"St John’s knowledge and passion for what he does is second to none which makes him a true rural marketing specialist and a joy to work with. His enthusiasm for the sector is infectious and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to better understand this complex and often misunderstood sector."
Lindsey Brittain, Marketing Manager Contact Energy
“Bayer has worked with St John across multiple strategy projects and farming panels. As a dedicated specialist in the rural sector, we find St John to be a highly competent and professional qualitative researcher. St John has the distinct ability of being able to read a room and has a deep understanding of rural that quickly demonstrates empathy and builds rapport. He also asks the right questions to get the right answers.”
George Reeves, Marketing Manager, Bayer Animal Health NZ
“St John led and facilitated a rural immersion project to help Chorus better identify and empathise with the NZ rural community. St John brought together leading thinkers of NZ Ag to help myself and Victoria Crone distill and clarify these insights which helped validate the approaches we ended up taking with our RBI roll out. St John is enthusiastic about his craft and energetic. I would not hesitate in recommending him to anyone who wants to better understand and communicate with the rural market in New Zealand.”
Craig Young, Corporate Affairs Manager, Chorus
“St John is not only an excellent rural marketing strategist, he can sell himself and his ideas as well. He is professional, he delivers, and goes the extra mile. St John really does his homework to make sure he can walk the talk in the industry he is consulting for. I have learnt huge amounts from St John in the time we worked with him and I highly recommend having St John as part of your consultation team.”
Rowena Harper, Marketing Communications Manager, DeLaval
"I have worked alongside very few people who can match St John’s passion for, and commitment to, doing the right thing by his rural clients. His intelligent and thoughtful approach to every brief, and his willingness to ask the tough questions, makes him a rarity and one you want to partner with in your business."
Drew Ayers, Creative Director, Stick Advertising/99/Just One
"We’re a small, agile company working in a tough, competitive environment and every penny we spend on marketing and sales needs to result in measurable, instant results and with St John it does. He totally ‘gets’ our company and what we’re trying to achieve. His insights, passion and advice mean that the value we get out of one strategic planning session far surpasses expectations. One of his greatest strengths is his ability to tailor his skills and approach to meet the needs of a small company such as ours, just as easily as a big Blue Chip company. As one of my sales people said “I got more out of a 90 minute phone call with St John than I did from all my previous courses and training.”
Gretchen Bunny, AgRecord/Cloud Farmer
"We chose Agrarian because of its model. We are a charitable trust with a need to demonstrate prudence and responsibility with the funds we are entrusted with. With a desire to re-position ourselves and tell our story to a wider audience, St John was invited to run a workshop with our Board of Trustees and after some stakeholder interviews, developed a rationale that fitted our now Future Shapers theme. We had a successful 30th anniversary celebration which included the first screening of our new video, which Agrarian produced on a tight budget and we received great feedback. If you’re after a rural marketing company that is responsive, cost effective and demonstrates a great understanding of the rural landscape, St John and his team at Agrarian are a great choice."
Malcolm Nitschke, General Manager, AGMARDT
“Agrarian were recommended to us after a less than impressive experience with a local agency, we put them to the test with a very tight deadline for National Fieldays at Mystery Creek. Despite being under the pump, they not only delivered what we needed in time, they also made it easy and enjoyable along the way. Nothing was a problem and they were quick and responsive with the changes we needed. I have no problem recommending these guys. They’re good sorts who are down to earth and approachable, get the industry and know what needs to be done to help position businesses like ours. They are a great team to work with."
Amanda Hodgson, Director, Archway Group Ltd
“We’ve found Agrarian to be highly professional and pragmatic in their advice and service. We like their no-nonsense and grounded approach which works well with the team we have who don’t tolerate fluff merchants. They get us and our industry and where we’re wanting to go as a business. I’d recommend these guys to anyone who wants to better position their brand in the marketplace and push on to higher honours."
Dan Gaddum, Managing Director, FOMS (Forestry Owners Marketing Services)