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Deep Dive » Storytelling
By storycollabora
on April 07, 2015

One Size Does Not Fit All

When you purchase a new car, with the exception of the color and available options, you get something almost identical to the one in the showroom.  Effective websites should never be like that; a "one-size fits all approach" in websites usually means that it won't really serve any of your needs. Your brand, your logo and graphic elements, photography, videos and content along with the unique needs and preferences of your customers should shape the way your website works and feels. So while we benefit from the use of large scale open source software, what a customer finds on your website should be unique to your business.  Their web experience is often the first impression of your company, and for most businesses, you need that impression to lead to customer action that results in an appointment, sale or visit.

David Mills
By David Mills
on March 05, 2015

Culture Shift

You don't have to look far to see the shift toward story-based marketing. A quick glance through a magazine, prime-time television, even the latest Super Bowl ads makes it clear – stories are working as a way to tell brand stories. This is an important change in marketing trends, part of it due to the power of social marketing.  Significant industry experts report that multiple corporate brands – ExxonMobil, Dow, Google, and IBM to name a few – have all upped the messaging related to their corporate story.

David Mills
By David Mills
on March 02, 2015

Social Media. It Matters.

The average person will tell forty-two people about a great social media experience (1). Forty-two. And yet, only 36% of people report their problems being solved when they inquire via social media (2). Most marketing and sales specialists understand the power of a conversation. From the first time a customer encounters your brand -- maybe it's a billboard, an article in a magazine, or a post on Twitter -- your brand is beginning a conversation with that customer. So, where is the disconnect?

David Mills
By David Mills
on January 05, 2015

The coming Facebook changes

If you are a small business or a nonprofit, you may be aware of the changes that Facebook is making to the way it distributes posts into our follower's news feeds. If your posts have been promotional in nature, even those that were intentional and creative, Facebook changes will result in "organic distribution" that will "fall significantly over time," starting in mid-January. That means that business and nonprofit pages will reach fewer and fewer of those who follow us if we are using language that looks or smells like advertising. Facebook's solution for that is simple, if it is advertising, then they want you to pay them for it.  Some painfully respond that they already "paid" with significant effort to build the "likes" on their pages, but those complaints aren't getting much response.

David Mills
By David Mills
on December 24, 2014

I recently watched the classic Dickens Christmas Carol, the one with George C. Scott.    I feel moved every time I watch it-- it touches on something that is a deep part of our human story.   The  various characters speak to the hopes and struggles of our lives-- the desire for closeness, challenges with money, health issues and interactions with powerful people.  A rich contrast plays out between someone who has everything but is miserable, and those who have little but who are generous and joyful.  The core message of this story is timeless.  It asks, can people change?  Can they awaken from lives of cruelty and selfishness to care deeply about the welfare of others?  Unlike Scrooge, I am afraid that we may not get the benefit of a visitation by ghosts, offering a more eternal perspective that allows us to see the world in a new light.

David Mills
By David Mills
on December 16, 2014

I grew up watching a local car dealer advertise with a big white cowboy hat and a parade of farm and zoo animals.  He was giving us the gift of amusement.   It was memorable, but I was dubious about the kind of car buying experience I might have on his lot, because the elephant wasn't telling a story that created confidence in his auto expertise.   When we come to realize that we need to use a story-based approach for our organization, we can feel pressure to put ourselves in the movie business, or recruit a family member to become our amateur (and often ineffective) television spokesperson.  Storytelling should be a priority for every business in the this era of social media, but it doesn't require filming your own reality TV show, because an army of storytellers are already available to you-- they are your customers.

David Mills
By David Mills
on November 25, 2014

Story-based marketing is a primary focus of the Story Collaborative.   Story-based marketing includes skills, practices and technology, but more than anything else it moves us toward a new way of thinking.  As we undergo a story paradigm shift, we can transition from antiquated and ineffective approaches of marketing, based in a rapidly expiring perspective about people and communication, toward a viral and powerful approach that places our goods, service-- our value-- into the lives of consumers directly through their story.

David Mills
By David Mills
on November 25, 2014

The word "story" has become a buzz-word in the last couple of years. Everyone seems to be using the vague concept of story in reference to marketing strategy and brand equity. But, what is story in a professional context?

David Mills
By David Mills
on June 24, 2014

You can get to know a company, department or organization by the stories they tell.

Failure isn't usually the topic of most organizational stories, but maybe it should be.

Amy Alexander
By Amy Alexander
on June 17, 2014
[ Updated July, 2020 ]

What is the best day and time to post on social media? Wednesday. On Facebook, it's Wednesday at 11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. and on Instagram it's Wednesday at 3p.

 

But wait!

There is more to the story...

Best day and time to post on social media? Great question! I would love to say that the answer above is the perfect formula for publishing. I would also like to say that hours of our research resulted in a simple way to ensure engagement. But, the truth is: there is no perfect day and time for every audience.