Storytelling

Storytelling in B2B: how to convince potential prospects with engaging stories

We know storytelling mainly from B2C marketing, but it is also becoming increasingly important in industrial marketing. Through stories, we learn not only faster but also more long-term. So the idea is to convey facts and information via involving stories that pick up your customers and lead in an emotional and exciting way. 

But how does storytelling actually work and how can you use it to convince potential customers?

What is storytelling and what is its function in B2B?

In storytelling, products and services are not simply described: they are made tangible in the form of a story and facts become “easier to digest”. However, storytelling is often perceived too strongly from a B2C perspective, where little stories are told with colorful TV commercials or YouTube videos, which often doesn’t work like that in the B2B sector.

In addition, usually, only aspects of a product or service are shown without making a connection to the core of the company.

So how do you use storytelling in B2B to get the strongest impact?

Your story supports your entire communication and ideally already manifests itself in the company’s motto or slogan. From there, spread the story out to all media and channels. Testimonials are particularly well-suited. They are often used, as they are an important source of information for many decision-makers in B2B companies.

If you package the key content in an appealing story, you can stand out from your competitors - and you immediately have the Hero of your story:

the satisfied customer.

What you learned about stories in class generally applies to the implementation:

Challenge 

There must be a challenge that makes your story relevant and, in the best case, presents a situation that many of your potential customers can identify with.

Protagonist

If possible, let your employees or your customers speak; this will make your story especially authentic.

Visuals 

The more appealing the presentation, the better. Different media (images, videos, text, etc.) can be used to present your stories in a creative and varied way. The more sophisticated the products and services, the more demanding it is to develop a good story, e.g. for a reference report. So take enough time to find topics and prepare your stories. It is important that you ask yourself the right questions and answers them as accurately as possible. 
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Whom do you want to address?

Define the target groups you want to address.
  • What do they need?
  • What are the needs of these target groups?
  • What do you want to tell them?
  • What solutions and added value can you offer them?
  • Who can be the hero of the story?
  • Rather a customer or an employee?
  • What is the best way to package the story?
Define the tone and media through which you want to tell the story. The media depends on your target audience as well as the content.
  • How does the story pay off your brand essence?
  • Make sure you don’t lose sight of the big picture: Every story should tell what your company stands for. Your WHY?

But how does storytelling actually work and how can you use it to convince potential customers?

Conclusion

Tell your story at every opportunity Connect your company, products, and services, with an authentic narrative that makes your brand a complete entity, emotionally and engaging. This story works best when it is told on every occasion between customer and company. It can work in texts or film.

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