Agriculture is Using Social Media, How and Why

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Yes, people in agriculture are using social media. This presentation highlights how agriculture has expanded beyond just growing corn and pigs to a broad ecosystem that spans farms to fork. This presentations also outlines several examples of people in agriculture using social media and why they are using it.

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Agriculture is Using Social Media, How and Why

  1. 1. Agriculture is Using Social Media How and Why 1Wednesday, September 4, 13 Good morning, Welcome to the webinar Agriculture is Using Social Media, How and Why
  2. 2. Truffle Media Ned Arthur, Director of Sales and Content Development John Blue, Chief of Community Creation 2Wednesday, September 4, 13 Hi, My name is John Blue and I work at Truffle Media Networks, an agriculture media company focused on agriculture animal health issues.
  3. 3. Thanks to the Extension team running the Animal Care Wednesday Webinars for the opportunity to provide you information you can use. 3Wednesday, September 4, 13 Thanks to the Extension team running the Animal Care Wednesday Webinars for the opportunity to provide you information you can use.
  4. 4. WhyHow Social Media Agriculture 4Wednesday, September 4, 13 What I want to share with you today are some thoughts on agriculture and social media.
  5. 5. 1793 The Pennsylvania Evening Post becomes America's first daily newspaper. 1851 Selling for a penny a copy, the New York Times debuts. 1885 William Dempster Hoard wrote his issue of a "journal devoted to dairy farming. 1962 Agri-Marketing magazine started 1984 United States newspaper circulation peaks at 63 million people 191 Years 5Wednesday, September 4, 13 Before we start, I want to share a perspective: It took 191 years to get from first American paper to a newspaper with a peak circulation of 63 million people.
  6. 6. 1995 The American Reporter first daily newspaper on Internet 2004 Podcasting started 2004 Facebook launched 2005 YouTube launched 2006 Twitter launched 2010 Facebook passed 63 million US people 15 Years 6Wednesday, September 4, 13 In contrast to newspaper, It took 15 years to go from the first internet newspaper to get to a single digital service having 63 million users. The speed of technology adoption and use will continue to be fast.
  7. 7. Landscape 7Wednesday, September 4, 13 Media use over the last 20 years has changed.  People have moved from utilizing media based on time and location to discovering and finding information in real time through multiple channels and various sources of authority. Information media has become time free, virtual, digital, and very participatory.
  8. 8. Trends 8Wednesday, September 4, 13 39% of Americans say they get most of their news on national and international issues from the web. This data, from the Pew Research Center, shows that people are shifting their ways to get news and information.
  9. 9. Trends 9Wednesday, September 4, 13 2012, 19% of Americans said they saw news or news headlines on a social network. And, among adults younger than age 30, 33% saw news on a social networking site the previous day. with just 13% of those young adults having read a newspaper, in print or digital form.
  10. 10. http://royal.pingdom.com/2012/08/21/report-social-network-demographics-in-2012/ Big kid on the block 10Wednesday, September 4, 13 This chart highlights the prevalence of social media use by Americans over the age of 45 (orange, red, and dark red). This is important to know because 25% of principle farm operators are over the age of 65, and the average age of farmers is 58 years old.
  11. 11. Pinterest has strong Interest Data from 11Wednesday, September 4, 13 Services like Pinterest and
  12. 12. Data from Over 300 million visits per month to Tumblr based sites 12Wednesday, September 4, 13 Tumblr are gaining traction and demanding the attention of people
  13. 13. 13Wednesday, September 4, 13 Other services like LinkedIn and Google+ also are demanding on people’s attention.
  14. 14. Trends (June 2011, 500,000 Android activations per day!) April 2013, 1.5 Million Android activations per day! http://agtoday.us/android-activations-chart 14Wednesday, September 4, 13 The number of android activations per day has jumped from 500,000 per day in June 2011 to 1.5 million activations per day in April 2013. 45 million in one month! 540 million activations in one year!
  15. 15. iPhone 22% Blackberry 7% No smartphone 35% Android 31% 2012 Survey of farmer smart phone use 15Wednesday, September 4, 13 From a Q2 2012 survey, the number of farmers and ranchers with smart phones is over 50%. While “the No Smartphone” option is still a large percentage, access to “non smartphones” is becoming harder as carriers offer great bargains on new plans and new phones
  16. 16. Write down as many things as you can: What are the things you take for granted about agriculture and media today. 16Wednesday, September 4, 13 Before we continue, I would like you to Write down as many things as you can that you take for granted about agriculture and media today. We will come back to this topic later. Let’s take about 60 seconds.
