Find your story. Then have your copywriter tell your story

Last night I watched “Seabiscuit” again. Thank you to my daughter for picking that out at the movie place! It was timely given we’d been showing my racehorse (pictured here) to potential buyers over the weekend.

But as a copywriter, not horse lover, that movie is a wonderful reminder of the power of stories. Seabiscuit came along when the people needed something to believe in, a success story of an underdog winning against all odds. It was the depression. It was a horrible, scary time. And here was this scrappy little horse who paddled out with one leg (like mine!) but whose heart was bigger than War Admiral’s, the 18 hand powerhouse rival.

As so often happens, the timing was right for this story…which made it an even better story. But Seabiscuit had a storyteller too. And this is the tie in to copywriting. Charles Howard was a salesman and success. And he knew how to tell the story to the press, to work this situation to get the most out of it. If it wasn’t for Howard seeing and seizing the opportunity, would Seabiscuit have had more newspaper column inches than FDR and Hitler? He did. Without Howard, he likely wouldn’t have.

You have a story. Every business has a story. You need to discover your story, yes. But then you need to tell it. That’s where your copywriter comes into play. Your story is told by your website, your brochure, your PowerPoint, your email marketing. These are your story tellers. Make sure your copywriter is telling your story in a compelling and powerful way, whether it’s an in-house or freelance copywriter.

Seabiscuit’s story could be told by facts and numbers. And how dry that would be. It’s more fun to hear about the drama, the second chances, his rough start in life, the men who came together and overcame their own demons to give him the chance to win…that’s the story. And Howard made sure it got told.

What is your story? Is it really great customer service? Or is it that time that your entire staff worked at 20-hour shift to get something done for a client? Is it that you’ve been around since 1950? Or that your family still owns and runs the business, despite wars and economic ups and downs?

Is your copywriter telling your story? Are your salespeople?

Copywriters must do more than regurgitate facts. They must tell stories that intrigue, interest and inspire prospects to do business with you, no matter where they read about you, website, email, blogs, press releases, wherever and whatever.

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