Weird Wednesday: Dating Site for Farmers
Hi again. It’s Weird Wednesday time.
Actually, I'd stopped doing Weird Wednesdays awhile ago, because they were taking too much time to write. But, then I was getting all kinds of great suggestions from people. (This week's site is from Tracy Roberts of MomsInABlog.com – thanks Tracy!) So, I'm bringing them back, but simpler. I hope you still enjoy what I dig up for you.
I didn't know whether to put this one in Marketing Monday or Weird Niche Wednesday because it's brilliant but wacky. (My favorite combination of marketing.)
You gotta watch this video advertisement… It's awesome!
“I'm really lonely but I’m too busy to date during harvest season”
Thousands of singles sow the seeds of love on FarmersOnly.com
FarmersOnly.com launched just over five years ago and quickly became THE place for farmers and ranchers to meet like-minded people. In the last five years, membership went from 2,000 to well over 100,000 members. Despite the name, FarmersOnly isn't limited to only farmers. The rapid growth is also coming from just good old fashioned, down-to-earth people who live in small towns and rural areas.
“There have been countless successful matches and friendships made on the site. I get thank you emails and phone calls almost daily. In fact, there have been hundreds of marriages since FarmersOnly.com began,” said Jerry Miller, Founder.
FarmersOnly.com is the brainchild of Jerry Miller who has done marketing and public relations for thousands of farms and ranches across the country. While talking to one farmer, Jerry made quite a discovery.
“Recently divorced, she expressed her frustration of how difficult it was to meet someone new,” Jerry recalled.
“I'm ready to give up!” She said. “How am I going to meet someone working on a farm all day? I already know everybody who lives around here… which isn't many people! Maybe I'll try online dating.”
She signed up on one of the biggest national dating sites soon after their conversation.
A month later, Jerry asked her how her luck was with online dating. She replied, even more frustrated, “The men who have been contacting me don't understand the lifestyle of a farmer,” she told Jerry. “They don't have a clue!” This would later lead to the site's slogan. “City Folks Just Don't Get It!”
Being in marketing, he wanted to see if there was a need for a new site specifically for single farmers. “I talked to farmers and ranchers all over the country and discovered they all had the same problems. They already knew everybody in their immediate areas. They didn't have enough time to socialize. When they did find time, they didn't want to hang out at a bar. They wanted to find someone who understood their lifestyle,” he said. “The need for this new online dating service became very clear and six months later, I launched FarmersOnly.com.”
What lessons can we learn from this weird website and their success?
1. KNOW your market. These guys obviously nailed that one.
2. Humor can be a great thing in marketing. You don't have to take yourself too seriously.
3. If you niche down in a proven market (like dating sites) – you can get attention. These guys have been featured or mentioned on –
- USA Today
- Trumped (The Donald Trump Radio Show)
- Smart Money
- NPR (National Public Radio)
- Here! (of course the coolest of all) 😉
You can see proof here: Farmers Only in the News
So, talk to me. What do you think about their story? I'd love to read your comments.
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I appreciate shares and I adore comments! Please share your thoughts.
Lisa Marie MaryMay 2, 2012 at 9:57 am
I absolutely love it!! (And I love WNW’s!) One of my MOST popular posts on my blogger blog was about a really cute hippie dating site. Only, the site went under. But – people still come looking for it. I’m always on the prowl for a new one to replace it with. (I keep their banner up, though, because it’s WAY too cute to take down. LOL!!!)
I love all the ‘super niched’ dating sites, I think it’s a really great idea. And I love their schtick about ‘city folks just not getting it’. Perfect!
BenSeptember 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm
Farmeronly is very wired and very wacky, but they have found the formula to be successful in the very competitive dating niche, so my hat goes out to them. Yeeeehaaw