For small business owners, storytelling is a powerful marketing and branding tool. When done correctly, storytelling marketing promotes your brand and its purpose in an authentic and honest manner. Effective storytelling will create and strengthen brand loyalty because your clients will be further moved to do business with you when they truly understand where you are coming from and how you can help.
How can you use storytelling marketing to grow your business brand? Here are five tips for sharing your story effectively…
1. Storytelling shares your truth. The stories you tell should be as authentic as possible. Marketing Week advises that a brand’s story is not something businesses should refer to just when they launch a marketing campaign or issue a press release. Rather, it should be the foundation on which a future growth strategy is built. How did the business originate? What is its mission? What are its values? How has it stayed true to those values and mission? These are all incredibly authentic, truthfulstories that need to be shared with those interested in a business.
2. Storytelling builds your personality. According to Fast Company, 92% of consumers want brands to share advertisements that tell stories. Brand storytelling shows a business’ personality, mission and values. It says who you really are and what is most important in the company. In today’s online world, a brand’s personality is almost as important as the actual product or service they provide. Storytelling is a useful outlet to let this personality shine through and engage consumers on a personal level.
3. Storytelling establishes relationships. Storytelling brings in your audience and establishes an emotional relationship with those seeking a product or service. It shows a business as a relational, transformative, trustworthy entity—not just a money-hungry corporation. When consumers see a brand’s story, they feel drawn to it in the same way they’re drawn to other storylines, like movies, T.V. shows or music. And when consumers are drawn in and feel connected, that relationship continues to grow stronger as they learn more and more about a business.
4. Storytelling sets you apart. Your business brand is unique, and telling your story is a great way to set that brand apart from the competition. Tell what makes you important, valuable and better than others in your field. Why are you the leading expert in an issue? Why should consumers purchase your product over another? When you tell the story or your brand, you set the business apart by showing its distinct origin, foundation and direction.
5. Storytelling drives action. Finally, storytelling drives action for a business brand. When consumers see a brand’s personality, feel a relationship with it and see how it sets apart from the crowd, they will feel more inclined to do something—sign up for a mailing list, use a service or buy a product. This is the power in storytelling. Its unique content marketing strategy engages consumers on their level, and then encourages them to seek more information and get involved.
At the end of the day, a business that learns how to use effective storytelling as an integral part of its marketing strategy has the potential to establish real connections with customers. That is why it is important to make sure you have a strong, authentic brand identity across all of your marketing channels that work together to tell one cohesive, honest story of your brand.