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Right at the heart of what we do is telling corporate stories through media relations. Business audiences still consume traditional media frequently and trust newspapers and broadcasters to filter out the irrelevant and to focus in on the noteworthy. For investors, broadsheet journalism in its widest sense is still the place to get your information.
To have 870 business journalists tell us that the ‘quality of our briefings’ and our ‘accessibility’ is what they admire the most about Grayling’s corporate communications consultants is testament to the focus we place on getting our storytelling right.
There is still a great gap between social storytelling and social media. It’s not nearly as wide as the gulf on Facebook between conservatives and liberals. But it’s a gap nonetheless.
The marketer in me says that if I get too far down the storytelling path, the “call to action” for my client may be overlooked within the content. However, social storytellers would say the application of a defined message from an external source could corrupt or misalign the audience’s attention.
So let’s look at some fundamental practices you can utilize with your social media engagement to establish storytelling.
Storytellers change their presentation style in different situations. What is suitable for an intimate venue, will not work as well in a large venue. What works for a circle of ten people, does not work in the same way for a circle of twenty-five. Even the hour of day, among many other things, might call for a different capacity or approach. Not everything is possible or fit for storytelling. Amplification might solve a volume issue but it doesn’t do much for intimacy. On the other hand there are situations where it does. The way to gain ‘elasticity’ that will enable a storyteller to adapt as needed, is by learning how to stretch and fold his own wings. It’s like learning how to diminish and increase sound in music. It’s not only changing the volume – the entire sound-production mechanism adapts.
A constant challenge for Internet marketers targeting Facebook has been gaining engagement. Generally brands and page admins have defined engagement as things such as likes, shares, and comments, but more importantly to gain reputation with Facebook’s algorithm.
This infographic created by SocialMouths and American Express OPEN illustrates ways to help make a Facebook page’s post a bit more popular through optimization of post elements such as short posts, the use of emoticons, the best times to post, and contest ideas...
This morning I presented an updated version of the the listening and storytelling presentation that I’ve done for a number of Social:IRL conferences. It focuses on starting with a goal-oriented foundation for your social media strategy, covers tips for online listening, and goes into the steps for telling effective stories that will connect people with your mission.
While great design might lure someone in, it’s not enough to sustain a real relationship. Find out why brand storytelling is essential for content success.
As important as a captivating design is to your content marketing, stories (and the words that tell them) are what make people decide if they like you, if you understand their needs, and if they want to do business with you. Brand storytelling can’t be done with visuals alone.
While great design might lure someone in, it’s not enough to sustain a real relationship. People communicate through conversation, and the words are essential to that dialogue.
When we hear tell a story about the success that a team had and how they did it, we feel like if we’re working with our team, but without knowing, what to do in relation to some crucial issues, such as our business model.
Storytelling appeals to how the brain processes information. Here's five ways to make that work for your business.
When you're selling your product, do you simply go into the nuts-and-bolts of how it works, or do you tell a story?
People ask me what I do at Emergenetics International, and I could easily say I own a human capital consulting firm that provides assessments for employee development, recruitment, and retention. That'd be informative, sure. But you need to be prepared to say more, if you want to draw people in.
I tell my story--about how I grew up sitting at my family's kitchen table, listening to my mother and grandmother trade tales of the classroom. I come from a long line of teachers and these conversations of how Susie solved math problems or why Johnny acted out in class inspired me.