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Lessons in Design from Storytellers

- Thursday, November 04, 2010 |

The most successful and loved brands have a story to tell. Some of the best memories we have are carefully crafted into the best stories of our lives. There is, undoubtedly, a very strong attachment to stories we recognize in ourselves. And there will always be a charismatic person, a storyteller who uses his skills and social intelligence to energize, inspire and influence thousands of people, for the better.

In this article we will talk about how you, the designer, can create stories that people love, remember and share.

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Style in Interaction and UX Design

- Saturday, September 11, 2010 |

We live in the age of individuality, in the sense that, whether it's business, personal stuff or anything else in between, we seek and prefer systems that allow us make our own choices; we prefer those over standardized solutions. From customization to user oriented services and products, the center of gravity shifted from the general mass of people to you.

We even witnessed this transition. It was a brief but fundamental turn. It's not about what everybody does anymore, it's all about what you want.

We have seen this with clients, consumers, as well as with everybody in our team: it's a very particular type of positioning. You are important and everybody else is important too. This type of positioning is embedded in the style of interaction, a topic we think needs more attention, because it is connected to UX Design principles.

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Why Content Will Always Be King and How you Can Get Started Building your Own

Bryan McAnulty - Friday, August 13, 2010 |

Over and over it's burned into our heads that we need to create unique and remarkable content. How important is it really, and will it always be as essential as it is now? Businesses with big budgets can spend tons of money on SEO, SEM and PPC advertising campaigns, but that is not a substitute for great content. In the long run, the business that spends huge amounts on visitors, but has no quality content to retain interest will lose to the business with great content. The business with great content can get interested, and more importantly, motivated visitors without spending money. When visitors see quality content they will tell their friends and networks about it through social media. Paying for eyes is temporary. Content is permanent. Advertising as a way to direct more views to your existing great content is great, but it isn’t a replacement for content.

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It's Hard to Build Quality Content

Creating great content is not something that everyone can just do. If you are a professional coach, consultant or trainer looking to attract more students then start by sharing your knowledge, experiences and opinions. Provide value to your potential customers with your content. By doing this your visitors will see that you are real, they will gain value and trust in your brand, and as a result they will be motivated to choose you over your competition.

Business owners used to think they wouldn't stand a chance against their high-spending competition, but now the playing field has been leveled. If you can create great content, the position is flipped the other way around because many older and larger businesses still struggle to create remarkable content. Big ad budgets and high spending can't compete with great content in the long run. With the amount of people consuming content and the amount of devices to view it on increasing all the time, it is more important than ever for businesses to create content.

Content is supplemented by advertising, not the other way around. Not only does great content provide credibility for your brand and help with search engine optimization, it helps build an audience of followers who are genuinely interested in what you have to say. Traffic from ads goes away when you stop buying them. Content you create lasts forever, and people will continue to find it long after the time it was posted.

Don't try to pull one over on viewers. It is great content that is king, not any content. Avoid trying to get traffic by just talking about the hype and using buzzwords. Sure it may give you a short term boost, but in the end you'll be losing more fans than you gain. Great content comes from skill, experience and being real. It's not something that you can fake. You’ll never be first place by following trends and being unoriginal.

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How Do You Get Started?

1. Talk About your Passion:

Tell the world about what you know best. Show them your passion. If you know your passion really well, chances are you will have tons to talk about. Customers love working with people that are passionate about what they do.

2. Show Personality:

Be yourself, be genuine. You are probably more interesting than you expect. When you show your personality people will feel like they can relate to you and will begin to follow you. Don’t be afraid to be the real you, because there is an audience out there looking for someone exactly like you.

3. Teach and Share:

Establish yourself as a leader and build credibility. Teach people about what you know. When potential customers or fans see you know your stuff, you'll build credibility with them. Don't be afraid to share some of your best tips or secrets. Your competition isn't going to beat you just because they know a few of your tricks. Ideas are easy, it's implementation that is the hard part.

4. Tell a Story:

Everyone wants to hear a story and feel like they are a part of something. If you can make your content and brand tell a story to your visitors, or viewers you will be able to grow a very passionate fan base.

At this point hopefully you've been inspired to create some remarkable content of your own. Most of the time though, it's not as simple as build it and they will come. You will have to hustle a little and get your content out there. Engage potential fans, or answer people who are asking questions (even if they aren't necessarily asking you directly). Don’t be afraid to reach out with your content, because if are truly providing great value, then it is not selfish to promote it. In fact, you should feel obligated to get your valuable content in front of as many people as possible. Give your content a good kick out the door and it can start spreading like wildfire. If you can consistently put out quality content then eventually you will get enough dedicated fans that your content will spread more and more on it's own.

Endnote: Remember that great content is something that will always be appreciated and its effects and benefits can last indefinitely. When you create something great, people will want to see it, they will want to share it, and you will grow as a result.

Don’t let your great ideas go unseen. Create more remarkable content today.

We've shared this post on the blog for our newest product: Heights Platform where you can build and sell online courses. See the updated version of Why Content Will always Be King on the Heights Platform Blog.

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