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"As a content marketer, you have probably heard the call for us all to become brand storytellers. While this sounds great in theory, the tricky part for many companies is determining how to develop these stories in the first place.
There are no hard-and-fast rules for developing your brand’s stories, but you can go back and look at classic storytelling and structure as a helpful map to guide you.
For example, the classic “hero’s journey” from Joseph Campbell’s. Later, in 1992, screenwriter and story consultant Christopher Vogler took Campbell’s structure, modernized it for today’s audiences, and reduced it to 12 stages in his book.
In Managing Content Marketing, Joe and I reduced Vogler’s stages to 10 steps for developing your content marketing brand journey. But before I jump in to explain those 10 steps, know that this is just a framework, not a “to-do” list or a template. The structure is meant to provide a platform to help you to develop a way to tell your story, or maybe to discover what’s missing from your existing story. It’s not a template for the story — this is an important distinction, because your story will be unique to you, your brand, and the experience you are trying to create.
Step 1: The conventional market;
Step 2: The challenge;
Step 3: The rejection of the challenge;
Step 4: Appointment of the sage;
Step 5: Crossing into the unfamiliar;
Step 6: Map the road of challenges;
Step 7: The final challenge;
Step 8: Looking back;
Step 9: The final renewal;
Step 10: The celebration..."
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