Hrana gurmana campaign
The Sweden/USAID FARMA II project launched the Hrana Gurmana, or Gourmet Food, campaign on July 1, 2020, to help small businesses in BiH cope with the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the first three months, from July 1 to September 25, the campaign exceeded its plans and promoted a total of 146 small businesses, including 109 producers, 20 shops, and 17 restaurants. The campaign was relaunched on December 1, 2020, just ahead of holiday season, to once again draw the attention of consumers in BiH to local delicacies and small businesses that produce them. Until April 19, 2021, the campaign will include additional small businesses bringing the total number to 215.
The Sweden/USAID FARMA II project launched the Hrana Gurmana, or Gourmet Food, campaign on July 1, 2020, to help small businesses in BiH cope with the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those effects were reported on in the World Bank Group’s spring 2020 Regular Economic Report on the Western Balkans which noted that the pandemic had an extremely negative effect on 72 percent surveyed micro-enterprises and 66 percent of small enterprises in the Balkans. In parallel, a public opinion survey conducted by Valicon during the first months of the pandemic indicated that as many as 85 percent of consumers in BiH believe that they should buy domestic products, 72 percent said that they are already buying more, while 50 percent have expressed a willingness to pay more for the domestic produce.
This data was worth acting on. At the offset, the campaign aimed to promote 100 producers of high-quality food and natural cosmetics, ten specialized retail stores that offer their products, and ten restaurants that use local produce in their cuisine. The campaign was to help them communicate with their existing customers and to help them attract new ones and increase sales. The Public Call for small businesses to join the campaign was issued on July 6....
Over the first three months, from July 1 to September 25, the campaign exceeded its plans and included a total of 146 small businesses, including 109 producers, 20 shops, and 17 restaurants. The campaign ran on five social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube. In its first phase it reached more than 650,000 people.
The first phase of the Hrana Gurmana campaign consisted of daily social media posts, 92 of them, 14 viral videos, 13 stories and press releases, and five award-winning games. The campaign also included an interactive Hrana Gurmana Online Map and a Business Catalog of producers of gourmet food and natural cosmetics, retail shops, and restaurants. The Hrana Gurmana map was visited more than 4,800 times while the viral videos were viewed over 61,000 times.
The first phase of the Hrana Gurmana yielded results. 74 percent of small businesses that took part in the campaign impact analysis said that they were satisfied with the campaign quality and the content of its promotional posts, while more than 50 percent said that their sales in the July-September period increased by 11.5 percent on average in comparison to April-May 2020 period.
As many as 84 percent of respondents said that the campaign should continue, and it has. The Hrana Gurmana campaign, phase two, was launched on December 1, 2020, just ahead of the holiday season, to once again draw the attention of consumers in BiH to local delicacies and small business that produce them.
In addition to already included 146 producers, shops and restaurants, the second campaign phase included 56 new producers and 13 restaurant, bringing the total number of promoted small business to 215.
The campaign continued using all the existing social media channels and it also develop a dedicated websit www.hranagurmana.ba. The existing communication tools were enriched with mini-campaigns promoting female and young entrepreneurs and innovators.
Eight more viral videos, the same number of news and stories, and 125 daily social media posts were published during the second campaign phase. The overall campaign reach exceeded 970,000 people, and it gained 3,500 loyal followers. The Hrana Gurmana Map registered 14,000 visits while the Business Catalog registered 41,700 clicks, i.e. searched for information about the promoted small businesses.
The second campaign phase came to an end on April 19, 2021, when the campaign was handed over to local actors, Association PROI and the Balkantina Agency.
Happy Business Owners
Over three months, from July 1 to September 25, the campaign exceeded its plans and included a total of 146 small businesses, including 109 producers, 20 shops, and 17 restaurants.
“It’s been a while since something as positive as the Hrana Gurmana campaign has been done for the small producers like us and we are very grateful for that. The campaign encouraged us to continue on our path and bring new spicy treats to various tables.”
“Opening a business in the middle of the pandemic was a huge challenge. The Hrana Gurmana campaign helped us spread the information about our products. It increased our visibility and it also helped us learn how to produce our promotional messages.”
“We are very happy to be part of the Hrana Gurmana campaign and to have our business presented through several different media channels. We would like to single out the video content that presented our story and our products in a very interesting way and the online map which contributes to making our products easier to find."
"It is a very good thing that the Hrana Gurmana campaign was launched during the pandemic. In addition to increasing the purchase of domestic products, it allowed small producers to show what they can make and how well. The campaign also helped us to connect with other businesses and establish cooperation.”
In a video message, Ambassador Nelson said: “We’ve all learned a lot from the Hrana Gurmana campaign over the summer about local gourmet food producers. The U.S. government will continue to support small producers, and we invite you to continue enjoying Hrana Gurmana of Bosnia and Herzegovina.”