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Adding something new to advertising.
on April 15, 2014
This book is written by two authors who are both involved with SapientNitro and its strategic vision. Darren McColl is also listed as an author; his position with SapientNitro is to help business grow by bringing "insight to strategy, and inspiration to creativity". This book explains how this concept grew wings at an event in London titled "Storytelling in the Digital Age" in 2012. Twitter, Google, and Facebook were all prominently represented as the PR world tries to reinvent itself: A press release alone just doesn't work anymore.
The first chapter is entitled "Great storytelling alone won't save your business", and emphasizes the "fast, cheap, and good" rule. You have to pick two of the three: You can't have it all. However, if you focus on the triad of value, story, and experience, you can have all three. For example, the owner of a pizza company can tell a story about how he or she "discovered" the secret sauce recipe at age 12, or something similar. An example would be the American Girl franchise success: A publisher of educational materials came up with the idea of teaching about American History by using 3 18-inch dolls, each from a different historical period. These dolls all came with historically accurate storybooks detailing their life. By the time Mattel bought the company in 1995, there were more than 50 dolls, with stories from all over the world in almost every ethnicity. Every little girl could find a doll that would mirror her own story in some way. Now there are American Girl restaurants and salons. This concept works!
Have you ever predicted what might happen next in a story? Stories have a plot, settings, and characters, and narrative. Everybody has a story, as does every gadget that's invented. Tell the story behind the item; how it was created, what was the "special sauce" as it were. Stories sell: Ads may or may not.