How to find balance between quantity and quality in visual storytelling

How to find balance between quantity and quality in visual storytelling

How to find balance between quantity and quality in visual storytelling 370 216 Shlomi Ron


Are you obsessed about getting more followers and likes to your stories on social?

Consider this evolution:

1. Yesterday, consumers could only passively consume brands’ BUY NOW content.

2. A decade ago, with digital, social & mobile explosions, consumers have become PROSUMERS who not only consume content but also actively produce content.

3. Today, following Malcolm Gladwell’s rule of 10 years and over 10k hours of training to hone their visual storytelling expertise, we witness some PROSUMERS transformed into SOCIAL MEGASTARS, brands leverage their authentic visual stories to reach their audiences.

Which reminds me of a memorable episode in Black Mirror’s successful TV series that vividly illustrate what could be the outcome if we continue with this kind of “like/follower-worshipping.” In this episode, we see a world where all the people are ranked with a personal number of followers score that functions almost like a credit score. It dictates their entire lifestyles and opportunities with a hierarchy of haves and have-nots.

And we’ve all heard about the recent cases of brands and celebrities buying fake followers to boost their statuses – that Twitter has started to purge.

Don’t crave the whole world to shower you with likes,
aim only for those people who truly see themselves
in your unique story.

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The reality is that your customer really doesn’t care about your social network size [highlight to tweet]. The only way, you can move your customer to action is if your story honestly reflects her problem. Empathy then translates into trust and trust offers you the closest shot to behavioral change.

You see, social media channels are just another top-of-the-funnel touchpoints in your integrated strategy to interact with your customers and move them along the stages of the buyer’s journey. So keep a steady pace of high-value content and build your audience gradually.

That means it’s not about quantity but quality. Your real customers are not just anybody they’re just waiting for you to recognize their stories in your narrative [highlight to tweet]. 

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Shlomi Ron

Shlomi Ron is the CEO of the Visual Storytelling Institute (VSI), the primary think tank for helping brands rise above the communication noise through visual storytelling consulting, training, production, and thought leadership. A digital marketing veteran with over 20 years of experience working both on the agency and brand sides for Fortune 100/500 brands such as Nokia, IBM, and American Express. Along his journey, he was nursing his side passion for visual media with interests in classic Italian cinema (cafePellicola.com) and video art (BukySchwartz.com). Thought leader and speaker at key marketing conferences. He is also the host of the Visual Storytelling Today podcast. Shlomi's new book: Total Acuity: Tales with Marketing Morals To Help You Create Richer, Visual Brand Stories. His favorite quote: "A story is nothing but a mirror. The magic happens the moment your brand story mirrors your customer’s personal story." Outside work, he is a nascent bread baker, The Moth fan, and longtime fedora wearer likely to jive with his classic Italian cinema interest.

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