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.

Tell Your Story welcomes Francesca Berry

Hi! My name is Francesca Berry and I am a new intern for Tell Your Story. I am so appreciative and eager to start my time at Tell Your Story with the team and gain some hands-on experience in the Content Marketing and PR world.   I am a recent graduate from Northwestern University where I majored in Psychology and pursued the Medill School of Journalism Undergraduate certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications. Originally, I am from Canterbury, England but I made the move across the pond four and a half years ago to continue my Academics and Athletics at Northwestern — and I haven’t looked back.   Throughout college, I was a student-athlete on the Varsity Field Hockey team. While it proved to be challenging and definitely tested me at times, it was an unforgettable roller coaster and rewarding experience that I would do over again if I could!   During my time at Tell Your...

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I Am Not a Content Marketer

  “So, what do you do?” I asked a woman I met at Content Marketing World. “I’m a content marketer,” she replied.   “What do you guys do?” I asked another person I met at the conference. “We developed a content marketing platform for content marketers,” he exclaimed.   Excuse me for finally saying something that has been bugging me for quite some time, but didn’t know how to articulate.   Here it goes.   I consider myself a marketer. I am not a content marketer. I am a marketer.   To all attendees of Content Marketing World 2016, we are not content marketers. We are marketers.   We don’t market content. We market stories. We market organizations. We market people. We market causes.   We are marketers.   We build plans and we are strategic. We provide counsel. We develop great and purposeful stories. We implement technology to make our stories more effective and measurable. We learn and we improve. We lead.   We are marketers.   We were inspired...

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5 Reasons Why I Attend Conferences

I’m heading off to Content Marketing World 2016 in Cleveland this morning. This is one of the several investments I make each year to attend conferences, luncheons, webinars, training sessions and other events that get my networking juices flowing.   Why do I attend conferences? Why should you? Here are a few things to think about.   1. I genuinely like networking. I know that not everyone likes to network as much as I do. And sometimes, believe it or not, I have to psych myself up to network. But almost all of the time, I get benefit from making the effort to attend these events and you will too. You just have to try.   2. I actually learn things. Yes, there are always snooze-fest presentations and people you don’t want to be stuck with. But information that is useful sometimes appears when you don’t expect it. So you need to be ready and willing...

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B2B Marketing Conference

5 Takeaways from #BMA16

I had the pleasure of attending my 4th BMA National Conference this week at the Hilton Chicago. Every year the conference seems to grow and change, this year with the ANA partnership front and center. Regardless, I can always count on the BMA Conference for great networking, quality content and a wealth of insights and ideas to bring back to my job and my clients. Some of the most common themes from this year’s conference included how marketing can and should drive business results, ways to build compelling brands through storytelling, and making marketing more important within organizations.   There were plenty of great B2B insights to choose from, but I’ve narrowed it down to my top 5 takeaways over the 3-day event.   It’s not B2B or B2C its B2H= Business to Human. While this isn’t a new idea, it bears repeating. Linda Boff, Chief Marketing Office at GE, reminded us that business...

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Social Media PR

Join Our Team: Social Media & PR Manager

Tell Your Story, a story marketing agency, is looking for a full-time Social Media & PR Manager to join the team. We are looking for someone with 3-7 years experience at a marketing agency or PR firm, in a similar role. The candidate would need to have the flexibility to work at our downtown Chicago office (WeWork Fulton Market) as well as remotely. Benefits include a flexible and nimble work culture, health insurance, 401K and a competitive paid time off policy.   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.   Writing / Content Development— We need someone with excellent writing and editing skills that is comfortable writing for B2B and B2C clients. The candidate must also be able to help write proposals, press releases and blog posts, and...

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Social Media Advertising 101: How to Get Started

Social news feeds have become a highly competitive space over the last few years, as platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and most recently, Instagram, have opened their self-service advertising models to all businesses. In order to get the maximum results and ROI desired from their content, brands and organizations are finding they have to “pay-to-play” in the social media game. Achieving stellar results organically is more difficult than ever as competition for eyeballs continues to increase, and various marketing research supports the notion that organic reach will be next to zero in the next few years.   Social media advertising, when planned, executed, optimized and measured correctly, is an effective way to: • Increase brand awareness • Extend content reach and help ensure content is served in the right place, at the right time • Promote thought leadership • Create engagement and dialogue among influencers and audiences • Drive targeted website traffic • Enhance SEO and build...

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Promotions and New Titles

Promotions and New Titles Are Fun

When you find people you work well with, you want to make it last.  And when you find people who make your clients happy, you really want to make it last. At Tell Your Story, I’ve had the privilege of having two such people work side by side with me, Amanda Pollard and Nicole Benzer.  And it’s about time I recognized them properly!   Amanda Pollard has been promoted to Director, Content & Social Strategy. We have been on a fun journey so far, having first met when I was heading up and growing the Chicago office of what is now gyro. I introduced her to Twitter! True story. She was a skeptic then, but now she jokes she spends half her day on Twitter and the other social channels we use to tell our clients’ stories. She was my first full-time hire at Tell Your Story in 2011, and was an...

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TYS One North Enhance

Tell Your Story and One North Enhance Partnership

For almost two years, our team at Tell Your Story has partnered with digital marketing agency One North Interactive on a variety of projects. Today we are announcing that One North has made a strategic investment in Tell Your Story in order to offer both of our client organizations a full range of digital marketing services.   This partnership further solidifies both of our agencies’ positions serving the unique needs of B2B and relationship-based organizations. For One North, it gives them the storytelling and content marketing capabilities that many current and prospective clients need in their overall marketing mix. For Tell Your Story, we gain One North’s second-to-none digital, technology and strategy know-how to better serve our clients.   We believe great partnerships are formed when each organization can build upon each other’s strengths. One North’s strengths lie in creating extraordinary interactive experiences that deepen the relationships between businesses and their most important audiences. Tell...

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8 Steps for Storytelling Success

8 Steps to Storytelling Success

Tell Your Story Founder George Rafeedie gave a recent breakfast seminar with the Chicago Business Marketing Association where he taught a group of B2B marketers how to develop and share stories on any budget.   In his dynamic presentation, George explained how every organization (big, small, start up, non-profit, division) has a story. And our job as marketers is to find it. Then develop it. Tell it. Measure it. And lastly, improve it. The story should be unique and tied to an organization’s purpose, the difference they make in the world, says George.   He shared the following 8-step process that marketers can use, right now, to develop and share their story/purpose.   1) Executive download & brainstorm. This is where executive buy-in happens. It is where you go to your boss/CMO/President/whomever and explain the process and why your organization needs it. This step is crucial as it ensures your stakeholders feel like they are part...

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