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Building Your Holiday Gift Selections—Consider Gift Baskets

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Mastering Marketing - November 2019 Although they’ve been around for a long time, gift baskets are still a “hot” holiday gift idea. Gift boxes are a near-perfect offering for direct marketers. They can be customized for the receiver, convenient for the giver, can be offered at different pricing...

Differentiating what you sell

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Figure 3: Consider what features motivate your customers to purchase your product. If you have a pollinator garden next to your vegetable patch, take photos and share them on social media as part of your marketing campaign. Photo by Edwin Remsberg, ©University of...

What are you selling?

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Producers see their products as the final result of their work. But, we are really seeking a different end product - a satisfied customer. Maximizing your sales potential requires producing the highest quality product. Your sales message is that “produce is not...

Pick Me! Pick Me!

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Mastering Marketing - May 2019 You have a quality product. You’ve identified your target customers and crafted your promotional materials for that audience. But, consumers have so many buying outlets and product options, how can you convince them to them to choose yours? It’s a crowded marketplace...

Matching Products to Customer Appetites in 2018

Root Vegetables
Mastering Marketing - January 2018 Every December I enjoy reading food trend predictions for the coming year from a variety of sources such as the Specialty Foods Association, the American Restaurant Association, Packer magazine, and a host of foodie blogs. There’s no doubt that customers’...

Is Diversification Your Ultimate Goal?

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Mastering Marketing - October 2017 Farmers are repeatedly advised to diversify into new enterprises in order to generate additional income. It’s not unusual for me to visit a farm that grows vegetables, fruit, has some livestock for direct marketing meats, chickens for eggs, offers agritourism...

Is Your Marketing Strategy Working?

Strategy
Mastering Marketing - June 2016 Who’s Your First and Best Customer? Target Marketing involves breaking a market into segments and then concentrating your marketing efforts on one or a few key segments. Having a good grasp on your target market makes the promotion, pricing and distribution of your...
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