In many brand stories, the main character reflects the same attributes as your target audience, like Hinge’s main character, who is a 20-something white male because that demographic matches a prominent sector of their target audience.
Evaluate the current psychological, historic, geographic, and societal climates and conditions that are affecting your audience.
For example, during COVID-19, people had different wants, needs, interests, and worries. Read industry reports, trending topics, trending news stories, and look at your audience’s social media presence to gauge current audience sentiment.
Conduct audience interviews and surveys to gain insights into your audience’s emotions and challenges.
- This vs that Instagram story polls to gauge audience sentiment about a specific topic.
- One-on-one audience interviews.
- Asking email subscribers to hit reply on an email newsletter to tell you about how they feel about the topic.
Research your audience’s social media presence and interests with tools like Hootsuite and SparkToro. Ask your customer-facing teams what people are asking for.
For example, customers might be requesting a vegan version of your food product.
Practice empathy by reflecting on your own emotions about the conditions that are impacting your audience.
Ask yourself questions like:
- How am I currently feeling?
- How is [current event] affecting me?
- What do I want right now?
- What do I need right now to feel better?
Brainstorm how your brand as a whole is feeling and what your brand can do to show compassionate empathy to your audience.
Think of your brand as a person. Ask the same questions you asked yourself, like how your brand is feeling, what it needs, and what it wants.
- What do you want your audience to feel in the end after reading your story?
- How does the main character feel at the beginning versus how they feel in the end?
Example feelings, or universal truths, include empowerment, belonging, comfort, body positivity, and health.
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