Sampling Spirits and Wine. A Guide.

Sampling Spirits and Wine. A Guide.

Sampling spirits and wine. A guide. I recently ask a simple question to a marketer of bourbon. "Does the brand care whether or not it has a relationship with the customer who actually drinks its product?" He immediately said yes. They had set aside a boat load of money to work the direct to consumer market. The way this is currently done is via legal shippers and delivery companies. Examples may include Drizzly or some other company that has built methods to compliantly ship. In other conversations I have been asking, how much do you spend to get someone to…
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Sampling as a Service ROI

Sampling as a Service ROI

A wine supplier recently asked us about our Sampling as a Service ROI. We thought it an odd question given the ROI of any supplier spend is largely unmeasured. Ultimately, case counts are the only measure being considered by the spirits and wine industry. However, when you're launching a new category, in our case digital activation, you have to educate people to new language. We're using this post to layout an example of sampling as a service ROI. In the graphic below, you see a table featuring hard metrics, these are measurable metrics. Soft metrics are important and in this…
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Meet the Distiller. H Clark Distillery

Meet the Distiller. H Clark Distillery

Sherman G. Mohr of Shared Spirits Marketing and Nextupatthemic.com had an opportunity recently to meet the distiller. Heath Clark of H Clark Distillery shared a few minutes with Sherman to discuss the history of the distillery and much more. Heath Clark is a well respected health care industry lawyer located in Williamson County Tennessee. Over the course of years, his passion for launching a new distillery grew. We found this was the case due to early inspiration. Heath's family members have been employed in Tennessee's distilling business for 40 years. His family's association with one of the globally known brands…
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A Look at Online Cocktail Competitions

A Look at Online Cocktail Competitions

Many of us in the spirits, wine, and beer marketing world are taking a look at online cocktail competitions. We have had talks with hospitality and entertainment pros. There is a consensus. Large group gatherings are a year away. After doing some research, we found there is a shortage of virtual events featuring bartenders. Agencies should be promoting bartenders in virtual contests as part of the promotion of liquor and wine brands. In most cases, online events appear to be outgrowths of organizers being forced to move a previously scheduled event into a virtual format. Here's one example. The bartender/mixologist…
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The Future of Virtual Tastings. My top five predictions.

The Future of Virtual Tastings. My top five predictions.

Many of us have taken part in what I call the future of virtual tastings. These online experiences, primarily on Zoom, are sometimes informative, fun, and a welcome diversion. It's time to share the future of virtual tastings and my top five predictions. Do they take the place of being side by side and across the table from someone interesting? Not yet. That may come. My best online experiences around cocktails and wine have been the impromptu "happy hours" arranged with another couple. We FaceTime or Zoom and have a fun conversation like we would at one another's home or…
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My customer is worth how much?

My customer is worth how much?

In today‚Äôs world of data collection and loyalty programs, brands still don't know what their customers are worth. Brands would like this information. There are ways for them to obtain it. It's not rocket science. Let us start with a basic definition of customer life time value or CLTV. "CLTV is the value a customer contributes to your business over the entire lifetime at your company. It is a very important metric and is used while making important decisions about sales, marketing, product development, and customer support." This definition is from the Economic Times. In February 2015, Nielsen fielded an…
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