How to find your TRUE narrativeHow to find your TRUE narrative http://www.visualstorytell.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Find_Your_TRUE_Narrative_thumb.jpg 370 218 Shlomi Ron Shlomi Ron http://0.gravatar.com/avatar/906bcce31d9695cb030087534b5f0f6e?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Most likely if you rewind back enough your career reel, you’ll find a long ring of stories that could clue you into your TRUE narrative today [highlight to tweet].
In my case, I have recently bumped into this 2002 article “Inject Some Fun and Games Into Advertising” I published on DMnews, spreading the gospel of “advergaming” (AKA branded content in videogames). The article stemmed from the results of my Master’s thesis about the same topic.
You can easily see that a videogame is just another “visual media container” for engaging audiences in an interactive visual storytelling experience.
Your story’s reflection on your audience is more important
than your intent. So plan well!
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1) These days, as you may know, I’m spreading the gospel of visual storytelling in marketing. So those early seeds of interest were always there.
If you’re debating your next business direction or career move, look back and analyze what thoughts you had early on and what people often ask your advice about these days. Your true narrative is already out there 😉
Well, that was all about your narrative. But as we all know your customer should always play the hero in your stories that support your larger narrative.
That’s where 2 comes in.
2) This piece also indicates marketing’s constant growth pains that are constantly looking for new “Trojan Horses” that don’t feel like interruptive ads but instead offer richer stories to engage audiences. Early horses were called sponsorships, product placement, advergames, branded content and these days visual or business storytelling.
The labels change but the direction is always about focusing on customer value first and brand second [highlight to tweet].
You see, people don’t care about your original business intent. They’ll care if your narrative offers them the shortest route to solving their problem – THEIR STORY! [highlight to tweet].
How are you keeping your visual storytelling focused on your customer’s core pain points?
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Co-founder, CEO at Visual Storytelling Institute. After 20 years of well-rounded digital marketing experience, having worked both on the agency and client sides for Fortune 100/500 brands such as American Express, Nokia and IBM, Shlomi has co-founded the Visual Storytelling Institute (VSI) to help business leaders rise above the noise through the power of storytelling and the effectiveness of visual media. Follow Shlomi's visual stories on Instagram.All stories by: Shlomi Ron