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Aidan Lundy

Aidan Lundy
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Sparkling Wine v. Champagne - How to Compete with the French Producers

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Dec 13, 2016 10:56:19 AM

The holidays are fast approaching and champagne will soon dominate the shelves where spirits, beer and wine are sold.

But really, is champagne better than sparkling wine? Have consumers been effectively conditioned to believe that champagne is the better fermented drink?

Is there hope for sparkling wine marketing strategies that could displace champagne out of its traditional status symbol ranking?

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Tags: Alcohol Marketing

Cross-Over Drinkers - An Untapped Market for Craft Breweries?

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Dec 6, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Although many beer drinkers are hearty loyalists, there are those who are cross-over drinkers.

A cross-over drinker appreciates a fine wine as much as they enjoy a cold brew.

Considering the interest California wineries are taking in the craft brew industry, it may be time for craft breweries to wake up and follow this lead.

Developing a wine or craft liquor option to your craft beer offering means broadening your craft beer branding to allow for this overlap.

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Tags: Craft Beer Marketing

What Can Craft Brewery's Learn from Vineyard Wine Clubs?

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Nov 23, 2016 6:28:13 AM

Visit a wine tasting room at a vineyard and chances are you will be invited to register for membership in a wine club.

This is a convenient way to explore new vintages, a new bottle arriving by mail right on schedule every month. Membership is more than just privileges like discounts or exclusive access to select reserve wines, however. Often vineyards publish newsletters so that wine lovers can grow in their knowledge of everything related to creating, selecting and appreciating a fine wine.

But do wine club memberships deliver to the vintner the benefits they are seeking?

Are wine club membership programs profitable for winemakers?

If they are, will the same principle hold for craft brewers? Is a craft brew membership a promising promotion idea?

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Tags: Craft Beer Marketing

Seasonal Brews & Millennials = A Recipe For Success

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Nov 7, 2016 9:33:00 AM

Seasonal beers and promotions, do they really work?

Actually, they do. Market research reports that seasonal brews are not just a blip on the sales screen. Brewers report sales increases of up to 26% with seasonal flavors.

Let's take a look at what the experts say seems to work.

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Tags: Craft Beer Marketing

Creating Craft Beer Brand Affinity Goes Beyond Free Beer

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Oct 17, 2016 12:03:12 PM

In 2015 even the Smithsonian was raving about the craft beer craze.

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Tags: Craft Beer Marketing

How Snow used a CSR Strategy to Become the Worlds Most Popular Beer

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Oct 5, 2016 8:55:22 AM


What brands come to mind if asked the question, "Which is the greatest all-time best selling beer?"

Do you think of Budweiser? Perhaps Miller Brewing Company tops your list?

Believe it or not, the best-selling beer of all time is an obscure label from China.

I bet Snow didn't top your list, but it ranks as number one globally for sales with 5.4% of global market share.

What kind of beer marketing strategy is resulting in an explosion of sales for a beer relatively unknown to the public?

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Tags: Craft Beer Marketing

6 Best Practices for Craft Beer Marketing

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Sep 27, 2016 8:18:00 AM

It may seem that a good craft beer may need no marketing if it catches the fancy of a few influential beer drinkers.

Not exactly true, however.

The group known as “influencers” are a very important demographic whose attention must be captured but a wider net must also be cast and a lot more people induced to try the product if it is to gain real notoriety and success.

Here are a few ways to accomplish this goal:

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Tags: Craft Beer Marketing

3 Local Craft Beer Promotion Ideas

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Sep 20, 2016 7:29:00 AM

As we head into the end of the year, it is time for you and your brewery to start preparing for your next seasonal and holiday promotions.

Fortunately, there are tons of ways for you to capture the attention of curious craft brew fans, while also rewarding your most loyal followers at the same time.

These are some of the top craft beer promotion ideas of the year:

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Tags: Craft Beer Marketing

5 Craft Beer Marketing Strategies to Grow Awareness

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Aug 17, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Craft brews are one of this country’s fastest growing markets.

It’s no secret that Americans love their beer, and the past decade has seen phenomenal growth, based in no small part on the marketing efforts of some of our most notable craft brewers.

If you’re looking for marketing inspiration, here are 5 craft beer marketing strategies that can help to turn strangers into loyal consumers.

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Tags: Craft Beer Marketing

5 Tips for Setting Up Trade Show Appointments

Posted by Aidan Lundy on Aug 4, 2016 11:45:20 AM

There is no better way to prepare for an upcoming trade show than setting up trade show appointments to meet your highly-valued contacts.

It gives you the opportunity to target key individuals and prepare a presentation in advance.

It’s like having a prospective client visit your offices in advance; you’d have more time to plan for your presentation and a better chance of making a positive impression.

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