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  18. 18. What is Agriculture? 18Wednesday, September 4, 13 What is agriculture? Some traditional views are that it’s all about growing corn, soybeans, cattle, chickens, and pigs.
  19. 19. Number of farms 19Wednesday, September 4, 13 This map shows the number of farms and ranches across the US, with Texas having 200,000+ farms and Alaska about 600~ farms.
  20. 20. http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0823.pdf Relative farm population segments http://agtoday.us/us-farmer-subgroups-info-2011 20Wednesday, September 4, 13 Farming is has many aspects; This is the population of farmers by subgroup. There are approximately 2.1 million crop farmers and about 61,000 hog farmers.
  21. 21. Relative farm revenue size http://agtoday.us/us-farmer-subgroups-info-2011 http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0823.pdf 21Wednesday, September 4, 13 And farmers aim to make money with their operations. Crop farming revenue for 2011 was about $142 billion dollars and sheep/goat revenue was about $550 million dollars.
  22. 22. 22Wednesday, September 4, 13 But agriculture is more than just growing corn, soybeans, cattle, chickens, and pigs.
  23. 23. 23Wednesday, September 4, 13 There are many players in agriculture beyond the farm. Farm products are transformed into various food products delivered through a variety of outlets.
  24. 24. 24Wednesday, September 4, 13 And there are many constituents groups representing the players in agriculture across a wide ecosystem.
  25. 25. US Population Number of US farmers 25Wednesday, September 4, 13 Comparing the population, farmers only represent ~1.5% of the US population. But everyone eats. So agriculture has a larger reach than just growing corn, soybeans, cattle, chickens, and pigs.
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  27. 27. Social Media 27Wednesday, September 4, 13 What is social media? We have had social media for a long time Polaroids, Postcards, Sheet music, Mix tapes&CDs, Jokes But the speed and scale of sharing that media was very limited.
  28. 28. Social Media Today 28Wednesday, September 4, 13 Today, the ability to share has speed, scale, and selectivity because the channels are digital. We can reach far more people with media that can spread very quickly.
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  30. 30. Why Social Media? 30Wednesday, September 4, 13 Why do people use social media? People love to share.
  31. 31. Why Social Media? 31Wednesday, September 4, 13 People want to be entertained.
  32. 32. Why Social Media? 32Wednesday, September 4, 13 Some people want to help.
  33. 33. Why Social Media? 33Wednesday, September 4, 13 And others want attention.
  34. 34. Why Social Media? 34Wednesday, September 4, 13 And, yes, people want to make money using media.
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  36. 36. 36Wednesday, September 4, 13 These next set of slides start to bring focus on agriculture’s use of social media. Each examples aim to provide a why and how.
  37. 37. Create a safe place to have conversations 37Wednesday, September 4, 13 The Agvocacy 2.0 conference, produced by the The AgChat Foundation, is focused on bring together about 80 to 100 farmers and ranchers to help them learn more about social media use. The conference sets up a secret Facebook group for the attendees.
  38. 38. Why? • Safe place for conversations. • Channel easy for all to see and utilize. Many people understand Facebook • Record of activity over time, to see what people are talking about. • Creates opportunity to maintain the connection for future event promotion and conversation. 38Wednesday, September 4, 13 For the 2012 Agvocacy 2.0 class, the participation and activity on the private Facebook group has been the largest in the 3 years doing this engagement approach. The 2013 alumni are now just kicking in their thoughts.
  39. 39. How? • Create private Facebook group several months before the event, adding people as they register. • Utilize the private group during the event, with team members assigned to help with posts and conversations. • Continue to seed the group on a regular basis and participate in conversations, even after the conference is over. 39Wednesday, September 4, 13 The conference organizers created a private Facebook group for attendees to the conference. (share hows).
  40. 40. http://www.ilovefarmers.org/about.html 40Wednesday, September 4, 13 This agricultural awareness group is a student run non-profit out of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA, called I Love Farmers, They Feed My Soul. They organize around other events, cater to the needs of young people (music, T-shirts, food), and bring youthful energy where ever they go.
