Hit the Bottle - Beverage Marketing Podcast

Our Episodes

From exploring the beverage buyer journey to leveraging modern public relations to how marketing automation is changing the way we engage with consumers, Hit the Bottle goes above and beyond the ordinary to ask questions and get answers about beverage marketing strategy, technology, and leadership. Episodes drop weekly.

Episode 9: Brand Building

Did you catch this week’s episode? We interviewed Jon Sebastiani, highly successful entrepreneur and founder of KRAVE jerky. He shares some thoughts on building powerful brands. Branding is one of the most important aspects of any business, large or small, B2C or B2B. A...

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Episode 8: Shipping, DTC, and 3-Tier

Forty years ago, only four states allowed for legal wine shipments to consumers. Today, 45 states allow shipments, with restrictions, from out of state wineries; but only 13 states and DC allow direct shipments from retailers. Shipping spirits is even more restrictive. On today’s episode,...

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Episode 7: Event Know-how

According to Bizzabo, an event software company, 41% of marketers believe that events are the single-most effective marketing channel over digital advertising, email marketing and content marketing. There is no denying that events can be value marketing program, if done correctly. In today’s episode, we...

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Episode 6: Finding Balance

A note about today’s episode… every mistake is a learning opportunity. Boy, did we learn a lot this episode. I may host this podcast, but I’m no audio engineer. Imagine my surprise when I went to edit the final and most of MY audio...

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Episode 5: Data Redux

Beverage producers have access to oodles of data. From DTC customers to key accounts to media contacts, data is the oil that makes the machine run, to coin a phrase from our friend Paul Mabray. In today’s episode, Mike Wangbickler interviews a visionary in...

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Episode 4: Digital Marketing Basics

We’re living in the digital age. We have powerful computers in our pockets, and zettabytes of traffic move through the internet. We now have more access to information than ever before, but beverage producers still struggle to make it work for them. On this...

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The HTB Team

Veterans of the alcoholic beverage industry, Michael Wangbickler and Emma Criswell bring their unique perspectives each week to the show. Wangbickler is President of Balzac Communications & Marketing, a leading beverage marketing agency, and Criswell joined the Balzac team in 2018 after a long career in beverage marketing. Together the two hosts have a passion for the booze business, and look forward to sharing the mic with leaders in the industry.

Michael Wangbickler - HTB Host

Michael Wangbickler
Host

Emma Criswell

Emma Criswell
Co-Host

Dan Dayao

Dan Dayao
Producer