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20 Speeches on Storytelling in Branding | The Trend Hunter

20 Speeches on Storytelling in Branding | The Trend Hunter | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Many brands today are turning to storytelling in branding as a strategy to connect with consumers. These curated speeches demonstrate how this particular strategy benefits different brands and how it can be implemented in different industries. 

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Stop Using These 16 Terms to Describe Yourself

Stop Using These 16 Terms to Describe Yourself | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Picture this. You meet someone new. "What do you do?" she asks."I'm an architect," you say."Oh, really?" she answers. "Have you designed any buildings I've seen?

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Laurent Brixius's curator insight, January 22, 2013 1:25 AM

Evitons les egos démesurés, pas si rares dans la profession d'architecte... L'exemple pris pour cet article est justement un architecte.

Karen Dietz's comment, January 22, 2013 10:54 AM
Thanks for your comments and sharing Jeff & Laurent!
Edna Campos's curator insight, February 1, 2013 1:33 PM

Totalmente cierto..coincido..

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What kinds of local stories drive engagement? The results of an NPR Facebook experiment

What kinds of local stories drive engagement? The results of an NPR Facebook experiment | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Not every story has the same capacity to connect with an audience on social media. Enter the land of Topical Buzzers, Curiosity Stimulators, and Feel-Good Smilers.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 14, 2012 2:27 PM

If part of your branding is connected to your local place, then are there additional kinds of stories you should be adding to your biz story mix?


Absoslutely! And here's the list based on an National Public Radio Facebook experiment. 


Now this may not be the most sophisticated research ever conducted, but frankly, we need all the help we can get generating ideas for stories for blogs, articles, presentations, and the like. So I'll take ideas where I can get them!


And before we go much further, let's ask this question: who wouldn't benefit from stories about your local geographic area into the mix???


My answer? no one. That means everyone could benefit from this post!


So can you add stories that explain more about your 'place'? How about 'curiosity stimulators' regarding your location? Or 'topical buzzers'?


There are 9 types of stories explained here in this article and I know you will get ideas from reading it.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

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Something Startling This Way Comes -- The Role of Wonder in Biz Stories

Something Startling This Way Comes -- The Role of Wonder in Biz Stories | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
This stage in story design is itself another face of wonder. Wonder is experiencing something anew. At first, wonder opens us to the moment, feeling suspended in time and space for a few seconds. Or a few months.

 

Wow -- what a gem of an article! I love love love it.  It's perspective is unique, different and so right on.

 

The author, Jeffery Davis, tackles the emotion of wonder and how critical it is for 'storytellers and business artists' (that's us, BTW) to understand it, and build it into our organizational stories.

 

Awesome!

 

Davis does a great job explaining 2 types of wonder and how they relate to business and business storytelling. He talks about why working with wonder is important, and then goes on to suggest how we can bring wonder into the stories we share.

 

Run -- don't walk -- to read this significant piece. You will 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 ;


[Excellent read for storytellers, bloggers and content pros ~ Jeff]


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Story Structure Diagrams « Ingrid's Notes

Story Structure Diagrams « Ingrid's Notes | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Yes, it's true, I've had story structure on the brain. I've also recently joined pinterest (of which I immediately became addicted). But there's a happy side effect of these two obsessions… this post!

 

Holy Cow! Here's a blog post with 10 different diagrams on story structure! I doubt you will ever need another story structure diagram after looking at these.

 

Some are similar. Some have their own unique twist. And then there's the 17 stages of Joseph Campbell's Monomyth to explore. Yikes -- that's a big one!

 

Of course, the simplest story structure is: problem -- resolution. Add to that a set-up/context in the beginning and a meaningful close at the end, and you are done.

 

Hah -- would that storytelling could be so simple! As every professional storyteller will tell you, a powerful story is all in the delivery. Still, if you don't follow the structures in these diagrams, you will simply end up with a plot-based description: "I went to the store. I bought some bread. I came home." No story there! I doubt you would pay money for that one.

 

Soooo -- check out these diagrams, use them to craft your stories, and you are half-way there. Then go work on your delivery :)

 

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Companies With The Best Stories Win: 10 Key Points For Telling Your Story - Forbes

Companies With The Best Stories Win: 10 Key Points For Telling Your Story - Forbes | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Winning entrepreneurs bond emotionally with employees, investors and customers--and dramatically increase their chances for funding and for long term success--when they hone their ability to tell meaningful stories about their businesses.

 

Here is an article discussing 2 examples of effective business storytelling for marketing/branding/identity purposes that really work. One is a small business (Baby Steals) and the other one is a large enterpriese (IKEA). You will notice the difference in their stories as the size of the business kicks in.

 

Pay close attention to what the founder of Baby Steals did/does -- because implicit in the example shared are story listening skills and how the stories she was hearing from customers/prospects also shaped the success of her company.

