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251 Case Study: Scaling a Direct to Consumer Farm Biz with Grass Powered Poultry and Meats

My Digital Farmer | Marketing Strategies for Farmers

Release Date: 02/28/2024

271 KPI: How to Calculate Your CAC (Customer Acquisition Cost) show art 271 KPI: How to Calculate Your CAC (Customer Acquisition Cost)

My Digital Farmer | Marketing Strategies for Farmers

How much do you spend to ACQUIRE a customer? This is a powerful question you should know the answer to. In this episode, we dive into one of the KPI's (key performance indicators) in your farm business, namely Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC). I explore its significance in evaluating the efficiency of your marketing strategies and the overall health of your business. We'll break down the key components that contribute to CAC, including marketing and advertising expenses, salaries, commissions, and other direct costs. Then I'll walk through my CAC for both my CSA and my online store customer....

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270 How to Calculate Your Order Minimum for Your Online Farm Store show art 270 How to Calculate Your Order Minimum for Your Online Farm Store

My Digital Farmer | Marketing Strategies for Farmers

Last week, I shared 3 ways to increase the average amount a customer spends in a transaction with you.  One of those suggestions was to create an "order minimum."  But how do you decide what that order minimum should be? Well... you look at the numbers. Which numbers? That's what this episode is all about. I share 5 key metrics you should review to help you figure out your order minimum, AND I share the formula to plug those numbers into. Your homework this week is simple: calculate what your order minimum should be, and then go set it up! Test it out for 2 weeks and see what...

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269 Top 3 Ways to Increase your Farm Store's AOV show art 269 Top 3 Ways to Increase your Farm Store's AOV

My Digital Farmer | Marketing Strategies for Farmers

July 3, 2024 Recently, I've been looking for ways to increase our weekly online store revenue in our store. I noticed that we had a LOT of 1 or 2 item purchases last year. Those are quite frankly a real drag to pack. The amount of time it takes me to print the pack slip, pack the order, pay for the bag it goes into, and hand deliver it -- begs the question, "Am I making any money on this?" I penciled out the numbers and realized I'm barely breaking even with those orders. I needed to make a certain "average order value" to make it worth it to run online sales. So I decided to raise the...

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268 Managing Your Brand's Energy show art 268 Managing Your Brand's Energy

My Digital Farmer | Marketing Strategies for Farmers

I still remember the first day of our first week of CSA this season.  It felt electric! I woke up with so much excitement. I had a big to-do list, and not enough time. But I was excited to get started. My crew was out harvesting super early that morning, and with so many different things to harvest, I had a chance to tell so many visual stories in my CSA Facebook group, on IG stories, and newsletter.  It's always exciting when we start something again, isn't it?  I could tell my customers were feeling the excitement too.. They have been looking forward to seeing us again for...

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267 How many emails do I send each week when I have multiple segments? show art 267 How many emails do I send each week when I have multiple segments?

My Digital Farmer | Marketing Strategies for Farmers

Today's episode is inspired by an email I received from a farmer and podcast subscriber. It was a question about how many emails to send each week when you have different segments of audiences? This farmer has three different "groups" of clients -- the 2024 CSA buyers, the 2023 CSA buyers who still haven't renewed, and the "cold" audience (people from previous years).  Do you write weekly emails to all of them? Is it the same one? Are all subscribers created equal? Are all subscribers as valuable? What about those folks who haven't bought my stuff in years?... Essentially Jodi wanted some...

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266 Use This Weekly Checklist to Sell More at the Farmer's Market show art 266 Use This Weekly Checklist to Sell More at the Farmer's Market

My Digital Farmer | Marketing Strategies for Farmers

This podcast is for all of you who go to farmer's markets!! Do you want to walk away from the market feeling like you did everything you could to maximize sales that day? Here's a fact: You're going to sell more at the farmer's market if you do a little bit of preparation in the sales strategy department. In this episode, I'm sharing my checklist of "things to make sure you do" before you hop into the truck and head to market. Things like: create a weekly special offer. Print this checklist out and create a workflow each week to check them off. The more of these you can do, the more revenue...

