James DeGraff

James DeGraff

James DeGraff is an Associate Editor for Farm Equipment Magazine and contributor to Ag Equipment Intelligence's On The Record. A journalism graduate of UW-Madison, he was an intern for Farm Equipment prior to joining full time in July 2017. Contact: jdegraff@lessitermedia.com

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Leveraging CRM for Farm Equipment Leads and Sales

Online lead generation centers on segmentation, but the key to closing those same inquiring customers comes through consolidation.
In the instantaneous industry of equipment sales, the mindset of “I’ll just respond to that tractor inquiry after lunch” lies in the same outdated realm as phonebooks and Blockbuster video stores. Yet with so many online inventories, websites and campaigns to keep track of, dealers are often left chasing their tails on how to reel in — and retain — online leads.
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Google AdWords, Website Design & Other Marketing Outsourcing Decisions Facing Dealerships

Dealership marketing managers encourage others to leverage their marketing strengths by outsourcing their weaker areas.
The “jack-of-all-trades” approach to operating a dealership is inevitable for most smaller-scale or single store entities, which puts more pressure on deciding what to outsource when the budget exists to do so.
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Conversations in Ag

Maneuvering Through the Dairy Downturn

To better understand the manufacturer-dairy farmer relationship, H&S Mfg. Co. President Craig Harthoorn and Product Marketing Manager Ron Zygarlicke sat down with Daryl Sternweis and Heather Heiman (D&B Sternweis Farms) along with Josh Heiman (Heiman Holsteins). The group, all based in Marshfield, Wis. discusses tight budgets, hiring mishaps and rising environmental standards.
To better understand the manufacturer-dairy farmer relationship, H&S Mfg. Co. President Craig Harthoorn and Product Marketing Manager Ron Zygarlicke sat down with Daryl Sternweis and Heather Heiman (D&B Sternweis Farms) along with Josh Heiman (Heiman Holsteins). The group, all based in Marshfield, Wis. discusses tight budgets, hiring mishaps and rising environmental standards.
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Conversations in Ag

Approaching Precision Sales, from Newcomer to Industry Veteran

A gap in industry experience doesn’t equate to different challenges when proving the value of precision equipment and establishing a rapport with customers. Brenan Schneidermann, precision farming specialist for Town & Country Implement and recent college graduate, sits down with Skip Klinefelter, owner of Linco-Precision, to discuss the precision learning curve, generational approaches to customers and the need for patience when entering the industry.
A gap in industry experience doesn’t equate to different challenges when proving the value of precision equipment and establishing a rapport with customers. Brenan Schneidermann, precision farming specialist for Town & Country Implement and recent college graduate, sits down with Skip Klinefelter, owner of Linco-Precision, to discuss the precision learning curve, generational approaches to customers and the need for patience when entering the industry.
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One Career, Two Chapters & Endless Adaptation

George Annen of Annen’s Machinery Ranch in Arlington, Wis., reflects on the digital transition that shaped his career, sharing the benefits, pitfalls and lessons learned trading used equipment in the modern age.
There was once a simpler time in the career of George Annen, a used equipment specialist and owner of Annen’s Machinery Ranch Inc. in Arlington, Wis. A typical day before the internet started with a freshly-brewed pot of coffee, a trip to the convenience store to process tractor photos taken on a film camera, mailing them overnight to a set of interested buyers and preparing for a sales trip the next day if the phone rang.
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PFD Summit: Turning Digital Ag Potential into Profit

2018 Precision Farming Dealer Summit — Roundtable Coverage
In a conversation representing dealers, software specialists and farmers from across the globe, this roundtable during the Precision Farming Dealer Summit, Jan.8-9, discussed several digital-based topics: the potential of converting ag data into profit, how to position farm data into a billable format for dealers, and how to communicate that value to the farmers.
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PFD Summit: Clearly Defined Culture Breeds a Commitment to Precision Performance

3 diverse dealers dissect the dynamics of a productive employee-manager relationship, along with the detriments of poor communication.
The shifting nature of precision farming demands a foundation for employee commitment, yet the unique structure of any given dealership eliminates the possibility for any universal blueprint. Rarely does the perfect formula come from direct replication or an unhinged maverick move, but the best plans often fall somewhere in between.
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One Career, Two Chapters and Endless Adaptation

George Annen of Annen’s Machinery Ranch in Arlington, Wis., reflects on the digital transition that shaped his career, sharing the benefits, pitfalls and lessons learned trading used equipment in the modern age.
George Annen of Annen’s Machinery Ranch in Arlington, Wis., reflects on the digital transition that shaped his career, sharing the benefits, pitfalls and lessons learned trading used equipment in the modern age.
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