Demystifying brand storytelling for everyone
Once upon a time, there was a concept called brand storytelling.
Its popularity increased until it became something of a buzzword. People referenced it in their articles and assured all who would listen about the importance of using stories in their marketing.
But there were many who did not understand.
For them, the idea of telling a story in their marketing copy made little sense, and they were left to guess at how they might put stories to use…
Brand storytelling, or corporate storytelling, is all the rage. But every article I read on using stories to connect with prospects seems to be heavy on the why of storytelling (connect with your audience, hold their attention, build trust) and light on the how.
So how exactly do you use stories?
I'm a freelance copywriter and I work on brand stories every day. I thought I would share what I understand about storytelling to help you put it to use in your own marketing.
The way I see it, there are three key types of stories you can use in your branding.
If you're like most businesses, you will have a blog on your website. (And if you don’t, you really should.)
There are many great reasons to have a blog, but one of the best is lead generation. This usually consists of a form at the end of each post that encourages the reader to leave their email address in return for a free report, a newsletter, blog updates, etc.
If you’re doing this, fantastic: your blog is an effective place to generate sign-ups.
People are reading the content because they find it valuable in some way, and that means there's a chance they will want to sign up for more of the same.
But there's a problem.
Successful blogging is all about coming up with ideas. Lots of them.
What is there to write about? What would people actually want to read that you could possibly write?
I won't lie: getting started can be tough.
But the truth is, once you get going, the ideas start flowing. I've currently got a folder of blog writing ideas in my Evernote account that just keeps on expanding, and for every blog I write, I add five new ideas.
You can easily find a continuous stream of ideas by being proactive. And that means spending a little bit of time – but not a lot – searching for ideas in the right places.
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