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Why would a 30-year advertising verteran claim that most advertising is a waste of money?
Having worked on many famous brands as an advertising executive, Jim Signorelli has found that today, in order for advertising to be truly effective, the brand being promoted must work the way a good story works. Many brands continue to get in their own way with an over-reliance on editorialized benefits. ''Today, that's a death-wish,'' says Signorelli. ''To remain competitive, brands must provide consumers with story themes they can relate to, identify with, and share with their tribes.''
There are a number of books that discuss the parallels between stories and brands. But until this book was written, few, if any provide practical advice on how to apply story thinking to branding. Whether your brand is a product, service, or yourself, you'll be taken through the 6 steps that every brand should take in order to find it's oft-hidden story, the one that will make it most attractive to its audience. An easy, entertaining, and educational read, critics are saying this revolutionary book on branding is a must-read.
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I've always had a passion for advertising. My favorite class in grade school was 'show and tell.' As a paperboy, I would add subscribers by copy testing leaflets ("If you buy from me, I promise not to throw your paper in the bushes," out pulled "You need the news, I need the money.")
After receiving both a B.A. and M.A. in advertising from Michigan State University, I started my adult career in advertising in nearby Chicago. I later worked in New York, Los Angeles and Baltimore amassing experience on a wide variety of major accounts like Citibank, Kraft Foods, Burger King, General Electric, Toshiba, Arby's and many others.
In 1999 I started my own agency back in Chicago that today goes by the name esw StoryLab. Our agency has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing independent companies in the U.S., three years straight. In that time I became a story buff, as I set out to understand why stories are so powerful and how advertising can benefit from the way they are structured. My soon-to-be published book, StoryBranding: Creating Stand Out Brands Through the Power of Story is the culmination of three years of research on the subject.
When I'm not working or telling a story, I am an avid golfer, tennis player, drummer. And my weirdness finds its expression in a prized Pez collection. I live with my lovely wife Joan in Evanston, Illinois.
Until this book was written, the phrase "brands are stories" was merely a marketing cliché. Having delved into how stories influence our behavior, however, the author asserts that the association between stories and brands deserves far more than that stock phrase.
Among the many books about branding directed toward marketing and advertising practitioners and students, none is like StoryBranding. Modeled after the way stories work, this book provides a unique planning process for creating authentic brand identities. It also reveals a number of concealed traps that other branding approaches often overlook.
Drawing on the persuasive power of stories, the author argues that a great deal of wasted effort is put into creating advertising messages that do too much "telling" and too little "showing." To help brands resonate with their audiences, the author takes you step by step through StoryBranding's six Cs - a process that shows how to approach the development of all brand communications the way story writers approach their characters, plots, and themes. And with Signorelli's sample "Story Briefs" and "I AM" statements, brands will surpass traditional creative and brand briefs, achieving a much higher degree of authenticity.
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