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Uncorking Success: 10 Tips for Wineries to Prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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10 Tips for Wineries to Prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner and are not just for big-box retailers. Wineries can also tap into the holiday shopping frenzy by offering enticing promotions and engaging wine-loving customers. To help you make the most of this retail holiday and sell more wine, here are 10 valuable tips to prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

1. Plan Your Promotions in Advance

Start by strategizing your promotions well ahead of time. Consider discounts on wine bundles, exclusive releases, or special gift packages. Get creative with your offerings to entice customers.

In-Person Black Friday Sales Ideas:
  • Wine Tasting Discounts: Offer special Black Friday discounts on wine tastings at your winery. Create packages that include tastings of your top wines or exclusive releases.
  • Exclusive Release: Release a limited-edition wine exclusively available for purchase on Black Friday at your winery. Offer it at a discounted rate to entice customers.
  • Gift Shop/Merch Discounts: Provide discounts on wine-related merchandise in your gift shop. This could include wine glasses, corkscrews, apparel, and more.
  • Membership Deals: If you have a wine club, offer special incentives for signing up on Black Friday, such as waived shipping fees on new members’ first orders or additional benefits.
Online Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales Ideas:
  • Online Exclusive Bundles: Create special bundles available only on your website for Black Friday. Bundle together top-selling wines or create themed packs.
  • Discounted Shipping: Offer reduced or free shipping on online orders placed on Black Friday. This can be a significant incentive for online shoppers.
  • Limited-Time Discounts: Run flash sales with time-limited discounts on select wines throughout the day to create a sense of urgency. Offer additional discounts on volume limits, such as 30% off 12 bottles, encouraging larger average order values.
  • Early Access: Provide your wine club members and VIPs early access to your Black Friday deals. Send out a dedicated email prior to Black Friday with a link to your offers.

 

2. Create a Sense of Urgency

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all about urgency. Use limited-time offers to encourage customers to make a purchase. Countdown timers and phrases like “One-Day Deal” or “Ends at Midnight” can work wonders.

3. Optimize Your Website

Ensure your website can handle increased traffic. Test its speed and functionality to prevent crashes during the rush. Mobile optimization is crucial as well, considering the rise in mobile shopping. 

Tip: Place a prominent Black Friday banner on your website’s homepage to direct visitors to your special deals.

4. Announce Promotions in Advance

Tease your Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals via email and social media in the weeks leading up. This will create anticipation and excitement among your customers. Encourage followers to join your email list to get first access to your special offers. 

Tip: You don’t need to share what the offer will be, but you can create anticipation with phrases like “Don’t miss our biggest sale of the year!” or “Only three more days until our Black Friday deals hit – you don’t want to miss this!”

5. Leverage Email Marketing

Email remains an incredibly powerful marketing tool. Send teaser emails leading up to Black Friday to get your customers’ attention and ensure they’re keeping an eye out for your email. Black Friday is a competitive day to grab attention as almost every retailer will be sending emails, too, so be sure to include your offer clearly in the subject line and have a simple CTA. 

6. Engage on Social Media

Leverage the power of social media platforms to reach a wider audience. Share visually appealing posts and use relevant hashtags to increase visibility. Be sure to have a clear link to your website’s offers page to create a streamlined shopping experience.

7. Collaborate with Influencers

Consider partnering with wine influencers to promote your deals. Their reach and credibility can help you tap into new customer segments. 

Tip: Don’t be discouraged by a limited marketing budget. Look at your current followers and customers to see if you have any notable fans and reach out to them about collaborating. You know they already love your wine or brand so it should be a win-win!

8. Simplify the Checkout Process

Make sure the checkout process is smooth and hassle-free. The fewer steps it takes to complete a purchase, the better. A difficult or clunky checkout experience will likely cause your shopper to abandon their cart and move on to the next deal.

Tip: Use an eCommerce platform with a clean user interface and a one-step checkout process, like Corksy!

9. Provide Exceptional Customer Service

Customer service is a key differentiator. Be prepared for increased inquiries and orders. Respond promptly and professionally to build trust with your customers. This includes social media – be sure to engage and respond to customers’ direct messages and comments on all channels.

10. Run Paid Advertising Campaigns

Consider running targeted ads on platforms like Facebook and Instagram to reach a wider audience. Paid social ads are a great way to reach a large audience looking for wine deals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can boost your sales and reach your marketing goals by running paid social ads on the right platforms and targeting your ads to the right audience.

Bonus Tip: Post-Holiday Follow-Up

Don’t forget about your customers after the holiday rush. Send thank-you emails and offer incentives for future visits or

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