Storytelling in
design is powerful. It can lay an obstacle-free path for your visitors and help
them reach a conversion point.

But this is only
true if you knock them off their feet with one thing:

A great
storytelling experience!

So in this post,
I’ll discuss how you can leverage the power of storytelling in design.

By using design elements to communicate your ideas and thoughts, you can turn visitors into customers and increase your sales.

Present
your vision clearly

You need to create a story that delivers a message. And as
you deliver this message, make sure to do it clearly. Otherwise, your visitors
will walk away with the wrong impression.

You don’t want
that. It defeats the purpose of giving out a message.

So start by
asking this question:

“What is the main
message that I want my target audience to receive?”

Find out the
answer and let it sink in. Once done, it’s time to present your story around
this.

Just look at it
like this: you’re acknowledging a problem and also providing the solution. What
this does is make people feel good about visiting your website.

And by doing
this, you’re acing it in terms of UX (user experience). And for working towards
a better UX, you deserve a pat on the back.

UX, after all, is
imperative in getting people to come and go. Take it from 68% of visitors who leave due to bad UX. If
you don’t make way for your visitors to have a good time on your site, you can
bid farewell to more than the majority of them.

This
user-friendly storytelling site, Oat the Goat, knows the importance of a good
UX and is a perfect lead to follow. Its main message is about kindness and
empathy, acceptance, and tolerance. And using different stories, it nails the
job.

OatTheGoat

Through simple
words and vibrant pictures, it communicates the message effectively. And to
strengthen its connection with the audience, it offers two language options
(Maori and English).

It also features
three reading modes (Read, Read it to me, and Watch). This encourages visitors
to freely read each story based on their unique needs.

Save The Air
is another example of an awesome storytelling website with a clear message.
What it’s trying to convey is simple: save the environment. And if you want to
know how to make it happen, head on over to its site for details.

SaveTheAir

Now if that’s all
there is to it, wouldn’t it be a boring site?

So of course, it
goes beyond by featuring real-life sounds and animations for realism to kick
in.

Value
your words

Visuals are
important. They attract people and increase engagement levels.

If you want a
ticket to getting people to pay attention to what you have to say, adding
visuals will take you there.

Find this
questionable? Then allow this fact to clear the air:

Blog posts with images get 94% more views.

It just goes to
show that you can get more people to spare you some time, which just confirms
how compelling visuals are.

And if you want
to take matters to the next level, turn to the power of words. When using storytelling for sales, an excellent strategy
is to combine visuals with words.

Think about it.
Visuals, on their own, are compelling. Words, on their own, are compelling,
too. And if you put them together, you just hit the jackpot.

Take it from S4X.
It does an amazing job of introducing a digital marketing agency, Station Four.
What it does is sprinkle colorful words and illustrations to get its message
across.

S4X

The result? A
more effective website!

Another example
is Peugeot HYbrid4’s presentation of its hybrid graphic novel. It’s a storytelling
website that treats visitors to jaw-dropping illustrations.

Hybrid4

If they decide to
embark on the journey that the site offers, they’re in for the time of their
lives. With the right recipe of visuals and words, it’s not hard to get lost in
the virtual reality.

And apart from
the illustrations, relevant background sounds are also part of the deal. Sounds
of windows smashing and dogs barking make for a more immersive experience.

Final
thoughts

Some sites have
fewer resources compared to others. But they land in as good a position as
their competitors.

Their secret?
They’re masters at letting stories and design work wonders for them.

If you’re playing the same angle, why not check out
this 160-page digital product by Ellen Lupton: Design is Storytelling (.pdf)?
As it acknowledges the connection between storytelling and design, it can teach
you how to make both elements work wonders for you

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