Companies are encouraged to convey messages to customers in a meaningful and entertaining way. One way to do this is to convey messages through videos and tell a story in them that touches customers.

Videos are trending – in one Study by the BiTS-Business and Information Technology School 1000 test persons aged 18 and over from Germany were examined. A special focus was on learning with and without videos. Over 70% of the subjects were able to absorb content much better with short explanatory videos than with conventional written documents. One way to make videos even better is storytelling.

Storytelling

According to Wikipedia is storytelling: “a narrative method with which explicit, but above all implicit knowledge is passed on in the form of leitmotifs, symbols, metaphors or other means of rhetoric.”

Storytelling is telling stories and conveying business information through metaphors or personal experiences. In short, these are structured as follows: history = figure + predicament + overpowering opponent + desired liberation. So a customer has a problem that is supposedly not solvable and gets into a predicament – he can no longer sort his bills, for example. The overpowering opponent tax office threatens with penalties – but with product XY from your company he can save himself and defeat the overpowering opponent.

I also use storytelling in my lectures and tell my experiences in digitization as a young graduate who faces the seemingly overpowering corporations – with the mission to create agility.

Storytelling in lectures can be like a comic

Storytelling always needs the following elements:

  1. A hero. This is mostly you and you are “weak” in contrast to your opponent (David versus Goliath)
  2. A predicament. This arises from resistance that the heroes encounter.
  3. An enemy. A seemingly overpowering opponent (startup vs corporation) stands in the way of the goal and brings the predicament
  4. A solution. By a certain product XY.

It is important that we automatically identify with the weaker heroes in a story. Even with Star Wars or Lord of the Rings we stick to the rebels and the rather weak hobbits instead of the overpowering Galactic Empire or the numerically superior orcs.

Video production

Now it is time to produce the video. Sound and image are important – the video should be very professional. It can help to hire an agency here – physical proximity is often particularly good. For example, if you are from Berlin, one would be Agency for film production from Berlin makes sense. If COVID-19 allows, you can also hold face-to-face meetings and gain more insight into production.

In an exciting Havard University experiment professional videos were tested. It turned out that professional videos with storytelling are up to 22 times more memorable than videos without such a story. So it can be worth the effort to create a good story.

Conclusion

Videos are an important part of the marketing mix and should definitely be used by companies. However, not all video is the same – it should touch the customer too. One possibility for this is storytelling – that is, the packaging of products in an authentic story. According to studies, such videos work up to 22 times better than normal videos. So it seems to be a sensible alternative in the marketing mix and it is worth trying it out together with a good service provider.


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Dr. Dominic Lindner
Author

I blog about the influence of digitalization on our working world. For this purpose, I provide content from science in a practical way and show helpful tips from my everyday professional life. I am an executive in an SME and I wrote my doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the Chair of IT Management.

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