what we think

We don’t think of ourselves as know-it-alls, but we do like sharing our thoughts, experiences and POV from time-to-time. We are in continual learning mode and here is what we think, when we think it.
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Content Mission Statement – Critical to Telling Your Story

As I gear up for Content Marketing World 2017, my fifth CMW in a row, I’m reflecting on my most valuable insights gleaned by attending. I’m not going to bore you with a list, but I kind of created one anyway. I really just want to share with you the most important one — creating a content mission statement. For Tell Your Story, the development of a content mission statement as part of our strategic planning process has been critical to our ongoing work in developing content and being entrusted as social media community managers for our clients.   Here's a link to what the Content Marketing Institute said about content mission statements in 2015. Some good stuff in the article, but here’s our take.   If your overall marketing, communications and sales efforts are driven by purpose — why you do what you do — your content mission statement and subsequent content becomes...

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Intern’s Perspective: Top 3 Takeaways from Social Media Summit

Before attending the Social Media Masters Summit on Thursday, June 22nd, I knew social media was taking over the world, but this event taught me just how much it truly is. All aspects of social media are growing at a beyond rapid pace, and attending this conference gave me all the tips and tools needed to keep up with this widely growing field. This summit took place on the beautiful 7th floor of Morningstar Inc.’s office in Chicago and was put on by Digital Megaphone. It provided a very interactive and informative experience with a wide variety of talented speakers. Each speaker provided insights to different aspects of social media, but there were a few messages that really stuck out to me and seemed to be reoccurring themes throughout all of the talks.   Listen to the consumer, and then diversify Many companies are stuck under the impression that if they change...

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My Top Three Takeaways from the Social Media Master’s Summit

Last Thursday, I was lucky enough to attend the 2017 Social Media Masters Summit hosted by Digital Megaphone. Morningstar hosted the event, which was described as “Chicago’s premier digital marketing conference, featuring cutting edge sessions from top brand marketers.”  I had a lot of fun learning from the accomplished speakers, networking with fellow professionals and admiring the awesome views from the 7th floor space (they had such a beautiful office – and an outdoor patio to boot!). Here are my top takeaways from my three favorite speakers at the summit.   [caption id="attachment_6048" align="alignright" width="327"] The view from Morningstar's 7th floor patio.[/caption] Engagement is key Jon Harris, Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer at Conagra, gave a great talk about the importance of modernizing the ways we market longstanding brands. Whereas in the old days the primary form of communication was a single audience in a front of a TV, now marketers spend...

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Intern’s View: Tell Your Story Welcomes Lucy Dwyer

Hi! My name is Lucy Dwyer and I’m Tell Your Story’s new summer intern. I’m super excited to get hands-on experience in the world of PR, marketing and storytelling. I’m a rising junior in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where I’m majoring in journalism, minoring in sociology and pursuing a certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications. At school, I design and write for North by Northwestern, a student-centered magazine, and head up social media for Nine Lives, a storytelling podcast. I’m passionate about using my journalistic skills to build better brands.   Outside of school, I spend most of my time managing my Instagram account, @thefoodiefriend. As a long time lover of food, I started The Foodie Friend in 2015 as an outlet to post the numerous food photos I was accumulating on my phone. Today, I have more than 15,000 followers. I really enjoy exploring new restaurants in Chicago, interacting...

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Be Real, Be Courageous & Lead— My Big Takeaway from #ANAB2B

When I go to marketing industry conferences these days, I get more inspired by intangibles, rather than the tangible. Give me something that will really move me or get me thinking deep thoughts. Give me something that I could do in my every day life, not just in my job.   I want to meet people, be inspired by stories, and feel moved to do something different or be reminded of what I need to do to be more successful and fulfilled.   That said, my highlight of the 2017 Masters of B2B Marketing (I still call it BMA) Conference earlier this month in Chicago was one great slide by keynote speaker Tamara McCleary (@TamaraMcCleary).     Tamara’s talk was on innovative personal branding and becoming an influencer. The slide and discussion that really hooked me included three simple things to think about:   Be real. Be courageous. Lead.   Simple. Powerful. Moving. These are the types of things that...

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Join Our Team: Summer Internship

Tell Your Story is looking for a Summer Intern! The candidate would need the flexibility to work at our downtown Chicago office, as well as at a shared office space in Wilmette. Hours would range from 30 hours to 40 hours per week for an agreed upon month-to-month stipend.   Responsibilities would include assisting the Tell Your Story team in development, implementation and management of marketing, business development, social media and public relations efforts for a variety of Tell Your Story clients, including healthcare, senior living, building products, software, and more.   Day to day responsibilities to include: Create engaging content for social channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) Blog post and press release writing Measurement and reporting for social media metrics Content curation and research   We will be evaluating candidates based on the following criteria: Major in Marketing Communications or Public Relations Knowledge of available tools and platforms in the social media space Previous internship or...

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You Can’t Improve without Improv!

Learning effective communication by wearing a chicken hat, dancing and speaking gibberish may sound - for the lack of a better word - weird. I get it, it’s not what you’d normally do at a networking event, but let me tell you, this was no ordinary event. This BMA Chicago Breakfast was led by Erin Diehl from Improve It!   Her aim was to teach us effective communication through improv. It sounded fun and I was intrigued but I got a lot more out of it than expected. Why? Well, there was a purpose. Right then and there we started putting theory into practice. There were no laptops or note taking, this was a roll up your sleeves, we’re doing this kind of BMA Breakfast.   Erin started us off with this simple message: “Our mission is to provide high-energy, laughter-filled team-building workshops that incorporate improvisation.” From there it was all fun and games,...

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Deep Thoughts: Why I Do What I Do

"Why do I do what I do? Plain and simple answer – I want people that I know and like to be happier and more fulfilled." It doesn’t happen every week, but several times a year I am able to take a step back and really think about what I do for a living and the purpose of what I do. And it all comes down to that simple idea -- I love to help people be happier and more fulfilled.   That’s my why.   The most recent example of that happened this past weekend with client MAXDigital at the National Automobile Dealers Association show in New Orleans.   Read about it in my post on LinkedIn Pulse: Why I Do What I Do....

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Engage, Don’t Push.

I had the pleasure of attending the BMA Chicago January luncheon with Scott Brandt, the CMO of Sprout Social, who discussed the evolution of social media and its business impacts. In case you weren’t aware, engagement is crucial and our approach needs to change. In other words, stop talking, start listening. Here are three social trends Brandt says to look out for in 2017:   From promos to dialogue. To put it simply if you do not speak to your customers they will leave you. One in three customers will leave and go somewhere else if you don’t respond to them via social in time. They expect a response within 4 hours, and that time is shrinking. Social media is not just a function of marketing; it needs to be built based on interdepartmental collaboration including customer service. Attribution & analytics: redefine what matters. Social commerce is real. Seventy-five percent of people...

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Getting To a Great Purpose for Powerful Storytelling

“I had a great day today.”   A simple sentence you may hear often. You may actually say it often. Or maybe not.   “I had a great day today.”   At the opening of our client's OutMatch Insights: Live!, OutMatch CEO Greg Moran talked about what drives him and what drives OutMatch. Simply stated, he wants more people, after a long day of work, to say, “I had a great day today.”   Say it. “I had a great day today.”   That struck me as an incredibly powerful and purposeful reason “why” a company exists. Especially for a company who uses data, analytics and psychology to determine success factors of specific specific people for specific jobs.   “I had a great day today.”   How many people can actually say that after a long day at work?   How many people can say that half the time after a long day of work?   Most of our lives is spent at work or worrying about work. So...

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