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Visual Storytelling Trends That Will Shape The Future For Marketers

Storytelling has existed for centuries and is a great way to not only market your brand, but also connect with your audience on a deeper level. Storytelling can be done in a variety of ways, and today, visual storytelling is one of the most impactful forms of persuading and communicating your message with audiences. Thanks to technological advances, we now have the power to captivate people by immersing them in stories, while blending fiction and reality. Here are some visual storytelling trends that will shape the future for marketers and everyone alike:

Never-Ending Stories

Have you ever had an experience that you didn’t want to end? Ever wonder why movie studios continue to reboot classic TV shows and movies? Well, never-ending stories are becoming increasingly in demand as people expect content, specifically stories in real-time 24 hours a day, 7 times a week. This trend has slowly taken shape on social media platforms where characters like Homer Simpson are tweeting to their millions of followers. This also explains why live-streaming apps that allow users to interact with personalities in real time like Meerkat and Periscope, are becoming more popular.

Mini-Ads

Let’s face it—given the current digital landscape, traditional advertising does not hold the same appeal it did a decade ago. Because of this, it’s no surprise that companies have considered new, innovative ways like mini-ads to connect with customers. Facebook plans to launch six-second ads that will give businesses and brands the opportunity to show a condensed version of their story to their target audience. This interesting format is a smart way to capture the audience’s attention given our short attention spans, which will drive a higher level of engagement.

Connective Storytelling/ Immersive Experience

Even though it seems like most people would prefer technology to human interaction given the amount of time we spend on our devices, they also want to connect and interact with others online, fictitious or real. The future of storytelling will go beyond solely connecting emotionally with characters—we now can put ourselves in their shoes. Different virtual reality experiences, like “Nerve” now allow people to experience what the movie character does in a movie like climb a high-rise or ride a skateboard.

Augmented Reality

AR is present everywhere whether its Facebook or Instagram and is fairly easy to program thanks to software like AR Kit for iOS 11. Given Pokémon Go’s success, this is no longer a trend we can put aside. Since people are constantly on their phones and are interested in experiences that go beyond 2D, the implementation of AR visual storytelling will increase and go beyond gaming, entering the magazine and news space.

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Brands fight to gain attention. Brands need communication without words. Brands are psychology and science brought together as a promise mark as opposed to a trademark.

Products have life cycles, but brands outlive products. Brands convey a uniform quality, credibility and experience. Brands are valuable.

Without branding, there is no differentiation. Without differentiation, there is no long-term profitability. People don’t have relationships with products, they develop relationships with brands.

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4 Ways To Check Your Brand’s Perception Vs. Its Reality

Paul Jankowski | Forbes | September 10, 2015

“Perception is reality.” Really? Coined by political consultant Lee Atwater, the phrase has made its way into the lexicon of many savvy brand marketers. For the most part, it still holds weight, but it isn’t the catch-all it once was thanks to the proliferation of so many channels of communication, social sharing and the media’s unquenchable thirst for something to report.

We know as a society that the loudest voice tends to create a “perceived reality” when it comes to everything from social issues to brand awareness, but this perception is often extremely skewed. Take for example the perception of people’s sexual orientation in this country. According to a recent Gallup Poll, the American public believes that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, but in reality only 3.8% of the adult population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Wow! What a huge difference in perception and reality. Read more

Grilling Brands Fire Up New Strategies For Millennials

Grilling Brands Fire Up New Strategies For Millennials

Whether it’s propane, charcoal or electricity as the fuel, the grilling and barbecue industry is preparing to pass the tongs from older buyers to millenials.

Younger consumers are predicted to be 65% more likely to purchase a grill in the next two years, according to a report from global market research firm Mintel, which released its findings as “National Grilling Month” comes to an end.

The report also revealed that consumers are switching their interests from gas and charcoal grills to smokers and electric grills. Read more

Ray Ban Stays Brand Loyal

I’ve decided I want to a new pair of sunglasses. And not just any old sunglasses – I want Ray Bans! Of course I do. If I haven’t mentioned it before I will now – I am a slave to packaging. I love marketing and I will buy anything that is packaged and marketed well.

Now there are things in my life that I will spend money on, but sunglasses have never been one of them. I don’t take care of them. I leave them in my purse without protection and they get all scratched up. I like different looks so I like to buy lots of different kinds of sunglasses and then toss them around. Read more