, challenges, etc.


Thanks Jim for putting together this very helpful infographic.


And if you want to dig into this topic more -- and get even smarter about using archetypes for marketing/branding -- read The Hero and The Outlaw; Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes by M. Mark & C. Pearson. It's one of my bibles :)


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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Saptarishi Das's curator insight, August 21, 2013 1:13 PM

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