December 30, 2015 • History Factory
History Factory is known for producing award-winning and nationally recognized company history books and other publications. It’s an application of authentic content that we’ve been doing for nearly 40 years, and often the most cherished organizational keepsake from a particular corporate milestone or event. And while corporate histories and commemorative books are great showpieces for just about any organization, the business case behind producing a corporate history really needs to be considered before giving the green light on such a significant undertaking.
But that’s usually the first challenge: realizing that such publications are a significant undertaking that sometimes require many months or even a few years to craft. Producing a company history book is not like producing a blog post or white paper. It needs to not only capture the true DNA of a company but also bring it to life through words and images. It needs to have authenticity on every page, with extensive research and insights. Above all else, it has to be a damned good read. As a result, selecting a skilled author is vital. It can be the difference between a boring tract of dry history and an engaging publication that brings past events to life—intellectually, emotionally, contextually.
An example of this, which we at History Factory are especially proud to be associated with, is Verizon Untethered by Ivan Seidenberg, former chairman and CEO of Verizon. History Factory’s team worked closely with Seidenberg to tell the story of the founding of Verizon and the subsequent transformation of the telecommunications industry. Viewed through the unique lense of Seidenberg and his leadership team, and involving more than 50 interviews, the book is a testimony to the power of putting the organization ahead of the individual.
Company history books have a unique niche within the corporate communications and marketing arsenal. It isn’t something a company does annually, but there are circumstances where producing a publication makes sense. Here are a few reasons why a company should consider producing a publication:
Of course, there are countless other strategic reasons why an organization might produce a company history book. Sometimes it comes down to the CEO simply wanting a commemorative history book, and when that’s the case, it will get done. But remember, just because there’s a story to tell doesn’t mean it needs to be done in a book. While a tangible item like a publication may seem appealing, consider how it might translate into a video or virtual reality experience for potentially even higher impact. Keep in mind whether it makes sense in the context of your strategic goals and objectives, and whether it will support the organization in other ways than simply looking good on a coffee table.
Want to learn more about how History Factory can help you bring your corporate history to life? Contact us today.