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54

Chris Bakke

Founder-Led Content Marketing, Going Viral, and Social Strategy

June 12, 2024

Join Nate Matherson as he sits down with Chris Bakke for the fifty-fourth episode of the Optimize podcast. Chris is the founder of Laskie, which was acquired by Twitter (now X) in 2023, and Interviewed, which was acquired by Indeed in 2017. He's worked in product and sales leadership roles at X, Indeed, and Zillow, and is well-known for his active presence on X, where he shares insights with over 200,000 followers. Nate and Chris explore topics like founder-led content marketing, the importance of choosing the right platform for building an audience, and strategies for converting followers into customers. Chris shares his experience with creating viral content and the unexpected opportunities that arose from his posts, including the acquisition of Laskie by Twitter. He emphasizes the need for consistency in content creation and discusses the advantages and challenges of using different social media platforms. Listen to hear why he suggests founders focus on platforms that align with their content creation style and audience. In this week’s deep dive, Chris shares everything you need to know about leveraging social media for founder-led marketing in 2024. Rounding out the episode, Chris and Nate cover topics like the benefits of building in public, the role of personal branding versus company branding, and the future of social media marketing for founders. Closing the episode is our popular lightning round of questions!

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Optimize Episode 054: Chris Bakke on Founder-Led Content Marketing, Going Viral, and Social Strategy

Jun 12, 2024

Join Nate Matherson as he sits down with Chris Bakke for the fifty-fourth episode of the Optimize podcast. Chris is the founder of Laskie, which was acquired by Twitter (now X) in 2023, and Interviewed, which was acquired by Indeed in 2017. He's worked in product and sales leadership roles at X, Indeed, and Zillow, and is well-known for his active presence on X, where he shares insights with over 200,000 followers. Nate and Chris explore topics like founder-led content marketing, the importance of choosing the right platform for building an audience, and strategies for converting followers into customers. Chris shares his experience with creating viral content and the unexpected opportunities that arose from his posts, including the acquisition of Laskie by Twitter. He emphasizes the need for consistency in content creation and discusses the advantages and challenges of using different social media platforms. Listen to hear why he suggests founders focus on platforms that align with their content creation style and audience. In this week’s deep dive, Chris shares everything you need to know about leveraging social media for founder-led marketing in 2024. Rounding out the episode, Chris and Nate cover topics like the benefits of building in public, the role of personal branding versus company branding, and the future of social media marketing for founders. Closing the episode is our popular lightning round of questions!

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