By Published On: July 26th, 2021Categories: Blog

Is there anything better than strolling through a vineyard, sipping a robust glass of red, while sampling the finest cheeses and quince paste? 

What about sipping that same glass of red on your comfortable couch while you wear your favourite stained Oodie, eating cheesy corn chips and watching The Simpsons? 

Tough choice. And due to COVID, many wine drinkers choose the latter. 

Consumers’ shopping habits have changed. And while traditional marketing is still an effective avenue to market your business, digital marketing offers so much more in terms of targeting, creative and results.  

Social media is the ultimate platform for wine businesses. Through one single platform, you can share amazing content, craft a captivating story and advertise to your ideal audience with highly targeted ads. Read on to learn how to promote your star wines on social media. 

Focus on content

Whoa! We know you’re keen to jump in and start posting willy-nilly, but let’s get a plan in place first.

Start with a solid content strategy. A content strategy helps you reach your marketing and business goals with content that attracts interest, ignites engagement and encourages conversion. To build your content strategy, think about these questions:

  • Who do you want to attract as buyers?
  • What makes your products unique? Is it your history? Your production methods? Your awards?
  • What content formats are people consuming right now and on what platforms? Instagram Reels and TikTok, for example, are huge right now.
  • What motivates and interests my ideal customers? And how can I tie that into my content to make it relevant to them and beneficial for me?

So why do you need to know all this? Because when it comes to the hospitality, wine and tourism industry, there’s nothing more important than content. Content tells your audience WHY they should try your range over others. Maybe your star wine has won a million awards. Or it’s made using traditional methods no one uses anymore. 

Whatever it is, content gives you an opportunity to connect with potential buyers in a fun and engaging way through beautiful photos and stellar videos. Content helps you tell a story, share experiences and showcase your brand personality. 

Need help with your content strategy? We know a gal. Contact Chanelle from NINKI Content Marketing here for a complimentary 15-minute strategy call. 

Tell a story

There’s a bazillion wine brands out there. And they’re all on social media. So your star wines need to stand out if you want to get those sales. How will you do that? Through the majestic art of Storytelling. 

Without a good story, your winery’s social media page will get lost amongst all the others. So create a clear and captivating story about your wine brand. Share posts explaining how your star wine is different from other wines. Tell your followers the story behind your process. Describe why you’ve chosen the grapes or flavour combinations you did.

It’s your story that distinguishes you from all the others. No other wine has a story like yours – so share it as much as possible. 

Share high-quality videos and photos

The great thing about owning a wine business? You’ll never be short of awesome photo ops or video ideas. The bad thing? Not everyone is a professional photographer or filmmaker.

As a wine business, it’s essential to have high-quality, engaging photos and video content. If you don’t know how to work a camera, don’t despair. There are professionals out there to help you.

Daniel from Futuro Avenue specialises in creating high-end, slick video content and photography for the wine industry. Book a time to chat with Daniel here

Targeted ads

Remember when you had to pay by the line if you wanted to advertise something in the newspaper? Ads have come a long way since then. 

Use targeted ads in your social media campaign to promote your star wines to your ideal buyer. Targeted ads are online ads that ‘target’ an audience based on specific traits someone lists on their social media page – like their age, location and gender.  

You’ll need a catchy ad concept if your ads are going to get any attention. Make a special offer – like a tempting tasting package – or describe the relaxing experience your buyer will have at your winery. Test out a few options. Whatever makes your target audience click on those ads.  

There are many different Facebook ad formats for you to try.  

Facebook ad formats

  • Image ads only contain a single image and can be used in multiple ad types, placements and aspect ratios.
  • Video ads use a single video to market your wines.
  • Slideshow ads are three to 10 images or a video that plays in a slideshow.
  • Stories ads are full-screen immersive experiences that pop up in between Stories
  • Instant Experience ads are mobile-only interactive ads that let users engage with your content. 
  • Carousel ads allow users to flip through multiple images or videos – each with their own headline, link or description.
  • Collection ads are like a more advanced carousel ad. Users can scroll through your wines with one tap. 

Chatbots

A chatbot is a computer program that simulates and processes human conversation, mostly via text, allowing people like us to interact with the software as though it was a real person. Are we living in the future, or what?

But chatbots can be so much more than just a fancy answering machine. They can increase your star wine sales. Take Ghost Wines for example. Despite a strong Instagram following, their sales were inconsistent. So they asked for our help. 

Our solution? To map out a comprehensive chatbot marketing strategy to engage, educate and convert people who interacted with Ghost Wines’ Facebook and Instagram profiles. The customised chatbot responded to enquiries, engaged in conversation and sent special offers and promotions to social media users expressing interest in the business.

Fully integrated with Shopify, the chatbot also reminded visitors with abandoned carts to return to complete their purchase through the Facebook Messenger App. This prompt increased return visitors and the check out rate. 

Not bad for a little chatbot, huh? 

Social media content ideas for your wine business

Feed posts

It’s easy to fall into the habit of posting photos of your star wine and bottles. Try and go deeper and share photos that showcase the experience your winery creates. The sights, the sounds, the food, the feeling. Give people a reason to come to the YOUR winery.

Social media is all about making connections with your followers. And there’s no better way to do that than by sharing profiles of your staff. Tell everyone about their roles at the winery, why they like working there and how they got into wine. 

Stories

Stories are an engaging way of sharing behind the scenes footage from your business. Story stickers make your stories interactive, allowing you to further engage your audience and even learn something from them. The poll sticker, for example, allows you to take votes that can help you make business decisions – like, what blend people prefer, or what kind of wine to make next.

Have a new wine coming out soon? Share it in your Stories! Trust us – nothing is too trivial. 

Reels 

Reels can be funny, entertaining, educational or everything in between. Why not make a Reel suggesting food pairings for your star wine? Use real food and ingredients to show how your viewers can enjoy it at home.

Make a Reel taking your viewers behind the scenes. Your followers are also pretty keen to catch a glimpse of how your star wine is made – especially if you have a cool production process. 

The world of digital marketing and online advertising can be a scary, daunting place – if you don’t have someone to guide you through it, that is. Need some help promoting your star wines online? You’ve come to the right people! Digital marketing is our thing. Schedule a complimentary one-hour meeting here with our team to learn more.

About the Author: Corey Wolf

Corey Wolf, chief digital strategist and marketing extraordinaire here at Digital Marketing Tribe has joined the team with over 10 years of experience working both In house and at top tier agencies around Adelaide.