An Easy Solve For Digital Advertising Saturation – #PeopleMarketing

Collaborative Content Creation can help Brands and Retailers suffering from diminishing returns on digital marketing

Digital marketing has become the primary tool for marketers in terms of dollars spent. As spending has increased, saturation and diminishing returns are occurring at an alarming rate, as there is simply a finite amount of human attention. More dollars continue to flow into programmatic media all seeking to reach the right shopper with the right message at the right time… in the fastest and easiest way possible. Every dollar spent is becoming less efficient on a daily basis thanks to the deluge of push advertising desperately seeking shopper attention. Franchisees and Franchises are struggling Compounding the problem is a trifecta of digital challenges:

  1. Much of digital media is fraud
  2. Digital ad fraud is getting worse, not better
  3. Costs are increasing in the face of declining productivity!?!

The shopper’s path has changed, and continues to do so, and all the third party data in the world is not going to change that fact. Marketer’s may be able to reach the right person at the right time with the right message, but in the process, they are annoying the hell out of the 99.9% of people that are not in buying mode. Shopper’s feeds are full of messaging for products they’ve already bought, hotel rooms and flights they’ve already booked and deals on things they don’t need or want. Today’s shopper has more information than ever in the palm of their hand and is becoming very adept at using it when and where they want.

Brands that are winning this new journey are providing large quantities of fresh and relevant content for shoppers to use along their path. Not only does this help simplify shopping, it also has a lasting impact on the algorithms that affect what shoppers find across all forms of search. Especially effective is localized content… as search becomes much more geo-specific. In the face of declining returns from digital advertising, and the growing need for more and better content, Collaborative Content Creation (Crowd Marketing) offers a highly effective solution.


At Photofy, we’ve been helping businesses easily create beautiful, branded content for more than 5 years. Using our platform, businesses of any size can unlock the power of personal influence. We believe that Employee Generated Content (EGC) has a unique potential to fill in some of the gaps in current digital marketing stacks. First, EGC leverages the personal influence of the content creators, thereby delivering substantially higher engagement rates than corporate branded content. For larger organizations, such as franchises and retailers, EGC helps to localize and personalize content in a way that isn’t possible with geo-targeted advertising alone. Finally, since EGC using common brand assets is all customized and shared by the different users, its impact on search based algorithms is profound. Deployed at scale, Photofy Crowd Marketing can significantly augment corporate digital media efforts…. and it allows the organization to empower their employee base in this effort as well.

Consider these August 2018 stats from our top five enterprise partners…

  • 14,000 users created over 28,000 pieces of content with a measurable media value of $538K… representing 43% of total conversations about these brands during the month.
  • This content generated over 1.1MM engagements with a 5.14% overall average engagement rate.
  • Considering the average overall social media engagement for branded content is far less than 1%, this represent a huge opportunity for expansion of brand connection.

It stands to reason that personal networks have higher levels of engagement thanks to a real relational connection… Photofy leverages this, and helps provide brand consistency and scale. Most organizations are sitting on a goldmine of authentic content creation that is likely closest to their customers. Give your employees and customers the tools to create and share branded content coupled with a powerful content management system and analytics package. It’s the perfect addition to existing brand digital activities to increase the scale and effectiveness.

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If you’d like to learn more about Photofy and the ways we can help your franchise, retailer or brand scale your content creation by 100X, please drop me a line at or give me a call 919.810.5159.