“116% growth in spoken word listeners 13-34 years old in the past even years, with 18% growth in the last year”- National Public Radio Organization

“Three uses for storytelling in organizations: (1) to motivate employees, (2) for education and (3) to consolidate corporate culture”- Journal of Marketing

“The corporate world cannot ignore the demands and expectations of Millennials, who are devout in their desire to associate with companies aligned with their values”- Center for Social Impact Communication at Georgetown University

“There is value in a story that is, designed to drive the simulation and to elicit the [employee’s] best performance”- Society for Human Resource Management

“19% [of Millennials] say they have paid in the last year for a subscription service for eBooks or audiobooks such as Kindle Unlimited or Audible”- American Press Institute

“The storytelling process yields positive impacts on internal and external stakeholder outcomes including increasing employees’ thriving and meaningful work, as well as the attitudes and trust of multiple external stakeholders”- Journal of Strategic Marketing

“Narrative presentation of corporate strategy, comparative advantage, is more effective at producing a consistent and confident choice of competitive advantage among an audience than a presentation of corporate strategy using a PowerPoint style, bulleted list approach”- Journal of Strategy and Management

“Spoken word audio listening is up 40% in the past seven years, and up 8% year over year”- National Public Radio Organization and Edison Research

“The most recent era in audio entertainment… users are asserting power over the medium to select particular content at particular times”- Mass Communication and Society Journal

“As technology evolves, people have more options available to them, which may explain why [reports] found younger adults to be more likely to opt for audiobooks and the multi-tasking they enable”- Forbes

“Story-telling is an important element… involving the sharing of experiences and creation of mental-maps of the environment in which people are motivated to perform to their full potential”- Leadership and Organization Development Journal

“Employees have a deeper affiliation with the message through organizational storytelling due to aligning stories with their own experiences and understanding”- International Journal of Business and Social Science

“Employees have a deeper affiliation with the message through organizational storytelling due to aligning stories with their own experiences and understanding”- International Journal of Business and Social Science

“[the way employees are on-boarded] sets the tone for the culture of a place, the people, and the values of a new institution and can have a significant impact on employees’ sense of belonging”- Journal of Research, Assessment, and Practice in Higher Education

“Brands can bring their CSR (corporate social responsibility) efforts to life through authentic storytelling [and] Millennials want to know what companies are doing to make the world a better place”- Center for Social Impact Communication at Georgetown University

“When it comes to digital storytelling for branding, there is, a more positive attitude towards the company when the employer branding message is using digital storytelling”- Management Dynamic in the Knowledge Economy Journal

“The audiobook market share shifted from 42% digital copy sales in 2009 to 87% digital copy sales in 2017”- Audio Publishers Association

“[onboarding] can also aid employees in identifying values congruence which is critical to career contentment and commitment which can significantly impact retention to both the field and the institution long-term” - Journal of Research, Assessment, and Practice in Higher Education

“The majority (79%) of Millennials want to work for a company that cares about how it contributes to society and 69% would refuse to work for a company that is not socially responsible”- Journal of Education For Business

“Audiobook sales revenue has been on a steep rise since 2018, reaching 1.3 billion USD in 2020”- Statista

“Corporate storytelling is suggested to help demonstrate the importance of the corporate brand to internal and external stakeholders… as well as help a firm to bond with its employees”- Product & Brand Management

“A poor cultural fit is frequently cited as one of the main reasons [an employee] decides to leave an organization… defining the organization's culture through storytelling should start with branding of the organization and continue through the interview and onboarding process”- Physician Executive Communication Journal

“There are currently about 1000% more titles published since 2011”- Audio Publishers Association

“Audiobooks have had a big shift in popularity in 2018 where for the first time, “a full half of all Americans ages 12 and older have listened to an audiobook, up from 44% last year”- Forbes

Millennials are more technologically advanced than any previous generation [and] survey data has shown a correlation between age and reading preferences [where] younger people listen to more audiobooks than older Americans”- State University of New York

“Audio narrative has recently benefited from profound cultural shifts in media consumption associated with on-demand television’s binge watching revolution and the advent of digital longform storytelling”- Journal of Radio & Audio Media

“Audio platform superiority was about the desire to use an audio platform that is perceived to be superior to other audio alternatives, including on-demand convenience (time and place) and content (vari- ety and uniqueness)”- New Media and Society Journal

