Archive: Marketing

Embracing Marketing Automation in the World of Amazon

  Amazon has changed the way we look at eCommerce. They arguably pioneered consumer ratings, suggested products, retargeting ads, and many of the online marketing tools we now take for granted.   All of these can be bucketed under the category of marketing automation. While that sounds scary, it really boils down to “getting the right message to the right person at the right time” because it removes some of the guesswork and human error out of our marketing communications.  Marketing automation is the hot trend of the business market. According to a December 2018 study by VentureBeat – 75% of companies are more likely to be purchasers of marketing automation software over this year. What is Marketing Automation? Technology: It […]

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What Wineries Should Know About Labels, Printing, and Bottle Engraving

In the wine industry, a label is much more than a sticker on the bottle identifying the brand. Rather, a label is an opportunity to tell consumers about your winery, the intricacies of a particular type of wine, and to highlight its character and quality. That is why it’s so important to put as much time and thought into what’s on the outside of the bottle as what’s inside. The Importance & Basics of Wine Labels The importance of effective label printing is to differentiate your product from other wines and help it stand out in the competitive market. Labels provide valuable information to consumers about the winery’s location, tasting notes and alcohol content. In the U.S., labels must also […]

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Winery Retail Marketing Will Finally Come of Age in 2019

Spoiler alert: nothing I talk about in these predictions is groundbreaking, or new technology or techniques for marketing. These are tactics that the digital eCommerce world has been using and perfecting for quite some time. We hear about these strategies at conferences, and experience them with other brands we interact with…but we don’t take those practices to work with us when we market our wine. We are a slow industry to adopt new trends. Why is that? Margins are Low Margins are low across the board for wine – albeit better in Direct To Consumer (DTC) channels versus wholesale – but the hospitality cost that is carried on the DTC side balances the scales. Management, at any company, is going […]

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Three Biggest Challenges Facing Small Wineries Today?

I think the real story in the Willamette Valley (and other small regions nationally) is that 75% of wineries produce fewer than 5,000 cases annually. It’s micro-production by any measure. They have survived because of so-called “Premiumization” and the recent fascination with their AVAs. What will happen when the next economic downturn occurs, as the distribution consolidation continues, and/or as vineyard and winery acquisitions accelerate (which they are doing now)? Are there business parallels between what is happening in Willamette Valley and other wine producing regions in the United States; and what about other burgeoning industries such as craft beer or high tech? Is large destined to win? How will small craft producers survive and thrive in the long run? […]

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Wine Label Branding: Stay True to Yourself

Imagine you’re a customer in a wine store, searching for your next bottle of wine. What would attract you beyond the style? Does a label displaying Jesus on the cross or an elderly Frenchman with a bulbous nose and colorful beret intrigue you enough to buy? Often, the consumer is casually browsing for something that catches their eye. Maybe they just traveled to a particular region of the world, drawing them to wine from that area. Perhaps a wine label triggered a pleasant holiday memory. Possibly it’s the color of the label that attracts them. Regardless, it takes about four seconds to make that first impression. Wine branding strategy has reached a point where marketing and merchandising play as important […]

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A Winery Roadmap for Data Capture

If you’re trying to sell your wines through direct channels, your customer database is the most valuable tool in your marketing arsenal. Most wineries understand the importance of a database, but few have a documented list for which consumer data points should be collected, and why. In any given business, different departments have different needs and will require certain customer data points. These needs can often be in conflict. It is common, for example, for senior management, marketing, accounting, and tasting room staffs to all prioritize different aspects of data collection. Without a list that is agreed upon by all departments of what customer data should be captured by whom and in what manner, consistent data capture simply won’t take […]

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MANAGEMENT OF VINE BALANCE FOR BETTER WINE, AND FOR PROFIT

This article will continue with the theme of the last one, that is vine balance. Here the emphasis will be on management of vine balance. The last article included my suggestion of how to measure vine balance at winter pruning by recording pruning mass. I have always previously termed this metric pruning weight, as Prof Nelson Shaulis taught me. I now understand that pruning mass is the preferred term.   Better Balance for Better Yield & Quality   At the one extreme of poor vine balance are over-vigorous vines typically with canopy shading. Such vines are characterised by large leaves, long shoots and many lateral shoots. Without remedial treatment such canopies have shaded fruit which affects berry competition and wine […]

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10 Tips for Making the Most out of Q4

As harvest wraps up, you should be ready to pounce on Q4. There are several reasons OND (October, November, December) is a crucial period for Direct to Consumer Sales. First, it in the high point between the summer slump, where it is often too hot to ship or consumers go for cold beers and cocktails over wine, and Q1 where New Years Resolutions have us grabbing electrolyte water and swearing to balance our budgets. Second, the reasons to remind our consumers about wine are too numerous to count. There are large family dinners in need of wine pairings, parties in need of hostess gifts, corporate and personal gifting in need of that classy yet universal item. And, thanks to Daylight […]

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Why Data Matters

    Imagine you are on the marketing team for a direct-to-consumer (DTC) winery, dutifully sending out emails to your newsletter lists and club members, updating posts across social media channels, maybe even sending print notices through the mail. And yet, there does not appear to be any increase in sales conversions or an uptick in club sign-ups. Perhaps there is even a sense of things going into decline. But no one can say why or understand what is contributing to the stagnation. This confusion is often the case when a new client comes to us, and asks for help. Our response usually starts with, “What does your data show?” To which we often receive a slightly blank or confused […]

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Exploring the Benefits of Custom Crush

Traditionally, aspiring winemakers needed to either purchase an existing winery and vineyard or invest substantial funds in starting from scratch. Custom crush lets you fulfill your dream of making wine without owning the necessary production equipment. It also allows you to preserve your start-up capital and focus your attention on marketing and promoting your brand. You provide the grapes and winemaking protocols, but the actual crush, fermentation, and bottling are outsourced. To help guide winemakers who are looking into the option of custom crush, The Grapevine Magazine spoke with five companies currently offering these services—including wineries that use custom crush as an additional income stream, and those that operate custom crush as their sole business. Rack & Riddle Based in […]

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