Failure is a part of doing business. After a certain amount of time operating, you’re bound to fail and that’s okay. Failure can also be used as a learning experience. Earlier this year, I asked my followers if any would be interested in talking to me about their coffee marketing failures – big or small. I was curious to know if people jumped on marketing trends or invested too heavily in a new product. This Q&A series is titled “Coffee marketing failures and their lessons.”Read More
I went to an event at Red Bay Coffee recently. It was titled “The Impact of Coffee Crisis on Communities & the Border Crisis.” It was targeted to consumers and ultimately, both illuminating and thought provoking to me. Attendance was 50/50 in consumers and industry professionals.Read More
It’s a cycle, really. Happy employees mean happy customers mean more profits. While I am not advocating for a total lack of a marketing budget, I am saying that your employees make your business what it is.Read More
Seven years is a long time to do any one thing. Yet here I am, seven years later, still self-employed and still focused on specialty coffee. My services have naturally evolved through the years and it’s been an interesting journey through it all.Read More
While this article is geared towards SCA Expo attendees, you can certainly extrapolate the content to apply for any conference your company attends. Whether you are attending as an individual professional, a coffee company, sponsor, or exhibitor, the basic marketing tenets are the same. And planning is your friend.Read More
I often liken consumer education to language translation. Sure, you may be using English in both your industry and for your consumers, but the words you use certainly aren’t the same. Your lexicon of industry words like “cupping,” “direct trade,” and “effervescent mouthfeel” probably aren’t all crammed into one consumer-oriented post without some explanatory sentences.Read More
I came across a graphic in my Twitter feed the other day. It was a convoluted sketch of how to market to millennials for a bank. It talked about trust. And how trust is what millennials value the most and that’s how you’ll get to them as a consumer base.
This is a basics 101 article on the five things to consider when you’re writing for your company’s social media accounts. Writing is a skill that can be developed and writing for social media is a specialized niche.
Cultural appropriation in food businesses and media is not a new topic. There’s been many a discussion surrounding who gets to sell what kind of food and confusion on what’s appropriation and what’s not. I’m not going to get into the details here. If you need articles to read, there’s a great list here.
About Jenn Chen
I'm a San Francisco-based coffee marketer: digital strategist, writer & photographer. On the side, I munch on donuts & think of new ways to make you look stunning online.
You can reach me here or on Twitter.
eat / drink coffee / write / travel
>>>> all in one.