Client: Will & Ed Lacey. Dairy farmers producing award-winning Guernsey milk who started a thriving farm shop 6 years ago.
Projects: Website, Email for the business, photography & in-store signage, ongoing advice & mentoring.
Outcomes: Visual story-telling by way of illustrative photography and in-store signage to emphasize to shoppers that this is a real family farm and that the meat and dairy products they are buying are produced on the farm. The photography was a core part of their new website. Turnover in the farm shop is rising month on month as the hard-working team keeps standards high complemented by a strong presence on local social media (Facebook & Instagram) . The shop has also featured on local radio, local news press and even on BBC Countryfile. The farm is closely aligned with the local community and runs community focused events and participates in Open Farm Sunday.
We have enjoyed working with Ted and found his knowledge and advice of great benefit in developing our business. From running through ideas to developing them he is always been on hand to help out as and when we want.
Client: Caroline Morris and her family farm beef, pigs and sheep from their beautiful (Listed) farmhouse near Aylesbury. Caroline sells the meat through farmers markets, at the farm gate, and when restrictions allow at the Farm Breakfasts.
Project: Caroline had been sold a wordpress-based website with the promise that it was easily maintainable. It wasn't. Countryside marketing worked with a specialist partner to re-build the website on a new wordpress platform so that Caroline could update the website herself. We also helped her implement Mailchimp for email marketing and advised on roadside signage.
Outcomes: Caroline can now update the website easily herself, so that new events, recipes or farmers market dates can be added. Mailchimp allows her to regularly update her customer base and the numbers of recipients continues to rise. The roadside signage is driving more farm doorstep sales of beef, pork and lamb.
Ted really understood exactly what we were looking for and what our business needed right from the beginning, and has been a fantastic help with improving our online image and sales from the farm gate.
He helped oversee our new website and ensured that it really is simple to update ourselves, helping us keep costs down.
Ted is very easy to work with and his knowledge and experience was extremely helpful to us, we thoroughly recommend him.
Client: Kate Mason has run the award-winning Vale Training Services Ltd. since 2009. Most courses are run from their family farm near Aylesbury.
Projects: On-line booking of training courses for integration by the client into their existing website.
Outcomes: Although Kate had a website that described the various courses available, delegates were only able to book by phone or email. When delegates booked a course they often missed courses. Kate asked Countryside Marketing to find a solution that would automate the booking and delegate reminder process.
Having evaluated a number of alternatives, Corsizio was the chosen solution as it met the needs and was cost effective. Countryside marketing tested and implemented the solution. Delegates can now book online and receive automated joining instructions and reminders. Vale Training has integrated Corsizio within their existing website.
Having someone guide us through the process of hunting for a booking services for our business was amazing, and saved us a lot of time. Once Ted had found a solution we could just get on with the getting clients booked on to the courses.
Kimblewick Hunt - Bucks
Subscription - Track & Trace
Client: The Joint Masters of the Kimblewick Hunt
Project: Find a solution that would assist the Hunt Secretary to manage the Subscriptions and Membership of the Hunt. Manage Track & Trace for events regarding COVID.
Outcomes: Easily and quickly adopted by both the field and foot-followers. A secure system called MemberMojo has been adopted that includes a membership approval process. The Hunt Secretary, Field Secretaries and Mastership can see who is coming to any event and implement the correct controls. The solution can be used on both a PC and a Smartphone.
Countryside Marketing set up the system, provided step-by-step guidance to the membership (including a video-tutorial) and is providing on-going support and tweaking.
Comment from a similar organisation in Somerset: We have gone with a brilliant booking system called MemberMojo - Ted Howard-Jones is brilliantly efficient and set us up in a couple of days - we hunt four days a week and it has saved me literally hundreds of emails, couldn’t recommend more!
Client: Father and daughter team, Matthew and Emily Horton gained planning consent and LEADER funding for their Certificated Location (CL) site in 2018. They approached Countryside Marketing for advice on the layout and subsequent marketing of the site which was launched in 2019.
Project: Countryside Marketing advised Matthew and Emily through their start-up months and subsequently built a website and implemented the InnStyle Booking system for Goodleigh Hill.
Outcomes: This adult-only CL has quickly become a sought-after site by members of the Caravan and Motorhome Club. Members can book easily, are provided with excellent information about the site, on approach the roadside signage is very clear and the site itself, being within walking distance of the small town of Pershore, is very handy for motorhomes. Goodleigh Hill has many 5-star reviews and has high occupancy.
