This week, Bridget builds on the research findings from focus groups with Gen X and Gen Y and discusses four marketing campaigns that put those findings in action. The campaigns are (1) Helping Your Garden Grow: We Guarantee It! (2) Grow Up Gardening, (3) We LOVE Where You Live, Too! and (4) How Does Your Garden Grow? These free marketing campaigns can be adapted by most retail operations and can help you better connect with Gen X and Gen Y.
Baby Boomers have been a key market segment for the Green Industry for decades. What do younger-aged potential customers think about horticulture, plants and gardening? This week, Bridget will discuss four key findings from online focus groups conducted a few years ago. Listen and learn a bit more about what the next generation of potential customers is thinking about our industry, both good and not-so-good. Next week, Bridget will discuss how to put these findings into action.
Bridget’s guest on the podcast this week is Debbie Hamrick, Director of Specialty Crops at the North Carolina Farm Bureau. Debbie and Bridget both serve on the Economic Committee for the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture. They will discuss the info-graphics designed by Jennifer Gray (AmericanHort) for the committee and how anyone growing or marketing plants should be using these awesome research-based info-graphics in their business. The info-graphics are based on the information Charlie Hall spoke about in Episode 3. Download the free info-graphics here.
This week, Bridget continues to discuss bee-friendly insect management strategies but combines them with consumer perceptions of other eco-friendly practices. These include containers made from recycled materials, sustainably-sourced potting mixes or media, and recapturing/recycling irrigation water. Results from a 2015 study showed that the insect management strategies were slightly more important than other eco-practices. Yet, these finding should encourage businesses to be more transparent about the environmentally-friendly practices in which they are engaging.
Part of our industry’s connection to the environment is the food sources we provide for pollinators. With pollinator populations in decline, some colleagues and I wanted to understand what consumers were thinking about the use of neonicotonids. This week, I’ll discuss some findings from a recent consumer study where we investigated their knowledge of pest control terminology. The results show some accurate, and inaccurate, consumer perceptions about the industry’s use of neonicotonids.
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Pollinator friendly insect management practices are a “hot topic” in the horticulture industry today. How do consumers feel about the promotion of pollinator friendly plants and do they pay any attention to the signs and displays? My guest this week is colleague and friend Dr. Hayk Khachatryan from the University of Florida. Hayk and I will talk about our recent article on consumer perceptions of pollinator friendly plants published in the journal Sustainability (link to article). Are some consumers willing to pay more for pollinator friendly plants? Listen and find out!
Dr. Ariana Torres from Purdue University is my guest this week. She and I will discuss her best practices recommendations for using social media. Many horticultural firms are using social media to communicate with customers. This podcast might give you some additional insight as to how to make your social media more effective.
Plants have many benefits, but we rarely talk about them or communicate them in our marketing efforts. Why? Most marketers don’t realize that people buy benefits (what the product does for them) not features (what the product is or how it can be described). Charlie and Bridget discuss Charlie’s article in the Journal of Environmental Horticulture outlining the environmental, economic, and ecosystem services benefits of plants.
Branding has been prevalent in many industries, but is only a few decades old in horticulture. Recent research showed that younger horticultural consumers had greater brand awareness and were more likely to buy branded products. In this podcast, Bridget will share some insight about branding herbs and vegetables for consumers of all ages.