Traffic - we all want it and we all need it to gain exposure for business. But, how do you gain much needed traffic is the question. There are plenty of different marketing routes that showpig producers take. However, one tried and true method to ensure that you’re getting traffic on one of the most important days in your business, sale day, is to host your sale with a reputable online platform that has established a following and massive online traffic.
At Showpig.com we closely monitor the traffic that our sale site creates, in the month of June we saw increases across the board on number of auctions we hosted, total items with bids and the average winning bid dollar amount in comparison to 2014.
The two charted stats that had the largest increase were total page views and total unique IP addresses. Total page views increased from 1,269,972 (2014) to 1,565,604 (2015) which was a 23% increase. Total unique IP addresses increased from 35,089 (2014) to 42,329 (2015) which was a 21% increase.
What's that mean exactly? Unique IP addresses, there were 7,240 more devices who visited showpig.com and they viewed 295,632 more pages than they did last year.
Although online web traffic can seem like a boring subject, it's essentially critical to your sale's success and exposure to your business. We suggest that you inquire with your sale provider and take into consideration the website traffic when choosing who to host your sale events with.
As a seasoned stock show dad and well-traveled auctioneer, Kevin Wendt, CEO of The Wendt Group corporation, has done his homework on the hot spots to grab a bite to eat over the years. And yes...we're going to share his culinary finds with you!
If you're attending the National Junior Summer Spectacular you might run into Kevin at one of the establishments listed below....
Showpig.com and The Pig Planet are pleased to co-host our first jackpot show! With over $50,000 in prize money up for grabs we are going all in. Check out the details below and mark your calendars for June 28th in Springfield, Illinois.
LOCATION: Springfield, Illinois - Illinois State Fairgrounds - following the Team Purebred National Junior Show & CPS Summer Type Conference...
We're excited to kick off our breeder bio series! Check back regularly for some fun insights on Showpig.com client operations.
Coulson Show Pigs (CSP), in Warwick, Oklahoma has been in business for 33 years. Fred Coulson, Monty Coulson, Evan Green have taken equal stock and partnership in making CSP a success.
"Fred (my Grandpa) started out raising showpigs for his sons and eventually grandchildren to show but it turned into something much bigger. We still aren't a big operation, we'll breed 30 this spring, but the quality of our sow herd is pretty important. No matter what they cost or who they come from, they must generate or they don't make it long here. We are really proud of the sows we have in Warwick," says Green.
We closed out a great month of sales on Showpig.com in March. Check out a few of the interesting statistics below!
Total Number of Auctions: 212
Total Items Sold: 3810/4623 (82% sale rate)
Average winning bid: $929
Total page views: 4,083,137
Total participating bidders: 6970
Brandon Stickler is sixteen year old, and currently, he is a sophomore at Pleasant Plains High School in Pleasant Plains, Illinois. Aside from traveling the country showing pigs, he loves to hunt and be outdoors. However, showing pigs and being around livestock is his passion! Brandon has been showing pigs for nine years now and has been a National Junior Swine Association Member for seven years. Following high school, he plans to further his education at either Oklahoma State University or Iowa State University. With a passion and love for the swine industry in mind, Brandon plans on doing a double major in Animal Science and Agriculture Business. He is astatic to have a second opportunity to go to West Virginia as part of The All-Star Intern Team and truly looks forward to camp this summer!...
Yimmi Fontenot is a seventeen year old, junior at Lacassine High School in Louisiana. Yimmi serves as her FFA Chapter’s President along with being her States Area III Region President. She lives on her family farm where she helps with their small show pig operation with approximately twelve sows and their cow/calf operation with 500 cows. Yimmi enjoys showing and judging livestock, competing in 4-H and FFA contests, and spending time with friends and family. After high school, she hopes to be on a collegiate livestock judging team and graduate with an Animal Science Degree.
It's already the third week of January. For many pig farmers, this means farrowing season and for some lucky show kids it is time for the National Western Stock Show! Held in Denver, Colorado National Western is one of the largest and most competitive shows of the year, so where did this great show start?
