Dynamic Marketing Communiqué

There’s always a story behind every picture: How Nat Geo took their storytelling to the digital world [Every Thursday: FYO!]

May 14, 2020

One of the many challenges of brands today is adopting new trends and technologies.

Many brands that have not done this struggle to keep up with the times.

This 130-year-old organization, however, has found a way to remain relevant in the digital age.


A non-profit educational organization founded in 1888, they have committed to studying and providing knowledge in matters such as archaeology, natural science, history, and geography.

They are most well-known for their long-running National Geographic Magazine, which has become one of the most popular and important publications in the world.

How does an organization that began in the era of print publications continue to create engaging content in the digital age?

By using a platform that helps them engage with the widest possible audience


National Geographic’s social media campaigns used decades worth of insightful content from their magazines and TV channels.

Their content includes captivating photos taken by their award-winning photographers and footage from their documentaries.

This allows them to tell hundreds, if not thousands of stories across different channels!

National Geographic is an organization committed to storytelling, and going digital has greatly helped them reach a wider audience.

Currently, some of their social media platforms include Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram.

Each one publishes content catered to the target market of each platform. For example, their Snapchat account publishes high-energy content fit for a younger audience!

Among these four social media platforms, their Instagram page has the most followers, with 136 million and counting!

Instagram’s unique features and interface made it the ideal social media app for National Geographic, allowing them to share captivating photographs that tell deep and interesting stories.

The best part? This account is run by their photographers, who post their best images instantly for millions to see!

National Geographic’s Facebook page has over 46 million likes, and serves as a multi-content sharing platform. Users can read engaging blogs and share videos to their friends!

Live video events are hosted every now and then, giving Facebook users another way to interact with the whole community.

National Geographic uses Snapchat to feature content that is easily accessible, short, and interactive—appealing to a younger audience!

National Geographic’s Twitter account has 23.9 million followers and offers bite-sized versions of their content. This includes a mix of short informative video snippets, gifs, and images you can instantly retweet!

Storytelling is an important part of digital marketing. It allows brands to craft high-quality, unique, and engaging content.

Stories told through posts and blogs help the brand connect with their followers on a deeper level. When combined with fascinating imagery, these stories do more than just provide facts—they give people a sense of wonder and curiosity.

With effective storytelling on social media, brands have a powerful tool to promote their message and generate a good amount of online traffic.

National Geographic’s storytelling stands out from other brands because their content is designed to inform and educate.

… About things like different wonders of nature, famous locales, natural phenomena, and even wildlife…

Each picture and video tells a powerful story that keeps the audience engaged. It piques curiosity, making them want to discover more content.

Great storytelling can only be done by providing quality content in various forms like blogs, images, or videos. Whichever way you choose to tell the story, the important thing is the medium must also be consistent with your brand’s message.

If done right, these stories help create a dialogue with your online community and make it grow even more.

Like National Geographic, you can give your audience a place to interact and communicate.

Remember to stay true to your brand, just as National Geographic did while using storytelling to remain relevant for the new generation.

About The Dynamic Marketing Communiqué’s
Thursdays: FYO! Find You Optimization

Why should you stop thinking SEO and start thinking FYO?

We’re not saying that you should abandon Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Don’t get us wrong, of course, we know this is something very important, especially in today’s digital marketing age.

The internet landscape is vast, and a world of its own. You really need to distinguish yourself and make your brand/company/website known and easily searchable.

Better yet, get to the top of page one for Top Results on Google or any other search engine.

However, what is the purpose of SEO? It’s that customers Find You!

That’s what matters. So, while SEO is one factor of FYO… it really is only one, and we ought not to abandon all the myriad of ways digitally and offline for improving your FYO.

How can we look at this from a different and better perspective?

Let’s say you have it in the bag! You and your team are experts in SEO. Awesome. But did you ever wonder what else you could do to push it further and give your SEO skills a boost?

FYO! Find You Optimization!

You need your target audience to FIND YOU—your brand, product, service, or offer. This is SEO plus other tools that increase visibility online (and offline).

Every Thursday, we publish content on how you can get your target market to find you, beyond the typical “type and search.” There are other things you can do along with your SEO to give your online advertising process a boost.

Try considering other tactics beyond it—WOMO (Word Of Mouth Optimization), RO (Referral Optimization), and “All-Other-Means-Of-Getting-Your-Target-Market-To-Find-You” Optimization (AOMOGYTMTFY, if you’d like a long acronym).

Part of a great marketing strategy is knowing how to adapt new methods and make use of different types of marketing and promotion that best fit your business goals and which give you the results you want.

Hope you’ve found this week’s insights interesting and helpful.

Stay tuned for next Thursday’s FYO!


Kyle Yu
Head of Marketing
Valens Dynamic Marketing Capabilities
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