Follow the Narrative

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I was driving into work today and ESPN was discussing a rather interesting topic. Many of their reporters are also their broadcasters or radio personalities. What was being discussed was the viability of UFC and if the sport needed its stars more than the stars needed the league. It was brought up that many reporters who write about certain sports will tend to follow narratives. They gravitate towards certain players’ rise or journey or in Football ‘s case, they discuss the tradition and hardship of the city.

It got me to thinking. Many of these sporting leagues thrive under the stories they tell or how they handle their marketing. As an avid fan of the NBA, I can tell you that the league definitely follows individual stars rather than a team itself. Now I can’t say which method is better or not, but all I can say is that in the NBA’s case, the route they picked for themselves worked. They used a style of following individuals that fans can relate to. The figures that make people feel inspired or just awestruck. That’s why sometimes you’ll hear on broadcasts, they talk about some players being marketable or not.

Marketing isn’t About the Product. It’s About the Receiver.

This all reminded me of a topic that I learned back in school and when I was in college trying to read as many marketing articles as I could find. Marketing needs to revolve around things people can relate to. Marketing isn’t about the product or the service, what it is about is how it can benefit the customer, how it will make them have a better life. It can make them feel happier, sexier, confident, and so on.

When it comes to digital marketing for your business, discussing the attributes of a product is great. At the end of the day, you need to be sharing what sets your product apart from the competing ones in the market. To do that though doesn’t mean you just talk about the competitive advantage itself. You need to translate it into what kind of benefit it will bring to the customer’s life. Translate success.

Write that narrative. People love stories and many people love their own story. Make sure that your product or business can be a part of their story and that your product can do that for them.

 

 

Get in the Habit of Looking for Collaboration

Collaboration is the word that we all heard as Freshman in college. You know, being in those common rooms or classes and being taught that if we all hold hands, we can change the world. Well however, naive you think that is or if you still believe it, there is definitely some business success that comes from collaboration.

Marketing Collaboration is a Great Way to Grow Your Audience

Collaboration leverages the power of Word of Mouth. Thousands and millions of companies are out there. Everyone is trying to be unique and stand out. Well as a business owner you are an equal player with your own expertise. There are other businesses who are experts in other areas. At the end of the day though, they are trying to grow their audience and customer base.

It can be as simple as a Internet hosting company working with a web design company on creating joint content. Of course, you’d like things to go just beyond a simple advertising relationship. What is best is if your the hosting company asked the web design company to step in and be a guest on their blog/podcast or seminar. Offer advice on what businesses should prepare for they build their site or what to avoid.

It’s that simple.

You Don’t Have to Look Too Far to See This Collaboration

Go through your albums and songs. Go look at how many of those songs are collaborated. I recently have been addicted to the new Kanye West album, The Life of Pablo. And no joke, he features over 10 artists on this album. Yet here’s where I want to quell initial fears. Collaboration is stopped by insecurity of a business to be shown up by how good other businesses are.

Now let’s go back to Mr. West. Saving any of your preconceived notions of the man, he is in the discussion for best rapper. There are other great peers, but he is in the discussion. Now, with someone as so concerned about himself,  you’d think he be guarded. But no, Kanye features a multitude of artists to help him create even better music.

Kanye is Kanye. We’re Talking About Business

Of course this may seem trivial. As if I’m citing tabloid trash, but I think we need to think of Kanye’s position. As an artist/rapper, he has a business to run as well. He is dealing with millions. At the launch of the album he tweeted out that he was $53 million in debt.

If you were $53 million in debt, you’d be in crisis mode. It’s not a laughing matter or just another tabloid article. Its a serious, financial situation to be in. Well note that for your business, take a page from Kanye and other artists.

Utilize the talents and expertise of others in your community. Their collaboration can enrich your content.

Collaboration Also Exposes New Audiences to You

When your helping other businesses with their marketing, you grow your expertise. When you walk up in their, the other business is telling their customers and audience that you are someone to trust. That you know what your talking about. That means the company has already done the hard work for you. They got the trust.

Now its your job to deliver. Offer great value. Teach great content. Then you will have gained some leads for your business.

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