Simone Douglas - "#SeriouslySocial"
Today’s consumer atmosphere of brand loyalty demands an authentic and unique presence to stand out in a saturated market. Yet companies continue to shout about their products from the rooftops at least the digital ones and set themselves up for failure with false promises delivered in the form of an out of touch and gimmicky marketing strategy that invariably leaves a sour taste somewhere along the customer journey.
Creating coherent and responsive messaging that articulates a brand’s value is significantly easier when the message is honest, authentic and connects who you are as a business to the values and needs of your customers.
The most critical aspect of a marketing strategy is to create messaging that supports the identity of the business or organisation and positions it honestly within its marketplace.
This is the main difference between Storytelling and “Story Selling.” There are infinite narrative strategies that can be thought up to build up or sell a brand, business or person. That said a simple approach of being genuine is not only the easiest to portray, but the most scalable, adaptable, and stable. In order for this “genuine” approach to work, a business must deliver on the expectation it sets.
It is easy to get distracted by all the noise in the business world at large but jump day is your chance to settle in and work on your business in ways that allow you to make the most of your opportunities today, tomorrow and forever. Today’s show is the very beginning of reviewing and reframing your approach to your customers experience through your sales and marketing.
IBGR is a global community of commerce committed to your success and our programming is designed to give you the tools and resources as well as the one percenters you might be missing. So settle in because all the best stories are told with the audiences full attention and today is no exception. If you put the learnings into place you will have started your preparation to belt 2021 out of the stratosphere. After all We didn’t wake up this morning and decide to own an averagely successful business now did we?
Show Objectives - The Why
The purpose of today’s show is to give you an understanding of narrative marketing from a humanistic perspective.
Storytelling is a form of interactive expression that engages an audience’s imagination. More simply, it’s the writing and telling of stories. When it comes to content marketing, storytelling doesn’t change much. The end goal is to engage your audience's interest, imagination and feelings. Storytellers thoughtfully consider who their audience is and what stories they are interested in.
For businesses, becoming established and seeing conversations through storytelling can be a slow but meaningful climb (one most businesses don’t have the patience or make the time for). Stories offer honesty, humility, transparency, vulnerability, and integrity something ads (the product of marketing efforts) just can’t do.
When it comes to our customers the most successful businesses have a carefully crafted balance of storytelling and story selling that engages both the heart & the mind then ultimately the wallet of their ideal customers.
Key Issues - Owner Perspective:
What You Need to Know - What we will be covering
Like it or not every business stands for something, if you get it right it's a good thing and when you get it wrong it costs you both opportunities and sales as customers fall out of the nest along the way through misalignment of messaging to customers expectations.
What you need to do today
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Does your 6 word story measure up or are you faking it until you break it - looking at it through a marketing, sales and service experience perspective are we delivering on the expectations we are creating. Do we live our values every step of the way or are they just a poster on the wall?
Written by Simone Douglas
The Publican & Licensee of the Duke of Brunswick Hotel, Executive Director for BNI Adelaide North one of the biggest networking organisations in the world, the driving force behind South Australia’s leading social media agency, Social Media AOK and best-selling author with her first book “Seriously Social – turning your online game into real-world gain”. Her next book “The Confident Networker” is set for release on November 6th.
Simone also serves as Deputy President of the State Chapter Committee South Australia for the Franchise Council of Australia and sits on the Franchise Advisory Council for BNI Australia
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