Four States Small Business Blog

Optimizing Your "About Us" Page with Storytelling

Posted by Danielle McCollum on September 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM

An effective About Us page is incredibly important for your business. It's one of the first places consumers check when they want to know more about your business: who you are, what you can do for them, and what's important to you as a business. It can be tough to figure out what to include when you need to explain everything about your company in one page. 

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Topics: Branding

How to Identify Your Brand's Story

Posted by Mark Zimmer on September 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM

In today's over-saturated market, your business can no longer afford to throw statistics, testimonials, or facts at your audience. Your company needs to pull at your consumer's heartstrings and engage on a much deeper level. Brand storytelling can help make this happen. Research shows that 55% of consumers are more likely to buy the product in the future if they love a brand’s story. Forty-four percent will end up sharing the information, and 15% will buy the product immediately. 

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Topics: Branding

How to Differentiate Your Brand with Storytelling

Posted by Pam Larimore on August 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Thought leadership is a type of content marketing where you draw on your company's experience, passion, and talent to answer your target audience’s most critical questions. Simply put, thought leadership means you provide the best answers to your consumer's biggest questions. 

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Topics: Branding

Why You Shouldn't Tell Stories About Your Product

Posted by Kylie Davis on August 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Even though many people confuse a brand story with a product story, they are, in fact, very different. In truth, a brand story is something much bigger. It is a cohesive narrative that encompasses the vibration set in motion by your brand. Unlike a product story, which is basically your company talking about your offerings, your brand story inspires so much more while enticing an emotional reaction from your consumers.

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Topics: Branding

Why Top of Mind Awareness Is More Valuable than Aided Awareness

Posted by Jeannette Royle on March 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM

When calculating a brand's value, one of the most important metrics is awareness. While most businesses are concerned about raising brand awareness, not everyone realizes that there are different levels of awareness. The most important distinction is between top of mind (or unaided) vs. aided awareness. In order to identify these differences in awareness, you need to ask certain questions. There can be dramatic differences in the results produced from different types of awareness. In one study of car purchasing behavior, a Nielsen study found that top-of-mind awareness drives 90% of purchasing intent

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Branding

How to Understand the Difference Between Branding and Marketing

Posted by Mark Zimmer on December 4, 2019 at 8:00 AM

One of the world’s favorite beer commercials doesn’t have much to do with beer but a lot to do with good branding.

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Topics: Integrated Marketing, Branding

How to Build Brand Equity (and Why it Matters)

Posted by Kylie Davis on November 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Think for a moment about the impact of the name Porsche or Tiffany’s. 

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Branding

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