 

And then there are 10 tips for bringing storytelling into your business marketing/branding efforts. All are solid. A word of advice here -- working on several of these 10 tips takes time. The ideas you come up with during your first pass you will want to test with friends, colleagues, customers, and prospects. This is an iterative process where your focus and messaging gets sharper, clearer, and more powerful over time. So give yourself the opportunity to play. This goes no matter what size of business you have -- micro to large enteprise.

 

We are heading into the 4th quarter of the year -- what a great time to hone in on your business storytelling, laying a stronger foundation for your company in 2013.

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her collection of articles on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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Thank you for the recent rescoops! Hope you are having a nice weei.
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just testing

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Brands: Stop Publishing Content on Facebook! - Integrated Storytelling

Brands: Stop Publishing Content on Facebook! - Integrated Storytelling | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
No, this isn't another 'Facebook as a disappointment' story. It's about how we best use Facebook or, more broadly, our content marketing. With over 3.5 Billion pieces of content shared each week on Facebook, brands first impulse is to jump...

 

This article doesn't sound like it is about storytelling -- but it is.

 

What I like about it is the author's sage words of advice: quit publishing random content on Facebook (or any other social media platform) and start publishing content that tells an integrated story.

 

In other words, think of yourself as a curator, selecting only the best value-added content for your channels that reflects a consistent story about your business and what you offer. And stop the scatter-shot approach.

 

And don't worry if you are not sure what 'story' you need to tell consistently. You don't have to figure it all out now.  In truth, your 'editorial voice' will emerge over the first few weeks/months and get stronger/clearer as you go along.

 

So think deeply about the insights shared in this article, and about your business storytelling. Check and see if you need to shift your focus, eliminate any deadwood, and strength your 'story' so it is more consistent.

 

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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Who Do You Want Your Customers to Become? A better biz story

Who Do You Want Your Customers to Become? A better biz story | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Right answers to wrong questions virtually guarantee failure. Innovators betting on "out of the box" thinking or "faster, better, cheaper" innovation paradigms for success all too frequently find themselves — and their customers — disappointed.

 

Hey folks -- this is a pivotal article about biz storytelling. Why??

 

Because it addresses the most neglected aspect of effective business storytelling -- the story about the future that you and your customers/clients are creating together.

 

What I love about this article is its twist -- the level of biz storytelling these days is mostly focused on how to authentically share stories about your products/services, people, or founding to capture the hearts and minds of propsects and build loyal customers. That is OK as far as it goes.

 

But there could be more. Way more.

 

Instead of asking, "What do our customers want [and how do I share a story about that]?" how about asking, "What do our customers want to become [and what is the story I can share about that]?" What a fundamentally different -- and better -- question!

 

Org story advice for crafting 'Future Stories' is typically "Write a newspaper article about your company 5 years from now & the awards you are receivng" or some such version of that. Not bad. But there could be more -- way more.

 

When we start asking ourselves the questions posed in this article, whole new worlds start opening up. 'Future stories' are really about the future we are creating together with our customers/clients -- it is the call to be part of something bigger than ourselves.

 

Go read this article -- quickly! You will be glad you did because it will get you to fundamentally shift how you think about and share about your business, and the stories you tell about it.

 

And if you need a really great example of a company doing this, then check out this latest Nike video. 

http://www.cbssports.com/olympics/blog/eye-on-olympics/19654085/video-nikes-new-olympics-ad-greatness-is-for-all-of-us ;

 

And if you want to review a written form of this, then check out my Manifesto on my website. The Manifesto is still a work in progress, but you will get the idea. http://www.juststoryit.com/FutureStory ;

 

Enjoy this short article -- its insights, questions, and a different kind of conversation we can have about business storytelling.

 

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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Below the Fold: Why Most Brands Will Suck at Storytelling

Below the Fold: Why Most Brands Will Suck at Storytelling | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
"STORY" IS THE NEW "CONTENT." As buzzwords go, story isn’t entirely bad -- for years I’ve pushed clients to be storytellers. I’ve berated the descent of story into a furtive sea of “content,” stripping all emotion from human pursuits.

 

I love this post and its irreverent attitude. It is quite refreshing in this day and age when 'storytelling', 'branding', and 'content' are such pervasive buzzwords and hyped as the cure-all for everything.

 

There are great reminders in this article that great business stories are not sanitized, and that there is danger in always crafting a happy ending.  Only sharing your 'success' stories eventually undercuts your believability. We know there have been mistakes, trials, and tribulations along the way and we want to hear about those too.

 

Why? Because it makes you human. As the author Gary Goldhammer says, storytelling is about people. Brands aren't about Hollywood actors, and "companies are not logos. There are human beings behind them all."

