How to Make Your Social Media Ideas Irresistible
Tamsen Webster, Founder and Chief Message Strategist of Find the Red Thread, joins this episode of Social Pros to talk about storytelling and problem-solving with social media.
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Creating a Message That Answers Your Audience’s Real Questions
What is the best way to create a message and narrative that truly resonates with your audience?
Tamsen Webster, Founder and Chief Message Strategist of Find the Red Thread, says it’s about answering their real questions.
In business, many of us think we have solutions to our audience’s problems. We try to work backward and squeeze it into our audience’s story. But Tamsen says we should take a step back.
We need to solve the problems our audience thinks it has first, even if we believe it’s something different. Tamsen is a big believer in creating a story in your marketing and social media, an idea she explores in detail in her book “Find Your Red Thread.”
In this episode of Social Pros, Tamsen shares her thoughts on making your ideas shine, why storytelling is so important, and how you can deliver real solutions that audiences want.
In This Episode:
6:08 – What Tamsen means by wanting to “build the story that people would tell themselves”
8:00 – How organizations often lose sight of their brand narrative
9:43 – Why people resonate with the phrase “once upon a time”
12:13 – What a MacGuffin is and why you always need it to pay off in the end
14:27 – Why organizations need to determine who their idea is for
18:44 – Why Tamsen believes you shouldn’t try to plant an idea or manipulate your audience
22:27 – How to pitch an idea in an organization
26:18 – Tamsen’s approach to getting a new idea in motion
31:20 – How to avoid patronizing your audience with your solutions
32:18 – Tamsen’s advice for social pros on how to construct your ideas
34:27 – How Tamsen has changed her approach to social media
40:27 – How organizations can change their messaging in the pandemic
44:32 – Tamsen’s top tip for those wanting to become a social pro
Quotes From This Episode:
We can get very patronizing to our audiences…but you have to solve the problem they think they have before you can solve the problem you know they have. Click To Tweet
“If you assume there’s a deep idea, a good idea that’s got legs and can support a multi-month campaign, then you will do the work to find it.” – @tamadear
“We build our cases for our products and brands, from the presumption that we’re already right. And the vast majority of people who don’t know us or haven’t been convinced yet, they’re coming at it from a really different perspective.” – @tamadear
What’s your one tip for becoming a social pro?
Tamsen’s advice is to “understand the connection between the brand message and what your audience needs to hear.” She says that there’s a gap between the content you put out and what you receive, and it’s your job as a social pro to focus not just on sending out messages but also on receiving them.
If you could do a Skype call with any living person, who would it be?
Tamsen would pick Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, a best-selling book and winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. She says that the book should be required reading for anyone in marketing, communications, or sales, and she would love to talk to him about it.
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