My guest on this episode of the Content Champion Podcast is innovative online entrepreneur and accomplished content marketer, Tom Hunt. Among his many achievements, Tom is a successful podcaster, a TEDx speaker and also the founder of Virtual Valley, a virtual assistant outsourcing agency. You may also know Tom from his appearance on BBC TV's Dragons' Den series - where he memorably introduced the panel to male leggings or 'meggings'.
Over the last few years - and with multiple startups under his belt - Tom has developed a proven way of gaining exposure using content collaborations with big players such as The Daily Mail and other authoritative online platforms - and this is the subject of today's show.
Tom's journey to online marketing success started in a roundabout kind of way when he and a friend went to a fancy dress party wearing female leggings - which they discovered were actually really comfortable. So they came up with the idea to sell a male version of leggings, or 'meggings' - as a natural progression of the skinny jean.
The venture started out with Tom and his two business partners buying a batch of female leggings, branding them as male ones and trying to sell them on London's Brick Lane. Unfortunately, however, they sold zero pairs.
Ever resourceful, this didn't put Tom off - and a couple of months later he set up an e-commerce store and went on to sell the very first pair of male leggings online. It was the power and potential of this first online sale that encouraged Tom to really get started in online marketing.
That was all back in 2013, and since then Tom has setup numerous online ventures after leaving the corporate world and devoting himself full-time to building Internet based businesses. Within this context, Tom went on to found Virtual Valley in 2015, a platform that quickly and easily connects entrepreneurs with awesome virtual assistants. The company has exclusively used low cost content marketing techniques to build a strong client base since the start of 2016.
And it's the content collaboration and outreach processes that Tom uses to build such online authority that we're discussing in this fascinating show.
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