 

There are more insights here in this quick post -- reading it is almost like hitting the 'reset' button when we forget the fundamentals of storytelling after getting caught up in the hyped-up excitement about story branding, social media, content creation, and technology.


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Effective storytelling for business

Effective storytelling for business | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

As content takes its rightful place at the forefront of marketing, I'm seeing many marketers fail at basic storytelling.

 

Marketers are ineffective when they use the classic "customer testimonial" format and pop that onto their blog or make it into a video. "Here’s our product. It is great. Here are customers who say it is great. Now buy some of our product." This just doesn't hold people's attention.

 

How interesting would a book or movie be were it to have this plot?:
Boy meets girl.
They fall in love.
They get married.

 

That's what most people do with their business writing.

 

Effective storytelling

The best stories drip with conflict. They have a hero and sometimes a villain. There is a story arc. As a writing teacher once told me: "Writing without conflict is propaganda."


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Ignacio Conejo Moreno's comment, February 19, 2013 7:24 AM
Ok, thank you, I'll retry later :)
Jeff Domansky's comment, February 19, 2013 10:27 AM
Seems to be working now Ignacio.
Two Pens's curator insight, February 19, 2013 8:30 PM

All business have conflict: lack of sales, poor service, employee malaise... 

The issue is often that management doesn't want to talk about the negative but you have to have a hellish situation in order to make a story compelling. 

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4 Businesses Leveraging Storytelling With Images | Social Media ...

4 Businesses Leveraging Storytelling With Images | Social Media ... | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
The good news is that visual storytelling isn't a high-cost strategy. Consumers aren't looking for the highest-quality visual content. Consumers want stories told in a visual way that encourage, engage, enlighten and entertain.

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Pictures will always add life to any story or content...

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Jeff Domansky's comment, January 17, 2013 2:15 PM
So true Brian and if we can keep"marketing's" hands off, we can win ;-)
Jeff Domansky's comment, January 17, 2013 2:16 PM
Karen, totally agree on visuals. On voice, quality gear is critical after a great story of course.
Karen Dietz's comment, January 17, 2013 2:34 PM
Yeah, the right audio gear is critical for sure. LOL on keeping marketing's hands off! Sooooooo true :)
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Have We Lost The Art Of Storytelling In Marketing?

Have We Lost The Art Of Storytelling In Marketing? | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

"As the buzz about content marketing, social media and all things digital continues to rise, one of the catch phrases that gets a lot of attention is storytelling in marketing. We afford it incredible lip service but do we actually practice it?"


Hmmmm -- good question. Here the author, Drew McLellan asks if in previous decades business was better at storytelling in its marketing and advertising.

 

Makes you think. Drew includes 3 videos to make his point. The first is a 1980s video from Dunkin Donuts as an example of effective storytelling. Well -- it is definitely not storytelling but instead an add that is all features and benefits.

 

The other two advertising videos however, are great examples from the past of really good stories.

 

I don't know if our biz storytelling is not as good these days as in previous decades. But I do like the questions Drew poses at the end of the post to help us decide.

 

What do you think? Is our biz storytelling better or worse than before?

 

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


[Valuable read for content, PR pros ~ Jeff]


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Public Media Reinvents Itself With 'Full-Spectrum' Storytelling

Public Media Reinvents Itself With 'Full-Spectrum' Storytelling | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

"While not all agree, let's suppose, for a moment, that we are, in fact, presenting through our contemporary storytelling a relatively narrow range of the American experience. Some of the questions we ought to be asking are, is it enough to maintain the same formats, as we have, and try to entice more/different storytellers? Do we need to expand our awareness in some way to consider more broadly the particulars of this time, this particular space, and who is involved? And, fundamentally, what is it going to take to go further, to do more?"

 

Now here is a very thought-provoking piece about storytelling in general. I've curated it because the more businesses understand the craft of storytelling, the more effective we can be.

 

Warning -- there is such rich material here -- along with fabulous video examples to watch -- that you will need to carve out some time to explore everything here.

 

And hey -- we all live in a culture surrounded by media. It is important to keep up with shifts and changes in technology and its impact on storytelling so we can understand our daily life better -- and the opportunities open to us.  

 

What is the biggest shift technolgy brings? Ethnographic storytelling. What the heck is that? It is when you put the camera and the storytelling into the hands of people to create and tell their story. Nothing new here -- this was pioneered by Anthropologists Sol Worth & John Adair in the 1972 book Through Navajo Eyes.  The article contains several examples.

 

What is new is that now technology makes the ability to share our stories very easy and cheap to do -- through a proliferation of channels to share them. THAT is what is getting reinvented -- not the structure of a good story.

 

And technology is bringing us unique and very creative ways to craft our stories. For example, there's a link within this article to "How the Indie Audio Community Is Transforming Storytelling," This article shares a story where audio is dominant. It is great.

 

Other examples in the article include Localore -- a project about place-based storytelling.

