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Episode 12: Building Positive Emotional Experiences

Welcome back, HDB listeners. I’m Michael Wangbickler. As I mentioned in our last episode, we have about 10 episodes we recorded late last year that we are rolling out over the next two months. The following show is one of those. Angelica Mabray is a rock star in the Napa Sonoma wine scene, currently the…

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Episode 11: Breaking Down Barriers in the Wine Biz

Welcome back to Hit the Bottle, I’m your host, Michael Wangbickler. So it’s been several months since we last published any episodes, we basically broke one of the cardinal rules of podcasting. Don’t start something you can’t sustain. The error came from me thinking I could do everything with a little help from my colleague…

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Episode 10: Wonderful Websites

If eyes are the window to the soul, a website is the window to your business. It tells your story, communicates your vision, and sells your products. It is often the first contact that you have with your customers, so getting it right is critical. On today’s show, we chat with Peter Andres at Wine…

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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 compelling brand strategy gives you a major edge in increasingly competitive…

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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, we chat with a gentleman whose company is making it easier…

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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 chat with a colleague who runs every size of event, and…

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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 was garbled. I screwed up a setting with the recording software….

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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 the space, who is looking at how wineries and wine regions…

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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 week’s episode I chat with a colleague about Facebook, Google, Mailchimp…

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Episode 3: DTC and other TLAs

According to the 2019 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report by Sovos and Wines Vines Analytics, the value of the DTC shipping channel reached $3 billion in 2018, up from $2.69 billion in 2017. Volume was up by 9% to 6.3 million cases, and the average price per bottle increased to $39.70. All this means is that…

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