“64% of Millennials consider a company’s social commitments when taking jobs and will not work for a company if they do not have strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) values”- Cone Communications

“Over 71 thousand audiobook titles (were) published in 2020, a 39% growth between previous years”- Statista

“Storytelling that integrates a moral and spiritual component can transform an organizational culture so members of the organization begin to feel connected to a larger community and a higher purpose”- Journal of Business Ethics

“Storytelling that starts with the persona allows us to tap into these deeper recesses, where the influence of attitudes and emotions is greater… loyalty and trust are found there”- Journal of Business Strategy

“A focus on social responsibility is particularly important to attract, retain, and increase the commitment and engagement of Millennial employees and talented women”- Center for Creative Leadership

“Stories are a device… [that] provide managers with a form of social and intersubjective interaction that reflects belief systems, role expectations, interpersonal norms and conditions for work behavior”- International Journal of Management

“Online audio (podcasts, radio shows, music and audiobooks) has become more popular than ever before”- Publishing Research Quarterly

“83% of Millennials would be more loyal to a company that allows them to contribute to social and environmental issues”- Cone Communications

“73% of the U.S. 12+ population (an estimated 209 million people) have listened to online audio in the last month, up from 68% in 2021”- Edison Research

“Should produce positive effects on key audiences, such as increasingly positive attitudes toward the company and eventually behavioral intentions to support this company”- Public Relations Review

“Researchers have shown that storytelling strengthens the connections consumers have to brands, so that to a great extent what a brand means to a consumer is based . . . on the narratives he or she has constructed that incorporate the brand.”- Journal of Business Strategy

“Maximizing success through onboarding by storytelling during orientations, [helps employees understand] the company's culture and values [and] its goals and history”- Society for Human Resource Management

“Storytelling is essential to successful branding, since your brand is the sum of all your corporate behaviors and communications that inform your customers’ experiences with your product or company”- The Journal of Business Strategy

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Save your Legacy Now and Rest Assured

PEACE OF MIND

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It’s only natural to worry about what’s going to happen to your business after you are no longer there. How will the culture you have established over the years continue? How will the principles that got you where you are continue to be subscribed to? Will the entrepreneurial spirit that you worked so hard to keep alive falter or get watered down by overly simplified concepts of your history and guiding principles? It’s enough to keep you up at night!

You Can’t Be There Forever

With each passing year, your own success results in more specialization, more standardization, and new employees who can easily take their jobs for granted. All this can water down the very qualities that make your company exceptional. Pressure toward corporate complacency is already mounting. You wonder what would happen if you were no longer there.

Immortalize Your Story

Why not take the opportunity to “be there” forever? Why not save your legacy once and for all with a living history that can speak when you can’t, inspire when you retire, and continue to tell your story and convey your principles? Why not leave a testament to your success for current and future generations so they can remember where your company really came from? Why not do it in an entertaining way that’s easy to use, enjoy, and remember?

A Modern Solution

Business Audio Theatre can immortalize your story in an audio play, complete with actors playing parts in scenes with actions and outcomes, embellished with sound effects and an original musical score. They can bring your story to life in an engaging and entertaining production delivered in a convenient MP3, perfect for audiobooks, podcasts, onboarding, brand building, and website content. Now is the time to tell your story once and have it appreciated for generations.

Personalized Production Services

Now you can engage your own team of experienced and award-winning professionals to identify the uses, develop the audio play, flesh out the scenes, write the scripts, identify the actors, record the dialogue, add the sound effects, compose the music, and complete the production. Your own personal producer will walk you through the process and oversee the production.

An Insurance Policy

Think of having your business story preserved to protect your history and company culture as an insurance policy. You don’t have to worry about the future of your company when you have created a legacy that will withstand the test of time. No longer will you worry about whether your people will know what it took to create their jobs, understand and apply the principles that got it there, and identify with your company. Why worry about lack of engagement and turnover. Your company is not “just another place to work,” so why not preserve your legacy to keep it unique forever?

With your story in Business Audio Theatre format, you can rest assured knowing that you have made an investment in your company’s future that will help you sleep in peace and wake up with less worry on your mind! Preserve your legacy now. Let us demonstrate what you can expect, make you comfortable with the process, and excited about the results! Visit Business Audio Theatre to learn more.

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