Q. I’m a small business owner, and I carve gift items out of wood. Everywhere I look for marketing advice these days, the gurus tell me to tell a story. I enjoy what I do but where’s the story? I buy wood, I carve an item, people buy it. End of story, right?
The problem with doing something really well is that it’s easy to forget that other people can’t do it. When I hear that you carve gift items out of wood, I want to know more: What drove you to that business, what tools do you use, what types of wood, what advice would you give me for taking care of the item I purchase, what advice would you give me if I were interested in learning about wood carving?
Each of those questions is the gateway to a marketing story, about you, your skills, and your relationship with customers.
How do you tell your marketing story so that it resonates with potential customers? The best stories feature:
- An appeal to the senses: Write about the smell of sawdust, the textures of different woods, or how a tool interacts with the wood.
- Interesting characters: Write about a customer who came in searching for a gift for a special occasion. Write about your fellow woodcarvers or your own history.
- Interesting events: Write about the journey wood makes from the forest to your workshop or the process that turns a random piece of wood into a beautiful gift.
- A clear purpose: Motivate potential and current customers to purchase or to spread information about your business.
Stories about your small business and your customers are all around you. You may need to take a step back to see them–but they do exist and they are interesting.
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