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Cat Breeders - How To Use The Internet To Grow Your Breeder Business
The pet breeding industry is thriving today and it’s one of the fastest growing domestic markets. Each year, for the past five years, the number of pet breeders has increased by at least 20 percent. This may seem like a positive development; however, this market growth also means a rapid increase in competition. Breeders now need to further strengthen their sales, marketing and advertising efforts in order to maintain or better yet, beef up their customer rosters. They also need to become more competitive in terms of services and promotional efforts. Now, more than ever, cat breeders must find more ways on how they can use the power of media, including the Internet, in order to grow their business. Here are a few ways on how cat breeders like you can make your available pets and pet-related services known online and use the Internet to reach target markets:
The Power of a Website
As a cat breeder, you should never underestimate the power of online presence. A simple, professional looking website can help introduce your business and services virtually to the whole world. The website needn’t be expensive, graphics-heavy or fancy – a simple one can do as long as it can easily be maintained and can encourage interaction between the cat breeder and the prospective pet buyer.
You can also make use of ad websites such as Find a Pet Online. You can announce that you’re expecting kittens on a certain week and for how much you may sell them. Online advertising and online classifieds are the first place many prospective buyers now look, so you should be there too.
Check out online city guides as well and get your business listed! A good example of this is Yelp, an online guide where opinionated reviewers can chip in their experiences with businesses and individuals and yes, with cat breeders, too! If you already have many satisfied clients, request them to place a good word or review about you and your services in review communities.
Building various online profiles on social networking sites can also help you network with other breeders or buyers. If you have licenses or other facilities, (i.e. you’re a duly registered veterinarian who also owns a breeding clinic) make sure that you indicate the same in your profile. This can help build your reputation.
There are websites online which you can use to build your very own genealogy website, including pictures of your cats, blue ribbons and breed certifications. These sites are typically designed for human families, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be easily adapted for pedigree tracing. Having one can reassure your prospective buyers that you are passionate about what you do and that you only produce kittens from a good gene pool. Remember that as a cat breeder, you must avoid presenting yourself as if the pets you sell come from so-called “kitten mills.”
Register with various online forums and engage in discussions. Don’t hesitate to help people who are in need of pets or those who need help on how to take care of their new feline companions. Who knows – this may even lead to deals in the future!
Given all these reasons and resources, cat breeders need to maximize the use of the Internet and other media. This, in order to not only increase business presence and name recall but also to guarantee pet lovers everywhere that you’re ready to do business.
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