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Storytelling for SMEs is not as complex as it sounds. It is not expensive. It does not depend on an award-winning agency. In fact, everyone, I mean everyone on the planet can be a storyteller. Some may be good at it; some may be bad at it. And those who think they are bad at it are actually not utilizing their storytelling skills the right way.
You should look at the bigger picture, not because you "understand" how social media works, that would make you a social media literate person.
So how can you be a storytelling entrepreneur? We have listed a handful of guide questions below that should be enough to bring you closer to the golden age of your storytelling journey.
It is a given that not everyone is gifted with the skill of storytelling. More so in the B2B landscape, we have more sellers than storytellers. And that makes more sense because in this day and age businesses have to sell. By any form, we all need to sell. But can selling be an out-of-the-box experience both for the seller and the buyer? How do you make this build longer relationships, instead of once in a lifetime deals?
In the content marketing agenda, it has been a norm to talk about the role of marketers in coming up with a compelling proposition. Enough to drive an almost one-sided conversation that storytelling is better left to the marketers. We seem to have that scary idea that those who are in charge of lead generation and inbound activities are the only storytellers in the room. If you are from the sales team, it’s time to stand up!
I have been writing about marketing video content for a while now. And I have repeatedly mentioned that it was all part of your content strategy to include videos in your library of content. There are a lot of things you can build online video content from; you need not spend that much “scientific” approach to producing a video. Everyone on the internet is on the constant phase of scrolling through news feed, blog sites and search engines. So make sure that when they stop over your domain, you have these short videos that can be consumed in the shortest time possible and provide the biggest value it can give to your followers.
It’s the Chinese New Year and according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar, this year is the year of the monkey. One of the strengths of the monkey is being innovative. And if we are to be zealous about the direction to which this belief is founded on, then people born in this year has some good innovations in store for us. But I am no fortune teller, and if I could, I would just guess what would be the next viral topic and write about it. But something I can write now in the light of the festive season, (I am based in Singapore, and believe me, this is one of the most awesome places to be in during CNY) is about how most brands still think that content marketing is something that is not worth investing in.
Technologist and digital innovators understood the need to get rid of this noise, this chaos, they have decided that the consumer journey should be at the top priority, it does not make sense to spend money on annoying your consumers with ads. And so we begin to see hope in a better “advertising” future - welcome, Ad Blocking! I believe advertising will still matter after all these, but what Ad Blocking is doing is that it is bringing back the best consumer experience there is, one that people can relate to in real life. It transforms brands into storytellers and consumers go after these stories. Not the other way around where advertisements have to chase consumers.
It’s a matter of starting off with the right foot in your storytelling journey, and the most important thing to keep in mind is that you should avoid spending more time in “informing” the audience about your identity but in creating a relatable experience for them. Your goal is to have your audience say “yes, I understand, and I care” after reading or watching your brand story. If your audience just says “now I know” then you have successfully informed them but not enough to make them care, to make them stay to whatever you have to say next.
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