Anthony Transou, Internet marketing manager, is not surprised that, like other industries, U.S. agriculture is embracing digital communications – from social media campaigns and blogs to precision farming and recordkeeping.  
“Digital platforms give users a way to share and learn from others in the agricultural industry, whether they are around the corner in their communities or across the globe,” he said. “One of our key concentrations is to create optimized content that can spread across channels and be consumed anywhere, so there is a seamless experience from desktop to mobile users.”
Transou’s team has made several recent adjustments and additions to the company's digital platform. For example, new websites like Tools to Grow More Soybeans and the Quilt Xcel Fungicide Stress Management Training Module help growers locate information about specific issues or products more easily.

Another recent online development is the Know More, Grow More agronomy blog, which features tips and local news updates from the company's agronomic service representatives. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels are also convenient ways for growers to interact with the company via questions, comments, contests and general discussions.
“Additionally, we are adding online companions to many of our print communications, including Thrive magazine,” Transou said. “This digital initiative allows us to reach a larger audience and provide deeper, more interactive content.”
One of his team’s proudest accomplishments is updating the company’s flagship grower-focused website.

But until 2012, FarmAssist users needed a desktop computer for the site’s features to work properly. That changed with the launch of a mobile-optimized version of the website,, which allows cellphone and tablet users to access the same capabilities as if they were on a desktop computer.
“Our current suite of digital assets is a result of our early preparation to become an active participant in the digital world,” Transou said. “We thought about a mobile strategy for Syngenta very early on so we could easily transition our content and existing assets to some of the emerging technologies and mediums.”
Looking forward, the company aims to include more interactive localized content, which is a process of natural progression with the increasing use of mobile technology in agriculture. Transou said he envisions being able to send growers and other users pest alerts, weather information, market prices and yield data specifically targeted to their local areas.
The nature of digital communications allows the company to gather and analyze customer feedback, which it uses to constantly improve existing digital assets and formulate ideas for new ones.

The Thrive online survey is a good example of how the team uses feedback to influence content creation. Because respondents indicated that they are most interested in production best practices and new product information, the editorial team will start developing more articles and Web content around those topics.
Transou sees the company as a leader in making digital platforms an all-encompassing destination for growers – not an indirect dead-end found through Web searches.
“Farmers understand that information is now flowing in a digital world, especially the well-connected younger generation,” he said. “Our ultimate goal at Syngenta is to give growers the most positive digital experience in the industry.”  FG

—From Syngenta news release