  41. 41. Why? • Many people are not familiar with farming and the work it involves.Young people have energy and a belief they can make a difference. • To build a team of people that can share and tell the story of agriculture. 41Wednesday, September 4, 13
  42. 42. How? • "Together, our generation can make a difference." through concerts, design, Social Media, Selling T-shirts at events, talking to many people, using social media 42Wednesday, September 4, 13
  43. 43. http://agricultureproud.com/ 43Wednesday, September 4, 13 Ryan Goodman comes from an Arkansas cattle ranching family. A graduate of Oklahoma State in Animal Science, Ryan is currently in Tennessee working on a Master's degree in Beef Cattle Reproduction and Nutrition. He works continuously to share his story of ranch life through community outreach and social media, all while encouraging others in agriculture to do the same. Ryan blogs regularly blog and shares those updates through many channels.
  44. 44. Why? • To help consumers with perceptions, beliefs, and understanding of agriculture. • To create a broad platform for dialog. 44Wednesday, September 4, 13
  45. 45. How? • Blog,Twitter, Facebook • Ryan also writes for Eatocracy on the CNN website. • In person by sharing farming and ranching stories at many events, ag and non-ag alike 45Wednesday, September 4, 13
  46. 46. https://www.facebook.com/HeartwoodFarm.info 46Wednesday, September 4, 13 Laura Daniels is a mother, wife, farmer, and agriculture advocate. At Heartwood Farm in Cobb, WI, Laura, and her husband Jarred, take great joy in teaching their children their values as they work together. While Laura and Jarred share in ownership of the farm, it is Laura who serves as General Manager in charge of day-to-day operations. They have 6 full-time employees, 300 Jersey cows and operate 650 acres of crop and pasture land. Laura also does consulting in the areas of team building, employee management, and dairy cattle nutrition. More recently she is hitting the road to deliver pro-ag and motivational speeches across the country, inspiring many to find their passion, build their skills and have confidence to tell their story.
  47. 47. Why? 47Wednesday, September 4, 13 Laura says this best in here presentation: The disconnect that exists between those who grow food and those who eat it: this is why she uses social media as part of her efforts to reach out and start a dialog.
  48. 48. How? • Facebook,Twitter, Blog. • Getting out and talking with people 48Wednesday, September 4, 13
  49. 49. http://zweberfarms.com/ 49Wednesday, September 4, 13 Jon and Lisa Zweber farm with their son, Tim, and his wife, Emily. Their farm is four generations strong, located in Elko, Minnesota. They raise pasture beef, pasture chicken, free range eggs, and all natural pork. They sell all their meats direct from their farm and straight to consumers.
  50. 50. Why? • Increase real foot traffic to their farm to see what they are doing, increase sales, and create connections with real people (social). 50Wednesday, September 4, 13 They believe their website and social media activity will help people learn about what is happening on the farm and more about how food is raised.
  51. 51. How? • Facebook, Blog,Twitter,YouTube • Demonstrations, talks, being in the communities they want to share with. 51Wednesday, September 4, 13
  52. 52. http://realfarmwivesofamerica.com/ 52Wednesday, September 4, 13 The Real Farmwives of America and Friends offers a glimpse inside the world of growing up and living on the family farm. These women are farm girls, farmwives, moms, daughters, and aunts. They are friends that have the bond of the farm among other things.
  53. 53. Why? • “The Real Farmwives of America and Friends offers a glimpse inside the world of growing up and living on the family farm.” 53Wednesday, September 4, 13 They use digital platforms to help extend the conversations around farm and food.
  54. 54. How? • Blog, Facebook,Twitter, Google+ • Network of bloggers • Out and about speaking with various groups. 54Wednesday, September 4, 13 Their blogs tell you about their hectic & amazing lives on and off the farm. They represent dairy, pigs, and grain farms, with a goal of helping people understand more about the food they eat and where it comes from.
  55. 55. http://www.fooddialogues.com/ 55Wednesday, September 4, 13 U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) consists of more than 80 farmer – and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners representing virtually all aspects of agriculture. They were formed to engage in a dialogue with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised.
  56. 56. Why? • Working to engage in dialogue with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised. 56Wednesday, September 4, 13
  57. 57. How? • Website,Twitter, Google+,YouTube, Facebook • Multi-location events with experts on panels, promotional activities at major conferences across the country. 57Wednesday, September 4, 13
  58. 58. 58Wednesday, September 4, 13
  59. 59. Some examples 59Wednesday, September 4, 13 How do you find farmers and producers on digital communities? Where are they?
