As a teacher, I operated under the motto that there are no bad students, just boring classes. Keeping classes interesting is no easy task Maintaining an engaging content strategy involves similar challenges: Roughly put, getting information into a brain is like trying to get into an exclusive nightclub where only the glamorous few are selected. Once inside, another gatekeeper, emotion, determines what makes the cut to enter the upper VIP lounge in the prefrontal cortex—that valuable 13% of cerebral architecture where our highest cognition and emotional reflection takes place.
HOW THE ONE-TIME BATTLE FOR RETAIL’S FUTURE HAS NOW RECONCILED INTO AN ALLIANCE OF PHYSICAL-DIGITAL INTEGRATION
Not long ago, in a galaxy not at all far away, the rise of online shopping inspired a wave of speculation forecasting an apocalyptic end to brick-and mortar-retail. In 2013, driven by the emergently urgent need to compete with online giants like Amazon, real-space retailers like Wal-Mart and Target announced plans to remain open on Thanksgiving.
Can we locate the secret power of stories and“re-install” that power into other texts, like batteries in an old toy? Might we somehow perform some Frankenstein-ian surgical “transplant” of “story” to breathe life into non-storied forms of information?
Dull content is bad enough... growing numb to a daily stream of fluff is even worse: Whenever we limit the horizon of our expectations, the world gets smaller.
The neon sculpture HAHA HIHI (1993, right) adds a refreshing note to the cacophony of advertising signs and tacky shops in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. HAHA HIHI is a chandelier by John Körmeling and instead of using candles it shows the words ‘HA’ and ‘HI’ in bright neon colors.
The Power of Narrative Images in an Attention Economy:
The iconic poster for John Hughes’ hugely popular film Home Alone (1990) is, quite simply, a brilliant work of visual storytelling. Yes--I'm talking about the film's poster. I like the film as well, but the poster works in an entirely different way. And content strategy has much to learn from its example.
In what follows, I look at how the simple, yet strategically developed details in the poster work together to condense a full narrative of complex ideas and emotions into a simple glance. I then return to the implications of the poster for effective content strategy: In our “attention economy,” narrative images provide optimum information at a minimum cost of precious audience concentration.
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Why Your Brand Must Must Focus On the Stories of People
Andy Warhol fashioned himself as an eccentric, ever-unapproachable and yet ever-present star, and he promoted this image at every public appearance he made and in every interview he gave.
From American Apparel and Vermont Cheddar to Swiss Chocolate, Places Shape the Meaning and Value of a Product’s Brand. Powerful Stories Capture the Full Scope of that Value.
The truth is, if American companies generally adopted HBO's guiding principles, tens of thousands of high-paid management consultants would be forced to find real jobs. Madison Avenue would crumble. The nation's business schools would have to be shuttered, and millions of MBAs would have to forget everything they learned.
Working with HBO was an opportunity to experience creative freedom and 'long-form development' that filmmakers didn't have a chance to do before the emergence of shows like The Sopranos.
Is it just me? Or does anyone else also find themselves replaying that haunting final scene of Hodor holding the door to save his friends from the vicious “white walker” zombies in the 5th episode of last season’s Game of Thrones (I won’t go any further in spoiling that bit). I mean, is it just me? Is it?