How a Female-Focused Branded Content Studio Connects With Its Audience

LittleThings carves out 'meaningful' niche


Who Co-founder, CEO Joe Speiser and president, COO Gretchen Tibbits

What Branded content studio

Where New York

From tasty bacon hacks to soldiers' homecomings from overseas, publisher LittleThings has become a hub for useful and meaningful videos since 2014. After starting out as an ecommerce site for pet products, LittleThings expanded to mom-targeted branded content, with a focus on the buying power of women. The audience was "passionate about storytelling and watching inspirational content," explained co-founder Joe Speiser. In a bright office located near New York's Penn Station, LittleThings, with its 100 employees, creates instructional or emotionally resonant editorial posts and video series that connect with brand sponsors like Crisco, Applegate Farm and eBay. Eggland's Best recently sponsored a recipe video for "yummy egg bread bowls" on the website. Speiser says the company has grown rapidly in the past 36 months: LittleThings regularly sees 55 million unique visitors to its site each month and gets about 300 million video views from the site and its massive Facebook following combined. "You have to prove your content will resonate with your audience first, like a pilot episode," said Speiser. "Then take it to advertisers to see if it matches what they're trying to achieve. That's how we've carved out a large niche of meaningful content."

This story first appeared in the January 16, 2017 issue of Adweek magazine.

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