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Hey there folks, it’s Amanda for my last care package of knowledge from SXSW.

I was determined to get the best storytelling advice and was thrilled to discover a session in gaming about VR storytelling. I was eager to learn how gamers were using virtual reality as gaming is one of the purest forms of storytelling. 

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Google first announced back in 2015 that mobile searches in 10 countries, including the U.S., officially out-numbered traditional Google searches on desktops. As a result, mobile commerce (called m-commerce) has been a growing force. And businesses, large and small, followed suit.

Now, in the year 2017, having a website that isn’t mobile-friendly means kissing leads and customers goodbye. In order to stay competitive in the current market, businesses need to create user-friendly purchasing journeys and tailor user engagement based on what device is being used. If a certain company doesn’t follow this golden rule, then its competitor will, while taking customers with it.

Not only are people using their smartphones and tablets to browse the Internet, but they’re commonly on apps. In 2015, Yahoo developers put out a report showing that 90 percent of people’s time spent on their mobile device is spent utilizing apps.

While it’s necessary to make sure your company’s website is mobile-friendly, it’s equally important to ask your team if your business could benefit from a mobile app.

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Storytelling is marketing

Think about a commercial that you really enjoy or that sticks out in your memory. This brief advertisement told a story, struck an emotional cord within you and captured your interest with such effectiveness that you still remember it. Yes, that’s the goal of advertisements, but it should also be the goal of your marketing content.

Crafting and distributing concise, engaging, convincing and conversational marketing content is a necessary inbound marketing strategy that can boost your business tenfold. This content, whether it’s a case study or a landing page, should make your targeted audience trust that your business understands their needs and will help solve their problems efficiently, leading them to convert. Your audience will read the content, feel understood, click on links and become a lead or customer. That’s the ideal process.

However, this is easier said than done. Professional content marketers, like myself, use various formulas to maximize the likelihood that the content is noticed, digested and utilized to the company’s advantage. Here is a summarized list of some of the most important features to include when writing excellent content that convinces and converts.

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Hello Bloominari fans! It’s Amanda and I’m back with some more knowledge bombs from SXSW 2017. Today I’m sharing the best tips straight from video powerhouse Soulpancake and I can’t to get you started on making vertical videos.

SXSW brought together Soulpancake, a Pretty Little Liar, and go90 by Verizon to dish on what’s new in mobile and vertical storytelling. Before jumping into the panel attendees were treated to a pair of new headphones and an intimate previewing of Soulpancake’s new vertical video series.

After the viewing the panel settled in and schooled us on mobile storytelling. Below I share everything you need to know about mobile storytelling.

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Each Spring over 30,000 people travel to Austin, Texas for the mega-festival that is South By Southwest. Now in it’s 31st year SXSW is a well-oiled machine and touts a robust programming for interactive, film, music, and gaming. There is something for everyone at SXSW and 2017 was no different.

I’m Amanda, a social video expert and over three articles I’ll be sharing with you what I learned at SXSW. From Marc Jacobs to Kesha to Virtual Reality to gaming and beyond, I’ve got a lot of knowledge to pass around. Get comfy, grab a notebook and let’s get started with adapting storytelling in 2017.

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