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STORYTELLING

Stories may allow us to connect with our customers on an emotional level, but they are also central to an individual’s decision-making process. We use storytelling in our overall brand strategy to communicate both logic and emotion to our customers.

POWER OF STORYTELLING

In order to create a connection with our audience, we must first contextualize our brand within a larger narrative. Storytelling is a powerful tool that allows us to showcase products, software and services in a way that inspires an emotional connection to

our brand. Dynamic storytelling is our most useful device for helping our consumers see the full value of our brand.

COMPONENTS OF STORYTELLING

Before engaging with your audience, you must first clearly define your storytelling objective. To begin, create a problem statement that our brand solves. Defining the problem may begin with asking yourself a series of questions: who is using this product? What factors are affecting the user? What is the ideal solution for this problem? The process of defining the problem will focus your story, offering context and clarity from the outset and ensures you arrive at a succinct solution.

CREATING A PROBLEM STATEMENT

To create a problem statement include the who, what, where, when and why of your issue. Clearly defining these elements will align all stakeholders on the issue at hand.

  • Who: Define the individual or groups that the problem affects.

  • What: Define the impact of the problem, what will happen if it is solved?

  • Where: State where the issue is occurring, being as specific as possible.

  • When: Clarify the timeline for when the issue needs to be fixed.

  • Why: Describe the business or organizational impact the solution will have.

CUSTOMER PERSONAS

To craft an effective narrative, it is helpful to define your audience. Understanding who the story is being told to is essential when communicating key information. Begin by defining your audience’s needs, barriers, assumptions and language. This will ensure that key information is emphasized and no important elements or details are overlooked.

STORY ARC

Creating a Story Arc is the process of plotting a customer's experience with a product or service from end to end. A Story Arc begins with defining the customer persona as well as their general goals. Each story contains key elements within the beginning, middle and end.

BEGINNING

  • Exposition: First, define the current state of the concept or story. Who is your consumer and what is their goal?

  • Inciting Incident: Within the story there must be an event or experience that triggers the need for the given product or service. This may be an emotional trigger point within the narrative.

MIDDLE

  • Rising action: Define how the audience will discover the solution to the problem, i.e, the product or service.

  • Crisis: Showcase what resistance might stand in the way of your persona accomplishing their goals.

  • Climax/Resolution: The peak experience that resolves the crisis and showcases why your product or service is the solution to the persona’s problem.

END

  • Falling action: After the problem is resolved, the individual takes an action, often aligned with the proposed call to action, for example: completes a purchase, a sign-up or tries a demo.

  • End: The final scene of the story results in the persona meeting their goal and resolving the issue at hand. The end should succinctly tie the resolution back to the story origins, rearticulating the problem/solution dynamic and completing the circle of logic for the entire story.

Our Storyboarding Framework

Our storytelling framework positions our customers as the hero of the story and our products and services as the solution to their core problem.

Storytelling frameworks provide a guide for crafting a story from end to end that will resonate with your audience. Once you’ve established the core components of your story, audience persona and the problem and solution statement, you are ready to fill in the journey. In order to create a compelling story arc, we combine data, visuals and language that inject the right balance of logic and emotion. This combination drives engagement and motivates our audience to take action.

Storyboarding

Storyboarding is a tool that helps guide you in putting all of the pieces of your story together in a chronological order. It establishes a clear timeline of events and allows you to identify key scenes in the narrative. All major moments and scenes should be laid out in a format that follows the emotional arc. This arc follows the rise and fall of action, building up your character to the point of climax and resolution. Once these elements are established you may add all visual elements. This can be done initially with sketches, photos or iconography and then filled in with detail. Think of this process as your final map or blueprint for telling your story from end to end.