Blog

February 12, 2020
Shana Gardner, Operations
You did it! You rocked that sales call, trade show, or event, and you made some absolutely fabulous connections. Now you’re back in your office, and it’s up to you to turn those connections into relationships, but follow-up becomes daunting as you approach it. Where do you start? The Maple Ridge Farms sales team has seven tips to help you conquer that follow-up peak!
January 30, 2020
Jacob Bolanda, Sales
As someone who has never been to Las Vegas, has had very little experience traveling for business, and is still learning proper “social cues” I was excited and nervous for the opportunities to meet people I had previously only known through phone calls and emails at PPAI Las Vegas. I was truly ecstatic to showcase our product to people who have not known the Maple Ridge brand. I was grateful for the time I would have to bond and grow with my team as well as humbled to learn more about our industry. Overall, I didn’t know what to expect, but kept an open mind to others and their ideas—while hopefully maintaining a closed wallet. Here are my takeaways from a “First Timer” experience.
January 16, 2020
Stephanie Bishop, Contributor
Branding is an intangible but powerful technique to launch and promote the sales, growth and awareness of every product and service imaginable. Your branding communicates the identity of your business to consumers, most often in whimsical, entertaining ways. It isn’t however by accident. Successful marketing and execution is a strategy – methodology that takes thought, planning, investigation and investment. Every business strives to become well known, establish itself as a household name, a brand that can be trusted, and the go-to answer, but the journey takes some preparation.
January 1, 2020
Maple Ridge Farms Team
A new year feels like a fresh start. The ball drops, and you have so many goals and dreams for the year ahead. Make 2020 your best year in business yet by focusing on these 3 key areas when you make your business resolutions. Happy New Year from all of us on the Farm!
December 17, 2019
Maple Ridge Farms Team
Our local news station WSAW, visited Maple Ridge Farms yesterday and did a news broadcast on how Maple Ridge employs more than 250 seasonal workers a year, recruiting mostly retired or those 65 and older for the season. Here is the blog that accompanied the newscast.
December 5, 2019
Molly Neises, Sales
I’ve heard it said that the most valuable lessons are not taught; they are experienced. And while we all strive to avoid those hard-learned lessons, it’s important to remember that often your best teacher is your last mistake.  Since most of us are knee-deep in the hectic holiday season, the rush is on and mistakes can sneak through a bit easier causing panic for both you and your customers.  That makes it the perfect time to reflect on how we can learn from these situations and come out both wiser and happier on the other end.
November 29, 2019
Shana Gardner, Operations
Every industry has its own version of “techspeak”, and the promotional products industry is no different.  Some terms are used frequently but may be unfamiliar to newcomers to the industry, while others are open to interpretation based upon context.  I’ve broken down some of the most common confusing terms below to help open the flow of communication between suppliers and distributors.
November 13, 2019
Maple Ridge Farms Team
The promotional products industry may be a big family, but it can seem overwhelming when you’re new. Everyone knows everyone except for you (or so it seems), and it’s awkward. It doesn’t have to be! We’ve put together a guide to help you find your tribe and flourish. 
October 17, 2019
Stephanie Bishop, Contributor
How we present a message or information is as important as the message or information itself. Our delivery has a significant impact on how it is received. We all aspire to effectively communicate but may not even be aware of how we are being perceived by others. Being conscious of what “other messages” we may be unknowingly emitting is something to be considered. How our communications are perceived can make an enormous difference in morale, providing a sense of employees and coworkers feeling acknowledged, valued, respected and achieving a desired action or goal.
October 3, 2019
Shana Gardner, Operations
Everyone knows about holiday stress—coordinating visits with family and friends, finding the perfect gifts for said friends and family, navigating crowds of shoppers who are also finding the perfect gifts for friends and family… But it’s easy to forget about holiday work stress, until you’re in the middle of it.  I've learned first-hand some things about handling holiday work stress that I’d like to share: