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The 3 Elements to Great Business Storytelling

 

The best things come in threes — flavors in Neapolitan ice cream, laws of thermodynamics,...

Three things your parents taught you about storytelling

 

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Why 'S' For Story Should Come Before 'B' For Brand In The Marketing Alphabet

 

A version of this blog post appeared previously on the Forbes Agency Council blog.

Over the last...

The corporate giant whose LUV for storytelling proves its power

 

Throughout 2021, one of America’s most iconic companies is celebrating its 50th anniversary with...

The best way to reach journalists is the most obvious: Start with a good story

The principle of Occam’s razor suggests the simplest solution is almost always the best.

Against...

Differentiation drives your organization’s digital marketing success

 

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, no one will be surprised to learn B2B and B2C...

AI knows best: Storytelling works

 

To the sometimes frightening list of things that machines may do better than humans, university...

As we say goodbye to 2020, we look back with positivity

 

How do you top a year that included a new brand, new website, new office and new podcast?

That’s...

Bring your marketing to life with augmented reality

Recent projections suggest the amount of time spent on media in the U.S. averages 13 hours and 35...

Harnessing the power of authentic stories in a fact-disputed world

As this past election revealed, we remain as divided as ever, entrenched on our respective sides of...

(Really) Old Lessons in Storytelling for Modern Marketers

The cliched phrase about whether mature, experienced individuals have the capacity to learn fresh...

Four characteristics of successful leadership during a crisis

"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success...

Crisis Management & WordWrite’s 5 Core Philosophies

 

Most organizations try to avoid crises. We run toward them.

It’s time to have a conversation about conversational marketing

When states initially moved into quarantine and lockdown procedures in March, the hope was the...

An Authentic Story: John Lewis and ‘Good Trouble’

On March 7, 1965, the day that would be remembered as “Bloody Sunday” for the brutal attack against...

The COVID-19 crisis needs planning, not partisanship or platitudes

The hope as the initial wave of COVID-19 spread across America in March was for the curve to...

Marketing beyond COVID-19: How to get back to regularly scheduled programs

This month, we were supposed to be launching a National Safety Month campaign for a client. We...

How Communications Training Impacts Your Bottom Line

 

Now more than ever, the value of sharing, protecting and amplifying your organization’s authentic...

The value of an authentic story has never been more clear

 

As we enter the summer of 2020, Americans would be hard pressed to remember a time in the last...

Your Crisis Plan Checklist For A 'Sunny Day'

 

Most crises are predictable.

Punctuating the Boredom of Your Self-Quarantine

You would’ve thought someone had invented a proven vaccine for COVID-19.

3 tips to keep up your digital advertising strategy during times of crisis

Over the past month, we’ve all received the dozens of emails coming from every company we’ve ever...

How to reach out to media during COVID-19 pandemic

 

I’ll be honest, I am growing a bit tired of the how-to-do-X-during-COVID-19 blogs. If I read...

Crisis Response Phase Three: Sharing your story when the coronavirus crisis is over

 

It may be hard to imagine now, but some day the hashtags #COVID-19 and #coronavirus will describe...

What businesses should be doing during the first phase of the COVID-19 crisis

In just a matter of days, COVID-19 has taken a toll on nearly all businesses. You’ve probably seen...

Effective crisis communication during outbreaks depends on authenticity, not hope

 

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Are robots the best storytellers?

Chances are, you haven’t met a storyteller like AREL. But someday soon, you will meet her—or...

A marketer’s (and customer’s) love letter to Bath & Body Works

 

A recent article in The Washington Post reported record sales for the popular beauty brand Bath &...

The social media review: Two trends taking over the medium

 

We’ve seen social networks evolve from a place to connect only with people you know to a place...

Interview fails: What to learn from 5 bad media moments

For those unacquainted with having a recorder in their face, a reporter rattling off rapid-fire...

A Year in Review

We thought 2018 was a big a year for WordWrite. In 2019, our 18-year-old story continued to delight...

The pursuit of the White Whale: Marketable authenticity

Is authenticity still authentic if it’s self-serving?

The power of audio in telling your brand's story

 

Advertising is one of the most powerful and widespread tools a brand can leverage — total U.S ad...

Stressing the importance of professional development within your organization

We’re a lucky group here at WordWrite. In any given year, our team is traveling to conferences,...

Lessons in Trustworthiness from People Who Don’t Trust Easily

It can be easily given and even easier to break. Sometimes, it’s difficult to earn but resolute...

Fear-based marketing campaigns are not always the right approach

 

A few days after the Parkland shooting in 2018, I got an email forward from my mother. She was...

Storytelling: Expectations versus reality

Whether you surf the internet, peruse the Amazon best-seller lists or scroll through your email, it...

Providing value in the 21st century

My colleagues at WordWrite often joke about my unofficial role as an expert on famous film quotes....

How to plan a webinar that delivers results

We’ve all been there. You sign up for what you think is going to be an educational, informative...

Storytelling in a crisis: Why you need your Capital S Story

Check your phone, computer or TV: Everywhere you look these days, it’s crisis, crisis, crisis....

Identifying the Characters in Your Business' Story

Shakespeare – love him, hate him or resent him for bringing down your grade in high school English...

Your digital marketing strategy starts with a great brand personality

Do you often look at brands online and wish you could replicate their style of communication? Do...

Three steps to unpacking your company Story

If you’ve been following us awhile you know we are the agency of Story. WordWrite was the dream of...

Google Ads - Should I incorporate them in my marketing strategy?

