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May 26, 2022
Maple Ridge Farms Team
As a small business owner, you wear many hats, from sales and marketing to customer service and accounting. You get so much done in a day, but you’re always scrambling from one task to the next. How are you supposed to work on your business when you’re so busy working in your business? One way to maximize your productivity and streamline your time is to use the best tools and resources available. It may take some trial and error, but finding tools that work for you will help you manage your to-do list when you don’t have anyone to delegate to. We’re sharing some of our favorite tools, so check them out and let us know what you think!
April 19, 2022
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
Did you know that Maple Ridge Farms is your individual drop ship expert for gourmet gifting? Partnering with us on drop shipping projects makes you a superhero with myriad powers to save the day—not to mention time, money, and more. Read on to discover some of the awesome capabilities individual drop shipping has to offer!
February 7, 2022
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we know chocolate is on your mind (just like ours), but chocolate is more than just a sweet treat—it can be transcendent. We don't just claim that; we have evidence to prove it! That transcendent aspect is what we're going to explore using some of our gourmet chocolates, so be prepared for things to get a little steamy.
October 27, 2021
Molly Neises, MAS, Sales
It’s the word you’ve probably heard a thousand times over the last eighteen months… Kitting. Although a new concept for a lot of distributors and their buyers, it’s nothing new to the team here at Maple Ridge Farms.  We love when we get to explore really creative and unique ideas – often utilizing other promotional products sent to us to kit with our tasty treats. Let’s start with a fun case history of a project that really embraced holiday gift-giving in a way that celebrated the company’s culture.  Then we’ll share some tips and tricks to create custom kitted gourmet gifts!
August 12, 2021
Maple Ridge Farms Team
Wellness programs have become commonplace in corporate America, but they tend to have the same goal: weight loss. While that can be beneficial, don’t neglect other areas of your employees’ health and wellness that are just as important. Keep these tips in mind as you plan your wellness program or relaunch it with new goals.
July 15, 2021
Isaac Buttke, Contributor
In this day and age, nearly everything in marketing is done electronically. Email is the go-to method for corresponding with co-workers and clients. Search engine optimization helps companies jockey for prime position on search engine results pages. Social media has ingrained itself not only as a marketing tool but also as a leisure activity for anyone with 15 minutes or less to kill. Yet even with all this technology embedded within our lives, a different marketing channel continues to thrive: direct mail.
Getting Good Shots without a Professional Photographer
June 10, 2021
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
Have you ever needed a product shot to send to a client?  Maybe you have the perfect item in your showroom for a project and want to send them a photo of it.  Maybe you received a sample and would like to give them a preview before presenting the sample itself.  Maybe you just want a photo for your or your client's records.  There are plenty of reasons to need a product shot that don't require a professional photographer, but that doesn't mean you need to compromise on quality!  Even mobile phone shots can be brought to the next level by keeping a few simple things in mind.
April 22, 2021
Maple Ridge Farms Team
What does your brand stand for? People want more from companies today than just products and services. They want to buy from organizations who reflect their values, so they can help make a difference in the world. Developing brand values is essential to succeeding in business and can help you connect on a deeper level with your customers.
March 11, 2021
Mikelti Metropulos, Sales
Over the last year, our world has changed drastically. Instead of going into the office every day, people are working from home. Events and meetings alike are getting canceled, including lunch, dinner, and coffee meetings.  Many people are itching to get back to face-to-face meetings, while the others are comfortable in all-virtual meetings. However, face-to-face meetings, in some form, are here to stay. As beneficial as using the virtual world has become this past year, there is simply no replacement for meeting in person for that connection you can only create in a face-to-face environment.  However, coffee meetings are still important, whether it is meeting over a video app like Zoom or Skype, or across a table!
February 25, 2021
Isaac Buttke, Contributor
It’s no secret that social media is an integral part of any marketing strategy; however, actually developing and executing a social media strategy can be a daunting task. Never fear: we’ve got a few tips to help make social media marketing easier this year.

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