This is a preview/snippet from our piece: Without Long-form Storytelling, You Will Never be a Thought Leader.
Thought leadership, within the context of content marketing, exists to change and influence perspective. This is also why stories exist – and humans thrive on stories.
Anecdotes fuel conversation. Great dramatic arcs are the reason why hours and hours are spent binging on television shows. The winding and weaving plotlines of podcast Serial reeled in legions of fans episode after episode, and its success has inspired countless others to pick up a microphone and share new stories.
The power of storytelling can be harnessed and applied to thought leadership content by incorporating narrative devices to:
- Articulate new paradigms and possibilities
- Showcase a breadth of knowledge and expertise
- Present original research and data in a palatable format
- Connect with target customers on a personal and emotional level
- Build long-term, trusting relationships with existing and prospective customers
- Differentiate from the competition and rise above
How Storytelling Supercharges Content
Our collective shortened attention spans (in millennials, in particular) actually means that people are better at quickly determining what content they care about, what to spend time on and what to abandon – and people care about good stories. For proof, look to the most popular journalism properties today docu-series from Serial, VICE and HBO all produce lengthy, in-depth stories that enrapture their audiences for hours and hours.
A well-crafted story is timeless. A narrative that is focused on a point of view, a new idea or a person doesn’t have to be tied to an event, a trend or a product launch. A great story published in January is still a great story in October. This provides increased visibility and more opportunities for target customers to find and engage with the content over a longer period of time.
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