I am teaching a short (eight week) class at the local Junior College entitled Consumer Direct Wine Sales & Marketing. As a homework assignment, I asked my students to visit wineries and report back to me on their experiences. My students are of different ages and both genders, a mixed group of people. They were asked to report back on:
- How they were treated
- What questions they were asked
- What they thought of the experience
Many of my students are in the wine industry, so I told them to visit wineries where they were not known, nor were they to tell the people working in the tasting room that they were in the wine industry.
They went to all different types of wineries, small, medium and large, corporate and family owned. Some wineries were quiet and some were busy.
Most of my students reported that were not asked many questions except for the ubiquitous question of, “Where are you from?” which is wine speak for, “Can we ship to you?” At many wineries they were not even treated very nicely. Nor did the tasting room person try to engage or connect with them. They server would pour the wine and walk away. Not a great way to encourage sales or a return visit.
However, that was not the biggest omission during most of the visits. Out of about 30 wineries they visited only one time did any student say that the wine club was even mentioned. Only once!!!!!!!
I was so stunned that I asked the class if they were sure that the wine club was not even mentioned and except for the one winery (out of 30) they said that was the case.
We are only talking about mentioning the wine club, so needless to say there was no chance that anyone actually asked my students to join the wine club.
The takeaway is:
If you are wondering why more visitors aren’t joining your wine club, the biggest reason is because the wine club is not being mentioned most of the time.
A tip of the glass from me to you!