The Iliad and The Odyssey, TV Sitcoms, your Website….what do they all have in common? The Hero’s Journey.
Recently I read that Dan Harmon, creator of the quirky TV show Community (NBC) uses the literary device of the Hero’s Journey to map out his episodes. They all involve taking someone from his comfort zone, through a process of seeking for something, finding it, paying a price, and coming away changed.
It’s a classic, universal theme every website can employ to connect with every visitor.
Think of it, all visitors to your site are on a quest. You need to make it possible for them to leave your website as heroes, having accomplished their objectives. Check out the map of this journey on my Search Engine Land article Eight Ways Landing Pages are Like a TV Sitcom.
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Brian Massey is the Founder and Conversion Scientist at Conversion Sciences. He is the author of Your Customer Creation Equation. His rare combination of interests, experience and neuroses were developed over almost 20 years as a computer programmer, entrepreneur, corporate marketer, international speaker and writer.