All posts filed under: Mobile Storytelling

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Benefits of Internal Communication with Employee Magazine Apps

Surely you have heard about the intranet network in companies which is much different from the internet. Many companies use intranet for small, internal communications between employees. But it has always been debates on whether its benefits overcome its cons or not. Lack of interactivity and feedback, unsightly design, little or no documentation and difficulty in use are the most common problems in having intranet. Luckily technology has had a sharp hike in the past few years and nowadays apps in smartphones and computers have found a crucial place in today’s digital world. Digital employee magazines are competent and effective tools for companies’ internal communication. These magazines are considered more entertaining rather than work-related, as employees would rather be entertained than read more about work. You will see refreshing examples about the employee magazine apps later in this article. Now let’s explore the benefits of having employee magazine apps for companies. Using smartphones and tablets is something that people enjoy. Therefore, employee magazine apps can bring fun and adventure for the employees by frequently publishing …

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What Are DIY Apps and What Publishers Can Learn from Them Plus Inspirational Examples.

Many people like to make things with their own hands and in the time of need, fixing them rather than replacing. They would even take advantage of some great tips on doing things more beautifully, like decorating their houses. There are plenty of Do-it-Yourself (DIY) apps for almost every mobile platform where users can benefit from a variety of tips and information. These can be simple fixes, home decorations or specialized and complicated projects. These apps can literally take you from the first idea and planning phase to the finished task. These range from brainstorming your next great endeavor to purchasing products through the apps. DIY Consumers DIY consumers are acute, modern and knowledgeable shoppers who prefer a custom-fit shopping experience. They are considered a large demographic who wish to buy high-quality and unique products rather than low-quality ones. The biggest misconception about DIY users is that they are just thinking about saving money, although this is true to some extent but a survey has shown that only a small percentage of the users have …

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Finally, the future of storytelling apps is here – 5 examples you shouldn’t miss!

While most publishers are failing big time when it comes to providing a great immersive reading experience for digital publications, small startups and independent studios are shaping the future of reading with their new ideas. When it comes to books, authors have one design decision – black & white or color, but digital publications are unlimited in their form. eBooks are shaped not only by the author, but also by a team of writers, designers and developers. They can use the full range of media forms as well as all of the new technology that is enabled with smartphones and tablets. I’ve put together a list for you of the storytelling apps that I found most entertaining and innovative. Crave – eBook enhancement for romantic millennials Crave launched late in 2015 and has no smaller goal than to save the novel for today’s social media addicted consumer. “Part book, part movie, part instant messenger, Crave is a new reading experience that takes you on a rollercoaster of daily installments as its characters come to life…“, …

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – Fatal Extraction: Australian Mining in Africa

Australian-listed mining companies choose to do their business in Africa for its low social and environmental regulations. Local laws are weak, while penalties for wrongdoing practically don’t exist. However, Australian publicly traded companies are not only linked with corruption, tax avoidance, environmental destruction, but also with serious human rights violations and more than 300 deaths. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) (with support from the Center for Public Integrity and the Pulitzer Center) has collected thousands of corporate documents, including legal complaints, contracts, confidential company emails, community petitions and more to create Fatal Extraction: Australian Mining in Africa, a multimedia storytelling project with horrifying personal stories at its focus. The project is using stunning videos, real audio recordings, maps and traditional text pieces. The format is divided into six greater parts that each expose the detrimental impact of Australian mining companies in 33 African countries. We have witnessed similar social projects (such as the NPR’s A Girl Can Dream) that submerge viewers and readers through strong multimedia content. But Fatal Extraction creates an eye-opening and immersive …

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Discworld: The Ankh-Morpork Map app

A digital storytelling app pays tribute to the true art of storytelling. This app was recommended to me by a colleague who is an ultimate Terry Pratchett fan. Her eyes lit up, and she couldn’t wait to give me ‘an inside tour’. I was persuaded by her enthusiasm and thus gave it a shot. For those of you not yet familiar with Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett’s work, he was a popular fantasy novel author who is best known for his Discworld series (over 40 novels) that have captivated millions around the world. The app was developed by Agant and publisher Transworld. Although it came out in 2013, it will most likely again be picked up by fans as the final (yes, the last) Discworld book just hit the bookstores. Discworld: The Ankh-Morpork Map app is a recreation of Pratchett’s famous city, only in a digital form. What strikes me first are the ravishingly detailed interactive hand-drawn maps of Ankh-Morpork and the major characters, such as Fred Colon, as well as the little animated citizens that swarm through …

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How To Master Marketing With Company Apps. A Checklist Loaded With Inspiring Examples.

