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5 Elements of Powerful Stories

5 Elements of Powerful Stories | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Stories can create change, both in ourselves and in our organizations. In this guest post, Matt Ragland shares five elements of powerful stories.

 

[This was a great reminder of the most important elements in powerful stories. ~ Jeff]


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Gregg Morris's comment, November 17, 2012 10:05 AM
Matt really hit this one out of the park didn't he? I'm happy to read that you enjoyed it as much as I did Kathleen!
Kathleen Pooler's comment, November 17, 2012 10:13 AM
Yes, Gregg, he did! I have shared it all over and link in my blog post next week on building story structure for my memoir. His post was very well-timed for me.
Gregg Morris's comment, November 17, 2012 12:52 PM
Kathleen, have you read Charlotte Linde's Life Stories: The Creation of Coherence?
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Top 35 Blogging Ideas That Are Guaranteed to Be Popular

Top 35 Blogging Ideas That Are Guaranteed to Be Popular | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

About a year ago, I came up with an idea. I wanted to show you how to generate $100,000 a month from a new blog.

I picked a topic and have been making progress toward that goal.

But what if you haven’t picked a topic yet?

That’s why I wrote this article. A great blog has to start with a topic.

These are the types of articles, topics, and approaches that have demonstrated massive success in the past and will continue to do so in the future....

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Here's how to pick a topic for your blog and 35 ideas Neil Patel says are guaranteed to be popular with readers.

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For Stores, Mobile Now 52% Of Digital Spend; Instagram Still Rules

For Stores, Mobile Now 52% Of Digital Spend; Instagram Still Rules | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

When it comes to digital smarts, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Kohl’s and JC Penney rank at the Genius Level, according to the latest report from think tank L2. But while the industry as a whole is getting sharper, now spending 52% of digital ad budgets on mobile and maximizing customer engagement on Instagram, stores are still no match for the Amazon onslaught.

“Only five years ago, Macy’s apparel and accessories sales were five times that of Amazon, providing a wide lead in a logistically challenging product category that features a high exchange rate,” the new ranking says. “By next year, Wall Street analysts estimate that Amazon will overtake Macy’s as the largest U.S. retailer of apparel and accessories, with sales of $28 billion in the category.” 

But Amazon isn’t the only problem. Department stores are also challenged by the fast-fashion wizardry of brands like H&M, Zara and Uniqlo, as well as companies like Coach and Michael Kors cutting back on department-store distribution. “With key partnerships that help differentiate the customer shopping experience under threat, the historical outperformance of department stores versus the S&P 500 has evaporated over the last 18 months,” it says....

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As mobile now gets 52% of digital spending, some retailers are getting it right.

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Instagram Stories: 18 Marketers to Follow for Incredible Inspiration

Instagram Stories: 18 Marketers to Follow for Incredible Inspiration | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

10 billion.

 

That’s the number of videos people watch on Snapchat every day. The same potential consumption (maybe more) exists for Instagram Stories —  quick videos and photos that disappear after 24 hours, just like Snapchat, but with an audience of 500 million users.


Does that sound like a channel worth exploring?
We believe so! Storytelling has always been a key part of marketing, and features like Instagram Stories are empowering us marketers to tell better and deeper stories about our brands. We’d love to provide you with more resources about Instagram Stories so that you can master this platform and see your voice spread.


In this post, I’d love to share 18 Instagram marketers who have been doing rad things with Stories to give you some inspiration on what you could do for your Instagram Stories too....

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Take a look at these 18 marketers for instagram inspiration.

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15 of the Best Email Marketing Campaign Examples You've Ever Seen

15 of the Best Email Marketing Campaign Examples You've Ever Seen | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Most of the time, inspiration is easy to find because most marketing content is publicly available. You can scour the internet or go on your favorite social network to see what your connections are talking about.

But there's one marketing channel that is really, really hard to find good examples of unless you're already in the know: email. There's nothing casual about it -- you usually need to be subscribed to an email list to find great examples of emails. And even if you're subscribed to good emails, they are often bombarding you day after day, so it's hard to notice the gems.
Download our free guide here to learn how to create email marketing campaigns people actually click. 

Because it's so difficult to find good email marketing examples, we decided to do the scouring and compiling for you. Read on to discover some great emails and get the lowdown on what makes them great -- or just keep on scrolling to get a general feel for each. However you like to be inspired is fine by us!...

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if you want some email marketing inspiration, HubSpot shares 15 successful email marketing campaigns.

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Video Content on Social Media is About to Boom - Insights

Video Content on Social Media is About to Boom - Insights | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it


It’s no secret that video content is on the rise. By 2019, video content will be the driving factor behind 85% of search traffic in the US. Whether it’s Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook, video content on social media is what marketers need to focus on in 2017. Additionally, marketers must understand how each social channel is optimizing its platform to allow for more video content in users’ feeds, and how brands are using video content to engage their followers.

The reason why these major social networks are optimizing their platforms is because the majority of search traffic will be a result of video content, and future marketing projects will include high spending on digital. To illustrate this is eMarketer’s data on the expected ad expenditure in the US over the next four years. These future projections indicate that not only will digital ad spend increase significantly, increasing on average $13 billion every year, but social and video are the only ad types expected to grow in the near future. While social is expected to grow significantly, video ad types will boom 184% from $9.9 billion to $28 billion in ad spend – making them the fastest growing ad type....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

In just two years, video content will be 85% of search traffic in the US, mostly on social media. That's 85%. EightY-five. Percent. Got it?

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This is why Hillary Clinton doesn’t do press conferences

This is why Hillary Clinton doesn’t do press conferences | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Political press conferences are pointless, and mostly about media showboating.


This isn’t something reporters are supposed to admit. We’d all like more chances to see a potential presidential candidate on the hot seat. But these days, at these things, the heat isn’t on. I cringe at press conferences more than I learn from them, because they usually degenerate into shout-fests based on questions that are rarely designed to elicit any new information, but rather a response to the other party’s latest talking point.


“Reporters ask questions not to get information, but to get a reaction,” Susan Milligan wrote in the Columbia Journalism Review last year. “And even with that strategy, they rarely succeed.”


With social media, candidates don’t need to rely on reporters to convey their views. That in turn means that stories that break news are rarely produced by press conference. So why the ongoing obsession with press conferences? Could it have something to do with a need to justify the money being spent by mainstream news organizations to keep reporters on the campaign trail, versus the exclusive content they take away from that investment?...

Jeff Domansky's insight:

In my view, press conferences died five years ago. They offer no control, the questions asked are mostly pointless and there are many better new social channels available for messaging more personally and effectively. PR and politicos, what do you think?

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IoT Handbag Vibrates, Auto-Locks to Prevent Compulsive Spending | MediaPost 

IoT Handbag Vibrates, Auto-Locks to Prevent Compulsive Spending | MediaPost  | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

While a lot of behavioral change will come with the Internet of Things, some people are attempting to cause a bit of that change right away.In a push to help shoppers save money, a company has created a programmable handbag with built-in robotics that causes the bag to vibrate, flash and self-lock when the shopper enters a ‘danger spending zone.’


The iBag2 (yes, there was an earlier version, which launched in Australia a while back), is the brainchild of the personal finance website finder.com in the U.K.


The rather high-tech bag was designed by a New York fashion designer and a team of engineers crafted the robotics features....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

The latest IoT innovation? A handbag that vibrates and auto-locks to prevent compulsive spending. Parents may rejoice but teenage girls will not be amused. Price? Only $5'000!!!

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