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Dumebi Okolo
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👑🤴Content is King; Community is Queen 👸, and Data is the heir apparent 🫅!

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This is an article detailing the dynamic trio: Content, Community and Data, and the impact they have on the developer community.

I have modified the statement, "Content is king, community is Queen" to "Content is king, community is Queen... And data is the heir apparent." This is because you can't talk about content and community without data. Your content and community engagement would be water off the back of a rock if data isn't gotten from it and analyzed.

Table of Contents

 1. Content is king:
 2. Community is Queen:
 3. Data is the heir apparent
 4. Conclusion

To get into this study, we will first break down each of the terms that we are working with, and then amalgamate them to give us one clear and concise meaning.

Content is king:

To break this down, let us look at what content is, and what a king is.

Content: By dictionary definition, content means THAT WHICH IS CONTAINED. When someone says, "These are the contents of this box.", you think, these are the things contained in this box.

So, when you think of content in terms of a brand or product, or service, think of it as that which is contained in or within the brand, product, or service, and in the better sense, that which is contained within the audience.

King: By dictionary definition, a king is Something that has a preeminent position. This means that a king or the king of something exceeds others (members or parts of that thing) in quality or ranking.

Content is king. To sum it all up: that which is contained in a brand, product, or service exceeds all the other qualities/attributes of that brand in ranking.

Community is Queen:

Community: By dictionary definition, a community is a condition of having certain attitudes and interests in common. I bet you weren't expecting me to use that definition. But see, it is the definition of community that resonates much more with me and with the work I do.

What is your community? Your community is a collection of people with certain attitudes and interests (sometimes in common).

Queen: Something regarded as the greatest of its kind or as having preeminence or power.

Bringing it all together, the notion of community holds immense importance, especially in the context of Developer Relations and Developer Marketing. A community is not just a gathering of individuals; it represents a collective of like-minded people sharing common interests, passions, and goals. For developers, communities act as hubs of knowledge exchange, collaboration, and support.

Data is the heir apparent

Data: For the purpose of this article, we will see and understand data as Recorded observations. This gives us a better insight into what we will use data for.

Heir apparent: This can be seen as something whose position in the line of succession cannot be taken away by anything or anyone.

So, in this world of Developer advocacy, no matter the advancement in tools and technology, the place of data can never be taken away.

In the contemporary digital landscape, data reigns supreme as the heir apparent to the positions of content and community. It represents the culmination of insights, preferences, and behaviors exhibited by the target audience and community members.

In today's digital age, content takes various forms, including written articles, videos, social media posts, infographics, and podcasts, to name a few. Each piece of content represents an opportunity to engage with the target audience, build relationships, and ultimately drive conversions.

Understanding the significance of crafting compelling content that captivates the audience and influences their perceptions. Content, in its reign as king, demands creativity, relevance, and a deep understanding of the audience's needs and desires.

I see a lot of businesses fall short of this. To be able to reach an audience properly, you have to give them what they want, not what you're selling. A more familiar term for this is "selling a solution, not your problem."

For example, a company's product is a frontend framework and the company is looking to create a YouTube video to explain or demo the product.

Most people will go with making a video that will focus solely on that product. Example: how to use in web development. In itself, there is nothing wrong with that title or concept.

Consider who exactly your audience are and how you want to reach them.

More likely than not, your audience is frontend developers who are looking for projects to add to their portfolio to make it richer. Creating a video that is, "build a fully functional and responsive e-commerce website in 45 minutes!"

This is going to reach more people, because frontend devs want an e-commerce website in their portfolio, and one to be built in 45 minutes!

Content is the driving force behind inbound marketing strategies, drawing potential customers toward a brand rather than pushing them through aggressive promotional tactics.

Furthermore, content's position as king doesn't solely rely on its creation but also on its distribution and amplification. An effectively executed content marketing strategy ensures that the right content reaches the right audience at the right time, increasing brand visibility and establishing authority in the industry.

In Developer Relations, understanding the dynamics of the developer community becomes paramount. Your community is the group of developers you aim to connect with and foster meaningful relationships with. Engaging with this community requires genuine empathy and the ability to comprehend their pain points, aspirations, and preferences.

Being a part of developer communities allows you to actively listen to their feedback, challenges, and success stories. It enables you to identify trends, emerging technologies, and the needs of developers, which are invaluable insights for crafting targeted content and designing developer-centric marketing initiatives.

When people think of community, they often think of a Discord server, or Slack group, or Telegram. While these are very valid community platforms, there are so many other ways to create a community and cater to them. By default, every business has a community. You can call this an industry or niche. With our previous example: already has a community of front-end developers around it. The fundamental problem is how to reach out to that community and keep them engaged. This is done through the primary outreach avenue for situations like this, which is sending relevant and timely content. As a company grows in its industry and niche and notices that they have started to form a sub-industry or niche of its own, it can go ahead to create a social media community platform to accept its community members. But this isn't necessary for growth or sustainability.

Data-driven decision-making has become an indispensable aspect of modern marketing. By leveraging data analytics, you gain invaluable insights into developer preferences, pain points, and the effectiveness of your content and community engagement initiatives. Data empowers you to fine-tune your strategies, personalize your communications, and optimize your outreach to developers.

In Developer Relations and Developer Marketing, data-driven insights enable you to identify influential developers within your community, understand their contributions, and recognize emerging trends in the developer ecosystem. Armed with this knowledge, you can curate content that resonates deeply with the target audience, offer tailored solutions, and cultivate authentic relationships.

Moreover, data acts as a bridge between content and community. By analyzing the data generated from community interactions, you can identify the type of content that generates the most engagement and meets the community's needs. This virtuous cycle of data-informing content and content enriching the community solidifies the bond between your brand and the developers.


The trinity of "Content is king, community is Queen, and data is the heir apparent" forms the foundation of successful Developer Relations and Developer Marketing strategies. By creating compelling content, nurturing a thriving developer community, and harnessing data-driven insights, you can unlock new levels of engagement, advocacy, and growth within the developer ecosystem. Embrace the power of this trinity, and you'll find yourself at the forefront of a vibrant and influential developer-centric movement.

Thank you all for dropping by and reading today's article. I hope you enjoyed it and learned from it as well. ❤️❤️

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Clayton Malarkey

well that was quite the read learned a bit of marketing from that i did

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Dumebi Okolo

Thank you, Clayton. I'm glad you learnt from it.

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Clayton Malarkey

i am on a journey

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Dumebi Okolo

That's amazing! I am too. I wish you all the best on your journey.

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Clayton Malarkey

check me out on @clateman

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Dumebi Okolo

Will do.

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Jordan • Edited

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Web3 revolutionized how data is shared (open source). AI revolutionizes how data is modeled. Exciting times!

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Dumebi Okolo

Exciting times indeed!

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Nik • Edited

The trinity of "Content is king, community is Queen, and data is the heir apparent" serves as the cornerstone of thriving strategies, much like the pillars of a successful black diamond casino. Crafting captivating content, fostering a robust developer community, and leveraging data-driven insights can unlock unparalleled levels of engagement and advocacy within the developer ecosystem. Embrace the power of this trinity, and you'll position yourself at the forefront of a dynamic and influential developer-centric movement.

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Christine Belzie

Well said @dumebii! These three components are what makes content successful. Also on a humorous note,
Content is Queen and Community is Princess

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Dumebi Okolo

You said it! 🤣

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