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Fighting against child labour [TARA's education center]

Fighting against child labour [TARA's education center]

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Surviving in a Delhi Slum [TARA Projects Micro Credit program]

Surviving in a Delhi Slum [TARA Projects Micro Credit program]

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Social Media and Fair Trade Industry Report

Social Media and Fair Trade Industry Report

We have surveyed 42 fair trade companies from 3 continents with the goal of understanding how they are using social media to grow and promote their businesses. Here is what you will discover in the full report (available in our shop): Top 10 objectives companies are trying to achieve with social media This section reveals all the major advantages marketers are achieving with their social media efforts. We have established a ranking according to their importance to the companies. Top 5 social media platforms used by fair trade companies Discover which tools marketers are using, for how long they have been using them and if Northern and Southern companies use the same mix of platforms. The different strategies developed by the companies After verifying how many companies actually had a social media strategy, we analyzed into more details where these companies focused their strategic efforts. The time commitment We examined the weekly hours marketers invest in their social media efforts. This analysis will be helpful for marketers just getting started or those seeking support staff. How much money fair trade companies invest in Social Media Find out what percentage of their marketing budget companies are investing in Social Media. Is this number consistent with the amount of importance companies give to social media? The major problems marketers are facing We made a list of the major problems encountered on social networks ranked by importance. This will help you realize where additional resources could be invested in order to better perform on social platforms. Use our conclusions and recommendations to improve your social media strategy or discover how other fair traders are dealing with social media  throughout 17 graphs and detailed statistics.   Read More »

Equitable Marketing Association (E.M.A)

Equitable Marketing Association (E.M.A)

After working with Pushpanjali in Agra, we flew to Kolkata to meet the second fair trade organization: E.M.A. We thought we would arrive and work in the mega city of Kolkata, so we were prepared for some urban experience but rather than that we were driven to a lovely countryside compound 40 Km from the city center. E.M.A.’s staff welcomed us with a little ceremony, incense sticks were burnt, we received flowers and masala chai. E.M.A. really knows how to receive guests! The next day we had our first meeting with the staff and planned the shooting of our second fair trade video. What is particular about E.M.A. is that they have a production center were people come to work unlike Pushpanjali that buys products that artisans produce in their villages. Technically this was really convenient for us, no need to go to far away villages to get the footages and interviews. Enough talk, here is the second webisode of Fair Trade Connection about Equitable Marketing Association. target=”_blank”>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxPjYmgOMyE target=”_blank”>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8gxI_XXvx4 target=”_blank”>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvrrbWcBMoM Read More »

Fair Trade and Social Media: Watch & Learn 01 [@FairtradeUK]

Fair Trade and Social Media: Watch & Learn 01 [@FairtradeUK]

The more producers’ organizations we meet on the road, the more we understand the importance of Social Media as a way to promote your fair trade business. Indeed, Social Media is a great way to engage with potential new customers, give more information about your social project and products, but it is also very useful to keep an eye on market trends and latest fashions. About half the fair trade organizations we visited in Asia were already active on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, the other half seemed really enthusiastic about getting started. Fair Trade Connection is all about connecting fair trade producers with consumers so we quickly understood that in order to do so, we needed to train the non-initiated so that they too could leverage the potential of Social Media Marketing. The “Watch & Learn” series is a collection of Social Media best practices in the fair trade industry that we gathered and analyzed for you. This 1st post will be analyzing the videos of the amazing “Take a step for Fairtrade” campaign by the Fairtrade Foundation. The @FairtradeUK in the title of this post is their Twitter name, so go ahead and follow them if you want. Let’s jump to the heart of this campaign and start with the presentation video: 1/ The Campaign presentation Video What we liked: Strong Corporate Identity: the Fairtrade Foundation really does a good job being consistant with the look and feel of their messages. One should establish a corporate document stating which typography and fonts, colors and shades, logotypes and declinaison logos your company will be using to comunicate. And most importantly stick to it! Appropriate Music: the rythm of the video is given by the music. See how the text is synchronized with the music. Sync your visuals with the music to create greater impact on your viewers. Proper use of Sound Effects: the additional sound effects helps the viewer relate ... Read More »

