Dear Brands, It’s Not You, It’s Your Story

Consumers of today’s age are more empowered than ever before.  They have tons of questions and zero tolerance for generic push marketing. In a nutshell, they absolutely hate being sold to. 

Enter: Storyteller marketing, an unconventional marketing strategy that weaves gripping narratives to help your audience think –

As Joe Lazauskas, an expert storyteller says, “Good stories surprise us. They make us think and feel. They stick in our minds and help us remember ideas and concepts in a way that a PowerPoint crammed with bar graphs never can.” 

Now, while storytelling works, successfully implementing it in your marketing is no easy feat. In fact, successfully storytelling demands creativity, genuine vision, and an a-level consistency to connect with difficult consumers of 2019.

You cannot just improvise a boring story and use it as a sales pitch to attract customers. An impactful story must be emotionally engaging and focused on customers.

So in this article, I’ll answer all the questions you’ve ever had regarding storyteller marketing and further share strategies to implement.

So let’s dive in.

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How to Write Brand Content for Social Media in 2019

Today, it’s a common practice for a business, no matter how big or small, to be actively present on social media. Some businesses even have several social media accounts to maximize their social media presence and exposure by posting brand content. 

A Quick Intro to Brand Content

Brand content is content linked to a brand and represents a brand’s values, core message, and has the following characteristics:

  • Focus on the brand’s values. Rather than putting a product first, brand content is mainly focused on what a brand represents. This is one of the aspects that make brand content so memorable.
  • The main goal is to generate conversion. Since brand content seeks to have an impact on the target audience, it aims at increasing conversion rates as a result.
  • Added value for the audience. Another goal of the brand content is not just to represent the values of a brand but to bring value to the target audience as well.

It is important to remember that brand content is NOT product-oriented and NOT invasive. The purpose of creating brand content is for the target audience to consume it voluntarily and to help a brand stay recognizable and competitive in an increasingly saturated market.

Brand Content: Crunching the Numbers

Besides using brand content to stand out from the competitors, businesses invest in brand content for a number of important reasons:

  • branded content is 22 times more engaging than display ads
  • investing in brand content results in 86% brand recall
  • consumers are 14% more likely to check out a brand that has brand content
  • brand content is crucial for social media campaigns, with 74% of brands supporting this claim

It all sounds very easy appealing until you start writing your brand content, which is the most challenging part. There are a lot of temptations, including over-advertising your product or putting your ambitions before

So, to make the process of writing brand content more planned and organized, let’s take a look at our step-by-step guide. 

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How to Scale an E-commerce Business?

Have a great idea? Now you can turn it into a profitable business, even with limited capital, owing to the surge in online shopping. Yes, you no longer need truckloads of money to set up a brick and mortar store or have your business running.

In the booming e-commerce economy, it is possible to sell your products and services, straight from your favourite couch, and reap huge profits, too.

Don’t believe us?

Going by what the experts say, 95% of purchases will be made online by 2040. At present, millennials make up to 54% of purchases online compared to 49% for non-millennials. In America, 96% of individuals have made an online purchase in their life, and 80% have shopped online in the past 30 days.

E-Commerce

No wonder, starting a small business is much more convenient today as compared to the past. Once you have a solid idea and a business plan to sell online, you can set a shop despite limited capital and resources.

However, to become profitable and get the money in your corner, you eventually need to scale your business so that it starts generating revenue on autopilot.

Are you the owner of a small business or an upcoming startup? Congrats! Now that you have taken the first step, it is time to scale your business and take the next leap by following these five tips.

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How to Launch Your eLearning Course with a Bang with these Digital Marketing Tactics

Launch Your eLearning Course

Digital marketing is about two things – Experience and Visibility.  

Imagine this: You have created a fantastic eLearning course. It is full of animations, images, quizzes, videos, even games, and now you cannot wait to release it to the world. You are dreaming about all your future learners who will marvel at your creation and pay you to experience the best ways of learning. 

You release the course and wait. And wait… And wait.  

What must be wrong?  

The bad news is, even though you launched a crazy-engaging and fun course, but for some reason, it didn’t reach your target audience.  

The good news is, this can be effectively corrected. 

Because, while your eLearning course is enough to take care of the “experience” part, there are some tactics that can put your course on the map of the internet.  

Read on to find out how.

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How these Brands Make Billions By “Shocking” Users

Shock Marketing

Consumers in 2019 are deadly.  They’re skeptic, ask a lot of questions, and have a zero-tolerance policy for bullshit.

What’s more, the competition is intense, so you’ll have to go above and beyond to reach your target market.

Enter: Shockvertising, a creative marketing tactic that deliberately violates the norm to create a trendy “buzz” effect. The goal is to break the status quo and instead “shock” the target audience—but in the right way.

