I’ve written recently about my skepticism of the worshippers of “brand storytelling” as the new Holy Grail of advertising. So, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Jim Signorelli’s book StoryBranding: Creating Standout Brands Through the Power of Story.
Not long ago, I got an assignment for a technology company. They were an also-ran company in a crowded category, and they didn’t have a strong brand identity or any real unique benefits to tout. In a situation like that, there are basically two choices: concoct a story that may or many not be rooted [...]
You know you love a campaign when you’re jealous or sad that you did not make it yourself. Such is the case with this narrative approach to customer testimonials executed last year by Toyota and Saatchi & Saatchi. The animation is great, and the stories from real customers are great. This is a classic example [...]
Abe’s Market, an e-commerce hub that opened in October 2009 sells natural, organic and eco-friendly products from more than 180 small businesses around the country. The Web site’s founders — Jon Polin, 40, and Richard Demb, 33, say Abe’s offer customers something that eBay and Amazon cannot. Namely, stories about decent, hardworking people who make [...]