Bernie Sanders may not have clinched the Democratic nomination, but his content marketing strategy was a winner.
You’ve heard it before: The best way to attract new customers and strengthen relationships with existing ones is by connecting with them in a deeply human way. Often, though, establishing a human connection via digital mediums presents a challenging task for marketers. After all, the Web creates a barrier between you and your audience. Unique, personalized stories that resonate with your audience work to diminish this obstacle, and help to create meaningful customer relationships.
Before we begin discussing strategy and highlighting great examples of brand storytelling, let’s talk about what not to do. “Brand storytelling” might make you think this will serve as a great platform to share your brand’s unique story. While this is certainly important, it is not what brand storytelling is about. Rather, this content marketing strategy is about telling the stories of your consumers so they can feel more connected to your brand.
When a third party touts your brand message, it’ll hit home with your key targets a lot sooner than anything you say. Sorry, but that’s the cold, hard truth. Most audiences are inured to the slick promotional brand avowals they’ve heard in company-sponsored ads and other promotions most of their lives.
Recently I was browsing through my Facebook News Feed, when I saw a lame commercial advertisement for a leading insurance company.
I’ll be honest with you: I wasn’t the slightest bit interested in this commercial. In fact, it was a nuisance. After all, I don’t log into Facebook to watch commercials. This is something I tell my clients all the time. But more about this in a bit.
What I was interested in was the comments section underneath the video. Continue reading “Nobody Wants To See Your Commercials In Their News Feeds”
Two words that describe the Crayola brand are imaginative and artful. Since the company’s beginnings in the early 1900s straight through to today, these descriptors have remained relevant despite the fact that the company’s products have continually changed. From simple wax crayons to the newfangled Digital Light Designer, Crayola’s “true north,” according to Vicky Lozano, VP of Corporate Strategy, is “to help parents and teachers raise creative and inspired kids.”
Your bags are packed for Vegas. Your out of office reply is queued. It’s the Friday before Interop, where you’re headed to showcase your company’s latest innovations. The only thing left to do is check your flight and make sure you get to the airport on time. Right?
Wrong! Roll up your sleeves: You have some last-minute marketing points to hone before you board the plane. After all, you don’t want to arrive without all the tools in hand to deliver the best impression possible to your key targets.
Follow this advice to optimize Interop for your brand: Continue reading “Don’t Forget to Pack Your Content Strategy for Interop”
Springtime is a light at the end of a dark and seemingly never-ending tunnel for residents of New England. Though we are used to crazy weather, the wintry mix of snow, sleet and arctic winds can quell the spirits of even the staunchest optimists among us. Spring’s long, warm days and blossoming flowers are a welcome relief after the cold and ice.
If the first quarter of 2016 didn’t knock your socks off, I have a few tips for ensuring 2Q16 moves your marketing team in a better direction.
Many bumps in the road can be attributed to poor planning. So, let’s make sure that your content marketing strategy is headed in the right direction. A recent Curata infographic has removed some of the guesswork by foretelling 2016 content marketing trends.
It was the beginning of the end for Jeb Bush on Feb. 3 when he felt compelled to ask his New Hampshire audience to “please clap” after delivering this line: “I think the next president needs to be a lot quieter but send a signal that we’re prepared to act in the national security interests of this country to get back in the business of creating a more peaceful world.” Continue reading “Does Your Content Warrant Applause?”
A few months ago, you were tasked with implementing a “brand storytelling” strategy in your marketing department. Now, you’re waiting for social shares and comments to begin rolling in. But they’re nowhere to be found.
If this is happening, take heart. Brand storytelling is a new and often misunderstood phrase that shamelessly gets tossed around, often incorrectly. It’s difficult, too. Many companies are now using it, but are finding it much harder to pull off than they expected.
Here are three reasons why your own brand storytelling strategy may be struggling: Continue reading “Three Reasons Your Brand’s Storytelling Strategy Is Utterly Failing”