I’m a storyteller. I discovered this from my husband, who told me indirectly. See, when I have something to share, the point of what I’m sharing is usually prefaced by a couple minutes of set-up. My husband is a more direct type of person, after a couple of minutes I can see him becoming impatient so I jump to the point. I realized recently this is not just me droning on (although sometimes I imagine it is), but telling a story. I don’t think he knows he has given me this realization. Thank you honey!

Over the years, and particularly on social media, I have learned which platforms are best used to share a short and long-form version of stories. Hence why I am blogging this today.

Every business has a story. From the origins of a product idea, to the continuing day-to-day activity, on social media you should be sharing your story.

I share tons of information on my social pages, but I try and put a personal twist on what I share. Always answer the “why”: Why are you sharing this particular link, photo, or video?

The answer to the “why” is your post. If you know your business and what your goals are, the why is easy. The “why” is your story.

Yes, you can throw in something more direct if there is something you’re selling or promoting, (I believe there’s an entrepreneur out there who calls them “right hooks.” 😉 ) but always come back to the story. Be personal, yet professional. Show the struggle, show the successes, tie it into the information you’re sharing. Show how others have benefited from your product. Ask others to share their own stories.

Social media is storytelling.

Answer the “why.”

Tell your story.

About The Author

I provide social media management for small businesses, with a focus on community-building. It’s about connecting with your customers on a personal level. It means listening to their wants and needs, and responding to them directly. I also have experience in podcasting, audio editing and writing. Ask me how I can make your business stand out from the rest!

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2 Responses

  1. Lisa Whealy

    Thank you for sharing your story! To me it is has become a cop out to say that being a woman working to create a successful business is challenging. For anyone in the entertainment industry to create success is a challenge.

    That goes for the person selling food from the food truck creating something different and delicious. LIFE is a challenge to be lived!!

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