Rachel Extance

What formats are most effective for storytelling?

“What formats do you find the most effective for storytelling – social, blogs…?” This was a question Mumpreneurs Club asked me on Twitter this week after reading my article What Is Business Storytelling? As I started figuring out how to cram my answer into 280 characters, I thought I should write a blog post on … Read more

Do your customers see things the same way as you?

My children have watched the same episode of their current favourite cartoon on Netflix every day for a week. Happy Hearts Day is pretty self-explanatory. One day a year in the Rainbow Kingdom pink happy hearts are given out. Star of the show True, who is the girl with blue hair, together with Bartleby, her … Read more

How Andrew and Pete use stories to spark action

I saw the power of stories in action on stage at Atomicon yesterday. I obviously don’t need convincing about how stories prompt people to take action but it’s always great to see it happening live. Andrew and Pete‘s opening keynote for their epic conference Atomicon was a masterclass. If you haven’t heard of Atomicon, it … Read more

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Blogging is generous #HelpShareCollaborate

It’s Thanksgiving today. Weirdly, although it’s a tradition that started in England we don’t celebrate it. I think we should bring it back. In an age when we rush around from one thing to the next, are quick to complain, tired and overwhelmed, taking time to be with those we love and be thankful for … Read more

How stories help you build your tribe

Have you ever been listening to someone and had a eureka moment? Those magic words where you want to jump to your feet and shout: yes! It happened to me at Youpreneur Summit while I was listening to Jessica Lorimer. The talk was about sales but that wasn’t what spoke to me, despite all the … Read more

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How trying to be different can make you just the same

How do you make your business stand out from the crowd? What makes people want to do business with you? It’s something we all grapple with as business owners. And we’re constantly bombarded with messages from other people. Those adverts that pop up on Facebook from the ‘guru’ or ‘maven’ (what is one of those?) … Read more

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MarketEd.Live 2018: the future of marketing is personal

People should be at the heart of marketing. That’s the key message from speakers at MarketEd.Live 2018, which took place at Nottingham Contemporary on September 25. Sounds obvious doesn’t it? As host Paul Ince said when he kicked off the event: “What is marketing if it’s not people talking to people?” So perhaps I should … Read more

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How to write a B2B case study

Case studies are a useful means of showing potential clients or investors how you have helped your customers. Follow these steps to create case studies which are to the point and tell your story. Skip the introduction Often case studies start by telling the story of who the client is, what their background is, how … Read more

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What is business storytelling?

Storytelling may not sound like it has much to do with business but if you think about it, everything you do has a story behind it. Business storytelling is about bringing out these stories and using them to let people know who you are, what you do and why. How can you use stories in … Read more

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Why you need to know your audience

Do you know who you want to read your social media posts, your website or your blog? Knowing your audience is vital if you want to grow your network and your business. If you are posting information which is not of interest to your target market, they won’t read it. Likewise, if you’re putting out … Read more