Great brands are easy to spot. They are iconic, talked about and present in our lives. Some of these brands are goods like iPods, or watches, some are cars, while others are medical, like Aspirin. Brands extend past objects to people, like David Beckham or Obama and even to countries.
After writing on the topic of storytelling for a while I have seen how storytelling is central to brand image creation and brand destiny. I have seen there are different types of stories that people tell around brands. Great brands have the effect of creating happiness for the people using them or the people and communities around them. The happiness created may be long or short-lived but either way there are different types of story associated with brands.
I have seen many brands use storytelling but fail to connect to their audience in the way that brand makers intend. As brand makers we are all trying to get our brands used and heard by our audiences but the challenge of being listened to is getting harder. So why is that? Why do our brands either connect of fail to connect? I think there are five levels of brand storytelling that you need to consider when building your story so you can be sure you are going to connect to your audience.