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265 15 Creative Ways to use Coupon Codes for Online Farm Sales (Part 2) show art 265 15 Creative Ways to use Coupon Codes for Online Farm Sales (Part 2)

My Digital Farmer | Marketing Strategies for Farmers

This episode is PART TWO of a series all about "ways to use coupon codes in your online store." If you have an online store, these are a great way to entice your customers to come on over and buy. I also love that i can run a report of my coupon codes and see how they performed. This gives me the ability to TAG clients who use certain coupon codes, RETARGET them, and EVALUATE how effective my offers were.  I recently heard from Local Line (my ecommerce platform) that they would adding coupon codes as a basic feature at the end of May. This compelled me to find 15 different ways I could...

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BONUS: Join My FREE Coupon Code Challenge for Farmers this June show art BONUS: Join My FREE Coupon Code Challenge for Farmers this June

My Digital Farmer | Marketing Strategies for Farmers

A few days ago, I had a spontaneous idea...  I needed to set up my coupon codes in my e-commerce store. (recently announced that they were adding coupon codes as a free feature to the platform). But I was dragging my feet to get it done. "I know!" I said.  "I'll create a challenge for farmers. That will make me do it!" And thus, the 4-Week Coupon Code Challenge was born.  The goal of this challenge is to expose you to different coupon code styles that you can use in your farm marketing, and get you to experiment with them this month as you build your offers. This is a live...

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264 15 Creative Ways to use Coupon Codes for Online Farm Sales (Part 1) show art 264 15 Creative Ways to use Coupon Codes for Online Farm Sales (Part 1)

My Digital Farmer | Marketing Strategies for Farmers

COUPON CODES!!  Are you using them? If you have an online store, these are a great way to entice your customers to come on over and buy. They're also a great way to turn prospects into buyers.  I recently heard from Local Line (my ecommerce platform) that they would adding coupon codes as a basic feature at the end of May. This made me jump for joy and throw a party. AND it made me research different ways coupon codes have been used to drive customer behavior.  There are SO many great ideas I found -- 15 to be exact! I'm eager to share the list with you. I've broken this episode...

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263 Interview with Farmhand: 101 Guide to Using SMS Texting in Your Farm Marketing Strategy show art 263 Interview with Farmhand: 101 Guide to Using SMS Texting in Your Farm Marketing Strategy

My Digital Farmer | Marketing Strategies for Farmers

May 22, 2024 Are you using SMS in your  marketing? SMS is "code" for text messaging. It stands for short message service. And in today's podcast, my guest, Ari Memar, is going to give us a basic tutorial in how we can be using texting in our farm marketing strategy. Turns out there is a LOT of money to be made when we leverage this tool, because the open rates are ridiculously high. But it can also be used for customer support and onboarding. Ari is the founder of FarmHand, a virtual assistant for small farms. And one of the tools it offers its customers is weekly texting. Ari shares how...

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February 28, 2024

In today's episode, I share a case study of one pasture-based livestock farmer, who has spent the last 9 years slowly scaling her business in a way that hasn't required her to take on debt, while also having time to homeschool her two kids. I ask her: "How'd you get here?" 

Dana shares the transition process and lessons she's learned along the way. She discusses how she markets her product each week to attract new customers and get her current ones to buy more. We talk about the strategies that are doing most of the heavy lifting. We talk about the mindset work she's had to do to help her take risks and not give up. And we talk about the deep commitment we both have to running a fun business that doesn't kill our body, mind or spirit. If you're starting out your business, there are some really great gems inside of here.

This podcast was sponsored by Local Line, the leading e-commerce platform for the local food system. Try Local Line for your farm today! Local Line is offering a free premium feature for free for one year on top of your paid subscription. Claim your discount by signing up for a Local Line account today and using the coupon code: MDF2024. Head to my special affiliate link to get started: www.mydigitalfarmer.com/localline

Meet My Guest: Dana Workman Stacy

Today’s podcast guest is Dana Workman Stacy. Dana and her husband Jesse along with daughters Eliza and Brynn operate Grass Powered Poultry & Meats, a pasture-based livestock farm in Highland County, Ohio. Over the past 9 years their farm has grown from a few chickens in the front yard to fill their own freezer to raising lots more pasture-raised chicken, pastured pork and grass-finished beef. In 2019, Dana left her career in agricultural lending to focus on the farm and her family and hasn’t looked back. As a first-generation farmer, building a profitable and sustainable farm business hasn’t been easy, but the journey has been incredible. In addition to raising amazing food, Dana is passionate about building community and supporting the growth and success of rural businesses.

Visit her website: GrassPoweredPoultry.com

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