AllRecipes.com is the worlds largest online recipe site on the web with 3.6M members and over 16M visitors every month. For those of you who don’t know AllRecipes.com, it is the world’s largest social network of food and entertaining enthusiasts.
In this interview episode we meet Esmee Williams, Vice President of Brand Marketing, who has facilitated the development of AllRecipes.com brand from the start-up phase to today with award-winning dedication and creativity in the area of brand strategy and new product development. She has been the power behind the concept and development of many of AllRecipe’s most successful partner integrations, marketing and promotional programs to date.
In this episode, Esmee shares the early history of AllRecipes.com. The start of the site was the brain child of founder Tim Hunt who, 13 years ago could not find a cookie recipe he was looking for so he vowed to not have other cooks deal with the same issue and he started ‘CookieReciepes.com’. The cookie recipe site was a great success and soon after Tim introduced BreadRecipes.com and other food specific recipe sites, eventually blending them all to create the site we know today – AllRecipes.com.
When starting a website that long ago, the presentation of only user generated content was a novelty and the community used early online social technology (word-of-mouth and friends telling friends) to get the word out about their site and what it provided.
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