If you are looking to engage farmers through technology (and if you want to successfully market to farmers you better be!), it is important that you pay close attention to exactly who you are looking to engage. It also is important to remember that the best method to connect with a particular farmer today may not be the best method next week or next month.
In other words, when engaging farmers through technology, the name of the game is adaption. And if you aren’t constantly adapting to the farmers you want to reach, chances are you aren’t going to reach them at all. If all this sounds overwhelming, fear not, what follows are some tips to help you match the right engagement tool to the right farmer at the right time.
- Remember that segmenting is the name of the game. Within your target market, organize farmers based on specific demographics-size of farm, crop type, for example. Segmenting farmers allows you to tailor your marketing message. And the more relevant the message, the more likely farmers are to respond and engage.
- Get interactive. Use different forms of media to determine which are the most popular with your target audience. Host a webinar and see how many people tune in, for example. It also is a good idea to try to mix particular media. Send out an email that asks people to like your Facebook page. Not only will you find out what modes of communication your target audience prefers, you can gather important contact information in the process.
- Don’t reinvent the wheel. If there are channels that the farmers you are targeting already use, jump in and join the conversation. Do your research to find out where farmers go to share information or get advice. It also pays to find out who the key influencers are within a particular demographic you are trying to reach. By engaging with key influencers you can get your name out there, as well.
- Repeat. Technology moves quickly so once you have segmented your target audience, gotten interactive and jumped on already popular channels, it is important to repeat these steps on a regular basis. Only then can you be sure that you are keeping up with the farmers you are looking to reach.
Today’s world is becoming smaller thanks to technology. This means that you can reach out to more farmers than ever. But as is true with almost everything, quality trumps quantity. Make sure you are using technology to help you connect with the type of farmers you are targeting, not just the most farmers.