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Social Business Tips

In this blog series on Social Business we had a chance to review how a local company – Jackson Triggs – is using social media and other digital marketing to support their business.   As we have seen in the other posts, Jackson Triggs Winery has a very thorough online presence and customers engaged!  Conversations a plenty – written and visual.  But what are they missing?

Tips to consider when planning a social media strategy

  • Your Website, Your Hub  – Your company website is your information center.  This does NOT have to be a social platform, but it should be to ‘go to’ source for people wanting to learn about who you are, what you have to offer and how to ‘buy’ from you.  Make sure all the social media sites (and other digital sites) link back to this one and it links to your relevant social media sites.  Jackson Triggs –  Facebook & Twitter are the only two links listed on the footer section of the site.  They should at the very least add their YouTube and Pinterest sites.
  • Don’t start something and not use it –  If you start showing your public that you are a social company, make sure that you represent all of your company.  Don’t just post a profile and then let it sit.  Some parts of the company may get more interactions because it is busier, but nothing should be allowed to go stale/ neglected. Jackson Triggs – Link to the BC Winery & Vineyard location is posted in equal prominence on the company website to that of the  NOTL site.  Links to their twitter accounts are both posted in a similar format right next to those links.  NOTL Twitter  is VERY active, BC has only 24 Tweets and last posted 6 months ago. Find someone  to start posting!  YouTube is not being consistently used and only recently a couple of video have been added.  Hard pressed to find any customer engagement on here (no comments) and the background looks like it is from Halloween! Keep it FRESH
  • Be consistent –   If you are being social in one part of the company, your customers will expect it in all parts of your organization or they might think something is wrong.  Consistency with your image is very important.  If you say (through your public actions) you have a social culture, then make sure you carry it throughout.  Jackson Triggs – Their BC Winery is not being represented well on any of their social media sites.  Put someone in charge to oversee and personalize this very underutilized part of the organization.  Hire someone local (in-house or agency).  Those offering content need to live and breathe the experience so that they can respond in an authentic way.

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Note:  This Social Business Series has been part of an assignment for the Social Media class that I am taking at McMaster University for the PR program.  All research has been gathered online from publicly available information.  There may be more information available as to what they have coming up in their marketing/communication road map, but we wanted this research to be from the perspective of a customer.  Truly organic in nature and meant to inspire, not criticize.

Social Business: Case Study Reference

Wine + Food + Music = Social.

Offline (of course),  Online (absolutely)

It is a natural progression to have Wine, Food, Music and then Social. So shouldn’t this type of business,  in the ‘business’ of being social, have a social business model ?

Reviewing the online presence of Jackson Triggs Winery (Niagara, Ontario), it appears that they believe this to be very important.

Are they being social?  What do you think?

Are they using social platforms effectively?  Are they choosing the social sites where their customers are ‘hanging out’ , engaging in conversation.  Is their content being shared by others to extend the reach of the conversation?  Are they posting regularly to keep content fresh?  Content is relevant & stay within the culture of the organization?  Are people talking about the company themselves?  Sharing it with their friends?

Corporate Profiles on Social Media sites

Here are few of the social and digital platforms where Jackson Triggs has chosen to engage online, and a review of their activities.

Facebook – Actively updating their status,  Images (including cover image) are being kept up to date,  Regular Contests (just past ‘A Year in Bloom’), Variety of text, images & videos used, Conversations ongoing showing engagement with their community (i.e. people making comments and posting to page), Events listed and pages created and current.  Very active – company and customers.

TwitterNOTL – active with multiple posts, retweets and images every week – 1399 Followers & 1368 Tweets – Very Active – company and customers  B.C. –  Profile is there, some activity  – not very active.

YouTube – Fun, Light-hearted videos on associated topics as well as videos of the winery.

Pinterest – Showing related images to peak the interest of people who like wine, and to show images of the winery for other people to ‘re-pin’. Board topics are relevant, fun and creative –  “Pairs well with Wine”, “At the Winery”

Industry Websites – An opportunity to add a company profile on an industry, or related industry is very important to get extended reach.  Niagara Tourism is very important to the success of our local economy, so there are many opportunities to do this (often free).  Jackson Triggs has their profile or link on many of these sites.  i.e. Wineries of NOTLWineries Ontario

Local Business Referrals – Link-Backs (links between websites and within websites) are very important for not only bringing your customers to your website, but increasing your SEO (another topic).  Niagara On The Lake businesses work together to build a good business referral program and Jackson Triggs has built that into part of their social strategy- i.e. Pillar in the post offers ‘What to do’ while in the area – Example

Corporate Website – Offers information but  no place for conversation offered.  A few small links at the bottom to a select number of their social profiles.

