Brand storytelling consists of your company cultivating a narrative around your brand that helps to connect with audiences and also inspire a desired emotional response. Brand storytelling is truly an art form that can make or break your company’s success. While many brands may make it look easy, there’s an abundance of planning, strategizing and creative thinking that goes into the creation of a great story.
The rise of podcasting has given brands one more highly effective channel through which to tell their story, spread their key messaging and convert listeners to customers. Given the flexibility and accessibility of the medium, podcasting presents an excellent opportunity for companies and individuals from virtually any background to communicate with the audience base of their choice.
Podcasting is the perfect channel for brand storytelling because it allows for content that’s much longer in duration than a blog or social media post. It’s also one of the most convenient ways to consume content because people can listen while they’re driving, walking or cleaning the house, as opposed to video. In fact, podcasts have an impressive consumption rate when compared to blogs and can hold a listener's attention 14x longer than video marketing.
All this combined means podcasting is among one of the best ways for brands to share their stories with the world, and connect with listeners on a human-to-human level. There are plenty of different ways to go about doing this, which makes creating a podcast a creative, fun (yes, we said fun!) marketing tactic you can build with your team.
Without further ado, here are three tips for brand storytelling through your company’s podcast:
With so much creative freedom at your fingertips through the podcasting channel, it can sometimes feel overwhelming trying to decide on just one format. When you’re first getting started with a branded podcast, it’s important to experiment with a variety of different formats so you can find what works best for your brand.
For example, you may want to try various formats like Q&A interviews, documentary style, or even just a solo monologue. Try as many different episode structures as you can to make sure you’re finding the right format based on your company’s content, messaging, and goals.
Here are some examples of typical podcast formats to get you started:
In addition to landing on the right format for your podcast, make sure you’re making use of all the resources available to you such as editing software, music, sound effects and more. These are all tools that can be extremely helpful as you create a compelling narrative around your brand.
Whether you decide to have your company’s podcast hosted by an executive from within the organization or an outside personality like an actor or professional host, you’ll want to feature the people who are passionate about the work the company is doing, one way or another. For example, sharing at least one episode with the company’s founder (if possible) is a great way to connect with listeners and demonstrate the inspiring story behind the organization.
Ideally, the founder or high-level executives being featured on the podcast will have a compelling narrative to share about the early days of the company, the need or problem they’re solving with their products or services, and why they decided to start the organization in the first place. Depending on the industry your company is operating in, you’ll want to feature the voices of the people who are on the frontlines with their hands in the clay, doing the interesting work.
This could mean featuring researchers, scientists, designers or even engineers as guests or co-hosts on the podcast. If you are able to find an interesting person from your organization to be featured on the podcast, you may want to consider breaking up their content with insights from an engaging host or another executive who can provide context to help listeners understand the episode’s content, and put it all into layman's terms.
If B2B sales is the goal, you may also want to consider inviting new sales leads or prospects onto the podcast to build relationships. Not only can this provide interesting fodder for episodes, but it can also help you build your company’s network, strengthen key relationships, and increase sales overall.
Above all, when sharing your brand’s story in a podcast, make sure you’re being true to you, or true to your company’s overall vision and mission. One of the reasons people love podcasting as a medium is because it tends to be less curated and more human than a perfectly polished social media account for example, and people can really connect with podcasters in a visceral way.
When drafting episode plans, writing scripts or even hosting if that’s your role, be sure to speak to your particular area of expertise and share your enthusiasm for the subject. If your passion comes through in an authentic and endearing way, listeners will be more likely to empathize with you and begin to form a relationship with your content and ultimately, your brand.
To ensure your brand’s podcast remains authentic and credible, sit down with your team for a brainstorming session and ask some of the following questions:
Ideally, once you’ve aligned on the answers to these core questions, you’ll be better equipped to formulate thought-provoking, compelling episodes moving forward and tell your brand’s story in an effective and engaging way.
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