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Choosing a social media platform to promote your farm

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As of July 2020, Facebook has 2.6 billion active users. YouTube has 2 billion, Instagram has 1.8 billion, and TikTok has 800 million, totaling to 7.2 billion active users every day. That’s 80 times more active social media users every day across those platforms than there are acres of soybeans planted in the United States each year.

Using these social media platforms can drive customers to your agricultural business. You just have to know what platform to use and how to use it.

Before you put your agricultural enterprise online, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Will I actually use this platform regularly?
  2. Who is my audience? Who am I talking to (saying “everyone” is not an answer here)?
  3. What am I trying to say?

If you have answers to all of these questions, you have a good start.

Once you have those answers, understanding the differences between the platforms is important. That plays into who you’re talking to and what you’re trying to say. The general breakdown looks like this:

In addition to what I’ve shared above, here are examples of popular and successful accounts on each platform:

Look at Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Young’s is a family dairy farm with all the trappings of a classic agritourism location, including its own brand of ice cream. It’s loved by locals and has visitors from all over the country come every year. On Facebook, the farm has 104,000 likes and plenty of loyal fans, which contribute to its popularity. Consistent and frequent posts of what’s happening at the farm, personal family moments, customers in action, employees, and photos of their ice cream keep fans engaged.

A great example of an agricultural business on YouTube is Cole the Cornstar. Cole is a corn farmer from central Iowa. His videos are entertaining, vlog-style clips from his and his family’s daily life. He puts new, scientific-based practices to use, explains how farms work day-to-day, and exemplifies the polite and wholesome mid-westerner. This plays well into educating various different audiences about real-life grain farming in the Midwest. With 387,000 subscribers, he is well on his way to cornstardom.

One of my favorite social media agriculturalists is The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers in Great Falls, Montana. Providing a hand-made product in America is awesome but adding a family history of making and using wool products in vibrant colors and textures makes for an incredible visual appeal. Her 41.8 thousand followers on Instagram would agree. The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers is an excellent example of taking the family business to a new level.

TikTok is one of the newest and most popular apps on the market right now. Someone who is taking full advantage of that to educate the young(er)(est) generation right now is Lacie Evans in Ohio. She has a small herd of mixed breed ex-show heifers and is using them as an educational tool on her TikTok account, @laciemevans, with a follower count of 562.4 thousand, a good amount of whom are actively involved in her cows’ lives, even naming one. Lacie answers questions from her followers to create an informative account for people who are not exposed to agriculture in their everyday life.

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I do go into accents often, idk why man 🤷🏼‍♀️ ##FitCheck ##SmallBite ##farmerlacie ##heiferherd

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So if you want to promote your farm on social media, do your research about your customers, stay genuinely yourself, know where you should be and who you should be talking to, and see what some others are doing. Most importantly, have some fun with it and don’t be afraid to try new things. You may even end up liking TikTok.

 

Jessy Woodworth is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she studied agricultural communication and animal sciences.

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