Ask Lisa Your Questions about marketing, copywriting, branding and advertisingQ: How important is storytelling in copy for advertising and marketing?

A: Storytelling is crucial. Purchasing decisions are made based on emotions (this could be a need, want or connection — doesn’t matter – it’s the emotion behind the purchase that drives everything). People do business with people they know, like, and trust. They buy products that make them feel good about the purchase. Storytelling helps build connections.

Here’s more food for thought on storytelling via the Inc Magazine article This is Your Brain on Good Storytelling by Jessica Stillman.

What really POPS for me from this article is the mention of empathy — I teach that this is a VITAL piece of gaining trust and creating your marketing messages and it’s a two-way street. No more poking at pain points and agitating. It’s important to engage people in a real and raw way to provoke critical thinking and engage emotions for good, not for manipulation (which is often what the “Problem.Agitate.Solve” approach evokes not to mentions the perpetuation of buyer’s remorse).

Storytelling is and will continue to be a vital piece of the marketing mix. I talk about how antiquated marketing approaches must change because poking at pain points is archaic and actually perpetuates buyer’s remorse. Hence my new “Challenge. Solution. Invitation.™” formula (that is not cookie cutter or paint by numbers) to help create marketing messages with integrity based on values and true service. Best of all it turns out that focusing on passion points strengthens connection and gets results.

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Lisa Manyon is "The Business Marketing Architect," a content strategist for mission-driven entrepreneurs. She's the creator of the values-based "Challenge. Solution. Invitation.™" communication framework to create marketing messages with integrity by focusing on PASSION points (as seen in Inc. Magazine). She specializes in reverse engineering your most powerful solutions into profitable revenue streams. She offers coaching, consulting, copywriting training, and strategies to effectively market your business. Her content strategy plans are known to produce million-dollar results. She’s a #1 international bestselling author and award-winning speaker available to teach, train, and transform your audience with interactive Business Breakthrough Boutiques. She offers business-building resources on her award-winning blog.