Even though smartphones and tablets are no news to the world, digital transformation is still a buzzword and mostly one of the biggest challenges for companies. While most companies continually relaunch their websites a few times, they do not take up the challenge to use apps as a new marketing channel. As a marketing manager who works for an IT service provider, I encounter hundreds of app ideas on a daily basis. But when I look at Apple App Store or Google Play to check out how companies use apps to promote their brands and products, I am astounded by how few apps are available and that just a handful of brands manage to create a great user experience. The key ingredients for a great marketing app The basics alone could fill an entire book. I’m sure you also hear about it every other day. So you know that you need SMART goals for your marketing campaign, as well as a target group and a content plan. All the basic marketing concepts apply to mobile …

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IKEA – 2016 Catalog App

The leading Swedish home furniture retailer IKEA has just dropped its long-awaited 2016 catalog. It’s more than 300 pages long, it’s heavy and, as always, it’s full of great and affordable furnishing ideas. But it’s the IKEA 2016 catalog app that we’re more excited about. The very first thing that strikes the eye when you open the new catalog in the IKEA app is the superb high-quality appearance. The pictures look sharper than on paper, and that’s an achievement. When customers opt out for the digital version of a well-known product, they expect the same or even greater quality of pictures. After all, it is the first attribute that leaves the strongest impression. IKEA’s quality is great, so we swipe the page. And this is where the app outshines all the previous IKEA apps – it’s a true celebration of clickable interactive content and emotional storytelling. The app is equipped with six orange buttons that each uncover a different and innovative way to explore IKEA’s newest products. IKEA fans will not be surprised to discover the virtual …

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Five Minutes

Thought zombie apocalypse movies are scary? Try playing an online zombie game, where the protagonists’ lives depend on your mouse skills. We are talking about the much-praised Five Minutes, a branded interactive film slash zombie game created by two German students Maximilian Niemann and Felix Faißt. The idea started as a film school project – the duo decided to create an ad that would be both a brand experience and at the same time not be overloaded with sales messages. Their final idea was so brilliant that it instantly caught the attention and support of G-Shock (brand of Casio) and production company Unit9. The short-movie/game directly submerges you into the story of John, who fights against zombies. The only problem is that he has lost his memory. You as a user help John to keep his concentration throughout the interactive experience by completing short tasks with either a desktop mouse or on a tablet. Users can choose to play between three levels – tourist, moderate, hell – and thus help John retain his memory to survive. Once you …

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What I learned at Fashiontech Berlin from a Content Marketing perspective

What does fashion, technology and marketing have in common? More than you might think! To begin with, the fashion industry is a highly competitive market and fashion brands are willing to dip their foot into new marketing trends to stand out, sooner than any other industry. While I snitched an apple watch from our developer test devices stock, and checked out what the fuss is all about, people at Fashiontech were already wearing intelligent scarfs, 3D jewelry and smart fabrics.   During the Fashiontech sessions and personal talks 3 points were made. Mobile Marketing is more important than ever Personalized snackable content and digital storytelling are THE solutions for content marketing on mobile and wearable devices The world has never been so visual 1. Why Mobile Marketing is so important Mobile devices, especially smartphones are the #1 devices when it comes to screen time and personal engagement. People spend more time in apps than in mobile browsers and there are an average of 26 apps installed on every smartphone. Mobile Marketing is not about ad …

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4 Cases of How Travel Brands Utilize Storytelling

Travelling and stories go hand in hand. It would probably be unimaginable to travel somewhere far away and not bring back exciting stories to share with your friends and family. Well, summer is finally here, so we decided to take a look at how and where travel brands utilize the power of storytelling. Today we present you with four excellent cases that display how successful travel brands employ digital tools, original content, friendly staff and much more to motivate, inspire and engage with their customers. Expedia  Expedia is mostly known for being a go-to companion for helping you book cheaper vacation deals. Travel is its number one story. Expedia started to embrace innovative storytelling techniques for its campaigns before the storytelling boom was even here. In 2012 the brand launched a ‘Find Yours’ campaign, emphasizing personal travel experiences by integrating user-generated stories along with photos and videos. For example, one of the best films centres on a father’s emotional journey regarding his daughter’s same-sex wedding. With the help of social media, the brand also set out to produce …