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Super Hots Canada

Member Since 08 Sep 2013
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In Topic: Fake Pepper X seeds missing

30 December 2017 - 06:14 PM

It could happen in time, but before it does there's always Jim Duffy who was quick to rush to market with a "Pepper X" of his own - very likely in an attempt to cash in on the hype around the name and the confusion he knew he would create by doing so (regardless of how clear he is that his hybrid isn't the same as Ed Currie's). Cheap marketing tactic, but I'm sure it's gotten him a few extra sales.


In Topic: PepperJoe's is getting in the new crosses game

08 December 2017 - 06:28 PM

What stands out to me right away is that there's no mention of who created the cross, they claim they have no idea what peppers were crossed and they've slapped a Russian mythical name on it.. all seems to have the goal of making it seem mysterious.. To me it looks like a brown/chocolate phenotype of a Primo or Reaper. lol


In Topic: Do you have a web site and ...

04 December 2017 - 02:50 PM

Super Hots Canada - You already have the single most important thing in business these days: a three letter name.  SHC

 

Seriously, I am right there with you on wanting to promote but not knowing a thing about doing it.  If you want to bounce ideas, share what works, share what does not, I'd love being your sounding board.  I am about to do the promote post thing on Facebook.  I am using a coupon code that lets me know where the sale came from.  Will be doing the same elsewhere.  If you remind me in spring when the experiment ends, will let you know what was good for me and what wasnt.

 

If you sell fresh pods, please do let me now.  That is our main business but shipping priority to Canada is wildly expensive.  Rather than telling people I am sorry but no, would love to have a list of good folk up there that I can send them to.

 

My full business name is "Super Hots Canada Food and Plants" - but only because the rules in my province demand certain elements in a business to describe what you primarily do/offer (unless your a corporation - then they let you have just about any name you want).. But yup, it works out nicely that it abbreviates like that. :)

 

I tried out buying Facebook Ads a couple summers back - one focused locally, and one focused nationally. I only threw in $50 CAD, but all the same it provided rather ineffective. $50 over 7 days only earned me around 1-3 new Page Likes... BUT this season I tried out hosting a small contest on my FB page that I let run for about a week. I picked out 3 winners (from Canada & US) and in that time I shared the post to a few FB groups and in the end it attracted around 50 new Page Likes (before the contest I had just under 100).. So I'd highly suggest a simple contest - i.e. set some simple rules for liking/sharing a post, and pick a winner or two at the end for even something as simple as some packs of seeds. :) .. Part of my inspiration was the simple, fun contests people sometimes have here on the forum.


In Topic: Do you have a web site and ...

04 December 2017 - 02:23 PM

 

What, really? Maybe you are not proactive enuf. "If you build it, they will come" does not work for websites.

 

Exactly.. Marketing isn't my strong point, but I'm learning and this next season I intend to do far better. I'm finally starting to build a following locally - including owners of local pizza shops and restaurants, and I've made it to the local Farmer's Market a couple of times.. That's a costly venture, but it's great for getting my name out there. I've made a few sales through FB and this next season I'll focus on pushing the fresh peppers. I think selling fresh across Canada will encourage more word-of-mouth, beyond my little county - that should really help turns things around. :)


In Topic: Do you have a web site and ...

03 December 2017 - 04:01 PM

 

I might be able to help with that.  Won't maintain it, but can set up a Wordpress site with Woocommerce and then answer questions about how to make things work on it.  No offense intended, but you site is fairly clunky.  Anyway, if you got an account with Dreamhost, I know their set up.  Think they are like ten bucks a month or something.  Anywhere else, I would need you to at least get Wordpress installed or make sure they offer FTP access. 

 

Wouldnt want a thing in return because initial setting up something like that is easy.  Worse case, might take an evening.  Your site wont be what you want, but you can then sort threw themes to change the look and feel.  If you use woocommerse for the online store part, I can tell you how to solve problems that are not well documented n like that.  But it would be mainly you doing things.

 

Internet is so large that I honestly do not think there is competition.  I think it is more like seed dealers should work together, trade seeds, help with sites, and the likes.  If you ever sell fresh pods, oh man I could send to you dozens of customers every season because I can not ship there.

 

Thanks for the offer, AJ - I certainly appreciate that, but it's not needed. My background is in web development & graphic design, so I already have my own hosting. I can easily setup any domains/subdomains with CMS's like WordPress within a few clicks. :)