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 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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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...

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Episode 2: eCommerce is Commerce

In 2018, Amazon’s share of the US eCommerce market hit 49%. That’s 5% of all retail sales across the country. They did this by giving people want they want… a convenient way to shop, personalized service, and fast delivery. What can the wine industry...

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Episode 1: Oh Data My Data

The sheer quantity of big data available to us marketers can feel overwhelming. The term drinking from a firehouse comes to mind. But without solid data points on which to make business decisions, we’re stumbling around in the dark. In this, our first episode...

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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

Emma Criswell

Emma Criswell

Dan Dayao

Dan Dayao