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From the early human cultures to the advanced civilization we live in today, it seems that listening to stories has always had a very important role. Stories are a way we used to transfer knowledge from one person to another, and from one generation to another. Stories are what we used to explain things we didn't really understand, and they are what we use today to make it easier for us to understand complicated things. We wouldn't be where we are today, as humans, if it weren't for stories, so it doesn't come as a surprise that we are hardwired to like them.

Some industries trade in stories pretty straightforwardly. The literary industry, the movie industry, and the video game industry have all found ways to bank on our propensity to seek out stories we will enjoy. Other industries use stories and storytelling in other ways. In marketing and advertising, storytelling is all about creating a context for products or services that make them come to life from their prospective customers' perspective. Simply put. it allows brands to make their products seem like real, three-dimensional things people can easily imagine having in their lives. If this seems easier said than done, and sometimes it might actually be that way, here are four tips for anyone looking to use storytelling in their ad or marketing copy.

1. Tell the Company's Story

Companies and brands have stories. The stories don't have to particularly interesting, and some might have parts that are better left untold. But the path from a business idea to its realization is a story, and it's a story customers might appreciate reading.

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Here are two of the most important things when it comes to website monetization. Number one, you should know from the start that not every monetization model will work for your website. Your first pick doesn't have to be a success, and it might take some work until you get to a model that works for you. But don't t fret because, and this number two - there are plenty of ways you can try monetizing a website. One of them is bound to work, but because every website is a beast of its own, you just need to figure out what type of beast yours is. To get you started, here are a couple of the ways people are monetizing their websites right now.

Sell Ad Space

Let's kick off with the most obvious of the obvious ways to monetize your website - selling ad space. It works similarly to the ads you see in newspapers and magazines - your website contains some sort of content. People come to see your content, and while they're there, they can also see other things, like ads. So businesses can pay to have their ads displayed on your website. And that's all true, however, website ads don't have to work exactly like newspaper and magazine ads in the most important part - the part where you actually get paid.

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Business owners, be advised: online reviews of your business matter. People like to take to websites such as Yelp and Trustpilot and write about the experience they have with businesses, and they also like to read about other people's experiences. Doing someone online research before making a purchase choice is commonplace, and it's something you should learn how to use to your advantage.

1. Give Your Customers the Opportunity to Leave Reviews

You have to take the first step. Whatever your business is, there's a relevant website where your customers can leave reviews. There are also Yelp, Yahoo Local, even LinkedIn. Once you identify a couple of the websites that are frequented by people who might be interested in what your business has to offer, create a profile for your business on them. With that, you've made the first step towards getting online reviews.

The second step is, of course, to make it easy for people to review your business. There's one problem with review websites you should be aware of - people are more likely to leave a review after a negative experience. That's why you need to make an extra effort (more than one, actually), and it starts with having links to your review pages on your business' website, or in a follow-up email you send to your clients after a purchase.

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Can you imagine reading an online article, a blog post, or just looking at any old web page, and not seeing images on it? The Internet is a visual thing, after all, and even when they're not front and center, photos make a backdrop everyone is used to seeing. So there's no need to point out how much visual representation means for everyone publishing content online.

But there is a case to be made that the time has come to rethink the visual side of content. Are images the best we can do? Are they where things will be in a month, a year, or five years from now? They are not. The future of visual is not in the non-moving images. It's in the moving ones. The future of visual is in video, and your business needs to start taking video content seriously as soon as possible.

Just listen to what numbers are saying. On a monthly level, YouTube has over one billion of visitors. By next year, 69% of the consumer traffic on the Internet will go on video. A year after that, you'll be able to find a new million of minutes of video material posted online each second. So why should your business start adding their minutes of video content to the mass? To reap the benefits, of course.

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Do you remember what your handwriting looks like? It’s too easy to forget these days when so much communication has moved from the physical and analog into the online and digital realm. We are used to seeing our words typed on a screen and not written on a paper, and it’s like that across different aspects of our lives. People who are dependent on using words in a professional capacity must have noticed this. From writers to marketers, we use typing to communicate, work, sell our products. But should we only use typing?

The big, bold letters on the marketing horizon say - digital. Anyone who hasn’t incorporated digital into their marketing efforts is either looking into ways to do it or is left far behind the competition. The performance of marketing campaigns is measured in shares, likes, views, and comments. And that’s great because there are certain things you can do with digital marketing that can’t be done through traditional, offline channels. But sometimes, maybe taking a step back could be a good idea. Maybe it could be effective to look at what we’ve left behind instead of reigning in the marketing potentials of the next big social network. Maybe it could be nice to get the “e” out of “email,” pull out a pen and a paper, and write a letter by hand as a part of a marketing campaign. That is if we haven’t forgotten yet how to write.

There is more than one reason why handwriting letters can be a bit of a pain. First of all, it takes a lot of time to write a letter, and if you want to do a big campaign which incorporates a lot of handwritten letters, the time you’d have to set aside to create them would make the idea very ineffective. And there’s also the fact that sending a letter by post is more expensive than sending an email.

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