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Debbie Foisy started "Gardening with Deb Live":

CAN: Alberta greenhouse grower answers gardening questions live

Last Friday, January 5, Alberta ornamental plant grower Debbie Foisy of Deb's Greenhouse started a "Gardening with Deb Live". It is a segment on Facebook live where she answers gardening questions live to her followers. Foisy was very pleased with the attendance of the first show and prepares for her second show this Friday (on Jan 12).

"My first live show 220 people tuned in to watch and since then the video has been watched over 12,000 times and counting", she says proudly. In the week prior to the show Foisy asked her customers to submit gardening questions, they did and she answered them. Afterwards, many more questions were submitted. 

Click here for the link to last week's show. She will be doing her next show on Friday January 12 at 9am Edmonton time.

"There is a need for this"
According to Foisy, the reactions were all positive. "During the show I bravely said, "I am answering your gardening questions for free, in return I ask that you to like, share and tell me where you are watching from, and visit us in the spring." What did people like? "I think they like that they can ask a question from a real person and get a real answer."

Also when looking at her Facebook analytics, Foisy notices that there is a huge need for initiatives like this. "66.7 percent of viewers tuned in from Alberta, 15.9 percent from Saskatchewan and the rest from all over North America. Over 10,000 were unique viewers, with over 2000 watching it more than once."

But what is the advantage of doing this as a grower? "My advantage is to build trust, loyalty, gain followers and customers. I have the knowledge or at least the resources to answer their questions. Gardening advice is very regional, I believe that every customer has a gardening question - that we can answer. The intention of this show is to gain popularity, to build excitement for the spring, to gain a more loyal following of customers."

What's on schedule this Friday?
"I have already received enough questions for the next 2 weeks, my plan is to keep the show around 15 minutes answering at least 5 questions. This week's questions include, potato beetle, cutworms, slugs, what flowers can I grow for cut flowers and more."

Each week
Through the winter period, Foisy is planning to do these shows every week. Depending on the interest and her available time, she is thinking of continuing through spring. "It has completely surpassed my expectations for the first week and we'll see where this goes. What has surprised me is that most of the questions coming in are about vegetable gardening, my goal this year is to focus on education."

Click here for the link to last week's show. She will be doing her next show on Friday January 12 at 9am Edmonton time.

For more information
Debs Greenhouse
Debbie Foisy

Publication date: 1/11/2018
Author: Elita Vellekoop



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