5 Social Media Tips for Farmers Markets and Artisans (plus 2 mobile tips you can’t miss) – V2 with special offer prices options

Social media marketing is the perfect word-of-mouth tool for farmers markets, artisans and other local food producers.

I was asked to join a panel of media experts (radio, tv, print, and I was the online media speaker) for the Meet Your Maker food conference in Kelowna, BC, presented by Farm Folk City Folk.

Media panel speakers at Meet Your Maker food conference with Phil Johnson, Darcy Nybo and Angelique Duffield

{ Shaw TV covered the event – watch the video here http://globalnews.ca/video/1199604/food-networking-event }

We shared a lot of tips to getting more visibility and gaining clients through the use of traditional and online media.

Below I’ve listed my top tips for online marketing and social media for farmers markets, organic farmers, local vendors, producers and artisans.

Farm fresh with Facebook and Instagram logo over photos of fruits and vegetables

If you are a vendor at a farmers market these online marketing tips will help you create buzz, get more customers to your stand, and help to define your brand.

There are also 2 bonus tips about mobile marketing for farmers market vendors.

{Hint: if you’re not targeting your customers who use their smartphones or iPads instead of laptops or desktop computers, you’re really missing out! And the trend is increasing every year.}

 I know many of you are still new to social media marketing – and Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ seem to be changing every day!

So here is a list of blog posts and videos that are specifically focused on using social media for farmers markets and local producers.

4 Ways that Farmers Markets are Going Digital:  http://mashable.com/2011/12/12/social-media-farmers-markets/

Social Media for Farmers:  http://jestercreative.com/question-week-social-media-farmers/

Selling at Farmers Markets Requires Social Media to Drive Sales: http://foodbeverage.about.com/od/StartingAFoodBusiness/a/Selling-At-Farmers-Markets-Requires-social-media-mareting-so-customers-can-find-you.htm

Social Media and Farmers Markets:  http://www.onesmallplanet.com.au/social-media-and-farmers-markets/

Email marketing for Farmers Markets:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY0Yc6gPnsk

BC Government programs and initiatives (dozens of links here): http://www.gov.bc.ca/agri/buylocal.html

Press release: BC Buy Local Program Lets Growers Get Social:  http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2013-2017/2013AGRI0040-001295.htm

I’ve also created a YouTube video playlist with a selection of tutorial videos, tips and tricks to use Facebook, Pinterest, Email Marketing and other social media for Farmers Markets…a whole list of videos all in one place! Click here to watch the videos.

Click here to watch video playlist - Social Media tips for farmers markets

Did you attend the Farm Folk City Folk “Meet Your Maker” event in Kelowna?

In honour of my participation as a guest speaker at this year’s conference, I’m offering 2 specials – mention “Meet Your Maker” when you contact me.

#1 For those of you who need the whole shebang, this is perfect to get you online fast.

$100 off my “Get Started” package, that includes web design (3 page website template, customized with your social networks, branding colours + logo) + social media strategy + setup of either your newsletter or Facebook Page. $895 (regular price $995)

#2 For those of you who already have a website and have started using social media, but aren’t getting the results you expected.

30% off  a social media assessment of your current website and social networks. Includes 10-15 minute video critique with tips on how you can improve your online presence and start getting more customers, creating better brand awareness, and improve your search engine ranking. $99 (regular price $149)

(Offers valid until midnight on March 17th, 2014. Some conditions apply. Limited availability. 50% deposit required upon booking “Get Started” package; full payment upon booking for “Social Media Assessment”).

I hope those all those social media tips help you to promote your local food or artisan products. Social media is a cost-effective way to get more customers to your Farmers Market stall, and with a little practice you’ll develop a loyal following of repeat clients who help spread the word about you and the great products you offer.

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