You’ve probably searched for a product using Google Search and immediately saw a high-ranking...

Uncovering compelling human interest stories to promote an event

 

Time-honored traditions and events are part of the fabric of our lives. They warm the heart,...

Acknowledging a Tragedy

No matter where you live, if you watch national news, I’m sure you feel like we do – as if you are...

What in-flight magazines can teach us about brand journalism

 

The seatbelt sign is off. Your tray table is down. You’re settled in for a two-hour flight to...

Trustworthiness in the Media

Trustworthiness. Is this something you can really rate and measure? According to Facebook, yes. The

Hey, Just As Long As They Spelled Our Name Right!

In any given year, we typically handle about 12 crisis situations for clients – 10 of which you...

Writing What You Don't Know

 

There’s an old saying in the literary community, “write what you know.” Ideally, writers across...

Successful brand journalism: It’s all about great storytelling

Why are so many organizations creating brand journalism platforms in the 21st century?

Why you should use Instagram to tell your company’s story

Whenever I reach for my phone, one of the first apps I open is Instagram. As it turns out, I’m not...

Marketing lessons from Miracle on 34th Street

This past Thanksgiving, my family kicked off the Christmas season in our traditional fashion by...

5 PR lessons from the 2016 presidential election

While determining the winner of the presidential election matters to American democracy, public...

“PESO”: Why it’s essential for marketing ROI

At WordWrite, we’re hesitant to label ourselves strictly a “PR” agency, because that doesn’t...

What is the right employee communications strategy for your team?

There is an old story about the building of a cathedral. The patron who has largely funded...

Tips for Acknowledging a Public Tragedy

These days it seems we are surrounded by the destruction of senseless acts of violence. It...

Storytelling: Words still matter in social media —even in video!

Storytelling is the pinnacle of communications. But it's also the most misunderstood marketing and...

Nike and Southwest: brands whose great stories drive results

Let’s name drop for a minute. Nike. Southwest. What do those names mean to you?

Classic storylines that create success in communications

This is a story of Carl and Joe. I don't know if Carl and Joe ever met, but they were certainly...

Create success for your brand, company or cause

Communicators and marketers agree: great storytelling is the pinnacle of their profession. It's...

Storytelling: Why it matters more than any other marketing approach

If a truth is actually universal, it should generate unanimous agreement. Here’s one: We all love a...

Five Tips for Taking the HubSpot Inbound Certification Test

 

I was recently hired at WordWrite Communications as the new summer intern. On my first day, I...

Simon Sinek: Storytelling, selfless leaders and the meaning of Why

In one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, author Simon Sinek answered the question, "Why ...

The Hero’s Journey: Storytelling Lessons From the Olympics

For the next two weeks, as the Olympic games play out in Sochi, the world will be treated to one...

Digital storytelling goes authentic, thanks to Chipotle’s Scarecrow

In the classic film, The Wizard of Oz, a motley crew of a tin man, a cowardly lion and a scarecrow...

GE’s Digital Storytelling Strategy Makes a Turbine The Hero

At WordWrite Communications, we often talk about the difference between advertising and public...

Gary V: Why storytelling matters in business and social media

On stage and online, most savvy business leaders know him simply as Gary V. In real life and in...

Marketing for B2B Companies: Outbound is Out

If you are considering a marketing and advertising plan for your B2B company, forget everything you...

The Red Cross: Why authentic storytelling beats traditional marketing

One of the most intriguing and powerful examples of storytelling is now underway on the Internet...

The science that proves the effectiveness of storytelling in business

For several years now, marketers have been trying to convince business leaders around the world...

Storytelling, John Wanamaker and fixing marketing communications

"Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half."-...

Can We Learn Marketing and PR Tips from Real Housewives of Reality TV?

I admit it. I watch reality shows. If there is a housewife in a city or an attractive 20-something...

The importance of inbound marketing for B2B tech companies

 

Whether you’re a tech giant and every prospect you approach knows who you are or you provide a...

Will It Blend? With fluent storyteller Tom Dickson, yes!

When a skeptic tells me that a business-to-business company can’t sell using social media, I flip...

The PR Debate: Old School vs. New School PR

Until social media came along, the public relations field had remained relatively unchanged, save...

The value of trust: Stephen Covey’s lessons for Penn State

The passing of values guru Stephen Covey and the announcement of stiff NCAA sanctions against Penn...

The Three Points to Have a Story Worth Telling

New times sometimes call for new, (and sometimes not so new) approaches. In the never-ending...

What Carl Jung teaches us about contemporary PR

Few psychologists (save Freud and Benjamin Spock) have had as wide an impact on popular culture,...

The Immediacy of Social Media: Are Expectations Too High?

Some areas of “new” media (or what others call “immediate media”) are widely altering how “news of...

How do you influence perception so that it becomes reality?

Although the 2010 mid-term elections are long over, Wednesday, Jan. 20, marked one of the first...

Do polarizing campaigns deliver results?

A bizarre media report here in our great hometown of Pittsburgh this weekend really had me...

Three Ways Social Media Can Add to the Marketplace of Ideas

In trying to tell influential stories, I am constantly aware of the age-old concept of “the...

I have seen the future of PR: Integrated Digital Communications

The continuing explosion of content creation tools in cyberspace has me feeling both nostalgic and...

Before Usain Bolt, Steve Prefontaine was the story of speed

This blog is usually filled with discussions and perspectives on the importance and technique of...

It's about the content, not the pipes!

Forgive me, but aside from the horrible economy, 2009 is starting to sound a lot like 1999 at the...