Analysis proves rural Australia’s joined the digital age

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Farmers are well and truly connected online, if analysis of social media use at one of Australia’s premier rural events this week is any indicator. The official Beef Australia hashtag #BeefAus2015 was used 9975 times during the week, with a reach of 1.9 million unique social media users through Twitter alone.

Tweets mentioning #BeefAus2015 were delivered to Twitter streams 18.8 million times*.

#BeefAus2015 was trending in Australia on Monday and Wednesday this week, meaning the Rockhampton-based beef exposition was one of the most discussed topics in the country on Twitter.

The analysis was conducted by the digital team at National Australia Bank (NAB) Agribusiness, who reconstructed their Melbourne-based Social Media Command Centre onsite at Beef Australia for the week.

General Manger of NAB Agribusiness, Khan Horne, said that the huge number of conversations on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram during Beef Australia prove that the way people on the land and in agribusiness connect with each other has well and truly moved into the digital age.

“The key message from visitors to the Command Centre is that they would like to make more use of social media in their own businesses to connect with customers and service their brands,” he said.

“Farmers used to stay in touch by picking up the phone or driving to town, but in 2015 farmers are able to get a lot of information they need from social media – including prices and weather as well as interacting with friends, neighbours and communities.

“There is immense potential for primary producers and agribusinesses to use social media to reach consumers and build advocates for their brands in a much more cost effective manner than traditional media.

“When we took visitors to Beef Australia through the functions of the Social Media Command Centre and showed them power and the reach of social media, the reaction was ‘we have to get into this’ or ‘we can expand on we are already doing’.

At the conclusion of Beef Australia, NAB Agribusiness will share all of the data collected to help Beef Australia organisers analyse the reach of their social media channels and official event hashtags.

NAB offers the Social Media Command Centre as a value add to customers to delve into their social media activities or to learn how to get started in the social media space. More than 500 customers have been taken through the Melbourne-based command centre to analyse their social media use since it was set up in 2013.

*Exposure is the total number of times tweets about a search term are delivered to Twitter streams (number of tweets multiplied by followers for each tweet). The exposure of #BeefAus2015 was 18.8 million.

Agribusiness View provides the latest insights from NAB Agribusiness. Visit nab.com.au/agriview to sign up as well as to find the contact details for your nearest NAB Agribusiness Manager.

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