How can data improve your storytelling? – Info PR

Every business seeks to be more data-driven these days.

Being able to back up your statements and decision making with cold hard
statistics is a great way to build trust between your brand and your
customer base.

However, a brand story cannot be built on data alone. A brand is more than
numbers; it is made up of feelings, experiences and relationships.

Unfortunately, a business that prides itself on storytelling and
communication may
feel threatened by the influx of data-driven PR and marketing methods that leave little room for creativity.

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However, this opinion is not only wrong, it’s contradictory to a strong PR
strategy. supports storytelling by bringing credibility to your PR

Here’s how to add data to your storytelling:

Look for patterns in customer reviews.

In general, people do not trust what businesses say about themselves.
According to
Edelman’s trust report, 48 percent of consumers do not believe the messages that businesses
offer, especially when it comes to paid media.

However, people do believe other people.
Eighty-five percent of online shoppers
rate customer reviews as reliable as a recommendation from a trusted
friend, making customer feedback an important tool for PR pros.

If the majority of your reviews are positive, then you can turn those
messages into a percentage. For example:

“88 percent of our customers report a ‘positive experience.’”

“Nine out of ten satisfied customers would recommend us to a friend or

Of course, gathering this kind of positive data is easier for some brands
than others, especially if you have no system in place for gathering and
analyzing reviews. Tools like
can be of great assistance.

Not only does this tool encourage customers to leave genuine reviews by
offering a simple feedback platform, it can help your brand identify common
themes in customer responses. It also compiles the data points from
customer reviews into analytical reports.


Identify segment-specific pain points.

Chances are that your customers are already organized by specific segments
to help your PR team get into the minds of the consumer. This strategy
enables brands to get a clearer picture of their audience by transforming
them into “personalities” rather than just generalizations.

These segments can also help to

identify certain pain points
 that your customers face to support data-driven storytelling. In addition
to looking at reviews, the best way to do this is by listening to what your
customers have to say with social listening and
media monitoring software. By observing the conversations each segment is having about your brand,
product, or industry, you can easily identify top concerns, objections and
talking points.

Analyze content overlap with influencers.

Influencers can be the best storytellers of all—and they are without a
doubt an essential piece to the PR puzzle in today’s market. However,
making data-driven partnering decisions can be more complex than just
finding the influencers that some of your customers may be interested in.

The best way to judge whether or not an influencer will reach relevant
audiences is by looking at their content, rather than their followers. More
important, look for the overlaps where their messaging and vision matches
yours. The topics they focus on and their niche authority is far easier to
identify, and it can prove whether or not a partnership with your brand
will be a relevant fit.

Tools like
Cision’s influencer platform
can help you narrow down the possibilities and segment influencer accounts
into their clearest niches. From there, you can get a better sense of the
type of content they share and see whether it is thought-leadership driven
or brand-focused.

Simply stating a message is not enough. With consumers’ continuously
losing trust
in the media and businesses, you must be able to back up your statements
and choices with objective facts.

Taral Patel is a digital marketer at

E2M Solutions Inc

with a focus on creating high-quality content and strong content
marketing strategy that helps businesses to their overall
online presence. A version of this article originally appeared on

the Cision blog

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Article Prepared by Ollala Corp

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