Author Archive | Park Howell

Understand your personal brand story to grow your influence

20 People to Know in the Phoenix Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Community On Friday, February 19, 2017, I was honored to be named by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the 20 people to know in the local marketing community. If you missed it, here are my answers to their questions with links to resources you […]

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7 habits of the highly effective story marketer

How to place story marketing at the core of your content strategy It was the summer of 2006. I was standing in the middle of the convention floor in Anaheim, CA, producing the product launch segment for the Forever Living Products annual Super Rally. More than 3,000 sales executives from over 130 countries speaking numerous languages surrounded […]

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What you can learn from Museum Hack for your story marketing

One of your most powerful story marketing hacks is to turn your head sideways We were in one of the most magnificent storybook settings you can imagine, and I couldn’t wait to get out. Michele and I spent three weeks in France and the Netherlands in July of 2014. We hit all of the requisite museums and chateaus, including […]

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Learn how to master story marketing at Social Media Marketing World ’17

Register Now for the Enchanting Story Marketing Workshop on Wed. March 22 from Noon to 1:30 pm (PST) In September 2015, Michael Stelzner and his team at Social Media Examiner courageously invited me to present my Business of Story workshop at Social Media Marketing World ’16, the largest gathering of social media professionals on the planet. Michael even had […]

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Laugh and be happy as you kick the sh*t out of injustice

Composer Randy Newman has always been near and dear to me for his storytelling. As I was distressing over the the first seven days of Donald Trump’s presidency and the frightening lunacy that appears to be the hallmark of his administration, I woke up this Sunday morning with a resolute calmness about it. Then, one of […]

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Future sustainability leaders to nurture their inner storyteller

(The following article originally ran in Sustainable Brands news) Park Howell, president of Phoenix-based brand strategy and marketing firm Park&Co, also heads the Communications thread of the Arizona State University School of Sustainability’s Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership (EMSL) program. Under Howell’s direction, the program replaces communications theory with “communications commandos.” We spoke with Howell about […]

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Patagonia’s Director of Philosophy to share the power of authentic storytelling with students of new Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership program at ASU

I have been in advertising for 30 years, and our agency has celebrated many successes turning creative campaigns into meaningful movements that matter. But the democratization of social media, the onset of the global recession, the growing distrust of authority, and the burgeoning Millennial class have prompted a rapid evolution in the ways newly empowered and […]

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Stories propel beer brands up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

I was leading a brand storytelling workshop the other day and explaining the relationship between how a well-told story engages an audience, which boosts them up Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs pyramid from basal physiological needs to personal enlightenment, and therefore elevates perceptions from low-priced commodity to premium brand status. The audience basically said, “Huh?” I […]

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Goodwill donation PSA propelled by the Story Cycle

Goodwill of Central Arizona will help more than 17,000 people find employment this year through its workforce development programs. Goodwill relies on your donations for the inventory it sells through 56 local thrift stores. Proceeds from your donations fuel the job training in their career centers that help Arizonans find jobs. Unfortunately, the recession has […]

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What shape are your stories in?

My brother called from Virginia on Saturday looking for some storytelling help. His son, Riley, is writing an essay for his college applications. He has a whale of story, too, but is having a hard time retelling it in under 400 words. Riley’s story is about courage. Perseverance. And his busted nose. It all began […]

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