 

What do I like about this article and the links to other articles within this piece? It asks essential questions like:

Who gets to tell the story? Who gets to ask the question that begins the story? What is the question?

 

When businesses and organizations start asking themselves these questions FIRST when wanting to tell a digital story, they focus on the story first. Too many people in my experience -- when wanting to tell a digital story -- get caught up in the technology first and end up spending tons of money with unhappy results. Or they think the story will emerge if they just start talking - to be edited down by the videographer into a story -- with the same unhappy results.

 

So read this article, its links to other articles, explore the digital story examples given, and start figuring out the following:

How can I have my customers share their stories about my organization using ethnographic storytelling? How can I leverage audio storytelling (see the article for info/examples) beyond radio & podcasts? How can I leverage location & physical space to share biz stories? How can I creatively use technology to share biz stories that reflect my/our Unique Voice & Unique Proposition?

 

I could comment at length on this article and its links. It has taken me awhile to curate this piece because I kept going back and dipping in for more.

 

So give yourself time to enjoy this creative romp exploring cutting edge electronic storytelling and all the deep insights here!

 

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


[Karen's right. This is a rich vein of thinking about storytelling. ~ Jeff]


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How to Weave a Story that Instantly Captivates Your Audience

How to Weave a Story that Instantly Captivates Your Audience | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Most writers neglect the power of a story to captivate their audience immediately ...

 

This is a quick article with several key messages. But the one that strikes me is that when crafting a story, the most interesting beginning that gets reader's hooked, is often found in the middle of the story.


So true! And I love the example he uses to demonstrate this tip.

 

Beginnings and endings of stories are always hard for those new to storytelling. Even veteran storytellers could benefit from the author's tip here.

 

Think about your stories -- do they need an upgrade by exploring their middles and finding a more compelling opening?

 

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


[An inspiring example of storytelling by Sean D'Souza]


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10 Reasons Why Your Content Doesn't Attract Links -- Story Elements

10 Reasons Why Your Content Doesn't Attract Links -- Story Elements | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
So we have all heard time and time again, "to attract links you need to build great content". But very few actually talk about what good content looks like. That's because good content can come in many different forms.

 

Here's an article by Joe Hall that very clearly explains why content on a website gets ignored. And they are all story principles!

 

Keep this list handy and make sure when you are creating content -- any kind of content whether it be a blog post or a brochure -- that you include a well written title, has a unique voice, contrast, a focused key message, etc.

 

Read the article for more!

 

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Offline Storytelling for Online Scanners -- How to share stories on the Internet

Offline Storytelling for Online Scanners -- How to share stories on the Internet | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Are you a headlines person? You know, the kind who reads the first few chapters of business books on Google and then move onto the next? Are you probably going to scan through this post for bolded phrases and numbered lists and then retweet it before really digging into the details?

 

What an interesting take on sharing stories on the Internet! I just love this new twist, and the ideas shared here for creating content. And with valuable points to take to heart.

 

The premis of this article is that many people will simply scan the content you create for your blog, website, social media posts, etc. Yet storytelling requires reading, not scanning.

 

So what's a person to do? Follow the advice here! Make your stories scannable, also. Seems like an oxymoron and there are times when it might not work. But then there will be times when you can follow the advice here and still have your stories be effective.

 

How do you do that? This author suggests saying the same things lots of times but in different ways, and using visual shortcuts.

 

Read the article to understand her points and think about what you might want to do.

 

Then share with me what your next steps are. I'd love to hear them!

 

Link to original article: 

http://www.bigspaceship.com/2012/07/offline-storytelling-for-online-scanners/ ;

 

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Inside the Storytelling Matrix, Part 1: Problem and Paradox

Inside the Storytelling Matrix, Part 1: Problem and Paradox | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

You’d think that a problem makes for an interesting story. But when it comes to telling the story of game-changing innovation, the “problem/solution” model is broken. This is why so many brands and causes have a hard time telling their story. When it comes to business, you want to introduce a paradox, not just a problem.

 

What a great post from colleage Michael Margolis on how to re-think the problem/resolution elements of a story into presenting the possbility & then the obstacle being faced.

 

This is an especially important insight for nonprofits to get because the problem/resolution set up starts out with a negative -- which can be a turn-off for people. As Michale says, we are surrounded by enough problems these days.

 

So turn the problem/resolution dyamic on its head and shift to presenting the possibility/obstacle dynamic instead.  That way you are leading with a positive, and then presenting the obstacle to overcome. Obviously then people's participation in the cause/business will help the obstacle be overcome. Or part of the obstacle has already been overcome with people's help.

 

Now, I would suggest doing the same for any business -- present the possibility and the obstacle, and then the resolution or call to action.

 

I be you'll feel better setting up your story this way, and so will your audience. Let me know how it goes!


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