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Sour Ale: A Beer for Wine Drinkers

The adult beverage market is as vast as the sea, with ever changing tides to keep marketers on their toes. The explosion of the craft beer movement has brought a lot of recent attention to sour ales, which are popping up all over. Just when you thought you were learning the difference between porter and […]

Three Important Things to Consider in Wine and Spirits Event Marketing

Over the past six years at the agency, I’ve had the opportunity to work across a variety of industries, from consumer and technology to education and healthcare. Most recently I’ve broadened my experience into the spirits industry in the capacity of media relations and event marketing for a vodka and whisky brand. Personally, I found […]

Reviving Beer: Why National Beer Day Matters

‘Twas the day before #NationalBeerDay, and marketers everywhere Were scratching their heads and wondering, “Why do we need another made-up “holiday?” Is it an arbitrary date on the calendar, selected by marketers to increase product promotion? Does anyone even care? The story of National Beer day begins during drier times in the United States. Prohibition, […]

How to run a press trip: Five tips to ensure successful outcomes

I’ve been fortunate to be a guest at, as well as organize, press trips to wine regions around the world. Recently I’ve been asked to share best practices for hosting groups. Below are my five tips for structuring a successful visit. 1. Plan in advance. People’s schedules book up. If you have identified people that […]

Malternatives – Marketing Lessons from Alcohol Segmentation

It seems like only yesterday I was writing about the seemingly out-of-nowhere arrival of Not Your Father’s Root Beer, and the marketing lessons to be learned from their hugely successful launch into the market. But six months have already passed, and we are beginning to see more and more hard soda brands on the shelves, […]

How Millennials Are Shaping the Alcoholic Beverage Industry

New Year’s Day 2016 rang in a new era for booze marketers: On January 1, all millennials were of legal drinking age. Millennials are now between 21 and 38 years old and 79 million strong. Even without the last stragglers reaching 21, millennials consumed 159.6 million cases of wine in 2015, according to a recent […]

Marketing Lessons from the 2016 Boston Wine Expo

This weekend I had the privilege of attending the 25th annual Boston Wine Expo, the largest wine and food expo in New England. Featuring celebrity chefs and seminars from top experts, the two-day Grand Tasting celebrated how wine has evolved over the last 25 years, and also what wine and food trends are emerging in […]

Women and Wine: What does this segmentation really tell us?

I’m skeptical of old-fashioned segmentation: women, age groups, income levels. With so many data streams accessible and the ability to glean extensive information about consumers, we have an opportunity to reassess how we categorize affinity groups. Emerging fields like ethnography and neuroscience add layers of intelligence and new ways of approaching segments that can guide […]

Lessons from the Biggest Brands in the Booze Business – Blue Chip Brands

Savvy marketers know there is plenty to learn from having your finger on the pulse of the market. To keep up with the top performers, marketing professionals rely on industry experts to rank brands by growth. One of my favorite rankings comes from Impact Databank and their annual ranking of “Blue Chip Brands.” Published each […]

How to build a top-notch global marketing team

When I went to school for international studies, my professors never talked about how business teams functioned across global markets. It was simply a matter of mastering linguistics. However, the reality is that cultural differences can create business challenges that get in the way of doing great work. At the request of Felicity Carter, editor-in-chief of […]