Oh, The Stories We Can Tell!
That’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.Walt Disney
Storytelling in marketing is nothing new, but so many brands continue to miss out on the unique capabilities that this type of communication tool can provide for their business.
Storytelling in business can be used to help break down or clarify a message that your customers will understand, remember, and possibly share with others.
That last point is especially important because a positive conversation about your brand from a trusted friend, family member, or colleague can hold a lot of weight and influence on how you view that company in the future.
Because humans are complex emotional beings, when it comes to marketing, appealing to logic and reason is in most cases only half the job. To try and create a level of trust (that grows over time with positive experience) brands can use storytelling as a way of building a relationship with their audience.
However, creating a real connection isn’t as easy as it sounds, people aren’t easily fooled by tall-tales and a questionable back story. So, it’s important to show your brand’s true colors and be authentic in the story you are telling.
As far back as we can remember people have been using stories to pass down information, but why use a story, surely, it’s just a longer route to saying what you actually want to say? While it might be longer, stories help us recall information that we may have otherwise forgotten, allowing us to piece together the underlying message and process how we feel about it.
For marketers, this is a great way for people to remember specific details about your products, services, or brand in general. Making it easier for them to recall those feelings when they see or interact with your brand.
Storytelling is about context and blending facts and feelings to hold a customer’s attention long enough to make an impression.
Creating a story that plays on the emotional side of our brains, allows brands a different way of marketing, one that shifts from a selling mindset to a connecting one and engages your audience in a way that your competitors might not be.
An important aspect to remember is that sometimes the best stories lie not with your business but with your customers and their experiences. By sharing stories that other customers will find relatable they subconsciously make a connection with your brand.
Storytelling isn’t just about words either, humans are undoubtedly visual creatures. With more and more businesses creating video content, it’s important for brands to cut through all the clutter. Creating engaging stories is the quickest way to connect, build trust, and ultimately drive sales, traffic, or interest in your business offerings.
Storytelling is also not limited to any one industry or type of business. Any brand no matter how small their niche can tell their story and capture the hearts and imaginations of their audience. With a thoughtful and consistent approach telling your story might be your best marketing weapon yet.
Our Moment of Bliss
Storytelling is not limited to anything. Music is one of the best sources of all types of stories. Today we focus on the electronic song “Over & Out (Delamare Remix)” by Sparrows, Delamare featured on our Spotify playlist.