The MarketMaker research tool is an interactive mapping resource for identifying target markets, developing customized census profiles, and mapping food related businesses over demographic maps (http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com/).
Extension agents can use Market Research to learn more about the local, regional, and national markets for food products grown and tourism services provided by their clientele in their respective counties. Extension agents can use Market Research to identify consumer food preferences in their respective counties. Extension agents can use Market Research to determine the socioeconomic profiles of populations in their respective counties.
Look for the Market Research section in MarketMaker and click Research your market now or Use previous version. In this issue, we will explore Research your market now as a tool for conducting market research.
There are several ways by which Market Research can assist businesses who want to learn more about the markets for their food products, namely Market Intelligence, Business Search, and Location Search. We will explore Market Intelligence in this issue of the Newsletter.
Market Intelligence provides census-based information about the socioeconomic and consumption profiles of the population in every Census Tract in 2000 and 2010. “Census Tracts are small, relatively permanent statistical subdivisions of a county or equivalent entity…. The primary purpose of census tracts is to provide a stable set of geographic units for the presentation of statistical data (https://www.census.gov/geo/reference/gtc/gtc_ct.html)."
Socioeconomic profiles of population by age group, household type, race, income, education, and foreign born. For example, the MarketMaker map below shows the distribution of Mississippi population 18 years and under in 2010. Click this Link to go to the map online.
Consumer food preferences show average food expenditures by major food item, at home, and away from home expenditures. For example, at home expenditures on bakery and cereal, flour, rice, pasta/cornmeal/other cereal, bread, meat, beef, pork, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy products, and fruits and vegetables.
What is MarketMaker?
MarketMaker is the largest and most in-depth database of its kind, featuring a diverse community of food-related businesses: buyers, farmers/ranchers, fisheries, farmers markets, processors/packers, wineries, restaurants, and more. MarketMaker provides simple yet powerful search tools to connect with others across the production and distribution chain (http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com/).
Where can you find Mississippi MarketMaker?
MarketMaker is located at http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com/.
Ask Siri or Cortana to search for “Mississippi MarketMaker” on your smart phone.
How do you register your food business in Mississippi MarketMaker?
Click Register and type your email address and a password in the spaces under Register. Be prepared to enter information (and pictures) about your business.
What are the benefits in registering your food business in Mississippi MarketMaker?
Producers register their businesses in MarketMaker because food buyers of all types access our database to find products and services to meet their specific needs. Through MarketMaker, producers can reach more buyers and more efficiently form profitable business alliances.
How do you search for your business profile in Mississippi MarketMaker?
Click Search and type the name of your business in the space under Search MarketMaker.
How do you update your business profile in Mississippi MarketMaker?
Click Register and then click UPDATE YOUR PROFILE. Type your email address and password in the spaces under Account Login. Be prepared to enter updated information (and pictures) about your business.
MarketMaker Training Workshops
This training workshop is available upon request by a group of 6-12 producers, extension agents, state regulatory agencies staff, and teachers. Each workshop will best fit the needs of the participants. Email Dr. Ben Posadas for details at firstname.lastname@example.org,
How do you search for local food businesses in Mississippi MarketMaker?
Click Search and type a keyword in the space under Search MarketMaker.
What is the Market Research Tool of MarketMaker?
The MarketMaker research tool is an interactive mapping resource for identifying target markets, developing customized census profiles, and mapping food related businesses over demographic maps.