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Why Storytelling is Key to Content Marketing Success Today

Each of my highest rated posts on LinkedIn have one thing in common. I shared a story in them. I used storytelling to connect with my network. I stood out because I wasn’t afraid to be a real person. I wasn’t dry or boastful.

It’s easy for B2B companies to get caught up in marketing to businesses rather than people. But strong content marketing today is about being human.

For B2B content creators, addressing, showing comprehension of and solving your clients’ pain points is key.

You can do all of the above with storytelling.

Stories inspire and motivate people to take action. Stories make us more relatable. Stories help connect us to each other. Stories make us human.

Storytelling enables marketers to develop a deeper connection with their audience. It helps people learn as well.

Storytelling is the process of using fact and narrative to communicate something to your audience. Stories build loyalty, brand favorability and help companies and indviduals differentiate themselves from the sea of sameness and vanilla content out there.

Storytelling also helps explain abstract concepts and simplify complex messages. It can help you bring to life boring business content. Creating a narrative around your brand or product can not only humanize it but also helps you market your business.

Hubspot notes that “storytelling has become a crucial component of the most successful marketing campaigns. It sets apart vibrant brands from simple businesses and loyal consumers from one-time, stop-in shoppers.”

As Hubspot aptly puts it, “When brands get transparent and authentic, it brings them down-to-earth and helps consumers connect with them and the people behind them.”

Don’t use your content marketing and social media platforms to solely brag about yourself and your successes. Instead help others. Lead with education and useful content but make it personal too. You can be human without oversharing.

When it comes to what kinds of stories to share, think about stories that are educational, inspiring and relatable. If they can foster community and collaboration.

Maybe it’s telling your origin story, something about your hometown or family life, why you chose your career, a mentor who helped you, a hurdle or challenge you faced, a shout out to a colleague, how you started your business – ground your stories in your own personal experiences.

You can also share your clients’/customers’ stories – or case studies, which are real-world examples of how your products or services have benefitted real customers. Develop a list of 3-7 customers or clients who’ve are happy with the results you’ve achieved for them and to whom you are close enough that you feel comfortable asking them to do this.

Another idea is to share stories of your employees or your company culture. This can help with client retention, lead generation and recruiting. Your goal would be to use the stories of how you do business to showcase your company culture.

Why not add storytelling to the way you craft press releases? You’ll have a better chance of getting media coverage if you do. This involves some creativity and time and effort but it’s well worth it.

That’s what makes you stand out and be memorable in a sea of sameness on social media and in marketing in general.

And most of all, always be HUMAN.

Storytelling helps you communicate your “why” in a creative, engaging way, and I hope you’ll try it!

 

Copyright © 2022, Stefanie M. Marrone. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 172
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About this Author

Stefanie M. Marrone

Stefanie Marrone advises law firms of all sizes, professional service firms, B2C and B2B companies, professional associations and individuals on the full range of marketing and business development consulting services designed to enhance revenue, retain current clients, attract new clients and achieve greater brand recognition and market share. Stefanie has worked with a broad range of law firms of all sizes over her nearly 20-year legal marketing career from Big Law, to mid-size firms, to boutique firms to solo practitioners. She also works with accounting firms,...

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