Ted brought a wealth of expertise and experience from operating his own site, Cholsey Grange CL, to help us establish Goodleigh Hill comprising site specifications and facilities, to our website, booking system and social media pages.
Not being caravanners or motorhomers ourselves, we benefited from Ted's advice in how to best equip our CL for guests.
This attention to detail has been key to our success since we opened in May 2019
Clients: The Septic Tank Store is based near Banbury and Oak Garden Machinery are based near Thame. Both businesses work in the rural economy to provide products and services.
Project: In both cases the companies needed assistance to implement or 'fine-tune' a Customer Relationship Management System; OnePage CRM and integrate it with Mailchimp for outbound email marketing.
Outcomes: Both companies now have a more efficient way of tracking their sales processes with prospects and customers. They can quickly email special offers to their customer lists.
Client: Mark Cooper is a farmer in Bedfordshire who specialises in providing exceptional quality hay, haylage and bedding to the equestrian market. Old Manor Farm has established itself as a trusted brand, particularly for the supply of hay suitable for laminitic horses and ponies.
Project: Mark was not happy with his old website which did not allow customers to place orders online for UK-wide delivery. He was seeking an up-to-date website that allowed customers to place orders online and calculate delivery charges.
Outcome: Countryside Marketing worked with Mark to define the brief and source a specialist supplier of transactional websites to the agricultural market. Mark now has a website that meets all his requirements at a reasonable cost.
Our website was getting rather tired and we struggled to keep it updated. Ted helped us build our new one which is so easy to update that even a fat fingered farmer like me finds it manageable! I would even go as far as saying that it was fun to do and now we add new content regularly. Thanks Ted!!
Ben Cannon, Partner at Hyde Hall Partnership
Simple websites, that don't involve transactions (the ability to buy good or services directly online) are easy to set up and edit using Google Sites. This platform is very secure, adapts to mobile users well and the editing can be shared. It's very easy to learn, but has some sophisticated features for those that need them.
Langley Farm Cottages - Saffron Walden
Website - Social Media - Marketing advice
Client : The Clark Family, award-winning arable farmers near Saffron Walden.
Project: Assist with a Marketing Plan, Online Booking Website, Social Media and Mentoring of three new holiday cottages built in the farmyard from a redundant farm building.
Outcome: Countryside Marketing visited the cottages whilst they were being rebuilt and advised on potential routes to market, marketing, branding, online booking options, photography and social media. We chose the Scrumpy website platform as is well-suited to this market. The beautifully presented and full furnished cottages with lovely countryside views have been fully booked since launch.
Ted has been a great pleasure to work with. He had a great in-depth knowledge of the countryside and leisure market and really gave us the confidence to kick start and structure the business.
Anyone with a family farm or country business looking at diversification projects, Ted is a must! We would highly recommend him and will certainly be looking to use him for future projects.
Blackbirds Farm - Hertfordshire
Clients: Alistair & Justine Pinkerton run a diversified farm in Hertfordshire.
Project: Alistair had one primary goal in mind, it wasn't to sell services, or contracting, but to help him find staff. He realized that prospective staff would want to see some information about the farm, his kit and the first place they'd look would be on the web.
Outcome: Ted worked with Justine to introduce her to the Google Sites and she both built and manages the website.
Thank you so much, we're both really pleased to finally have a smart looking website
Attracting the right staff to fill key roles was the primary reason for having a website.
Client: Tim Hopkin, the founder of The Land App, a digital mapping solution that is now being used by thousands of land manager and rural professionals across the UK
Project: Ted brought his sales skills to bear on this project, helping The Land App team to introduce the software to Land Agents across the UK. A telesales campaign complemented by frequent Webinars, attendance at trade shows, events and on-site meetings with some of the leading firms established The Land App as a credible alternative mapping system. Behind the scenes Ted implemented OnePage CRM to ensure all conversations were logged and sales performance was monitored.
Outcome: The Land App is now trusted by over 3,500 rural teams and professionals across the UK, including: national agents such as Savills and Strutt & Parker; landowners such as Goodwood and the Cowdray Estate; and government agencies like National Parks.
This is a growing group of 5-van caravan sites operating under the auspices of the Caravan & Motorhome Club. The aim of the group is to provide support and share best-practice to fellow owners. Countryside Marketing has built the website, membership database and publishes regular maps to the CL Booking Facebook group that now has over 10,000 caravan and motrohome owner as customers. CL Booking acts as a forum where site owners and caravan tourers can exchange details in order to find a pitch.