Posts Tagged ‘branding’

Great Corporate Storytelling at Microsoft

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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 When I saw the Google news alert about an article on Microsoft’s great use of brand storytelling, I was immediately intrigued. As a long-time contract writer for Microsoft, I helped create the company’s intial collection of corporate stories, but that’s been a few years ago and I haven’t checked their website for months to see how the storytelling efforts have grown. Not only that, but I helped a colleague with a book on technology branding more than 20 years ago–before most consumers were familiar with technology products by brand.

When I checked out Arik Hanson’s blog discussion of the Microsoft Stories site, I was captivated even further by the screen shot included in the post (shown). As Arik points out, you’d expect to see the program manager being featured to be show in the office working on the development of great new software. But instead you see a dominant photo of the employee in a barrel room sipping wine. That drew me in even further because my husband and I have been part of a wine-making group for the past 11 years–and we live in Washington near the largest collection of tasting rooms in the state!

So you’ll understand why I agree with Arik that it’s a great example of corporate storytelling. Employees are brand evangelists, and they’re also interesting people whose non-work activities are at least as fascinating as their professional involvement. By helping co-workers and customers get to know the whole person, Microsoft is creating deeper, more lasting connections than work-related topics alone ever would.

Key point: When people develop deeper connections, they become more committed to one another’s success. Stories that help people get to know one another more fully result in a win for everyone involved.

How about you? How well are you telling corporate stories that do that?

Brand As Verb A Brilliant Presentation

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Of all the articles and blogs written about the revolutionary changes in the world of branding,BrandAsVerb a  SlideShare presentation titled “Brand As Verb” stands out as brilliant. It clearly explains what organizations need to do to keep their brands relevant to their consumers by involving them in the process. Creating by Ben Grossman, strategic director of London-based Jack Morton Worldwide, the presentation lays out five essential principles of the new approach to effectively branding organizations and their products.

As you would expect, I especially love the stories of how some familiar (and some not-so-familiar brands) brands have excelled at garnering customer involvement. Exemplifying Grossman’s points, the stories describe inventive campaigns to inspire consumer participation in all aspects of developing and nurturing a brand. My favorites are the delightlfully creative HP campaign in Paris and the ingenious ordering system for home delivery created by Dubai’s Red Tomato Pizza.

Review the slide presentation at http:bit.ly/BrandAsVerb and then leave your comments.

What are your favorite ideas? Why?