Storytelling is my obsession and my life, sure, but not all stories need to be on the list of the longest novels in the English language. Ernest Hemingway famously was issued a challenge to tell a story in just six words. Here’s his reply:
“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
Heartbreaking, mm? All that pathos crammed into six words. Extraordinary economy.
And that’s exactly what you need in social media storytelling. Can you do it for your brand? Let’s say, for example, you have flower shop.
“You’re in trouble. We can help.”
That’s a little too easy, isn’t it? Plays to negative stereotypes about how men and women interact. Can we do better?
“Rainy days need color. Send flowers.”
That’s a little better. Reminds folks to use your service for Just Because, not just Special Events. But maybe we can do better than that.
“She’s wondering. Answer her with flowers.”
There we go. Nice. Concise. Worth the price.
Why would I ask this?
Because you, buddy, should start thinking about making your message fit the medium.
Give it a shot. See what you get.