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  • Writer's pictureZach Linge

Storytelling: Why It Matters and How to Master It

Listen. You've got one goal: persuade your audience to act. To do that, you need to connect. That means making an emotional difference. That means telling a story. The power of narrative (and poetry!) is that it moves us in ways that facts and figures can't.

Why is narrative so powerful in copywriting?

For starters, it lets you establish an emotional connection with your audience. By telling a story they relate to, you tap into their emotions and make them feel invested in what you have to say. Emotional investment leads to action.

Secondly, it makes for memorable copy. It's easier to remember an underdog who found success than a list of facts or statistics.

Finally, storytelling differentiates your brand from your competitors. By sharing your unique brand story, you can create a more personal and authentic connection with your audience. This can help build trust and loyalty, which are crucial for long-term success.

How can you master storytelling?

Structure, structure, and more structure. Most stories have a beginning, middle, and end, and your copy should, too. Introduce an archetype or common situation. Build tension. Resolve the conflict with your product.

Seem too simple?

It's not. It's a formula that's been working for over 4,400 years, since Enheduanna told the story of her favorite Goddess and transformed history.

(Aside: We literally didn't know Enheduanna existed until a hundred years ago. But everything we've written in the last 4 millennia goes back to her. Wild, right?)

But do what Enheduanna did, and never forget your audience. What emotions do you want to evoke? What pain points are you addressing? Understanding your audience's needs and desires means you know what to tap into.

Finally, try different types of stories. Customer success stories are fine. Personal anecdotes are great. Fictional narrative is best because you decide everything.

Use this superpower to connect with your audience. You might not change history like Enheduanna did, but you can change your business overnight.

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