Archive for 'Green Marketing'

How UPS’ viral story has our brains hopped-up on oxytocin and why it matters to marketers

I have been studying neuroeconomist Paul Zak's work on storytelling and how it actually changes the chemistry in our brain. When we're seduced by a good story, we produce cortisol, dopamine and oxytocin, depending on what's happening in the story, Introduce us to tension and urgency, and the steroid hormone cortisol floods our system creating within us anxiety and focus. Lead us through trouble and show us success in the story and the neurotransmitter dopamine fires-up our reward system triggering optimism ...

Did powerpoint bring down two Space Shuttles?

Do you remember where you were on February 1, ten years ago? Let me remind you. As you were leading your peaceful terrestrial life, the space shuttle Columbia was disintegrating over the skies north of Dallas, Texas. All seven astronauts perished. The cause of the accident happened two weeks earlier. Eighty-two seconds into Columbia's liftoff, a piece of foam insulation, about the size and weight of an empty brief case, tore from the external fuel tank and slammed into the leading edge of ...

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Infographic: Storytelling vs Corporate Speak

It's not rocket science. It's brain science. Storytelling is how we're hardwired to understand the world. And anyone can tell compelling stories. So turn your jargon into journeys, your info lists into lore, and your stats into stories. Here's a great infographic from the Hoffman Agency to illustrate the difference between data and drama. The Hoffman Agency is a public relations firm that emphasizes storytelling in business communication.

Cool new tool for creating a quick video story on your iPad

Pick a template. Upload an image. Record your voice in snippets. Add music. Then post your video. It is that easy with Adobe Voice. Let's face it, if content is king, creating content is a bitch. Everyone says no one is reading anymore. You have to regale them with infographics, videos and podcasts. But that is more easily said than done. Adobe Voice (Kind of a misnomer given that this is a video program) can help bring your stories to life quickly and easily. ...

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Survival of the fittest storyteller: How stories insure our sustainability

What is the primary function of our brain? Survival. The oldest portion of our noggin – the brain stem – is our “Reptilian Brain.” It triggers our most basal instincts of fight or flight. Survival! Our inner brains began to evolve about 300 to 400 million years ago. We call this our limbic brain, which primarily handles emotion and memory. It’s easiest to remember the limbic brain’s function by the four “F’s” of SURVIVAL: Feeding, fighting, fleeing and fornication (Sexual reproduction). Emotions, one might argue, is what ...