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Posted by DMA Solutions TeamJanuary 8, 2020 8:00 AM

Having just flipped the final page of another year spent working on behalf of fresh, our mindslike many of yoursturn towards the impending new chapter in our journey. What would we like to change this next year? What are we most proud of, and what ideas, goals, and aspirations most fuel our creative fires going into this fresh new decade? (And—fresh produce marketers, this one’s for you—how can we best plan ahead to ensure an incredible, low-stress Fresh Summit 2020 in Dallas?)

If we embrace the concept that “the beginning is the most important part of the work” (wise words courtesy of the OG philosopher Plato), it’s clear that the first quarter of the new year will be critical for determining the directionand successof your brand’s marketing in 2020. Whether you are looking to extend your brand’s present effective approach or you’ve decided it’s time to shake things up and take a leap into uncharted territory, here are some helpful resources to guide you along the way:

 

Planning and Strategy

As is extolled by every sport coach and English teacher in all four corners of the world (seriously, we checked!), it’s hard to deny that where you “fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.” If any industry is indicative of the truth of this adage, it’s marketing! From the logistics of launching promotions and email marketing...aaand also website, blog, social media, PR, creative design, copywriting, tradeshow prep, and more—plus approval processes—planning is essential.

 

Writing: Returning to Our Roots

If there is one marketing truth that will stand the tests of time, change, taxes, and technology (and even your mother-in-law’s opinion), it is that content is (still) king. At the end of the day, successful marketing messaging relies on 1.) knowing and connecting to your target audiences, and 2.) telling a kick-ass brand story that centers the experience, needs, and desires of your readers and viewers. Both of these require an elevated level of communication. Here are some good places to start if you’re looking to sharpen your skills:

 

Crafting Effective Brand Stories

Across backgrounds, country of origin, language, age, and even cultural values, there is one constant of the human experience that unites us: we all love a good story. Throughout history, stories have had the power to generate empathy, build alliances, bring communities together, teach us about our roots and help form our worldviews…*and,* when marketers successfully demonstrate how their products fit into people’s own narratives, stories have the power to sell products, too.

 

Up Your Google Game with Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

On that note, a word of advice: no matter how great your story is, and no matter how eloquent the narrative, it won’t have an impact if no one ever reads it. Here are some of our best tips for how to “get found” on Google:

 

A Website (and Blog) Worth Their While

Once people do happen fortuitously on your website, they need a reason to kick back and stay a whileand then hopefully, to return for more. Freshen up your digital footprint starting with these tips:

 

Email Marketing That Works

In this golden age of FaceTime and FaceTune (and seemingly as many Kardashians as there are emojis), it’s true that email is not our primary means of communication. However, the medium undeniably remains an effective marketing tool. Click below for a recap of the current state of email, as well as some tips for incorporating it into your strategy:

 

Social Media That Starts Conversations

There is significantly less debate, on the other hand, about whether or not social media is going the way of the Atari (meaning actually “a-way,” not just to that sad far corner of the nearest pawn shop). We’re (virtually) all on social media, but familiarity doesn’t make it any smarter for marketers to “go live” on a whim on Instagram without some solid strategy to stand on!

 

Visual Content: Photography and Videography for Fresh

As much as it is necessary for your marketing efforts to sound good, it’s important that they look good toobecause let’s face it, despite the conventional wisdom...we all still tend to judge the (e)book by its cover. Here’s more on how not to let your marketing schtick look like it “got beat by the ugly stick,” as everyone’s grandpa might say (if he ever got off dial-up and found internet fast enough to load images, anyway).

 

Public Relations That Protects and Promotes

Ah, PR. That valuable, necessary team tasked with conjuring up trade and consumer buzz, saving brands’ reputations when a sudden food safety recall rears its ugly prokaryotic noggin, and prepping all our C-suites for stellar interviews. We asked some fresh-focused public relations professionals what they wish all produce marketers knew about PR, and here are some of their answers:

 

Career/Fresh Produce Industry

All the above being said, there’s one last ingredient for wildly effective marketing, both in the new year and beyond. The “secret sauce” for success in every category listed above lies within the most valuable resource of every fresh produce company: the people you choose to execute the work on behalf of your brand.

As motivation for the new year, we’d like to leave you with this final (paraphrased) thought, a lovely bit of inspiration courtesy of author/producer/journalist—and just all-around phenom—Germany Kent:

“Never underestimate the power you have to take your [brand] in a new direction.”

 

Fresh produce marketers, no matter where you’re looking to take your brand in 2020, we wish you growth, vision, excitement, success, and fulfillment. And, as always, if you’re ever in need of a little support with your marketing, reach out to us—we’ve got your back, and we remain ever grateful to be on this journey together.

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