Distil your story

Before you can start harnessing the full power of storytelling, you need to uncover your business’ story. We like to call this process the distillation of your story because usually many of your story’s elements are already there, either in your existing materials or just in the back of your mind. It’s all about boiling them down to a compelling narrative.

We work with you, every step of the way, to make sure we come to a business story that  resonates well with you and your stakeholders, with your employees and with your customer base.

Businesses often come to us ahead of a website or product launch, a specific marketing campaign or as part of a rebranding exercise but nearly every business can benefit from a structured story review.

The outcome of our story distillation process is a guiding document which includes your refined purpose statement, marketing promise, key messaging, strategic positioning, initial content snippets for your website and social media descriptions, and anything else you might need to start implementing your story. The exact deliverables are agreed with you beforehand.

Here’s an example of how our approach could benefit your business:

  1. Free consultation – We’ll come to your office to discuss your specific needs. This meeting will inform how we’ll structure the process. You might have a clear idea of where you want to get to or you might just be looking to increase your customer loyalty or internal engagement but aren’t sure how yet.
  2. State of play review – We’ll look at your existing materials and might talk to a few stakeholders and conduct market research to get a good understanding of what your business is trying to achieve and how you are communicating at the moment. This part of the process can still have an impact on what steps we’ll take next.
  3. Distillation preparation – We’ll send you and your stakeholders a personalised questionnaire to fill in. This will help you to start thinking about your story and it will give us an idea of the potential routes we can go down when it comes to bringing out the best narrative.
  4. Distillation workshop – We’ll get together for a structured workshop with you and your stakeholders where we’ll combine the answers from the questionnaire and use it as the basis of crafting your business story.
  5. Initial draft – guiding document – After the workshop, we’ll draft a first version of the guiding document based on our initial conclusions.
  6. Document review – We’ll get together again with you and your stakeholders to review every element in the guiding document and make tweaks where necessary.
  7. Final draft – guiding document  – We’ll finalise your guiding document to form the basis of your storytelling strategy. You’re ready to start implementing now.

Once you have uncovered your business story, it’s time to start implementing it.

We can help you forge your brand and create new branding elements, adverts or other marketing materials. We can also support you with crafting your content so that you have a consistent content strategy that can effectively generate more leads, increase brand awareness and drive internal engagement.

Get in touch now for a free consultation.

 

Bram has an extraordinary ability: to humanise digital transformation at all levels of an organisation. I hired him within a few minutes of first meeting him and I’ve never regretted it on the various projects we’ve done together since. He knows a lot about digital and marketing and what he doesn’t know he’s quick to learn. If you get a chance to work on a project with him, you should do so.

Simon Marshall
CEO at TBD

Bram is extremely savvy when it comes to content with incredible attention to detail. He has in-depth knowledge of content strategies and the role different channels play. By combining this with an engaging writing style, he has found the winning formula.

Joe Sherman
Growth Manager at Add to Event

As a new business with the ambition of making purpose easy for consumers, our team has competing ideas of how we communicate our message. Bram was great at helping us unpick our core principles and distil into a simple message which separated ourselves out from our competitors. We are now more confident in how we tell our brand story.

Jamie Palmer
Founder at SocialSupermarket.org

Bram is a clear and positive communicator whose messaging always strikes a chord with his audience. A committed business partner, his attention to detail, ability to spot trends before they become common practice and willingness to work within our brand guidelines and team objectives mean that I thoroughly recommend him for any long term strategic planning or ad hoc training.

Alastair Clark
Senior Communications Manager at CMS

Our 1-hour workshop with Bram was a really useful way to get an objective, expert opinion on how to sharpen our messaging.

Sandy Reid
Co-Founder & CCO at Zaptic

Bram’s rebrand of my small business not only dramatically helped the narrative of my business; he helped distill the story of what I hope to do with my life. His “winning hearts” isn’t merely a slogan, it’s his practice. His story distillation strategy is human-centered, efficient, and impactful. When dealing with our own business or brand, it is sometimes difficult to parse our key messaging. Bram, as a storytelling strategist with years of experience, is able to deliver this much-needed clarity. Bram’s narrative renovations also changed the course of my business — streamlining my story and purpose helped streamline my operations and projects. With in-depth exercises (involving graphs and mental models I would never have thought of on my own), we created the storyline for my business, and an action plan for reconstruction. I left the session inspired, with a solid direction and story for my business. To anyone looking to rebrand / distill — even if you are sure of your business’ story — meeting with Bram is entirely worth it. I’ve found his storytelling expertise and fresh, original insight priceless. Thank you so much!

Fiona Iyers
Business Relationship Consultant

Bram helped us launch several new products and we’ve constantly been impressed with his storytelling approach. Using this narrative as a base, he helped us define what we are but also, what we want to say. Our story. It’s an innovative way for us to look at the product and our marketing and for the whole team to understand and engage. Such a clever way to make something complicated easier to approach and understand.

Anthony Gale
Head of Platforms at Apollo Tyres