Long time, no write. Sorry folks… busy marketing season & lots of changes going on in the business.
Today’s post is about stories. Marketing is all about stories, or at least narrative. When done well, we organize the truth into a meaningful and impactful narrative… when done without integrity – or we’re not in touch with our value – we don’t really start with the truth… and that’s when marketing gives itself a bad name.
But today’s post is about the stories we have about ourselves. Ironically, it’s the topic we know best: no one thinks about you as much as you do. But it’s also the topic we have the least chance of being objective about. So, two very simple, very human links for you today:
Marketer Donald Miller: http://storylineblog.com/2013/11/11/the-story-youre-believing-is-a-lie/
and economist Tyler Cowen weaves an excellent cautionary TED Talk:
Has this got anything to do with investment marketing? Heck, yeah.
Do you think being a portfolio manager/stock picker is a psychologically easy vocation? No, PMs both have to both believe and let-go of stories about the economy, the market, and individual securities, almost daily. But more importantly, when they’re in a rut, they need to be accountable and objective about why without developing stories about themselves. Can’t be easy. Makes me glad I’m only in marketing 😉