  60. 60. Tools http://hashtagify.me/ Hashtagify https://gephi.org/ Gephi: Open GraphViz Platform Look for relationships SocialBro http://www.socialbro.com 60Wednesday, September 4, 13 These tool examples allow you to search for a Twitter hashtag or users. Example: Hashtagify sees who are top users of a tag. Other tools like SocalBro and Gephi can be used to organize social media information on people and discover connections. This connection information can be used to help steer decisions on outreach, blog topics, and events.
  61. 61. Search networks 61Wednesday, September 4, 13 Another approach is to use the search tools of the various social media channels to find and listen to farmers and ranchers.
  62. 62. Arlan is on these lists Senior Market Analyst for Water Street Solutions. Former Grain Market Analyst for Farm Futures. Views are my own. Tweets intended for information only. Arlan subscribes to these Find interesting people 62Wednesday, September 4, 13 Find interesting people and follow where they participate and hang out. Build lists of people as you travel through discovery. Have a way to capture and organize information (Twitter lists, Highrise, MailChimp, etc). Make your lists of connectors. (next slide now)
  63. 63. Arlan is on these lists Senior Market Analyst for Water Street Solutions. Former Grain Market Analyst for Farm Futures. Views are my own. Tweets intended for information only. Arlan subscribes to these Find interesting people 63Wednesday, September 4, 13 This example shows Arlan Suderman of Water Street Solutions. He tweets about the crop markets and follows a few twitter lists. Look at those lists to see who else might be of interest. Also, Arlan is listed on other people’s lists, which may contain some contacts of interest to you.
  64. 64. Listen to your existing audience! 64Wednesday, September 4, 13 Another approach is to use your already existing base of supporters, audience, and fans. They don’t need convincing. They can help you learn more about your ecosystem. Cultivate these people. (next slide now)
  65. 65. Listen to your existing audience! 65Wednesday, September 4, 13 This slides shows the Truffle Media Networks audience on a couple of email updates sent using MailChimp. I can use the audience’s attention (using clicks as a proxy) to guide what is and is not of interest.
  66. 66. Why? • Your current audience already believe in you at some level. • The data is easy to obtain once you have setup the services. • You get a history of action and re-action. 66Wednesday, September 4, 13
  67. 67. How? • Utilize services like Google Analytics, your email service provider, or survey service. • Regularly ask your existing audience questions and see how they respond. • Use the data to understand actions. 67Wednesday, September 4, 13
  68. 68. Why? All the prior engagements had a why. It is important to have a reason why plus a measurable component to understand how that engagement is progressing. This measurement provides objective information on which to act. What is your Why? and how are you going to measure it? 68Wednesday, September 4, 13 All these uses of social media in agriculture had a why. It is important to have a reason why plus a measurable component to understand how that engagement is progressing. This measurement provides objective information on which to act. What is your Why? And how are you going to measure it?
  69. 69. Write down as many things as you can: What are the things you take for granted about agriculture and media today. 69Wednesday, September 4, 13 If you can, please share one of your items you listed in the chat area. Look at those things you take for granted about agriculture and media. What do they say about your approach to media and what one thing can you tackle to change the assumption?
  70. 70. Truffle Media Questions? 70Wednesday, September 4, 13 Questions? Please type you questions in the chat area on the webinar.
  71. 71. 71Wednesday, September 4, 13 And if you still wonder what social media is, this “Social Media Explained via Donuts” can help.
  72. 72. Contact Information info@TruffleMedia.com @TruffleMedia TruffleMedia.com/Facebook (877) 558-7833 TruffleMedia.com 72Wednesday, September 4, 13 Contact Truffle via Phone: (877) 558-7833, Twitter: @TruffleMedia, Facebook: TruffleMedia.com/Facebook, and web: TruffleMedia.com.
  73. 73. Truffle Media Ned Arthur, Director of Sales and Content Development John Blue, Chief of Community Creation 73Wednesday, September 4, 13 Close on Truffle team.
  74. 74. Thanks to the Extension team running the Animal Care Wednesday Webinars for the opportunity to provide you information you can use. 74Wednesday, September 4, 13 Thanks to the Extension team running the Animal Care Wednesday Webinars for the opportunity to provide you information you can use.

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