To be a great story-teller is to be a magician – Nicholas Bate

Nicholas Bate offers 11 Reasons for Stories: 1 – Stories will transform your presentation from a list of bullets to something which engages heart and soul. 2 – Stories embed values and principles deep in a child’s brain. There is far more to Goldilocks and those three bears than porridge. … 8 – A great story is never forgotten.   […]

Stories are told in the body – @JeremyAdamSmith #writing #contentmarketing

Stories are told in the body, says Jeremy Smith: It doesn’t seem that way. We tend to think of stories as emerging from consciousness—from dreams or fantasies—and travelling through words or images to other minds. We see them outside of us, on paper or on screen, never under the skin. But we do feel stories. […]

Microcopy, (or simply attention to detail?) – @thisisseth #contentmarketing

Seth Godin is on a roll about writing… “People rarely read to the end. And they almost never spend as much time reading your words as you spend writing them. Which makes it ironic that the little phrases we use (in designing a simple form, or when we answer the phone) matter so much.” Read […]

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Seth on words – @thisisseth #writing

Two useful posts from Seth Godin on the power of words; use sparingly… “… if you try to say three things, we will hear nothing. Because most of the time, we’re hardly listening. Ads, instructions, industrial design—they all work better when they try to say one thing at a time.” and … “Words matter. They […]

Something for the weekend? How stories last – Neil Gaiman #Writing

Here’s a delicious use for 100 minutes of your weekend. In June 2015, Neil Gaiman gave a talk at the Long Now Foundation on the nature, power and evolution of stories. Are stories alive? He talks about our symbiotic relationship with stories and how animals live for, perhaps 30 years at most; trees can live for a […]

The long and short of successful content, #contentmarketing

How important is the length of content? As content marketers and storytellers, should we write long or short? And, does it matter? It’s tempting to assume that, in today’s time-squeezed, distraction-packed world, only short, snackable content can cut through. After all, if it’s good enough for @realDonaldTrump, then surely it’s good enough for us? The data, […]

Science isn’t something to believe or not believe. It’s something to do – @thisisseth

Another from Seth Godin: “Science is a process. It’s not pretending it has the right answer, it merely has the best process to get closer to that right answer. Science is an ongoing argument, one where you show your work and make a prediction about what’s going to happen next.” We desperately need more science, […]

We owe you nothing – @thisisseth

Seth Godin points to a trend or attitude in business: to take a merely transactional perspective. “The dedicated fan sat through endless losing games. Even steven. Ticket purchased, game delivered. We owe you nothing. The problem with ‘even steven’ is that it turns trust and connection and emotions into nothing but a number. Revenue on […]

I want t-shirts …

New Journey Marketing explains why that may not be such a good idea, here. I joined Microsoft in the time of t-shirts, the period of polo-shirts. It was the very summer of personalised fleeces. I suspect that the very fine folks at Fat Face made a fortune from us. Somewhere, I still have a couple of […]

Echoes through time: strange words #contentmarketing

“Now, strange words simply puzzle us; ordinary words convey only what we know already. It is from metaphor that we can best get hold of something fresh.” Aristotle (384 – 322 BC), Rhetoric

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