Telling a good brand story means ensuring that a brand’s media content has resonance, fullness and depth, much like a character in a well-written novel. In my previous Your Brand As Literature series, I wrote about how nonlinear brand stories can be conceptualized in three acts, much like traditional stories:
- Act I: Foundation & Goals
- Act II: Action taken towards the goals
- Act III: Proof of successes
This chart ties together those three ideas, giving visual shape to the idea of a “brand story.” By using this chart, you can see which parts of your own brand’s story need strengthening, and steer your brand’s narrative in the most desirable direction possible.
For bloggers, brands, curators and publishers who promote content on social media, it’s time set aside traditional methods of broadcast-style promotion. In a space that’s reserved primarily for social conversations, promotional broadcasts must adapt to the social environment if they’re to be accepted. Continue reading
When you look at this fabric pattern, what jumps out at you the most — the white stripes, or the black net?
My guess is that your focus is on the white, as mine was. Interestingly, this goes against common convention, where white is often seen as negative, empty space, thus diverting the gaze to everything else.
Earlier this week, I wrote about how the concept of organizational “transparency” is a dangerously vague one. This vagueness, I believe is the result of transparency’s multifaceted nature, which so often goes unacknowledged.
This graph visually conceptualizes how I think of transparency, and why it needs to be clarified more deeply by those who communicate its use:
Everything in blue is transparent information; the light blue being transparent information that’s pushed and promoted towards the public and the darker blue is information that’s transparent but simply floating around, freely accessible and unpromoted. The brick represents all confidential, superfluous or insider information. The sizes represent the relative proportions of how much of each level is available within each facet.
Please note two things:
- These relative levels change flexibly for each organization (the CIA and MI6 would be mostly brick; WikiLeaks’s vision is of all glass and no brick), in accordance with business goals, values and public demand.
- The facets I have listed are only the ones that came to me off of the top of my head. There are many more; if you have improvements to the list, please add them in the comments below.
As you can see, when organizations focus on “increasing their transparency,” it typically affects only one or two of these facets. However, the public may be expecting increased transparency in a facet other than the one that the organization intended at levels that are unrealistic for business. Thus, it’s important to clarify what specific transparency efforts are being taken, and to what extent.
What facet of transparency does your organization focus on the most, and in what industry?