May 31, 2016

Digital Storytelling: WordCamp Calgary Presentation

For years, I have worked in the trenches of marketing, and I have watched technology advance, but I have also seen how slowly content and storytelling has kept pace. Admittedly, the great storytellers in art, media and advertising have shown us some of the way, but the majority of businesses, creators, groups and organizations don’t have huge resources to tell stories. For them, it can seem impossible to do digital right.

I’ve chosen to learn and teach how to present, produce, create and plan content that is as real as it is riveting to people. I believe that everyone that has access to technology should have access to tell great stories on that technology. It makes for a better experience, and it makes for a better web—one that’s driven for and by people who connect through content.

Stories have been with us since the dawn of language. They are the core of our art, our religious practices, and even the life lessons that we were taught as children. Many have argued that stories remain the best way to connect with people and share information.

And stories are even more important today in the digital world of noise and information overload. We see that stories and great storytellers drive the ‘viral’ content that moves across the globe, but yet, the majority of content on the web lacks story. Instead, we see endless bullet lists of features and benefits, useless descriptions and flat, heavy information that holds little weight.

In this workshop, content creators and marketers will learn the building blocks of great stories and how they can define and assemble them into well crafted nuggets. Then they will be given techniques to coat those nuggets to make them even tastier to their audiences (without affecting the authenticity of the story). They will also strategize where and how they can publish that content for impact.

So what will you walk away with?

  • How great stories work
  • What great stories are made of
  • How to build your brand story
  • Apply the method to smaller stories

Know What’s Next
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