NEAFP Note: A Little Thank You & The Importance of being Mobile Friendly
September 2016
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A Little Thank You

The dust hasn't quite yet settled from the end of our recent Stock Up Sale as we continue to get the last few orders out the door and on their way to you. We asked you to make us sweat and you certainly did. I'm sure we've all lost a few pounds during our busiest (& hottest) month in NEAFP's 19 year history. When all is said and done, we will have shipped just under 10,000 lbs of finished product spanning over 300 shipments. During this same period we've also sorted, baled, and shipped out approximately 7,200 lbs of U.S. grown alpaca fiber.

We are truly humbled by your staggering response to this year's stock up sale. The growth in fiber coming in and product going out during this time period is a testament to how hard alpaca farms have been working on the ground floor to educate their communities about the animals, the fiber, and the great finished products made from it. You've been beating the street for years, and the growth of your individual businesses is a direct result of your time and effort.

As a small token of appreciation to all the farms who are out there beating the pavement each and every week, for the rest of 2016, NEAFP will be offering Free Ground Shipping on all orders over $1500.

It's our way of saying Thank You to the farms out there hustling to make their businesses thrive. We appreciate you.

The Importance of being Mobile Friendly

By Brianna Paon
Would you like to know a wild fact? Studies show that 91% of people keep their phone within three feet of themselves 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year—pretty crazy, but not surprising. It is 2016, which, in comparison to ten years ago, is a time where many if not most people practically live on their phones. When they are trying to use the Internet, they do so on their mobile devices 9 out of 10 times. Just about anything you need to know can be found right at your fingertips now. This is why it is so unbelievably important for businesses, especially small businesses, to be on board with making their website, online stores, and overall content mobile friendly. The thought may seemingly be overwhelming considering how technology is evolving faster than businesses can keep up, but making a mobile-friendly website compatible with all platforms is simpler than you think. A mobile friendly web presence will prove to be beneficial for generating revenue as well as attracting new customers to your physical and online farm stores.

It is no doubt that you have put in a great deal of time and effort to make your business the best that it can be—but if you are skipping out on making the face of your business readily available to mobile devices, you could be turning down a whole lot of potential business. An additional research study shows that 79% of people who don’t like what they find on one site will go back and search for another site. How unfortunate is it to lose out on business to other competition simply due to somebody’s 30-second-long, poor browsing experience? Recently, Google and other major search engines have begun prioritizing search results by how mobile friendly the web pages are. As more people access the web more of the time using a mobile device, it's important to keep your business on their radar by catering to this growing trend.

Fortunately, there are multiple website-building platforms that are both inexpensive and easy to use. Many of you may already be utilizing one of these platforms, but ones we have found to be the overall best are Squarespace, Wix, Shopify and Weebly. While Weebly is known to be extremely user friendly and flexible, Squarespace allows more importing and exporting of blog content from other social media platforms to help tie all of your data together in one place. Shopify is very simple and clean and allows up to 70 different payment methods (wow!) where Wix has some great features with very cool integration's as well. Each platform has overlapping settings with one another, yet all have unique features of their own. Your decision in choosing a website-building platform should depend on your volume, your staff, your target market and whichever is easier for you to navigate through. The easier it is for you to navigate through your site, the easier it will most likely be for your customers too. In addition, all of these platforms include some beautiful design templates that you have the option of picking, making it easier for you to choose an appropriate theme for displaying your farm store.

While you want your website to showcase your products with aesthetic appeal, its main priorities should revolve around customer convenience and saving time. Even a tiny chunk of time is crucial to many people in this day and age, and any second that is hassle-free is lastingly beneficial. As you can tell, there are a multitude of advantages to making your website a mobile-friendly platform, and if you haven’t hopped on board with it yet, there is no better day to get started than today. It will not be too long until you are wondering how your business ever managed without it!

Already have an online farm store? NEAFP wants to hear about it so please take 2 minutes and fill out our brief survey.

We will be compiling the data and using the info in Part 2 of our Mobile Friendly Farm Store Article!

Take the Farm Store Survey!
In case you missed our last business article: Increasing Your Holiday Sales this Season

NEAFP's launching a Farm Store Locator!

Each year NEAFP receives 1,000's of inquiries from people across the country looking for our finished products at the retail level. As a service provider to farms looking to profit from their fiber, we want to pass this retail business along to local farms!

We plan to launch the store locator this September and are now collecting registrations for farms and shops looking to be listed.
Register for the Store Locator!
In September's NEAFP Note

Events & Shows

Get your hands and eyes on our latest products + get your fiber to us for free!

Syracuse, NY
Oct. 21st - 23rd, 2016

PAOBA Breeder's Showcase
York, PA
Nov. 12th - 13th, 2016

Head to Fiber Collection Section
We've expanded our 2016 Alpaca Fiber Purchase program and so far this year we've purchased over 15,000 lbs of fiber from U.S. Farms!

Our Fiber Purchase program is going to stay open and continue to roll through the year.

Find out how you can take advantage of it!
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115 N. Seventh St.
Fall River, MA 02720

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