Third Party Conversations

Social Sites where customers have started ‘talking about’ the winery.  Perception by most is that third party opinions are more objective (more credible) when it has no official ties to the company.  If someone is willing to share a photo and an experience and not getting paid for it?  Great PR (public relation)!!

Examples – Blogs,  Photo Sharing, Customer Reviews , Geo Locating Sites

Measuring their success

Using the social analytics site – Social Mention –  to see what the online sentiment of many of these conversations showed the sentiment of what people are saying about Jackson Triggs Winery to be:  179 Neutral  45 Positive 3 Negative (June 23 2012)

Trip Advisor Reviews (to date)  36 out of 53 were excellent reviews)

Social Business Blog Series:

Note:  This Social Business Series has been part of an assignment for the Social Media class that I am taking at McMaster University for the PR program.  All research has been gathered online from publicly available information.  There may be more information available as to what they have coming up in their marketing/communication road map, but we wanted this research to be from the perspective of a customer.  Truly organic in nature and meant to inspire, not criticize.

Savour the moment with Jackson Triggs

Wine, Music, Vintage, Classy, Fun, Whimsical, Entertainment, Relaxing, Welcoming,  Niagara

These are words that come to mind after visiting the online ‘face’ of Jackson Triggs Winery.  Whether it is their official Website or presence on other social media sites; such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube, they have a similar message to it’s viewers.

After watching their most recent television commercial, I couldn’t resist learning more about this company.

Intrigued?  Then watch, and read on…

Jackson-Triggs was established as a winery in 1993.  Their name is a blend of their founders’  – Allan Jackson and Don Triggs.  The main winery is located in Niagara-On-The-Lake, and a second in the Okanagan – Oliver, British Columbia.  Four beautiful vineyards support these wineries:  2 in Niagara (Niagara Estate, Delaine Vineyard) and 2 in the Okanagan (Okanagan Estate, SunRock Vineyard).  The architecture of the buildings, the manicured grounds of the estates, the beautiful pungent smells of the grapes fermenting on the vines in the summer months are all part of the atmosphere at Jackson Triggs.

Behind their product and services, they continue to offer  “unwavering dedication to quality, value and tradition” to their customers.  This is obvious through their Internationally award winning wines that are cultivated to ‘perfection’ by a team of experienced wine makers.  Their services reach beyond their wines, which offers their customers an extended experience. Their outdoor amphitheatre offers an eclectic assortment of music with various artists performing during the summer.  This unique investment attracts award winning artists and substantial media recognition.  Also offered are  special events, dining, tours, and wine tasting on the patio.  Stimulating all the senses with the hope that their customers will remember well, and want to return again and again.

Who are their customers?  

“Glocalization” , is a niche marketing word that they embody: A business catering to a local market as well as a global one.  Global tourism is strong in Niagara.  With Niagara-On-The-Lake only minutes from the world renowned Niagara Falls, it has the added benefit of those visiting the Falls to extend their visit to the winery.  Significant challenges for Niagara tourism:  Canadian dollar is almost at par which means our American neighbours don’t have the same incentive to come north. As well, a depressed economic situation means less disposable income.

On a happier note, Canadian wineries can now celebrate the passing of bill C-311.  C-311 is law, passed this month,  that allows wineries to sell their wine between provinces: Either purchasing wine from a winery and then travelling home to another province, or through online purchases.

Company needs to give back to it’s community

And I don’t mean just through engagement with it’s online community (upcoming blog, stay tuned) but give back through CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) projects.  Jackson Triggs’  auctioned off best-seat tickets to their Summer Concert Series on eBay.  All proceeds went to support War Child’s work with children whose lives have been devastated by war.  (Pretty great, don’t you think?)

As for their social business? Are customers talking about them?  Are they sharing this excitement?

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Note:  This series is for a “Social Media for Public Relations” course at McMaster University.  I am not an expert on wineries, but definitely enjoy my wine.  I live in Niagara and have a passion for health, wellness & community.  To read more about my experience, please read my about section.  All references and images in this blog are from the Jackson Triggs Winery website or otherwise noted.