"Telling a great story is even harder when you are living in the middle of it. This is why so many powerful and moving stories are never told.
So how do you get started on a story? How do you keep from getting overwhelmed by the details?"
Read the full article to find out more about these 10 prompts to help you find your story:
What’s unique about you?What is interesting about how you got to where you are at right now?What problem are you equipped to solve?What inspires you?What “aha!” moments have you experienced?How have you evolved and grown?How do you feel about your work, the people you interact with, and yourself?What is a nontraditional way to tell your story?What do you consider normal and boring, that others might think is cool?How will you change the world?
Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
By ascribing a story to your company, you provide an illustrated example of how, why and what you do, while assigning an emotional weight to your company’s journey. The result is the creation of a brand. How can you harness that emotional response to better communicate your company’s mission and overall goals? Let’s examine some of the tenets of storytelling for business and how they can be applied to your organization."
Read the full article to find out more about these elements of a brand story and where companies can typically find them:
Inciting incidentRising actionTurning point (climax)Falling actionDenouement
'The nuts and bolts that make up search engine optimization all hold the frame together, and that frame is content.
However, it’s much bigger than that.Without those nuts and bolts, such as inbound links, social signals, microformats, and citations, the content itself is nothing more than a pile sheet metal that can’t do anything.
As we continue to explore the ways that content can help with SEO, it’s important to note that even the infographic below by Fat is only one side of the content equation'.
Crowdfunding is on the rise, and Kickstarter is leading the pack. Not only is the trend increasing but, it I’ve noticed that the word “kickstart” has replaced some of the actual terms used when referring to other areas of crowdfunding.
over 5 million daily visitors3700 ongoing projects funded$18 Million of fundingMultiple projects cross the $1 million thresholdFilm and Video, Games, Music, and Technology are the largest Categories
Via Lauren Moss
"It doesn’t matter whether you write about the economy or something commonly considered “buzzworthy” like entertainment. Everyone has an interesting story waiting to be uncovered.
The challenge is finding the best way to tell that story so your audience wakes up and listens."
Read the full article to find out more about these six storytelling tips gleaned from an expert panel on digital storytelling:
Basics first: Get your audience to care.What’s your story in a nutshell?Show and (sparingly) tell.Visuals can help — and if you’re not careful, harm — your credibility.Video is the future.Finally, you gotta have faith.
Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
Photography has always been an integral part of web design. Unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing crappy stock images of people in suits shaking hands. Not only are a lot of these stock photos tacky, but some of them cost money!
Thankfully, there’s been a growing number of websites with beautiful stock photography popping up all over the web. Best of all, they’re free.
In this post, we’ve curated a list of awesome websites for free stock photos.
Evolution of storytelling created for iversity.com.
Origins of storytellingAncient Egyptian storiesAncient Greek poetsShadowplay in AsiaTroubadoursPrinting pressShakespeare's playsMovies & radioGolden age of tvInternetTransmedia storytellingAlternate reality games
Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
Whether you use them for reaching potential customers, interact with people, or to generate content, Social Media is a power tool for businesses. Check out some of the most popular online networks and how much of an impact they each have.
Social media has become an essential part of our daily lives, but, with so many networks out there fighting for our attention which networks are we really using? Overall, 72% of adults over the age of 18 used a social network in 2012. Currently Facebook is still the most popular site with 62% of adult global Internet users actively logging in, with nearly half of these users active on Twitter too...
" According to an Infographic by Twilert, which analyzed Twitter for brand engagement by users, summarized data points and stats emphasizing on the vitality of Twitter in brand marketing. A few more interesting findings are listed at the article link. "
Events such as movement of clouds, the rising and setting of the sun, a party with your friends, even individual activities or anything else that you can imagine. You will see them in a new way and otherwise undetectable patterns will emerge.
Adobe’s Photoshop is the gold standard when it comes to photo-editing software – the preferred tool for many graphic designers and photographers. But many of the complex features that once only a Photoshop pro could do, can now be achieved using basic, free software that comes with your computer or downloaded from the Web. Think cropping, resizing, color adjustments, filters, red-eye removal, and automatic enhancements.
In fact, a lot of useful photo-editing features are built into online photo-sharing sites like Google+ and Flickr. However, what if you want to quickly apply one or two effects without having to become a Photoshop guru? We’ve found and tested a few online alternatives that won’t require you to fire up any photo-editing apps....
Since its inception over seven years ago, Twitter has built a community of over 200 million monthly active users, and over 170 billion tweets have been posted in total.
On average, users spend 170 minutes on the site each month and have 208 followers. Twitter is also undergoing a mobile revolution with 80% of its users accessing the site via a mobile device. 63% of brands use multiple Twitter accounts, with YouTube leading the way as the most-followed brand with 33 million followers...
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