October has just ended, and this means another Pork Month is ending as well. So why is Pork Month so important? It’s a great way to celebrate pork as well as share the producer story with consumers. Less than 2% of the United State’s population is involved in agriculture, so there are quite a few people who are unaware of what happens on the farm. Social media is becoming more and more popular each day, so why not combine social media and farm stories?...
"Mom! Mom!! Take Tessa and my picture with us and our trophies!" One of these girls won the Grand Champion Market Hog at the 2014 Tuscarawas County Fair. The other was Reserve Grand Champion. Can you tell who is who? I can't. The county program holds a decent sized contest with 300+ head of market hogs that showed that day. Regardless of the high competition for these youngsters, these two were both just thrilled (and SO adorable) to stand beside her friend at the end of the day....
The Ohio State University Livestock Judging Team won the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) Collegiate Livestock Judging contest on Oct. 4, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Exposition Center in Harrisburg, Penn. The win is the third in a row for OSU at KILE, which is a first for the school.
Or 17 for that matter? Well, if your names are Jared & Lincoln Hart, you are getting ready to host your first online sale on your own. Yes, that’s right: two teenagers are running their own online sale, footing the bill for all of the expenses, and doing all of the marketing themselves. The Hart boys, from Pikeville, Tennessee have been involved in the livestock industry their whole, lives but five years ago, they started raising showpigs to show and sell to other families. While the boys have grown up showing Hereford cattle across the country, they both really enjoy showing pigs and have the banners to prove it!
This past spring, the Showpig.com All-Star Team was created to allow young people the opportunity to learn more about leadership, community service, and swine. In June, twenty-seven swine enthusiasts were selected to attend our four day camp in Romney, West Virginia. We watched students from across the nation come together to learn, brainstorm and problem solve about the swine industry. It reminded us how grateful we are to be blessed with a next generation who were taught to work hard to achieve any task that lies ahead.
As we left camp, we realized how much a team of agriculture students who are passionate and dedicated could achieve. As a result, we have created a blog where we offer the chance for the voices of these amazing young people to be heard. We could not be more excited to present this new opportunity that will allow you to read about their dreams and goals for the industry. You’ll have the chance to meet some of the past All-Star Team Members and the Interns who will be planning next year’s camp. We will post their opinions about challenges facing our industry today, as well as offer opportunities for them to ask questions and continue to learn more about the industry we all love. Our goal is to make this a place where youth have the chance to be heard, and I think you will quickly discover how impressive our future leaders of the industry truly are! If you would like to stay connected with the blog, go to Facebook and like the Showpig.com All-Star Team’s page. Think you may know a student who would be interested in writing or reading the articles? Encourage them to follow the blog to see opportunities for their opinions to be heard! If you have any questions, feel free to call Kelsie Hinds at (330)-440-4014. Once again, we could not be more excited to host this blog and hope you will take advantage of it!...
The Ohio Pork Council is now accepting applications for Manager of Showpig Programs.
Responsibilities for this new, part-time, salaried position include working closely with the Ohio Pork Council’s Showpig Committee, developing and executing a complete spring/summer points circuit for junior swine exhibitors in Ohio, building relationships with potential sponsors and engaging individuals and organizations in various levels of support, and providing additional opportunities for leadership and personal development to youth engaged in exhibiting swine.
In August of 2012, with the farm truck loaded down, Mom and I rumbled the dully into Columbus, Ohio for my freshman move-in to The Ohio State University. I was not a stranger to Columbus thanks to the Ohio State Fairgrounds/Expo Center being located in this city. Regardless, I was still full of jitters when my feet hit the asphalt on campus. I could not see then, but I had just subjected myself to my biggest life change by taking my first steps of my collegiate experience. My name is Kaitlyn, and I am a Senior at The Ohio State University with a major in Agribusiness and Applied Economics, and a minor focus in Meat Science. I absolutely love agriculture. It is what built my past, pushes me forward in this present, and what my drive is for toward the future. I currently share a campus with students who go to class in jeans and boots, have Friday night front-porch-debates about agricultural issues, and share an equal disgust for the under-educated who want to force our food supply to be shifted out of the United States. Simply put, it is a comfort to be surrounded by people who share my passions and interests.