"See" FPS online
Those interested in the Farm Progress Show but who are unable to attend now have the option to "see" the show without even traveling to Boone. Of course, the best way to actually see the show and take in the largest outdoor farm show is to actually be there, but the show's website and social media sites Facebook and Twitter provide opportunities to view photos and videos of the three-day event, communicate with the FPS staff and stay up-to-date with announcements from the show.
Willie Vogt, Farm Progress editorial director, says the sites will be chock full of show information.
"You'll have a much better sense of what's going on at the Farm Progress Show from the social media aspect this year than ever before," says Vogt.
He says the idea of the website, Facebook and Twitter pages is to keep show goers connected with the show and provide information that will be helpful to visitors and exhibitors.
"The point of the social media is to make sure that when they get there it's the best experience it can be and they know what's going on," says Vogt.
Schedules, weather outlook
The sites will be used as a tool to let visitors know if demonstration schedules have changed, for example.
Show announcements, early morning photos from the show site and daily weather outlooks will first be posted on the show's website, www.farmprogressshow.com. The Farm Progress Show's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/farmprogresshow, will include links to the show's website, additional photos from the site and show reminders. The show's Twitter page, twitter.com/FPShow will feature short announcements from the show site including where to check out demonstrations, a featured exhibit or tasty food.
"The idea is we have solid websites and we would love people to go to www.farmprogressshow.com first, but it's convenient if you're a user of social media to get a heads up on an update on the Farm Progress Show website through Facebook and Twitter," says Vogt.
Dena Morgan, marketing specialist for the Farm Progress Show, says the website and the social media sites are great additions to the information already available in the program.
"The program is a good resource, but there are still things that can change," says Morgan. "That's the beauty of having the website, Facebook and Twitter."
The sites are sources of information throughout the year, not just during show time.
Leading up to the show, news regarding vendors, parking, traffic and additions to the show can be found on the show's website and social media sites. The Facebook page is open to allow Farm Progress Show fans to talk about their show experiences and comment on show statuses. The Twitter account will offer smaller, quicker hits regarding the latest and greatest from the show site.
After the show ends wrap-up articles will be added to the website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Go to www.farmprogressshow.com for the latest show announcements.
Become a fan of the Farm Progress Show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FarmProgressShow
Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/FPShow.