AdFarm has been a member of CAMA’s Alberta chapter since its inception. Proud of their longstanding membership and supporter of the organization, AdFarm signed on to the National Sustaining Partner Program as soon as the new program was announced.
“As a company, we’ve enjoyed the benefits of a CAMA membership – from networking and personal skill development, to profiling our client work and even recruiting,” says Ben Graham, President, AdFarm. “And now we’ve signed on to help ensure the progression of CAMA, with a goal to increase the effectiveness of the organization, members and affiliated ndustry organizations.”
The only professional organization dedicated to the Canadian agri-marketing and food industry, CAMA is well known for its professional development opportunities, networking and leadership. The new National Sustaining Partner Program will help CAMA raise the bar on programs and activities to drive the industry.
“CAMA has an opportunity to truly be a leader in enhancing and progressing the quality of people, and subsequently the work in the ag and food communications field. There is a need in many provinces for leadership and career enhancement, and CAMA can fill that need,” says Graham.
A highlight for many members is the Best of CAMA. Graham believes such a unique event offer members the opportunity to view and gauge the quality of work within the industry. The annual event also offers members a platform to profile their work and network to build valuable relationships. “A membership in CAMA has endless opportunities, I know it has certainly been a benefit to AdFarm,” he says.
For as long as anyone can remember, Glacier FarmMedia has been involved in CAMA. From serving as board members of local chapters and at the national level, to hosting and attending events, the Glacier FarmMedia team is committed to the organization. And now, Glacier FarmMedia has signed on as a National Sustaining Partner to ensure CAMA can continue programming and industry leadership.
“Thank you to the CAMA national board members and Mary Thornley for inviting us to be a founding member. As Glacier FarmMedia continues to evolve to serve the needs of Canadian farmers, we’re honoured to be a partner and supporter of the important work you are doing for agri-marketing in Canada,” says Bob Willcox, President, Glacier FarmMedia.
Professional development and sharing industry knowledge top the list of AGI’s reasons for joining CAMA in 2019. It didn’t take long for AGI to recognize the value CAMA offers to members and the agri-marketing industry, so, when CAMA announced the new National Sustaining Partner Program, AGI quickly signed on.
“This partnership is an opportunity for AGI to be part of the conversation about what modern ag marketing looks like,” says Michael Morreale, AGI’s Marketing Manager. “By participating and contributing to CAMA’s industry events we are able to demonstrate our leadership while learning from our peers.”
A Canadian-founded company, AGI holds CAMA memberships in Manitoba and Ontario chapters. “We believe culture is everything. With collaboration and curiosity as two of our core corporate values, we are always challenging ourselves to find new ways to support our employees and the sector as a whole,” says Morreale. And a partnership with CAMA aligns nicely with AGI’s values. As CAMA members, AGI demonstrates their corporate goals through their participation at professional development events, recently presenting a CAMA webinar about the customer experience journey through Covid-19 where the company shared how the pandemic had changed the way they conducted business.
Morreale notes networking opportunities with fellow Canadian agri-marketers, access to educational sessions and peer-education social events with industry representatives as some of the greatest benefits of a CAMA membership.
“We are a dynamic ag-focused company with deep roots in the Prairies, and we look forward to sharing and learning from each other through CAMA,” says Morreale.
Over the years, the RealAg team have immersed themselves in every CAMA opportunity, realizing the value and benefits of membership in such an industry-focused community of agri-marketers. So, when CAMA put out the call to join the new National Sustaining Partner program, it was an easy decision for RealAgriculture to sign on.
It’s easy to partner with an organization that aligns with your company’s values and motivates the industry. That was the response from Bayer Crop Science, when they signed on to become CAMA’s first National Sustaining Partner.
In agriculture media, programmatic advertising has been emerging at a rapid rate. The digital journey of a farmer is not limited to only agriculture media. Farmers browse the web in the same way as the average consumer, visiting multiple websites a day and consuming content across a variety of categories.
A farmer is leaving a trail of behaviour and preferences that programmatic companies can then store, enhancing its learning on that customer. Next, they place that customer into a pool where they can be targeted, not only on their interests, but also on the crops they are invested in.
The business of agriculture is much, much bigger than its stereotypes and is rapidly expanding beyond those expected fence posts. Some of the greatest advances in technology are happening in the agricultural business, and agri-marketing is at the forefront of telling this story. On Tuesday, February 9, a panel of marketing experts shared their stories and insights about the importance and evolution of Agri-Marketing.
For decades, tradeshows have been a go-to staple for agrimarketers around the world. Even in recent years, where the costs of participating in and standing out at tradeshows have made it increasingly difficult to generate positive ROI, agrimarketers have still treated these events as annual “must-haves”. That said, given the restrictions COVID has placed on attending in-person events, agrimarketers have started to question the value of virtual tradeshow alternatives. Many have decided to abandon these shows altogether in favor of immediate cost savings resulting in the cancellation of a large number of these annual events, mainly due to an overall lack of exhibitors willing to participate.
Welcome to our newest Cambassador!
It’s tough to find someone in the Canadian agriculture marketing biz who doesn’t know Lillie Ann Morris. Born in the USA, Kentucky farm girl Lillie Ann has had a long-standing impact on agriculture north of the border, holding advertising sales positions with Public Press (owned by United Grain Growers at the time to rep Country Guide and Canadian Cattlemen), Top Crop Manager, and Farm Business Communications (where she is currently an ad sales consultant for Country Guide, Farmtario and Le Bulletin des agriculteurs). Lillie Ann proudly calls Ontario home and is well known for her relentless drive to build relationships with key players across the entire Canadian agricultural scene, especially organizations that favour care of the soil.
After 20+ years of conducting business in the digital era, we are starting to reach an age of maturity when it comes to our digital ecosystems. Gone are the days where simply existing on social media or having a website was sufficient. Instead, customers are expecting more out of their online interactions with brands.