Tag: social media

The Unmistakable Ed Thralls

Watch Randy and X confuse Ed Thralls, newly minted Social Media Marketing guru for Vintage Wine Estates, for just about anyone else that has ever done anything in social media (especially from Atlanta)! Even so, he’s sharp and has some fabulous stories about being a harvest intern at Holdredge Wines this year. Then Kaz shows up and kicks the whole show onto afterburners!

And Randy is the only straight man at the table! You gotta listen to know for sure!

Mike’s Got Game

Mike Madigan, our most energetic guest in a long, long time, visits with the boys to talk about his writing, spoken word pieces, and of course, wine. Then the conversation takes an interesting turn to discuss tasting room etiquette. Finally, an interesting alternative to “Flash sales” of wine, according to Paul Mabray of VinTank.

The ROI Of Wearing Pants

Chris “The Big” Oggenfuss (of Vintuba fame) joins Kaz and Randy in the studio to talk about what a wine business interested in using social media can do to at least understand how well they are doing at it. It’s not just “number of followers”, chump! Kaz gets schooled on what he can do to be more involved in social media, and he feels it. Or at least he thinks he does.

Also, they talk about Champagne Day (however briefly), which is a whole day devoted to tasting, drinking and talking about the bubbles from the special French region! Don’t miss out!

Bringing The Bakas

In the ongoing “rotating absence” theme, it’s Christophe’s turn to be missing this week!

Rick Bakas, the social media master of St. Supery, joins our boys to talk about Cabernet Day (September 2nd). He also gets into somewhat of a philosophical discussion about how wineries (and indeed any business) can really succeed with social media.

But that’s not all folks! Kaz and Randy bring more of that Useless Information™ that you’ve come to expect from your favorite wine talk show!

Liquid Raisins

Kaz, Randy and X enjoy a brief “gangs-all-here” moment, then it’s off to the usual banter! Tom Wark comes to visit and talks about the latest with H.R. 5034 as well as the International Pinot Noir Celebration, finishing with his take on where the best place to situate a social media effort.

X provides the usual levity by wearing his fall colors wardrobe and bringing us some liquid raisins to drink! What’s liquid raisin, you ask? Well, you’ll have to listen (or watch) to find out!

Hardy Asks A Haunting Question

Why Worry About Social Media and Dominating the Millenials when Your Wine Sucks?

Awesome Band

While most are strategerizing about social media and how to target millenials with leftover 3rd label juice, a handful of people are still out making wine that tastes like this.


Sales of our third label are down, way down.  It is mindboggling, because the goofy-ass name we gave it did great in test markets-  Who doesn’t want a wine named Crazy Bear Charbono-nay— a tasty blend of smoke-tainted Charbono and stainless steel Chardonnay?  (More on Crazy Bear in coming posts).  The data said it was supposed to flow like energy drinks this year in the parking lots of the Nickleback tour we sponsored, but something went wrong– horribly wrong.  Now sales blames marketing, marketing blames production, production blames sales, and whoever the people are who are on the other side of the conference calls have now hired consultants that say “You need to turn on social media now, or Crazy Bear is farked!”

Heads ready to roll, we’ve set up killer twitter #hashtags (#crazybear), recruited thousands of “friends“, and started tweetin’ like a mother-clucker (even if they just RT stupid stuff, #crazybear is getting out there!) Soon everyone will be talking about Crazy Bear (The crazy wine that cares)!

In 3months Crazy Bear is going to be way on top- Getting guzzled by dudes on iPhones falling out of party buses shelling out hundos and coming to make it rain all up in your tasting room!  Because what the consultants tell us we need to realize is that lovers of Crazy Bear will soon grow and become lovers of our pricey main label– Bear Creek Ridgeline Springs (An exclusively bold wine for successful couples sophisticated indulgence, for sharing with other like-minded, but not quite as successful couples). 

It is a good thing that It is hot as balls down at Bear Creek Ridgeline Springs, because to score big and get that cheddar, you’ve got let those balls hang.  Lovers of Crazy Bear relate to that and it is just a matter of tweets and moving out of their parents house before they cross the line…

Crazy Bear Wine on Twitter

Hardy can play wild-and-loose sometimes, but despite the hilarious post he’s written, the underlying question is insightful and compelling. It’s all well and good that you spend exorbitant amounts of money on selling your product; but if your product is terrible, sub-standard, or just plain lousy, should you really be worried about taking a “bleeding-edge” approach to marketing and selling it, rather than just relabeling it as paint thinner?

The moral of the story: as a business, please don’t get swept away in the euphoria of social media (which, by the way, feels frickin’ AWESOME) without having a product that you’re passionate about marketing or selling and that is WORTH marketing or selling to a receptive audience. To do anything less will inevitably backfire on you.

And seriously, don’t mess with Crazy Bear Wine. These guys are going to crush it. Just you wait.

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