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BRAND DEMOCRACY 
HOW TO TELL STORIES IN THE SOCIAL ERA 
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By Graham Brown 
The Digital Ape
We can no longer control and manage the 
brand conversation like we used to 
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The genie is out of the bottle
The days of tightly managed brands are over 
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In the modern brand narrative, the hero of 
the story is the customer 
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It’s time to release their superpower, the 
customer’s power of storytelling 
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Your customer looks at your marketing and 
asks, “where am I in this story?” 
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Storytelling? 
What exactly is storytelling?
http://www.GrahamDBrown.com/digital-ape 
If you can’t wait to find out, download now
But, if you can… 
let’s continue
Telling stories isn’t just about 
“once upon a time…” 
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Stories are the why in branding 
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and successful brands connect through story 
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Stories are what we do on a daily basis 
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our lives are shaped by the stories we tell 
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...and the stories of others 
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Daily life is full of stories 
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...drama... 
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...discovery 
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...encounters 
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....everyday life is a story 
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...and everybody has a story to tell 
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To tell stories is to be human 
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Stories create connectivity 
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Stories help us belong 
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Stories cross demographic boundaries 
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...and stories reinforce them 
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So rather than see people in terms of 
numbers... 
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See people in terms of the stories they tell 
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Every customer has a story to tell 
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Welcome to Brand Democracy
Time to embrace the groundswell
and the shift 
from Loudspeakers to Telephones
? 
? 
...and time ask some fundamental questions
How will your marketing turn users into 
people and people into stories? 
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How will you help them get to where they 
want to go? 
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How will you help them on their personal 
journey? 
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How will you release their inner hero...? 
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...however strange that is to you? 
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This is Brand Democracy 
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...choices in mindset not media
We need to curate not control 
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So, give people the tools... 
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...to tell their story 
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platforms to share 
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spaces to connect 
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a canvas for their imagination 
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tools to join the dots 
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No more brand ego
Brands are no more than the stories we tell 
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So why limit their ability to tell stories? 
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Don’t overwrite their unofficial stories with a 
louder official brand narrative 
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Open times require open minds 
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Turn off the corporate brand loudspeaker 
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Step back... 
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Let the magic happen 
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So what is Brand Democracy?
It’s not who’s telling your story...
but whose story you’re telling 
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Continue reading...

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