So many articles, so little time. Here’s a list with links of nine recently published articles in wine marketing that stand out for quality and relevance. Every one of them has something for Oregon winery owners and marketing managers.

The Naked Winery Interview
I wish I’d written this – I’ve been fascinated at Naked’s success – driven by their superb social media marketing. On the vin tank social media index they stand this week at number 3 for fan growth and social media success from a list of hundreds of U.S. wineries. This is a winery that goes well beyond a cute name to an overall strategy that turns occasional wine drinkers into loyal fans and repeat buyers. And much of the winery’s sales are the highest profit: direct.

vin tank Social Media Top 50
I check this everyday. It uses a proprietary algorithm to calculate the top 50 most social media successful wineries on a day to day basis. And the only Oregon winery I’ve ever seen on it is Naked – consistently in the top 10, week after week.

Willamette Valley Winery Association Fact Card for 2014
A great tasting room handout, this serves as an example of good marketing for wine regions across Oregon.  It is just the kind of easy to take home visitor gift that people pickup on and enjoy reading in the car between tasting rooms.

Passion In The Tasting Room –
How To Inspire It In Your Staff and In Your Customers
How to get your tasting room staff enthusiastic about your wines. No surfing the web behind the counter while customers wait to be served! “Lovely wine-drenched conversations over the tasting bar leave memorable experiences and more visits.”

Wine Trends for 2014
Consumption up, social media even more important, tablets making a splash, more educated consumers have wider ranging wine interests.

Winery Direct Ecommerce:
Don’t Lose the Sale with Inadequate Fulfillment

Profile of a Wine Shop Using iPad for POS
and wine education based in Montana
Customers love it and it’s a great way to quickly capture customer’s emails and get them to sign up for newsletters, events, and special offers.

iBook Author – An iPad authoring program worth checking out
My new way to create compelling entertainment and education for winery tasting rooms. Whether a digital Guest Book or a graphics oriented interactive collection of stories and photos, this is a great way to add to the tasting room visitor experience and keep customers happy when the tasting room is busy. Attach the iPads to stands around the room or put one on each table, a couple of them on the tasting bar.

Oregon Chardonnay Symposium
Last year’s was fascinating and this one looks to be even better. Here’s an article I did about last years’ and info about signing up for the 2014 in March. Signup for 2014.


– Jean