October 9, 2013Gate6,Creative,videobranding,marketing,Marketing,content marketing
Storytelling has been a tradition for humankind since the dawn of civilization. Today, storytelling remains at the heart of communication. That’s because it’s ingrained in our DNA.
More and more, brands are not simply defined by their products and services, but also by the stories they, and their consumers, share. And everyone—including your brand—has a story to tell.
Video isn’t the only way to tell a good story, but it’s one of the most engaging formats. Online video viewership is exploding, with Cisco projecting that online video will surpass Facebook and Twitter in popularity by 2017. Investing in online video marketing is a smart choice for brands, and storytelling is what connects with viewers.
Narrative is what sets storytelling apart from other types of communication, and it’s personality centric. It’s not about a sales pitch—it’s about how a product or service (or even an encounter) related to your brand helped someone achieve or surpass satisfaction.
Nobody tells stories about a widget unless something interesting happens to it, or somebody does something with it, or it takes on a life of its own. (What tales those widgets could tell!)
So how can brands use storytelling in their video marketing? By identifying the narratives that parallel and intersect with their brand, product, or service.
Chronological narrative runs parallel to your brand. It tells who you are, where you’ve been and where you’re headed. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when trying to identify the stories you can tell in your business videos:
There’s no reason for the answer to any of these questions to be boring. With storytelling you can be creative, funny, personable, relatable, sincere, insightful, caring, helpful, or whatever combination suits your brand.
Additionally, there are stories that intersect with your brand along the way. These types of stories can be highly effective. Some example questions to ask:
There are so many other questions that can be asked to help inform the type of story you’re trying to tell. The key is to identify the most compelling narratives that allow your brand stand apart. Be genuine, concise, and engaging. Yours is not the only brand that your audience will encounter today.
Information is a commodity, but a good story is always easy to remember—especially through video.
by Gate6 Inc.