Surprise! What You May Not Know Maple Ridge Farms Offers

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We are the make it happen team! What this means is if you have a request, we will find a way to fill it!

 

 

We are widely known for our delicious gourmet food, but what many customers don’t realize is that we also offer specialty products such as gluten free items, kosher, healthy options and custom gifts that pretty much cover whatever you envision. One of our key principals is that we are the make it happen team!” What this means is if you have a request, we will find a way to fill it!

The Benefits of Early Holiday Orders

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Early orders can save you money and time, and increase your gift options.

It’s that time again!  With autumn quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about holiday orders.

“What?” your client says.  “But it’s only September!  We’ve got three months to go!”

“Ah, yes,” you reply, “but there is no better time than now to start ordering your holiday gifts!”

Here are a few reasons why:

Don’t Count Out the Catalog!

MagazinesA powerful tool in your selling arsenal is catalogs.  According to the Direct Marketing Association, roughly 12.5 billion catalogs are printed and mailed each year in the retail sector.  They are an integral part of any marketing campaign—not just for direct-sellers, but also for promotional products!

Don Edwards, a veteran distributor with 50 years of experience in the promotional products industry and $75,000 in food gift sales annually, practices the “three-foot rule”: when he is within three feet of a client, he provides them with a Maple Ridge Farms catalog.  This doesn’t apply only to food gifts, of course—if you feel that a particular supplier or type or product would suit your client well, be sure to get that catalog into their hands.

Here’s why it’s to your advantage to include catalogs in your marketing plan:

Webinars to Help You Sell Food Gift Programs

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These free webinars are a great way to learn new strategies for selling food gift programs.

Maple Ridge Farms is once again offering webinars to help you prepare for the upcoming holiday season.  These free webinars are a great way to learn new strategies for selling food gifts for the holidays! All webinars are offered live at 11:00 CDT. In short 30 minute sessions you will learn a wealth of information on how to profit from the estimated five billion dollar food gift industry. If you can’t attend, you can always catch an “on demand” version at your convenience .     

Changes in the Pipeline from UPS

UPS charges will now be based on the larger of either the dimensional weight or the actual weight.

UPS has announced a change in the way they are billing Ground, as well as Standard to Canada. Effective December 29, 2014: all packages will be charged based on the larger of either the dimensional weight or the actual weight. Dimensional weight enables them to more appropriately align rates with costs, which are influenced by both the size and weight of packages.

Marketing Tools at Your Finger Tips

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Website marketing tools help you easily convey information about Maple Ridge Farms gifts to your clients.

Have you had a chance to visit the newly upgraded Maple Ridge Farms website? In addition to exciting new products we have added some marketing tools to help you easily convey information about Maple Ridge Farms gifts to your clients. On each product page is an action box where you have the option to share to social networking sites, email, print, check out art requirements, and instantaneously create a virtual sample. Here’s how easy it is!

The New Stars of 2014: Spotlight on New Products

2014 Catalog CoverEvery year, we take a look at our line and ask ourselves: what could we do to make this even better?  We look at feedback from distributors and their clients, massing together the information from sales, phone calls, emails and tradeshow conversations.  We take a look at what’s out there, and strive for unique new gifts to provide a wide range of options to our customers.

This year, we’ve heard the overwhelming request and brought in many new, unique packaging options!

National Dairy Month

June is National Dairy Month.

June is National Dairy Month.

Americans love cheese!  In 1970, the average American consumed 8 pounds of cheese annually.  That number has nearly tripled as the average person now consumes 23 pounds of cheese every year.

Many of our favorite foods have something in common… cheese!  What makes a hamburger taste better?  Cheese!  What tastes better than french fries?  Cheese fries do!  What do you call a pizza without cheese?  Well, it’s still a pizza, but we don’t think it would taste quite as good.

Good Orders Gone Bad: Conflict Resolution and You

Although we all do our best to make sure that every order goes smoothly, there are inevitably hiccups.  Perhaps it’s a miscommunication about an in-hands date that results in product arriving too late for an event.  Perhaps it’s a quality control concern.  Perhaps it’s damage caused in transit.  There are countless ways something can go wrong despite everyone’s best efforts, and how you handle those situations can make or break your relationships—not only with that client, but with other current and future clients.

No one likes to deal with conflict, but there are a few things to keep in mind that may help make the resolution swifter and more satisfying:

How to Multichannel Market

Maple Ridge Farms offers customized printed materials for distributors with their contact info and logos.

Maple Ridge Farms offers customized printed materials for distributors with their contact info and logos.

It is important to reach out to people, in many different ways, to stay top of mind. Perhaps your customers spend a lot of time on social media sites. Maybe they meticulously open and inspect all email. Some people love the daily ritual of visiting the postal mail box. Many shop exclusively on the internet, others love to sit down with a cup of coffee and peruse a catalog. You get the picture! The key is to reach your customers where they are, and as often as possible.

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