brand management
brand management

Storytelling in brand management is a type of content strategy. With each passing day, the consumer a brand wants to reach has less time and a decreasing attention span .

Hence, organizations need to focus on telling stories to their customers in order to hold their attention.

A narrative has to be used to convey a message. It has to be so compelling, trustworthy and engaging that it influences the target audience’s ability to make a decision that would help the brand.

In other words, the narrative must lead to profitable customer action.

For instance a story about a given brand is something that hits customers, bang! In these types of storytelling cases, everybody remembers the brand.

For example, SheaMoisture has a legacy. Sophie Tucker started selling shea butter and homemade beauty preparations in Sierra Leone in 1912.

It went on to become a brand that women of color identified with. It’s narrative became so inextricably entwined with the brand that when it released a controversial ad in April 2017, the brand had to apologize.

It had to apologize because the ad featured two white women instead of women representing its loyal customer base. The purpose of the ad had been to increase the brand’s market reach, but most of the customers saw the brand as being unfaithful in this situation. This story shows the extent to which a story affects the marketing of a brand.

A successful brand narrative must change with time to make itself suitable for the market, the audience and the culture.

“You can say the right thing about a product and nobody will listen. You’ve got to say it in such a way that people will feel it in their gut. Because, if they don’t feel it, nothing will happen.” – William Bernback

SCALE IS IMPORTANT

If a brand wants to scale up, which it obviously does, it might follow the example of Facebook. Facebook’s storytelling with real people and events have led to a 56% increase in subscription rates.

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Such stories should be associated not only with the customer, but also with their lifestyle, behavior, and needs.

EMOTIONAL PUNCH

Whether we would want to admit it or not, humans are guided by emotion. Customers buy things because of the emotional effects they has on them .

A customer will be affected by a sense of urgency and belonging with regard to a particular product, for instance.

If users get comfy with a brand, they will become consistent customers. For example, the Calm app: the name itself implies that it effectively helps customers relax and sleep.

VISUALS

Visuals evoke emotion and help to create a powerful impression. Cute content is trending now. Whether it’s a baby with fat cheeks or a golden retriever puppy, cute images make us happy.

People like to share cute videos– it is simply about feeling good when we make others feel good. Engaging video content or visuals in any form helps to captivate customers and lead them to take action.

Stories and visuals illuminate a brand. Telling a story is a crucial part of building a brand.

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Ronn Torossian is the founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States. With over 20 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth, overseeing more than 175 professionals in the company's headquarters in midtown Manhattan. With clients spanning corporate, technology, consumer and crisis, in addition to digital marketing and public affairs capabilities, 5WPR is regularly recognized as an industry leader and has been named "PR Agency of the Year" by the American Business Awards on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Torossian has worked with some of the world's most visible companies, brands and organizations. His strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, and a 2020 Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and entrepreneurs both in the United States and worldwide. Torossian has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly on CNN & CNBC, was named to PR Week's "40 under Forty" list, is a contributing columnist for Forbes and the New York Observer, and his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations" is an industry best-seller. A NYC native, Torossian lives in Manhattan with his children. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities.