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In A Sea of Content, Look for Islands

In A Sea of Content, Look for Islands

Content marketing is one of the few truly effective tools small companies can use to compete effectively with larger brands. Creating articles, videos, graphics and other content that your customer base values and appreciates is easier than ever thanks to smartphone technology and a range of free online tools.

There’s just one problem: there’s so much content out there that our customers are drowning in it, and it’s impossible for any one brand’s messaging to stand out. 293,000 status updates and 136,000 new photos appear on Facebook every single minute of the day. Instagram sees 60 million new images uploaded daily. 20 terabytes of new data appears on Pinterest each day – which means that there are twenty million additions to the platform.

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What are you supposed to do in this situation? There’s no one answer. Making use of each platform’s advertising opportunities is one way to secure reach where you know there’s a sizable audience; this is increasingly important as platforms take overt action to suppress the organic reach of content.

Another strategy to consider comes from Melanie Deziel, of The Overlap League. In a recent digital marketing forum, she recommended that companies who want big results from their content marketing may need to go small. She says, “There are so many vibrant niche communities that are less crowded but incredibly engaged: Fantasy Life App for sports fans, GoodReads for literature lovers, Startup Nation Forums for small business owners. If you can find the community or network that has your tribe, you can likely create better engagement for a fraction of the time and cost you’re handing to the larger networks.”

It’s a strategy well worth exploring. You may already be familiar with the online communities your customers are passionate about – for example, we can’t imagine a local yarn store owner not knowing about Ravelry. If you’re not sure, start the conversation. Ask your best customers in person, and open the dialog on the social media platforms you’re already on. Explore the communities that have been pointed out to you. Spend a few weeks lurking: observing the way community members share content, engage with each other, and rally behind an issue or cause is a hugely valuable way to learn how to establish and maintain a community presence that doesn’t appear to be driven by your commercial interests.

Niche communities are smaller, but they’re focused and passionate. While your content may never achieve the same sort of reach a viral Instagram post might, you’ll enjoy greater relevance and, hopefully, response from people who are more likely to be your customer. It’s well worth exploring anyway – make 2017 the year you leave the overwhelming sea of content long enough to visit the islands!

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Creative Director/Senior Designer

Tom DiGrazia

With over a decade and a half of professional design experience, Tom brings his knowledge of design principles and focus on user experience to every aspect of his contribution to TTG. Paying special attention to each client’s brand, personalized needs and individual interests, he strives to create compelling concepts utilizing intuitive and highly-refined design solutions. In addition to traditional and digital design work and oversight at TTG, Tom also boasts a wide portfolio of web development projects with the company, allowing him to stretch his CSS and HTML skills across multiple platforms and disciplines. He feels that being a designer in the digital landscape of websites, eCommerce solutions, email marketing platforms and social media, it is important to understand the code that goes into these areas as it assists his ability to tailor designs specifically targeted to achieve the best end result and further builds understanding and communication with backend development teams.

In his off hours, Tom is an avid pop culture enthusiast, staying up to date on the latest shows, films, comics and games. He can also typically be found taking part in a whole host of artistic activities that help him further stretch his creative legs. Regardless of the activity, Tom is always accompanied by his dog, Eli, and his cat, Tib.

Design, Photography, Illustration, Digital Imagery Manipulation, Wesbite Development

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, HTML/CSS, Wordpress


Courtney Dumont

As Senior Marketing Strategist & Analyst at Technology Therapy Group, Courtney is energized by the ability to flex both her left and right brain daily. Courtney discovered her passion for Marketing at Bryant University, where she spearheaded research on students’ perceptions of Social Media Marketing for her Honors Capstone Project. After graduating Bryant in 2012, she joined the Technology Therapy team, where she’s honed her skills in social media, search and social advertising, email marketing, SEO, and more.

Since joining the team, Courtney has created digital marketing strategies and managed campaigns for clients across the country, ranging from plastic surgery centers, to jewelry stores, to construction companies. With a cohesive, cross-channel approach and a focus on data-driven decision making, she has increased their leads by up to 217%. But Courtney doesn’t leave her zeal for social media at the office; she also runs a local foodie Instagram account with her husband to document their meals across Rhode Island and beyond. Check them out: @hoppilyfed.

Marketing Strategy, Data Analysis, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, Social Media

Google Analytics, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, Facebook Creator Studio, Instagram, Klaviyo, Mailchimp, Emma Mail, Google Data Studio, WordPress, YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Microsoft Office