But this is easier said than done.

Shockvertising is a powerful marketing strategy, but leveraging controversial topics is no easy feat. That can go wrong than right (more on this later).

In this article, I share my insights on shock advertising and furthermore, talk about brands that have successfully shockvertised their target audience.

So, let’s get started!

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5 Early Warning Signs of a Brand Crisis You Need to Act On Immediately

Brand Crisis

It’s a competitive business world out there, and you cannot afford your brand to take a hit or to fall behind. That said, it’s only natural for every brand to reach a certain point in its lifespan when making a radical change, or simply evolving, becomes imperative.

Fail to evolve with the times, the prevailing trends, and the values of your demographic, and you will lose brand trust and loyalty. And boy, are there a lot of trends that demand of global brands to make a positive change.

Unfortunately, though, even the most experienced business leaders can miss some of the early warning signs of a brand crisis, whether it’s a lack of brand awareness, a shift in the company’s culture, diminished lead generation, negative customer sentiment, or other.

With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the warning signs you need to act on as quickly as you can.

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6 Brilliant Examples of Video Marketing from Successful Marketers

Examples of Video Marketing

The idea of brands requiring a video marketing strategy is not a new one; what has changed is the importance of it on every channel and platform. Today, videos are not just another part of a marketing plan. Instead, they are the central focus of campaigns, especially the ones that include social media strategies.

Marketers, today, understand how crucial videos are for a successful marketing campaign. According to a survey, an average business publishes 18 videos a month, and the content they provide is accepted and supported by their consumers.

The world we live in is a visual one, which is why more than 87 percent of people respond to seeing more video content from brands in 2019. It proves that the adoption of video marketing is increasing every day, as more businesses are investing in improving their video marketing strategies.  

Here are six ways of how video marketing can add to the success of your business, along with examples of some of the best successful marketers.

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Macro vs Micro: Which Influencer Type is Best for Your Business

Macro Vs Micro Influencers

Businesses have long looked for the best strategies to push their businesses on social media. Long gone, for many companies, is solely relying on their social media accounts to promote their products and services – in comes the social media influencer. 

A social media influencer is a user who has reliable traction amongst their audience. Generally, their followers (audience) engage with them regularly and value their opinion. Marketers love to leverage the fact that they can use an influencer to promote to a target market, while users are influenced by someone they can relate and look up to.

Influencer Marketing Global Spend & ROI

According to Mediakix’s influencer marketing spend study, the influencer marketing global spend is projected to increase to $10 billion by 2020!

Influencer Marketing

Also, according to a survey conducted in 2017 by Celebrity Intelligence, for every USD 1.27 spent on an influencer, their ROI per influencer was USD 11.15! 

So, based on Mediakix and Celebrity Intelligence’s data, you can see how much money is being dished out by influencer marketers and how much return they are getting for their investment. 

For you marketers looking to implement influencer marketing, it is the right time to do so! 

Now, before we get into the nitty-gritty of which type of influencer is best for your business, we will explain the two different types of influencer – a micro-influencer and a macro-influencer.

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4 Tips for Building Brand Authenticity in a World Full of Distrust

We’re in the midst of a consumer trust crisis. Between data hacks and manipulative advertising, mistakes on the parts of businesses have left consumers reluctant to trust. In the eyes of many, businesses are out to make money at the expense of their customers’ faith and safety. 

According to research by Salesforce, roughly 59 percent of customers believe their personal information is vulnerable to security breaches, and about 54 percent don’t believe that companies have their best interests at heart. That said, trust in businesses these days is lower than ever before. 

Businesses aren’t the only ones losing consumers’ faith. Marketers, social media stars, and bloggers aren’t always trusted, either. In general, the public is turning to friends and family above all else in an effort to seek out recommendations they can truly trust.

Brand Authenticity

The question is, how can we, as brands, build relationships with consumers who have lost all faith in marketing? The answer lies in becoming a transparent, authentic company. Here’s how you can do it.

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How Branded Content and Native Advertising are Different?

Branded Content and Native Advertising

Preferences of today’s generation are no longer the same. They have changed over the period. As a result of this changing preference, marketing has changed too. Traditional ways of advertising are no longer in use as the millennials don’t like intensive selling techniques. They are more attracted to a pleasant experience with brands. Based on their skills, they build a relationship with them. It is more about relevant and meaningful connections than just buying something and forgetting at the end.

Brands do just like that using branded content. It’s an era when the audience is blocking the 24*7 advertisement chase using ad blockers; branded content has become a saviour that has a positive impact on people.

Let’s know more about it in detail and differentiate between branded content and native advertising. Read More

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