Let’s face it, some of us look at the glass half full, others look at it half empty. Farmers do a little of both. In truth, farmers are probably neither optimists nor pessimists but rather realists. This means they are hopeful about the future but understand that things don’t always go as planned.
When deciding on how to frame your marketing message to farmers, then, it is important to ask yourself a few important questions.
1. What problem—or potential problem—will my product solve? Controlling diseases or killing weeds, for example, are huge issues for farmers. Make sure farmers know that your product will help make their life easier because it will take care of a specific problem. By letting farmers know that you understand the type and scope of a particular problem they face they will be more likely to believe you have the solution to that problem, as well.
2. How will my product make a farmer’s operation better? Farmers rightly believe that their operation has the potential to thrive and be exceptionally successful. Share this enthusiasm with them by touting your product or service as a means to ensuring the success of their operation. For example, if you sell a product that promotes weight gain in cattle, make sure you touch on the many advantages of healthy and well-fed cattle.
3. Does my product promote long-term success? Farmers are well aware that the road to success has its share of bumps. Before they decide to purchase a product you offer, they will want to know how that product will help them in the long term. Farmers are leery of marketers who promote easy and instant solutions. Instead, offer farmers a realistic timeline for how long your product will take to work. Patience is one of farmers’ many virtues and they have no problem being patient with a product if they feel it will be worth the wait.
4. Is it worth the investment? Farmers understand that they have to spend money to make money. Keep in mind, however, that if you are selling something that involves a significant investment—land, equipment or buildings—quality and durability are something farmers will never compromise on.
It’s no secret that farmers aren’t impulse shoppers. Therefore, if you want to successfully market to farmers then what you are selling had better solve a problem, make his or her operation better or promote long-term success.