Launching any type of business—especially in food—is exhilarating, exhausting, and endlessly surprising, but the more that you know when you start up, the better. Here’s some advice from friends and clients of Good Egg Marketing.
My colleague Julia Shanks, principal of Julia Shanks Food Consulting, is an expert at helping farms and food entrepreneurs create and use business plans and financial analyses to grow their businesses. She’s also a chef and cookbook author. Not surprisingly, her approach to marketing is very analytical. I invited her to write a guest article to share how she measures her marketing tactics.
Understanding how millennials think and what they value is critical to your success as a business or nonprofit. The millennial generation (born approximately 1980-1996–it varies, depending on who’s counting) is creating fundamental shifts in how we all think, learn, communicate, and act.
So if you want to reach people in this digital age, you need to learn to think like a millennial. Here are some tips on how to be more millennialish.
I frequently hear my clients and colleagues say, “I don’t know what to do with LinkedIn!”
This amazes me, because if you have a business or job (or want one), I think LinkedIn’s the most useful of all the social media platforms. While it’s particularly helpful for job seekers, recruiters, salespeople and consultants, it’s a great way for almost anyone to connect with people and stay in touch with them. Here are my top suggestions for what you can do with LinkedIn.
It may sound counterintuitive, but the best way to grow your business may be through collaboration, rather than competition.
Americans are brought up to believe that we can’t collaborate with our competitors. There are even laws against price fixing, when competitors get together to agree on pricing. Yet, in many cases, being a collaborator rather than a competitor may be key to your success.
I’ve been looking at hundreds of food and farm websites as part of a project I’m doing for a client, and, frankly, some of them are giving me a headache! Too much text, too many garish colors, and way too many flashing images.
With all the free and inexpensive tools out there, every farm, small business and nonprofit can have a decent-looking website. But an effective website must not only look good–it should also answer the four questions below.
Many small businesses and nonprofits don’t have a marketing plan because they don’t think they need one, don’t have the time to create it, or don’t know how. But creating a plan doesn’t have to take a lot of time–in fact, it can save you time, because you’ll stop doing things that aren’t meeting your goals (hello, Facebook!).
Here’s a simple example of a sales and marketing plan.
People who type “egg marketing” into a search engine often land on my website, goodeggmarketing.com. I hatched my company name because I like to think of myself as a “good egg,” not because I raise chickens. But since I call myself an EGG-spert, it’s time I shared my thoughts about how to market them.
The key to making Facebook–or any other social media tool–work for your business or organization is to have a strategy for how social media will help you achieve specific goals. So before investing time and resources in Facebook, create your social media strategy
Are you better off selling at XYZ Farmers Market every week or every other week? Will more people open your email newsletter if you send it out once a week or once a month? While there’s no one size fits all answer, with a little effort, you can figure out works best for you.