Whether you want to touch a nerve, reach a new audience, or boost your sales, storytelling is the most powerful tool in your arsenal. As humans, we love a good story, and when it resonates with us, it can drive us to take action when nothing else can.
Think about it. Which would you rather read, an interesting story, or a sales letter? Which are you more likely to remember a week from now, a compelling story, or a features and benefits comparison? And which are you more likely to buy, a story you can see yourself in, or a product that does x, y, and z?
If you think back on your most recent purchases, from the business coach you hired to the car you bought last summer, chances are youâ€™ll find a story that resonated with you, and that drove your decision to purchase.
Stories About You
Youâ€™ve heard it time and time again: People buy from those they know, like, and trust. And part of getting to know you is hearing your stories. Your potential clients want to know how you came to be in business, what experiences youâ€™ve had that drove your decisions, what lessons you learned along the way.
Your stories donâ€™t have to be directly related to business to be powerful, either. That anecdote about the time you nearly got arrested for not having a valid driverâ€™s license is the perfect lead in to a blog post about better record keeping. Or the story about how you accidentally seated two warring families together at your wedding reception? Itâ€™s just what you need to drive home a point about relationship building.
Stories About Your Clients
Otherwise known as social proof, stories about your clients are incredibly useful in your marketing and branding strategy. Testimonials, white papers, case studies and the like are all just stories, after all, and they showcase how you and your products have changed a life or a business for the better.
Stories About Your Products
Yes, even your products have stories to tell. Why did you decide to create that new coaching program? What will it help your clients achieve? Who is it not suited to? These stories and more can show your potential clients more about your products and services than any sales page ever will. When you openly share your thought processes as you were creating your program, buyers will instantly know if itâ€™s a product that will work for them or not.
Clearly, stories have a lot of power when it comes to branding and marketing, but you have to use caution. Beware of the awkward insertion of a story just because youâ€™ve heard itâ€™s good for your marketing. If you find yourself midway through a blog post and you write something like, â€śbut anyway, enough of that, letâ€™s get on with businessâ€ť and then making a total shift to a completely different subject, chances are the story isnâ€™t working.
But if you can tie your story in naturally to what follows, thatâ€™s your golden ticket to better branding, more sales, and a more profitable business. We love stories. Donâ€™t be afraid to tell yours.
In fact, share one right now in the comments below. What is a story that tells us about who you are?
Creating a memorable brand requires us to be authentic, vulnerable and transparent. The easiest way to do that is by telling stories. If you are curious to learn more about how you can incorporate more storytelling into your business and how this ties in to your overall marketing strategy, schedule a free 30-minute “Transform my Brand from Bland to Brilliant” Strategy Session with me. In this 30-minute conversation, you will quickly discover what your biggest brand challenge is, what you want to create instead and exactly what action step you need to take next to make it happen. Just click here to fill out a few simple questions. I guarantee that you will walk away feeling lighter, more connected to your business and excited about what’s next for you!