Inside ThaiCraft’s Communication department

Inside ThaiCraft’s Communication department

During one of our recent trips to Thailand we stopped by Bangkok and attended one of the well known ThaiCraft Fair Trade Fairs. These fairs are organized on a regular basis in the Sukhumvit area, a very dynamic commercial center in the Thai capital. There we met Peng and Mynt, two very professional young ladies in charge of ThaiCraft communication department. We ceased this opportunity to ask them a few question about their social media marketing. Ronny (FTC): What kind of content do you post on Facebook and Twitter? Mynt (ThaiCraft): Mostly it is about our activities and pictures from the fairs, to attract more people to the fairs. But we also use these new medias to spread the news about punctual actions or events. Like during the floods in 2011. We wanted to support our artisan members who were affected by the floods so we spread the news on Facebook and were able to provide them with food and blankets during these difficult times. Some areas were severely affected, to the point that the handicraft production had to stop which means that many people were left without an income. We decided to undertake these actions to support them. Ronny (FTC): Does ThaiCraft also have a blog? Peng (ThaiCraft): No, only our website. But we should have one. It’s in our future plans. We would like to either create a blog or develop our website to tell more about the artisans’ stories, we are working on it. Ronny (FTC): How would you like to tell the stories of your producers? Peng (ThaiCraft): We would like our product tags to tell the story. Maybe with a QR code system that the customers could scan at the fairs and directly get the information on the people who made the products. Ronny (FTC): So the QR code would link to a web page or a video? Peng (ThaiCraft): Yes maybe a web page, ... Read More »

Dhaka Handicrafts: working for the artisans

Dhaka Handicrafts: working for the artisans

With around 165.000.000 people, Bangladesh is the 7th most populated country of the world though we barely hear about it in the news. A large percentage (30%) of the population lives with less than 1US$ a day and child labour is widely spread in Bangladesh as a consequence of poverty. So here more than elsewhere, Fair Trade has an important role to play in order to provide better living conditions. During our visit to Dhaka, we met and worked with Dhaka Handicrafts, a fair trade organization that mainly produces basketery items. They focus on helping women in rural areas by providing them work so that they can become an “earning source” in the family which means more respect and freedom of expression. Discover the great work that they are doing with this presentation video by Fair Trade Connection.   Read More »

South Organic

South Organic

South Organic also known as Gebana Maghreb is a partnership between Tunisian farmer cooperatives, a Tunisian company that conditions, packs and exports the organic and fair trade dates and a Swiss fair trade retailer: Gebana. They are Bio Swiss, FLO and ISO 22000 certified. South organic has two plants in the Kebili region. They work with various groups of farmers organized in cooperatives. Approximately 250 families benefit from their activities. Discover their stories with this serie of 4 videos. (the videos are in French as it is the second language spoken in Tunisia) 1/ The big picture: South Organic’s CEO talks about life in the region 3/ Meet the producers: Oasis of Barouthia If you liked these videos don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more! Read More »

Beni Ghreb Hazoua

Beni Ghreb Hazoua

Beni Ghreb is a Tunisian company that exports organic and fair trade dates. We visited them twice to make these 7 videos. The last one shows their high quality products (for those of you who already watched this post, it is an update). We also helped them with their visual communication as well as the creation of a facebook page. The village of Hazoua is located in the South West of Tunisia by the Sahara desert. We invite you to discover their activities and products through this video playlist. (the videos are in French as it is the second language spoken in Tunisia, I am currently working on English subtitles, I’ll update this post as soon as they are ready) Overall company presentation Abdallah on the benefits of the cooperative Salah on how the cooperative changed his life Discover all the Beni Ghreb products (update) Read More »

My fair trade business is on Facebook, now what?

My fair trade business is on Facebook, now what?

You’ve decided to get on the social media train and start a Facebook page for your business. Congratulations! You are probably wondering: “What am I going to say now?” This post is specifically written for fair trade producer’s organizations who are doing their first steps on Facebook. If that’s you, read on to discover 5 great ways to produce relevant content to feed your brand new page. First you need to understand that the great majority of your fans (people who have liked your page) will only come to your page once. That is the one time they hit the “LIKE button”. It doesn’t mean they won’t continue to follow your stories and read your content, it’s just that they won’t come to your page to find it. Most of your fans will find your posts in their newsfeed. It is thus important to create content on a regular basis to reach your fans via their newsfeed. Keeping that in mind, what should you write about? I’m tempted to answer that question by another question: “Who are your fans?” Understanding your audience is crucial to provide relevant content. As a fair trade producer’s organization your fan base will most likely consist of fair trade consumers or adherents from all over the world, Western distributors and fair trade/NGO activists. You could try to segment your audience into 2 or 3 different categories and roughly estimate the proportion each category represents. This would help you elaborate a ratio for your posts. Lets say 70% of your fans are fair trade consumers, 15% are distributors and the other 15% are NGO activists. A good posting strategy would be to write 3 posts that meet the consumers’ interests, 1 that meets the distributor’s interests and 1 you know the activists will relate to to keep everyone happy. We understand that establishing such ratio’s isn’t easy, truly understanding your audience requires time and resources. If ... Read More »